Where to buy Macs and iPods with no sales tax

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by farqueue, Oct 2, 2007.

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    farqueue

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    hey guys where to buy macs and ipods with no sales tax (online shops)
    houston tx 77079

    what i mean is cheapest price + no sales tax
     
  2. macrumors member

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    Delaware has no sales tax.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    Amazon.com

    I always use Amazon. Fast shipping, no sales tax, and usually a rebate on new Macs.
     
  4. reh
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    Sales taxes in the United States are assessed by every state except Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon. Hawaii has a similar tax although it is charged to businesses instead of consumers. [from wikipedia]

    Although many cities / counties / boroughs in those states charge a sales tax.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    I second Amazon :)
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    But not New Hampshire.

    However, it seems unlikely the OP lives in those states. Amazon is the only reasonable alternative to being lucky enough to live in a sales-tax free area.
     
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    twoodcc

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    but isn't it true that if you buy something from a company that doesn't reside in your state, they don't charge you sales tax?

    like before dell bought alienware, i bought one. they were a florida company, and i lived in georgia, so i wasn't charged sales tax
     
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    Stampyhead

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    This is true, but I believe if the company has any presence in your state at all they have to charge you tax. That's why Apple charges sales tax, because they have retail stores in so many states.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    Come to the province of Ontario in Canada. Not only will you have the privilege of paying 14% tax, but you'll be able to savour some of the finest poutine outside of Quebec while standing in line for your MacBook.
     
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    twoodcc

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    exactly. i wonder if they could charge you sales tax if they wanted (not sure if they would benefit from it or not)
     
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    twoodcc

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    i'll take a rain check
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    Not sure I understand your question

    Who is they? Apple? Are you asking if Apple could charge sales tax to, say, someone in New Hampshire? If so the answer is no. Sales tax goes to the government, if the government doesn't collect sales tax than the business can't either.
     
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    Stampyhead

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    Mmmm, poutine. Haven't had that in ages.
     
  14. Mal
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    Mal

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    If you don't live in a state without sales tax and purchase from Amazon or another store that doesn't charge you sales tax because they don't operate in your state, then you are required to remit the sales tax yourself. Of course, usually people don't and most of the time you won't get caught if you don't, but it is technically illegal not to.

    jW
     
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    Don't listen to him! Come to New Brunswick and you'll get some fresh lobster! But no Apple Store... but you can wait a couple of weeks and buy it at Future Shop or an reseller and not get the one you really want. No lines, there is a plus.

    The Stig
     
  16. macrumors 604

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    I was up there this summer, and I have to say poutine is probably the most awesome comfort food ever invented.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    Poutine?

    Excuse my ignorance, but what is poutine? Care to send me some?!

    F
     
  18. macrumors member

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    according to wikipedia poutine is basically the canadian version of disco fries
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    No use to you but for us Brits the best bet is duty free when leaving the country. My friend is getting me a iPodTouch on his way to Maldives this Monday.

    Saves 17.5 % VAT. Thats the great thing about high taxes, feels so much better when you get away without paying them. :p
     
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    PowerMax, Mac Connection, Small Dog, Other World Computing

    PowerMax, Mac Connection, Small Dog, Other World Computing. Google for links.

    What state are you in? Makes a difference.
     
  21. macrumors 68000

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    I hate amazon, their super saver shipping is horrible, it can take them over a week just to process the order for shipping despite having your item in stock. Go to another place like macmall.com which has good prices without the BS shipping delays (and tax).
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    Amazon cleraly states there is going to be a delay if you choose Super-saver shipping. You can always pay a small fee and have them ship 3-5 business days.
     
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    Fries with gravy and cheese curds. Looks disgusting. Totally artery-clogging. But tastes delicious. ;) :p Definitely uber-junk food, I miss it having grown up in Montreal.

    Can't say I miss the sales tax though. Especially being right next to Delaware...
     
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    themanfromvlad

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    Allow me to explain:

    The Night They Invented Poutine by Bowser & Blue

    The night they invented poutine
    It was a most peculiar scene
    Ginette Reno was shy and thin
    The Nordiques began to win
    Jacques Parizeau sang «God save the Queen!»

    The night they invented poutine
    The night they invented poutine

    No one knows the precise origin
    Where or when this food did begin
    Everybody in Québec will tell you with a grin
    It was their little village that invented the poutine

    To be really authentic the potatoes must be old
    The gravy must be hot and the cheese must be cold
    With a journal de Montréal wherever it is sold
    Served with a roll in a bowl by a troll

    You put some potatoes and some cheese in a tin
    But the cheese won't melt till you put the gravy in
    Then it sticks to your fork and dribbles down your chin
    And that's how you know that you're eating a poutine

    If the French fries are greasy and the gravy's nice and hot
    The cheese curds melt as they come out of the pot
    But once in your stomach they congeal into a knot
    If your food does that then poutine is what you've got

    Some use mozzarella but that isn't really it
    And they serve it at McDonalds but the French fries are ****
    And I hate to be picky but I have to admit
    It's hard to eat when the cook has a zit!

    There's no way anyone would call it haute cuisine
    But it's not really junk food it's something in between
    But it's better than a burger or a Mike's submarine
    A balanced diet is a beer and a poutine!



    I'm thinking of driving four hours to New Hampshire to save on Apple products. With the Candian dollar worth more than the US dollar, it's incredible how much I'd save, not to mention the lack of tax.
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    I have had lots of luck with Macmall.com

    Fast shipping and they usually have a rebate or two on just about everything.
     

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