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TAXES!!!!

CONSIDER BUSINESS CLOSED!

OK NOT QUITE YET, WE HAVE A LITTLE TIME UNTIL THIS SNOWBALLS. SOUTH DAKOTA WILL START COLLECTING IN 30-90 DAYS [THANKS FOR BEING SPECIFIC] WITH SEVERAL MORE STATES ALREADY PUTTING LAWS ON THE BOOKS ANTICIPATING THIS DECISION, AND 31 STATES THAT HAVE LAWS ON THE BOOKS, LEAVES RETAILERS ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS WHERE WE STAND. IF THE CURRENT SD LAW CONTINUES TO BE THE STANDARD THE LITTLE GUY WILL BE ALRIGHT, 200 TRANSACTIONS TO ONE STATE WOULD IMPLY 10,000 SALES A YEAR. I AM A SMALL ENOUGH BUSINESS BY SOUTH DAKOTA LAW I WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY SOUTH DAKOTA TAX, UNLIKE SWEETWATER. THEY ABSOLUTELY WILL. BUT I DON'T EXPECT ALL STATES TO FOLLOW THE CURRENT SD TAX MODEL OF 200 SALES, OR $100K IN SALES. I EXPECT SOME STATES TO GO FOR THE JUGULAR SMELLING FREE MONEY. FORCING ME TO MAKE A NEW IBANEZ RULES LAW -

YOU MUST AGREE THAT IF ANY STATE, COUNTY, CITY, OR FED SENDS ME A SALES TAX BILL RELATED TO YOUR SALE, *YOU ALONE* ARE RESPONSIBLE!! FOR THAT DEBT. UNDER THOSE TERMS I AM HAPPILY OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

I CAN'T IMAGINE THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF THIS MORPHING INTO A RULING THAT EVERY INTERSTATE TRANSACTION IS DUE SALES TAX - I'M TALKING PERSON TO PERSON TAX LIABILITY. IT IS NO DIFFERENCE FOR A BUSINESS TO SELL AN ITEM OR AN INDIVIDUAL, A SALE IS A SALE, A TRANSFER OF MONEY IS A TRANSFER OF MONEY. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PAY USE TAX ON ANY PRIVATE SALE IN YOUR STATE AS IT IS! THIS IS GOING TO BE CHALLENGED AT SOME POINT BY SOME STATE, NOW HUNGRY FOR ALL THE TAX DOLLARS THEY CAN SUCK OUT OF THE MERCHANDISE SOLD OR DELIVERED INTO THEIR STATES.

Excuse me while I take a minute to figure out how much the next sale I make will cost me. Is this the death of the small internet business? Is it a level playing field or is it just a huge minefield? Most of those small businesses on Main St. have some type of internet presence, they're on ebay or etsy, wherever you can make a sale is where you have to make a sale, this has been the unwritten rule in this world since the creation of e-commerce. You either commerced or you had to survive on foot traffic. Just like before e-commerce you either sent out catalogs for that hopeful 2% sell thru rate of Mail Order, or you built stores all over the country, or, you did both. And every other local business is a franchise anyway!! The internet is a glorious place where you can learn anything, experience everything, but immediately became another platform to sell stuff. What's the difference in a mail order business and an e-commerce business? 5 years. pa-dump. The way we're cross marketed and addroll constantly trying to draw you back to those golf clubs you were looking at last week, or direct laser focused marketing based on your interest and buying profile, we have a constant distraction of BUY ME!! BUY ME!!

I don't see this changing things that much for business, And I see this as the end of many businesses, and the boon to Amazon for being able to sell to all jurisdictions and already be collecting the taxes and submitting the payments. I might have to go on Amazon for the sole reason that they would collect and pay out your State and or Local Sales tax for me, and at a very high price to Amazon [remind me to buy Amazon after the economy crashes!] I don't see that many people today breaking the routine of how they live. I always buy my sneakers local, I just ordered 3 pairs for a friend because she lives so far off the grid it's a little hilarious, from a NJ POV. I buy alot of stuff online and I never really bought it online to save on taxes as much as I bought it where it was available, and cheaper. Although if it was in my state and the difference was the tax to the next guy, of course I'd buy it from NY instead! It's still going to be cheaper online, just now you'll have to add the tax to it, so now I'll start to support my own state more, if I see it's Jersey, I will now buy it here so my tax dollars are stolen by my corrupt politicians instead of the corrupt politicians of your state. Won't everybody do that thought? So instead of people buying from you, they'll buy from someplace in their state. It'll be interesting. Will it affect sales of Interstate Internet businesses? Will it affect Joe's on Broadway, the bulk of who's sales are in the warehouse being sold on Amazon, Amazon became the distribution center for a very large percentage of today's goods, for everybody who's lifestyle is - I shop by pushing buttons on a screen for the cheapest price, I don't go to Walmart, Walmart delivers to me, Amazon's got that covered for the whole United States for every product imaginable.

