Originally Posted by nat_ster
I keep forgetting your not in yankee land like the rest.
They have no Ida how cheep stuff is for them compared to here in Canada.
Your one of the few skoolie members I may meet one day.
I've gotta say, though, with my experience of over a decade of being a cross-border shopper I'm starting to see some changes. To start with, I only ever look at Amazon.com. Amazon.ca is junk...
I live in a border town, so I frequently use Amazon Prime to ship to Sault, Michigan for free then pick it up, or have it picked up, over there. With small (sub $150) orders customs doesn't bother charging import taxes/duty.
What I'm seeing more and more, though, is that we are actually able to get roughly close to the same price on a lot of stuff that was once priced wildly different between Canada and the US. It's probably mostly with the Chinese import stuff, but this Canadian Tire vs. Amazon saga is a fine example.
US Amazon total price for tool and 40 rings: $53.71 USD. Converted to CAD, $59.77
Canadian Tire total price. In-stock inventory so could have it tomorrow: $67.15
And this is with our dollar tanking as of late.
Of course, I still use Amazon most of the time. They have more inventory than any brick and mortar store could every hope to carry and it is damn convenient if you don't need it any time soon. Also, it's great to be able to read reviews.
Construction materials (rigid foam insulation, glues, lumber) are still way cheaper in the States, though.
Nat, if either of us are in the other's neck of the woods we should certainly meet up. Hopefully that happens sometime after you get that bus together.
I'm intrigued by your construction ideas and would love to see them put into action.