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Old Feb 16, 2012, 2:19 PM   #1
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Olympus is selling the EP-3 with Zuiko 14-42 II R lens for 849.00.

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I see B&H has the same $50 rebate on similar outfits, with one bonus. Buying through B&H means not having to pay sales tax if you live outside New York State. Buying via the Olympus site means paying sales tax, which'll eat that $50 savings right up!
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I see B&H has the same $50 rebate on similar outfits, with one bonus. Buying through B&H means not having to pay sales tax if you live outside New York State. Buying via the Olympus site means paying sales tax, which'll eat that $50 savings right up!
Very good point. I ordered something from Olympus once and they charged me state sales tax. I thought they could only do that if you lived in the same state where ordered.
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....Olympus is promoting instant rebates on several cameras and lenses. It isn't a fire sale but it surely seems maybe a BIG inventory reducing event, though 50USD isn't much of a markdown at the buyer level.

It happens every fiscal EOY @ Olympus.
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It would be if you had my wallet and contents.
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Very good point. I ordered something from Olympus once and they charged me state sales tax. I thought they could only do that if you lived in the same state where ordered.
There are certain merchants that have to. I don't fully understand the laws myself, either. What I understand is, if there's a storefront in the state, they have to charge sales tax on in-state sales. Every time I have bought direct from Olympus or Panasonic, I have been charged sales tax. Ditto with Dell, which I kind-of understand since they are based out of Austin, Texas.
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I bought a computer from Dell and they did not charge sales tax, but I live in dreary Michigan. You sure don't like taking pics in winter around here unless you like pics of snow and mud.
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good deal.. but I think the e-pm1 is an even better deal with the same lenses at $574.98 ($424.98 + $150 for the 40-150mm R lens)

as for the taxes.. state tax law is something I know a little about and yes generally it is a question of whether the company has a brick and mortar location in your state, with Olympus they have a much bigger (than the camera) medical imagining business likely physically located in many states.

Further many states (MA for example) ask tax payers to declare and pay a "use" tax on items purchased over the internet for use in their state of residency.

Myself I live in beautiful tax free New Hampshire where we don't pay state income or sales tax :-)
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even the e-pl3 with the both lenses is $799... at olympus
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good deal.. but I think the e-pm1 is an even better deal with the same lenses at $574.98 ($424.98 + $150 for the 40-150mm R lens)

as for the taxes.. state tax law is something I know a little about and yes generally it is a question of whether the company has a brick and mortar location in your state, with Olympus they have a much bigger (than the camera) medical imagining business likely physically located in many states.

Further many states (MA for example) ask tax payers to declare and pay a "use" tax on items purchased over the internet for use in their state of residency.

Myself I live in beautiful tax free New Hampshire where we don't pay state income or sales tax :-)
How does the state support itself, where is the money coming from? I wouldn't think alcohol and fuel tax alone would do it.
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