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I can somewhat understand that countries with drastically different economies might have dramatically different prices for goods.  However, it boggles my mind that the price of things between Canada and the United States continues to be such a gap.  Some of this can be justified by the usual arguments: higher tax in Canada, higher transport costs across Canada.  However, some of these break down when the items are imported to both companies.  And, they don't explain the dramatic differences in price.

Yesterday I picked up a newer digital camera at Best Buy.  It's a middle of the road point and shoot but an upgrade of my 3 year old digital.  In Canada (at Best Buy Canada) the camera is $299.  At Best Buy in the US, the same camera is $160.  WOW.  When you take into account that right now the $CDN is trading at $1.10 to the $USD then the price in Canada is 2X the US price.  I find that hard to justify.  So, in the meantime I'll be buying gadgets in the US when on travel.

Don't get me wrong.  I'd like to be supporting Canadian retailers (and mostly do) but they really do need to move closer to price parity.

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 12:31 PM | Back to top


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