interested in this as well
i usually get 2 notifications one from spring and one from JE, The JE notification notes the full price of the purchase so i always guessed spring was eating the discounted amount, but i have no idea for sure
I don't blame JE. Spring has offered a massive discount on an almost bi-weekly basis now. They don't want customers consistently waiting on the next discount to purchase product. Plus, there's a page full of discussion on how to manipulate the discount to get more than one item.
Man, stuff goes on sale all the time at retailers while they're still full-priced from JE direct. I'm sure Spring let JE know about sales and promotions before they linked up, and JE used to be great about honoring it. But for them to start pulling away from the promotions now that they're building? Sketchy. I agree with others saying that this was a bad move and leaves long-time customers in a rough position with the brand.
EDIT: However, I do agree with you on the manipulation of the Spring promo. C'mon guys.
It would also make sense for Spring to eat it if they are wanting to attract users to their platform. No one knows for sure, though. And the CA tax thing is weird - most likely gets billed on behalf of Spring which is NYC, and thus would not be taxed.