Does state sales tax holiday apply at Apple online store?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jtbell, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. jtbell macrumors newbie

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    Some states in the US are having a "sales tax holiday" this weekend, in which various kinds of school supplies, including computers, software, etc. are exempt from sales tax. For example:

    http://www.apple.com/retail/taxholiday/southcarolina.html

    I know that if were to buy something at an Apple retail store, I'd get the exemption, but the nearest one is about a two hours' drive away. If I order from the Apple Store online, do I get the exemption? A section near the bottom of the page seems to indicate "yes":

    but I'd like to make sure before I click the checkout button on my cart. If can't get the exemption, then I'd rather wait a bit before ordering. But if I can save a few hundred dollars by ordering now (actually by tomorrow morning because I'm going out of town then), I'll go ahead and do it.

    If you're in a state that has a similar tax holiday and it's worked for you at the online Apple Store, raise your hand! :)
     
  2. rvrugg90 macrumors member

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    Hello. I live in NC and our Tax-free started Yesterday. Up to $3500. Not sure what SC is. But yes, this does apply online. You will add everything into the cart, submit the order, and after it is processed/shipped, you will be credited the amount of tax back.

    just a note....I ordered early (12.40am) yesterday (MBP/8GBTouch/Printer) and never received a confirmation of the order, so i called in and the rep. i talked to gave me free 2day shipping. So My custom MBP and other stuff will arrive between tuesday-friday of next week :)
    Good Luck!
     
  3. jtbell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, that sounds good. So when I submit the order, it will still show the tax, but I'll get it back later.

    Actually, I'm going to drive through Charlotte on my way north tomorrow so I could in principle stop at the Apple Store there, but then I'd have to schlep a Mac Pro and 23" display, plus miscellaneous other goodies, all the way to Ohio and back. :p

    As it is, the stuff should arrive around the time I get back. It will be delivered to my office, so there will be no problem with delivery.

    And South Carolina doesn't seem to have a cap on the exemption. :D
     
  4. rvrugg90 macrumors member

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    Thats correct.

    Yeah, I live in Western NC, so the closest apple store was in Knoxville,TN (1.5 hrs away) But they had a $1500 cap on their deal so I couldnt have even bought my MBP there.
     
  5. jtbell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, too bad the only Apple Store in SC is in Charleston... a bit far for both of us!
     
  6. jtbell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Update: when I placed the order, it estimated nearly $300 in sales tax, but the invoice actually showed only about $20. After clearing up a brief snafu with my credit card, everything is on the way now. It should arrive at my office by the time I get home next week.

    Since I was using Apple's online "education store", I also got a free (post-rebate) iPod nano. That's probably what the sales tax was for.
     
  7. iOrlando macrumors 68000

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    yeah some people dont get confirmation emails until the order is "processed" (i.e.) you order on Saturday, but its not processed until Monday.

    Also...apple ships most of their things 2 days shipping for free..They might say 5-7, but most people live near a distribution center and its 2 days for the regular shipping option.
     

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