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NateTheChops
04-09-2009, 12:49 AM
This is to the Canadian members of our board who are within driving distance of the American border. And my question is what do you come down here to buy?

The reason I ask is because every day or so we get Canadian shoppers who come to my store to buy stuff that they can't find up there. And I keep thinking what an enterprising notion it would be to have a store that exclusively sells products that you cannot find in Canada, but I'm assuming are still legal otherwise why would so many people come across the border to get them?

And so I'm asking Canadian members of many of my favorite boards, for your shopping lists. Please only include things you go to grocery or convenience stores for, not resturaunt items. Thanks. :)

Broomjockey
04-09-2009, 12:52 AM
Hrm. I have no car, and not really in driving distance (probably about 5 hours or so, if you keep the hammer down), but I'm interested in what people have to say, too.

If you are looking to open a shop on the Canadian side of the border, I'd caution you first to look closely at any regs concerning the products. Some of them are bizarre, and can smack you upside the head, such as the no caffeine in non-cola coloured products.

NateTheChops
04-09-2009, 01:00 AM
Well, I'm not thinking of opening it on the Canadian side. But if they're going to come down here anyway it seems like a good idea to at least have something available on this side.

I know some people get Aleve and Tylenol PM. And I also learned that you can only Tylenol 3 in Canada, but I imagine there are legal reasons for that.

Broomjockey
04-09-2009, 01:03 AM
Well, I'm not thinking of opening it on the Canadian side.

I know some people get Aleve and Tylenol PM. And I also learned that you can only Tylenol 3 in Canada, but I imagine there are legal reasons for that.

This actually seems like a really good idea. Advertising might be awkward, but if you can get the word out, it'd do well, I'm sure. I'm a little thrown about the people getting Tylenol PM over the border. I'm pretty sure you can get it here. Wonder if there's formula differences.

ArcticChicken
04-09-2009, 02:11 AM
Some of them are bizarre, and can smack you upside the head, such as the no caffeine in non-cola coloured products.

Does that mean you can't get Mt. Dew in Canada?

Plaidman
04-09-2009, 02:31 AM
Does that mean you can't get Mt. Dew in Canada?

You can. Its labeled Mountain Dew.


Here in America, its labeled Caffine Free Mountain Dew.

Broomjockey
04-09-2009, 02:35 AM
You can. Its labeled Mountain Dew.


Here in America, its labeled Caffine Free Mountain Dew.

Yep. Qft. Fun, eh?

ArcticChicken
04-09-2009, 02:48 AM
You can. Its labeled Mountain Dew.


Here in America, its labeled Caffine Free Mountain Dew.

Why on earth would anyone buy that?

Kiwi
04-09-2009, 03:13 AM
We have been to bellingham to shop at trader joes and hot topic speficially

but its usually just cool to go on vacation thats close... you can only go to kelowna and vernon so many times.....

NateTheChops
04-09-2009, 03:37 AM
Is there anything at Hot Topic you can't get in Canada? I might be able to skim their catalogs.

Broomjockey
04-09-2009, 03:47 AM
Why on earth would anyone buy that?

Because it's all there is for Mountain Dew up here?

Kiwi
04-09-2009, 03:50 AM
Is there anything at Hot Topic you can't get in Canada? I might be able to skim their catalogs.

I can order stuff online sometimes

but I just like shopping there

kiwi the emo :D

DeltaSierra
04-09-2009, 08:49 AM
I stock up on a few things when I get to the States

Aleve, Yankee Candles, stuff from Bath & Body Works, Da Vinci's sugar-free syrups, Sugar-Free TANG, and a lot of stuff like shampoo, soap, etc is up to 1/2 as cheap in the States.

The Gatekeeper
04-09-2009, 11:03 AM
There are a lot of processed low fat & fat free foods that aren't available here. We're not a big enough market apparently.

Boozy
04-09-2009, 12:55 PM
I don't go to the States to shop, but I'll order online. Even with customs fees and exchange rates, some things are much cheaper from the US than in Canada. Books and DVD's are the big thing.

I'm in the market for a new car, and I have been considering purchasing one from the US and importing it, as many Canadians have been doing lately. There is a lot of bureaucratic hassle and red tape, but the difference in car prices can be thousands of dollars.

Evan
04-09-2009, 02:45 PM
Why on earth would anyone buy that?

Until very recently it was illegal to sell lightly colored caffienated drinks in Canada. Our lawmakers were apparently bored one afternoon.

It wasn't until Red Bull became popular that they repealed that law.

InSearchOfSunset
04-09-2009, 03:59 PM
I know my parents like to go to bellingham and such for grocery shopping, its not only cheaper it's also closer for them to go there then to kelowna/ vernon / peachland etc

ArcticChicken
04-09-2009, 04:37 PM
Because it's all there is for Mountain Dew up here?

But there's no point without the caffeine! I certainly wouldn't drink the stuff without it. (I'm something of a caffeine addict, can you tell?:p)

Broomjockey
04-09-2009, 04:50 PM
But there's no point without the caffeine!

Meh. I don't drink soda for the caffeine anyways. One of my favourites is Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi.

ArcticChicken
04-09-2009, 04:54 PM
One of my favourites is Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi.

There are so many things wrong with that sentence, I don't even know where to start.

Broomjockey
04-09-2009, 05:07 PM
There are so many things wrong with that sentence, I don't even know where to start.

Start where my old roomies did. "What's the point? It's just flavoured water!"

dalesys
04-10-2009, 02:55 AM
There are so many things wrong with that sentence, I don't even know where to start.

Meh. Whatever floats your (personal) kidneys.:D

lordlundar
04-10-2009, 04:43 AM
It wasn't until Red Bull became popular that they repealed that law.

Actually, the law wasn't repealed. High caffeine drinks like red bull, monster energy, BAWLS, etc, are not defined as soda drinks. Instead they are listed as caffeinated energy drinks and ascribe to a different set of rules.

The law of no caffeine in non-cola coloured sodas is still in effect.

ArcticChicken
04-10-2009, 05:06 AM
The law of no caffeine in non-cola coloured sodas is still in effect.

I actually thought of an almost semi-logical reason for that law.

When I was a kid I was really fond of one particular brand of cream soda, then one day my parents thought to check the label, and it had caffeine in it, much to our surprise. Then I wasn't allowed to drink it anymore. The bastards.

dalesys
04-10-2009, 12:04 PM
... illegal to sell lightly colored caffeinated drinks in Canada. Our lawmakers were apparently bored one afternoon.

There is a top-secret legislative Oscar awards ceremony every year for most pin-headed enactment...

Utah specializes in education & liquor law, :wtf: comedy division.

lordlundar
04-10-2009, 03:46 PM
The reason for it is that caffeine is actually considered a controlled substance, the same as nicotine. As such, very strict regulations are required by law. The current law is in effect as a blanket coverage, so they don't get asked every other week/day/hour. Similar to "no cell phone use while driving" when "Driving while distracted" will serve just as well.