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| p.1 #19 · Canon Stops B&H & others from shipping certain items to Canada |
I thought part of all this was due to the new rules about not allowing products with rechargeable batteries to be shipped internationally (USPS apparently wont ship such items anymore and even UPS is adding restrictions effective Jan 1, 13 and B&H uses UPS to ship to Canada...).
Anyways, I'm on the side that this is a bad thing and believe it is more Canon Canada trying to screw their customers (whether it is due to outdated exchange rate beliefs or the sense they can segregate the market to maximize profits). I know the US is a much, much, much larger market than Canada and maybe that should result in a few perks but due to our proximity to the States, our dollar essentially at par (and sometimes higher), the internet making it easy to know what exactly everyone else is paying for, and offering common warranties, Canon seems to expect us to just live in a bubble and take it. If anything, all of the above should be taken into account to stabilize pricing between the U.S and Canada.
Now for sure in some cases this already exists and more so recently. I always used to buy locally (from Henry's) until I found out about B&H and then I started to buy my lenses from them and the bodies locally. Since my last body purchase (7D) I've seen bodies more often than not cheaper in Canada than the States and even some lenses (I bought a 70-200 F4 for cheaper at Henry's than it was at B&H though generally they are cheaper in the States). Again, the internet makes it easy to know where the cheaper price is so you can buy there and once you have that knowledge, its hard to take it away (thank you redflagdeals and photoprice!!).
The argument of buying locally used to have some perks for me as I always bought from the same guy and he would always try to give me his best price which was always cheaper than the sticker but when he left, none of the other employees would do anything for me even though I was going to the store for 5 years spending at least a few grand per year. At the end of the day, they were just a depot to bring the camera in anyways for them to ship it to Canon, something they will do regardless if you buy the camera their or not. So while my preference would be to buy locally (as it is easier to return if there is an issue), and for sure I would if the price was cheaper and probably would if it wasn't too much more expensive, I for sure wouldn't if the price difference was great.
My current situation is thinking about getting a 5D MKIII w 24-105. It's $3720 in the States and $4200 in Canada. I can't think of a lot of reasons that would get me to spend $500 more locally as that is just too great a savings. If it were just the 5DMKIII, then sure as the price is a bit cheaper in Canada right now but that's not what I'm getting.
My two cents. Rant/explanation over.