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[aprssig] shipping and sales taxes (was- aprssig Digest, Vol 95, Issue 32)

Eric Lorenz K9LGE k9lge at emlorenz.com
Wed May 30 19:49:24 UTC 2012

Not to get persnickety, but your int statement is not completely true. Even
if a company has no offices in a state that you are ordering from, if
*your* state collects USE tax, then you *are* liable for paying taxes on
out of state purchases (IL is one of those). Now in theory, most everyone
ignores it, but it is on the books. Used to be a half page return that you
filled with your state inc tax return.

Eric K9LGE
On May 30, 2012 8:21 AM, "Perry Chamberlain" <canoeman at qnet.com> wrote:

> Respectfully
> Perry Chamberlain
> On May 30, 2012, at 5:00 AM, aprssig-request at tapr.org wrote:
> > Don't forget, you've still got to pay for him to ship the stuff from the
> > EU to the US, and that is not cheap to do these days, what with all the
> > security paranoia...  Especially, if the goods did not "originate" from
> > the US in the first place.
> >
> > It's many times more expensive to ship *INTO* the US, than for you to
> > ship stuff out of your county.   FYI.
> >
> > In any case, I still don't consider those costs shown above, as "low
> > cost".   Plus, it's (yet) another layer of complexity, therefore another
> > posible source of possible errors, ready to take down what you want back
> > into the noise.
> >
> > Whatever happened to the KISS principle?
> >
> > 73.
> I don't know where you get the idea it is expensive to ship here.
> I order equipment from china, Canada, hong kong, and the EU, very cheap
> prices, and NO DUTY, no taxes.
> It is often cheaper to buy a radio in the USA from china, or the UK, then
> it is to buy it here.
> When I order boards from out of the country, I pay no tax, no duty.
> And paying $120.00 for a dstar board to tack on to an older analog radio,
> and voila, you have an instant simplex dstar repeater, is very cheap
> indeed, as opposed to an Icom $3,000.00 repeater.
> So I am  not sure about what you are talking about.
> When Americans buy from outside their state, they pay no sales tax.
> Unless the company has an office in that state.
> A lot of hams play the shipping game.
> Look local, buy out of state.
> I tend to buy commercial ham radios from my local ham stores, to support
> local businesses. But I will shop anywhere, for an item I can't find here.
> When we see a dutchstar or German dstar board for 120.00, that plus $10.00
> shipping from overseas,  that is what we pay, no more.
> I on the other hand don't ship out of the USA, because of other countries
> high import duties.
> My dongle, dvap 880h, and ID31a were all bought locally. That  sounds
> pretty simple to me!
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