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Apple opens up availability of its popular iPad

Apple's iPad has been a huge success for the company. The 9.7" device -- which is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities in both Wi-Fi-only and 3G versions -- has reinvigorated consumers' interest in tablet devices and competitors are readying their entries into the field.

IPads have been selling at a furious pace, and after only initially being available in Apple Retail Stores, Apple's online store, and Best Buy, Apple is now spreading the wealth to Amazon.com and Target.

Target will also start a new promotion on October 17 which will give Target credit card holder a 5 percent discount on the purchase of any iPad. For those that purchase a 64GB iPad Wi-Fi, that would amount to a discount of $35.

Those who purchase from Amazon.com can get a "discount" of their own -- that is if they live in a state where Amazon doesn't have a business presence -- thanks to there being no sales tax on the purchase price of an iPad. However, if some states have their way, this is a loophole that will be soon closed.

Apple's iPad will be receiving an update this November which will bring it in line with its iPhone and iPod touch siblings. IOS 4.2 will bring third-party multitasking, folder support, and wireless printing to the iPad.

RIM has announced its oddly named "PlayBook" which is being marketed as a business tablet. The device features a 7" display, dual-core Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and runs the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Likewise, Samsung is close to releasing its 7" Galaxy Tablet which runs Google's Android 2.2 operating system.



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It's not a loophole
By theapparition on 10/4/2010 1:16:48 PM , Rating: 5
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Those who purchase from Amazon.com can get a "discount" of their own -- that is if they live in a state where Amazon doesn't have a business presence -- thanks to there being no sales tax on the purchase price of an iPad. However, if some states have their way, this is a loophole that will be soon closed.

Let's set the record strait. It's not a loophole. You are legally required to pay that tax in most jurisdictions. The only "loophole" is that states without a physical business presence have no mechanism to collect that tax (state tax id number) and hence rely on the consumer to report use tax. Before e-commerce was a speck on the radar, now everyone seems to be buying online and revenue could be signifigant. Only a matter of time that states start enforcing the laws THAT ARE ALREADY THERE . That's the key point. They are not enacting new taxes, just trying to collect what the law states the consumer is required to pay.

FWIW, I'm not trying to start a debate about the merits or disadvantages of use tax. Just want to dispell the myth that this is somehow a new tax. It's on almost every states books right now, just they haven't been vigilant in enforcing it.




RE: It's not a loophole
By Ammohunt on 10/4/2010 2:36:59 PM , Rating: 2
Colorado has just such a law becasue Colorado's Tax and Spend Governemnt ability to raise taxes is smartly limited by the Tabor amendemnet they have to invent new ways to get money out of people rather than cut Government bloat. If i ordered alot of stuff online i would pay for a shipping location in Wyoming.


RE: It's not a loophole
By Spivonious on 10/5/2010 10:12:24 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. But most states do not enforce it, and most people don't know they owe anything.


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