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RadioShack $149 deal is more like $205

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  1. celmail

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    Hi,

    I've just picked up my Atrix at the local RadioShack. They added sales tax of more than $50 (based on the $599 non activated price). I should have ordered on amazon (unfortunately the Atrix is on backorder there).

    Do AT&T, Costco, BestBuy etc. do the same?
     

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    yes they do. and 8-9 days isn't that long of a wait imo...
     
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    Is this even legal? I thought you pay sales tax on the actual cost you pay for an item. This is ridiculous.
     
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    Wow that totally killed the deal for me. I added to cart at BB online to see the tax and it was $53.81
     
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    i buy everything i can from amazon :)
    free two-day shipping and no tax!
     
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    yup, that tax rate is set by the state. So that phone from AT&T would cost you around $250 after taxes.

    Some state, like CA, tax you on the retail price of the phone, not on the subsidized price that you can get if you sign a contract.

    Beware California's hidden cell phone tax
     
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    I got my Atrix for $149.00 from an ATT store this morning due to my account being premier, I don't know if your account has this but if you do I would just visit a store and ask about it.
     
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    My account is premier from being a postal worker. Is that capable of getting it for $149.99?
     
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    My total tax on my purchase from AT&T was 10.94. Total paid was $210.94. I would contact your local revenue department and ask them if that was a proper tax. (PA Sales tax is 6%)
     
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    I bought from radioshack and my total including an Incipio case was $186. Sales tax is 6.5% here.
     
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    yeah I was only charged 6% sale tax on the 199.99 in michigan:cool:
     
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    Not sure as I was not expecting the saleman to tell me I got an additional $50 discount plus no $18 activation fee. The reason he gave me for the Premier status on my account.
     
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    As stated earlier- CA, and possibly others, charge based upon the full price. Don't blame anyone but your politicians. And of course the sales rep that sold it to you since they should have mentioned it.
     
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    bingo!

    Walmart for some reason gets away with this though. I've lost some sales because people found out walmart doesnt get taxed off the full retail price. How they get away with this i dont know (this is for california at least)
     
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    uh... might wanna get that checked out. i bought mine today at radioshack for around 160 with tax (7% sales tax : NJ)
     
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    This should be a sticky on every cell phone forum on the internet. Every single time a new phone is released, the topic of CA's sales tax comes up.
     
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    got mine for $150 from walmart. They honored Lets Talk.com's price, even though they arent linked to walmart.
     
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    Got mine at Radioshack for $149.99 + $7.50 (VA Tax) Total = $157.49 out the door :D
     
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    Lol, not sure where you live but if it's CA then you should be used to it..

    Regardless if you think Radio Shack ripped you off or not, it's still $50 less than what ATT would've charged you. I'd consider it a deal still.
     

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