A spokesman for online jeweler Blue Nile Inc., No. 82 in the Internet Retailer 2016 Top 500 Guide, says the company won’t ship to the state for the foreseeable future.
“Unfortunately, South Dakota’s law is in direct contradiction to federal law and we made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend shipping to South Dakota until this unconstitutional law can be addressed,” the spokesman says. “I can’t comment on specific sales figures, but we are disappointed we can no longer ship to our customers in South Dakota” [Matt Lindner, “Blue Nile Stops Shipping to South Dakota,” Internet Retailer, 2016.05.03].
That’s funny: Blue Nile balks at paying South Dakota sales tax, but they will do the tax bidding of foreign powers:
Do you collect sales tax when shipping to my state? What are the duties and taxes?
For U.S. orders, we currently collect sales tax for orders shipped to Washington State and New York. We do collect duties and taxes when shipping to Canada and within the European Union (EU). For all other destinations overseas, customs will contact you if you owe additional taxes and duties [Blue Nile, FAQs, downloaded 2016.05.04].
So if you’re ordering a last-minute diamond necklace for Mothers’ Day (sorry, Mom—I love you, but diamonds aren’t happening), you’ll have to have Blue Nile ship to your cousin in Fargo or Winnipeg.