UNLESS YOU'LL SELLING FOOD EVERYBODY IS ALREADY SELLING EVERYWHERE THEY CAN - AND THE SUPREME'S JUST MADE IT A NIGHTMARE FOR EVERYBODY, BECAUSE IN FLATTENING THE PLAYING FIELD ORGANICALLY YEARS AGO EVERY LOCAL BUSINESS HAS ALREADY DIVERSIFIED TO EVERY SALE PLATFORM AVAILABLE TO THEIR BUSINESS. WHAT WE WILL ALL HAVE TO GO THRU IS CHARGE THE CORRECT TAX ON EVERY SALE, FOR THE 10,000 DIFFERENT SALES TAX JURISDICTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES [DOESN'T SEEM TOO UNITED] AND PAY THEM, TO EACH OF THOSE 10,000 SEPARATE TAX JURISDICTIONS. NJ STATE TAX IS EASY, 6.625 AND GOING UP WITH THE NEW DEM IN OFFICE, PASSING STATE MANDATED HEALTH CARE WITHOUT PUTTING A STATE HEALTH NETWORK IN PLACE!, FORGIVE THE RANT, AS I RANT.

The only business that will not be cursed are those that only rely on foot traffic, never ship anything over any line anywhere, and the playing field is now so tilted to the businesses that has no Interstate sales that the board has fallen over.

CONGRESS!!!!!!

Yea, right, but they are going to HAVE to pass a law to address this or I can see all Interstate sales come to a screeching halt as nobody knows how to pay the taxes, that we don't know how much to charge, to we have no idea where, or when. Am I supposed to start charging you tax right now? I think I am, I think we all are. But now an Interstate sale means collecting money that you owe to your state. I have to collect the Tax you already owe to your state in USE TAX! They're going to kill Interstate business, and if small business is the backbone of America it's backbone will be broken. There will have to be a National Interstate Tax Agency created, with software everybody will have to download, loaded will plenty of NSA Blackhat Trojans so they can keep an eye on everything going on everywhere. You will have to load each Interstate sale into it, it will tell you how much to collect, and it will collect it monthly and be responsible for paying those tax obligations to all of those 10,000 Tax Jurisdictions, for a fee of course. Congress will have to act, but they won't. Do I sound optimistic? If they do I'd expect nothing less than a $450 Million website that doesn't work contracted to a Trump subsidiary, and is fixed by a reputable company for a Million .5. Or was that Obama? I can't keep them straight. It's the Washington way. I know there are private Tax Specialty software companies, a good friend is a VP with one, they are not cheap [remind me to buy Sales Tax Specialty companies stock the next time the economy collapses]

Although this is all so hypocritical as everybody already owes tax on any item bought that tax was not paid, in USE TAX!! If you owe a Sales tax on any local sale, then you owe a USE TAX on every qualifying sale you did not pay your State and Local Sales Tax on. Only 5 States do not charge Sales Tax, but allow city or county taxes, and all but 5 States charge Use Tax. But it will be the burden of all retailers to collect your tax due because nobody every claims their USE TAX!! If everybody paid their USE TAX there wouldn't be a need for me to collect them for your state. Does anyone else see the irony?

But, we all knew it was a possibility since they tried to pressure us to join the Streamlined Sales Tax States Network years ago. This would be the place for Congress to empower with the duty of collecting and distributing taxes, every State that collects Sales Tax needs to be a member of this Streamlined Network. That could possibly save business. It's a great thing for States and the taxes they add to the coffers will help fund lots of good programs, and line the pockets of plenty along the way, it's the American way. But it may not be if Interstate sales collapse because there is no way for small retailers to endure the burden of the looming tax nightmare. And all of that money that has been saved in the US by an Interstate sale will now be a burden to the purchaser, so everybody that buys anything from over a line will have to pay more. Everybody's taxes just went up.

