Originally Posted by nikonf5
...Dont know what Canucks usually crossover from Alberta to the US for one one-day trips, but you can use the same excuse [food, sightseeing, etc] to the Canadian customs official on the way back.
Also, dont use shopping as an excuse because I believe a one-day trip doesnt have an allowance anymore.
Make sure you come back when there is a long line-up as they need to process the line a lot faster than they normally would and its a lot less likely they will pull you over for any reason.
Obviously, you dont mention the projector and take it out of the shipping box before you put it in the trunk otherwise the waybill will be a dead giveaway if you do get checked.
Remember that good stores ship it in an outer box with padding.
Its actually a lot easier than what I state it, especially if you are Caucasian and the work colleague who did this is Chinese and he had the least issues.
This is also illegal. Pay the duties and taxes (both will be necessary as unlike many TVs, projectors are not manufactured in Mexico and are thus not exempt of duties.
I don't discourage people from buying from the US when prices are a big difference. But you are trying to beat the system...and acts like this just end up costing us all in the long run.
Yes, there are extra costs of doing business in this great land of ours, and those costs get reflected in increased pricing above just straight exchange rates.
1. Population is spread out further than the US, and shipping costs are higher
2. Retailers in Canada sell fewer units than those in the US, and as such, request higher margins and expect to make more per unit to 'get by'...so fewer discounts
3. More employees mean higher costs. A US manufacturer's office has approximately 10x higher revenue, but not 10x the staffing costs. In Canada, a company like Sharp or JVC may have 5 accounting staff...in the US, there aren't 50. So operating costs in Canada are higher than the US.
4. Higher taxes...not only the end consumer, but for everything that the Canadian subsidiary does...marketing, events, promotion materials, etc.
There are many more reason...but unfortunately, the average consumer just looks at the exchange rate...which really isn't accurate.
Also once you factor in that you will have to drive back and ship the unit back to JVC US if you have even a single problem, then go back to pick it up...any cost savings are usually eliminated.
Go speak with your local JVC dealer...and keep in mind that to do things the right and legal way, will almost certainly eat up any savings from purchasing from the US. You'll also be supporting your fellow Canadian business people...which is just really...well...Canadian!