Apple Store or PCConnection.com? - Tax, accsesories, etc.

donaldGuy

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Original poster
May 25, 2006
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As I said in an earlier thread I am planning to buy a Black MacBook very soon (possibly today if I get a definative awnser)

I was planning to get it from the Apple Store (on apple.com with educational discount)

Yesterday, however, while surfing this site I came across this:
http://macrumors.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=19867446

Once I entered my zip to get the "BottomLine" price I noticed one big thing, while tax from the apple store was a little more than $70, PC Connection said No Tax. Is this true? Some reviews say there is no tax, but there were also others complaining about there being tax.

I really don't know what to do.. here is a summary of the arguments for either side (+ = positive point, - = negative point)

Apple Store
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+ Its the Apple Store
+ I know I will be able to get a MiniDVI->DVI adapter
+ I get educational doscount instantly
- I know there is tax

PCConnection.com / MacConnection
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+ PriceGrabber claims there is no tax
+ I can still get the same $100 discount (though its not an educational discount it just is there)
+ I can get a free laptop case (after mail-in rebate) (http://www.macconnection.com/ProductDetail?Sku=5650213)
- the discount is a mail-in rebate (as is that for the case)
- I have yet to find a video adapter
- its not the apple store

Both: Same Product, Free Shipping

What should I do?

Thank you for your time,
~Donald Guy
 

donaldGuy

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 25, 2006
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Update

sorry for the double post

hmm.. its less of a tough decision now:
PCConnection.com customer support page said:
Sales taxes
Orders shipped to Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee are subject to sales tax. For education and government accounts, unless a Tax Exempt Certificate is received, orders shipped to California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia are subject to tax. Please forward your Tax Exempt Certificate to us and your account status will be updated; any tax applied will be credited upon receipt of certificate.
Also I found the Adapter on Macconnection.com but Its $2 more and on 2+ week back-order

So now the real question is .. is getting a free laptop case worth dealing with $165 in rebates?
 

wako

macrumors 65816
Jun 6, 2005
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you are only slammed with tax only if the seller resides in that same state as you are in. For example, there must be a brick and mortar store in your state, thus you are taxed. MacConnection probably does not, which is why you arent taxed.
 

donaldGuy

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 25, 2006
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wait, so in the paragraph I posted above.. does sales tax in VA only apply to government or educational institutions, not to individuals?

What in tax law would make this so?

I'm still confused about what I should do.
 

Zman5225

macrumors 6502a
May 15, 2005
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Tacoma WA
if pcconnection has a physical store located in the same state as you do, they will charge you tax. If they do NOT have a physical store there, or operate in the same state, then they won't charge you tax.

I would go with pcconnection myself. It's the same machine that you would buy at the applestore.com or the Apple store itself.
 

Acehigh

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Mar 5, 2006
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donaldGuy said:
As I said in an earlier thread I am planning to buy a Black MacBook very soon (possibly today if I get a definative awnser)


What should I do?

Thank you for your time,
~Donald Guy

I brought one yesterday on MacConnection aka PcConnection. They shipped it out yesterday will have it on Thursday. At first i was happy then angry when i notice they shipped printer and case but not the laptop. Then this morning i got the email and everything was shipped.

Only problem they are on order now, might take awhile to get. Keep checking the site or call them and ask them to call you as soon as they get them in.

No TAX is nice plus the rebate you cant go wrong. I am hoping i get the Rebates for the case and printer since i do not really need either. Didnt charge me tax and i am in NY. Total was 1652.88 for macbook, Case and printer after all the rebates it will be 1394


I brought the black one. Yesterday they had the white Combo or black in stock. They soldout by around 8pm.


good luck but i say stay with MacConnection and use the link above under shop:
 

Acehigh

macrumors 6502
Mar 5, 2006
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I am in ny and i wasnt charged tax. Isnt PcConnection same as MacConnection?

Total was 1652.88 for Black MacBook, Case and HP printer after 3 rebates it will be $1394.