The hidden costs of living in California

My computer is in its death throes, so I have a new one on order.  I just get the confirmation from Dell, and it contained this interesting little notice:

For shipments to California, a state environmental fee up to $10 per item will be added to invoices for all orders containing displays greater than 4 inches.  Dell Marketing LP collects applicable tax in all states.  Buyer is responsible for remitting additional tax to tax authorities.

Since I’m buying only the tower and not the monitor, this $10 green gouge doesn’t apply to me, but it’s still a telling sign of the way California nickels and dimes its consumers into bankruptcy or flight.


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  • pst314

    Book, did you see the recent estimates that 10% of the United States economy goes to compliance? I’m sure that in California that figure is double, and even higher in cities like San Francisco.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I hadn’t seen that, pst314, but I’m not at all surprised.  Actually, I believe that Oregon is the most hyper-regulated state in America.  Interestingly, when I was there in summer 2008, the lawn signs were about equally divided between Obama and Ron Paul.

  • Gringo

    I recently needed to deal with getting a fair amount of old electronic/digital equipment out of my place. I found out that Goodwill would not only take items which could be resold, but would also take electronic material that was fit only for recycling. Didn’t need a $10 fee to encourage me.
     

  • Danny Lemieux

    One thing that we have noticed about the Left Coast fringes of Oregon and Washington is that people there are so…obedient to the State.
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The State knows all and owns all. That’s mostly because all the luxuries are being routed to a few elite, but some people like living in such banana republics.