Price Check !

Canada’s finance minister bought himself a little prop yesterday: A Harry Potter Book The idea was to show how we as Canadians are paying too much when the exchange factor is taken into account.

With the Canadian dollar now higher then the American, we as Canadians are wondering what gives? Why are goods so much more expensive here then down there ?

Of course if you ask retailers, they will tell you that it’s the distributors. If you ask the distributors, they’ll tell you it’s the manufacturers if you ask them, they’ll say it’s their suppliers… And the game of Whack A Mole continues.

It’s a bit like trying to figure out why the price of gas is the same all over town.. You’re never going to find out.

I’ll tell you what the problem is, the problem is that we Canadians are stupid. We continue to buy all our goods here and complain about the pricing.

There is a company called Freeport Forwarding which is just over the US border that will accept all your packages. You purchase your goods in the US via the Web (including companies like Amazon.com which refuses to sell to Canada for some goods) and have it shipped to Freeport Fowarding and they will accept your goods (details on the website). One afternoon, you drive down, pick up your box, declare it at the border and voila. Instant savings.

A coworker does this regularly and figures he saved 50% on the recent purchase of snow tires, including tax and shipping.

Not too shabby. I’ve been ordering from the states via the Web now for a while but the kicker has always been the time that it takes to clear Canada Customs. It’s like a black hole! It goes in and one day, sometimes a week or two later, it comes out with taxes and service charge added.

This new option would definitely speed things up as you would clear your own packages..

So there are options to having to pay large Canadian price tags.

2 Comments so far

  1. Michel (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    I’m not so sure it’s Amazon.com that refuses to ship products (excluding books and DVDs) to Canada, so much as it is manufacturers themselves who enforce this rule on Amazon. And yeah, there are a whole lot of products that I would love to get from Am.com that aren’t available on the Am.ca site, but can’t.
    Conversely, many Canadian sports stores (MEC comes to mind) were forbidden from shipping stuff to the US. I know this is the case with climbing equipment.
    But thanks for the info regarding Freeport. I’ll gladly pay my share of taxes for the upkeep of our social services, but if I’m still being forced to pay more for what should be lower, than I’m sending out a big “screw you” to the stores. Because, if it is a whack-a-mole domino scheme, than perhaps stores can start pressuring up the chain.


  2. tornwordo (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    If you can score a US credit card, then Amazon will ship to Canada. I do it all the time, sending “gifts” to myself, lol.



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