And to further complicate matters, not all sales taxes are created equal. Here in Michigan we have a 6% sales tax and some states have no sales tax.
I agree this complicates matters. But the underlying question is WHY do some states have higher tax rates? We need to entice the government to spend less and tax less.
Further, there is still the cost of shipping that needs to be overcome. If it is cheaper to by it out of state AND pay for shipping.....then there is a problem with your state.
As it is now, as states pass these laws all that happens is businesses move out of state. So in a bid to grab more money from the people, the state had a net loss now that people are out of work and most likely -
A. Not paying income taxes anymore
B. Not able to buy as much and therefore not paying sales tax and
C. probably collecting unemployment or some other assistance at taxpayer expense.
I just hope things hold out for a little while longer.....I'm trying to stay on a 5 year plan so I can go Galt and never look back......at that point I really don't care much because my purchases will be minimal as will my "income."