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I know that this topic has been touched on in a forum previously, however, I am reluctant to bump a thread. I received a statement for the year's cost of Prime and was very surprised at how it has increased. Plus, I discovered that they are now tacking on tax. I requested information on the tax including why and from where they draw their percentage such as is this a State tax. I could not get any answer other than it depends on your area. The CS could not identify from where the tax originates. Can anyone shed any light on this? I am seriously considering dropping Prime. I must analyse the cost saving benefits.

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Excerpt from:  forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/06/22/what-supreme-courts-internet-sales-tax-ruling-says-about-the-state-of-retail/#567895f11e9c

 

Jun 22, 2018


A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Thursday paves the way for states to ask online retailers to collect internet sales tax, a move praised by brick-and-mortar retailers as leveling the playing field between online and physical merchants. (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

Brick-and-mortar retailers that have seen their businesses upended, and sometimes literally destroyed, by the rise of e-commerce finally had a moment of vindication on Thursday: The U.S. Supreme Court, in a landmark 5-4 ruling, basically gave states the green light to have online retailers collect sales tax, just like any local retailer.

 

I do not know if local taxes are also included in the ruling but state sales taxes are. 

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I  got a notice about the prime cost going up. Oklahoma has mandated tax on goods ordered through the internet.  It is not the sellers, it is a state law now .

 

Prime includes more benefits that it used to and also Prime members can get some very good discounts at Whole Foods now.

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@Sooner  How can I find out about the discounts at Whole Foods.   I didn't know about the discount.  Thanks.

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@phoenixbrdYou download the Whole Foods app on your phone.  When you go into the store there are color-coded items that are marked down specifically for Prime customers.  There are also other discounts.  When you go to the checkout, they scan in the bar code on the app and it automatically gives you the discount.  Sometimes they have "prime days" when there are specials for Prime customers.  I usually go on Wednesdays as that's the day they designate for Prime customers.

 

 

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@Deanie

 

Amazon doesn’t make the decision about taxes. That is government. 

 

If you only use Prime for free 2 day shipping please do cancel! Amazon Prime is so much more than that and it is worth every penny if you use even some of the other things.

 

I love Prime! I got it for streaming movies and TV shows - the annual cost is about what I paid for one month of cable TV years ago. Everything else is icing on my cake.

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@Marp wrote:

Excerpt from:  forbes.com/sites/andriacheng/2018/06/22/what-supreme-courts-internet-sales-tax-ruling-says-about-the-state-of-retail/#567895f11e9c

 

Jun 22, 2018


A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Thursday paves the way for states to ask online retailers to collect internet sales tax, a move praised by brick-and-mortar retailers as leveling the playing field between online and physical merchants. (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

Brick-and-mortar retailers that have seen their businesses upended, and sometimes literally destroyed, by the rise of e-commerce finally had a moment of vindication on Thursday: The U.S. Supreme Court, in a landmark 5-4 ruling, basically gave states the green light to have online retailers collect sales tax, just like any local retailer.

 

I do not know if local taxes are also included in the ruling but state sales taxes are. 


@Marp

 

I think this move is going to be a big fail. I don’t see many internet shoppers stopping and going back to B&M stores because they have to pay taxes now. The convenience of internet shopping is too great; B&M stores will never be able to compete with that.

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They charged me tax last year on my Prime.  Also, my local Whole Foods has a sign outside about special deals for Amazon Prime customers.  I don't shop Whole Foods mainly because it's terribly inconvenient for me.  They're on my way home from my hairdresser that I visit every 6 wks, otherwise I wouldn't be on that end of town.

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I have always paid taxes on Amazon purchases.  I thought it was because I was in Washington state where they are.  I don't have Prime but I noticed something interesting last week.  I was looking to replace an Urban Decay eyeliner pencil and it was $33 on Amazon Prime but at Sephora and Nordstrom it was only $21.  

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@Icegoddess wrote:

They charged me tax last year on my Prime.  Also, my local Whole Foods has a sign outside about special deals for Amazon Prime customers.  I don't shop Whole Foods mainly because it's terribly inconvenient for me.  They're on my way home from my hairdresser that I visit every 6 wks, otherwise I wouldn't be on that end of town.


I’m sure the answer is obvious but how do you show that you are an Amazon Prime member at WF?

 

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