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Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:57 am
by Dakota_c69
Anyone heading to Montana in the new year?

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:19 pm
by giantjoe
I'm about 1/2 hour away from www.AddressUSA.ca I go there once or twice a month.

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:46 am
by scubarusteve
That site seems pretty awesome, Not to thread jack, any issues at the boarder ever? you just tell them your picking up your mail? lol Thanks.

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:45 am
by giantjoe
Remember your passport! This border crossing g is very small. It is pretty efficient.

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:12 am
by Spinalguy
And have receipts with you. Claim it all as 5% is nothing versus trying to get something across not claimed. Even 1000 bucks of stuff is only 50 bucks claiming.

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:33 pm
by malcolmzilla
For border shopping runs via e-commerce, I usually have a itemized spreadsheet with USA and CDN values, including shipping, and copies of all the invoices, printed up and organized in a inter-office mail envelope. Appearing that anal, usually the Cdn border agents just glance at the total and motion me in to pay GST on it, I have yet to get the root through yard sale crossing back for *shopping* trips. :D

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:22 pm
by bfdirect
Hey guys just curious as I see these posts often.

For all I know you guys are buying computer parts but as this is a motorcycle forum I would assume you are talking bike parts?

I know I'm putting my neck out there but I really do care to find out why so much effort is made by some people not to buy locally. I am only to assume two things, one being it is not available and second price. We try at Blackfoot Direct to stocks lots of the parts that are difficult to source as we try to be on the pulse as to what parts are good and worth buying not just on what is available from Canadian suppliers.

I would assume if you are shopping on price you are at least giving the local dealers that support the clubs, races and local riders a chance to match (or come within 10%) to gain your business.

We always encourage our customers to before submitting their online "basket" to give us a chance to gain the business.

Like I said I am interested in a few examples and if it can be posted on here that would be great as I do have this conversation on a regular basis and when I have a chance to explain the difference or match price I am able to gain the business and the customer can get the stuff right away. 90% of the time we can match / justify the price and keep the business here local.

Looking forward to your comments.

Thx,
Dean

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:26 pm
by Dakota_c69
Hey Dean,

I don't think you could have helped me. I was receiving samples of fancy fabrics for a wedding dress my wife is designing and making. But, I'll run it by you next time for sure! ;-)

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:47 pm
by trailguy
Dean, 99% of my boarder pick ups are bicycle parts. The bicycle industry is such a joke up here its stupid. A few examples.
Yeti SB5c frame/shock only. CAD = $6500, US= $3400.
S-Works carbon cranks. CAD = $850, US $300.
DY Swiss 150mm carbon forks. CAD = $2400, US = $1040.
High end Schwalbe tires. CAD = $140, US $80.
And on and on and on. :crazy:

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:49 am
by 350scott
Dean,

I suspect currently most (not all) of the things people are getting from the US are not dirt bike related. With the exchange rate around $0.80 CDN/US most things are either cheaper or effectively the same price in Canada. As I now live in the US but fairly frequent free delivery from Canada (thanks friends), I continually pay attention to what things cost in Canada vs US and often things are cheaper in Canada. Of particular note, bikes are substantially cheaper in Canada. Example:
2018 FX450 MSRP in Canada = $11,600
2018 FX450 MSRP in US = $10,400 or $13,000 CDN at $0.80

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:29 pm
by KTMpilot
Hi Dean, I hope I can provide some clarity by describing my personal shopping habits with regards to bike parts/ apparel. I often use MSO to get parts delivered that I have purchased in the USA, additionally I make purchases locally when I find prices to be reasonable at local vendors.
Like it or not, we live in an E-commerce society in 2018 and the default search criteria when shopping always defaults to "lowest price" and that is almost always the option that everyone selects. It has become way too easy to "shop it around" globally to ascertain the best price so thats what most people do. One cannot argue the value of having a local bike shop that stocks the parts needed that can be procured on short notice also. I understand that from a retail perspective it is nearly impossible to compete with a large warehouse style online store that offers free shipping and free postage paid returns, just compare the success of Amazon and Wayfair to something like Sear's Canada for an example.
"Matching prices" is not always an effective concession to capture a consumer's business. A savvy consumer will more often patronize a business where they have confidence that they will find a fair price on a consistent basis. Nobody feels good when they find out that they substantially overpaid for an item locally, only to find out that their buddy got one shipped free from England for almost half the price.
I don't like the way the world has gone with respect to online shopping and all that it entails, nor do I like our current government which annually reduces my net income thus, discretionary spending budget, which is where my dirt biking fund is derived from. I still enjoy the tactile experience of going to the store, looking at new products, smelling the plastic, and making new purchases. I also appreciate the efforts that local shops make to support racing, demo days, annual sale days for club members, etc, and there has to be some intrinsic value placed on that service.
Many people do not have a choice (financially) to pay any more than the lowest price they can find. Retailer stores like your own unfortunately are becoming "fitting rooms" for online vendors.

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:42 am
by malcolmzilla
My USA purchases are generally items I cannot get here, and are infrequent: I try to give the local vendors 1st crack at supplying.

Re: Anyone heading to Montana Soon?

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:36 pm
by bfdirect
Thanks for your feedback everyone.

We will continue to do the best we can to stock product you all need and the best prices we can while trying maintaining a fair profit.