I do not make the trips. for me it would be a few hours to hop the boarder and I am trying to buy in Canada when I can even for a few bucks more. I want to support my local people.
ie. I scuba dive and I pay about 15% more for my gear locally but I do it because he has the compressor I need to fill my tanks. I need to support him when I can.
For big ticket items and large savings I have to consider options. Saving 10 bucks doesn't mean a lot to me, if it supports my community. Saving $250 on one item does.
ie I have no camera shops near me. Closest is in a small town about 45 mins away. I called them for a price on my grip for my XT and they wanted $269.00 for the XT grip. I bought mine here used in mint shape off a POTNer for $115.00 pretty much new.
I used to by from Alberta another provice as they have no tax in that province where I have 13% in mine. It saved me 13% but they have caught on and have been forced people to charge on it by our province.
Wow...ok need to stop the thread hijack or split it and just leave it on the grip topics now. Sorry.
subsidized or not... they have less warranty issues and work with their suppliers. I also supply import parts and they are fabulous to work with. you tell them you need 15% more money to get a project off the ground for them properly and you get it. You tell that to GM and they cut 15% off of what you quoted and they tell you to take the job or they will pull everything you make away from your company. Just last week we finally told them to go ahead and pull everything that we can not make parts at a loss anymore. Right now they are still in shock with us. We threatened to stop production next week.