Tax on shipping?

jiho

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FYI Fleabay, the USPS doesn't tax me when I buy stamps.
The USPS still remembers a stamp tax caused an armed revolt.* I have a bunch of "forever" stamps that commemorate it - a fun gag to use.

Fleabay, OTOH, thinks more like the King of England.

* (A little play on words.)
 
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69hurstolds

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Eons ago in its infancy years---(1999 or 2000)---Ebay decided they were getting screwed on people selling an item like, say, an NOS fan belt for $1.50, with a $28 shipping charge. I think their cut was maybe 3.5 or 5%, not sure back then. They were making 50 cents off that deal while the seller shipped the belt for $4 and put $25 in their own pocket. TOTALLY legal at that time. But I saw neon lights go for $5 with $795 shipping charges. THAT's why they changed the business model and started charging their percentage of fees based on "total" sale price which included shipping. I don't know how they were able to pull that off legally, but they did. I guess because it was a fee, not a tax.
 
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pontiacgp

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Well thanks for clearing that up 69hurstolds. Excuse me while I bend over and apply some KY for the privilege of living in New-F-ing-York. I looked at the tax site and never found that. That doesn't change my mind that Fleabay is a bunch of cheapola chiselers........................................................................ View attachment 162443

that sign would be funny if it was not true.......
 

oldsmobile joe

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Some states tax on labor also, not just the goods.
They may have rolled "shipping and HANDLING" into just "shipping". They're taxing the "handling " but not breaking it down for you.
Rockauto does the same. Then when you use their discount code, they only discount the parts and not the shipping.
 
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Ribbedroof

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Is ebay even relevant anymore?

Have not sold on there in 5 years, after they screwed me on a refused package

Generally, unless it's an actual individual selling some random part they didn't use, it can be bought elsewhere for the same price without all the games.
 

Bonnewagon

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I think it goes under the heading of "just because you can doesn't mean you should." Lots of places don't and do just fine. I blame all this on our douchebag ex-Governor Spitzer. He was the first to enact the internet taxation. Then they all got on board. (Yeah- he was the one caught with the $2000 an hour hooker).
 
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Bonnewagon

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"That's 12K plus 960 tax" Would that come under "handling"? Maybe I am naive but I am still wondering what she can do that is worth $2000. :mrgreen:
 
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69hurstolds

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"That's 12K plus 960 tax" Would that come under "handling"? Maybe I am naive but I am still wondering what she can do that is worth $2000. :mrgreen:
Rebuild a transmission. Or perform surgery. That would be my expectation for that price.
 

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