NEW YORK – It’s online shopping season. But what if every time you order something online for delivery you had to pay extra?
“It would definitely have an impact on what I would buy, I would probably go to more stores in person,” said an Upper East Side shopper.
That’s one of the goals of the legislation introduced by Brooklyn Assembly member Robert Carroll: to encourage more people to buy locally. But Carroll says his proposal to add a charge of three dollars per order for each online delivery to New York has additional benefits.
“It’s to get people to shop locally and to entice that,” he said, “It’s also to say, ‘hey, online delivery has a cost, there are multiple trucks, delivery trucks in my neighborhood every day, there are tons of cardboard and plastic. “
Essentials like food, medicine, and diapers would be excluded from the surcharge, but everything else would be a fair game. Carroll said the revenue would go to the ailing MTA.
But New Yorkers are wondering if discouraging home shopping during the pandemic is such a good idea, and others just don’t want the state to interfere with their spending.
Carroll says the fees are a small price to pay to give our city a boost
“It’s going to help save these small businesses, save our transportation system and, in fact, I think New York will be a bit more livable,” Caroll said. “And it will make people think before they click.”
Carroll introduced the legislation in January and plans to reintroduce it in the New Year. He believes he will receive support given the need for creative solutions to New York State’s massive budget deficit.