On 28 Jan 2004 02:56:38 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self)
|>1) Ordered a JDS air cleaner from Amazon on the 17th, still hasn't
|>shipped. Good luck to me finding a human to talk to at Amazon.
I buy books and CDs at Amazon. I buy tools at Tool Crib. Same
company different process. Use the 800 number. Besides you get a
customer number, a catalog and some freebies sometimes.
|No idea what's happening, but I get the feeling Amazon does a lot of drop-ship
|orders. That takes extra time.
Could be although when I ordered my Jet DC I was told I would get it
the following Friday. Friday came, along with the 4" hose I also
ordered and a "Backorder" notice. I called (thankfully I didn't order
from Amazon) and was told that it was now in stock and I would get it
*next* Friday. Well, almost, it came the Monday after the next
|>2) Ordered a Grizzly G0500 that came to me in a heap. Not that 1/4" OSB
|>isn't a good choice for 400LB crates.
|>And I'm supposed to lift it off the semi with no lift gate or help from
|>Thank you, Grizzly!
Well, they tell you that, but agreed they seem to get a lot of
complaints about damaged goods. I'm *very* seriously leaning toward
them for a TS but the damage reports make me hesitant. Are you
|Armor plate wouldn't be enough for some of the handling crates get. Why do you
|jump Grizzly for a stated policy of the carrier? That's standard and it's also
|stated on most order bills that you have to arrange for help if you wish it, or
|pay extra for a tailgate lift.
|>3) Ordered a Dewalt planer from Woodworker Supply early last week, no
|>word on it even though they took my e-mail address to keep me posted
|A whole week? A----------------mazing, as my MBA ex-boss used to say.
Get a tracking number.
|>Once the states force the mailorder places to charge sales tax for all
|>sales, and they will, those places will have a tough time justifying
|>their bad service.
I don't know about the states doing it, but when it happens (when, not
if) then the local suppliers will get my business. Woodcraft and
Woodworkers's Source already have the same listed prices as the
Internet/mail order folks, but 7% tax + shipping makes the decision
|Many of the mail order places already have to charge sales taxes. They're still
If a business has a bricks and mortar location within a taxing
jurisdiction then they charge tax, even if you buy it out of state.
Of course if you can convince them to send an empty box to Podunk
where there is no tax and you take the goods home.....
In AZ, the tax is really on the seller, although they are allowed to
pass it through to the buyer. Sort of like the Mafia types running
Qwest (oops sorry, I'm giving the Mafia a bad name.) They have some
"taxes" that they pass through, with a substantial markup, that they
claim are "authorized" by the FCC. The inference is that they are
"required" by the FCC to collect from the customer. In fact, the fee
is assessed by the FCC on Qwest, not the customer.