StereoMan Fights Regressive Taxation

In recent years, North Carolina has become a backwards state in several unfortunate ways (for example, we now rank 50th out of 50 States in public school teacher pay). Most recently, starting Mar 1, the State is making you pay sales tax on the labor involved in repairing your car — including labor that StereoMan provides when installing new stereo and video gear. That way the State can raise revenue without further taxing people who can afford it. Hence the term “regressive” taxation. It means “making the less well off bear the same tax burden as those who are better off.”

How can StereoMan fight this regressive taxation? Of course the tax has to be paid, no way around that, legally. But when I heard of this new law several months ago, I resolved that I would change the way I compute my labor so the tax is included in the labor charge. In other words, a $50 installation is now a $46.73 installation. Add the tax to $46.73 and you get $50. My labor prices stay the same. My customers pay the same amount for my work. The tax gets paid. I make 7% less money for my work.

What can you do to fight this regressive tax? Well, if you think I’m worth it, give me a tip. The State gets some of that too (as does Uncle Sam), but tipping me makes you feel good, whereas paying an additional tax … well … doesn’t.

It’s Official!!!


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What’s the Catch?

This morning I took a call from a fellow trying to add an AUX jack to his Golf GTI, but he couldn’t get the radio out of the dash. He had bought the right tools to get it out: four flat metal spears that are supposed to release a spring clip in each corner of the stereo that grabs a metal bracket inside the dash. I told him I’d give it a go if he could come by later in the day, so he showed up at 4:30 as planned.

I tried releasing it with my own tools first, working from the passenger seat while he observed from the driver’s seat. He said my tools seemed to be made of better quality than the ones he got from Amazon, but that didn’t matter a bit. I could feel that they were not releasing the spring clips. Could we maybe take the dash apart? He said he had seen youtubes, and it wasn’t easy. “It starts all the way back here,” he said, pointing behind us.

He asked if I had experience removing the front cover from the radio in order to get to the clips. I had, several times in the past, had to do that, but in those cases I was putting in a new stereo so didn’t have to worry about what if something got broken or defaced. But I had had a good day and was feeling extra confident, so I said I could do it with minimal damage.

He was OK with that, so I removed the two tiny screws on the bottom of the faceplate and ver-r-r-r-y slowly and patiently massaged it off of the radio, one by one releasing the plastic clips holding it to the frame of the radio. I got it off with no damage at all, and then the spring clips were exposed from the front, where I could manipulate them with a small screwdriver as well as the removal tool.

Even then it took a lot of effort, and an extra hand from the customer, to wrestle the stereo out, but it finally gave way. I could see why it took so much effort to get it out. The spring clips were bent. No way the removal tool alone would release them.


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After much thought and deliberation, the StereoMan & Son team figured out a way to present installation prices that is not too terribly confusing. Or so we hope! Please do check it out if you’re looking for car stereo work and see if it helps you. Or not. And let us know.

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Scheduling Service

updated 1/7/2017

StereoMan provides in-home service and car stereo installation by appointment throughout the Asheville area, Tuesday through Saturday. Backlog for appointments is often a week or more, and bench backlog is currently six weeks. Please call to schedule your car or in-home service. Car stereo walk-in’s are discouraged due to the tightness of my schedule. If you have equipment to drop off for repair, my door is open Tue, Thu, and Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please be prepared to make a $25 deposit on all repair items, that is my minimum bench charge. For your convenience we accept all major credit cards.