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161  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Ipad 3 w/Retina Display 16GB Wi-Fi $195 ***SOLD*** on: May 10, 2014, 09:53:56 PM
My fiancee moved over to an ipad mini, so I'm looking to sell our 3rd generation ipad w/ Retina Display. 16GB, wi-fi only. White. Perfect condition, as it has been in a protective case the entire time. This item is RARE! I've been told there is only ONE of these is existence!*

What was that? What are we doing with the case?! Why it is yours for free, of course! And its a sophisticated purple color for all you wanna-be members of royalty!!!

Pictures available upon request. $195, insured to your doorstep by the wonderful people at UPS!

*One in existence refers to others ipads sharing this exact same serial number. It is, however, possible that 36 million other ipads exist....
162  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Alienware X51 HDTV PC for sale <price drop to $445>. **sold** on: May 06, 2014, 10:50:54 AM
<edit> Dropped to $445 due to high fees @ Amazon. Some people asked for more detailed specs. I've listed them below.

I'm looking to sell my Alienware X51 PC, and wanted to see if there is any interest on the forum before I sell it elsewhere at a higher price. it got minimal use as I spent much of the year working extended hours on the job, so gaming time dried up. Mint condition. Original packaging. Actual size is similar to an Xbox One.

Looks like this:

It is an excellent machine for playing Crysis, Thief, Tomb Raider, etc at high settings @ 1080P. Especially good as an HDTV PC. Paid $1299 when I grabbed it last year.

i7- 3.4GHZ (3770)
nvidia GTX 660 1.5GB
1TB HD 7200RPM
Win 7 Home Premium

499 dollars shipped w insurance.
163  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: May 05, 2014, 02:25:17 AM
I've always wanted a Falcon Northwest computer, but I could never justify the cost. The closest I ever got was Hypersonic PC, which was a custom builder without the pedigree of FNW.

When I learned how truly easy it is to build your own computer, I just started doing that. I can build a computer about 20 faster than a Falcon Northwest for the same price. But I still always stop by Falcon Northwest's website to see what they are up to. I love the Tiki, for example.

For my builds I grab a high quality Lian Li chassis, Gigabyte mobos, Seasonic power supplies, Samsung SSDs, Intel processors, Micron memory, and Nvidia graphics cards. rock solid stability every time.

Best of luck in your search!
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: May 03, 2014, 05:57:43 PM
Are the PC, XB1, and PS4 versions any different in terms of graphics? I was curious if there is a preferred platform among these 3. I assume the PC can play at resolutions above 1080P, but are the XB1 and PS4 running at that resolution?
165  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: LA Clippers Owner Guy on: May 01, 2014, 10:36:39 AM
and in reponse  Larry Johnson calls for an all African-American league, but somehow he isn't a racist. What would happen if Brett Favre called for an all white football league? Jesse Jackson would be on Brett's front lawn, frothing at the mouth, feeding off of the event like the parasite that he is.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 30, 2014, 10:59:48 AM
I'm in the same boat....somewhat.....

I tried to cut Comcast cable altogether, but they offered to increase my Internet speed to the next tier, and the reduced my bill by $55 per month. I lost the premium channels, but we still get FX, Food Network, Lifetime, AE, etc.

We'll see what happens in one year....

my biggest concern is that Comcast will stop the bleeding by significantly raising Internet prices, especially for heavy users. one HD movie on Netflix can run over 5GB. In a week we hit about 60GB just from Streaming movies and TV shows. I think that day is fast approaching. Too many people are dumping cable and phone service.
167  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Back into the iOs realm - your top 3 games? on: April 29, 2014, 12:29:58 AM
There are SO many good games on IOS now, that it is very difficult to drive it down to three. What's even better is that most games have such a small footprint that you can easily fit your entire collection the ipad. I have the 128GB model, 41 games installed, and I still have 71GB open.

