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[APD] Re: Online Shopping in Canada
S. Hieber wrote:
"Is it weird or what that Bigallsonline is one of the
lower-priced online stores for USA customers but,
apparently, one of the higher priced stores in Canada?
It's a Canadian company, is it not? I wonder what the deal
it there with that? Perhaps Al is saving up to buy a hocky
Yes, it seem to be weird to me as well. I've checked out the US prices
offered to his American customers and compared them to the Canadian prices
available to his Canadian customers online for the SAME PRODUCTS, and the
Americans invariably get the better deal.
Yes, "Big Al" is a Canadian, and a hell of a nice guy - I've been shopping
in his stores for years. Some of his retail staff aren't so hot, but for the
wages he probably offers that is only to be expected. It is wise for a
consumer of anything to do some research before going shopping
The only reason for the price differential that I can see is that initially,
as a "little guy from the Great White North" he knew that he would be up
against very stiff competition when entering the online retail market in the
US (That Pet Place / Drs. Foster & Smith, etc, etc. etc...), so he probably
made a conscious decision to cut his prices to the bone for the US side of
the operation in order to get a foothold in the very lucrative US market.
The US has over 10X the population of Canada and inefficient/over-priced
retailers can get eaten alive there by their competition. So far, it seems
to be working for him - many online chats mention Big Al's online as being a
very good place to shop for Americans.
Damn it all to Hell - first you have Florida and Hawaii and all that nice
weather south of the Mason-Dixon line, now you are getting better retail
deals from a Canadian company! I'm thinking of moving to Cuba! ;-)
But, as Richard Sexton can attest to, Canadian Tire is STILL my favorite
LFS. GE "Sunshine" fluorescents (C50's, 5000 K full spectrum, great for
plants and use in general) are dirt cheap and as long as they carry them,
I'll never buy another "aquarium bulb" in a LFS here (although Tritons ARE
... where it seems that April Showers are dragging into May........at this
rate, I'll never get that suntan...
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