I love my high dollar monitor, but its got more than a few miles on it. Like a lot of us, sometimes it doesn't wink into life right away when the switch is flipped in the morning.
Monitor prices continue to fall and with an eye to a long tax season ahead TWC did a little shopping yesterday for a replacement. Found a great monitor at a stunning price over at Costco. I was happy as a clam until I realized that the effective rate of sales tax was 18.75%.
There is, of course, the nearly 9% sales tax rate (almost 10% in the Bay Area and Los Angeles). Additionally, ever-so-progressive Californicate instituted an e tax a few years ago. Ostensibly this tax, which the state calls a fee, is supposed to stem the flow of landfill-bound decrepit TV's and outdated computer equipment. The state slaps a tax onto new purchases so as to pay recycling firms to take your old equipment and do something useful with it.
You know, Recycle! Reuse! A concept that is entirely at odds with the government and greenie push to get everybody to buy new stuff that is more energy efficient and earth friendly. Not to mention that the federal government legislated everybody's television into obsolescence with the mandated HD format that took effect last year.
Sorry, Girls, you can't have it both ways. If you want energy-wise products than you shouldn't be encouraging people to keep using energy-hogging outdated electronics.
Besides, TWC is a real man and he makes the occasional dump run, where there are sheer mountains of old electronics that seem to exist without purpose. Apparently, they can't just bulldoze them into the pile with the dead bodies and old sofas, but they can't do anything else with them either, such as, ah, recycling them. So the piles grow ever taller. Ever broader.
A lot of really smart people will assure you that tax rates don't matter, but Moi and a lot of other people simply aren't going to pay an effective sales tax of 20%. In simple terms, when you add 20% to the purchase price it ain't such a great deal, so, back onto the shelf it went.
Found one on Amazon. A little less money, no ecology tax, no sales tax (you are required to pay use tax on taxable items purchased out of state), no shipping costs, & UPS delivers it to my door. I think that's called a no brainer.