How about if I go by category?  slywink

Neuroshima Hex (especially once you add the in-game purchases)
Skulls of the Shogun
Battle of the Bulge

Strategy (Card Based):
Summoner Wars

Baldur's Gate Series
Shadow Sun
Knights of the Old Republic

Infinity Blade series
Dead Space
Deus Ex: The Fall

Waking Mars

Other great Odds and Ends:
Amber Route
King of Dragon Pass
Hitman Go
Faster than Light
Gemini Rue
Art of War
New World Colony
Warhammer Quest

168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs martial arts easier on PC than X360? on: April 28, 2014, 08:55:41 AM
That nightclub mission is honestly one of the harder missions in the game. The PC version is in no way easier, but you can go into it better prepared than the demo allowed. Grab the right clothes, eat some food for perks, and there is a checkpoint in the PC version. Don't know about the 360 counterpart
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 27, 2014, 07:04:20 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 27, 2014, 02:46:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 09:22:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM

I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

In general, this is exactly what net neutrality was intended to fix.  Without that your ISP can give preferential treatment to traffic from any companies that they want, and require payment from others (like Netflix) that use a disproportionately large amount of bandwidth or else throttle it.  You have no idea who or what could be throttling things behind the scenes but it's likely entirely out of your control.  

 I live in a suburban area on the East Coast with comparatively modern infrastructure, and my current options are:

1) Comcast cable

That's it.

-Autistic Angel

I have those exact choices also. Godawful DSL or Comcast. And although Comcast's service has been reliable (cant recall the last outage) the quality fluctuates greatly. With so many people dropping regular cable TV in favor of things like Netflix and HBO Go, I foresee Comcast turning the screws on the streaming content providers AND the customer. In my area Comcast has already instituted a 250GB cap. (although it is temporarily suspended). After surpassing that cap they were planning to charge $1 for every extra 1GB in my area. Between downloading PS4 and Vita games, coupled with Netflix for my family, I run about 300GB per month. That would place my bill at $110 instead of the current $60.

Basically, that would place me right back to where I was before I dropped cable TV for only Internet service.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 27, 2014, 12:02:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 09:22:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM

I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

In general, this is exactly what net neutrality was intended to fix.  Without that your ISP can give preferential treatment to traffic from any companies that they want, and require payment from others (like Netflix) that use a disproportionately large amount of bandwidth or else throttle it.  You have no idea who or what could be throttling things behind the scenes but it's likely entirely out of your control.  

Also, make sure you're using an independent speed test and not something that is Comcast-only, as that will likely give you inflated numbers compared to reality.

I also use, and it reports basically the same thing. I have noticed, as you've mentioned, speeds can vary dramatically, as one time last week I was having trouble streaming Netflix and speedtest logged my connection as .2Mbps. I also think that Comcast begins throttling my bandwidth after a certain download cap. As the month goes on my speeds seem to become increasingly varied.

The bothersome part is that i purposefully picked the more expensive plan to avoid these issues. Regarding Net Neutrality, I agree that Pandora's Box may soon be opening as gamers and movie aficionados absorb more bandwidth due to the quickly growing data transfer sizes. Comcast and other providers will definitely begin a tiered system, and I have a feeling it will be rather restrictive or expensive.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM
I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Lords of the Fallen on: April 26, 2014, 06:09:08 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 02:58:55 AM

The visual style of those shots reminds me a lot of Darksiders.

That is exactly what I thought, albeit with a harder edge to it. If they manage to capture the Dark Souls mystique, and wrap it around a solid storyline, I'm in on day 1.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 26, 2014, 06:06:32 AM

Quote from: ATB on April 25, 2014, 08:17:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2014, 08:15:17 PM

I've had a sharp decline in posting, mainly because gaming has taken a significant back seat to real life.  10-month-old twins tend to do that.  smile  I also find I have interest in far fewer games than I used to.

Agreed. I've purchased exactly 1 game this year and that was to play with the kids. (Kinect sports rivals).

