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03/04/2004 07:15:24 PM · #1
B&H?
03/04/2004 07:22:12 PM · #2
I still use the New York online retailers...adorama.com specifically. It's still cheaper. There's henrys.com in Toronto if you really want a Canadian retailer.

Originally posted by kosmikkreeper:

B&H?
03/04/2004 08:30:25 PM · #3
henrys sucks. vistek is in the same (over)price(d) class, but at least they know their stuff.
03/04/2004 09:04:32 PM · #4
How does it work at customs when ordering in the US? Is it still worth it with shipping and custom charges?
03/04/2004 09:36:15 PM · #5
I have had good experience with

Henry's
Camera Canada

Henry's search engine is a lot better than Camera Canada, but it looks like they might have slightly cheaper prices over Henry's.

Don't be surprised to find out that if you convert US dollars to Canadian dollars, Canadian prices are way higher. The US dollar has taken a beating since January 2003 and Canadian prices haven't been adjusted. I've bought most of my camera equipment on Ebay because of that.

I bought my 550EX from BHPhoto for $300 US, and when convereted to Canadian it cost me $550 Shipping and taxes included. Buying canadian would mean paying $700 + taxes + shipping = $830 ish.

I believe in buying Canadian, but not at a 50% premium.

03/04/2004 09:38:59 PM · #6
How close are you to the border? There are many companies who accept packages so that you can transport them into Canada yourself. Just an idea.

If you factor in shipping, customs fees, and GST/HST, it's not as great a deal, but B&H usually can still beat Canadian prices. Customs charges a $5 processing fee and then the tax. Most items are "duty" free if made in the US, but if the camera was originally manufactured in Japan, etc., there may be duty on it.

As an example, I just bought a Canon A80, conversion lens adapter, a 256MB card and a flash for the same price as just the camera here in Canada, after exchange rates were calculated. However, I did have it shipped to me in Miami while on vacation and used it as my tax-free exemption for the trip.

Kim
03/04/2004 09:43:27 PM · #7
There are no duties on camera equipment. What you will get charged is a brokerage fee from the carrier shipping the package across borders. Those fees can be pretty high, maybe $45 on a $600 order. If you choose USPS, brokerage fees will be significantly lower.

One word of caution: you will pay your provincial sales tax and GST. Some people think they can have it delivered to a friend in the States then have the friend send a "gift" to them. If any "gift" is valued over $60 (I think) you will pay provincial taxes and GST on it.

One last word of caution: Warranty will likely not be honored by Canadian companies like Canon Canada if you have a problem. You will need to ship it to the US to get fixed, with shipping charges to your account. I'm comfortable with that, some people won't be.

Originally posted by kosmikkreeper:

How does it work at customs when ordering in the US? Is it still worth it with shipping and custom charges?

03/04/2004 09:57:26 PM · #8
Canon Canada does accept US warranties. You ship to Montreal for warranty coverage (says the girl who flooded her A40 and learned all about warranties!!) My A40 was also purchased from B&H.

You can have it delivered to a US address and transport it yourself across the border by paying the taxes - I don't think Customs charges a brokerage fee in that case. But it can't be in a tax-free exemption unless you have spent time in the US. And "gifts" do have a limit in value - CCRA says....
If you receive an imported gift by mail and it's worth $60 CAN or less, you don't have to pay duty or tax.
If the gift is worth more than $60, you must pay duty and tax on the amount over $60 CAN.
For example, if a relative sends you a gift worth $200 CAN, you must pay the applicable duty, the GST or HST, and any PST on $140 CAN.

03/04/2004 10:22:27 PM · #9
Thx for your valuable info!

With the Nikon D70 comming soon..... I might jump to the DSLR world within the year (unless I buy a house or cottage 1st!!!). :-)

I'm doing my homework early... I'm just starting to look at lenses.... what a fascinating and EXPENSIVE world!!! :-) Maybe I'll just buy a 24/200mm macro and have it all in 1!!!
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