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Canadian residents cannot partake in the free e-book lending service for Kindle or TV/movie streaming

The brick-and-mortar stores have spent years battling Amazon for its low prices, lack of tax collection, cheap/fast shipping, etc. But now, Target has announced that it will match Amazon and certain other competitor's online prices year-round.

Target said that it will now match the prices of rival websites year-round including Amazon, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Best Buy.

Target typically does this over the holiday season, such as its most recent price match program from November 1 through December 16. However, as online shopping continues to grow in the U.S., the company is embracing this method year-round.

According to Target, it will offer a price match when a customer purchases an eligible product at a Target store and finds the same item for a lower price in the following week's Target ad or a local competitor's printed ad. It will also offer a price match if a customer finds the same item for a lower price within one week at the website of one of the above-mentioned competitors.

While this gives Target a competitive edge, Amazon isn't sitting put while rivals rise to the occasion. Amazon recently expanded its Prime services to Canada, where residents can pay the $79 annual fee for guaranteed two-day shipping.

However, unlike the U.S. version of Amazon Prime, Canadian residents cannot partake in the free e-book lending service for Kindle or TV/movie streaming. Amazon said it isn't planning on offering these options in Canada.

Amazon Prime launched in the U.S. in 2005 and typically costs $79 per year, but the e-tailer recently launched a monthly subscription option as well for $7.99.

Sources: Times Colonist, Yahoo News



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Lucky Pricks
By arazok on 1/8/2013 11:09:20 AM , Rating: 3
As a Canadian, I’d like to remind American’s how lucky they are to live in the US. You guys pay 30% less for everything compared to Canada, and have way better selection to boot.

Amazon sucks up here, it’s just an online book store with a few products. Why Amazon won’t simply ship to Canada via the US site, I do not understand. I guess we’re just small potatoes to them. I hate it, there is no price pressure on retailers here and they screw us on everything.




RE: Lucky Pricks
By GulWestfale on 1/8/2013 11:13:44 AM , Rating: 2
as a quebec resident i can feel your pain... amazon.com does ship everything to canada, but they exclude certain products because of idiot laws (you can't order curry ketchup because due to anti-terrorism rules no liquids may be shipped across the border. canada post also refuses to ship liquids into the US).

but canadian amazon sucks... small selection, lousy prices. this prime thing up here isn't worth it at all; pay the same price as the americans and get... nothing, really. fast shipping on books? lol. try again, amazon.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By KentState on 1/8/2013 11:31:33 AM , Rating: 3
It's very hard for US companies to ship products to Canada. The market is much smaller and duties and import fees kill any profitability. We have companies that specialize in consolidating shipments to Canada because it's a difficult and expensive process.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By Nortel on 1/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Lucky Pricks
By arazok on 1/8/2013 12:55:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think that perfectly demonstrates just how powerful economics of scale are.

Canada has a totally separate distribution network from the US. It’s far, far less efficient. Combine that with smaller population, distinct packaging requirements (I believe French labeling alone is enough to keep many products off our shelves), separate regulatory and safety approvals/testing, and even higher costs to buy/rent retail space. It all adds up to 30% premium.

If we could just make NAFTA more like what they have in Europe, where goods and people move 100% freely between borders, and also harmonize (or eliminate) our product packaging and standards, you’d see some real changes.

Our anti-poverty advocates are always running around trying to slap taxes on people for subsidized this or that. Wouldn’t a 30% drop in prices help the poor more than any government program ever could?


RE: Lucky Pricks
By ClownPuncher on 1/8/2013 1:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
If you can shed the crown, we would be more than happy to up our state count to 60.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By FormulaRedline on 1/8/2013 2:46:24 PM , Rating: 2
I've got family in Canada so you can count me in for this idea. Traveling to another "state" would be better than dealing with the hassle of border crossings and different currencies.

