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Post 19 made on Thursday June 12, 2014 at 00:22
Daniel Tonks
Wrangler of Remotes
October 1998
Tax collection isn't really the issue since you'll be charged that in Canada anyways (and on a quick afternoon shopping trip there's no exemption, although sometimes the agents will be nice).

But the biggest issue to me, beyond making the actual trip, is with warranties on major purchases. Sony Canada for example will not honor a US warranty, so if there's any issues out the box you'll have to drive down again... and past any return period, you'll have something of a nightmare trying to arrange service. For cheaper items the risk is worth it, and many brands will honor warranties up here, but for some things you're really just stuck buying in Canada or gambling that it won't be a total loss trying to save money.

You also run the risk of getting nailed for duty - if something's made in China, technically there's a tariff that has to be paid (even if one was already paid to enter the US)... and if someone's having a bad day, they may decide to throw the book at you.

Costco up here is famous for "grey market" electronics - stuff they bring up cheaper from the US with no Canadian warranty. However Costco handles the warranty themselves (and often extends it), and like usual they're always great to work with.

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