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Canadians (Shoppers and Geese) Flocking to U.S.

April 22, 2013
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People south of the border usually come to the United States to earn money. It seems that people north of the border come here to spend money.

Shopping malls along the border from Buffalo, NY to Bellingham, WA are doing a “brisk” business fueled by Canadian shoppers.

Merchandise is often cheaper in the U.S. The malls are easy to get to, park and shop. Shopping in the U.S. is a “fun” experience for Canadians.

It is a great day trip for the family. The number of same-day car trips by Canadians to the United States rose to 2.79 million in February 2013. This marks the fourth month of growth.

One reason is that the Canadian dollar is close to the U.S. dollar in value. Also, there are new duty-free rules in Canada that make it less expensive to bring back goods.

Competing with the U.S. also helps keep prices down in Canada.

U.S. stores such as Target are coming to Canada. Economists think this might put even more pressure on Canadian stores to keep prices down.

Source: The Toronto Globe and Mail


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