Best Place to Order US DVDs from Canada?

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  1. Ian Currie

    Ian Currie Stunt Coordinator

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    Because of bilingual packaging, I'm looking to order US versions of many DVDs.

    Can anyone suggest a good site? I'm looking for decent prices and shipping speed.

    I've tried two different sites - from one it took two weeks, the other's been over a month so far.

    All suggestions appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Mitty

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    One little nugget of info you might not know is that both Barnes & Noble (bn.com) and Amazon.com (not Amazon.ca) are both actually in Canada (Ont. I think), so there are no customs fees (and no customs delays). However, at least one of the two does charge GST. You're looking at 10-14 days to get your titles though, for whatever reason.
    Prices are iffy at both, depending on the title. Occasionally you can find coupons though (www.goldfishlegs.com is a place to look).
    There's really no speedy, cheap solution to be honest.
     
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  4. Ian Currie

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    Mitty, do the Canadian warehouses of B&N and Amazon.com actually ship the US versions of titles, or would I receive the Canadian versions?

    Thanks!
    Ian
     
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    I think that amazon is shipping the canadian versions of the titles. I tried preordering Pulp Fiction from them, and all of a sudden the order got delayed for two weeks rather than shipping on the actual release date. My guess is that it was because of the switch to the bilingual cover etc.
     
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    Really? Amazon.com and Bn.com is based in canada? Then how come shipping costs more to ship within canada (Is it? Im pretty sure it is)
     
  7. Trevor H

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  8. Ian Currie

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    Thanks, guys.

    I just ordered two DVDs - one from each site to see how it works out.

    B&N DOES state that they will charge GST. That's OK if they do - it'll still be better than being charged GST, PST, + a $5.00 handling fee from customs.
     
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    Amazon.COM does not charge any taxes for Canadians.

    Amazon.CA is a completely different story...


    And Amazon.COM is NOT based in Canada. Amazon.CA is, and they ship out of Toronto. But I've ordered many items from Amazon.COM and I can assure you that the product definitely comes from, and is shipped from, the States.
     
  10. RaulR

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    I don't have a definite answer to Ian's question (for the record, I get my U.S. DVDs from Amazon.com), but I wanted to mention how generally crappy the Alliance packaging for "A Hard Day's Night" is -- aside from the bilingual text. The box is flimsy and sort of lopsided, and the pictures are grainy, washed-out and badly cropped compared to the U.S. version. It looks a rush job, and it probably is.
    In my opinion, it's important for Canadians who have decided not to buy DVDs with bilingual packaging to do more than silently get their DVDs from the U.S. I think we should contact the studios that are manufacturing these ugly packages and tell them exactly why we are refusing to buy their product. According to a couple of forum users on canadiandvdgroup.com, Alliance denies having heard more than "a couple" of complaints about this matter. We should make sure they get the message loud and clear.
    Alliance Atlantis Communications email address is [email protected]
     
  11. Trevor H

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    I just sent Alliance Atlantis the following email:
    Hello,
    I am writing you to let you know how I feel about your bilingual DVD
    covers, I will not purchase any DVD that has one, I have started
    ordering them from the US instead and now that my friends have seen the
    difference in covers they have also started buying them from the States.
    Three recent DVD's that I have ordered from the US are Pulp Fiction
    S.E., Jackie Brown S.E. & Blade 2.
    I purchase over 100 DVD's a year and so do most of the people I know, if
    I have to get most of them from the US I will
    I am not in the minority on this issue either check out
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com and you will see that most Canadians
    feel this way (including many from Quebec)
    I have a simple solution to this problem that will keep everyone happy,
    print the outside of the cover in english and french and the reverse
    side in English only, that way we can just simply flip the cover over.
    For the special editions such as Pulp Fiction use the same packaging as
    the US version but put an extra bilingual slipcase over the package that
    can be removed by those that don't want it.
    I hope that whoever reads this passes it on to the persons who make the
    decisions on such things, because if something is not done you will
    start to notice a drop in your DVD sales.
    Thank you,
    Trevor Harder
    Allan, SK Canada
     
  12. Bingo

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    Just sent an email as well.

    However, we really need to be CALLING and SNAIL-MAILING Alliance Atlantis as well.
     
  13. Ian Currie

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    I sent one as well. It wasn't as well written as Trevor's, but hopefully, it will still help.

    Good job, Trevor!
     

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