Kennedy made a point to emphasize that in 1992 Mail Order sales account for $180 Billion, [Mail Order does not account for all Interstate sales! This is a Mail Order statistic!] And that the total for all e-commerce sales today was $453 Billion [Please adjust it for inflation!! and it becomes $321 Billion] and all "remote" sales accounted for "nearly" a half Trillion [notice how he jumps to Trillion now], it's not even $500 Million or it wouldn't be nearly a HALF TRILLION. e-commerce is $453B and the total of all Interstate is $400 and something BILLION, adjust for inflation please. I'm amazed that in "nearly" 30 years "remote" sales increased at such a paltry rate. Adjust it for inflation, that's shockingly low.

RANT OVER! I return you to your regularly scheduled, and now more expensive, online shopping experience.

 


5/31/16 - My site went offline, nothing but 503 Error notices, I logged in to Abaco [which for 15 years was Yahoo until about a year ago they spun it off, sold the division, or whatever, but all customer service was now from India, not California], after logging in there was a "serious problem with your account, contact customer service" message waiting for me, called, and in her worst Punjab accent told me they had suspended my website due to malware activity. I had to ask her to repeat it 5 times before I understood the words. Malware?! There was no malware on my site, it's all loaded from my malware free computer, and I've never gotten any warning message on any page on my site. Any malware had to have come from another site on the same server, or back door somehow. Instead of contacting me and giving me the opportunity to have Queterra scan it for issues to kill, they just killed my site. Dead. Then told me I had to delete all the content that was loaded on their server and reload it. 13.3 gig of data. WHAT?!?!

The only reason I had stayed thru the pain and glitches of Yahoo was - Frontpage [yes, this site is so old it's 100% Frontpage] was no longer supported, and any pages I would reload I'd lose all FP features on the page, so if I changed hosts I'd lose it on the whole site. I'd had problems with Yahoo, and then Abaco at least once every 3 months, and their wait times for CS was half the pain, much less having to understand a different Indian dialect every time I'd call. I have nothing against Indians, I love their food, but I certainly don't want to have to try and understand them when I'm having site trouble!!

Have to reload everything? Well, the decision it was time to MOVE became very easy. I asked for a recommendation in Jemsite, Stealth immediately answered he used A2Hosting and had nothing but good things to say, read a couple reviews, saw they're full SSD based servers, and signed up and started loading. A couple minor issues sorting out the FTP and email, sorted after a single ring of Tech Supports phone, and away it went. DAMN was it loading fast!! I love SSD's, my PC has been SSD for the last 3 years, hopefully everybody will notice a good bump in download speed. Of course nothing goes without issue, if anybody comes across something that doesn't work please let me know, but let me take this opportunity to say thank you the Stealth, and a big FUCK YOU TO ABACO!!!

A new era begins.

 


Paul Edward Specht, 58, of Cheltenham, died February 10th, 2010 at Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia of complications from leukemia. A native Philadelphian, he graduated from Abington High School and attended Temple University and Bucks County Community College before graduating from the University for the Arts with a degree in music performance. He worked for 27 years for Hoshino USA. He had been honored by the company both as a past Employee of the Year and for Outstanding Service. He was co-author of a book, Ibanez: The Untold Story, a history of Ibanez guitars. He was an accomplished musician, playing the saxophone, harmonica, flute and clarinet with several bands around the Philadelphia area. He was also an avid student of the Civil War, and was actively involved with a number of Civil War-related organizations including the GAR, the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Friends of Gettysburg National Military Park. He was a member of a national group of Civil War enthusiasts, "Forlorn Hope," which discussed Civil War topics in an online forum and met annually for a battlefield tour weekend. He is survived by his son Stephan, his sisters Meredith Massi (Joseph), and Judith E. Haskell (Gordon). Paul is also survived by his longtime companion Kay Brockwell. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday February 17, 2010 at 11AM at Helweg Funeral Service 463 Old York Rd. Jenkintown, PA 19046 where friends will be received from 10-11AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Paulís son Stephanís medical/educational expenses Stephan Specht 25 Dewey Rd. Cheltenham, PA 19012.


