We had many reviews and complaints about tax cheaters from Groupon, but they featured My Lil Package Baby Boutique which overcharges taxes! Again.
Trueler received very serious complaint from one of Groupon users who bought American Apparel Toronto deal and tried to use it online. Summary of complaint is: American Apparel customer service did not want to address any of the issues or questions; Hardly possible to contact American Apparel; Charged illegal taxes on baby products; Coupon was not accepted by online store for several days
Groupon featured a new deal in Toronto: “$30 for $60 Worth of Children’s Toys, Gear, Clothing, and More from Peek-A-Boo”. Beware of Peek-A-Boo overcharges! They grab up to 8% of extra taxes for children’s clothing and footwear, bunting blankets, books, etc.
July 1, 2010 was the day when a a lot of products and services became more expensive by 8% in Ontario and by 7% in British Columbia due to HST law.
One of such services is fitness. Most of the fitness places, gyms, aerobic and running rooms, etc. have momentarily increased their membership fees.
Did you do shopping at Toys “R” Us? If your purchase list included any of the exempt items, so you have been overcharged by 8% in Ontario and 7% in BC for those items.
Maybe they are trying to collect more tax money for Canadian Government? Or probably they just keep extra profit because most of the customers are not aware of the new HST law in details?…
Home Depot is one more big retailer that overcharges customers by 8% in Ontario and 7% in British Columbia for some products. And these products are… can you try to guess?!… Books!!! Yes, books which are always exemption from any PST. Books must be taxed only with 5% GST portion of HST.
Sears did not carefully review the full exemption list, reading only headlines of the law. Some products are still overcharged by 8% in Ontario and 7% in BC. The exemption list is not more than one page for each province! Why Sears could not allocate enough resources to properly fix tax issues?! They left this responsibility on customers again! But many buyers are not aware of the entire list in details, and Sear just grabs more money due to “mistake”.
Trueler has recently received a complaint on Green Cricket online store (greencricket.ca) from one of our readers, who ordered some personal and baby care products.
When shipment arrived, one of the items was not delivered. They told by phone that is was out of stock, but they did NOT issue any refund for this item!
They apply 13% HST tax to diapers, feminine hygiene products, and baby clothes which is illegal.
Green Cricket (greencricket.ca) applies 13% HST taxes on everything to be delivered in Ontario and 12% for BC! They illegally and probably intentionally overcharge many items by 8% in Ontario, and by 7% in British Columbia. Beware of this place! Probably they are cheating on quality of the products as well!
If a person purchases a designated item at a retail establishment or through the Internet, the retailer would automatically provide the purchaser with the point-of-sale rebate, crediting the 7% B.C. component of the HST and only collecting the 5% federal component of the HST on that item.