I may get watch dogs, but it's pretty much a wasteland right now. New console blues. slywink.

That doesn't, however, explain why there is no new blood.

One game? Damn, between Steam, PS3, 360, Vita, XB1, IOS and the Wii I have gaming overload. If you've only purchased one game, I can't help but think that you are suffering from burnout. There are simply too many platforms and developers to not find something of interest.
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Vita games coming to US on: April 19, 2014, 06:48:22 PM
Despite being a "dead" system, I'm very happy to see publishers still supporting the platform. My 64GB card is already over half full, and will be getting quite a workout this year. I'm especially interested in Tales of Hearts and Oreshika.
175  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again on: April 18, 2014, 11:03:56 AM
I would hazard to say that the Democratic Party is far from being the party of the poor. 7 of the top 10 wealthiest members of Congress are Democrats. Hollywood is a well known bastion of Democratic funding, and both candidates in 2012 spent over 1 billion dollars. In terms of big business, both Microsoft and Google were significant donators to the Obama campaign.

I'd be happier if each candidate got $100 and a used Winnebago.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 17, 2014, 07:54:53 PM
I just grabbed this on the iPad and played the first four tutorial(?) missions, up to King Mukla. I've done no real research on the game, but I definitely enjoyed what I've played so far.

Is there a true single player component, or is it simply a few tutorial games until it releases you in a multiplayer-only arena? I read that there is an actual campaign/storyline being released soon, but I'm curious as to how the robust the single player portion is now.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/14) on: April 15, 2014, 08:13:56 PM
Conception II for the Vita. I also just picked up Deception IV: Blood Ties for the Vita.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 10, 2014, 08:21:49 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 11, 2014, 10:13:49 PM

Beta is over, launch was today!

bah! I got all excited thinking that included the ios version.  crybaby
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 08, 2014, 06:29:39 PM
I'm very pleased to see all of the positive commentary about the additions and changes. Once this releases for the PS4, I'm definitely jumping in. If it's true that the PS4 version will bundle the new expansion and the original game, it sounds like the purchase would be a no-brainier.
180  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new router. Help Please on: April 08, 2014, 11:34:58 AM
Screw the haters! Apple airport express and AirPort Extreme.The best, easiest to setup, and most stable routers I've ever used. Much more loyal than my last girlfriend. The reviews on Amazon don't lie.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Outcast HD Reboot on: April 08, 2014, 10:58:03 AM
F--- Yeah!  I loved Outcast! gettin' my groove on, ridin' my Twon-ha, bitch-slappin' alien soldiers because of my GaamSaav, showin' those p-ssy Talans why nobody, aliens or otherwise, screws with America!


(Edit) Just looked at the Kickstarter. I'm not happy that the tiers go Windows->Mac/Linux->Direct X 11 optimization and dynamic weather.

Don't gimp the Windows optimization to shoe-horn other platforms into the design. Screw those arrogant, caviar eating Apple zealots. And the holier-than-thou Linux fanboys aren't any better. Where were they during the FIRST game, when I was up to my waist in dead aliens, fighting enemy hordes on the fringe of Ranzaar, out of ammunition, and using a sharpened credit card (Visa, and over the limit) to slice open alien necks?

I'm was makin' the universe safe for America and capitalism, and where was Mac/Linux THEN? Protesting the war, most likely. F--k them! Start your own damned Kickstarter you tofu-eatin', Tesla-drivin', tree-huggin' hippies.....
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/Windows 8] Project Spark on: April 05, 2014, 07:49:14 PM
I just loaded up Project Spark on Windows 8, and I'm highly impressed with it so far. I can see that they also did an excellent job creating an interface that works well with both Windows and the XB1. Creating your own worlds with a modest working AI is infinitely easier than any other user creation kit I have ever seen. Everything is basically drop and drag, using a paintbrush feature for terrain, or chaining AI commands together with a simple Lego-esque snap on feature.

