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[APD] Was "Re: lighting temperature question" - but its now Online Shopping in Canada
Ben Hong wrote:
"The issue is that in this small canadian town the only twin tube 13 watt
compact fluorescent bulbs I can find are 2700 K (for 4.95 CAD). I've tried
online for ages, and most is available only through the States for a bit
more in American dollars...but it's the shipping that is killer. Plus god
knows what the duty will be. Hence, I'll take what I can get here, and it
seems that it won't make much difference in the end."
That might have been true 20 years ago, but it isn't such a wasteland here
in Canada any more. Try Pets & Ponds
(http://www.petsandponds.com/securestore/) and also J&L Aquatics
They are both here in Canada.
If you are looking for compact fluorescent fixtures, J&L can't be touched by
any LFS in Toronto (especially Big Al's). Pets & Ponds prices on C/F are a
tad higher but they ship at no charge on most orders over $200.00 in Canada.
Their Eheim Classic Canister prices are excellent.
Here in Ontario, we have Mail Order Pet Supplies (http://www.mops.ca/),
which has excellent customer service and a nice (but small) selection of
Thunder Bay Aquatics (http://www.members.shaw.ca/aquascapes/) will ship to
any location in North America.
If you are interested in European imports, try Ottawa Aquatics
(http://www.ottawaaquatics.com/index.htm). Robert Morrison (the owner) sells
all kinds of plants (and is only too happy to special order anything you
might be interested in but can't find locally). He also carries the full
Dupla line (careful, some of the electronics are meant for European voltage
and will require a converter to be used in North America. But he can get you
the necessary converter for a relatively good price (under $30.00 CDN). He
also carries Hobby products (Hobby bought Dupla a while back), and Aqualine
Buschke/Aqua Medic products at VERY attractive prices - some lower (in
Canadian Dollars) than I see on US based mail order outfits (in US Dollars).
Mr Morrison is very concerned about customer service and is a pleasure to
So don't go crying that we can't get "deals" north of the border. You just
have to know how to shop. And stay away from Big Al's Online - he's ripping
off his Canadian customers with overinflated prices. (for example, Big Al
wants $ 169.99 for an Eheim 2213 Plus Kit, $ 219.99 for the Eheim 2215 Plus
and $289.99 for the Eheim 2217 Plus Kit. Pets & Ponds sells the same
canister filters (in the same "kit form") for $109.99 for the Eheim 2213,
$159.99 for the Eheim 2215 and $204.99 for the Eheim 2217). And remember
that if your order with Pets & Ponds is over $200.00 in total, shipping is
As far "duty" is concerned, there isn't any Import Duty levied on products
imported from the US any more (remember "Free Trade"???). You will be hit
with a Brokerage Fee on most things crossing the border - that is levied by
the brokerage house that does the paperwork for the Canadian Government to
get your order through Customs, but it isn't "Duty".
So, if we could only get rid of our 10 months of winter and get a decent
hockey franchise in Toronto, life would be grand on this side of the 49th
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