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Also - oh, to live in a world where I don't have to manually add tax onto 15 items at the grocery store.

I hear in other parts of the world, you pay exactly what the sticker says. (The sticker says $2.99? You pay two dollars and ninety-nine cents.) Here in America, the sticker says $2.99 and you pay $3.21, because taxes. But not in a way where it makes in-your-head math easy, like say, on the sticker price itself. Nope. You have to know what the tax on an individual dollar is in the area you happen to be immediately in - and it varies state to state, county to county, even item to item - and then manually add that onto whatever the sticker price says. Doing this for multiple items gets tricky, especially if you're shopping down to the penny.

On the other hand, maybe I should be grateful. My math skills are so rusty that the rounding up and down of prices is the only math practice I get. Learning arithmetic through grocery shopping, motherfuckers.

It's the American way.

Date: 2017-12-12 03:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] franklanguage
Yeah, and on some items—fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, meat, dairy—there's no tax at all. I, for one, am glad that the 8.25% NYS sales tax hasn't changed for over 20 years—actually over 30—because it's just an automatic calculation I make when figuring prices.

(Oops! I just found out it's 8.875%! Why not just make it 9%, like Vermont?)

Date: 2017-12-12 11:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Here what the sticker says is what you pay- and if it's been labelled wrongly and under price that's still what you pay!

Date: 2017-12-13 11:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] soon_lee
Come live in New Zealand. The sticker price is what you pay. That's it. End of.

New Zealand has a Goods & Services Tax (15%) and that's it. No state taxes. And it is not customary to tip either.

Go out to eat and what you pay is the price on the menu (which typically includes GST). If you really want to tip, you can, but it is not expected.

It's simpler here.

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