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Sep 3, 2022 11:14:39   #
suntouched Loc: Sierra Vista AZ
 
Just wanted to let all know that I started ordering from Samys about 18 months ago when they had a lens or camera in stock and no one else did. I was amazed at the fast shipping and fast arrival time. I started ordering from them more often and have not been disappointed. I had the occasional to talk to customer service once and it was a positive call. Part of the reason for the fast delivery is because the merchandise comes out of S. California which is obviously much closer to me here in Az than NY. And they usually ship the same day the order is received. So if you live in the West you might want to give them a try. It's nice to have alternatives.

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Sep 3, 2022 12:12:37   #
willaim Loc: Sunny Southern California
 
Good for you. I bought items from Samys in Pasadena. Their salespeople are very knowledgeable. Since you buy from them, are you charged California sales tax?

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Sep 3, 2022 14:00:56   #
suntouched Loc: Sierra Vista AZ
 
willaim wrote:
Good for you. I bought items from Samys in Pasadena. Their salespeople are very knowledgeable. Since you buy from them, are you charged California sales tax?


I don't know but I assume the tax is Az rate since it is shipped here. I'll check it out.Thanks.

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Sep 3, 2022 14:05:46   #
suntouched Loc: Sierra Vista AZ
 
willaim wrote:
Good for you. I bought items from Samys in Pasadena. Their salespeople are very knowledgeable. Since you buy from them, are you charged California sales tax?


I checked. Tax was under 6% so it wasn't CA tax.

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Sep 3, 2022 14:32:33   #
wrangler5 Loc: Missouri
 
If sales taxes are collected on an interstate sale it is not at the rate applicable to the seller but the one applicable to the buyer. And usually only the state and sometimes including the county rate, but not necessarily including the other sales taxes that might apply to sales made at a local store (for things like a commercial retail district or a local municipality sales tax.) And if the seller isn't big enough, there may be no sales tax collected at all.

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Sep 3, 2022 15:17:46   #
willaim Loc: Sunny Southern California
 
I was just curious about the sales tax. Evidently you were charge AZ sales tax. California would be 9.5%. Had you been at Samys when you bought items, you would have been charged the California sales tax.

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Sep 4, 2022 09:01:28   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Thanks for sharing the tip.

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Sep 4, 2022 09:37:54   #
jbk224 Loc: Long Island, NY
 
willaim wrote:
I was just curious about the sales tax. Evidently you were charge AZ sales tax. California would be 9.5%. Had you been at Samys when you bought items, you would have been charged the California sales tax.


Yes.

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Sep 4, 2022 09:43:12   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Thanks for that.

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Sep 4, 2022 10:18:10   #
Nalu Loc: Southern Arizona
 
I have really enjoyed purchasing in store from Samys at their various locations over the years. I typically find the staff very knowledgeable and friendly. I have used their Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana stores. Never ordered on line.

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Sep 4, 2022 11:23:30   #
Rab-Eye Loc: Indiana
 
I’ve just use them for the first time, but I knew they had a good reputation. They lived up to it.

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Sep 4, 2022 11:29:28   #
suntouched Loc: Sierra Vista AZ
 
Nalu wrote:
I have really enjoyed purchasing in store from Samys at their various locations over the years. I typically find the staff very knowledgeable and friendly. I have used their Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana stores. Never ordered on line.


I ordered the lens 9/1 and received it mid morning 9/3 (Sat). That's almost as fast as ordering in person :)

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Sep 4, 2022 14:22:04   #
Moondoggie Loc: Southern California
 
I went with my son last year when he bought a new Sony Mirrorless camera. Very knowledgeable and professional sales people. Plus, they are local in Los Angeles.

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Sep 4, 2022 14:54:53   #
CaltechNerd Loc: Whittier, CA, USA
 
I'm within driving distance of a Samy's Camera in SoCal. I love them. My favorite salesman/advisor left Calumet for Samy's when he saw Calumet in decline (and now long dead in the US) and I followed. I've bought equipment, backdrop paper, and printer paper and rented the lenses I can't afford to buy and have always had a good experience.

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Sep 4, 2022 21:58:04   #
suntouched Loc: Sierra Vista AZ
 
I think all of us got the word out that Samys is a good place to shop in person and on the internet. Thanks for all the positive replies.

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