Texas recently - july 1 2012 - began charging sales tax on all amazon purchases. Coupled with bestbuy getting more competitive with most amazon prices, i have found myself consciously trying to buy local and support local employment/infrastructure.
This parsimony leads to the cheapest production possible, high failure rate, and ultimately disposable sets lasting months in lieu of years. The consumer may be king, but his kingdom will be full of short-lived crap. CEs are not in it to lose money.