LETTER: Buying online to avoid sales tax costs us locally

While economists nationwide argue over whether we have begun to recover from the Great Recession, one financial reality is beyond dispute: our state, our county, and our town of Ukiah, continue to face the biggest budget challenge in decades. Full Story
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Auguste Rodin

Moraga, CA

#21 Sep 4, 2010
Anybody wanting to pay more or higher taxes - have at it. Leave the rest of us alone!

T axed
E nough
A lready

I earned the money, I'd like to keep it. Instead, somebody's always got his hand in my wallet, taking my money and giving it to somebody I don't know and don't care to know.
Enough already. Tax "the poor," they get all the money.
Willits Guy

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Sep 5, 2010
If they want my sales tax money then build a COSTCO locally and I will stop spending my money in Santa Rosa. COSTCO has good prices, lots of products that we couldn't get locally anyway and a return policy that is no questions asked. Try getting that locally!

But they, the politicians, and the so called Green people keep running them off.

We are visiting our son and daughter in law. They have a farmers market a block from them. The prices are half the price of a local grocery store and the product is today fresh. Go to the farmers market in Willits and look at prices that are twice the local Safeway which are already high, but"these are organic".Guess what people they are all organic. The "local" farmers market brings in product that is up to a week old, harvested since last weeks market. Give us a fresh product at good prices and we will take a look.

Bottom line, have what people want or need at a reasonable price and "They will come." Keep running COSTCO off and trying to gouge,(rip off) people with the curent prices and we will use the internet or COSTCO. That is your fault, don't try to use guilt to try and sell your over priced, lower value local product to us.

“Alius bardus latin laudo”

Since: Nov 08

Jackson St Forest, CA

#23 Sep 5, 2010
not my argument wrote:
not my argument, but yours: you said if those at the top pay higher taxes, it would mean higher prices.
My point was simply this, and I will repeat it again: hmmm, odd then that during the 1950s when taxes for those at the top were astronomically high by today's scale, the middle class had such a lower cost of living (yes I'm accounting for inflation) than they do today.
You are correct, accounting for inflation they did have a lower cost of living. Why, is what you seem to ask.

A car that costs $30,000 today would of cost about $15,000. And inflation doesn't fully account for the difference. Let's look at why.

That $15000 dollar car in 1950 would have to have the full range of amenities the 2000 car has to be an equal comparison. The cost of the a/c, power steering, radio, safety features and so on add to the bottom line.

If you use the same logic on houses and food it will account for some of the difference.

Another issue to consider is the increase in expendable income. Pricing of an item doesn't simply stem from the cost. It also factors in what someone will pay for an item. Supply and demand.

Jobs are another issue. In some instances people are paid considerably more now, inflation taken into account, than in 1950. Partially because the job has changed and become more demanding.

I will tell you that it is a very complicated issue. There are many, many factors that come into play when considering cost of living. Simply linking taxes and cost of living is not an accurate ratio. It is an interesting fact, but it is a useless comparison.

I could say that taxes were higher in 1950 and there were fewer paved roads. Does higher taxes mean fewer paved roads? No.

Cost of living is much more complex than taxes.

However, there is a direct link between higher taxes and end of the line product prices.
Willits Guy

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Sep 6, 2010
That $15,000 car ... Don't forget, the tax on that car was 4%, or $600. Now that same car is taxed at 9.5% or more so now the same car has an added benifit of taxes to the tune of $2850. Check it out, talk about inflation, that isn't double, it is over five times the taxes.
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Albany, NY

#25 Oct 22, 2012
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Laughing at Here Is One

Sacramento, CA

#26 Oct 22, 2012
Willits Guy wrote:
We don't buy online to avoid taxes, we buy online to avoid the ridiculous prices locally. The tax break is just an extra benefit. About prices locally, as in California. When we left on vacation the price for gas in Willits at Safeway, the cheapest place in town was 3.069. we just bought gas for 2.459. it was probably produced in Richmond California. buy locally, yea right, only when we have to!
That's the same with most middle of the road people I know.. Wages that the local businesses pay are stagnant or have gone down, taxes haven't gone up so why the continual rise in prices? We buy on line to save on the cost of products, not to cheat the tax man.

I think the fact that the rich are richer might have something to do with it, ya think?

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Mexico

#27 Oct 28, 2012
Laughing at Here Is One wrote:
<quoted text>That's the same with most middle of the road people I know.. Wages that the local businesses pay are stagnant or have gone down, taxes haven't gone up so why the continual rise in prices? We buy on line to save on the cost of products, not to cheat the tax man.

I think the fact that the rich are richer might have something to do with it, ya think?
Taxes have not gone up??????

Fuel is the same price???

Economics 101 is waiting at your local middle school

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