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Maryland is wrapping up its annual week (Aug. 10-16) in which the sales tax is exempt on a variety of clothing products and shoes priced at less than $100.

The state says the tax holiday stimulates the economy and attracts shoppers who otherwise head to places with no sales tax, such as Delaware, or remove it temporarily, like Virginia.

Skeptics say the sales-tax exemption week is a gimmick in which shoppers simply shift their purchases from one period to another. As a result, the state loses tax revenue.

What do you think? Do shoppers spend more than they normally would to escape the sales tax? Or is it just a shell game? Let us know in the comments.