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Posted 02-20-2017 by whozdabest at 02:06 PM
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Best Buy is selling prepaid refill cards at 10% off prepaid refill cards. You can choose pick up in store if you don't get free shipping. Options include AT&T GoPhone, Boost, Cricket, Verizon Prepaid, Virgin Mobile, Simple Mobile.

This deal isn't worth it for me because Best Buy charges tax for these physical cards. I prefer tax free refills from Target that happen to be email delivery (I won't have to go to B&M to pick up a physical card if I don't get free shipping). However, I hope this deal helps someone who lives in a state that does not charge tax for these cards.

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if you got bestbuy giftcards to clear this might be an easy way.
like op said tax kills the deal.

kinda wish they had the deal with those cheap burner phones
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Awesome it's been awhile since virgin cards were on sale
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Too bad they charge sales tax, unlike Target.
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if you got bestbuy giftcards to clear this might be an easy way.
like op said tax kills the deal.

kinda wish they had the deal with those cheap burner phones
the tax is charged if you top straight up through the carrier unless you are in a place with 0% sales tax or e911 fee.

I am a bit baffled that target is supposedly selling them tax free if you order online as they are supposed to collect that and especially the e911 fee.

this is a great deal of your service top up got strict like boost. boost does not offer a discount to the sellers anymore. they used to and sellers would sell on eBay for discount top ups that were tax free even though they should. the ones who did it were in states that do not charge tax.

in short I don't suggest being dishonest and this is a great way to top up at a discount for those who pay full price and tax and e911 fees like your supposed to.
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Tax... ugh.
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the tax is charged if you top straight up through the carrier unless you are in a place with 0% sales tax or e911 fee.

I am a bit baffled that target is supposedly selling them tax free if you order online as they are supposed to collect that and especially the e911 fee.

this is a great deal of your service top up got strict like boost. boost does not offer a discount to the sellers anymore. they used to and sellers would sell on eBay for discount top ups that were tax free even though they should. the ones who did it were in states that do not charge tax.

in short I don't suggest being dishonest and this is a great way to top up at a discount for those who pay full price and tax and e911 fees like your supposed to.
The law states that the E911 fee is to be applied when a "physical" refill card is purchased. Since Target delivers them by e-mail, the law doesn't apply. It still seems silly to me since you are already paying taxes and fee through the carrier bill.
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The law states that the E911 fee is to be applied when a "physical" refill card is purchased. Since Target delivers them by e-mail, the law doesn't apply. It still seems silly to me since you are already paying taxes and fee through the carrier bill.
.... besides what your saying not excusing them of sales tax... When you buy online from the carrier directly they charge the e911 and that has no 'physical' card given to you. Same goes for paying your big 4 bill. even if they charge a flat fee they lower their price so the taxes and fees equal the flat charge. check your bill.

I find it funny in this day and age people are considering email, internet, even this post as intangible while a hand written note is tangible.

Target is supposed to charge. that loop hole will not keep going on with target wanting to raise profits and their stock price. you all openly talking about it will get it fixed quicker.
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.... besides what your saying not excusing them of sales tax... When you buy online from the carrier directly they charge the e911 and that has no 'physical' card given to you. Same goes for paying your big 4 bill. even if they charge a flat fee they lower their price so the taxes and fees equal the flat charge. check your bill.

I find it funny in this day and age people are considering email, internet, even this post as intangible while a hand written note is tangible.

Target is supposed to charge. that loop hole will not keep going on with target wanting to raise profits and their stock price. you all openly talking about it will get it fixed quicker.
Yes, I realize it is included in the bill even if it is a flat fee. Which is why I said I thought it was silly to charge it on the refill card just to pay it again on the bill with that very same refill card. And paying a bill is just paying a bill, not buying a refill card.

And how does an E911 fee that goes straight to your local government in any way impact Target profits and stock prices? The law is what it is, Target is following it.
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I hope to do better than 10%,
but maybe not likely
I burn a $45 Verizon prepaid no-contract each month.

A while back Verizon.com
was selling sim card activation packs
for 50% off, which included $45 of credit.
If I can find my time machine I want more of those.
... and yeah, I also checked on the Visa Checkout promo for best buy,
which is over but probably excluded air-time anyway.

