Sale Tax B&H Photo Video

StarShot

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Now that sale tax is the rule for online sales, does B&H PhotoVideo collect the tax for out-of-state buyers or do they just report it to other states for direct payment from the customers to the said States?

I'm looking to buy the new iPad Pro 11".
 

Azathoth123

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Last time that I checked not long ago, they only charged sales tax for NJ and NY deliveries. If you’re somewhere else, it’s up to you to self report....
 

flur

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They have a list of states where they now charge tax. Best bet is to check the site, or attempt to place an order.
 
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Thanks for the comment - Does B&H have a ‘brick-and-mortar’ presence in OK? Just curious ...

B&H is like a candy store for photographers. lol I use them a lot and when I don't feel like waiting for it to be shipped, I will go to Best Buy and do a price match. B&H is a huge distributor for all the major tech companies.


As for taxes, each state is different. If you purchase anything online you are to report it on your tax returns up to a certain amount.


A few years ago some of the camera reps would hang out on Flickr and you could ask them any camera gear questions. It was so convenient.
 
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They're having to collect here in Washington State now, too. Too bad - that's an extra 10% and wipes out a big advantage for buying there. They are a great shop.
 
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I thought the online tax law doesn't take effect until next year?
What I got from them on 10/15:

As you may know, based on a June 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Washington is now requiring out of state sellers to collect sales tax. As a result, B&H will begin to collect sales tax on shipments to Washington on October 16th. All reputable retailers are complying with the new laws and collecting sales tax.

Details on the Supreme Court ruling in June:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/politics/supreme-court-sales-taxes-internet-merchants.html
 

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What I got from them on 10/15:

As you may know, based on a June 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Washington is now requiring out of state sellers to collect sales tax. As a result, B&H will begin to collect sales tax on shipments to Washington on October 16th. All reputable retailers are complying with the new laws and collecting sales tax.

Details on the Supreme Court ruling in June:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/politics/supreme-court-sales-taxes-internet-merchants.html
Maybe each state implements the law at different times.
 

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OK, the bad news is they do whack you for sales tax for Washington State. I just got a quote on their webpage for the new iPad Pro 11". $799 + $83.10 for sales tax with free shipping. Guess my NY "candy" store is out of business from me. I've bought several laptops and cameras from them in the past. Always free shipping and no tax plus a "goody" tossed in. Sad to lose this shopping option.

In 40 days I'll be in Oregon and will get my iPad there unless some Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale cuts maybe half the $83 sales tax payment.

Bet B&H sales get whacked because of this ruling.
 
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WA has what they call destination sales tax. So regardless of where you purchase something, if its destination is WA state (you’re a WA state resident and will own/use it), then you have to pay sales tax to WA. Technically this has been the law there for a long time (I’m pretty sure it was the law when I lived there in 2009, or they enacted it soon after). So if you buy tax-free stuff online or go shopping in Portland, you’re supposed to pay sales tax to WA. No one does, of course.

The ruling this year, if I understand it correctly, just enforces state tax laws on online retailers. So every resident of a state with a destination sales tax will now see tax on purchases from B&H and other online retailers who don’t have a presence in their state. That’s quite a few states.

I’m personally going to continue to buy from B&H because I like them. I’ve been happy with them in the past and I like to support small businesses (whether they meet the technical definition or not, compared to their competitors, they’re pretty tiny).
 
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WA has what they call destination sales tax. So regardless of where you purchase something, if it’s destination is WA state (you’re a WA state resident and will own/use it), then you have to pay sales tax to WA. Technically this has been the law there for a long time (I’m pretty sure it was the law when I loved there in 2009, or they enacted it soon after). So if you buy tax-free stuff online or go shopping in Portland, you’re supposed to pay sales tax to WA. No one does, of course.

The ruling this year, if I understand it correctly, just enforces state tax laws on online retailers. So every resident of a state with a destination sales tax will now see tax on purchases from B&H and other online retailers who don’t have a presence in their state. That’s quite a few states.

