I was just looking online and a $419 CAN tablesaw is $179 US (both
regular prices). Everything on the page was like this. The current
exchange rate is 14%, not 234%. Uh, er, I think I'll pick it up next
time I'm in the US.
I recall prices like this a few decades ago, before competition made
its way above the iron curtain. However, lately most things haven't
been too bad. I guess Sears really wants to go the way of Eatons, etc.
Sears = you can get better for less money someplace else. On top of
it, their tool department staff doesn't even know what they sell.
Anything to get a buck out of you.
The only time to even THINK about buying at Sears is when their monthly
"50% OFF!" sale flyer comes round and their prices begin to resemble
something competitive. Even then, double check the value of what you're
I have found that a lot of us Canadians are being ripped off. When the
exchange rate was 1.60 everything was 60% more expensive plus shipping plus
taxes plus duty plus brokerage charges. Now that the exchange rate is now
1.2 (not 1.4 as you have said) many importers are still converting the US
price at the 1.6 rate and keeping the profit. They all blame taxes and duty
but that did not add so much when the exchange rate was high. Now the price
should be the US price at 1.2 exchange plus shipping plus taxes and plus
duty plus brokerage charges if any. I find it is often easier to order from
the US for many items, only NEVER let them ship via UPS Ground unless you
want another rip off in brokerage charges.
Amen to not using UPS. The brokerage can be a huge percentage of the
item's value. I'm not a huge fan of Canada Post, however, they only
charge $5 for brokerage and most small packages come to your box with
no charges at all. Plus UPS keeps coming to the house during the day
when I'm not home. I end up having to drive an hour to get the
package that I am paying to have delivered to me! I'm sure that Ebay
sellers find it a pain when you don't want to use a courier, but it is
a big deal.
I find it is often easier to order from
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