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|User Info||Amazon: Let's Play Diversion; entered at 2012-04-28 15:54:18|
I have to differ with you on your opinion based on my personal experience. I live in Washington state and have been paying sales tax through Amazon for years. I compare prices, Amazon vs. local, the sales tax applies in both cases. In the past I made "limited" purchases from Amazon. For Xmas, we obtained Amazon eink readers and the Amazon Fire. With the Fire, a one month trial of "Prime" was included. While this includes streaming video (of which we have viewed several hours a month - not a deal maker) it also includes "free" two day shipping for "Prime" designated merchandise. We started using the "free" Prime shipping and the practice has evolved to $200-$300 per month of Amazon "Prime" purchases vs typically less than $40 of Amazon purchases pre Fire-Prime.|
Now, I routinely search Amazon for shopping, most articles I do not need in less than 2 days. The Amazon shopping gives me a wider selection and typically lower or equal costs to local purchases. I will buy local if the price matches or is lower than avialble on Amazon Prime and I need it in the next two days, sales tax is the same in both cases.
While Prime membership now costs an annual $79 per year, I think that the time I save shopping at multiple local stores (to find out the item I want is not stocked/available) and the cost of gasoline is worth the cost. The item I want after researching on the interntet is delivered by the brown truck in 2 days (three over a weekend). The one or two movies I watch per month with Prime memberahip probably covers the $79 per year cost while I get "free" delivery to my door for merchandise at a lower or equal cost to local merchants (in a sales tax state).
Yes, I know this is destroying the local merchants. The above is my considered actions in diverting my purchases to Amazon "Prime". Future quarterly reports may reflect my considered actions.