Originally Posted by dobyblue
Where abouts in the Falls do you go? I'm in St. Kitts so the border is 20 minutes away. Have you ever had any warranty issues bringing over the border?
I get cost on Panasonic equipment, but it's still nowhere near as good as the US prices.
I go the last 50" Panny plasma at Sears Summit Mall, Niagara Falls, NY. I brought along a blu-ray player and a couple blu-rays with me from Canada and took the plasma out of the box and tested it in the store before I left with it. (Yeah it may seem a bit over the top for some but I wasn't going to be taking it through customs, driving back to Toronto and then find out it had dead pixels or, worse, didn't even turn on).
I haven't had any problems with it yet. I don't know what you mean by 'warranty issues'.
Things to remember when you import are:
1. You will pay 8% NY State tax and no, Canadian Customs will not give you back the NY State tax that you paid when you cross the border. You can contact the NY State tax office and they do have a downloadable form that you can use to attempt to get the tax back and they don't guarantee that you will. I haven't tried it
2. Since these units are made in NAFTA countries (Mexico or US), you will pay only 13% GST + PST to bring them to Canada - no other duties.
3. Make sure you get the serial number of the unit put on the Canada Customs invoice. They don't normally do this but I realized last time that it's hard to prove that you brought the item in otherwise, because they usually just list the general product category and duties on the invoice and nothing else. (In fact they never even asked to see my retail invoice or go to my car to see the unit when I brought it over). This is important if you want to return the unit to the US for warranty service as they might want to charge you the duties again when you bring it back but you only have to pay duty on the value of the repair itself, not the entire unit. But, if you cannot prove you brought the unit in before and paid the appropriate duties on it then you will be charged duties on the entire value of the unit. You don't want to double pay.
4. You will not get Canadian warranty service and will have to return the unit to the US in order to get it repaired. This is done easily enough by taking it to Niagara Falls, NY yourself and shipping it from there or just shipping it from Canada and paying a carrier to do the paperwork (at which time you'll need to provide copies showing you paid duty when it came in originally). I don't see warranty as a big issue, especially if you tested it in the US first before bringing it over. Non-mechanical electronics products seldom have problems. But, yes, it's a bit more of a hassle that you cannot return it to Panasonic Canada for repair. I thought it was worth the $500 savings CDN on a 50" ($855 CDN landed with all taxes) to not have a Canadian warranty. For the 65" I am going to be buying soon, the unit is about 55% of the US price right now, or over $2,000!
I hope this provides you with detailed enough info on the situation!