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This opinion has nothing to do with economics or finance. You can make this emotional argument but it is grounded in feelings not math.These 2 are not mutually exclusive. If you're buying online and paying taxes you're passing resources both to the govt and to the musician/builder selling it.
Sellers don't pay tax, buyers do, so the seller is still getting the same amount with or without tax.
Now if the argument is that people will buy less because of tax, well we're not talking food and water here. Gear is a leisure purchase for most people and if 6% will make or break a purchase, maybe this person shouldn't be buying more gear to begin with.
For a professional, it's a write-off for the total of the purchase, tax included, so it shouldn't be an issue either.
There are 3rd party products that will give you tax rates based on shipping address.I called Chicago Music Exchange recently on a used item to see if they could do any better on the price and tax and they wouldn't budge on either. Some stores are advertising on their websites if you buy from them directly via their shopping cart or by phone and you live out of state, you can avoid sales tax. Makes me wonder if Chicago Music Exchange is even paying the sales tax they are charging? How can they keep up with sales tax rates of all 50 states and county jurisdictions?
but if your able to be in a position where your dropping $3k on guitars and amps your likely in a position where $300 isn’t going to really impact you no ?ok, how about you try about 10% tax and not 7%. Also it flat out ruins the deal especially on a $3000 guitar or amp. I will NOT pay tax on that. Either seller eats it, or I don’t buy, I also won’t buy it local because of the tax, I’ll find some way to get it without tax. And tax on 3 guitar purchases is substantial. Also if you sell and buy a lot it ruins it
I would be open to look at an income tax if we got rid of the sales and use taxes. The issue that makes it a non starter is that you never get to repeal a tax once it is there.Betcha can't wait til WA goes with a state income tax to boot. Inslee wants to save his Orca, Sawant wants to turn Seattle into more Freeattle, etc. and they all want to take your money to pay for it. Before you give any money to a politician, be aware that thanks to retired WA Congressman Norm Dix (D), any unspent campaign donations can now be put in an IRA to benefit him/her self.