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Are child car seat bases PST exempt in Ontario?

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Are child car seat bases PST exempt in Ontario?

Car seats are PST exempt, but what about the bases for the car seats? The base is actually just a part of the car seat. However, when I ordered an extra for my car, Amazon.ca charged me full HST, although in the past when I ordered the car seat with that same base, I only paid GST.

Summary:
Car seat including base: Amazon.ca charged me 5% GST.
Car seat base only: Amazon.ca charged me 13% HST.

I asked Amazon.ca via Live Chat and the person couldn't answer me so he forwarded my question to their tax department. However, that was useless. They said various things including if an item is from another province, I'd pay GST and have to pay PST too. In other words, they didn't even read the question. Sounds like a form letter. And that was the second email. The first email just said my order was on target for the ship date, even though I was asking a question about taxes.

tl;dr

Are the bases for child car seats PST exempt, or just the car seats themselves?
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