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So are all the Canadian's buying their 5Diii in the USA?

 
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Mar 23, 2012 17:17 |  #31

JohnB57 wrote in post #14141396 (external link)
Not sure how it works in the US. In Europe, we generally pay sales tax appropriate to the country of origin. In the case of the UK, this is 20%.

If the B&H price excludes NYC tax, the % difference between US and UK is or course a little lower than I said.

I was just wondering where you got that $3214 number. In the US, sales tax is a state level tax and is added onto the purchase price. B&H lists the camera for $3499. If someone walks into their store in NYC, B&H will add NYC's 8.875% tax to the item's price. If someone in Albany, NY orders it from B&H and has it shipped to them, they'll probably pay NY State's 4% tax rate but not NYC's higher rate. (At least that's how it works in California). If B&H ship the item to another state where they have no business presence, such as California where I live, no sales tax is collected. I'm supposed to report and pay California's sales tax on it but the compliance rate is about 3%.




  
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Mar 23, 2012 17:28 as a reply to  @ post 14125986 |  #32

Paying $300 more for a $3k camera here in Canada I don't find nearly as obscene as I do the lens prices. I have been shopping around for the Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS and at B&H it's currently at $589, Henrey's here in Canada it's $879. That's absolutely ridiculous. I simply can't imagine how they can justify that, especially considering there is no duty on photography equipment. I will be buying from the US for sure


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Mar 23, 2012 21:32 |  #33
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General_T wrote in post #14140219 (external link)
Hi,

I bought mine locally from Henrys here in Ottawa. Didn't like paying the extra $600 bucks ($200 above American prices + the sales tax of $400). But I have it now and know that if there is a problem I can return it hassle free for exchange. Still $600 bucks is hard to swallow on this pricey camera.

Now do I fork out yet another $450 bucks for an extended 3 yr warranty (for a total of 4 yrs?)

You still have to pay the sales tax when purchasing from B&H. Actually for me, I get my friend in Calgary to pick one up for 3699, no tax, and ship it to me in BC for a grand total of 3724.

Getting it from B&H would cost me 4050, so I a saving over $300 buying in Canada.

One thing to remember to do is properly covert your Can$ to US$. Our credit cards love to add a few when doing this. Today's fee is 2.2%, so we need to add $77 to the price.




  
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Mar 23, 2012 21:37 |  #34
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Persian-Rice wrote in post #14141294 (external link)
I'm just throwing this out there....but you can easily get a bus/train ticket from Toronto to NYC for $100 or cheaper. Spend a fun day in NYC, add a few more expensive items and save yourself a lot of money. No tax, no shipping, short getaway, and nobody suspects a camera on a tourist, especially if you mail the boxes back.

~5 years ago when the price margins were really big, I'd drive there every year. It's cheaper now, but if you buy enough, it's still worth it.

Nothing like being a criminal. Is it really worth it to save a few bucks?




  
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Mar 23, 2012 21:41 |  #35

Persian-Rice wrote in post #14141294 (external link)
I'm just throwing this out there....but you can easily get a bus/train ticket from Toronto to NYC for $100 or cheaper. Spend a fun day in NYC, add a few more expensive items and save yourself a lot of money. No tax, no shipping, short getaway, and nobody suspects a camera on a tourist, especially if you mail the boxes back.

~5 years ago when the price margins were really big, I'd drive there every year. It's cheaper now, but if you buy enough, it's still worth it.

Spend 6-8 hours per way, on a bus, to save a few hundo? No thanks.


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Mar 23, 2012 22:35 |  #36

JohnB57 wrote in post #14141217 (external link)
Hi David. Thanks for the best regards and sorry to raise your blood pressure.

It's not a big deal, but far from having a pop, what I was trying to do was to exclude sales tax/VAT from the equation so we could maybe see the underlying Canon pricing policy, UK versus US.

No geography lesson intended. In fact, many Brits don't understand the distinction, but the UK is - for the moment at least - one country. Our passports say "Citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" and forgive the patriotism, but some of us are quite proud of the description and value our union.

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

What's so funny about this geography thing-y, is your very own location says, and makes the clear distinction, that you are from England.... lol ( I understand what you're saying about UK being a union of sorts) Sorry, I just thought it funny. It just so happens I lived in Europe (Germany to be more specific) for 4 years, and had the fortune of doing some traveling. I love Europe, it's history as well as the history of the "UK". If I go through my family tree, I had relatives who lived and died in the UK as well as France.

No, no blood pressure problems here, I didn't really take it that way. Since you took the time to correct my first post, I figured I'd take the time to explain how I arrived at those conclusions. Yeah, I could have just let it go, but I was board while at work, and had nothing better to do... lol Some days are just like that. I apologize if I came off rude or disrespectful.

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Mar 24, 2012 08:06 |  #37

davidc502 wrote in post #14142993 (external link)
What's so funny about this geography thing-y, is your very own location says, and makes the clear distinction, that you are from England.... lol ( I understand what you're saying about UK being a union of sorts) Sorry, I just thought it funny. It just so happens I lived in Europe (Germany to be more specific) for 4 years, and had the fortune of doing some traveling. I love Europe, it's history as well as the history of the "UK". If I go through my family tree, I had relatives who lived and died in the UK as well as France.

No, no blood pressure problems here, I didn't really take it that way. Since you took the time to correct my first post, I figured I'd take the time to explain how I arrived at those conclusions. Yeah, I could have just let it go, but I was board while at work, and had nothing better to do... lol Some days are just like that. I apologize if I came off rude or disrespectful.

Cheers,

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Hi again David. No problems and I agree, my own location shows "England" rather than "UK" so even though that is accurate, I'm guilty of adding confusion. We tend to suffer from identity crisis over here as I can be described in many ways "Yorkshireman", "English", "UK Citizen", "Brit" and even "European".

Mike_D - I took the 8.75% NYC sales tax off of the $3,499 price but from what you say, this is the wrong way to do it - the tax would be added on purchase. Confusing for us Brits as the price posted in shops and on retail websites must by law include our own 20% sales tax, which is UK wide, as mentioned in my earlier post, hence the net price of £2,500 for the 5D3.




  
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Mar 24, 2012 08:10 |  #38

Nope! I purchased mine in a local store next to my home. He priced it at 3600$ for me and I have it since day one without pre-ordering. I am already making money with the camera although the workflow as been disturbed for now!


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Mar 24, 2012 08:27 |  #39

JohnB57 wrote in post #14144308 (external link)
Hi again David. No problems and I agree, my own location shows "England" rather than "UK" so even though that is accurate, I'm guilty of adding confusion. We tend to suffer from identity crisis over here as I can be described in many ways "Yorkshireman", "English", "UK Citizen", "Brit" and even "European".

Mike_D - I took the 8.75% NYC sales tax off of the $3,499 price but from what you say, this is the wrong way to do it - the tax would be added on purchase. Confusing for us Brits as the price posted in shops and on retail websites must by law include our own 20% sales tax, which is UK wide, as mentioned in my earlier post, hence the net price of £2,500 for the 5D3.

If you want a real identity chrisis, then do away with the Pound, and start distributing Euros as the EU would like to do..... lol

I can see the Brits now.....(Asking themselves) Are we European? Don't know, but let's go to a pub and discuss it......

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Mar 24, 2012 10:17 as a reply to  @ post 14125986 |  #40

Don't know about them getting them first the only camera shop here in Fort Mcmurray has had them in for 4 days, but $300 is a lot of differance from the US but if i wanted one today that would have to be the premium id pay other than waiting for 10 days or so for delivery from the US.


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