[FoRK] We've had our day...

Justin Mason jm
Tue Jul 5 18:21:47 PDT 2005

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Ken Meltsner writes:
> On 7/5/05, Justin Mason <jm at jmason.org> wrote:
> > BTW, I've been buying some iPods at US prices for Irish friends and
> > mailing them home, so there's no shortage of desire for these things.
> > However, the markup of prices -- $299/EUR248 vs EUR319, a 28% markup on
> > the online sites alone -- obviously isn't popular.
> Markup may be taxes, import duties, etc.  Heck, in the US, most of us*
> are supposed to pay sales (or use) tax of 5-8% on all purchases.  
> It's a use tax when your state of residence tells you to pay a sales
> tax on out-of-state purchases.  New York has gone over to the malls in
> New Jersey for years looking for NY plates so they can track down use
> tax evaders.

that may indeed be it -- VAT at 21% accounts for a lot of that 28%.

Sales tax isn't included in the listed price on the US Apple Store,
probably because it depends on the state you'll be shipping to.
(iirc, California does require that retailers charge sales tax
at sale time -- it's only inter-state orders where the customer
is supposed to pay afterwards?)

- --j.
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