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Old 09-17-2014, 04:00 PM   #21
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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.
Well technically we're required to report those purchases on our taxes. Don't forget to check the box that says you bought things on the internet.
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:23 PM   #22
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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.
Discussing taxes relating to the sale of an item are on topic, but some posts were beginning to stray from the subject matter by commenting about taxes such as income tax and/or where the tax money goes (or doesn't go). These remarks have no relevance to the topic the OP put out for discussion and have nothing to do with the sale of merchandise.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:21 PM   #23
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Looks like I will be buying a generator from Costco; paying sales tax and membership costs, but still saving money.

The generator I found that was best deal for me is:
SMART TOOLS AP 2000 iQ
$730 ($599 + sales tax + membership; we are not members)

The internet competition:
Honda and/or Yamaha 2000
$900 (free shipping and no tax)

The quality of all the generators seemed equal.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:27 PM   #24
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Looks like I will be buying a generator from Costco; paying sales tax and membership costs, but still saving money.

The generator I found that was best deal for me is:
SMART TOOLS AP 2000 iQ
$730 ($599 + sales tax + membership; we are not members)

The internet competition:
Honda and/or Yamaha 2000
$900 (free shipping and no tax)

The quality of all the generators seemed equal.
reviews are good...nice gen
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:18 AM   #25
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If you have a problem with it, it is easier to deal with a local shop. I'm full timing and I buy stuff on the internet often, but some things are better buying at big chain stores so you can get taken care of on the road anywhere you go like tires, batteries etc.

But I doubt you'll ever have a problem with a Honda generator haha!
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:15 AM   #26
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I have a local hardware store and will ALWAYS try to buy from them first. If they don't have what I need then I will go internet, Home Depot etc. My reasoning is simple. We need local businesses and can't support all of them. I pick the hardware store because I do a lot of repairs. These guys will always help me, I know the people who work there. We don't squabble over 10 and I don't want to see another vacant building in my town.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:40 PM   #27
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Haven't read the whole post. Always try to buy local. Keep local money in the your local economy. It's no different then trying to buy American made stuff. Keep your friends and neighbors employed. If everyone bought everything on the Internet you would not have an option of buying local so good luck on getting a part now because nobody carries that item anymore because they saved a dollar. Big deal whats a dollar gonna get you but the dollar if you would of spend could of employed a kid who was trying to save money for collage. I understand some things you have to buy over the Internet but buy local when you can. If there is a huge cost difference ask them if they will come down on the price a bit.
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Haven't read the whole post. Always try to buy local. Keep local money in the your local economy. It's no different then trying to buy American made stuff. Keep your friends and neighbors employed. If everyone bought everything on the Internet you would not have an option of buying local so good luck on getting a part now because nobody carries that item anymore because they saved a dollar. Big deal whats a dollar gonna get you but the dollar if you would of spend could of employed a kid who was trying to save money for collage. I understand some things you have to buy over the Internet but buy local when you can. If there is a huge cost difference ask them if they will come down on the price a bit.

Canadian dealers will give you a thousand excuses why the prices are so high and they wont budge even one dollar on the price. They also they have to order in a lot of stuff, so you still end up waiting for it. The difference in price can be 50%.
I often buy online where they offer free shipping in the us and have it shipped to the border. Then pick it up on my way home from work or if we go camping in WA for a weekend. It helps that it is only a 30 min drive to the border though.
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It helps that it is only a 30 min drive to the border though.

I am only 10 minutes love it
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I am proponent of buy local and support small businesses. It might have a lot to do with the small rural town I live in and the fact that my parents and grand-parents own small businesses.

That said, because of the fact I live in a small rural town means there are many things I must buy online or from Big-Box retailers because they aren’t available locally.

I don't have a negative opinion of Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, etc I just prefer doing business with folks I have known my entire life, who's kids are in school with my kids, and I know where they live and their home phone numbers. Maybe I am an old fashioned 30-something year old. Sure I often pay more for items than I could from shopping around, but then that is something I am doing consciously.

Now I am not going to just spend recklessly either. I have been known to let local businesses know when they are way out of line of certain items – guess what, because of my relationship often prices are adjusted some. For large purchases I usually try to buy used – I have found lots of great deals locally on CraigsList.

Like most things there is no “right answer” it’s an evaluation based on what’s important to you. Back to OPs topic – if I was buying a new EU2000i and my choice was Wise Sales for $900 or the Local Farm Store for $1049 – I am buying locally 100% of the time. Ironically however I bought my EU2000 on CL for $600.
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