I’m personally going to continue to buy from B&H because I like them. I’ve been happy with them in the past and I like to support small businesses (whether they meet the technical definition or not, compared to their competitors, they’re pretty tiny).
Right, the ruling says that states can collect these taxes, something that hadn't been enforced in the past. With this ruling now backing them up, I'd expect more states to add laws or fix existing laws to take advantage of this.
 

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Some items I need I can only find there or try ordering directly from the company. I can't find it locally.


@OP I would wait for Cyber Monday and see who has the best deal. I remember last year, this time, there were several deals on the 10.5 IPP. Some had $100 off. Apple gave $100 gift cards for IPP. B&H had a great deal too.

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/11/23/best-apple-black-friday-deals-2017/

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/cyber-monday/
Do you think there will be any deals on the new 12.9?
 

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Do you think there will be any deals on the new 12.9?

Its hard to say. Last year I noticed before Black Friday stores were stocking up on iPads like Best Buy and Target. My guess is possibly MicroCenter or B&H will have them on sale. Or see what Apple will post on Cyber Monday.
 
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@OP I would wait for Cyber Monday and see who has the best deal. . Some had $100 off.

Apple gave $100 gift cards for IPP.
Show me a new iPad Pro 11" for $100 off and I'm on it. Otherwise, I'll be in Portland on the day after Xmas and will be walking out the door with the 11" sans sales tax. A $100 gift card from Apple is worthless to me unless I can use it for the iPad Pro keyboard.

Would prefer to score one earlier so I can get it setup for a trip a few days later. However, a quick restore from icloud should take care of that problem.
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As for taxes, each state is different. If you purchase anything online you are to report it on your tax returns up to a certain amount.
DARN, I knew I forgot something the last time ordered from B&H Photo. Price matching is great with Best Buy and others if enough comes off the quote from B&H to cancel or almost cancel the Sales Tax/Use Tax.
 

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Show me a new iPad Pro 11" for $100 off and I'm on it. Otherwise, I'll be in Portland on the day after Xmas and will be walking out the door with the 11" sans sales tax. A $100 gift card from Apple is worthless to me unless I can use it for the iPad Pro keyboard.
Good old Portland - pre-Internet days, I used to order from Camera World there. No sales tax, good products & prices.

Best Buy gave me a good price match with Amazon on some gear - they are real good about it and it's easy.
 
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Show me a new iPad Pro 11" for $100 off and I'm on it. Otherwise, I'll be in Portland on the day after Xmas and will be walking out the door with the 11" sans sales tax. A $100 gift card from Apple is worthless to me unless I can use it for the iPad Pro keyboard.

Would prefer to score one earlier so I can get it setup for a trip a few days later. However, a quick restore from icloud should take care of that problem.
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DARN, I knew I forgot something the last time ordered from B&H Photo. Price matching is great with Best Buy and others if enough comes off the quote from B&H to cancel or almost cancel the Sales Tax/Use Tax.


I just got my 10.5 IPP replaced due to a dead pixel. It didn't take long to set up the new one. I did part in the Apple store with my IPP and later with my iPhone. Then downloaded a few movies from iCloud. Very quick process. Its the best I've seen from Apple since .Mac.

Shipping from B&H is pretty fast. If you go that route you can save a lot. But don't knock the $100 GC. I'm thinking about using mine towards another hard drive or something I've been eyeing.
 

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Refresh my tired old mind. What is the $100 GC?

$100 GC = $100 Gift card

Last year at Apple for Black Friday...instead of discounting the IPP for $100 like the other stores, Apple offered a $100 GC.

I'm wondering if they will do that again this year. The 11in IPP 64GB are priced $799 vs 10.5in IPP 64GB original price was $699.... What if Apple lowered that for black Friday or offered the $100 GC? If they give the $100 GC wooo nice!