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The US doesn't have a Value Added Tax, which is the one usually refundable upon departing the country... so sales taxes you pay in this country stay in this country and you don't get a refund. Just remember to treat the tax as an implied part of the price. (And be aware that state and local taxes may vary, so the total price may be higher in one place than ...


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I had a similar offer recently from a seller from whom I had previously bought a product. They specified that I had to buy a particular product, leave a 5 star review for it and then email them with my PayPal account and they would pay me back the cost of the purchase via PayPal. Obviously there’s a chance this is a scam against the buyer, but I actually ...


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Your simplest option, and probably the only reasonable one, is to dispute the original charge with your bank. Since you used a debit card and not a credit card, you don't have quite as much protection, but you still can dispute the charge and ask your bank to step in and help. See this debit card dispute article for more information on disputing a charge ...


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Tax Refund: The US generally does not refund tax like other countries. For larger sales, you might want to try state tax refunds, check here: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/373/~/how-to-obtain-a-refund-of-sales-tax-paid-while-visiting-the-united-states US Customs: You never pay US customs when you leave, they don't care about what you take out ...


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I've done this, they sent me the money via paypal first, I bought the item and then wrote a review. Nothing was done directly through amazon, so it wouldn't appear as a heavily discounted item. (i'd got into contact from replying to a spam email as I was bored). They didn't tell me I had to write a five star review, but could tell they were expecting it. ...


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The lack of "About us" is veery unusual. I pretended to buy something, and the checkout page had a Terms of Service link, which I clicked on and read. There's a Post Office box which I googled. It turns out to be Stacks Design, PO Box 12113, San Francisco, CA 94112 http://www.shopstacks.com/stacks/ I wouldn't buy from them, though, because they're ...


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Digital content is a different beast than physical content, because usually you just buy a license to access the content. You may download it, but you're not allowed to send it to someone else. Some eBook authors will offer a money-back guarantee after, say, 30 days, or even longer. If the content is good, it's usually a good idea to do this. The ...


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Usually, you take this to your credit card issuer. I don't know what the Argentinian laws are on the matter, but in all the places I do know what the laws are - they're the same. You dispute the charge with your credit card issuer claiming that the product is not as advertised. The issuer will contact the merchant account provider of the company you bought ...


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http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/tax-and-duty.htm#3 explains the Import VAT situation quite well. As for who enforces and collects it, if you're talking about buying online and having it shipped to you then you'll notice on the parcel a Customs sticker declaring the contents and value. It is the responsibility of the courier company to collect any duty due ...


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Believe it or not, unless you directly contact an accountant with experience in this field or a lawyer, you may have a tough time getting a direct answer from a reputable source. The reason is two fold. First, legally defining in-game assets is exceptionally difficult from a legal/taxation stand point. Who really owns this data? You or the company that ...


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It depends on what you're shopping for. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are often very good for some things and mediocre to downright bad for other things. I recommend trying to figure out what things you want to buy now, and tracking the price for 4-8 weeks. That will help give you a better price anchor to know when a deal is "good" vs. "not good".


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From an IT security standpoint, there is always some amount of risk when entering your personal payment information online. For payment methods such as Amazon and PayPal, you can be reasonably sure that you payment information is safe, but a random site that you've never heard of should be approached with slightly more caution, mainly because a smaller ...


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Sales tax and luxury tax is what you will have to pay tax wise, and they are non-refundable (in most cases but the rules vary area to area). This really tripped up some friends of mine I had come from England. The rules are complicated and regional. Sales tax is anywhere from 0% to 10.25% and are not usually applied to raw foods. Luxury taxes are ...


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Yes, you get a refund but only in a couple of states. If you are visiting Louisiana (e.g. New Orleans), there is sales tax refund on tangible items purchased at tax-free stores and permanently removed from the United States (http://www.louisianataxfree.com) . Clothes, shoes, makeup.. these are all items you can claim a tax refund for. Alas, I believe only ...


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If you paid by credit card, file a dispute with the credit card company. They will credit you the money immediately while they investigate. The burden of proof will then be on the merchant. Keep your documents handy in case you need them: USPS receipt, proof of delivery, copies of all correspondance, etc. File the credit card chargeback now, because there ...


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There are three perspectives here: legal, credit card, and credit reporting. From a contract law perspective, a contract requires a meetings of the minds. If you were mistaken as to a material fact regarding the contract, then that can invalidate the contract, especially if the misunderstanding was deliberately fostered by the other party. You agreed to the ...


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Bait-and-switch is annoying and usually illegal. However, if I'm reading your question correctly, you haven't lost any money, so you don't have any damages. If all you are trying to do is report them for an advertising violation, you could report a complaint with California's Attorney General. Don't expect to get a reward for bringing this to their ...


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You have quite a few things playing in your favor for option 1): PayPal buyers protection process for "Item not received" is a countdown, internally. You start it, the vendor is under pressure to provide proof of sending the package. It is free for you, has little binding legal effect on you, and immediately puts pressure on the vendor. The only place ...


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One thing to consider when creating an account vs checking out as a guest is how frequently you intend to use that site. From my own experience if I find that I plan to use a site regularly then I will create an account. Not so much because I think it will matter to them as much as for my own convenience. As a customer with an account if I want to do ...


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The best time to start holiday shopping is just after the holidays, when stores are selling off their remaining overstock. Outside of that, there's no one answer.


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The information is required by the issuing bank, so re the "no-name" gift cards - you have to check the requirements of the issuer. Some might require the card to be pre-registered for online usage, and at that time they'll require the address of the user to be used for authorizations. Many merchants also compare the billing and the shipping addresses and ...


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