My kingdom for accurate sticker prices

Also - oh, to live in a world where I don't have to manually add tax onto 15 items at the grocery store.

I hear in other parts of the world, you pay exactly what the sticker says. (The sticker says $2.99? You pay two dollars and ninety-nine cents.) Here in America, the sticker says $2.99 and you pay $3.21, because taxes. But not in a way where it makes in-your-head math easy, like say, on the sticker price itself. Nope. You have to know what the tax on an individual dollar is in the area you happen to be immediately in - and it varies state to state, county to county, even item to item - and then manually add that onto whatever the sticker price says. Doing this for multiple items gets tricky, especially if you're shopping down to the penny.

On the other hand, maybe I should be grateful. My math skills are so rusty that the rounding up and down of prices is the only math practice I get. Learning arithmetic through grocery shopping, motherfuckers.

It's the American way.

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Over here where added value tax exists, the price shown needs to include everything and must be the end consumer price. I think that's even based in law.
The part that goes to added value tax from the end consumer price must be stated (I think MUST), but it's stated separately - so to say, you get to know the share that goes there, but it comes from the end consumer price, not added on top of it.
That would be so nice! And would make shopping so much easier. I can appreciate that kind of transparency, especially if it has both the tax listed and then also the final, full price listed! (It would probably make me more appreciative of where my tax dollars are going, rather than only thinking about them when I'm trying to buy cat litter and sandwich makings!)
I can imagine if you always have to think like "wait, 22% of the value on top - how much does that make for 5.99$?", that's totally annoying. The only time I ever have to think about calculating prices is when something's put on sale - because of storability being due - and it says it's 30% the price off or when you can buy vegetables or fruits loosely in a plastic bag. And 30% is pretty calculable as a number, just divide the price by 3 and you about have it. Other discounts on a certain class of items also have easy-to-calculate percentages like 10, 20 or 25 (rarely 50 or 75).
Aside from that, it's become that way, over a longer time period, that you got also prices often enough expressed in firm numbers even on reduced items.

Well, what should I say... In some parts it seems like as the way things are kept here is not so bad sometimes.
Can't understand for why so many things stared towards America for so long... The US, in a bureaucratic way, is so much like "old world", a hundred years behind the general development.
Yeah, that was fucked up. I hated that about LA. If they incorporated it into the ticket price, it might drive costs down for consumers. And we can't have that can we. The system must fuck consumers in every way imaginable at all times.
Really do they still do that? I remember being infuriated by it when I visited the US decades ago. Completely pointless.


  • Oregon (as you'll recall)
  • Delaware
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire

The ORS actually allow municipal sales taxes, but those happen few and far between, given the long tradition of passionate hostility toward sales taxes there.