Please bear with slower response times for the next few weeks. Mom had a fall today and badly broke her hip. Surgery will be sometime tomorrow, complicated by extremely advanced osteoporosis. Her recovery will be long and hard, *if* possible, hindered by the porosis and other ailments. As always I will attempt to minimize this effects my responsibilities to my customers, but I will hope you will show a little more patience and latitude than I would normally ask. She is in good spirits and as stubborn as ever, a little dopy from the morphine drip, but greedy and not willing to share. Complicating everything, on the drive to the hospital my car went into "limp mode" where it would just stay in second gear. Leaving the hospital tonight it was shifting perfectly again, but at any moment I should expect to be without transportation at the worst possible time. Just to top the day off, as I was going through the 200 emails from the day, eating the last 2 peanut butter filled crackers from the vending machine, my only nourishment for the day, I found a HUGE piece of metal in one!! Unfortunately I won't be suing, it was one of my fillings, and no, not the bulging filling, or the one in my cracked molar, this had to be one of my "good" ones. Go figure, hopefully this will be the last battle with adversity, at least for this year!

Obviously wishful thinking. I will be taking mom home this week and moving in to take care of her in her final days. Suspected but previously unconfirmed she's had advanced colon cancer for some time. Complicating this is sclerosis of the liver [never had a drink in her life], both of which are killing her, and not slowly. She has been given under 3 months and judging from her current condition and state of pain I hate to say it may be just a few weeks. It's very common for a serious injury to allow other complications to come to the forefront in the elderly and speed their demise. Obviously business will have to take a backseat to her care, but I will still be in business, I have my own bills to pay. I'm presently preparing for her and my move and still trying to figure out the logistics of how I'm going to be working in her home. It will be tough and undoubtedly create more delays than I'd like to admit, but rest assured that my customers are of the highest priority, and that all present and future deals will be completed in the most timely manner possible. Now go give your parents a hug and tell them how much you love them, you never can tell when their time will come.

I wish I had days to spend taking care of her. Mom passed away just before 2 this afternoon, at home, where she wanted to be. She had a rough night last night, in extreme anxiety she kept repeating things over and over again, things that strongly meant something to her, nearly hyperventilating and shallow of breath. The last set was about wanting the old family Bible, she wanted to touch gold to the old family Bible, so I brought it down and set it beside her and put her left hand on it, still wearing her wedding ring after 27 years a widow. A nurse came around 10 and gave her a full dropper of morphine to get her to relax. I sat with her holding her hands as it took over and she went deep into sleep. For 2 hours I cried sitting there holding her, I thought she had died a few times, her breathing was so erratic. I finally passed out from exhaustion curled up in her recliner. Woke up this morning and she was peacefully sleeping, hadn't moved an inch all night, and still had her hand on the Bible. Her breathing seemed a little more normal, I had no thought she wasn't going to wake up at any moment and as peaceful as she was I didn't want to disturb her by trying to wake her. My sister in law called to talk and I told her how peacefully she was sleeping, I could see her from where I was. After I hung up I walked over to check on her and she was gone. Mom was a woman of such great conviction and faith, and had so much love for everyone. She thought of everybody else first, never herself. As stubborn and as tough as an Arkansas mule, and at the same time caring and compassionate without limit. She was loved and will be missed by many, but none more than I. I love you mom, and I already miss you so badly. You've patiently waited 27 years to see dad again, and I can only hope there is a heaven, and that you remember to tell him how much I've missed him too. Rest in Peace.

Levi Gene Harris  5/19/18 - 11/20/03

I can only hope you understand. Business is temporarily on hold for 1-2 weeks. After services here mom will be buried next to dad in Arkansas. I might need to put all email on auto-responder in a few days, I just have too many other priorities right now and honestly am in no mental state to work on guitars. I have damaged 2 working tired and unfocused since she first broke her hip. Refunds are not a problem if the delay causes any problem for you in any way, do not hesitate to ask. I can be reached for emergencies only [including refunds] at 856-468-3922, or on cell at 609-805-2252 if no answer.

Thanks in advance to all those that would send best wishes. In no way would they not be appreciated, but I'm just too emotional right now and each sets me a little deeper. I probably won't have the time to respond anyway.

OK, so I can't help responding anyway. The outpouring of support and condolences has been incredible, it's good to know there are so many caring people out there and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you.


 

A sad day,  Jim Donahue has left Ibanez. "Mister Ibanez" was the driving force behind many of the companies innovations as well as having worked with Joe and Steve directly in the development of the Jem and JS models. One of his most recognizable recent creations would be the VAI2KDNA. His departure will leave many shoes to fill at Hoshino USA. Let's all wish JD the best as he pursues his piece of the American Pie. BEST OF LUCK!


