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post #1 of 26 Old 04-03-2008, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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More griping re: cdn prices vs us prices

Have my heart set on a shiney new pair of Teknic Violator waterproof booties. Can be had in the States for around 240ish. Up here 399.00 in the MotoVan cat.

Geez man.

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post #2 of 26 Old 04-04-2008, 07:20 AM
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Looks to me like Morden is about 1/2 hour from the border.

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You're right Heavy, we are very close to a border crossing. I have often ordered goods and had them shipped to a parcel handling agency in Walhalla, ND (bout 25 mins from here).

But I guess that isnt my point.....

I would have no problem whatsoever paying abit more, but 150.00 more on a 240.00 item is just abit much.

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Just saved about $300 buying my Givi's south of the border. I called around, but no one would budge on their prices. I don't have the cash nessecary to buy locally:sad:
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Angry UPS thieves

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Just make sure you don't have anything shipped UPS.

You'll get robbed for sure. Their "brokerage fees" are out and out theft.

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I agree 100% that we get ripped off by the Canadian importers. I like to buy locally, if it makes sense, but I work hard for my dollars and I'll buy from across the border if it means I can save a good chunk of money.

I picked up a Sargent seat during a recent business trip to Ohio and Michigan. I ended up paying $321.56, US, for it. With the exchange at the time, my VISA is probably going to get hit to the tune of $320.00. Think I could have come anywhere close to that price up here, North of the border?

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Apparently, the distributors up here just don't get it. Being very close to the border, our local shops have really felt the pinch. If its a matter of say 10-15%, I will generally spend my money at home, but otherwise, I have no choice but order from the States.

And yes, do not ever us UPS. I dont know how they can charge the seems-like-fake brokerage fees they do, but its ridiculas. I recently had 2 seperate shipments from the US come to my door via FedEx, and didnt have to pay a penny.

MotoVan or Parts Canada, are you listening????

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I just ordered the Olympia Airglide 2 Mesh pants from Amotostuff. Great price in the US-$180. Then I paid $26 shipping and $66 duty/taxes so that pretty much negated any real savings. A few months ago I prdered the AST jacket and paid no duty, only taxes and saved about $100 compared to local cost. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose.

I asked a dealer in ottawa why his AST jacket is $100 more than Amotostuff and he said he has to pay 18% textile duty +shipping +PST/GST. I guess it makes sense from that perspective. Still it may make sense to order from the US and hope customs doesn't open it and charge you the 18% duty on top of taxes and the "handling fee".

But you are right, there is a lot of gouging going on when you compare the US and Can dollar. There is no way that 240 US becomes 399 Cdn even with duty and taxes. Time to shop around

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I just ordered the Olympia Airglide 2 Mesh pants from Amotostuff. Great price in the US-$180. Then I paid $26 shipping and $66 duty/taxes so that pretty much negated any real savings. A few months ago I prdered the AST jacket and paid no duty, only taxes and saved about $100 compared to local cost. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose.

I asked a dealer in ottawa why his AST jacket is $100 more than Amotostuff and he said he has to pay 18% textile duty +shipping +PST/GST. I guess it makes sense from that perspective. Still it may make sense to order from the US and hope customs doesn't open it and charge you the 18% duty on top of taxes and the "handling fee".

But you are right, there is a lot of gouging going on when you compare the US and Can dollar. There is no way that 240 US becomes 399 Cdn even with duty and taxes. Time to shop around

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I agree, it's a little harder for our retailers to justify the higher costs here with the dollar parody ( or close). Hopefully it'll send a message but I doubt it. I don't mind paying a bit more for stuff up here but C'MON!

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I bought a new 2006 DL650 that the dealer in Minnesota had installed Givi side and top cases with a new tall windshield and only paid $7,100. On top of that they gave me $4,500 for my 2007 KLR that had 6,000 miles on it. No Canadian dealer could touch that.
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