SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP.com) - The convenience of online shopping will soon cost shoppers more. Amazon.com is changing this holiday season. For years, Amazon.com shoppers didn't have to pay a sales tax for items bought online.
That perk ends November 1, 2013. Massachusetts customers will pay the 6.25 percent sales tax just as they would at the register of any store.
"The Internet's stealing money from the stores. And if you put an Internet tax on, then that's going to help the stores,” said Jack of East Longmeadow.
"I think I'd rather just shop in the stores for all that same thing, get tax online, might as well get the tax in stores," Daniel Solivan of Springfield told 22News.
For the first time in a decade, Amazon increased the amount you need to spend to get free shipping. It used to be $25. Now, it's $35.
"Amazon is consistent, they offer good buys on their materials, there's things you cannot get around here, it's convenient and the cost is generally below what you get here,” Linda of Springfield said.
While they consider Amazon convenient, shoppers told 22News holiday shopping is about getting into the spirit of the season, and you simply can't get that online.
"I think people who still like the holiday feel of going to the store, so I think it's going be the same,” said Paris Glenn of Wilbraham.
"For the people who want to get out in the holiday traffic, ya, but for the people who don't, I don't think they'll care,” Nina Echols of Springfield told 22News.
Frequent Amazon Prime shoppers can now pay an annual $79 membership fee to have unlimited, free two-day shipping all year.