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Old 11-08-2017, 04:01 PM
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Why are books more expensive in Canada? All our books are marked with U.S. prices and also Canadian. I bought a paperback yesterday and the words were "7.99/Higher in Canada."


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Old 11-08-2017, 05:09 PM
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Just guessing reasons:
--exchange rate as in U.S. books are priced in U.S. dollars and in Canada in Canadian dollars
--shipping costs from country to country
--fees for the paperwork for import/ export adds to cost
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:03 PM
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Yes it is the exchange rate.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:22 PM
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Mostly exchange rate, though there are other factors as well. Shipping and duties, as well as the fact that we're accustomed to higher prices and will pay them! I've read some interesting articles about it but can't find a recent link at the moment.

The annoying part is that the prices don't change even when the dollar is at par!
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:11 PM
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The annoying part is that the prices don't change even when the dollar is at par!
I agree that is annoying! I'm not Canadian (although others in my house are), but I have to admit being way envious of the salaries my Canadian teacher friends talk about. Even with the exchange rate it's more than I was making as a teacher... in two different states


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Thanks for the info!
Old 11-09-2017, 05:21 PM
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Even as a child, I wondered!
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:42 PM
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It is the exchange rate, but, numerous years ago, when the dollars were on par, or at one time the Canadian dollar was worth more than the American dollar, the Canadian prices were still higher. Some stores would sell it to you at the "American" price in Canadian dollars.
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