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Hi,

I am looking at strat guitars recently , I see prices for suhr are a bit higher than US prices, after currency conversion, before tax.

What’s the main cause of this? Shipping or import tax?

Sad to see we need to pay around 600 CAD more on a 3300 USD standard plus.
 

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a guitar coming to Canada probably adds one more link into the supply chain. And unfortunately, every link needs his pockets filled with booty. I honestly can't see any other reason for it.

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Our dollar is weaker, our taxes are higher, out government wants to punish us for importing something that we actually want and then at the end of it all, our customs / couriers can legally practice extortion and hold our items hostage until we pay them an arbitrary number that they make up on the spot.

Best move is to convert some cash when our dollar is high and then drive to Buffalo and buy the guitar and throw out the receipt and say that you bought it 8 months prior from a guy in Barrie named Ricky-Kenny
 

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Our dollar is weaker, our taxes are higher, out government wants to punish us for importing something that we actually want and then at the end of it all, our customs / couriers can legally practice extortion and hold our items hostage until we pay them an arbitrary number that they make up on the spot.
To punish us ! AhAhAh !
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They need to get shipped here, whether that is by truck or plane or train = fuel. Then there is customs. then there is the cost of doing business. Rent/wages etc. All of which are probably higher in Canada than the US.
 
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Our dollar is weaker, our taxes are higher, out government wants to punish us for importing something that we actually want and then at the end of it all, our customs / couriers can legally practice extortion and hold our items hostage until we pay them an arbitrary number that they make up on the spot.

Best move is to convert some cash when our dollar is high and then drive to Buffalo and buy the guitar and throw out the receipt and say that you bought it 8 months prior from a guy in Barrie named Ricky-Kenny

Or you could do that without the fraud part at the end and just pay your GST.

OP, our dollar recently went up a few pennies compared the the US dollar as well so that's some of it. Another big issue (not necessarily from Suhr) is that the big US dealers will haggle and L&M refuses to do so.
 

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Or you could do that without the fraud part at the end and just pay your GST.

OP, our dollar recently went up a few pennies compared the the US dollar as well so that's some of it. Another big issue (not necessarily from Suhr) is that the big US dealers will haggle and L&M refuses to do so.
Depends on the province. Ontario has HST so you pay both taxes. Manitoba charges both PST and GST on imported purchases.

This probably has to do with an exclusive dealer contract for Canada. I'll bet US retailers won't ship them here and one store is the only authorized dealer in Canada.
 
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Another consideration is that brokerage fees (+ GST) are charged on pretty much any shipment that crosses the US/Canada border. It’s a material cost to the importing dealer that gets passed along to the buyer.
 
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Thanks guys, yea, a lot of possibilities.

If we look at fenders, the price gap is not that big.
So I guess suhr just doesn’t have that amount of customer base to support our dealers to haggle.

I was just thinking if I should drive to buffalo to buy it after this virus thing. Gah a lot of work.
 

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Thanks guys, yea, a lot of possibilities.

If we look at fenders, the price gap is not that big.
So I guess suhr just doesn’t have that amount of customer base to support our dealers to haggle.

I was just thinking if I should drive to buffalo to buy it after this virus thing. Gah a lot of work.
Whats that work worth to you? $600?
 

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Whats that work worth to you? $600?
lol, I don’t know. And that’s why I posted this discussion. It should be the priceDiff(600CAD) - BuffaloTax - NiagaraCustom - fuel - myTime. Maybe not worth it.
 

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Or you could do that without the fraud part at the end and just pay your GST.

OP, our dollar recently went up a few pennies compared the the US dollar as well so that's some of it. Another big issue (not necessarily from Suhr) is that the big US dealers will haggle and L&M refuses to do so.
Fraud is like nicotine.
One time is enough to get you hooked.

That’s how our entire government has generated trillions of dollars off of land that was fraudulently purchased from illiterate people in fraudulent land treaties for $15 and a pack of smokes lol.
 

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I was just thinking if I should drive to buffalo to buy it after this virus thing. Gah a lot of work.
Not Buffalo but I have many times and it is so worth it. Buy from a US dealer/seller, ship it to a freight forwarder (I use CBI USA in Niagara Falls), pick it up, flip a coin whether you pay tax at the border.
 

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Not Buffalo but I have many times and it is so worth it. Buy from a US dealer/seller, ship it to a freight forwarder (I use CBI USA in Niagara Falls), pick it up, flip a coin whether you pay tax at the border.
I see. Thanks for the info.
 
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