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It is getting more expensive to buy tools on eBay 260

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It is getting more expensive to buy tools on eBay
« on: May 13, 2019, 02:03:29 AM »
I buy like over 95% of multis, knives, blank media..., meaning I buy often and a lot, on eBay. Not only I often find great deal, I am rarely charged with sale tax. Most of the time, I buy from casual owners, so the tax is likely paid for already. I just learned recently that starting July 2019, eBay will automatically collect 6% sale tax for Pennsylvania on applicable items, even if the seller does not do it himself.

It seems like there are only clothing and shoes for me to buy on eBay after that date. From now until 7/1, I will be more active to watch out for toys before going cold turkey  :oops:
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Re: It is getting more expensive to buy tools on eBay
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 02:54:41 AM »
 I'm stopping in 2020 anyway, if they do drop PayPal as they say they're doing. 

And I'm surprised they even do it on used items which is mostly what eBay was founded for. Only rarely do thrift shops collect sales tax. And of course not at the flea market. I personally view eBay as more of an online flea market, and very rarely do I buy new stuff on there.

So far, it's apparently just WA, PA, and OK.  But I'm sure other states will start doing that.  Is it just if you and the seller are in PA; or is it if the seller is in PA period?

https://esellercafe.com/ebay-announces-they-will-start-collecting-sales-tax-2019/
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Re: It is getting more expensive to buy tools on eBay
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 03:01:19 AM »
Only 12 states so far from this page https://www.ebay.com/help/selling/fees-credits-invoices/taxes-import-charges?id=4121

Minnesota January 1, 2019

Washington January 1, 2019

Iowa February 1, 2019

Connecticut April 1, 2019
   
District of Columbia May 1, 2019

Nebraska May 1, 2019

New Jersey May 1, 2019

Alabama July 1, 2019

Oklahoma July 1, 2019

Pennsylvania July 1, 2019

South Dakota July 1, 2019

South Carolina October 1, 2019

I think it is buyer's location specific.
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Re: It is getting more expensive to buy tools on eBay
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2019, 02:14:26 AM »
Well, bought an item today, and noticed sales tax was applied. Apparently VA snuck it in; applicable starting today, actually. WV as well.

I'm not crazy about it, but I don't blame states that do so, especially seeing as how online shopping has gotten. But, I do not see the point in charging it for used items at all.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2019, 02:45:09 AM by cody6268 »
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Re: It is getting more expensive to buy tools on eBay
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2019, 07:37:08 PM »
It's funny... You should try from this side of the pond sometime...  ;)

 :D

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Re: It is getting more expensive to buy tools on eBay
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2019, 08:59:27 PM »
It's funny... You should try from this side of the pond sometime...  ;)

 :D

I agree. 5.3% sales tax isn't like the the huge VAT and import fees you've got to pay over there--and not to mention, on the sites I have bookmarked that sell certain knives and such that aren't widely sold in the US (i.e. Finnish Ranger Pukko, Mikov knives); the items they sell that are available widely here cost at least double over there. I've ordered stuff from the UK, Canada, Germany, and Japan (and I want to say Italy?) and I've never paid any kind of duty or fee.
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Re: It is getting more expensive to buy tools on eBay
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2019, 07:09:12 PM »
I agree. 5.3% sales tax isn't like the the huge VAT and import fees you've got to pay over there--and not to mention, on the sites I have bookmarked that sell certain knives and such that aren't widely sold in the US (i.e. Finnish Ranger Pukko, Mikov knives); the items they sell that are available widely here cost at least double over there. I've ordered stuff from the UK, Canada, Germany, and Japan (and I want to say Italy?) and I've never paid any kind of duty or fee.

Not only that, but most of the times USPS postal charges just kill the good deal. I do find a bargain now and then though  :D

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Always posting random things,
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