I came to USA (SF,CA) recently for some official work for a couple of weeks.
I am having a query regarding a camera that I purchased and wanted to know if there is something that I am missing.
I bought a simple digital camera for 250 USD (camera + 152 MB memory + camera case/cover) then I showed it to my friends .They said that I have paid quite high for this camera.I googled and found that the same camera I could have bought from amazon with a much lesser spending. So why the shops are charging more ? Is there is any reason for this. And how is amazon giving the same for 30% less?
So why the shops are charging more ? Is there is any reason for this.
Because apparently some people will pay it. Electronics stores are famous for all manner of questionable practices. As that article details, the prices you found on Amazon may or may not be for the same package. The camera shop you went to may have been marking things up excessively. The bottom line is caveat emptor and do your research before you buy.
Yep, what was said before. The things that I can't believe is what some people are thinking when they list items on ebay at prices that are 50-100% more expensive than the exact same item on ebay listed right above and below them, and in many cases 50-100% higher than even retail.
I see this often with Nintendo Wii games, at the stores they sell for $49.99 and most listings you can get these games for 40-46$ including shipping. But there will be a couple listed as buy it nows for $89. I mean do they actually expect someone to click on their listing to buy it for that much more?
Originally posted by Rahul Bhattacharjee: And how are the state taxes applied when a item is purchased online ?
Generally, they aren't. But most states have a "use tax" that's equivalent to the state sales tax. It applies when people buy things outside the state where they live and bring them home, and people are responsible for remitting the correct amount to the state when they do that.
Obviously the state isn't going to come looking for use tax on the Mickey Mouse hat you bought at Disney World, but if you buy something expensive like a car, then they will. So (excuse my Latin) it's "caveat taxpayer" in this case.
I'm not so sure about that. We've bought things online before and had to pay sales tax. There's some strange law about if the on-line retailer has a physical store in your state, taxes apply. or something like that.
I think it was Lands End. Their stuff used to be tax free, but when Sears started selling it, the on-line store started charging.
Now, that may be a Missouri specific thing, so your milage may vary.
Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Not only state taxes. In many states, smaller jurisdictions like counties and rapid transit districts and cities and wide spots in the road can have their own sales taxes. The state of Washington has about 300 of these areas and the state of Illinois has over 1,000 of them. You can imagine why the people who sell things over the Internet don't want to get involved in collecting sales tax.