Anyway, thanks for this posting.
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Yes, I realize it is included in the bill even if it is a flat fee. Which is why I said I thought it was silly to charge it on the refill card just to pay it again on the bill with that very same refill card. And paying a bill is just paying a bill, not buying a refill card.

And how does an E911 fee that goes straight to your local government in any way impact Target profits and stock prices? The law is what it is, Target is following it.
because the top up is for a specific $ amount. if I want to top up $50 on boost I get charged more than $50 as the state tax gets taken and the e911 as well. my balance only shows 50 for the loaded amount though. the exact same thing happens if you buy in a target store or bestbuy etc.

the top up card does not include those taxes is where you are mistaken. your thinking of the top up as same as cash when it is only that if the taxes are paid on it. edit to clearify, when you put in a code from a top up card the service is assuming you paid taxes on the card.

if you are on I think it's simple mobile they charge the flat fee when topping up online. they reduce the base cost so tax+e911 equals the bill but it's still not really a flat rate. if you buy those top ups in a store it's dumb if you get sales tax on top and maybe that's where this confusion is coming in. edit to clearify this makes sense here because the store probably would have a difficult time distinguishing between the two types of top up cards since only one company does it that way that I know of since they advertise it.

I do recall Walmart not charging tax on boost mobile top ups they emailed and I took advantage of that until they charged tax than I just paid boost directly. Walmart's loss on taxes they paid out and did not charge me is my gain.

if Walmart or Target report they sold x in top ups the state/government is charging them tax+e911. the money they collected is supposed to cover these charges. if they did not collect it they still have to pay the state/government that tax at year end when they file.

example back in the day mobsters used to get a front man and open a gas station. they are supposed to collect tax for the gas they sell. that's the 9/10ths of a penny I believe (could be wrong on the tax amount). well they would collect it they just would never pay the government that tax and kept the difference. it's would go after the front man and that's it. jail time for the front man who probably was supposed to get their legs broken or something. now that small tax seems like nothing until you realize we are talking millions of gallons of gas.

what sellers in Florida and Oregon have done is ring out the top up cards for cash and than top up to your account after you give them your pin. They don't pay sales tax or e911 in those states so they avoid the tax charged in other states as you use the top up card across state lines. technically if you do that your supposed to report it as use tax for your state but no one does and few know it's probably a crime. hell everyone boasting about no tax from seller XYZ making a deal better is not reporting the use tax at the end of the year they are supposed to and most likely because they don't understand taxes.


edit to thank! I can't believe target are such bozos lmao. will be topping up there until this loop hole is closed. even the eBay resellers charge more since their discounts with boost went to crap. add a 5% red card discount and this is just like back in the day! Big Grin
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The law states that the E911 fee is to be applied when a "physical" refill card is purchased. Since Target delivers them by e-mail, the law doesn't apply.
Can you cite one refilling-taxing state's law that specifically exempts e-refills? CA's MTS surcharge specifically mentions "e-Cards" are not exempt.

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Yes, I realize it is included in the bill even if it is a flat fee. Which is why I said I thought it was silly to charge it on the refill card just to pay it again on the bill with that very same refill card. And paying a bill is just paying a bill, not buying a refill card.
IDK about other states, but California's MTS surcharge shifted the burden from carriers to the customers (who pay the POS tax.) This helps out carriers as it puts more of that refill money in their pockets.

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And how does an E911 fee that goes straight to your local government in any way impact Target profits and stock prices? The law is what it is, Target is following it.
Law citation needed, but the point is, these laws like California's clearly make the MTS surcharge a POS burden, so since the carrier isn't paying, Best Buy is choosing to pass it on but Target isn't, it's reasonable to assume that Target must be the one who is having to remit the tax.
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I do not see T-Mobile cards here.
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Garbage deal. Target has the same deal without tax and an additional 5% off when using a red card (debit or credit). That's about 14% savings for those in California!
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Nothing for Straight Talk?? Are there any ways to get a good discount on Straight Talk nowadays? Or are people just moving on to H2O/cricket?
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