Running around Boxing Day and week looking for Trash Packs

My kids are into Trashies this month ( I think that they are called Trash Pack, but trashies sounds better to me)

What a great marketing plan these guys have put in place. There are approximately 150 little plastic figures in each series ( they have 4 series to date).

Each one comes in a plastic garbage pail, some are more rare than others but all will be junk and forgotten about in a month.

Toys R Us and London Drugs carry them in Canada at around $1.75 each

Sure enough they are available more plentiful in the USA for around $1.00 and even cheaper if you look online.

The company that makes them is called Moose out of Australia. The next thing I will check is whether or not they are even cheaper in Australia.

Hopefully we will find King Rat which is the rarest out of series one and sells for over $500.00, other good ones are soggy tomato and trash cat.

The hard part will be to convince my kids to sell them on Ebay.

Jan 15,2013 update:

In my quest to find the coveted king rat, soggy tomato and trash cat i noticed that series one is still available in retail stores across canada.

Sure enough they are selling for almost twice as much as Canadian retail on ebay because in the USA, Australia, UK and elsewhere they are sold out of series 1 (the green trash cans)

Check out the toys r us canadian website and they are selling the series 1 12 packs for $12.99.

Only problem is that they will not ship outside of Canada so you need a Canadian address to ship them too.

Magazines from the USA are on average 50 percent cheapet then in Canada

Another instance where Canadians are getting shafted is on magazine subscriptions.

Lets look at GQ magazine.

It is $12.00/year if you deliver to the USA

$22.00/year to ship to Canada

$58.00 a year to ship to the UK or Australia.

This is typical of all the big magazines. I am in the process of working with a US Reshipping company to have several magazines delivered there and then once a month I will get them to Reship to me in Canada.

I will let you know the results after I have tested this out.

Whenever someone tells me that I cannot do something it makes me more likely to try to do it.

Merry Christmas

Ted Baker and Thomas Pink cheaper in the UK

I got a day to head out to the outlet mall In Bicester Village on my recent trip to the UK. All the usual suspects are here at great prices including Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Armani,Dior +++++

The odd thing that I noticed was that the busy stores seemed to be the American Brands Levis,Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. All the products are priced considerably higher than in the USA.

The opposite was true for UK brands Ted baker and Thomas Pink, the stores were not as busy and the prices were considerably cheaper than in the USA.

This limited research would lead me to believe that you should get a US address to purchase US brands in the USA and a UK address to Purchase UK brands in the UK.

My suitcase was full of Christmas presents when I came home and I have since placed an order online to ship to my UK address and then reship to Canada.

Boots UK cucumber cleansing wipes

I was on a business trip again to London last week and I had to make my usual trip into a Boots pharmacy to purchase Boots essentials cucumber wipes for my wife. This is the only thing that she uses to remove her make up (war paint) at night. Sometimes I wonder if she has tried all of the products available in Canada and just wants to send me on a wild goose chase. This product is very cheap £1.50 for a pack of 25 or £3.00 for 3 packs. I bought 18 packs and am hoping that this lasts her a while, but it the future I have pointed her to a mail forwarder in the UK so that she can order herself directly from Boots. Boots also has a great loyalty program called the Boots Advantage Card.