Yep, that's what held me back. Taxes. I have one on backorder from B&H free shipping and no tax, but who knows when they will have it in stock. I was going to just buy one from target and use it now. Then when the BH order comes in, use that for a Target return.
The problem with Walmart.com, Target.com, and Sears.com was that I wasn't willing to pay the extra $40-$50 for tax. My patience paid off and finally received mine from Amazon yesterday. Spent like 8 hours on it last night! Had the dock already from buy.com/Tigerdirect, so I was good to go! love it!
Wow...looks like I am competing against all of you folks.
No biggie, I can wait. I was expecting to go with the new Galaxy Pad 10.1, so that wasn't going to be available for weeks...but once I learned about the lack of an SD card slot, I started looking around...and wow, this Transformer looks like a great deal. Looks much fatter, but still not too bad...and nice ports and dock option.
I went to
2 Best Buy
Tonight to check store stock. at EVERY place but the BJ's, when I asked if they had the "Asus Transformer" they asked if I meant the movie.
I called today target,walmart and bestbuy. All were clueless but the Target guy was the funny one. I asked for the Asus Transformer. He said uhhh whats that? I said a tablet like the Ipad and the Motorola Xoom. He said oh we have the Acer Are-coh-nee-uh (how he pronounced it) and the Motorola X-o-o-m not sure how you say that one... I'm getting pissed with this waiting game. Especially since I thought I already had one coming from Target.
There seems to be a lot of confusion on how Amazon operates. Amazon.com is a web site that sells products from many etailers. This can be Target, JoesCheapcomputers, etc. One of these etailers is Amazon.com, LLC which is the preferred etailer for the Amazon.com website. However, if Amazon.com, LLC does not stock the item, or have the item in stock, the website selects another etailer. Thus on a high demand item like the Transformer one buyer may see an item sold at $399 from Amazon,com, LLC, another buyer may see item for $399 from Target.com, and a 3rd buyer may see it for $599 from JoesCheapComputers.com.
The difference go beyond the prices also. Amazon.com is very protective of Amazon.com, LLC's no-tax status; to the point they have terminated relationships with associates in certain states that have demanded that taxes be collected. Also, all items sold through Amazon.com, LLC to Amazon Prime members have free 2 day shipping. Only some items and some etailers provide free 2-day shipping.
The result is different prices. For example, when a 16GB transformer is sold from Amazon.com, LLC the price is $399 +$0 tax + $0 shipping for Prime members = $399. Through Target the price is $399 + (399 * your state's tax rate) + $14.95 shipping (I think) = up to $455. Through JoesCheapComputers.com the price is $599 + (599 * your state's tax rate) + $19.95 shipping = up to $670.
I hope this clears up the differences in prices for the same item.