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Old 04-06-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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The Canada US Price disparity

We just upgraded our Spot Trackers

US Price from Best Buy

Invoice price $34.99+$2.71 California Sales & Uses Tax for a total of $37.70 each! they had a discount code because of a sale

Total cost in the US $75.40

Price per unit in Canada at Best Buy

169.99 x 1.12 (HST) = 190.38 each.

In Canada the two Spots cost 380.77. The cost to buy in Canada is 305.37 more

I still have trouble with this variation in price
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:05 PM   #2
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You are not alone in that sentiment.
Nice change to our cross border shopping exemptions: 24 hrs - 200$; 48 hrs - 800$. Will that have a positive effect on our dealers' pricing?
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:53 AM   #3
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I know how you feel...2 motorcycle jackets here, 650 bucks, but on sale at Denniskirk, 50 bucks each. I admit it was a hell of a sale, though.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:21 AM   #4
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Bought my bike on Ebay from a dealer in the US. $2000 cheaper. Cost of a few long distance phone calls, $600 for transport ( www.uship.com ) and border broker fees and $200 for RIV fee to government plus the usual GST/PST. Still a savings of ~$1200. Bought all my gear mail order from the US but you still have to be careful as some retailers like RevZilla gouge on shipping to Canada.

My impression is large mail order sites are buying in bulk and get better wholesale prices than local dealers do. They are also dealing direct with the manufacturer and not going through third party distributors, which take a cut, like they do in Canada. As for bike prices I can't explain that.

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Old 04-07-2012, 04:23 AM   #5
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I agree about the diff, but I would caution all the be a smart shopper: It isn't always cheaper south of the border.

Just recently, I learned that I could get an aftermarket windshield for my gsa cheaper from a local shop. This was LIST price, no discount. Stumbled across this while looking through the local yammy shop's catalogues, and I saw the price listed.

"That my price, or yours?"

"Yours. We get the usual 35% of that." That is normal for stuff, I know.

It was $243 vice $259 to $289 I found online.

Yes, we add tax to that 243. But I get dinged that anyways by the posties. Plus a import fee and a handling fee. Plus that actual shipping costs.

So to buy local is $275 all in, and about $345 (my best guess based on experience) if I ordered it online.

Seventy bucks, that's some real savings right there.


All this to say: Do not assume that it's cheaper down south. Yes, it usually is, but do check your facts. With a little effort, you can save yourself some coin.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:17 AM   #6
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We just upgraded our Spot Trackers

US Price from Best Buy

Invoice price $34.99+$2.71 California Sales & Uses Tax for a total of $37.70 each! they had a discount code because of a sale

Total cost in the US $75.40

Price per unit in Canada at Best Buy

169.99 x 1.12 (HST) = 190.38 each.

In Canada the two Spots cost 380.77. The cost to buy in Canada is 305.37 more

I still have trouble with this variation in price

Was that you on the White Rock strip yesterday Bill?

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Old 04-07-2012, 09:02 AM   #7
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Was that you on the White Rock strip yesterday Bill?
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:13 AM   #8
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Those of us close to the Border have the luxury of a US Mailbox. They are about $150/Year.

I have all of my magazines delivered there. The savings on MC magazines pays for the box.

No Border import fees or UPS charges, lots of US suppliers are not doing business in WA State so they will ship there without sales tax.

For the last year we have been sending care packages to a Canadian Soldier serving at a US Base in Afghanistan
For $18.50 we could get him a decent size box of stuff ( no weight limit ) to his tent in 6-8 days.

To send the same package in canada to the military mail forwarding office cost 3 times as much and it took 6 weeks to get to him.

BTW he is now home safe.

If you are going to be serious about this US Shopping opening a US Bank account/US Visa helps as well. What I mean is opening a non interest bearing account at a US Bank and using your PO BOX as the mailing address.

You can also use the Nexus Line when you are importing a vehicle if you are a NExus Card holder




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I agree about the diff, but I would caution all the be a smart shopper: It isn't always cheaper south of the border.
Do not assume that it's cheaper down south. Yes, it usually is, but do check your facts. With a little effort, you can save yourself some coin.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:36 AM   #9
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What was the price before the sale price?


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We just upgraded our Spot Trackers

US Price from Best Buy

Invoice price $34.99+$2.71 California Sales & Uses Tax for a total of $37.70 each! they had a discount code because of a sale

Total cost in the US $75.40

Price per unit in Canada at Best Buy

169.99 x 1.12 (HST) = 190.38 each.

In Canada the two Spots cost 380.77. The cost to buy in Canada is 305.37 more

I still have trouble with this variation in price
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:01 PM   #10
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What was the price before the sale price?
BestBuy.com had them online for the SPOT2 at $49.99 + sales tax.

This price moves around all the time.
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