Yes. But if the reseller has to pay more taxes (including the VAT), he will have to either add more to the product price to pay for them or… cover them from his profits.
What would you choose?
PS: Amazon.com (US) listed price does not include any taxes, those are added at check-out, based on shipping address taxes (if any).
Plus, if Amazon doesn’t have a physical presence in a certain state, doesn’t have to charge taxes. It gets irrelevant lately, they opened warehouses in almost every state.
The thing is that the healthcare is the main difference that drives VAT so high compared with the sales tax in US.
Plus there are other taxes besides VAT that a business has to pay (like tax on profit), and those are again driven by the same free stuff that socialist governments like France choose to dole to everyone.
There is no free lunch. Or healthcare.
I am living in Virginia and pay 5.3% tax at check-out. If I would live in NY City, I would pay 8.875%.
The Amazon price doesn’t show the price with tax (even in stores you don’t see that), this is different from EU where all prices include the tax.
So a price in France will be automatically 20% higher just because of VAT, not including other burdens to the reseller business. And possibly excise taxes on imports (don’t know much about that).
The amazon.fr offer is sold by modmypi.co.uk. If you by directly from their UK website, it costs 28€. Add delivery costs of 9 € and maybe a premium to recover amazon costs, you easily reach 44 € you pay via amazon.
The dongles had almost the same price when FA sold them directly via amazon Europe, like they do in the US. At one point they stopped because it was to difficult/expensive, so they sell via resellers, and these can choose whatever price they find appropriate.
I would not start to compare a simple China made PCB board with a complex and highly regulated service product like health care.