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Paul Gere

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Anybody bought Anthem stuff in Canada and brought/shipped it to the US? If I've got a friend in Canada who's willing to buy a product for me in Canada, what are the logistics of working this kind of deal? Anybody got experience they can share? I'm aware of the downside of no local dealer, but where I live, I don't have one anyway.

Thanks in advance for any tips/suggestions.
 

Joe e h

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Well one downside is your friend will have to pay the taxes. If you werer to buy it as a U.S Citizen you would get the taxes back. The other problem is the warrenty would be in his name. He could use your name, so you could say you bought it on vacation.

That might bring up questions about the taxes. Where are you located? There are dealers willing to ship, but they won't advertise. THye risk the chance of loosing there product line.

I live 45 minutes from Canada, but bought mine in the states.

Joe
 

Evan S

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Forget about any Canadian dealer shipping to you...in fact, forget about getting a Canadian dealer to price quote you over the phone unless you've done business with him previously. The thing about the taxes is correct, if you have a Canadian citizen buy it for you, you will be out the taxes, but still make out in the long run as it will be significantly cheaper for you overall.

I bought mine in Canada. I've got no regrets. Send me an e-mail if you want more specifics, but I am reluctant to give out my dealer name or price paid for various reasons. Don't want to bite the hand that feeds me.
 

Camp

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Evan,

Will you make a return trip to Canada to get yours upgraded or will you use a local dealer?
 

RichardMA

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If you drive to Canada and buy the product, you still pay
GST tax 7%(not PST 8-11% - provincial tax) but you can claim
the GST tax back by filling out a form.
Ordering from the U.S. into Canada works out like this,
as an example:
Prepro cost U.S.: $2000
Shipping: $ 100
------------------------
$2100
Converted to Can. $3350.00
Duty (if any,4%) $ 134.00
GST tax $ 235.00
PST (Ontario) tax $ 268.00
UPS brokerage $ 134.00 (varies) use USPS instead, $5.00 flat rate.
UPS taxes/other $ 20.85
---------------------------
Total Can.landed $4141.85

I brought in about $10000 worth of stuff last year so
I know the "pain" of it. But sometimes you can still
save money.

Importing to the U.S. is the same, but the dollar
conversion turns $2000 Can. into about $1280 U.S.

But here's an interesting thing; I ordered my Sony
TA-E9000ES used from a German guy. He found out his
German postal service would not insure the product.
UPS does this same thing in Canada unless the product
is new. Anyway, it cost me $850 U.S. but because he could
not insure it, he marked it down as of "zero value."
So I avoided paying $189.00 Can. in tax and no duty!
Landed cost was $1260.00 Can. instead of the $1600
it would have been had UPS got their filthy hands on it.
 

Evan S

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For American's to buy Canadian made goods in Canada, there is no duty to bring them back to the states. Only buying European or Asian goods adds duty. North American goods are exempt (NAFTA).

Camp, I am going to get the upgrade from a local dealer. I specifically e-mailed Sonic Frontiers about this prior to purchase. Told them I was going to Canada to buy the unit and told them I wanted the upgrade done here in Connecticut. Their response was that the local dealer wasn't "obligated" to sell me the upgrade and do it locally, but if I had a problem all I had to do was drop them a line and they would "make arrangements" for me. I found it odd that they would be so accomodating to me, but make it so difficult for their Canadian dealer to do business with me. Seems a little ass backwards if you ask me. I know they are trying to protect their local dealers, but they need to understand that if they force me to go to the local dealer and pay the price premium, I would have gotten the Rotel or Outlaw or something used instead. It's that simple. The local dealer doesn't lose out, Sonic Frontiers loses out in the long run.
 

Camp

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Evan,

I totally agree. Have you had any contact with your local dealer yet? I'm just curious what their response will be.
 

Evan S

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I have two local dealers. One I really don't like and one with whom I have yet to contact. Even Sonic Frontiers told me in a direct e-mail that the local dealer would be foolish to refuse me the upgrade. I already have the unit, it's a $300-400 easy sale for them and they would have a new customer instead of alienating someone. Besides, they said that I could just mention the fact I bought the unit used. They assured me the upgrade would get done some way or some how, but I have yet to contact my other local dealer. The upgrade is not a huge priority for me anyway.
 

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