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#101 sarastro

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 11:16 PM

From an article I found:

 

"eBay announced in October it would begin collecting sales tax in 4 states in 2019 due to new laws that extend the tax collection obligation to marketplaces (known as Marketplace Facilitator laws). Note that online marketplace Etsy had already begun collecting such sales tax in 2018.

 

eBay began collecting sales tax on January 1, 2019, for transactions where buyers are based in Washington and Minnesota, and it said it would begin collecting sales tax in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma beginning July 1, 2019.

 

But states have been busy passing legislation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2018 “South Dakota vs Wayfair” ruling, and eBay has added to the list of states for which it said it must collect sales tax.

 

“Based on applicable tax laws, eBay will calculate, collect, and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers for items shipped to customers in the following states,” it wrote on its help pages, and listed the following 8 states along with the dates it would comply: Minnesota, Washington, Iowa, Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania."

 

I doubt it will be long before all states with a sales tax will be on board.


 

#102 ccwemyss

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 12:14 AM

Lafayette 60/800 in wood box, with Tasco 12TE style AltAz mount, four eyepieces, diagonal, porro, barlow, finder. No makers mark on the label, but the barlow is Circle-T. $65 opening bid with $25 shipping.

 

https://www.ebay.com...cW5E8:rk:2:pf:0

 

 

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#103 Geo31

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 12:31 AM

another RV6.  Everyone has one for sale. This one with a moonlite focuser.  That should be a nice upgrade.  Never liked the focuser on mine.   From our friend Agustus.

 

https://www.cloudyni...-rv6-wupgrades/

IMHO it would have been nicer left unmolested.  It was a sweet survivor. 


 

#104 Kasmos

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 03:49 AM

Never heard of charging tax on used gear.

 

Me, either.  Do local Goodwill stores charge state sales tax?

Goodwill and other charity stores don't charge sales tax in their brick and mortar stores because they are non-profit.

 

Outside of antique and thrift stores ( who charge sales tax if for profit), used stuff was pretty much bought party to party in person (like on Craigslist). Probably most regularly held swap meets in CA make vendors fill out a form with their resale number for taxes. One that I used to sell at would wave it if you only sold 3 times a year. Also, companies that run estate sales collect sales tax. That said, some of those probably do what swap meet sellers do, just build it into the price. It's legal to do, but technically it is supposed to be disclosed someway at point of purchase.


Edited by Kasmos, 07 February 2019 - 03:51 AM.

 

#105 Geo31

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:48 AM

There are NO absolutes in discussions of sales tax.  Sales tax is both a state and local tax and laws regarding them are highly varied.  The supreme court case that is bringing about sales tax being charged for out of state purchases is a bit nuanced regarding what companies must collect sales tax for out of state transactions (has to do with size of their annual sales IIRC).


 

#106 Garyth64

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:38 AM

Lafayette 60/800 in wood box, with Tasco 12TE style AltAz mount, four eyepieces, diagonal, porro, barlow, finder. No makers mark on the label, but the barlow is Circle-T. $65 opening bid with $25 shipping.

 

https://www.ebay.com...cW5E8:rk:2:pf:0

 

 

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Looks like a nice little kit.


 

#107 Augustus

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:45 AM

Questar Field

 

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IMHO it would have been nicer left unmolested.  It was a sweet survivor. 

The friction-fit drawtube was basically stuck and the rack & pinion was wobbly, not to mention the lack of any kind of set screw. The finderscope provided such dim images that it was difficult to tell where I was.

 

I don't think the Moonlite ruins the aesthetic of the scope in the slightest, and you could easily get an original finder to put back on or even re-install the original focuser.


 

#108 terraclarke

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 09:03 AM

Say it is not so.  On used gear?  Never heard of charging tax on used gear.


If you buy something used from a ‘brick-and-morter’ consignment store they charge sales tax. Same with used books at a bookstore.
 

#109 AstroKerr

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:22 AM

Jason 313 SLR on eBay. 60/910 but a bit steep. Looks nice though and might be complete.

 

and a steep Orbit Scope 2266 (76/1200) there as well - the kit's a bit scratchy looking, but the tube seems keen.


Edited by AstroKerr, 07 February 2019 - 10:22 AM.

