i too wanted to save on taxes when i bought my skate banana. its 489+ tax at my shop but the shop owner gave me a good deal. buy a board plus bindings and get a $100 gift card to his shop + one lift ticket ($45-55 value). i could of gotten it online but i wanted to help out my local snowboard shop, their a dying breed here in nj. plus i was able to pick out a missmatch 10/11 union force bindings, one yellow and one blue!! ... ask around, shop owners would love to give out incentives so that you could purchase from them.