Originally Posted by gabeck
Are we missing something here ? Just wondering why people don't just continue to buy from Amazon.com and have it shipped to there home ?
As yet we have received everything as ordered and at the .com price and delivered to our door by UPS .
Often the Amazon.com retailer will not ship to Canada, or will ship for an unknown cost. UPS adds a "customs clearance fee"
to shipments crossing the border, dependent on the shipment value (although their costs to do the paperwork don't depend on the value) which can kill the cost savings on some items.
This issue of shipping cost gives retailers in Canada an advantage, which they exploit to varying extents.
Combined with the refusal of some sole-source suppliers to ship from the U.S. to Canada, this can drive cost up substantially. I have checked online sources of Toyota, Ford, and Mazda parts - from legitimate dealers - and in each case the U.S. price (after considering exchange rates) is much lower than the Canadian price... but the U.S. retailer refuses to ship to Canada, giving the Canadian dealers a monopoly which they exploit to double the price.