I built a reasonable game world, complete with NPCs, dialogue and combat in under 2 hours. This is only a beta, so there is still work to be done, but it is amazing so far. If they allow users to upload character models and set pieces, Project Spak could possibly revolutionize the ease and stability of user generated content.

In the brief time I spent with it, I didn't see a way to modify combat damage, or weapon creation etc. Likewise, the amount of content is still very limited, and I've yet to see how involved commands for the AI can truly become. But creation is fun, addictive and satisfying. There is a lot of potential here.

I've tried my hand at creating mods for Neverwinter Nights, Morrowind, and Shadowrun Returns, and the barriers to entry we're very high. You quickly reached a point where coding experience became helpful or almost necessary. Project Spark is aimed at the casual audience that would love to tell a story or make a simple game, but don't have the time or desire to invest into learning complex mechanics.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iOS games for a long flight? on: April 01, 2014, 08:13:51 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 01, 2014, 06:48:43 PM

I've got a flight across the pond coming up tomorrow.  I have KOTOR and FFIV loaded.  What else should I have on my iPad Air for this trip?


You have KOTOR and FFIV loaded and you want MORE gaming for the long flight? Are you an astronaut?

Skulls of the Samurai
Clash of Heroes
Art of War
Gemini Rue
Waking Mars
King of Dragon Pass

If you are going to Pluto add in:
Baldur's Gate II
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/24) on: March 24, 2014, 06:43:14 PM
Witch and the Hundred Knight also ships this week for the PS3. It is an action RPG from the makers of Disgaea. I'll be grabbing that.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 23, 2014, 12:45:04 AM
I'm a New XB1 owner also! Turned out to be a great deal:

By placing $500 of my tax return on an Amazon gift card, Amazon gave me an extra $50 (thus a $550 gift card)

Purchased Titanfall bundle for $499, sold the code for $40, and just got a friendly CSR at Amazon to refund me $50 because of the promotion. Basically got the XB1 for $360. Now I'm hunting for a cheap copy of Ryse on Ebay...
186  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: MKV files and Anime on the Ipad on: March 23, 2014, 12:39:45 AM

Quote from: Canuck on March 23, 2014, 12:15:33 AM

AVPlayerHD has been out since Dec of 2010. But it could probably still use a shoutout. smile

My heart=pierced.

187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / MKV files and Anime on the Ipad on: March 22, 2014, 10:35:23 PM
I just wanted to let everyone know, if you are like me and were waiting for an app that could properly play 1080P MKV files without transcoding it into another file type, the iTunes store finally has the perfect app. It even works with absurdly high bitrate, 10 bit anime files. All subtitles also pull across properly.

I've tried it with a multitude of movies and anime, and it works flawlessly so far. I'm posting this because I had given up hope on an ipad player that could consistently play anime after trying 5 or 6 different types over the past 2 years.

Please note I have an ipad w/Retina display, so I can't comment on earlier hardware.


Hope this helps anyone that shared my frustrations.

188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 16, 2014, 09:48:48 PM
I'm with Gratch on this one. I'm relatively good at FPS, and the chain of quick deaths from seemingly nowhere is getting fatiguing. There is precious little time to enjoy the environments or the mechanics.

They should build in an "attrition" server, where everyone gets 5x-10x the health, so that players actually have time to react to incoming fire, instead of constantly running around like a jackrabbit on crack cocaine in an effort to avoid getting hit.

The more Casual FPS players will get turned off from Titanfall very quickly.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 06, 2014, 11:30:41 AM
I grabbed the Xb1 Titanfall Edition. Between The free pack-in game and Turbo Tax giving customers XB1 consoles for $450 via Amazon gift card, it seemed like a good deal.

I'm just disappointed that there is no single player portion, or offline bot gameplay. I detest multiplayer, so Ill just end up flipping the game.
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: March 05, 2014, 08:33:00 PM
Fiscal conservatives are the only group that kept my county from falling into a state of near bankruptcy. Despite high foreclosures in the area, and a reduction in businesses, the Democratic block felt the best way to increase revenue was to increase taxes and sternly "suggest" the law enforcement agencies to double down on issuing tickets.

