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[Amazon.ca] ILIFE A9 Panoramic Navigation Robot Vacuum Cleaner, with Wifi and Mapping $314.49

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padlock wrote: It hasn't arrived yet, but I don't expect to be charged any duties. I previously bought a Shark cordless stick, and wasn't charged anything extra.

The Shark doesn't currently support no go zones in it's app. According to the Vacuum Wars Youtube review, it's something that will be added later, but I don't like buying things based on potential, so I based my decision with the assumption that the feature wasn't coming.

This might deserve it's own thread!
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padlock wrote: I was seriously considering the Roborock, but ultimately, I ended up ordering the Shark r101AE.

The mapping on the Shark won't be nearly as good as the Roborocks (it uses a camera instead of LIDAR), but on the plus side, it does come with an auto emptying base.

The Shark Website has it for $450, but for whatever reason, they charge Canadians the US price in CAD. They also initially charged me tax, but removed it when the unit shipped. I signed up for their mailing list which get me a 10% coupon. Final price was $405 all in.
I ordered one based on your post and that YouTube video. I've been using a Neato XV11 for over 5+ years and have repaired it and purchased replacement batteries numerous times. But it's time for me to move on to another.

I can confirm that my total charge to my PayPal account was $424.68 CDN. If I get the tax back, even better.
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growler wrote: I ordered one based on your post and that YouTube video. I've been using a Neato XV11 for over 5+ years and have repaired it and purchased replacement batteries numerous times. But it's time for me to move on to another.

I can confirm that my total charge to my PayPal account was $424.68 CDN. If I get the tax back, even better.

Exact same situation as you, been using the XV11 for years now and replaced the battery.
Going to order the Shark. Thanks padlock!

How come yours is $424? My checkout basket shows $457 after 10% discount and taxes
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Problem with the shark seems to be mapping, if you read online you'll find a good amount of reports that even after 20 runs it doesn't produce any map. They're apparently being sued by iRobot for this vac because of the self empty bin. The hardware looks to be there but I'm not so sure about software yet, hopefully they will continue to update it.
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Totoriko wrote: Exact same situation as you, been using the XV11 for years now and replaced the battery.
Going to order the Shark. Thanks padlock!

How come yours is $424? My checkout basket shows $457 after 10% discount and taxes
Different province, different taxes most likely.
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canadianexpress wrote: Where did you buy the Xiaomi? model and price? Thank you.
It the Xiaomi Robot Vacuum 1st gen (aka Roborock S1). It was $400CAD when I bought it years ago.
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I know this is a deal thread but this is the first time I have ever looked at the robot vacs and the roomba i7 with the auto dumping sounds really good. It's quite expensive though. The problem is I have a shedding monster golden retriever and a cat and with a normal vacuum I have to empty the contents after 1 time vacuuming my place. Are there any similar vac robots where they clean themselves and dump the contents into a stationary unit? If not are these robot vacuums just a waste of money for someone like me?
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jarko wrote: I know this is a deal thread but this is the first time I have ever looked at the robot vacs and the roomba i7 with the auto dumping sounds really good. It's quite expensive though. The problem is I have a shedding monster golden retriever and a cat and with a normal vacuum I have to empty the contents after 1 time vacuuming my place. Are there any similar vac robots where they clean themselves and dump the contents into a stationary unit? If not are these robot vacuums just a waste of money for someone like me?
Looks above a few posts, the shark is what you want.
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padlock wrote: It hasn't arrived yet, but I don't expect to be charged any duties. I previously bought a Shark cordless stick, and wasn't charged anything extra.

The Shark doesn't currently support no go zones in it's app. According to the Vacuum Wars Youtube review, it's something that will be added later, but I don't like buying things based on potential, so I based my decision with the assumption that the feature wasn't coming.

Thanks for the video, where did you buy your shark iq? and can you keep us updated if you got charged duties
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pennywize wrote: Did a bunch of research and ended up ordering the Roborock S55 from Banggood. Link

It's an EU plug but the site says they'll include a free adapter. Right now it's $470 all in with coupon code: BGBinKupon154
How was shipping, custom and actual product?
Does it comes with any warranty and how to avail when needed?
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sum321 wrote: How was shipping, custom and actual product?
Does it comes with any warranty and how to avail when needed?
Shipping took about 2.5 weeks. Went from China > HK > B.C > Winnipeg > Toronto. It shipped via Canada Post so luckily I didn't pay any duties or taxes. So far the Roborock has been great and pretty life changing. The mopping feature is decent. Too bad it doesn't support multiple floors but hope that gets updated with software. When I finish vacuuming the main floor then bring it up to the 2nd floor, it gets confused and thinks it's the same floorplan. Had to turn the "save map" feature off to fix this.

Not sure about warranty but I'm not expecting any.
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mapleleafs89 wrote: Problem with the shark seems to be mapping, if you read online you'll find a good amount of reports that even after 20 runs it doesn't produce any map. They're apparently being sued by iRobot for this vac because of the self empty bin. The hardware looks to be there but I'm not so sure about software yet, hopefully they will continue to update it.
What do you mean about not producing any map? Why would you need the map?
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jarko wrote: Thanks for the video, where did you buy your shark iq? and can you keep us updated if you got charged duties
I purchased it from www.sharkclean.com.

I don't expect to have to pay any duties, but if I do, I'll mention it here.
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padlock wrote: I was seriously considering the Roborock, but ultimately, I ended up ordering the Shark r101AE.

The mapping on the Shark won't be nearly as good as the Roborocks (it uses a camera instead of LIDAR), but on the plus side, it does come with an auto emptying base.

The Shark Website has it for $450, but for whatever reason, they charge Canadians the US price in CAD. They also initially charged me tax, but removed it when the unit shipped. I signed up for their mailing list which get me a 10% coupon. Final price was $405 all in.
You will pay the HST to your courier when it clear Canada Customs.
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raccoon wrote: You will pay the HST to your courier when it clear Canada Customs.
I didn't pay any additional taxes when I purchased my Shark stick vac a few weeks back.
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I can confirm that my order was charged $404.46 via Paypal. The tax was removed. Shipped by FedEx
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Totoriko wrote: I can confirm that my order was charged $404.46 via Paypal. The tax was removed
When did you order, and did it ship? Was the tax charged initially or refunded after?
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mapleleafs89 wrote: When did you order, and did it ship? Was the tax charged initially or refunded after?
Ordered earlier this week (maybe Monday). Tax was included in the billing and paypal payment. Now on Paypal, the amount charged has changed
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Hi Padlock, did you pay any custom duty? How Much? Thanks
padlock wrote: I didn't pay any additional taxes when I purchased my Shark stick vac a few weeks back.
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i got my A9 few week ago ..I was very happy with it as it vacuum everyday ,,, until this morning .... it used to vacuum for close to 2 hr to do the house ... this morning 20 min then need to be recharge ... i will keep a eye in the next few days as i might have to return it if battery dont last ..
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