Originally Posted by sincGT
So as usual, Canadians are getting ripped off. $18,740 US works out to $21, 878 Cdn but we have the pleasure of paying over $25K Cdn (before options and taxes).
You know something is out of sync here (pun intended) <g> And, there must be some kind of lag on Canadian pricing on just about everything.
Here's why I say that. We ski most of the winter in Whistler. A few years back if we exchanged a U.S. dollar for a Canadian dollar we got back $1.40 Canadian. Today we get back about $1.15.
Two years ago, it was less expensive to purchase just about anything in Canada vs. the same product in the U.S.
This fall, though, it cost $200 more to purchase the same pair of skis in my favorite ski shop in Whistler (been dealing with the same great guy for years) than it would have to purchase the skis at REI in Bellingham.
Well, I have to tell you, my loyalty to the shop won out and I bit the bullet and bought the skis from the Whistler ski shop.
But, on a big ticket item like Beemer motorcycles, that $200 dollars translates into almost $3,000. Not acceptable. On top of that, to add insult to injury, PST and GST adds up to a total of 14 percent taxes, compared to 9 percent in Washington State.
You know, it would almost be worth it to you, next time you purchase a bike, if the this gap still exists to get it in Seattle and find some place to garage it in Port Angeles, license it here, and take the ferry back and forth - and, I'm not just kidding, here.
It could be that the strong Canadian dollar will have a downward effect on pricing; or, it could mean that U.S. prices vs. the Euro will start to creep up and that doesn't sound good for either Canadians or the U.S.