Tax on macs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kingcrowing, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    There is no Apple store in VT, yet it still says I need to pay tax... is that how it will actually work? Is there no way around it? or can I call nad not have to pay the taxes? thanks
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    If they have any type of business presence there, than you pay.
  3. hellodon macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2006
    If you buy online at macconnection I think it's tax free and free shipping. Saved a few hundred dollars on my girlfriends ibook that way. I don't know where they are based out of, but as long as it's not in your state, they don't have to (and won't) charge sales tax.
  4. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC

    wow, didn't know that. i'll have to keep that in mind come my next buy - though i'll have to be sure to compare prices of edu discount vs no tax. thanks for the info, though!
  5. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    Exactly, and big companies like apple have a " business presence" in every state. They more or less volunteer this to simplify the process on their side.

    Before you start searching, there is no way to get an edu discount other than from apple.

    There is no way to not pay tax from apple, hence there is no way to pay no tax and get an edu discount. Sorry.
  6. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    You live next to a state with no sales tax, but your going to buy in your own state why?

    and yes there is a way to get no sales tax and education discount.

    I have done it twice now.

    Once i bought in New Hampshire, second I bought on no sales tax weekend in MA
  7. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Just go to New Hampshire and buy it. If you're not getting the educational discount, you could buy from Amazon. They have no sales tax in a lot of (most?) states and often have good rebates on Macs on top of that.
  8. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    There are some geographic anomalies as you mentioned, and the no sales tax weekends are becoming more common, but my statements are still generally true.
  9. Philberttheduck macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2006
    HB, CA
  10. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    No it's 8.75% tax here and that's why I bought from Amazon. Also got the $150 rebate in six weeks from them so it was better than the EDU price on my iMac. I saved a total of $300 and had it shipped next day, same as my Ram and a few other things.

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