Forget about tightening our belts. No, they wanted expenditures to rise on the backs of the people who can barely afford to stay in their homes. And while doing that, give them a speeding ticket when they rush home from working two jobs so they can spend an hour an evening with their families.

Squabbling about petty bullshit like this is akin to to arguing over a slice of toast at the breakfast table while the house is burning down. A basic human right is not the freedom to buy a cappuccino wherever you damned well please. If you hate that a person or persons excludes another from service based upon religious reasons, use economic forces to solve the matter. The owner has the right to give the gay customer the finger based upon his religious beliefs, and the gay customer has the right to give the business owner the finger, and take his business, and all of his friends' business to the competitor next door.

191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on: March 03, 2014, 09:44:53 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 03, 2014, 09:11:14 PM

Just finished the game, and absolutely loved it. It's good already at the beginning, but it really does get better in the final half. Where the first half is slower-paced, with more focus on platforming, exploration, and combat against common enemies, the second half pits you against an almost constant series of awesome boss fights, sometimes with no chance to rest between them (three of the best bosses came in a row, with just one group of common enemies between two of them). The boss fights in this game are far superior to the last one, with some encounters that are pure, awesome Castlevania fan service. The bosses that, by tradition, always show up in classic Castlevania games, show up here too, and now they are closer to their classic forms than they were in the previous game.

The reviewers who rated this game low were out of their fucking minds. The much-criticized stealth sections are indeed horrible, but they account for roughly 5% of the total game's length, and pretty much never last more than 5 minutes each. The "horrible" stealth section that had Edge stuck for 4 hours, according to themselves, took me all of 3 minutes, and that seems to be the general experience among players I've heard from. The future environments are dull and clichéd too, but they also don't last very long. The modern cityscapes are gothic and atmospheric on the other hand, and the castle itself is pure eye candy.  

The story kind of doesn't really end where you expect it to though. It seems they might finish the last part of it in the upcoming DLC, and I'm going to get it Day 1. smile

Total playtime: 16 hours.

You  had my interest until you mentioned three boss fights in a row without any rest. I don't think I have the fortitude for those types of grind sessions any longer. Lol. glad you enjoyed it.
192  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / TitanFall Digital Download on: March 01, 2014, 11:41:59 PM
I'm purchasing the XB1 TitanFall edition from Amazon, but have no desire to play a multiplayer only title. I'd like to sell or trade for a different game, and send you the digital code. Looking for "like new" (complete) copies of:

-Dead Rising 3
-Ryse Son of Rome

I'd also take a $40 Amazon e-mail gift card

The delivery date for my system is currently 1-3 days after TitanFall's release, so please note I could not provide the code on its initial release day.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 24, 2014, 09:10:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 24, 2014, 06:03:41 PM

Our review is on the front page.   smile

In short, play it like a Thief game and you'll enjoy it.  Play it like a shooter and a.) you are an idiot and b.) you aren't going to enjoy it.    Almost every negative review I read prefaced their opinion with "I'm more of a first person shooter guy" or "I've played all of the Call of Duty games" (well good for you, junior).   I also get the feeling that some of these guys didn't play past the first two levels.  

This is a great point, and I've seen that mentality is some of the other stealth games. I remember one review for Splinter Cell Blacklist said something akin to 'the game is highly improved as a run-and-gun title, but could still use some refinement in those mechanics..." Er.... Spinter Cell isn't meant to be a third person shooter.

