>Gears and Wears>cheap(er) shoes in Canada?
Anyone know of a website/company that ships to Canada with cheaper running gear, mainly shoes? I bought a pair of Kinvaras today, $110 without tax. Really liked the Nike Free too but I couldn't afford another $110 pair of shoes.
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I've found that you really just have to keep an eye out for good enough deals on the American sites to justify the shipping and duty. I've had some luck with Running Warehouse, Road Runner, and Sierra Trading Post. The first two charge $35 to ship shoes, but that is a flat fee so it helps to buy a few at a time.
One major drawback is that many brands are US sales only... that's why I don't run in Asics as much as I'd like to.
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I buy all my shoes at runningwarehouse and get them sent to either a hotel (in the states) where I or a family member is staying or get them sent to a relative or friend who lives in the states who will be coming up some time. It takes a bit more planning and thinking ahead but I get most of my shoes for around $50 where they retail for about $130-150 locally.
So to answer your questions I have not found found a cheap place to buy shoes in Canada.
Sporting Life AND Sport Chek have buy one get one half price...they both carry Kinvaras. Some Running Rooms have Kinvara 1s for $70.
I see we have some enterprising smugglers on this forum
and looks like Canada pays for their socialism through shoe taxes.
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It's not smuggling if you claim it at the border - you just have to pay the sales tax on it. Unless you are out of the country for a specified period of time, in which case there is an exemption amount (I think it's ~$700 if you're gone for 7 days) and you don't pay on anything less than that amount. CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) will have the details, for anyone that cares (and doesn't already know)
I was kidding if the smiley was not clue enough.
But is it just the sales tax that makes a $50 shoe into a $120 one, or are there excise taxes and the shoe stores not being as nice as those here?
I did catch that it was a joke, sorry, I was just giving more information, albeit incomplete.
The tax situation depends - if they're made in North America, then there's a NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) exemption on all import duties/taxes. Sadly the only shoe I know of that fits that is New Balance (I often stop at the factory store in Maine near Bangor), so that likely does have an influence on prices in the Great White North.
My guess though is that it's mostly a matter of volume being moved - 350million people buy more than 35million, surprisingly.
The whole story on importing stuff though is that when you buy something and have it shipped, it gets inspected at the border and they have to figure out what it's worth in order to charge you sales tax (you pay sales tax in the Province that is your point of entry, whether shipped or carrying yourself), so they send off to brokers who estimate the value and charge a fee for that service (don't get me started on this scam, since it costs $40+ to estimate the value of a pair of shoes that enclose a bill of sale in the box...). You then get charged sales tax (normally 13%, but depends on the Province) with the brokerage fee tacked on.
If you drive them across yourself and present your sales receipt, you just pay 13% of the value of the goods, unless you have a time-away exemption, like I mentioned before.
It would seem I've become a real RA user, now that I've massively derailed a thread. Yay!
MTA: anyone with Patrick as an avatar kind of defaults as joking, I would think. I'll have more difficulty when you want me to take you seriously
Yup, I buy on sale (mostly Running Warehouse mostly Mizunos) and ship to myself here in Halifax. You pay the duty to the shipper, always under $10 per shoe. So still I save about $30-50 bucks.
The difference in price is not in the taxes - you pay the (15%! HST) when buying in province. I find it hard to believe that there should be a $50 increase per shoe because of volume of sales, especially with the dollar on par.
Several clothing retailers were recently criticized and lowered their Canadian prices (JCrew is an example) I dont get it, but I like my socialism!
Maine trip soon to visit friends - lots of shoes and new underware! A
... also in Nova Scotia... I've resorted to ebay recently, especially when looking for ASICS, though I've also used wiggle.co.uk as they ship for free to Canada from the UK and their $CAD prices can be good.
Also in Nova Scotia like a couple of others. I always buy from holabirdsports. $12 shipping per pair of shoes and I have never been dinged with duty.
Try Wiggle.co.uk They ship for free to most places if you spend a certain amount. Works out to be half the price we would pay in NZ, so maybe similar for Canada
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Thanks guys! If I can get in touch with my relatives in the States, I can get the last generation of Hattoris on close-out on Holabird. If not, Wiggle has them for a pretty decent price