 

#110 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 01:09 PM

https://cnj.craigsli...6788743779.html

 

3 tripod Towa    lens looks dirty      80.oo

 

 

Meanwhile        Perhaps  sales tax on used stuff on ebay  etc is inevitable as spending policy makers search fertile areas for revenue......will ebay and other online  etc sellers  like Amazon  just add the sales tax on like one might add  a 3 percent paypal?   who knows?

 

Tax Man    The Beatles

 

Let me tell you how it will be

There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat. 

If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.


Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 07 February 2019 - 01:18 PM.

 

#111 Chuck Hards

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 01:52 PM

Let's table the sales tax chatter, please.  Start a dedicated thread if desired.  Thanks!


 

#112 Chuck Hards

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 02:43 PM

Wood box for Tak TS50 on eBay.  LINK


 

#113 starman876

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 02:47 PM

Wood box for Tak TS50 on eBay.  LINK

I would say that is a bit high for an empty box.  


 

#114 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 02:54 PM

Let's table the sales tax chatter, please.  Start a dedicated thread if desired.  Thanks!

Roger that    point well taken Thanks


 

#115 ccwemyss

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 04:26 PM

and a steep Orbit Scope 2266 (76/1200) there as well - the kit's a bit scratchy looking, but the tube seems keen.

Looks virtually identical to a Sears 6339. RAO mark is visible on the label. $200 plus $64 shipping. 

 

Here's an orange tube C8, described as "Celestron Polaris FinderSCDPE Telescope":

 

https://www.shopgood...m/Item/63637389

 

Has an upgraded finder, motofocus, counterweight bar, piggyback mount, and in the original trunk. No images of the optics. 

 

Chip W.


Edited by ccwemyss, 07 February 2019 - 09:16 PM.

 

#116 Garyth64

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 04:39 PM

Hmmm, when I put in my zip for shipping that Orbit is only $33 for shipping  (??)


 

#117 Russell Smith

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 04:43 PM

I feel the orbit is a good deal if the objective is sound.
I also really like the way the finder mounts. I would love a set of rings like those for my tasco.
 

#118 Garyth64

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 04:58 PM

Those Obit finder brackets are quite different that what is found on a Sears 6339a, etc scopes.  I like them too.

 

 

I feel the orbit is a good deal if the objective is sound.
I also really like the way the finder mounts. I would love a set of rings like those for my tasco.

What size is your tasco?  Is it a 7TE or a 10TE?

 

I have made a few pairs of finder rings that wrap around the main tube, I have one pair left for a 60mm.

 

60mm tube brackets.jpg


 

#119 Russell Smith

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:00 PM

Those are great looking.
Mine is 76.2mm x 1200. 10 or 15te.
 

#120 Littlegreenman

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:03 PM

Uncommon Celestron tangent coupler for C8 here on CN. Not to be confused with a tangent arm.

The bottom base is curved to fit the C8, probably other Celestron 8" SCT scopes, and maybe Meade scopes. For mounting camera equipment on the OTA.

 

https://www.cloudyni...t-coupler-assy/


Edited by Littlegreenman, 07 February 2019 - 05:05 PM.

 

#121 Augustus

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:06 PM

Celestar C8 with real wedge/tripod, hand controller, etc.

 

https://www.ebay.com...L0AAOSwZKlcTzFC

 

Questar Seven. Price not for the faint of heart!

 

https://astromart.co...star-fork-mount

 

Overpriced orange C8 OTA

 

https://astromart.co...ge-tube-ota-70s

 

32mm Wide-Field. I had one of these - it sucked.

 

https://astromart.co...an-2-size-boxed


 

#122 Russell Smith

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:11 PM

Oh come now Zane,  tell us how you really feel.


 

#123 Augustus

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:26 PM

Oh come now Zane,  tell us how you really feel.

Seagull stars, uncomfortable to look through, narrow FOV. 


 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:31 PM

Hmmm, when I put in my zip for shipping that Orbit is only $33 for shipping  (??)

US $91.22 Economy Shipping (USPS Parcel Select Ground®)
US $98.27 Standard Shipping (UPS Ground)
US $50.73 Standard Shipping (FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery®)
to Az - which is about par for us if it's packed by the shipper


Edited by AstroKerr, 07 February 2019 - 05:32 PM.

 

#125 Garyth64

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:47 PM

$33.04 to 48195, shipping.

 

Packing by a shipper could be at least $30 more.


 


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