Online Apple Store Tax???

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  1. TranceClubMusic macrumors regular

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    Why is it that ONLY the Apple Store has sales tax?? I can see if you live in California - but ALL OTHER ONLINE OUTLETS - charge NO tax - and most no shipping. Whats up with the Online Apple Store for the most part usually charges shipping AND ALWAYS CHARGES SALES TAX???

    Whats up with that??

    Even with my EDU Discount - I can buy less almost anywhere else because they charge no tax or shipping. :eek: :mad:
     
  2. joshua_msu macrumors regular

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    Its because they have stores in most states. If you buy from Target or Wal-Mart.com, you will see the same thing. The thing I dont like is that they try and trick you into paying it. Most other retailers will give you the sales tax before you confirm the order, but Apple does not do that. They will add it onto the invoice later, after you have already confiremd the totals.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    It doesn't matter even if there are no stores in that state. As long as Apple has what is termed "nexis", a business presence in a state (that can be an office, a rep that makes regular trips to clients in that state, and the such); they are required to collect that states sales taxes.
     
  4. hcuar macrumors 65816

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    Wonder if it's because Target sells iTunes gift cards... Therefore Apple has a "store" in every state. :D
     
  5. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Nope, that is a resell item, and in most cases not count as a presence in that state.
     
  6. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Also doesn't Apple usually have free shipping on pretty much everything over $50?
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Aren't all online (U.S.) stores supposed to collect sales tax anyway? One of the big complaints by states since the blossom of internet sales was all the revenue that they were loosing.
     
  8. hcuar macrumors 65816

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    There was an online tax moratorium... I think it's expired. :(
     
  9. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Not to mention there are states that have sales and use taxes that one files with their state returns for items bought out of state on which sales tax was not paid at all.
     
  10. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Ah right, that too.
     
  11. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    And whether or not it has, states still have to have a nexus with the company to assess the tax (or require them to collect it). Apple, for whatever reason, has decided it will waive this requirement adn collect the tax for every state. PRobably easier than not doing so for the few states in which it doesn't have much of a connection.
     
  12. NusuniAdmin macrumors 6502a

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    why has this issue been popping up so much lately. Jeeze.
     
  13. NCTRNL macrumors regular

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    Honestly, my problem with it was that there was NO mention of it at all in the totals or anything until AFTER you confirmed your order. I wasn't expecting the larger total so it surprised me. If it was on your "total" earlier in the order process, it wouldn't be such a shock
     
  14. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    It is disappointing that Apple can't do it when so many other online stores can.
     
  15. NCTRNL macrumors regular

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    Yeah, it seems like it would be simple to do. This way you avoid the shock factor of something adding $200 to your total...
     
  16. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    i agree that apple doesn't explicitly show the tax until the end and that they should, but they do mention that the subtotal is an estimate and doesn't include taxes and shipping. so it's not 100% out of the blue...
     
  17. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    it is a bit harder to read, but it's fairly clearly stated and prominently shown right next to the subtotal. while they could be a bit more friendlier and include the estimated amount, i never understood why people are like shocked as if it's never mentioned.
     

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  18. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I couldn't find anything definitive. The moratorium was scheduled to expire November 1, 2003. So it would appear that it was extended.

    Some other Mac related sites also charge sales tax. Currently MacConnection charges sales tax in Massachusetts, not sure about what other states also apply.
     

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