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Thread: Home Depot Canada....rant warning.lol

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    Home Depot Canada....rant warning.lol

    I dont know what it is but so many US brands that have a good offering and showing in the US cross the border and seem to have their brains leak out.

    My case in point today is home depot Canada.

    Idiots. Thats all i can think of them.

    Their website is so bad it leaves you wanting to smash your computer screen due to frustration.
    I guess its way too logical for them to have taken the US site and edit out the products they Not going to sell in Canada and then change the currency and terms and conditions part.

    Case in point i look up lumber today. Then select cedar. Well it shows they have two pieces. Duh.
    So i look up dimensional lumber, and what do you know, mixed in with the spf stuff is cedar.
    Guess what they have it listed as .......a brand. Duh

    Its the most useless site there is.

    Lowes is not much better.

    Do they think we stupid this side of the border. We already had the mighty Target fail here big time and the fundamental issue was they did not open the Target store that Canadians had shopped in the US that attracted Canadians to it in the first place. No they opened some watered down non differentiated half baked version, then never stocked it.

    I dunno seems to me Harvard needs to up their game for International Business Education.

    Just imagine....Rolls Royce putting a no name brand engine in their cars when selling in a foreign market.

    Man i envy you guys in US being able to access things you need.

    Amazon is no better. They have items from the dot com site on the dot ca site that are like 3 times or more in price. Actually 3 times is often low.
    Do they think we dumbasses.

    I guess the sad answer is there must be enough dumbasses buying from them on these sites to keep it going.

    Sheesh its frustrating. Seriously import duties etc are not huge. In most cases there are not any import duties the biggest thing is courier broker fees for handling the border process.

    My apologies for the rant but some days you just gotta let it hang out.
    cheers

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    So when are you moving to the US Rob?
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    The grass "SEEMS" to always be greener on the other side of the fence. Till ya git there.

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    You mean it's like buying Canadian bacon here?? Used to buy something called pea meal Canadian bacon in Brockville, Ontario. Loved that stuff. Nothing like the Canadian bacon we buy here.

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    Rob,

    There is a nice old updated farm house with 50 acres just down the road from me. I'd love to have you over for an afternoon cold one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    The grass "SEEMS" to always be greener on the other side of the fence. Till ya git there.
    Technically I believe the grass is visually greener because you're seeing it from a side angle instead of from above so the visual surface area of grass to ground is higher "over there". Once you're over their then you're looking down at the grass and thus it once again appears sparser. This can be trivially proven in most yards by walking across the lawn, although it doesn't work in mine due to the prevalence of dandelions and other weeds not to mention the intermittent nature of the grass making it apparent that the lawn is unloved from any viewing angle.

    Its worth noting that the Target down here is a bit of a ghost town as well and has been run remarkably poorly since we moved here ~10 years ago. How its still in business is indeed a mystery (I suspect it may be on the long list of stores on the chopping block in the next few rounds).

    Naively doing some math I'm thinking that based on taxes (compounded) things should cost between ~130% and ~180% of what they do here. That obviously doesn't answer the question of why a $20 phone costs $120 once you cross the border. I suspect that operating overhead and reduced volume chew up a non trivial amount of the remaining but have no evidence to offer to support that.

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    Hey Rob; I'm surprised you would even consider purchasing lumber/wood etc at HD. I'm sure you know of Century Lumber, in Stouffville. But I have a hunch they wouldn't satisfy you either!
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    Well, Rob, do you need an American sponsor to get on the immigration list? We can always use citizens that admire our country.
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    Maybe I could entice you with No state income tax, no sales tax, no neighbors, and state run liquor stores at least 40% less expensive than surrounding states
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Maybe I could entice you with No state income tax, no sales tax, no neighbors, and state run liquor stores at least 40% less expensive than surrounding states
    You almost lost me with "state run liquor stores" but the "40% less expensive" piques my interest.
    Sadly comparing Oregon prices:
    http://www.olcc.state.or.us/pdfs/cat...price_list.pdf
    to some random liquor barn there:
    http://www.liquorandwineoutlets.com/...lpricelist.pdf
    shows that its not nearly enough of a different to cover the cost of the move (and certainly writes off the surrounding states if they're 40% more ). It was a bit of shock moving back up here where it's all government controlled from AZ where they have drive through stores

    The "no neighbors" part sounds real good though!!

    We have mountains over here though...

    I mean I realize this isn't your sort of thing, but here's a nice shot from a local watering hole

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