@ Uncle Joe (since you made two posts):Some do, as a means to drive sales. So… they try to cut costs to increase sales. So, the reverse is going to be true: increasing costs will cut sales. So adding a mandatory tax will only hurt sales, and will not help sales anywhere. Again, it’s a matter of increased cost vs. perceived benefit. There is no perceived benefit, and to think it will drive people back to B&M stores is a fallacy. People will just not buy.I wasn’t talking about music being a massive chunk of retail, I was more referring to the business model. Why do you think B&M stores aren’t carrying computer games any more? Because DLC available through Steam and other sources makes carrying inventory obsolete. Same thing with music; who wants to pay $15 for a CD that on which they only like 3 or 4 songs? Instead pay $4 and get exactly what you want. It has nothing to do with people trying to avoid sales tax, because if they have a local presence in your state, you are required to pay sales tax anyway. This is an attempt at a money grab by the government, pushed forward because the B&M stores are crying about a marketplace that is shrinking due to the advent of the internet. The marketplace has changed, and the B&M stores aren’t changing with it.This is the same logic being used by green energy advocates: When what you have isn’t working, increase the cost of the alternative so people are forced into your waiting arms. Unfortunately, things don’t work that way, as shown by the failures in the green energy market. People don’t respond well to forceful coercion. That’s why green energy companies are going bankrupt, and that’s why B&M stores are not going to continue to succeed.
Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy