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Old 11-10-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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No, we don't like it and it stinks!
Well I must say it did my head in but then so did trying to work out when to tip.

Actually I was thinking of this thread again tonight because I'm trying to book my hotel and thought I was all sorted til I hit the reserve button and discovered the tax added another $70 to my bill.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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No, we don't like it and it stinks!
There seems to be so many thing you don't like about the U.S., I am curious why you moved here.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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There seems to be so many thing you don't like about the U.S., I am curious why you moved here.
My thoughts exactly! My bet - Parents moved here after living in Sweden for 16 years and is still in school.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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There seems to be so many thing you don't like about the U.S., I am curious why you moved here.

No, I LOVE the U.S., but there are some stuff that stinks.

Such as not using metric system, taxes not included, few public holidays, and some other....
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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What a tiny, insignificant thing to complain about...when you move somewhere new, you have to get used to the way things are. There were little things that I thought were stupid when I lived in London, but I realized that it's the way they do things there...and, I realized that I wasn't at home and I would have to get used to doing things THEIR way while I lived there.

You can complain, or you can adjust. I recommend adjusting - you'll be happier that way.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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What a tiny, insignificant thing to complain about...when you move somewhere new, you have to get used to the way things are. There were little things that I thought were stupid when I lived in London, but I realized that it's the way they do things there...and, I realized that I wasn't at home and I would have to get used to doing things THEIR way while I lived there.

You can complain, or you can adjust. I recommend adjusting - you'll be happier that way.
London and all of Great Britain has even worse rule. They drive on left side - which is stupid and IDIOTIC. If the U.S. drove on left side, I would NEVER ever live here.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Such as not using metric system, taxes not included, few public holidays, and some other....
Which you ***** and complain about non-stop here. If you love the place so much, adapt to how things are run over here, don't try to turn it into the place you left.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Have you noticed how often prices are $9.99? Can you think of a reason why merchants don't want to put $10.84 on that price tag?
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Here in the U.S., sales taxes are not included in the price except for Gasoline, and very few other goods. Okay, maybe most of us know how much the sale tax is in their states and maybe some other certain states, but most of us don't know what items are taxed or not, and it's various in different states. For tourists, it's even harder. Okay, I understand that it's not that hard to just add couple of dollars or cents to the price, but not all of us might have extra money, or know how much the total price would be. It's much easier & better to have taxes & fees INCLUDED in the price of the item like it is in Europe!

Example:

On the sign, it says the price of an Ice-Cream is $2,99. Then, it tells you to pay $3.20 on the cash register. WHY NOT PUT $3.20 ON THE SIGN WHEN YOU PAY THAT MUCH?! I would have rather payed $3.50 than $3.20 if they included tax on the price!!!
Didn't you get the hint the first couple times you were booted out of here?
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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It's much easier & better to have taxes & fees INCLUDED in the price of the item like it is in Europe!
Europe is socialist, we don't want to be like them.

Seriously, though, we will likely never see something like this here because business owners don't want you to think, they want you to give them your money. It's not hard to make an estimate of tax in your head if you already have a plan of what you want to buy, but an impulse buyer or someone who isn't thinking will buy stuff without mentally adding taxes and fees. Including the tax on the price will allow these types of buyers to actually think about what they're buying. Like Chicago60614 and jtur88 said, someone who isn't thinking will see the $X.99 as X dollars rather than the X+1 dollars it actually is.
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