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    Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:01 pm

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    Here's a tactic used to capture and suppress the Canadian consumer population.


    Why the government keeps spoiling your online bargains


    New study looks at what would happen if feds raised threshold for charging cross-border duties and taxes
    By Neil Macdonald, CBC News



    If a Canadian buys something worth more than $20 Cdn from a U.S. website, a federal customs agent will intercept it,
    open it, delay it, add federal and provincial sales taxes, and, depending on the origin of the merchandise,
    perhaps pile on some duty charges. (Canada Post)


    As any Canadian who's ever naively bought anything on the American version of eBay (or, for that matter, any U.S. retail website) must by now know, Ottawa is determined to spoil your bargain.

    If the purchase is a penny over $20 Cdn, a federal customs agent can intercept it, open it, delay it, add federal and provincial sales taxes, and, depending on the origin of the merchandise, perhaps pile on some duty charges — basically protectionist taxes.

    By the time the government is done, the price of the package can easily rise by 50 per cent. And of course customs brokers usually have to wet their beaks, inflating the final cost of the average package by another 20, 30 or 40 per cent.

       ■ U.S. duty-free limit for web purchases 40 times higher than Canada's
       ■ 76% of Canadians shopped online last year


    Basically, Ottawa has ensured that shipping across our border is such an expensive, paperwork-heavy pain that a lot of American merchants and eBay sellers simply don't bother shipping to Canada.

    The system actually seems designed to be burdensome and sclerotic.

    Retail corral

    How else to explain the conclusion of a new study, carried out by three economists in Washington, that found by keeping that purchase threshold at $20 instead of giving Canadian shoppers a break and raising it to $80, Ottawa spends about $166 million to collect $39 million in additional taxes and duties.

    Think about that: Ottawa's customs officials spend a net $127 million of taxpayers' money annually, basically to keep Canadians trapped inside the Canadian retail corral.

    The study, released today after being peer-reviewed by the C.D. Howe Institute, was commissioned by eBay Canada, which has been lobbying Ottawa to raise its $20 threshold, known in the world of commerce as de minimis.

    The Canadian de minimis is the stingiest in the developed world. It's so much lower than the equivalent American threshold as to be simply depressing — to consumers, at least.

    In the world of consumer delights and free delivery and low taxes that is the United States, government customs agents don't bother with any cross-border shipment worth less than $800 US. The threshold was recently raised by hundreds of dollars.



    eBay Canada has been lobbying the federal government to raise its $20 threshold for charging Canadians cross-border
    duties and taxes on goods purchased online from the U.S. (REUTERS)


    Canada's $20 threshold was set in 1985, and hasn't budged since, not even after free trade agreements.

    eBay and its allies, including courier services, Canadian businesses that bring in goods regularly from the United States or Europe, and of course consumers, whose spending power would rise dramatically with freer access to the American online market, would like to see it set much higher — say, $80, or even better, $200.

    Spend dollars to collect dimes

    The Ontario and Canadian chambers of commerce have complained that Canada's $20 bar gums up commerce at the border, effectively acting as a non-tariff barrier, which is of course exactly what it is.

    It makes no sense, say those groups, to spend dollars to collect dimes.

    Standing formidably on the other side of the question is the Retail Council of Canada, which, like the customs broking industry (and in all likelihood the union representing our busy-busy customs agents), wants the threshold to remain exactly where it is, preferably forever.

    In a recent letter to members, Retail Council vice-president Dave Wilkes cites the fight over de minimis as "critical" and claims to have "successfully pushed back against this campaign, but we are keeping our guard up, and asking members to add their voice" by sending a pre-scripted letter to their local member of Parliament.

    That anxiety stands to reason. There's no power like economic self-interest, and the current Canadian de minimis effectively shelters retailers here from ferocious American competition.

       ■ Cyber Monday: Surprising fees Canadians pay for shopping online
       ■ Duty-free shops boost exchange rate for Canadian shoppers


    But the Retail Council also points out an elementary unfairness: its members are forced to serve as tax collectors for both the federal and provincial governments. U.S. online retailers often don't collect taxes for any government; there is no federal sales tax in the United States, and state sales taxes are routinely and easily circumvented.

    Raising the de minimis and allowing American online retailers to ship goods tax-free into Canada "would create an automatic 12.3 per cent tax disadvantage for our members," says Retail Council spokesman Karl Littler. "It is a matter of tax fairness."

