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Tax-Free Holiday Weekend Brings On Big Changes

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson

August 2, 2013

Residents in the area say they did not mind waiting in long lines to get that deeply discounted purchase.

Signs that read, "tax-free is finally here" are guiding shoppers to the registers.

"Parking lot is full, we wanted to beat Saturday's rush, so we are out shopping today," said a tax-free shopper.

"We wait for this all year since we have an elementary and a senior this year it's a great buy," said Mindy Silcox, a tax-free shopper.

The rush started earlier than expected, Friday. While the lines were long-- customers say it's better than paying a bundle.

"it is a Busy day," said Best Buy manager of the tech department, Stephen Lowery. "We were expecting a crowd we hired extra heavy to support the traffic needs that we have today, but so far everything is so good."

For the first time, electronics 750 dollars and less are tax exempt. As for school supplies-- the tax break only applies to items 15 dollars or less. It's 75 dollars and under for clothing, shoes and certain accessories, like diapers.

Stores like Bells are offering discounts on top of that tax-free price.

"This year it just seems my children are getting older and things are getting more expensive, so we look for this weekend," said Debbie Randle, a tax-free shopper.

The three-day tax-free event ends August 4th in Florida. In Georgia, the tax-free weekend is next week, on the 9th and 10th.

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson

August 1, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--The tax free frenzy weekend begins this Friday at midnight... and stores are pulling out all the stops.

"I'm so excited, I'm so excited," said a Tallahassee resident.

The weekend was recently reinstated, and aims to help parents save money on kids' clothing and back to school supplies.

"We will have extra people on hand to ring, manage the lines we will route people through are Geek Squad to help with all the transactions," said Rob Steele, a manager for Best Buy.

Some people are at stores a day early, mapping out their routes.

"We are getting our list ready," said Steven Hunsinger, who is Ready For Tax-Free Day. "We always shop this week just before school trying to get all of our supplies together for clothing and even this year we are even looking for a computer."

New to the list, certain electronics like computers, e-readers, laptops, tablets and select accessories. According to Best Buy, electronics must be $750 and under to get the tax break.

"This is the perfect opportunity for me to get an Ipad because I wanted one for class," said Tori Bradley, an FSU Student.

As for school supplies-- the tax break only applies to items that are $15 or less. The break also applies to clothing and shoes-- but on if they're sold for under $75.

"I find that If I wait I spend more and forget what I bought and I continue to buy," said Catherine Shanahan, who is prepared for tax-free day.

The tax-free holiday ends August fourth. Some local retailers are even opening two hours earlier for the big crowds.


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