hail2skins wrote:I appreciate the feedback and in my state it is a "requirement" you pay state tax on items you buy in other states or on the internet. As you suggest, it is a somewhat questionable thing as to whether anyone actually follows that specific guideline. I would hope not.
Understand that there are people in certain professions (requiring various credentials or security clearances) who would be foolish NOT to comply with the law on that (and other) issues, given the risk to their livelihoods that being caught would entail.
In fact, many wildly unjust laws are not followed by enough people that new laws are written.
Question for you: What do you think makes internet/interstate sales tax laws "wildly unjust?" Do you think you would have the same opinion if you were the owner of a brick-and-mortar retail/wholesale business? Understand, I don't like that my tax-free internet purchases are a thing of the past, but I understand why it's happening and I don't think such laws are "wildly unjust."
Courts even once said an entire race of people weren't really people at all.
You're not really trying to equate legal slavery with laws that require collection of sales tax, are you?
As for whether Woot will be charging tax on items, if that is the case, I would no longer buy here.
As I understand it, that is the case. Seems like it would make the most sense to do the math (including tax) and decide whether it's still a good deal or not.
I don't actually believe Woot is required by any law in Texas or nationally to charge taxes, but IF they were, say no, and fight the good fight .
As I understand it, each and every winery that wants to ship wine into a given state must get a license to do so from said state. Those states which charge sales tax make paying sales tax to the state a requirement of the license.
I don't know which of the sales tax-related discussions you've seen here prior to today's, but from what I've gathered the tax was ALWAYS collected on woot wine purchases before, but was simply rolled into the overall price. Today's woot deal is an example. Last time the McClean Syrah was offered, it was $75 for 6 bottles, no matter where it was going. The winery had to take money out of that total and remit it to the various states as tax. Today's woot offer is $69 for 6, plus whatever tax is required in your particular state. Tax in my state happens to be... you guessed it, about $6. So the state still gets their tax money, and I still get my McClean Syrah for the same price I paid last time.
Disclaimer: I know this offer is slightly different than the previous offer, given that half the bottles are of a different vintage. But the woot folks have claimed that this is the case across the board. Current wine.woot offers are a few dollars lower now than their older equivalent offers, except that now the tax will be charged as a specific line item for your state rather than being rolled into the offer total.