(The Hosting News) – If you’re a frequent online customer relying on Internet Explorer 7 as your default web browser, you might want to consider something before completing a transaction through Australian-based online retailer Kogan.com. Why? The company charges a 6.8 percent tax on purchases when they’re made using IE7, and it’s not without reason. Web developers must go the extra mile when tweaking the site’s design just to suit the outdated web browser.
“I was constantly on the line to my web team. The amount of work and effort involved in making our website look normal on IE7 equalled the combined time of designing for Chrome, Safari and Firefox,” vented Kogan.com CEO Ruslan Kogan in a BBC report.
Interestingly enough, before a transaction through the site can be completed a tax notice notably appears on the screen. Portion of it reads, “It appears you or your system administrator has been in a coma for over 5 years and you are still using IE7.” The notice concludes by suggesting that the online user use another browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera.
The tax price will only increase too. Kogan.com plans to up it by .1 percent for every month reached since IE7’s market debut.
The online retailer offers electronic products such as TVs, cameras, laptops, tablets, phones and more. Internet Explorer 7 was initially released to the market in 2006, so there’s been plenty of time to upgrade. Microsoft has since released new versions 8 and 9 and is already readying the tenth for release alongside Windows 8.
Statistics recently released through StatCounter showed that IE7 accounted for just 1.53 percent of online use during the course of last month. Meanwhile, version 9 accounted for 15.56 percent of use.