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Sam's Club, other retailers offer promotions for Missouri's sales tax holiday
As Missouri's sales tax holiday draws near, retailers are beginning to announce their own promotions to sweeten the deal.
After all, they know consumers will be hitting the stores in large numbers this Friday through Sunday for the Show-Me State's sales tax holiday. So many of them are pulling out the stops to make sure consumers visit their stores.
It's an important time for retailers. Economic data for June showed a slight drop in consumer spending, the first drop in nearly two years. And the National Retail Federation is forecasting flat sales this back-to-school season as the economy continues to weigh heavily on consumers' minds.
So here are some of the deals retailers have recently announced for this weekend:
Sam's Club will allow non-members to shop at all Missouri locations this Friday through Sunday. A basic membership would otherwise cost about $40 a year. The retailer is also apparently putting ads on Facebook to give free Sam's Club membership in participating states. But a press release did not say if Missouri or Illinois were among those states.
Best Buy happens to be holding a three-day back-to-school sale this weekend at all of its stores nationwide. The sale includes up to $40 off certain items such as the HP Touchpad, Samsung Galaxy, HP laptop, and Apple iPod Touch.
A reader called my attention to an ad in the "Let's Eat" section of today's paper for Valenti's Market & Catering in St. Peters. The deli, bakery and catering service is not charging customers any sales tax. The store will pay the tax for them instead. The promotion started on Tuesday and runs through Sunday. Of course, food is not included in the sales tax holiday. But that hasn't stopped other folks from trying to get it on the big shopping event.
And then, of course, there are some stores that don't charge sales tax at all any time of year. I'm not just referring to Amazon. A public relations person reminded me today that Goodwill never charges tax in its thrift stores no matter the time of year.
Do you know of other good deals this weekend timed to coincide with Missouri's sales tax weekend? If so, please share!
No Tax Holiday in Illinois This Year; State Canít Afford It
There will be no back to school tax holiday this year for shoppers in Illinois.
State lawmakers in Springfield have decided not to reauthorize the annual holiday because the state can't afford it.
Illinois has an $8.7 billion deficit.
The tax holiday usually runs in early August and can save shoppers millions of dollars on back-to-school supplies.
Many Illinois retailers along the border now worry they may lose business to stores in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri.
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