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.