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Why are cameras cheaper in Canada than the US?

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by mr00jimbo, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. As a Canadian I can't complain. But our currency is worth 20% less and yet...cameras of all things are cheaper in Canada?

    Example:
    750 dollars for an XSI with 18-55 lens on BestBuy's USA website
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8794691&st=XSI&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1205537713445

    And 620 dollars Canadian (510 dollars US!) on Futureshop Canada's website, Futureshop is a company owned by Best Buy
    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pr...angid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10101163&catid=22553

    Even BestBuy's Canadian website has it slightly cheaper, and a LOT cheaper with the exchange rate.

    Glocks are a lot more expensive up here, as are MOST things...but cameras are the only thing I can think of that are cheaper? :dunno:
     

  2. hwyhobo

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    Also, store prices do not immediately follow currency fluctuations. Don't forget that just 1.5 months ago, US $ was less than CA $ 0.95.
     
  3. nipperwolf

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  4. alphacat

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    Best Buy is not a cheap place to buy camera gear, unless it's on sale.
    I've found B&H's prices lower even then Amazon.com on gear, that's where I usually buy my stuff online.