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