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Old 09-15-2014, 11:16 AM   #11
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I always look at how much it's going to cost me in my pocket...


If the price difference is not huge, I'll prefer buying local...


I just bought myself an ADCO RV cover...local dealer was asking 649$+taxs (for a total of 746.19$)

I ordered one from CampingWorld instead... with shipping, taxs, rate exchange and UPS brokerage fees it cost me a big 495$

I saved 250$ for the same damn thing...

so that means I'll have 250$ to spend on something else....
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:26 PM   #12
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I will go to the local guy and ask for the internet price, sometimes it works. I did discover in one case that the items were not the same. It was not a camping related item but the internet item was a China made version made by the same company to sell on certain internet sites. (it was camera stuff). Same item? not always. It was the local guy that educated me on this.
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I will go to the local guy and ask for the internet price, sometimes it works. I did discover in one case that the items were not the same. It was not a camping related item but the internet item was a China made version made by the same company to sell on certain internet sites. (it was camera stuff). Same item? not always. It was the local guy that educated me on this.
This is definitely a problem. You have to be able to compare the UPC codes on the packages to determine if items are the same

Many items now have MAP (minimum advertised prices) that can't be any lower, so buying local or internet makes very little difference

As to sales tax, you are liable for sales tax regardless of where you purchase the item (at least in my state). You might not pay the tax, but you are still required to pay it by law.
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When you dont buy local to save the taxes etc.. dont be asking govt for stuff.. like better roads or more police etc.. just something for all to think about...
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When you dont buy local to save the taxes etc.. dont be asking govt for stuff.. like better roads or more police etc.. just something for all to think about...
I would agree with that sentiment if it weren't for the fact that our State decided to raise our income taxes "temporarily" by 66% a couple years ago to get itself out of debt, only to turn around and use our tax money for more spending, and now is considering making the "temporary" tax increase permanent, and at the same time the debt went up instead of down....The more you give, the more they spend... That's my political rant for the day.
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I already give so much money to the Federal, Provincial, Municipal levels. I prefer getting more for my money!

And for all the rest you named, well what I provide should be sufficient!
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:47 AM   #17
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We're getting a bit off-topic here. The OP wants to know about purchasing on the Internet opposed to a store, not an argument about taxes.

Let's get back on on topic. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
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We're getting a bit off-topic here. The OP wants to know about purchasing on the Internet opposed to a store, not an argument about taxes.

Let's get back on on topic. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Seems on topic to me.

Can't really have a discussion when you can't bring up all the facts. Buying online in michigan can save %6. That's a good amount of money, and it can sway someone's decision one way or another.

Doesn't change the fact that one is still obligated to pay the tax, but it is part of the process.
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I would agree with that sentiment if it weren't for the fact that our State decided to raise our income taxes "temporarily" by 66% a couple years ago to get itself out of debt, only to turn around and use our tax money for more spending, and now is considering making the "temporary" tax increase permanent, and at the same time the debt went up instead of down....The more you give, the more they spend... That's my political rant for the day.
While I agree 100% with taxes being too high...we are still obligated to pay our share. Unfortunately the value of this obligation is determined by others. This isn't a church offering plate, you pay the amount required.
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Aside from the tax implications, which are loosely enforced in some states and non-existent in others, I do find that online parts/accessories for cars and RV's are much cheaper than my local dealer, with free shipping included. e.g. bought a fuel sensor recently from a west coast Nissan dealer through eBay for $70, whereas the local Nissan dealers wanted $200; bought Maxxis tires online for $400 shipped, local shops wanted $600 before factoring in installation cost... But that's just a small sampling... Thus there's really no financial benefit to buying locally vs online.
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