Prime example. I went into Coles the other day with my daughter to buy the wife a book she'd been looking for and while perusing the prices of books that I might like I discovered that a book in Canada retailed for 22.95 Cdn while the US price was 16.95 US.
I asked the sales lady why the discrpency and she couldn't answer. But it just goes to shows that all the book stores that had the petition for people to sign complaining about being ripped off because of country of origin was nothing more than a sop to their customers that didn't do a thing.
People working the 'till have no clue. Even if they did, I'd be surprised if they would take (waste?) the time to properly explain it. The problem is caused by those way, way above their pay grade.
These days some books simply say "Price Higher in Canada". Pretty ballsy when they openly declare they are ripping you off.
Haven't bought a printed book in years.
One of the most offensive examples is that of eBooks, believe it or not some are actually priced higher for Canadians. I'd like to see someone try and argue that there are greater costs involved when a Canadian downloads an eBook versus an American. I'd mop the floor with them.
I wouldn't be suprised if the petitions went into the garbage when they were full.
Petitions are only worthwhile if those on the receiving end give a shit.
Here's the Costco difference for TV's.
A Panasonic 55" Class 1080p 120Hz LED Edge Lit SMART VIERA® HDTV and Wireless Adapter TC-55LE54
in the US while in Canada it's a Panasonic® TC-55LE54
55-in. Smart LED HDTV** $1,349.99
a difference of amazingly $500.00 even.
I guess it must be that long drive from the Bellingham Costco to the Abbotsford Costco that drives up the price like that. It's hell living in the far north of the lower mainland.
I wouldn't buy it. I'm one of those shoppers who takes the model # off a big ticket item and searches the 'net for how it is priced elsewhere.
If I figure out I'm getting a raw deal I'll walk. If the sales folk push the issue I'll noisily walk. I'm going car shopping before too long, that'll be a blast.
I'd sooner watch the old CRT (or drive the rust bucket) for another five years than overpay by hundreds to thousands of dollars.