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Old 03-21-2008, 07:48 PM   #1
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Had the wife buy a battery for the boat today, emergency on the water.
She went to Wally World and got a battery. Found out, they charged me $9.00 for a " core charge" on the new battery.

They said it is a recycling charge required by " some" states when you buy a battery, to cover the cost of recycling your old one. Well I didn't have an old one to recycle.

The store manager said it is a "required automatic charge" by store policy.
When I asked " who requires it?", they replied, " Some states"
I asked for the wash. state law(RCW) requiring this charge and they said "there is not one"

I got my refund.

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Old 03-21-2008, 07:51 PM   #2
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I don't know if it's the law or not, but i know most places you buy replacement parts or batteries from have a core charge on new ones. Same thing happened to me with a napa alternator and a battery from walmart for my truck. i don't think they were trying to take advantage of your wife or anything like that.
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:53 PM   #3
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Bad customer service at WalMart? You've got to be kidding!

At least they were quick, right?
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:26 PM   #4
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I don't know if it's the law or not, but i know most places you buy replacement parts or batteries from have a core charge on new ones. Same thing happened to me with a napa alternator and a battery from walmart for my truck. i don't think they were trying to take advantage of your wife or anything like that.
Altenator is required by law in Washington and oregon.
Batteries are not.
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:18 PM   #5
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Check it out and mark it down Walmart really was right this time.First time for everything I guess. http://www.exide.com/pdf/state_lead_...ttery_laws.pdf
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:19 PM   #6
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Altenator is required by law in Washington and oregon.
Batteries are not.

Looks like Wal Mart is correct. Maybe an apology is needed...


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What is a core charge?


Persons who rebuild automotive parts such as water pumps, clutches, alternators, etc., make a "core" charge to the customer at the time a rebuilt part is sold. The core charge is a means used by the rebuilder to ensure a supply of rebuildable parts. This core charge generally follows the part through the distribution chain (rebuild, distributor, wholesaler, retailer) to the final sale to the consumer.

Is the core charge refunded?

The core charge will be refunded to the customer if the customer gives the seller a rebuildable part.

B&O tax due

The used part, which is returned to the seller and eventually to the rebuilder, is considered to be part of the consideration paid for the rebuilt part. The B&O tax is due on the full selling price, which includes the core charge.

Considered trade-in-reduced sales tax

The return of the used part is considered as a trade-in and a reduction of the value on which retail sales tax is due.

Batteries

In the case of batteries, the law requires the seller to make a five dollar minimum core charge to encourage the recycling or remanufacturing of batteries.

Return of rebuildable parts by dealer to supplier

The return of rebuildable parts by the dealer to the supplier is not a taxable transaction.

References

Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 82.08.010
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 82.08.036
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 458-20-247
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 458-20-250
Excise Tax Advisory (ETA) 163.04.08.107.247.250






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Old 03-21-2008, 10:06 PM   #7
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I concede the argument under the following guidelines::
RCW 70.95.640

Retail core charge.


</B>Each retail sale of a vehicle battery shall include, in the price of the battery for sale, a core charge of not less than five dollars. When a purchaser offers the seller a used battery of equivalent size, the seller shall omit the core charge from the price of the battery.

I stand corrected.

Although I believe it should be posted very clearly for customers and not a general sign that says : "some" states require this fee.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:29 PM   #8
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Every car/boat battery I have ever bought had a deposit/core charge or whatever you call it was charged. I suppose you never bought a battery from a retailer?
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:30 PM   #9
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I go through batteries like pizza, they always charge me a core charge, but I get it back. I don't want the old battery.
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Old 03-22-2008, 01:33 AM   #10
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You gotta keep in mind who you are purchasing the battery from. My guess is they weren't a lawyer.
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Old 03-22-2008, 03:26 AM   #11
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I have never been charged a core from Les Scwab, Schucks, Costless or Baxters.
My wife looked at the receipts.
Never had a battery to swap, neither.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:23 AM   #12
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They said it is a recycling charge required by " some" states when you buy a battery, to cover the cost of recycling your old one. Well I didn't have an old one to recycle.


My best friends own automotive battery shops. They are making money hand-over-fist on the returned batteries for recycling. Lead is an expensive metal these days.

I believe the core charge is just an incentive to recycle you old battery, but anyway... kind of funny they are saying it "cost" them money to recycle the batteries.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:29 AM   #13
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The battery shop down the street is offering cash for old batteries. Not as cores. I don't think they would do that if there wasn't a little something in it for them.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:47 AM   #14
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for years the battery shop by my house has offered between .75 cents to $1.50 but lately they are paying $5.50 for old batteries now time to clean out my garage.
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:10 AM   #15
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I alway paid a deposit if I didn't have a battery in hand, take the new one home, take the old one back and get the $5. Easy way to keep lead out of the environment. Like 5 cents for a can.

What's the problem?
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Old 03-22-2008, 12:44 PM   #16
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I have never been charged a core from Les Scwab, Schucks, Costless or Baxters.
My wife looked at the receipts.
Never had a battery to swap, neither.
If you were never charged a core charge for a battery at Schuck's, someone wasn't doing their job and they could be fired for it. I used to be a store manager for CSK.
A core charge is a core charge, and afaik most stores/states have them on batteries for the reason stated above.
Part of the lead abatement act.

No one was trying to rip you or your wife off. The retailers are charged them by the Mfgs, and you are charged by the retailer.
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Old 03-22-2008, 02:49 PM   #17
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I have always wanted to the lead out of the battries (21lbs or something like that). But what do you do with the acid? But I have never been charged for buying one...but I always have one to give.
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