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12:32 PM on 12/19/2012
I have been saying this for years that we as canadians get screwed with our dollar. The reason people shop in the USA is the price.The same product you see in canada you can purchase in the US for a whole lot less. Our dollar has been parity with the US for few years now and yet we do not see it reflect in store pricing. There is no competition in air travel here, phone & tv companies cause most of them are under bell or rogers.
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greysells2
grey cells matter
01:05 PM on 12/19/2012
You're not serious that Canadians are getting rogered? Tell me it is not true.
12:30 PM on 12/19/2012
It's just more distance for the 1's and 0's to travel. Damn transportation costs!
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pleblian
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12:29 PM on 12/19/2012
It's true...

Moving back to Canada, I couldn't believe the prices and though to myself Canadians are being robed.
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Mad Hatter 1
12:40 PM on 12/19/2012
Sure got that right.
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Patrick Flannery
Editor, nerd, dad.
12:25 PM on 12/19/2012
I agree that Canadian businesspeople are in general less competitive than Americans. I have worked with hundreds of Canadian small business operators and the most common attitude I see is one of just wanting to make a living, pay the employees and achieve some modest growth. In fact, growth is often viewed with suspicion, as something that leads to loss of control and unwanted headaches. Companies in the same market often make an unspoken (sometimes not so unspoken) pact to work their respective sides of the street and leave the other unmolested. That way, the market appears fully served and others are reluctant to enter. The few cronies are free to divide it amongst themselves and charge whatever they want without pesky undercutters chiseling their margins.
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Surely57
...and yes, you can call me Surely...
12:12 PM on 12/19/2012
"Willingness to pay" my foot! I ain't willing and I ain't paying!
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12:29 PM on 12/19/2012
And i will throw in my toe for that comment. agree fully1
12:09 PM on 12/19/2012
when I first purchased my canadian e reader two years ago books were approx 6.00 and you were given discounts by percentage to be used when purchasing new e books. Now the average book is 10.00 and the discounts they offer are only available on the books they will allow the discount on.
I have purchased one book in the last year. I guess they thought that if enough people purchased the readers they would be willing to continue buying regardless of the price.
I borrow from the local library I can do it from home and until they come to their senses I refused to buy their books
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cityprole
old,sly, crafty,arty, leftie
12:09 PM on 12/19/2012
These are the worst excuses for gouging I've ever heard..because "Canadians will pay more" means that there will be still more cross-border shopping..
Every other Canadian I know, and yes, even some well-off ones, hunts for bargains...it's ingrained...but stereotyping Canadians as all a bunch of smug, middle class shoppers who don't care about prices is probably a big part of the reason that we are all spending less on retail every year..books, for instance, are way cheaper from thrift stores, and from libraries? Free! I cannot remember the last time i bought a new book, and I'm an avid reader..when I do break down and buy a tablet..(more for browsing than reading) it will have to be within a few dollars of the US model or it won't happen...
12:07 PM on 12/19/2012
It is not unique to books but to almost everything in general:
- House prices
- cars
- household items.
It drives me mad, but that it be acceptable to Canadians to pay for something. I am such a cheap person that it annoys me knowing that I paid more than necessary.
11:56 AM on 12/19/2012
I don't buy books. I go to the library for almost all of them. It's too expensive for something that will take a few hours to read. Plus, I don't understand why ebooks are the same price as the physical book. It should be cheaper.
ChrisH75
Apprenez à vivre ensemble/Learn to live together.
12:28 PM on 12/19/2012
It jsut prooves that the media on which the content is delivered is not the driving factor behind the price.
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JUSTBAKERS135
12:29 PM on 12/19/2012
Physical books don't cost much more than an eBook when you think about the servers, software and development for them.

I like to own hardcovers as a badge of accomplishment - so I guess people waste money where they want. I can't go to the library since the books smell funny...and other people have touched them.
12:34 PM on 12/19/2012
lol, you just reminded me of the Seinfield episode when George wanted to return a library book, but they rejected it because he brought the book to the library.

I don't know about your library, but on mine you can request for new books that no one touched.
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Poster999
A promise made is a debt unpaid.
11:52 AM on 12/19/2012
Guess they figure we have more money with all that gubmint run healthcare.
The Westender
People prefer simple lies to complicated truths
11:45 AM on 12/19/2012
This why I don't buy new books. Doesn't usually take too long for even the best new book to hit the used book circuit and price is 1/2 to 2/3 off by then.

I have weird eyes. They don't see, $9.99 US, $13.99 Canada. They see "there is a sucker born every minute"
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
11:06 AM on 12/19/2012
More to the point that in the case of ebooks, of which I am an avid reader as well, the writer should produce their own and forgo the publisher to begin with. Then they can sell it at a market price not a publisher one.

Much like the music industry, writing isn't going to stop just because the middlemen are increasingly irrelevant.
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
11:02 AM on 12/19/2012
If our delivery vehicles and Internet wires didn't have to cross the Arctic Tundra then maybe all this could be avoided.

This barrier protects Canada though so I'm not too upset. Less junk to buy
11:50 AM on 12/19/2012
It still doesn't justify e-book costs, or locally produced goods that are sold for cheaper (after transportation) in the US. Internet wire costs and the infrastructure costs aren't borne by the suppliers in this instance...
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JUSTBAKERS135
12:34 PM on 12/19/2012
Sorry what?

Last time I checked 90% of Canada's population lived within 200km of the US border. My delivery vehicles and Internet comes from Michigan and New York respectively (Toronto).

If you notice prices in Nunavut, you'd see what the Arctic really costs: $27 milk, etc.
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
04:13 PM on 12/19/2012
The Arctic Tundra of the mind.  Like when EBay sellers only select USA as delivery points and not Canada would be another example.  
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
10:58 AM on 12/19/2012