    Further, says Littler, if the Canadian de minimis is raised and the door opens, American sellers would begin offering free shipping, and Canadian cross-border online shopping would grow "exponentially."

    For entire article:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/online-shopping-cross-border-duties-taxes-1.3647965
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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Carol on Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:04 pm

    ouch


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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:32 pm

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    Tell me about it. tongue  This is what I complained to you about awhile back with regard to ordering online from the US and purchasing stuff in general...  Everything is overpriced up here.

    We can't even cross the border without a $120 passport or a $110 chipped driver's licence (5-year renewal).



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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Carol on Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:08 am

    Pris, if someone sends you a personal package do they open that up too?


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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Sat Jun 25, 2016 4:46 pm

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    I rarely get those... I read that domestic personal packages are opened if they think there may be contraband.  

    International personal packages are opened randomly and whatever is 'suspicious' of course.  So, yes.

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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:44 am

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    Outrage grows over rising electricity rates in rural Ontario



    Jul 7, 2016
    There is growing outrage in rural Ontario after a Global News investigation revealed soaring electricity rates are pushing families into poverty. Shirlee Engel reports.


    Sky-high hydro rates an ‘absolute crisis’ for rural Ontario
    July 6, 2016 By Brian Hill, Global News

    While Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault settles into his new position, thousands of rural Ontarians struggle to pay their hydro bills – with the threat of disconnection hanging over their heads.

    “This is an absolute crisis,” said Francesca Dobbyn, executive director of the United Way of Bruce County. “We’ve talked to people who’ve had medical emergencies. A man who had a heart attack who told our staff it would be financially better for his family if he had passed away rather than survive.”

    The man’s rationale? His medical equipment used too much electricity and pushed up the cost of the family’s hydro bill.

    Dobbyn said things have become so bad for certain residents that this has evolved from an issue of social housing and affordability to one of public health and safety.

    “We have had people admitted to the hospital for a mental health crisis because of their utility bills,” said Dobbyn.

    In another example, Dobbyn said a Hydro One official told a woman to “stop her children from playing Xbox, using computers, as well as other ‘toy’ items.”

    But, people are changing their habits. Dobbyn said many of the clients she deals with have become obsessive – shutting off coffee makers as soon as they’ve finished brewing a pot of coffee, not cooking a turkey during the holidays because it uses too much electricity, going to bed early because they’re afraid of turning on the lights.

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    http://globalnews.ca/news/2808094/sky-high-hydro-rates-an-absolute-crisis-for-rural-ontario/
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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:24 am

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    Here's the thing about living in Canada:  the weather can get pretty harsh -- especially during the winter.
    If you don't have a roof over your head and a way to keep warm, YOU WILL DIE.  Period.
    And, guess what?  We can't just leave.  Unless you have a ton of money... they've literally got us trapped up here.






    Canadians really need to grow a pair...
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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:38 am

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    That was a joke (rioting is NOT the answer).  

    I just hope I made my point.

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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  JoeEcho on Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:26 pm

    Greeting all! Hope all is well.

    Just thought I would inject a bit of nostalgia with Pris. (Hi Pris!)



    Canadians....... *sigh*

    Just joking!
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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:14 pm

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    Hiiii JoeEcho!!! cheers Its da Wave cheers


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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Jenetta on Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:20 pm

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    Here's the thing about living in Canada:  the weather can get pretty harsh -- especially during the winter.
    If you don't have a roof over your head and a way to keep warm, YOU WILL DIE.  Period.
    And, guess what?  We can't just leave.  Unless you have a ton of money... they've literally got us trapped up here.






    [size=50]Canadians really need to grow a pair...[/size]
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    Really Pris...living in Vancouver as you are I'd expect more of the truth from you...it certainly isn't the pic you described above.  If you hate Canada so much why not take "a leap of faith" and get the hell out of the country...maybe join the Americanos down south who may be facing martial law soon.  I'm sure the witch Killary will welcome you with open arms.

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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:11 am

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    HAHAHA! cheers My, aren't you a ray of sunshine, Jenetta.  It's always such a pleasure when you stop by.

    I don't live in Vancouver btw.  I used to.  And, it sucked because it was so WET.  

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    Re: Another reason why it SUCKS to be Canadian

    Post  Pris on Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:27 am

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    This commercial is a classic!

    Canadian winter: yes, it's THAT bad.



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