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Mad at Amazon for their pricing policies

Discussion in 'The OT' started by dmspen, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Nick

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    I am an AP subscriber primarily for the video programming. Considering only the digital side, AP @ $119/yr is $9.92/m which is $2.07/m cheaper than NF @ $10.99/m or $131.88/yr. Personally speaking, I watch as much content on AP as I do on NF, so for me that's a wash. Therefor, I consider the shipping side to be free!
     
  2. billsharpe

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    I'm ok with Amazon's price hike, although I only buy about 20 physical items per year from them. Amazon Prime Video recently added all 140 episodes of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in. And their music library has a lot of the big band oldies I like to listen to. I also bought an Amazon Fire tablet and am enjoying a six-month subscription to The Washington Post online for one dollar total.
     
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    I fired them a few months ago after trying to order CDs (Yes, I still buy those) and they only offered a stream. The last year I had them, I was using them a lot less.
     
  5. Beerstalker

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    I have only used the Amazon Prime streaming a couple of times, so this hike annoys me. They keep raising this and talking about how much better Prime is now, but that is only true if you are using the streaming features. I really wish they would separate it out into separate subscriptions. Give people the option to sign up for Prime Shipping without the streaming and bring the price back down around where it used to be. Offer the Prime Streaming separate as well for people that don't really shop online but want the streaming, then offer a third option with both and a small discount.

    Of course they could possibly end up losing money that way, so they won't do it. At least not until they have a lot of people like me cancel because of their increases. I'm probably going to do so as soon as my youngest gets potty trained and I am no longer using the Amazon Mom discount on diapers, which is the biggest reason I still have it.
     
  6. Cholly

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    I received an email from Amazon today informing of the May 11 Prime membership fee increase, which will be applied to my account on my renewal date of December 22.
     
  7. Rich

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    They have raised the yearly fee by $20. That works out to $1.66 a month. Less than a gallon of regular. My Acadia gets 13 MPG. I'm not gonna go back to driving to stores over a buck and a half a month.

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  8. Nick

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    My vehicle, a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer, burns more than that just driving out of my garage down the driveway to the street. Why, you ask, do I do I still own a 12 year old car? well, it's very simple: I paid cash for it twelve years ago (haven't had a car payment in more than 20 years), annual cost of operation low because I drive very little now, and, at my exceedingly and increasingly advanced age, I am hoping it will outlast me. Not to mention that the sales tax on a new car plus the annual ad valorem tax on a new vehicle would be ridiculously high.

    Being frugal is its own reward. Frugality allows me waste money on frivolous things like Roku, Alexa, Amazon Prime, Netflix and, above all, my girlfriend who is twenty-six years younger than me!
     
  9. Rich

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    It's getting to the point where something has to be done about sales tax on cars. At 7% for the sales tax a $100,000 car would rack up a $7,000 tax bill. We don't pay taxes on houses and I've bought homes for less than a lot of cars cost today, they really ought to give us a break.

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  10. inkahauts

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    You don’t pay property taxes? Lucky you!!!
     
  11. Rich

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    Where's it say that? Of course I pay property taxes. 10 grand a year now. I was talking about sales taxes. I've bought homes for less than a lot of cars cost today, why can't they do away with sales taxes on cars? Yeah, I know the states' get a lot of money from taxes on cars but geez.

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  12. James Long

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    A car is a purchase. In a state where purchases are taxed why should a car be exempt? Sure 7% is a lot of money (we also have a 7% tax in Indiana). But 7% is 7% whether it is on a candy bar (considered prepared food in Indiana - ingredients not ready to eat are not taxed) or a Corvette. Perhaps we should be surprised that homes are not subject to a sales tax - although the sale of a home can be taxable.

    (In Indiana we have an annual tax on vehicles that is paid on top of registration fees. A tax on something you already own similar to property taxes.)
     
  13. Rich

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    So is a house. I'm willing to spend $500,000 on home if we can find one we like. If that was taxed it would come out to $35,000...dealkiller. I'm looking at a Ford Expedition that starts at $75,000. (Another dealkiller) The sales tax on that...is horrifying. This keeps up and some bright soul is gonna have an epiphany and realize how much money can be taken in if homes can be taxed in the same manner as these overpriced cars are. Swallowing a candy bar with a sales tax of a few cents is a lot easier than swallowing $5,200 in sales tax on a car.



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  14. phrelin

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    The solution is to move to a state that doesn't have a sales tax, like Oregon.
     
  15. Rich

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    Take a long time to see the benefit of moving and we'd lose a lot of money. Good thought tho, I'd like to live there.

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  16. billsharpe

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    Gas tax and sales tax are high in California. My property tax, thanks to Prop 13 many years ago, is very low. We live 8 blocks from the beach in a non-airconditioned mortgage-free house and would not even think of moving out of state. Temperature here seldom gets above 80 or dips below 40.
     
  17. phrelin

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    Personal situations pretty much determine if taxes in a particular location are becoming so onerous one will decide leave.

    Here in the coastal redwoods of Northern California, we also live in a Prop 13 property-tax-reduced, non-air conditioned, mortgage-free house despite high gas and sales taxes.

    Since we're not billionaires, California's state income tax is about average for most blue states and in comparison to most areas in Oregon, which I mentioned above as a non-sales-tax state, our low property tax offsets the sales tax.

    Yes, sales tax on a car is significant. But we have two cars, one purchased in 2001, the other in 2011. The age 17 one has slightly more than 50,000 miles. The age 7 one has slightly more than 20,000 miles on it. Needless to say, we won't be paying a high sales tax on a new car any time soon.

    We too won't be moving anywhere - unless we have a major earthquake or forest fire. We're hoping we'll die of old age before one of those events occurs, but one never knows. [​IMG]
     

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