B&H wants to give you the sales tax back with a new “Payboo” credit card
A few months ago when it was announced that B&H (and other online retailers) had to start collecting sales tax for a whole bunch of states, a lot of people weren’t very happy. Of course, it’s not B&H’s fault, however, they decided to do something about it anyway.
Today they’ve just announced a new “B&H Payboo Card“. They’re calling it a “game-changing” credit card, and it’s their solution to sales tax by giving it back to you.
B&H tells DIYP…
Nearly one year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers must collect sales tax on internet sales. This, of course, included B&H. For 46 years we have been committed to providing unparalleled customer service and so we began the tedious process of implementing a way to eliminate the impact this ruling would have on our customers.
The Payboo credit card isn’t like Visa or Mastercard. You can only use it on the B&H website, mobile app, NYC SuperStore or when ordering by Phone. You can’t use it at any random store for any random purchase. B&H does still have to collect sales tax for applicable states – they’re legally bound to do so – although you are instantly credited with an amount equal to the sales tax on any taxable purchases made.
It’s an interesting approach. It won’t benefit those who don’t like credit and prefer to pay for everything up front, though. But if you’re a regular B&H shopper with your current credit card, it might offer some advantages.
Payboo is available now, subject to approval, for US residents. There are no benefits for international orders, even if the cardholder is based in the US. You can find out more about Payboo here.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.