I received an email from Republic yesterday afternoon advertising, “Get yourself an all new Google Pixel 4 XL for $400 off the original price of $899…”
Now, I jumped on that deal because I had been looking at the Google Pixel 3a for a while at $399 to replace my 3-yr old Moto Z Play whose non-user replaceable battery was not holding much of a charge anymore. So, for $100 more, I figured I was getting a pretty good replacement upgrade - especially since no one else was discounting the 4 XL at such a steep discount yet (although there are rumors of the 5 and/or a 4a coming out “soon”).
Anyway, I order the phone online following the Republic email link, and when I go to check out, I can’t figure out why it the bottom line total is much higher than what I expected. Then backing into the numbers, I figured out that I’m being charged tax on the Original $899 price.
Now, why is that? Is there some law that requires retailers to charge tax on an item’s original price before applying the discount sales price?? Common sense would dictate that if an item is on sale, that’s the selling price, and then the state and local tax is on that price, and not the original price.
Makes no sense to me…