This tip comes from the Zaitz family of Kenilworth, NJ. I’m not an art collector myself, but my friends Josh and Coleen Zaitz are. On a recent trip with their son Cooper, Josh shared the following tip with me:
“Avoid Paying Florida Sales Tax on artwork — My house is filled with countless Disney art pieces adorning my walls. On a recent trip we visited several Disney art galleries (Main Street, U.S.A, Epcot, Disney Springs), and although we didn’t buy anything this trip, there were many pieces I wanted to add to my collection. I inquired about a few pieces and what the shipping cost would be. Disney charges a flat rate for shipping artwork based on the cost of the piece. For instance, artwork prices under $100 are a set rate to ship, artwork $101-$200 are a set rate to ship, and so on. I’m not crazy about these tiered shipping prices — I believe shipping should be charged based on the item’s size and weight, not the cost of the item. However, despite having to pay for shipping, this could actually save you some money versus buying the artwork at Disney and taking it with you right then and there. If you ship the item to your home (as long as you don’t live in Florida) Disney does not charge you Florida sales tax. On high priced pieces of art, the shipping charge is less than paying Florida sales tax.”
Thanks, Josh. I’ll remember that the next time I want to buy a Ward Kimball original.
(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)
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