, Salem, MA


August 8, 2012

A break from sales tax

Consumers and businesses benefit from holiday


Kim Gray of Marblehead plans to take advantage of the savings. She is moving across town this month and had planned on buying appliances anyway.

“It’s good to encourage pushing it to get the purchases you need and also to save a little money and shop locally instead of shopping online,” Gray said.

Last year, Mark and Dolores Finlay of Lynn took advantage of the holiday to buy a snowblower. This year, they aren’t planning any major purchases.

“It depends on what we need,” Dolores Finlay said. “We have to go by the budget.”

“I think it’s great for people who have to make volume purchases,” said Ann Marie Pendleton of Wenham. “I think what it does is it encourages people to spend, which is what its entire purpose is, and I think that’s a good thing for the economy.”

The Retailers Association expects the weekend to generate $500,000 in total sales. That’s the kind of sales activity stores normally see during a weekend in December, Rennie said.

“We are excited for the tax-free weekend,” Dalis said. “It’s really a win-win for the shoppers and for the businesses.”

It’s expected lines will form in front of the Apple Store in the Northshore Mall in Peabody, for instance, and traffic will jam area shopping centers.

“If you talk to retailers, there is just something about the sales tax holiday that gets people out,” Rennie said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

SALES TAX HOLIDAY Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12 Save $6.25 on every $100 spent. Individual items costing more than $2,500 are not tax-exempt.

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