Fuuny. I live in Europe and a French friend today was bemoaning the fact that Black Friday sales are now showing up in France. Regarding the constraints in sales: those laws are honored in the breach, as they say. Sure, France still has the two soldes, which are pretty much a disincentive to pay retail, but more and more "exceptionnel" sales are appearing in the shoulder seasons
Is it really ineffective tax enforce,ent as to why Europeans buy US goods from US stores? I think it's the VAT and because US retailers/ producers do a straight dollar/euro price conversion.
Having said that, My problem is that I'm totally average size so nothing I really want ever goes on sale...
Americans are supposed to pay taxes on import. Hardly anyone does.