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Will Sales Tax Influence Your Cyber Monday Shopping?

There will be deals out here on the internet on Cyber Monday. But now that we pay California's sales tax for our online purchases, bringing their prices closer to those in our local stores, will you be spending more in the Napa Valley and less on t

What comes after Black Friday and Small Business Saturday? Cyber Monday, when internet retailers go all out to lure holiday buyers. But this year, there's a new wrinkle: sales tax.

Since Sept. 15, California online shoppers have had to pay sales tax on their internet purchases from retailers like Amazon.

Now that the playing field is a bit more level, do you plan to shift any of your holiday shopping from online to in-person? Tell us in the comments.

Any online retailer registered to sell in the State of California will need to collect sales tax from buyers of their goods, even on Cyber Monday. According to the state Board of Equalization, there is no 'blackout' period on that day, in which the sales tax can be waived.

Many online retailers are offering free shipping this year with certain dollar minimums, and in fact, many were offering Cyber Monday deals beginning on Friday, following the same marketing plan the Black Friday retailers put into place this year as some decided to open on Thanksgiving Eve.

But shopping locally, whether at a big box store, shopping centers or one of our smaller businesses, allows the customer to see the merchandise, touch it, and decide if it's right for him or her. Returns are generally easier than for the online experience, where one has to repackage, resend, and wait for the credit.

What do you think? With prices similar between local stores and online retailers, where will you shop? Is it better to keep money in our community, and support our stores? Small businesses always appreciate the support.

And even at big box stores, where the cash is going to a corporate tower that's often a long way away, local workers have jobs at those stores, trying to support families.

Or are the deals on the internet just too good to be passed over? Tell us in the comments.

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chuck2251 November 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
EVENTUALLY MOM AND POP STORES WILL GO THE WAY OF THE 4 TRACK AND DVD.. THEY CAN NOT COMPETE ,WITH THE INTERNET ,MANY OF THEIR VENDORS ALSO COMPETE WITH THEM WITH A ON LINE STORE AND THEY HAVE ALL THE INVENTORY THAT THE MOM AND POP STORE CAN NOT AFFORD TO STOCK..OUR STORE HAD TO BORROW 50,000 DOLLARS TO STOCK NIXON WATCHES TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE WITH NIXON S ON LINE STORE..
Eloy35 November 25, 2012 at 08:39 PM
My small business went online and tanked because of the shipping charges were the same as the sales tax,but I had more clientel and a lot of times I had to drive 150miles to deliver their order just because I missed the FedEx truck
Mark Mathews November 25, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Eloy35, "Ah feel yeor pain" as a former LIAR once apologetically quipped. The more state and federal government bureaucrats stick their fingers into free enterprise (to pay off their diverse constituent redistribution parasite classes), the harder it will be for the producers such as yourselves to stay in business. God bless your continued attempt at making a living, free of a gov-min check.
Loren Haas November 25, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I have done a great deal of online shopping over the past ten years. Not paying sales tax was frequently the deciding factor after amazon.com and others offered a way to get free shipping. Now that I will have to pay taxes I an sure that more of my business will be with local retailers. The problem with living in Napa is that you are very limited in variety of retailers, especially true for electronics and computer related items. Perhaps the change in sales tax policy will allow an opening for retailers to better service that market?
Louisa Hufstader November 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Here's a round-up of Cyber Monday/Cyber Week specials online: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/best-cyber-monday-deals-from-target-walmart-best-buy-and-more-3e2b52da

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