Sales tax is not only reason people shop online

Aug. 4, 2013 at 3:04 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Recently, KAVU ran a story about a local store owner who was commenting about losing business due to sales tax not being charged on Internet sales. I have shopped this store and have found that their prices are more expensive than other local stores with the same items.

Last week, I was shopping for a winch for my SUV. I called a local dealer for the item I was searching for. The price they quoted seemed a little high. I searched the Internet to check pricing. I found the same item at a store in Austin for $200 less. I purchased it over the Internet and paid sales tax. I would rather buy locally, but $200 is too big of a difference. Lack of sales tax on some Internet purchases is not the always the reason for lost business. Local merchants should check their pricing and keep up with the competition.

Kevin Williams, Victoria



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