I sell designs on Etsy. There is a set price with an added shipping cost unique to the US. Today I filled an order from Etsy. It seemed that the cost for the item was higher here at Ponoko than I remembered, and I noticed that tax was added. So I checked some other orders and noticed that the two previous orders (one from PA and the other from NJ) were not charged tax.
So I wonder, if some states require you to tax folks and others do not, how am I supposed to keep an Etsy shop with Ponoko products and make a consistant profit? My margin is very low. So the $3.ish in tax I was charged for this recent order is more than a third of my profit for that item gone. And what happens when the tax for some states or countries is high enough that I wind up paying instead of profiting?
I suppose one option would be to contact every Etsy order that incurs tax and ask them to pay more - but that's really a pain, not to mention aggravation to the customer.