Cheapest place to send macbook (NJ, PA, or CA)?

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  1. dvader123 macrumors regular

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    hi. I have family in Philadelphia, PA, New Jersey, and I live in California. In terms of taxes, where should i send the macbook pro to in order to save the most money on taxes?

    How much would i save for getting a mbp 15" base if I send it to those three states?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. ir13 macrumors newbie

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    PA has the cheapest sales tax @ 6% of the three.

    PA - 6%
    NJ - 7%
    CA - 8.25%
     
  4. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

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    Yep, PA has 6% tax. I recommend that you get your MBP from Amazon or a tax-free retailer if you're not getting a refurb or a CTO model.
     
  5. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

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    NJ sales tax is 3-1/2% in some towns...

    ... which is half the usual 7%. I think the half tax areas are called "enterprise zones". There is at least one Apple store is located in such a half-tax zone, the one in the Menlo Park Mall, in the town of Edison.

    The half-sales-tax policy applies ONLY* to purchases made in a physical store in a designated town. Appliance shoppers often benefit plenty from this deal. (*So, if you live in one of the NJ towns designated as half sales tax, and you mail order a Mac, Apple has to charge you the full 7% sales tax. But of course the stores don't take B.T.O. orders.)
     
  6. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Unless you are planning to visit your family on the east cost shipping is going to eat up most of savings given that the rates are so close plus you are giving UPS/FedEx/USPS another wack at losing or damaging it. Sure it's insured, but getting a tooth pulled is more enjoyable than the circus of filing a claim.
     
  7. Meever macrumors 6502a

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    Some counties have higher tax than suggested by state. Like Santa Clara for example. we have 9.25.

    That or the Cali tax has been raised : (
     
  8. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    go hang around a college bookstore and buy a kid some pizza in exchange for their student discount.
     
  9. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    If you cant get it at a tax-free retailer like Amazon, try to find someone in DE who can receive it for you. DE has no sales tax at all.
     
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  12. macman05 macrumors regular

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    Online Apple retailers in Oregon?

    Do you know of any online retailers in Oregon that sell Mac?
     
  13. dvader123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you guys. I will send it to PA. It's no trouble at all because I'm planning to move back to the east coast.
     
  14. RonShort macrumors member

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    FYI Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are 7%. It is a county thing. The rest of the state is 6%
     
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    most of CA is 9.25, while places like SF are 9.75 and a few places that are 8.75
     
  16. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

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    Just buy it off of amazon, you'll save over $100.
     
  17. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Thats odd. I live close to philly and i've never actually noticed this. I dont really pay much attention to sales tax unless its a huge purchase, but then i usually just zip over to wilmington and buy whatever it is.
     
  18. PurpleShaman macrumors member

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    about amazon...i realize that its tax free. are there any catches to buying off amazon? if theres a problem can i still take it to the apple store to get it checked out ect?
     
  19. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

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    Absolutely. Apple isn't going to refuse service on one of its computers if you didn't buy it from their store. They'll definitely service it for you.
     
  20. iBryton macrumors regular

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    Buy from Bhphotovideo.com

    FREE SHIPPING
    $50 cheaper
    Free Parallels Desktop 5.0
    1 Year Manufacture Warranty.
    No tax
     
  21. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

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    Amazon is $81 cheaper than MSRP on the base i5 15", and if you have prime, you get free two day shipping. If you don't have prime, you still get free super saver shipping or regular shipping for like $4 on normal items.
     

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