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Buying ALdens this summer, SF or NY?

mjs

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This summer I'll be escaping sunny phoenix for lovely San Francisco / Monterey and then to New York for a wedding.

I am looking to get my first pair of alden shoes, should I buy them in NY or SF, where would I find the best selection, service &c.? I have a EE or EEE foot.
 

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If you're going to be in Monterey, surely you will want to nip over to visit Alden of Carmel in nearby Carmel. They have some lovely proprietary designs made by Alden than are not available elsewhere. Wish I could afford some of 'em.
 

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I had heard "alden of carmel" mentioned before on hear but it only just now clicked with Carmel.

Will definitely go.
 

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Call or e-mail first. I'm pretty sure Adam moved to Washington state a couple of years ago.
 

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I can't comment about any of the New York Alden retailers, but I can say that Alan White at the Alden Shop in San Francisco knows his shoes and offers great customer service.
 

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NY will have sales tax (but I think Cali does too) If you want to save a few bucks, figure out whose is less.
 

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NY will have sales tax (but I think Cali does too)  If you want to save a few bucks, figure out whose is less.
Or, if for some odd reason you have to visit NJ while in NY, you can buy them here where our sales tax is slightly lower. I think NY is 8% and NJ is 6%, though I could be wrong.
 

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(zjpj83 @ May 03 2005,00:09) NY will have sales tax (but I think Cali does too) If you want to save a few bucks, figure out whose is less.
Or, if for some odd reason you have to visit NJ while in NY, you can buy them here where our sales tax is slightly lower. I think NY is 8% and NJ is 6%, though I could be wrong.
NJ has no sales tax on clothes. It's beautiful. Anything expensive I have shipped there.
 

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Get the shoes shipped. If you don't live in-state, you don't have to pay sales tax if you get them shipped.
 

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Get the shoes shipped. If you don't live in-state, you don't have to pay sales tax if you get them shipped.
Is that true even if you are shipping to a state with sales tax? (Seems possible)
 

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Arizona has a 7 or 8 % sales tax and i've never had to pay it on something i've had bought online and had shipped in, nor have I had to pay the sales tax from wherever it was shipped from.

As I understand it you only have to pay sales tax on shipped items if both the buyer and the seller are in the same state.
 

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Is that true even if you are shipping to a state with sales tax? (Seems possible)
Depending on the state that you live in, you may be required by state law to pay sales tax in your own state. However, generally speaking, particularly if you're buying from a retailer who has no physical presence in your home state, you would pay the tax: the retailer would not collect it.
 

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If I am a tourist buying shoes in SF or NYC, would I be exempt from tax? What would I need to show at point of purchase?
 

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You need to pay sales tax if you take the item with you; it is not like the VAT tax in Europe which can be refunded. Being a tourist is irrelevant.

As JCusey says, if the item is shipped out of state, it is not up to the retailer to pay the sales tax in the other state, it is (in theory) up to you (I believe in such a case it is called a 'use tax'). The only exception is that if you buy from a chain (e.g. Neiman Marcus), and they have stores in the 'ship-to' state, they will likely charge you sales tax for the ship-to state.
 

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If you buy them in carmel the sales tax is 7.25%. If you have any questions about anything here in monterey let me know and I will try to answer it for you.
 

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