You may have to leave behind your socialist policies (or at least get the integration done in the next 4 years lol) and have a small civil war with Quebec, but I'm all in support of a peaceful merger/annexation once you work out those internal issues. We're basically the same country anyway. 90% of the Canadian population is located within the 100 miles of the border. Let's just get it done so you guys can have free shipping.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By arazok on 1/8/2013 3:31:09 PM , Rating: 5
I’d prefer we just go for a full economic and regulatory union, and keep the political separation. A Shared security perimeter type thing.

If you guys didn’t have a totally dysfunctional and corrupt federal government, I’d sign up for statehood in a heartbeat. But there’s no way I’d ever support joining a country being led down the path you guys are on.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By ClownPuncher on 1/8/2013 6:56:45 PM , Rating: 2
We need someone to share it with. Watch us burn from the inside.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By andrewaggb on 1/8/2013 11:41:27 AM , Rating: 2
yeah that about sums it up.

And... unfortunately it's not just amazon.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By Manch on 1/8/2013 1:06:07 PM , Rating: 2
The Canadians I work with are allowed to have a US PO BOX. I swear half of the parcels that come thru are for them!


RE: Lucky Pricks
By dgingerich on 1/8/2013 1:20:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I do realize how lucky we are to live in the US. Freedom has a price, though. People here seem to think socialized health care is free, as well as many other "social" services. Someone has to pay for them, and the idiot voters seem to think it's the "corporations" that have to pay. They don't seem to understand that corporations are groups of people, and those people need to make a living, too, just like everyone else. So, when corporations are taxed, it either comes out of the pockets of the employees or the customers, or many times both. So, prices are higher, pay is lower, all because the idiot voters have to get their social services paid for.

So, when you have to pay more for stuff, just think of it as paying for your doctors visits and drugs. You just pay more indirectly. We're going to be seeing that, too, pretty soon. They're starting to inflate the money supply (they're actually going to print new money for this) in order to pay for debt, which will cause massive inflation. Within two years, the Canadian dollar will be worth two American dollars. Within 4, it's likely to be 1 to 200 at the rate things are going. The US dollar will be worth less than the Mexican Peso by the time we get a new President.

So, while we're lucky now, it isn't going to last much longer.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By Samus on 1/8/2013 3:20:11 PM , Rating: 1
That is a pretty fatalistic post.

I don't think America is going to become anything other than the greatest country in the world anytime soon. There is nowhere else on the planet that is as accepting of the fact we are a melting pot of culture, religion and ethnicity. Like anything, it isn't perfect, but nobody else is even close. This allows us to harbor the brightest minds in the world use their minds freely.

Regarding Canada, its not that they lack freedom (in fact they have more freedom in some cases) but they have a one-sided government that thinks they have the peoples best interests in mind, when in the end they are hurting the corporations and services these people depend on with various legislation and restrictions to growth.

The flaws in the United States' position in the world do hold us back (the Iraq war being the most obvious recent one) but nothing is perfect.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By Dorkyman on 1/8/2013 5:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
We must travel in different circles.

Many if not most of the people we socialize with are afraid for the future of the USA and are seriously talking of the pros and cons of Ecuador, or Costa Rica, or Belize, or wherever.

NEVER in my life have I ever seen such angst and such a powerful desire on the part of many to leave this country and its dysfunctional government and electorate behind.

For various reasons, America DID lead the world in numerous ways over the past century. But you have to be blind to not see how decline has set in. And many think it's irreversible at this point.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By Lord 666 on 1/8/2013 11:54:18 PM , Rating: 2
Cuba looks promising too.


RE: Lucky Pricks
By Jedi2155 on 1/8/2013 4:20:12 PM , Rating: 2
My only problem with this ideology is that you assume all that money that you use to pay for products go back to Americans. With outsourcing of American designers/engineers, and manufacturing....we're no longer paying fellow neighbors and people, but totalitarian regimes.

I would not have such a huge problem with items produced in Mexico as I do in China because, it would help reduce immigration if Mexico's economy could be improved. However, China is still rather hostile to Western ideals...they just offer far too many cheap and effective (relatively) workers...

I try to buy American whenever I can though, but I'm really starting to hate these "Designed in America" labels which means its still made in China probably...


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