Don't get me wrong, I don't entirely blame US companies for this global conspiracy against Canadians. A lot has to do with our taxes and policies to "protect" Canadian retailers. We've done some of it to our selves. But the rest, I just don't know. If it was something I could buy anywhere here if even for a few buck more, then fine, it all makes sense. But for this where it seems the only place that has it! arrrghhhh. There are companies that will ship to Canada, but the base prices start at an additional $70 up to over $200 more that I've found, then add to that shipping, and the potential duty/brokering that would have to be paid.
When I was in the R/C hobby, I would regularly get stuff from Hong Kong. It cost me a fraction of the price to have something shipped from the other side of the planet, instead of a few hundred miles south. And, depending on the item I would get it in 3 days to boot!
I don't order enough to warrant setting up a US PO box. The company I work for does have a small office the Detroit area, and I know a other coworkers get stuff shipped there, but never go to the office, and obviously can't make it 9-5 M-F (have to actually work ya-know).
I would GLADLY buy the GPS from a Canadian store like GPS Central, but nobody seems to carry it. They list the v2 as discontinued, but nothing since. I've sent them an email to find out more information. And I did stop at both local motorcycle stores here, and neither carry GPSs themselves. All the mounts and accessories, but the the units. I just don't get it. You'd think I was trying to buy a kidney or other body part, not a GPS... And even TomTom does not sell this one direct. I'd get it from there if I could. Maybe, just maybe, it does not even exist. This is just an elaborate hoax by Garmin to get me to spend $700 on theirs!!!
I think this smiley is appropriate here.