The Canadian dollar and prices!!!

on Nov 03, 2007 @ 07:07 pm

To Canadians - how annoyed are you that the Canadian dollar has been worth more than the American dollar for some time now (nearly at 1.07 last time I checked, which was today), and yet prices still haven't come down almost all in Canada! You go to a bookstore and pay the price listed for Canadians, which might be like $15, whereas Americans would pay like $11 for the same book, though our money's worth more! And we also pay substantially more for American clothes than what they pay in America. No wonder everyone's going down to the U.S. to shop.

I've heard a couple stores have finally brought down prices to take into consideration the rising dollar value, but not many. I'm so ticked to see American brands costing like twice here what you'd pay in America for them! If Canada doesn't want to lose Canadian business, they're going to have to do something about this, and fast!

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I totally agree on Nov 03, 2007 @ 08:47 pm

It is complete b.s. At least make the prices on par.

teeter-totter on Nov 04, 2007 @ 12:06 am

I grew up in MI and we often drove into Ontario when I was a kid to go school clothes shopping b/c it was cheaper to buy items there than in the states b/c the dollar strength scenario was opposite of what it is presently.

my hubby rants about that everytime he buys a book on Nov 04, 2007 @ 10:37 am

We love to read and we spend a lot of time milling around bookstores. Everytime my hubby goes and pays for his book, he rants about why we should be paying for the US price and not the Canadian price. It is ridiculous to have to fork out extra few dollars, esp. when you know your book is actually worth less because it is in plain writing that the book is worth less.

Last night, we had a dinner party and we got into the discussion of the CDN/US dollar and gas prices. It was mentioned how Canada supplies about 40% of the oil in US but we still have to pay a lot more than they do!! It's absolutely outrageous!

Happy, but agree! on Nov 04, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

For starters I'm pretty happy that our dollar is doing so well (I even have a trip planned to go down to North Dakota for a weekend of shopping). But I agree, it sucks that we still pay more here for our products! It was actually in the bookstore that my boyfriend and I agreed that this sucked,

Though I did overhear last night, at the McNally Robinson bookstore, that they're looking in to a way to lower their book prices, to get them par to the American prices. So of course, that has gotten me excited. :) I really hope to see more stores doing this.

I feel burned too! on Nov 05, 2007 @ 09:59 am

I came up for the Shop Crawl and the only thing that saved me was the great exclusive discounts offered by the participating stores! The Crawl was fabulous though, I hope I can come to the next one... Just haven't told the husband yet about what it's going to come out in *real* money! I have to find a way to secretly pay the VISA bill first ;)

Sephora - cheaper than US prices!? on Nov 05, 2007 @ 08:12 pm

Good news for Sephora junkies:
I was just on the Sephora site and guess what? When I pressed the "Canadian Check-Out" box, the CAN price ended up being cheaper than the US price! So, at least makeup will reflect the proper exchange rate - perfect timing for the holiday season.

Bookstores on Nov 07, 2007 @ 06:19 pm

Visited my favourite bookstore again today (Mcnally Robinson), and they've started marking down some of the prices to match the listed American prince. :)

Ali de Bold
Sephora on Nov 07, 2007 @ 09:34 pm

That is awesome news!

Sephora on Nov 08, 2007 @ 01:28 pm

I don't think the cheaper than US prices is across the board....I justplaced a huge online order and only one of the items rang through cheaper - everything else was like shopping in the store here...much more expensive.

Sephora - Ewww! on Nov 09, 2007 @ 01:22 pm

Ewww! My bad. You're right khourianya, it isn't cheaper. Wonder what happened. Was I dreaming when I saw the price lowered?! I'm so sorry everyone.

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