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#4758927 - 05/16/18 03:51 PM Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca
tcp71 Offline


Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 255
Loc: Alberta
Why is there such a difference? Does anyone actually buy the $50 spark plug in Canada?




Edited by tcp71 (05/16/18 03:51 PM)

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#4758942 - 05/16/18 04:12 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: tcp71]
xxch4osxx Offline


Registered: 03/11/09
Posts: 2576
Loc: Cedarbrae, Ontario
I have noticed a huge price difference on many items on Amazon like that. No idea why but it really irritates me!
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#4758944 - 05/16/18 04:15 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: tcp71]
SirTanon Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
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Probably only the one seller on Amazon.ca who is bothering to sell them, and he knows that... probably also knows that supply in CA is limited on them so is gouging.
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#4758968 - 05/16/18 04:48 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: tcp71]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
I'm not sure if some ever pay the outlandish prices, but for many products, the .com version of Amazon won't ship to Canada, so one needs to find a different source.
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#4758994 - 05/16/18 05:19 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: tcp71]
dgunay Offline


Registered: 12/05/14
Posts: 586
Loc: Toronto
Originally Posted By: tcp71
Why is there such a difference? Does anyone actually buy the $50 spark plug in Canada?




Just buy from rockauto, although you have to pay duties, you'll end up spending less.
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#4759022 - 05/16/18 05:47 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: tcp71]
madeej11 Offline


Registered: 06/22/15
Posts: 88
Loc: montreal ,canada
Is this a hard to find or special plug ? Surely it can be sourced from a Ford dealership in Canada for a whole lot less.

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#4759028 - 05/16/18 05:51 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: madeej11]
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Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 393
Loc: Toronna
Originally Posted By: madeej11
Is this a hard to find or special plug ? Surely it can be sourced from a Ford dealership in Canada for a whole lot less.


Canada tax. You probably get it worse being from Quebec and all. Sometimes the prices are close, sometimes they are quite different. I have elderly parents who drive to florida every year, they even go to HF for me.
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#4759049 - 05/16/18 06:12 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: maxdustington]
madeej11 Offline


Registered: 06/22/15
Posts: 88
Loc: montreal ,canada
Ya but even with our prices and tax maybe $15.00 for a stock OEM spark plug ?

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#4759091 - 05/16/18 06:43 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: madeej11]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24372
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Exactly. Even with 15 or 16% tax between GST and provincial tax, this pricing is not justified. The same thing happened with my Audi headlamp assemblies. I got OEM ones from the States, and the duty (they were made in Germany, so NAFTA didn't help), GST, and PST plus exchange and shipping and the base price were still over 50% cheaper than any Canadian source.

Go look at a clamping dial run out indicator on the Canadian site and compare it to the American site. The price on .ca is ten times that at .com or HF for the exact same tool.
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#4759101 - 05/16/18 06:55 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: tcp71]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2595
Loc: Wet side WA
It depends a great deal who is offering thing for sale on Amazon. I've picked up some great deals there one on my last Ambassador fishing reel. A new model and $50 cheaper than other listings and discounters. Havoline ProDS three jugs for $39.03. But I've seen a 5 quart Jug of Castrol Extended Performance for $79. Watch what you buy and read the product descriptions carefully.


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (05/16/18 06:56 PM)
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#4759163 - 05/16/18 07:48 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24372
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Yep, that's all pretty true. Generally speaking, though, if I have to read a product description that carefully and there's some confusion as to what I might be buying or the product size and/or the price are totally out of line, it's time to find another supplier. At brick and mortar retail stores, when it comes to oil, some people stocking shelves can't tell the difference between PP 5w-30 SN/GF-5 and the Euro C3 5w-30. The last thing I need is someone similarly [un]skilled fulfilling an online order for me.
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#4759276 - 05/16/18 09:51 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: tcp71]
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9030
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I think some of the ridiculous prices are used for money laundering somehow, and if someone outside the scheme accidentally buys one, its gravy.
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#4759343 - 05/16/18 11:15 PM Re: Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca [Re: tcp71]
BrianF Offline


Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 533
Loc: Sask, Canada
I rarely look on amazon.ca anymore. Just ridiculous prices for absolutely mundane products.
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