Here in Ohio (and in some other states) we have something called the use tax, which is the sales tax on items bought from out-of-state vendors via the Internet or a catalog. It might better be called the useless tax, since so few people pay it. (Let me add that my wife and I do pay it, for the simple reason that I suspect that if they ever start cracking down on it, I would be the first one they’d come for.) There have been various Internet discussions on this tax which are easily found, so I won’t bother linking to them, but I want to observe that its defenders argue that often enough people go shopping for an item in a store to see what it is like and then buy it on the Internet because it’s cheaper.
This hasn’t been my experience. Typically, I will shop for an item and not find it. Then I have to order it off the Internet. Like this or this. I'd rather purchase things in stores, but if the local merchants don’t carry things like these, which they used to carry, why should I be punished by having to pay the tax and the shipping? As a friend observed, buying in the store means paying the tax, but buying over the Internet means paying for the shipping. It evens out.