One of the great benefits of buying gear online is the ability to buy cameras, expensive lenses, etc. and not have to pay sales tax (if ordered from out of state). That all appears to be changing now.
To most people, the idea of not paying sales tax when shopping online has been a sweet deal. Many folks don't even realize that you are supposed to pay a use tax, which was self-enforced basically. I'm sure you can guess how many online shoppers actually did this. The Supreme Court just ruled that online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax. So, it looks like we are facing the end of the era of "saving" hundreds of dollars in tax on a single camera purchase. But legally speaking, we weren't supposed to just be pocketing the tax.
This is a big deal for those who buy lots of gear, as well as those like me, who switch platforms every month or so it seems. My feeling is that it will ultimately have some folks buying more used gear as opposed to buying new (whenever possible). That said, it shouldn't be as big a deal as it feels like. It feels like a kick to the gut, because it seems as if the prices just got raised on everything, but in reality, we were supposed to already be paying it anyway.
What do you think? Is this a huge deal? Have you been paying the use tax locally even for your online purchases?
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