Toys in Canada at decent prices?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Conor E, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Conor E

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    So, I just found out that Animated toys will still have the obscene 50% mark-up in Canada. Are there any good toy sites that A) ship to Canada and B) have shipping rates that are lower than the mark-up to make it worthwhile?
     
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    As a proud Canadian fan of Transformers I proudly must answer your question with a no, there are no online-retailers like you describe that I know of or have heard of or could even imagine fitting your criteria.

    And what is this 50% markup you speak of? $10 + $10 = $15? I mean, prices are higher, but they're not what I would call obscene and unless the rules of math have changed there's no 50% markup unless you're shopping at cheapo's penny-pinching imporium.
     
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    http://www.cybertron.ca/boards/showthread.php?t=7061

    Don't deluxes cost $10 in the states? $10 with 50% mark-up is $15. On the current exchange rate, they should cost $10.30, tops. Paying a MINIMUM of an extra $5 per toy (an extra $10 on Voyagers, and for Leaders... *shudder*) gets expensive if you plan to get a dozen or more.
     
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    Retail prices are fixed they don't float (why do so many have a hard time comprehending that). So it doesn't matter what the US dollar value is vs. the Canadian dollar. A deluxe costs $15.
     
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    Um, I think the poster means that 50% of $10 is $5. 10+5=15. 10 + 10=100% markup. Anyway, if you can wait for a TRU sale I'm sure a decent price will come along. Though I totally agree that we're getting screwed on pricing in Canada. The better US exchange has meant nothing for us, except cheaper comics/books I think. And 50% is a huge amount even though its on a small item.
     
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    Bull. The exchange rate was better than a 50% mark-up before Animated was even announced, there's no way they can justify claiming they ordered the things before the dollar improved.
     
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    OK... now that I've had a chance to compose myself... No. It sucks, but what are you going to do?
     
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    A few months ago, Walmart begged to differ on that; that's why they brought the prices down on some TFs to be more in line with their US retail counterparts... Not sure why they stopped that...
     
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    Like I said, the US-Can. currency exchange rate doesn't matter. Unless the product in question is manufactured in the USA. Then it can matter. Anyway. I said these prices are fixed, but set would be a better word to use. Now either Hasbro or some industry association sets the MSRP. Based on parameters that I don't have know SFA about. But if I were to guess the cost of distrobution (which is higher in Canada) would be a big factor.
     
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    Nobody's forcing you to buy the Animated figures early. Our domestic Transformers generally have a higher MSRP in Canada than the US, even with the currency exchange rates (except for once-in-awhile sales, which would make them on par with US MSRP at best).

    Patience is a virtue. It seems a lot of members here lack that. The plastic crack is running high.

    Prices: (US/Cdn)
    Deluxe 10/15
    Voyager 10/30
    Ultra 30/40
    Supreme 50/70

    If anyone can correct it (or add to it), please feel free to do so.

    You might be better off doing a bulk order from an online retailer then split the lot up equally with other local collectors. This would ideally reduce the cost of shipping.
     
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    You could always check the Junkion here also. If you wanted to buy the lot of 1st wave figures, you may be able to get them here from a member cheaper with shipping to Canada. For example, I have an order that I was set to cancel, but with the free shipping to me and no sales tax, it's a good deal. I know I'd have no problem helping out members to the north.
     
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    Ah, this makes sense.
     

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