What do you mean I can’t save money on taxes?! (s)

I’m a huge gamer, but I’m very frugal as a general rule in life.  However, when it comes to games, if there is one I want, I will generally buy it.

In the past, I have placed between five and ten dollars down for prepayment on a videogame prior to the release.  This is great for a lot of reasons, one of which is making sure I get the game the day it is released instead of waiting forever for the game to be in stock.  Another good thing about preordering a game is ending up paying slightly less because of tax.  I’m all for funding government programs and having money to provide to our armed forces, but I also like saving money.

So, I just got back from my local Best Buy to put a preorder on a copy of Soul Caliber 4 for my XBox 360.  Checking out the box, I was only required to pay a $5 holding fee, which is then deducted off the $59.99 total.  I was thinking of paying $10 so I only had to pay $49.99 plus tax when I picked it up.  Imagine my surprise when I got to the cashier and was told it was $5.35!  I asked why and he said the extra $0.35 was for tax.  I asked why, again, and he said because of the sales tax requirements.

I don’t know if this is a Colorado thing, a Best Buy thing, or a new federal law thing. Never in my life have I had to pay tax on my preorders before!  From Gamestop to Amazon.com, not once have I ever had to put down extra money to cover the “taxes lost”.

Am I seriously out of line here thinking this is ridiculous?  Has anyone else ever had to pay tax on their preorder payment?  I’ve never heard of this…

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Posted 7/24/2008 at 7:13 PM on Xanga
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