 

Jemfest.com will be holding an email auction for a framed and hand signed printed score for Ballerina 12/24 with plaque. A gift certificate for an inlay job from LGM will also be auctioned. The email bids begin August 1 and will run until August 31st at 6:00 PM EST. Check Jemfest.com for details and updates.


 

I have just changed hosts from A+ [sucks ass big time!!] to Spinex [thumbs up!!] so you should find the entire site running at normal speed again. I also get an extra 14gig of bandwidth now so of course I've been trying to get this page caught up with pics. I'm getting close, bear with me ;o} [WOW was this old, been on Yahoo for near 3 years now!]


 

Haggling - it's only human nature to want to negotiate and feel like you've gotten a better price. Until now I have firmly resisted this, but, as times change, so must I. If you'd like to haggle there will be a $250 Haggling Fee assessed, and a maximum allowable discount set at a firm $250. Your fee is due in advance, before any haggling begins. So give it a shot and test my haggling skills! ;o}


"What's your best price on that?" - My standard response - "You're looking at it."   Prices shown usually represent the cost of the time I put into working on a a guitar plus a small $50-$100 profit. Some of them actually Reflect a decent profit margin! Some also reflect a LOSS. I get screwed buying online more than you do, I buy more! What *All* prices represent is *Bottom Line*, and are a *Fair* price for each guitar. If you don't like the pricing please shop elsewhere, but don't ask me "What's your best price on that?" ;o}


 

I am constantly asked "Please send me an email when you get a JEM77XYZ in and I will buy it!". I do not do notices of incoming inventory. I get literally 100 requests like this a week and in an attempt to retain whatever sanity I have left I will not even attempt to keep track of your requests. You will have to check the Used page just like everybody else does, and bottom line, it's fair to all.


 

I'm am EXTREMELY busy. I definitely have NO time to answer tech questions about guitars I did not sell, or figure out which 92' S series you just bought from ebay and how much it's really worth, this is not my job anyway. Please understand. Questions that do NOT concern IbanezRules can be asked in the jemsite.com Forum. I answer many questions there WHEN I have the time.


 

There was a time when I would install new studs in the USED 1999, 2000, and early 2001 guitars that have the pinched studs. Because of the expense and the inability to procure enough good studs I no longer do this. This is a quirk that does affect some players but does not affect the majority. You can read about it here and decide if you want to have a guitar from these years upgraded with new studs.


 

Quick Jump links just added to the USED page for your convenience. This does NOT mean I don't want you to look at everything else, but since some of you only check for Jems etc. it's there for your convenience. ;o}


 

Emails - I reply to every email I receive, if you don't get a reply it's because something happened. I will keep replies in my task bar for hours sometimes when busy, and if anything locks up I'll loose the replies. If you don't hear back I'm not ignoring you so please write back. ALSO - you couldn't imagine how many emails I'll reply to that bounce either due to your mail server being down, full, or the reply to address incorrect. If nobody is replying to your mail you might want to check your properties ;)


 

New Parts page now online, finally.


 

Check out the new Used Guitar Primer section for plenty of tips to help you with your own guitars. This also shows what the guitars on this page go through before they are shipped to you. It's 9 pages of longwinded dribble, half cleaning tips and the rest setup tips, and it was alot of work so GO READ IT NOW!! ;-)


 

I am constantly asked to put guitars on hold, HOLD means that cash is on the way in all but very rare circumstances. If you are waiting for a payment or bonus etc. guitars can be put on short term hold with a 10% deposit down. Short term is 2 weeks maximum. I do make exceptions on occasion for valid reasons, but in any deal for longer than 2 weeks and your 10% deposit becomes non-refundable! [Maximum penalty $100] I'm not an ogre, but this is a business! If there's a possibility that you cannot complete the terms of a deal then do not enter into it! I will in no way mark guitars on HOLD for people to "contemplate" whether they want it [or something else they're watching on ebay]. For every guitar on this page there are 2 people sitting on the fence, and a buyer that can come in 2 emails and "buy" it. This does not mean I don't want you to be very sure about a purchase and not take your time to decide, it does mean I won't "hold" it for you while you "think" about it. It's fair to everyone, first come, first served. ;o}

 

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