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I have been reading a lot of articles lately with regards to the planned introduction of new laws requiring US Citizens to possess a passport when re-entering the US from Canada. The article suggests that less than 20% of Americans own a passport and that, if forced to get one will just say... forget it, I wont cross the border.

So areas like Niagara Falls and such are in a panic. Even planned hotels and attractions have been put on hold. Casino wise, Buffalo has their own now and throws in free drinks to boot. Will this dramatically reduce visitors?

Also in recent months the American visitors are noticing that the yankee greenback is not getting the mileage it once did. Add to that the outrageous prices in the Falls and this equals trouble. I assume that all travel to all parts of the country would be affected to some degree when this new law comes into affect.

Personally, I have carried a passport for years. My only beef is that ours is only good for 5 years. At least in the States when they get one it's good for 10 years. Our government is fleecing us $90.00 every 5 years. They should change that to 10...
 

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I bet the American government knew that this new law would limit Americans travelling to Canada, just so they could keep up their economy, and f*** wih ours.:mad:
 

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A funny thing when it comes to guitar gear I still find myself shopping in the States even with the Canadian $ being high. With a lot of items, when you convert the American price to Canadian $'s the amounts don't make any sense even taking taxes and duty into account. Fender guitars are a perfect example. There is a huge difference in price in stores here. There have been several articles in the papers lately about book prices and how they don't make sense as well.
 

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torndownunit said:
A funny thing when it comes to guitar gear I still find myself shopping in the States even with the Canadian $ being high. With a lot of items, when you convert the American price to Canadian $'s the amounts don't make any sense even taking taxes and duty into account. Fender guitars are a perfect example. There is a huge difference in price in stores here. There have been several articles in the papers lately about book prices and how they don't make sense as well.
yeah book prices are a very good example, When I was in florida I bought like $100US in books, which was like $115CAN at the time. If I bought the books in Canada, it would have been more like $170CAN.
 

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I don't think I'm going to touch this one. Uncontrolled Bush Hate could spew forth at anytime - even if it has nothing to do with the topic.
 

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Robert1950 said:
I don't think I'm going to touch this one. Uncontrolled Bush Hate could spew forth at anytime - even if it has nothing to do with the topic.
:D :food-smiley-004: Ha ha, I feel the same.
 

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All this bullshit going on right now is just more fuel for stronger measures to be taken on the borders. When I crossed over today from Sarnia heading back into Canada, there was about 4 km of cars and trucks wating to get into the US. Nothing coming into Canada. I hate crossing that border anymore.
 

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you have to factor the supply and demand in to the US vs. Canada pricing as well, their market is at least 6 times the size of ours.
 

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Here's how it works...

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you have to factor the supply and demand in to the US vs. Canada pricing as well, their market is at least 6 times the size of ours.
Most customers don't realize that suppliers don't always give the same price to every store. Things are based on volume. If you're Long & McQuade you buy your strings by the zillion. If your Clem's Music in Matawa you buy them maybe a dozen at a time. One guess only as to how L & M's cost compares to Clem's.

This is what killed most of the mom & pop computer stores. They couldn't compete any longer with the new chains on hardware like drives and motherboards. Often the chain stores could retail a printer at less than an individual store's cost. Some independents still survive but they do it with custom systems and support for business clients and not folks like you and me.

Another kicker is that with the entire Canadian market often being smaller than that of just one state like California some factories appoint a master distributor in Canada. He acts as a middleman, taking all those smaller orders from stores like Clem's. He makes his living by adding a markup.

If we're lucky he also adds some value. Maybe he handles speakers and holds a big inventory in Canada. Most of us would cheerfully pay a little more to have next day delivery and not have the hassle of cross-border ordering. We get something for the extra cost.

With other products the end user gets "diddley". Many clothing and textile brands are handled by a Canadian rep who works out of a cheap office and warehouses NOTHING! He just "middles" the orders and takes a big markup for himself.

This was a big issue back in the early 90's when cross-border shopping was more the rage. Stores selling sheets in Windsor were getting hammered 'cuz they had to pay one of these types of middlemen more than retail stores in Detroit were selling direct to the public. Things like car tires were sold in a similar fashion.

Smart "little guys" survive by not trying to compete on price. What's the point of matching or beating a price if you take a loss? Contrary to some opinions, a music store doesn't buy a JCM 900 for $200 and resells it for $2000. The profit at best might be only a couple of hundred dollars for a big chain and if poor Clem tries to match their price he might actually lose a few bucks!

They do it on service, if they're smart! Over the years I've learned the hard way that often the guy with the best price doesn't care about you after the sale. If you have a problem you're screwed. Or that low price guy may not invest in paying enough to get knowledgeable staff that can help you make a good choice.

Anyhow, that's the main reason prices vary so much.
 

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GuitarsCanada said:
All this bullshit going on right now is just more fuel for stronger measures to be taken on the borders. When I crossed over today from Sarnia heading back into Canada, there was about 4 km of cars and trucks wating to get into the US. Nothing coming into Canada. I hate crossing that border anymore.

"Nothing coming into Canada", you mean there were no line ups coming into Canada right? This is certainly going to discourage people (especially Americans) from crossing over. How long is the wait when you get there and there is about 4 kms of cars? 2 hour wait? more?
 

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The line-ups yesterday were US bound. This was mostly because of the terrorist plot that was uncovered in England yesterday. Everytime one of these things happen, that border basically stops. Not sure why because in my mind, once they turn on the extra security, no terrorist is going to get in line, they would try to cross when things are quiet.

The Canada bound traffic yesterday was very light when I crossed. Which was about 1:30 in the afternoon.
 
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