sales taxes aren't meant to be a reimbursement on wear and tear on the environment and infrastructure though, and even if they were, then the reimbursement is way overpriced in most cases. you're putting too much thought into trying to rationalize why there's a difference between tangible and intangible goods in terms of viability for tax. sales tax, like the majority of taxes, is just meant to be a way to generate revenue, although there are alternative primary or secondary motives for some, and as such the government would be dumb to tax physical items but not bother to tax digital ones, particularly in an increasingly digitized environment.
You're probably right, but overthink things is what I do best. Well, that and start pointless arguments. A guy's gotta have hobbies, and they can't all involve c**-stained plastic boxes from GameStop.
If you want to actually take a look at the big big bigger picture, like you're suggesting, then look at our brick & mortar store economy and how much it has changed during the last decade. Can you name all the stores that have closed? Put the digital sales strawman argument aside for a minute and try to think how much web economies have drastically affected our shopping choices in urban areas. It's pretty wild how much the landscape has changed in just the last 5-8 years. It has been a direct byproduct of all the advantageous shopping online, my dude.
Retailers can't even afford to pay their employees anymore. Retail wages are not enough to live on. Local and federal governments are trying to keep robots and computers from taking over all of the retail jobs. Commercial real estate (monthly store rent) prices are through the roof because the rich keep getting richer. Most remaining companies are coalescing and merging. More importantly, there is no official oversight over ANYTHING that is happening online at places like Google, Facebook, or any of the conglomerates that deal in personal information.
It's the wild wild west online and everything that is providing you your goods and services is becoming monopolized. Consider your ISP choices for a minute. Oligopolies are everywhere you look. That should be a much bigger concern of yours than paying sales tax in some additional instances. Even people in here can understand and attest to what has happened to the price of PC games since Steam achieved pseudo-monopoly status roughly four years ago. Can you guess what was one of the primary mechanics that helped Valve get there?
I'm not prepared to disagree with everything you say here, but I will say I think that this highlights the need for regulation at the national level, which our federal government has been weirdly timid about to date.
Also, is the answer TF2 hats?
My tax returns have asked about out of state (and online) purchases for over a decade. So, while no one did it, everyone was supposed to be reporting and paying taxes on those purchases.
If people still want to not pay taxes on digital items, just move to a state without sales tax.
It's like this most places. That's why these laws have been passed in recent years in various jurisdictions.
People flock to Gamestop in droves in order to buy cum-crusted used games for $5 cheaper. This is a perfect example. People have no altruism or ideals; they do whatever is the most convenient and the cheapest. You mean for the better part of two decades I could buy games on Steam, not pay any sales tax, and not leave the comfort of my home?? The lack of online taxes led directly to the ultimate culmination of pc games no longer being sold at retail stores and Steam sales sucking. I'm not saying it was the only reason but it was certainly one of the main, driving components.
Actually I pay $5 more for that.
And I knew I would get the answer wrong.
Humble Bundle Jan 2019
Wizard of Legend
Just Cause 3 XXL Edition
Project Cars 2
Regions of Ruin
The Darkside Detective
Tom Clancy's The Division
Hey, it's a good thing I've already beaten Yazuka Zero after I preordered it. . . er, wait, never mind.
Edited by warreni, 04 January 2019 - 07:39 PM.