How Canadians can get the best Black Friday deals
Several items are often much cheaper in the States for reasons I’m not well-versed to explain, but it’s disappointing for us Canucks – if you don’t use online shopping to your advantage.
Just in time for Black Friday, it’s worth drawing attention to Bing’s Cross Border Shopping tool. It offers a quick and easy way to comparison shop between items sold in Canada and the United States, factoring in everything from exchange rates to shipping and import fees.
For example, this pair of Yamaha indoor/outdoor speakers cost $199.99 at Best Buy. Bing tells me, however, they cost only $60.38 at B&H Photo. Too good to be true?
No – the site tells me there’ll be an additional $43.42 shipping charge and a $3.92 brokerage and duties fee. Still, $107.72 is nearly 90 bucks less.
However, Bing also shows me the FujiFilm Finepix Z70 digital camera is available for as low as $149.97 in Canada. But New York City’s B&H Photo is selling it for $110.74 plus $28.31 for shipping and no brokerage & duties fees.
Can’t do that math? Bing says on the product’s page that buying it from the USA costs less, but not by much.
If you do decide to physically do cross-border shopping by car, you can follow the Canadian Border Services’ wait time updates on Twitter.
How do you take advantage of cross-border shopping?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets
*Image: The Canadian Press