Now days we get taxed for pretty much anything, road tax, council tax so on and so forth. Therefore, to hear the introduction of another tax would not surprise us. However, what comes as a surprise is that Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world’s very first tax on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 internet browser.
It’s main aim is to remove older versions of Internet Explorer from the world, by introducing a tax on those who use the clunky old browser to buy stuff from its online shop.
The company is now displaying the notice shown above to anyone who visits their site using the very outdated Internet Explorer 7. Those who make purchases on the site using IE7 will have to pay a 6.8 percent surcharge – 0.1 percent for every month Internet Explorer 7 has been out.
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In order to avoid the tax, Kogan offers a simple solution – get a better browser, or, failing that, at least get the current version of Internet Explorer.
Founder Ruslan Kogan sounds unhappy about the money his company needs to spend on making sure that their site still works with the antiquated web browser, saying
Internet Explorer 7 has long since passed its use-by date. It’s a constant source of frustration for our web guys and we’re sick of burning cash on a browser that hit the market nearly six years ago. It goes against everything Kogan stands for.
Kogan is hoping his company’s new tax will encourage people to get with the times by helping them towards better browsers, while making the Internet a little more efficient and friendly for the IT guys of the world. [via Kogan Blog ]