craigthom wrote:The state is charging the sales tax, and they have been from the beginning of woot.com. Woot.com is now required by law to collect the tax for the state.
You have always owed sales tax on your woot.com purchases; it's just not as easy to cheat on your taxes now.
Please read my post again. The complaint is not that Woot is collecting sales tax; it's that there was a sudden change in policy and we weren't warned. Furthermore, the tax isn't even indicated in the beginning of the ordering process. The system claims that the "total price" is the [Number of items] x [Cost per item] + $5 s/h. No sales tax whatsoever even though Woot has our zipcode, thus able to indicate to us if our state is taxed. Many of us then ordered without realizing that a tax was added. I didn't realize it until I got my receipt.
In addition, unlike other online merchants, Woot has a demonstrated history against sales tax. Hence the coupon code "TAXSUCKS" for Texans, which offsets any TX sales tax by refunding shipping.
Finally, your claim of "cheating" is not so clear cut because neither Woot nor Amazon have a physical presence in NY state. Hence Amazon's lawsuit against New York, which is pending. Traditionally, sales tax has not been collected for such transactions, whether done online, by phone or mail. Neither has NYS asked people to pay. Where are the PSAs? So unless you can show me that people normally report their out of state purchases during tax time, it's hardly a case of cheating. Cheating implies a hidden action and I'm hardly secretive about my Woot and Amazon purchases. The corporate logo is right on the box -- delivered to me by the USPS, a government entity. Are you then saying that the USPS is a knowing accomplice in my crime?
It's stupid policies like this (by NY, not Woot) that make eBay sellers charge 1 cent for items, and make up the difference in exorbitant s/h, which is not taxable, i.e. video players for 99 cents and %59 s/h.