We live under the false illusion that we are not taxed, but in reality we are, but our taxes are hidden from the average consumer/citizen.
All costs associated with a given economic concern are passed onto the final sale/consumer, a truth the world over, but the consumer in this case, while accepting sales tax in Florida without question, are quick to accuse the Bahamian business of gouging, skimming, or not paying taxes (traditionally duty/excise taxes)!
Wait till the first big retailer sale events post VAT implementation occur, and VAT is not within the discount offered. While the VAT total will be based on a lesser amount, it won't add up for the average Bahamian consumer. Accusations will fly, Consumer affairs will be called in, confuse everything in their ignorance and leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth.
Anyone being forced to collect and remit VAT should be considering educational posters and be ready for some remedial education efforts which will fail initially, for the most part.
Old Dog, unfathomable new tricks!
Already I've read comments belittling the "greedy Merchants" only concerned with their own profits.
The problem for the merchants is fighting back economically. A tax free week, with all businesses cooperatively shutting down, would send a serious message but would also be self immolative.