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jmfsilenthill



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:46 pm Reply with quote
I've been away from the forums for a long time,only visiting sporadically. Don't know if many Canadians still come on here (Blood- is long gone, hope he's ok?), but I've been curious about people's buying experiences as of late.

The Canadian dollar is now so poor (~70 cents usd), that buying anime from anywhere other than Amazon.ca is no longer viable for me. Canadian shipping is free at rightstuf at $250 (almost $350 cad), and then we have to pay 50-60 bucks in import fees just to get it across the border. I used to make loads of orders at rightstuf, but my last order was well over a year ago, and only then because I wanted to get the Gundam UC blurays before they went out of print.

eBay is similar, with the poor dollar, outrageous shipping fees, and import charges preventing me from buying much of anything.

We have "thecnl", which stocks aniplex and other specialty titles, and allows us to avoid shipping and import charges, but the exchange is reflected in the price (along with a little markup too it seems). I was going to order Nisemonogatari off there but it's like over $200.

So that pretty much leaves Amazon.ca, which only reasonably prices Funimation and Viz titles. Everything else is significantly more expensive than the American counterpart, with nothing available from aniplex, Nisa, etc.

I know there isn't anything I can do about this situation, but I was just wondering are any other Canadians (or other countries that may have a weak currency at the moment) going through a buyin drought?
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st_owly
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:59 pm Reply with quote
GBP has gone to shit against the dollar as well. (It was $1.6-1.7 to the £ last year, now it's hovering around $1.35-$1.40 to the £) I'm just not importing as much from the US as I used to, (not just anime, but clothes too). We over this side of the pond at least have the option of our own domestic releases, but a lot of them are of inferior quality to US ones.
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Rukiia
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:48 pm Reply with quote
For some Aniplex titles I use Amazon Japan because the yen went drastically down last year. Otherwise I mostly use Amazon.ca and sometimes get a friend in the US to order stuff from Rightstuf. Stopped using eBay because the import charges make purchases ridiculously expensive (whoever came up with the idea to include import charges in auctions needs to be slapped). Really hate how much our dollar has fallen. ._.
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classicalzawa
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:56 pm Reply with quote
I'm curious, if something is sent directly from someone in the US, and not through a buying website (Rightstuf or Amazon, etc) or ebay's international sales thing, do they still charge you an outrageous import charge, or do they just seem to let it go?

And that's not even mentioning the US exclusive stuff, like when I helped my dear owl get Dear, Brother back when AnimeSols was a thing (I miss them, honestly, they were doing some awesome stuff), and I helped her get some small things over the holidays.
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jmfsilenthill



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:42 pm Reply with quote
Thanks for the responses!
@st_owly
Yes I've looked at getting some region B releases, but like you said a lot of them aren't as nice as the NA counterparts. Though interestingly I just bought the FMA ova art box set from Australia!

@Rukiaa
Yes I've been eyeing Amazon Japan myself for some releases, but u fortunately I live in a fairly remote area and a lot of courier services don't service the area (pretty much Canada post or nothing).
This wasn't an issue when I lived in the city, where Dhl, FedEx and ups all have services.

@classicalzawa
I believe if the item is marked as 'gift', or if the value of the item is less than $20 or something, you don't get charged any import fees at all.
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