Today, you need to add 25-30% on top of your US dollar purchases to convert to Canadian dollars. This removes the savings with most grocery purchases in the US. Even cheese products which used to be significantly cheaper in the US don’t offer the same incentive that they used to.
Right across the street from Trader Joe’s is a a bare-bones discounter called “Deals Only” .. and lots of nachas to them for their amazing deals for the Yiddishkeit food lover who is a little short of gelt from Vancouver.
The savings on matzos and gefilte fish versus buying in Vancouver is amazing!! Gezunterhait to Deals Only. The gunuf shtik drek food sellers in Vancouver like IGA, Safeway and Save-on-foods have no problem at all shtupping you $5 – $6 for a box of matzos, or $10 for a jar of gefilte fish. May they plagen zich a thousand boils for gouging such terrible prices.
Although I live in Vancouver, Canada, I have been buying via mail in the US for over twenty years, from books, DVDs, software, model airplanes, electronics, to lots of other stuff. In many cases, US sellers won’t ship outside of the US, or they charge very high shipping costs to ship outside of the US.
The time finally came for my 2005 Toyota Matrix to require a new set of tires. I bought the car brand new in 2005, and the factory tires had reached 80,000 kms and all four needed to be replaced.
I settled on the Michelin Primacy MXV4 205/55 R16 tire and the best price for a set of four installed here in Canada was $1000 including balancing and taxes at Costco.
So I got on the phone and called Costco’s tire shop in Bellingham, WA, and was quoted $590.94 USD to purchase, install and balance a set of the 4 same identical Michelin tire.