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Old 01-07-2015, 01:37 AM
 
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One final thing and then I will stop my rant.

I hate the idea of cross border shopping. And feel that Canadians who take cross border shopping seriously and do it weekly to buy milk and eggs, need to introspect and re-evaluate their lives.
Stores like Aldi and much of the food at Wal-Mart caters to a large lower income population in the US. So comparing food prices to a city like Toronto is silly.

Why the hell don't Americans go to Mexico and buy eggs, milk, cigarettes and tequila ... it is all cheaper down there ..

First, Aldi is a German company and is generally cheaper that Walmart by 17-20%. Their prices in the Detroit Metro area are significantly less than the No Frills Superstore in Sarnia, ON.

Second, Mexicans cross the border to shop in the US as prices are generally much less in the US. Some of the busiest Walmart stores are in towns like Calexico, CA, Nogales, AZ and the like.

There are particular items - mostly those imported from Commonwealth nations - which are cheaper in Canada.
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:05 PM
 
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Can't blame Canadians for shopping in the US.

I was interested in buying a Dyson vacuum for my parents as a gift. The model is sold at Amazon.ca for C$539 and at Amazon.com for $299.

This is crazy. I decide not to buy at all instead of being gauged like this. I mean, if the smaller items being a buck or two more expensive, I am fine. But this is something I simply can't accept.
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Five Guys and In-N-Out Burger
I haven't had a Five Guys burger yet. I've had In-N-Out and liked them. Reminded me of the simpler old time burgers.
Fatburger I tried and really liked it.

Here in Vancouver there is a small chain called Vera's. Excellent burgers.

White Spot burger are famous in B.C. and I crave one every now and them.

Burgers are something Canadians and Americans can actually talk about and agree on.

Europeans, just don't get it. I've had some pretty strange burgers over there.
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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If I lived closer to the border, I'd cross for Aero and Mirage chocolate bars and some President's Choice aged white cheddar. And I'd kill for a Harvey's burger (well, not really, but I really want one).

Would anyone be so kind as to send me some of this stuff?
A friend from California stocks up on, Coffee Crips, Smarties, Cadbury various offerings and Shreddies.
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Can't blame Canadians for shopping in the US.

I was interested in buying a Dyson vacuum for my parents as a gift. The model is sold at Amazon.ca for C$539 and at Amazon.com for $299.

This is crazy. I decide not to buy at all instead of being gauged like this. I mean, if the smaller items being a buck or two more expensive, I am fine. But this is something I simply can't accept.
Then this is a case where cross border shopping would make sense. My wiggle room is larger than yours though. If an item is 50 or even 75 bucks more expensive then I would simply buy it in Canada.
It really depends though on the type of item and warranties etc.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:41 PM
 
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Can't blame Canadians for shopping in the US.

I was interested in buying a Dyson vacuum for my parents as a gift. The model is sold at Amazon.ca for C$539 and at Amazon.com for $299.

This is crazy. I decide not to buy at all instead of being gauged like this. I mean, if the smaller items being a buck or two more expensive, I am fine. But this is something I simply can't accept.

When I was on the Minnesota-Ontario border at Grand Portage, there was a convenience store that served as a mailing station for Canadians purchasing products in the US. Basically, the folks would order the product, have it delivered to the store, and pick it up at their convenience.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Then this is a case where cross border shopping would make sense. My wiggle room is larger than yours though. If an item is 50 or even 75 bucks more expensive then I would simply buy it in Canada.
It really depends though on the type of item and warranties etc.
Yeah there are definately some items where it would make sense. This Dyson vacuum isn't a day to day purchase and definately one where i'd wait for a trip to the U.S...

Having said that if you are open minded, you could always get this LG Kompressor Vacuum on sale for $299 CAD at Futureshop.... Hey, those Koreans - they kick butt

LG Kompressor Canister Total Care Vacuum (LCV900B) - Blue/ Grey : Canister Vacuums - Future Shop

Free shipping for this baby...

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