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Old 03-27-2015, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:47 PM
 
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OK, yeah, cigarettes vary, because they are controlled substances, and tobacco states don't tax them like non-tobacco states.

But give me a break, cigarettes are not normal consumer goods. And you still would pay the same for cigarettes anywhere in the U.S. if you purchase online.
A pack in NYC cost almost tripple the cost here in GA; the difference is pretty profound. I remember paying a few dollars more in Miami as well.

Cigarettes are more of an instant gratification type of indulgence. People in NY may very well purchase them online to take advantage of the savings, but nobody that I know purchases cigarettes online.

That's sort of like ordering Advil for a headache that you already have online, or ordering dinner.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:00 PM
 
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A pack in NYC cost almost tripple the cost here in GA; the difference is pretty profound. I remember paying a few dollars more in Miami as well.
I'm sorry, but no, that makes no sense. Cigarettes are a regulated drug, and not representative of cost of living differences. If anything, they probably cost states like Georgia much more, because the state isn't getting revenue, and has to pay for all the resulting medical treatment.

The vast majority of people don't smoke, and just because a few tobacco states don't regulate the cigarette industry doesn't mean that they're cheaper states. Cost of living is based on stuff like food, housing, clothing, etc, not unusual or niche stuff like cigarettes or motor boats or whatever.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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A pack in NYC cost almost tripple the cost here in GA; the difference is pretty profound. I remember paying a few dollars more in Miami as well.

Cigarettes are more of an instant gratification type of indulgence. People in NY may very well purchase them online to take advantage of the savings, but nobody that I know purchases cigarettes online.

That's sort of like ordering Advil for a headache that you already have online, or ordering dinner.
Cigarettes and alcohol are special cases and they have vice taxes on them. If you wanna live near a place with very cheap cigarettes move next to an Indian reservation...
Regular groceries are a different matter altogether.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: The City
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:08 PM
 
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I'm sorry, but no, that makes no sense. Cigarettes are a regulated drug, and not representative of cost of living differences. If anything, they probably cost states like Georgia much more, because the state isn't getting revenue, and has to pay for all the resulting medical treatment.

The vast majority of people don't smoke, and just because a few tobacco states don't regulate the cigarette industry doesn't mean that they're cheaper states. Cost of living is based on stuff like food, housing, clothing, etc, not unusual or niche stuff like cigarettes or motor boats or whatever.
I'm not arguing *why* they cost more, just the fact that they do.

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Old 03-27-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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I'm not arguing *why* they cost more, just that the fact that they do.
NYS has Indian reservations like Seneca Nation (not subject to state laws) and if you are a smoker that actually lives in the state you can get cigarettes cheaper than anywhere in the US, like $3.50 a pack. This has nothing to do with cost of living of course. Weed in Atlanta costs a lot more than SF for example...
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Yeah, I don't get it. 80k is the same in Atlanta, NYC, SF, Chicago, wherever. Now how you spend your 80k may vary, but it's all the same. You don't have "more money" because you move to an area with lower property values, though the things you buy might vary (like a bigger house).

And jeans, vegetables, dinner out, cars, etc. cost the same everywhere in the U.S. I have no idea what people are talking about re. differing prices for these items. You really think a pair of Gap jeans in Manhattan are priced differently than in Mississippi?
So you really think you are not doing any better if you make the same money living in NYC then move to Mississippi?
You REALLY think the higher taxes you pay in state income taxes and City income tax living in NYC versus living in MS is not giving you more disposable income?
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Again, I don't know about Seattle, but this is not true for NYC at all. (otherwise people would just ship items from lets say Cleveland or ATL to NYC for resale, they are geographically close). All the groceries cost the same in NYC or Atlanta (NYC doesn't have sales tax on groceries either btw)...case in point Costco, Walmart, Best Buy, whatever, do not have separate websites for NYC or Atlanta. They have exactly the same prices on all of the products.

My local supermarket in Brooklyn has a branch out in the boonies, in Brodheadsville, PA. Their weekly sales papers prices on items match 1 for 1, even using the same graphics, from chicken breast, milk, ice cream, etc.
You are so wrong.I have been to Walmart within a few miles of each other and have seen some price differences.This is true even in local grocery stores.
I lived in NYC and I know for a fact that even though there is no sales tax on food ,the cost is higher on almost EVERYTHING in Atlanta.

Even on the websites most businesses have set prices there but can be different in the physical locations.
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