Top 10 Online Lego Retailers in Canada

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With the low Canadian Dollar virtually all Lego sets are cheaper in Canada then the USA.

the most expensive set on the Lego.com shop is the Lego Death Star 75159, it is priced at $500 US Dollars or $600 Canadian Dollars when you change the Lego Shop to the Canadian version. At Current exchange rates the Canadian price equals $442.00 US. That is a Savings of $58 USD if you purchase the product in Canada.

Here is the top ten list

  1. Lego.com
  2. Walmart.ca
  3. TheBay.com
  4. ToysRus.ca
  5. Canadiantire.ca
  6. LondonDrugs.com
  7. Amazon.ca
  8. Sears.ca
  9. PlayValueToys.ca
  10. CanOutlet.com(they have some retired sets at great prices too)

Top USA Sporting Goods Websites

Here is a list of the top USA sporting goods websites

REI.com Recreation Equipment inc

Academy.com Academy Sports and Outdoors

BassPro.com Bass Pro Shops

Cabelas.com

DicksSportingGoods.com Dicks Sporting Goods

GanderMountain.com Gander Mountain

SportsmansWarehouse.com Sportsmans Warehouse

CheaperThanDirt.com Cheaper Than Dirt

 

 

Guns from USA to Canada

I just purchased 10 rifles from a Rock Island Gun Auction in the USA.

I have shipped them to a gun exporter in the USA and will be importing them into Canada.

lets see how this all goes.

here is a list of what I bought

-Franchi Veloce Grade II Shotgun 20 gauge over under

-Charles Daly NRA Diamond IV shotgun 20 gauge over under

-Mauser 98 bolt action rifle with P.O. Ackley 450 Marlin Barrel

-Browning A-Bolt Eclipse 30-06 Boss

-Stoeger model 3000 semi-automatic shotgun

-Stevens model 612 Goldwing side by side shotgun

-Mossberg Silver Reserve 28 gauge over/under shotgun

-Mossberg Silver Reserve 12 gauge over/under shotgun

-Enfiled Mark 1 no 1 bolt action rifle 303 British

-Mossberg Maverick bolt action rifle 243 winchester new

I will be posting my results and costs

Update #1

I am required to apply for a EIPA File number from the Government of Canada.

I applied last night and received an email this morning with my file number (that’s quick for dealing with the federal government)

More results coming soon

Update #2

I was required to apply online for a GCkey (simple online process)

then you must apply to become a EXCOL (Export controls On-line) registered user, this requires a form to be filled out then emailed to the Department of Foreign affairs.

once you do this they email you back with an access code which is needed to log into EXCOL.

once you get the access code you can login and apply for an International import certificate.

this requires you to put in the details of the guns that you are bringing in as well as information about you and the exporter that you have chosen in the USA

I did this and received an approved certificate the next day.

that certificate was then emailed to the Exporter that I choose in the USA.

I am awaiting to hear from them the next steps.

The first shipment of rifles arrived, apparently shotguns need a different permit to export. The shotguns should arrive in the next week.

Worked out to be a lot more then I planned, as the reshipper that I used charged me a huge mark-up on the actual shipping charge.

I used USPS.com to calculate a shipping price for the 3 boxes that arrived.

the total was $280.00 and I was charged $505.00 + $200 in labour and materials for packing.

They also charged me a $450.00 export license fee (of which their cost was only $50.00)

I will try someone different next time and report my results.

Blaine address for shipping to the USA

Prices at Restoration Hardware in the USA are significantly cheaper than in Canada.

Items of the size I was looking for were way to large to pay for shipping to Canada from the USA.

I decided to use a Blaine address service provider that I had not used before. I have yet to find one that is organized and decided to try one that is mentioned lots online. I will not tell you their name as I do not plan on using them again.

The furniture arrived fairly quickly and I got a phone call (no email option)to come pick it up right away.

I headed across the border with my truck and found that they were storing my new furniture outside in the light rain. When I called them before sending the furniture, they said they were equipped to handle large furniture items, but obviously they were not.

Luckily the rain had yet to soak through the boxes and the furniture was fine. I will once again look for someone better the next time I need to order some large items from the USA.

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.