Has anyone noticed Amazon has started charging HST in Ontario?
1: Items shipped by or fulfilled by Amazon is being taxed HST.
2: Items coming from China isn't taxed, but now it seems you ALWAYS have to pay shipping (oftentimes, shipping used to be free). Also, that shipping takes about a month, but surprisingly, you can pay an extra shipping fee and you'd get the item in about a week!)
I did a test. In early July, I bought a Chinese widget shipped by and fulfilled next-day by Amazon paying no taxes. Last week, I tried ordering the item and was quite surprised to see the HST tacked on to this $200+ item! Ouch! I then tried with other items all with the same result.
I guess they're getting a jump on the government's 2022 imposition.