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Digital Camera Shopping

June 5th, 2008  · stk

OLD POST: Just getting around to adding the finishing touches on this post about our purchasing experience for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 camera. (Since broke and we're buying the newer version of the same camera ... and again in the U.S.) The price differences remain huge between Canada and the United States.

Lumix DMC-TZ5 Digital Camera:
Priced Higher in Canada than the United States - Why?

We've been looking to purchase a second digital camera. We really like our current Casio EX-850 digital camera, but it lacks certain features: 28mm wide angle, close focusing distance & a long zoom. Additionally, two cameras come in handy on family adventures, as we'll no longer miss photo opportunites because the other of us has the camera.

When Rachel spied a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 digital camera on sale at a local London Drugs store, it looked like it had the features we wanted: quality Leica lenses, 10X optical zoom, 28mm wide angle and close-focusing distances for macro shots! Yay!

Because London Drugs has a great 30-day price-matching and return policy, we felt comfortable pulling the trigger and quickly making a purchase. The sale price was $379 CAD and by the time we paid the taxes (12% - 7% PST and 5% GST) the total price came to $425.59.

Once we got the Lumix DMC-TZ5 digital camera home, I read the manual and made a bunch of test shots. We were pleased with the the camera. We also checked to make certain we were getting the lowest price.

What I discovered illustrates that Canadians often pay substantially more than Americans for consumer products. Also, the difficulty I had with ordering demonstrates some of the pitfalls with mail-order companies - especially for Canadians.

By buying in the United States, I ultimately saved $150 over the London Drugs sales price. However, I had to ship the camera to a U.S. address and as a result, didn't have it in my hot grubby hands until our next planned visit to the States.

To find out how Canadians can save by buying mail-order consumer goods in the United States .... read on.

Does NAFTA Level the Playing Field?

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