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  •  I shop online to buy things I can't get locally. (5+ / 0-)

    Or to buy American.  If I can buy locally, especially from non-big box shops, I do.  If it's something that locally I can only get 'Made in China', but online I can find a 'Made in America' version, I try to do that.

    The only thing I have against the online tax collection is that I think the tax collected should be the tax where the store's main brick and mortar location exists.  Ie, if I (in Ohio) buy something from a shop in Oregon, I think the tax collected should be Oregon tax, and go to support Oregon.  Collecting taxes for my own state, despite the fact that it did nothing to even attempt to make such products available locally, disincentivizes it from ever doing so.  If the state gets my tax money no matter what, what does it care if I have nowhere local to buy?  For all it cares, I might as well buy 100% online from out of state, it will still get my money.

    •  You make an interesting point on who gets to (2+ / 0-)
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      Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, Avila

      collect the tax, cause if you went to the actual physical store, you'd be paying the tax to Oregon (in your example) instead of Ohio.  Ohio wouldn't have a claim on that tax if it were bought in person, so why should it in an on-line sale??

      Although, states that border states that have no sales tax will claim sales taxes on big ticket items and states that have huge sale taxes over their neighbors also claim the tax.  In Tennessee, where the sales tax is in excess of 10% and in Mississippi, where it is much lower, the residents of Tennessee will go into Mississippi to purchase big ticket items to try to circumvent Tennessee state sales taxes.

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