The Best and Worst States for Online Shopping

Not all states are equal when it comes to shopping online.

Extrabux, a price comparison site that pays you cash for making purchases from particular retailers, has compiled a list of the best and worst states for e-commerce customers.

The company said it evaluated four factors when making its list: Shipping time, including the location of many warehouses; shipping costs; sales tax rates; and states where you don’t have to pay sales tax at all.

The top five states were generally praised for having the lowest shipping costs, the fastest shipping times and the cheapest sales tax rates (if they charged at all).

  1. Delaware
  2. Mississippi
  3. New Hampshire
  4. West Virginia
  5. Oregon

The five states at the bottom of the list ended up there because of long shipping times and high costs due to shipping or sales taxes or both. The results may surprise you, since the group includes two states with big populations and the state where is based, among other e-tailers.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. California
  4. New York
  5. Washington

A full breakdown of the reasons these states were chosen can be found on the Extrabux Blog.

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