This I agree with, but not really relevant to the discussion of a tax added onto the sale at time of purchase.In the real world, businesses set their prices based on the price that markets will pay for the item. If they price an item too high, fewer people purchase it and they lose money. If they price an item too low, they lose money they otherwise would have made had the item had a higher price.
Yes, but that still doesn't change the fact it wasn't factored into the price of the good being sold. The consumer is still forced to pay that tax even if the price of the good didn't actually go up if they want that good. The value of a good isn't changed one way or the other by a tax.In the real world, consumers have a fixed number of dollars that they can spend on an item. I don't get more money in my pocket when it says "sales tax not included" on the price of an item. That item does not become worth more to me than it did before I read that phrase.
And the very fact that you don't get more money in your pocket as the consumer because "sales tax not included" is exactly the point that is trying to be made. The consumer will be the one paying because "sales tax not included".
Again this I agree with, but again not really relevant to the discussion of a tax added onto the sale at time of purchase. Disney sets the price of the good, not of the tax they are legally required to charge at the time the good is being purchased.When Disney sells a theme park ticket, there are certain costs that it takes to produce that ticket. For example, it costs money to staff the ticket booths or build and maintain attractions. The cost per ticket sold is less than the cost it takes to produce that ticket. So Disney makes a profit on that ticket. This is good. Given Disney's success over many decades, one assumes they are quite good and maximizing the number of sales and keeping their cost low in order to make the most money they can. If Disney prices a ticket higher than the market price, Disney will lose sales and money. A tax on ticket sales involves increasing the price of the ticket. So does Disney want to lose sales and money, or would they like to make the most money they can given their fixed costs? What does that mean for the difference between the total revenue from ticket sales and the costs to run their business?
No one is disputing companies don't like to make money. I think that is well understand, and is not even considered a new concept. And in fact its this very sentiment which is at play here. Because companies like to make money, no company is going to pay this new tax out of their pocket. It will be added to the final price of the good being sold at time of purchase just like every other tax.In the real world, companies like to make money. They don't like to lose money. The naive position IMHO is the one that believes that companies haven't liked money in the past but suddenly will start to do so in the future. It's a position that is rooted in a certain set of pro-business beliefs, and one that can be intuitive, but doesn't reflect reality. Saying "in the real world" does not mean that intuitive beliefs are correct. Intuitive beliefs are not less naive than the fundamentals of economics and business.