Price Chopper is LITERALLY across the street from Walmart. You can't miss it.
- Mark Twain
Dec 19th, 2011 12:33 pm
Dec 19th, 2011 2:16 pm
Piro21 wrote: ↑What do you drive that uses $20 in gas per hour?
Household items in general are more expensive up here. When it comes to things like furniture we're getting gouged like you wouldn't believe. For most large purchases you're better off just driving it back from a state with low sales taxes and paying the full border taxes on the lower amount.
Dec 20th, 2011 3:22 am
I`m going to be doing a home renovation in the new year and Lowes certainly has my business now. I wonder if that poster is going to quit going to McDonalds and shopping at Amazon also since they did the same thing?
Dec 23rd, 2011 6:23 pm
Konowl wrote: ↑I actually bought a Bosch dishwasher at the beginning of the year from Lowes Ogdensburg. Can't remember the exact details, but I BELIEVE it was $950 up here and was on sale for $450 in the States.
I asked Lowes in Orleans to price match - they refused. I ordered the unit online (from Ogdensburg) figuring it would take a week to get it in stock. They phoned me 2 hours later saying it was ready for pickup, so off I went. Grabbed my dad for company and headed down. No duty coming back as it was manufactured (or put together who knows) in USA. Saved a pile of money at the time. Couldn't beleive how much I saved, to be honest.
Where is the grocery store there? I love the Lowes, but that walmart is a duuuuump.
Dec 23rd, 2011 10:16 pm
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Dec 24th, 2011 12:50 pm
ilove wrote: ↑There's a difference between modest price differences adjusting for the differences in income, population, shipping and handling, etc. etc. and downright gouging, as is the case mentioned in the OP. I try to either simply shop in the US for such products or if my patriotic side kicks in, I try to buy another brand that doesn't gouge poor Canadians.
up to 10% price difference difference = fair
20% difference = unethical
>30% difference = downright criminal
Dec 24th, 2011 1:11 pm
Dec 24th, 2011 3:44 pm
bratman wrote: ↑Some of the price differences are also due to the fact that it costs a lot more to do business in Canada.
Gas is approximately 25% more expensive (in Ontario than in NY state). That added cost gets built into the price.
I don't have the numbers, but it has been reported in the media that duties on imports (non-NAFTA of course) are MUCH higher here than in the USA. I remember reading an article in the Star which told the story of a indpendant retailler who had stores in Ontario and NY, and accompanying it was a graph showing why he had to charge more for the same jacket in Ontario than in NY. Top of the list was the import duty from Chinese made goods. It was in the neighbourhood of 25% here.... and 0 in NY. I think they showcased a high end winter jacket that had a cost to him of about $200 before duties.... which meant that automatically the cost rose to $250 here before adding in his markup. That extra duty gets passed onto you.
And, as other posters have mentioned, lots of other expenses like wages and so on are higher here.... thats all passed onto you.....
[Bank of Canada Governor, Mark] Carney also shot down a complaint often cited by the Retail Council of Canada that tariffs can add up to 18 per cent on the imported costs of some consumer items.
Last month, Finance Department officials testified that most goods that cross the border are duty free and where duties do apply, they tend to be small.
Carney said the central bank has not done a detailed analysis of tariffs, but voiced the same opinion. "While there are tariff differentials, the differences are not that large," he said..
Nov 2nd, 2015 10:57 pm
Nov 2nd, 2015 11:18 pm
do they need to provide you a reason for when an item goes on sale too?azndoodle wrote: ↑I'd like to add my 2-cents that Lowes (Canada) has a pretty crappy business model; One day I go in to look for a 3-tier wired shelf and I saw it for $29.99. This was a regular tagged item (no yellow sticker, no markdown indicated). The next day (today) I go back it's jacked up to $49.99. WTF!! almost 50% price jump/gouge! I checked google cached site and it was last listed at $29.99 on Oct 31st, 2015 (2 days ago). The stock level didn't even budge since I last checked; it's the same inventory. I reached out to the store manager and even online customer service and no one can explain the price jump. The store manager tries to make up dumb reason like the Canadian dollar is falling, commodity prices are rising, etc... He can't even make up a proper story!
Google link: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... clnk&gl=ca
Lowe's product page: https://www.lowes.ca/free-standing-shel ... 93167.html
Nov 2nd, 2015 11:46 pm