I'm  growing tired of amateur Internet reviewers basing their ratings on what they wanted or expected, instead of the the design vision and execution of that vision.  I don't need Call of Duty multiplayer components wedged into Dishonored. It just diverts resources and talent onto something shoehorned into the wrong package.
194  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [VITA] Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on: February 24, 2014, 07:13:51 AM
This game is fantastic! If you enjoy visual novels, it should be an insta-buy for your Vita. The characters are over-the-top anime stereotypes, but the story is engaging, the trials are fun, and the visuals are outstanding for this genre.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/24) on: February 24, 2014, 07:02:36 AM
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
Thief (I'm hoping this will be in the running for my Game of the Year)
Shadowrun Dragonfall
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Inazuma Eleven on: February 21, 2014, 01:06:41 PM
great game, but absurdly easy. They definitely needed a higher difficulty level for adults. Apparently games 2 and 3 addressed this issue in some fashion.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Drakengard 3 Announced on: February 10, 2014, 10:00:05 AM
A few people on Neogaf have said that the Japanese press found it to be mediocre. The first two games, iirc, we're nothing to rave about, either.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Suggestions for a great mattress on: February 03, 2014, 08:04:47 AM
I'm looking to get a new mattress, so some suggestions would be appreciated. Currently I have some random Sealy model that I purchased at Menards several years ago. Either I'm getting older, or this mattress is getting crappier. smile

I still haven't decided on a budget. I have a hard time believing that mattress costing thousands of dollars can be that much better than their less expensive cousins, but I'm open to counter-arguments. I'm leaning toward memory foam at the moment, but nothing is certain yet.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 03, 2014, 07:52:12 AM

Quote from: soulbringer on February 02, 2014, 11:16:03 PM

Dont get me started on this damn use tax shit.  My wife works at the state govt.  Each year, I get a lecture on how Im supposed to pay the sales tax on the shit I buy online and pay the difference in my local tax if I bought something out of state or in another county.  For example, If I go to Charlotte and buy something and pay 5% sales tax (no idea if thats there tax rate) Im supposed to pay 3% to the state to make up the 8% tax for where I live.  I asked if I bought something somewhere that had a 10% tax if I got a 2% refund and was told no. So screw em.  To stay on topic, Amazon recently built a hub here about 10 miles from me so there will be sales tax coming from them in the next year or so.  

Yeah, Illinois is filled with the same type of crooks. Our property taxes are supposed to be tied to our home values. But when my home lost ~40% of its value, I attempted to get them lowered. THAT was an exercise in red tape and frustration. But they were damned near instantaneous on RAISING my taxes during the two years my property actually appreciated before the real estate bust. I didn't even need to leave my home. A shiny new bill just arrived one day with the increase.

But when I go to lower my taxes? Well...One of the clerks, after seeing me for the fifth or sixth time, had the audacity to say "The state still needs its money."

My friends in California have it much worse. They can be considered solid middle class. When you take into account all of the federal, state, and sales taxes they pay it comes out to almost 50% of their paychecks go to taxes. I don't think the founding fathers had these levels of taxes in mind.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 03, 2014, 07:44:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 30, 2014, 08:39:26 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 30, 2014, 07:21:37 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 28, 2014, 06:28:22 PM

Yeah when we got it last year (CA) I was pretty bummed but what can you do.  The fact is it does make the competition more fair for companies like Best Buy and Target, not to mention the last remaining traditional book stores.  Still, even with the taxes, with free Prime shipping I'll still tend to go with Amazon out of convenience - and of course their pricing is almost always the best unless there's some sort of special/exclusive sale.

You know, if it means we keep a book store in town or a Best Buy I am willing to pay sales tax on Amazon purchases.

I can't remember the last time I walked into a brick and mortar book store.  But I'm sure when I did it was a Barnes & Nobles, so it's not like I was helping some small local business.

I'm the same way. Amazon, Newegg, iTunes and Steam account for just about everything I buy. I remember growing up, I used to love going into the mall. Electronics Boutique and Borders were two of my favorite places.  A couple weeks ago I stopped in a mall to grab a last minute present for someone, and I couldn't wait to get out of there. I was also surprised by how few customers were walking around. It was the first time in about 6 or 7 years that I've been back in one.
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