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> US Travel to Canada hit record lows this January
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post Jun 23 2008, 12:23 PM
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And! We're going to have a dinner date!



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post Jun 23 2008, 02:09 PM
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QUOTE(wakingdream @ Jun 23 2008, 10:01 AM) *

QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 23 2008, 09:41 AM) *

And! We're going to have a dinner date!

Susie, I have to visit you in Guelph sometime...what do you say?


That sounds good smile.gif I'll be around. Anytime after September is probably best. Best when I can get out for a few cocktails! We can hit up Big Bad downtown Guelph! You should drag Clayton along for a little visit too......he's got peeps 'round here as far as I know.


That's perfect, you know why? Because I am all booked up until Labour Day! Ai yi yi!

Message me when all the baby hoopla starts to die down and stuff.


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post Jun 23 2008, 02:10 PM
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QUOTE(kitkatgo @ Jun 23 2008, 01:23 PM) *

QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 23 2008, 06:41 AM) *

And! We're going to have a dinner date!



Can't wait to meet you! We're going to have lots of fun! party.gif


Ya ya ya! We'll do it up in the T-dot!


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post Jul 2 2008, 11:53 PM
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Toronto is a nice place to visit.
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post Jul 3 2008, 12:25 AM
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I always got the impression that a good propotion of the US saw (see?) Canada as exactly the same as home...except until recently the drawing card was that due to the 'cheapness' of the Canadian dollar shopping etc was 'better' in Canada and that's why people came.

So yes, I do think a lot of it is down to the exchange rate. If I had a dollar for every time an American had whinged about their exchange rate in the last year I would be such a rich woman by now *rolls eyes*


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post Jul 3 2008, 04:21 AM
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QUOTE(cheli @ Jul 3 2008, 06:25 AM) *

So yes, I do think a lot of it is down to the exchange rate. If I had a dollar for every time an American had whinged about their exchange rate in the last year I would be such a rich woman by now *rolls eyes*


Heh, everyone in England is now moaning about this. Recession is on the cards apparently... a good time to leave in my book!
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post Jul 3 2008, 04:41 AM
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I know! When I went to Canada in March everyone shook their heads and told me that the Canadian dollar was up. Dude, I'm paying in pounds, I'm still making money! As an Australian, I'm used to the concept of money falling through my fingers when I travel on my native currency - I went through $1000 a week in Europe, and that was effectively only 50 euro a day! And I still thank God that I'm not a Kiwi, or worse still from South Africa, cos they've got it even worse...you brits and yanks should get over yourselves! laugh.gif


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post Jul 3 2008, 10:03 AM
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QUOTE(travboi @ Jul 3 2008, 12:53 AM) *

Toronto is a nice place to visit.


Have you been? How did you like it? What did you do?

Exchange rate: Who cares?! Go where you want, money is no object! Hahaha.


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post Jul 3 2008, 10:09 AM
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The one thing that really bothered me when visiting Canada was the unfairness of Canadian small business owners when it came to paying with dollars.

Me: How much is a lobster cake?
Vendor: $4.50 Canadian dollars.
Me: I only have $5 US.
Vendor: That's OK.
{ Transaction }
Vendor: Here is your change.
Me: You gave me 50 Canadian cents.
Vendor: It's the same.

We all know it wasn't the same at the time.
So basically I got charged extra for paying in US dollars. Since I was on vacation with my wife I didn't make a big deal, however it did leave a very bitter taste in my mouth and many other vendors lost money because if I didn't have Canadian dollars I simply didn't buy anything.


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post Jul 3 2008, 10:53 AM
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Yeah that's stupid, I would've demanded the right change back. Where were you exactly?


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post Jul 3 2008, 11:12 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jul 3 2008, 11:53 AM) *

Yeah that's stupid, I would've demanded the right change back. Where were you exactly?


We were in Peggy's Cove, which is strange because they make their money out of tourism and the last thing they want is for me to go Travelpod and start b!$@%ing and moaning about them (which I did anyway).

I didn't want to argue about a couple of cents not to emberass my wife and not to give Americans a bad name.
However, those who know me will tell you that fighting with vendors, banks, credit card companies, phone companies and even the government about fees and overcharging is not only a second job for me, but also kind of a hobby (I figure I save us between $1,000 - $5,000 a year in fees and overpayments).


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post Jul 3 2008, 11:14 AM
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Crazy...yeah, that place is nothing without tourists...

I'm really big on doing things "on principle", but that's just me, I wasn't calling you stupid, I was calling the vendor stupid, haha, obviously. I understand why you didn't make a scene though.

Good for you on saving all that cash!


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post Jul 3 2008, 12:48 PM
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QUOTE(laorfamily @ Jul 3 2008, 12:12 PM) *

However, those who know me will tell you that fighting with vendors, banks, credit card companies, phone companies and even the government about fees and overcharging is not only a second job for me, but also kind of a hobby (I figure I save us between $1,000 - $5,000 a year in fees and overpayments).

Hey man, that's amazing..tell us about it. How do you do it?


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post Jul 3 2008, 01:10 PM
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QUOTE(mmbcross @ Jul 3 2008, 01:48 PM) *

Hey man, that's amazing..tell us about it. How do you do it?


I refuse to pay any sort of fee without a good fight, and I don't take "no" for an answer.
I negotiate my butt off for anything I can: cars, TVs, even wine glasses.
I'm not embarassed about asking for all kind of discounts (mall discounts, employee discounts etc.) even if I'm not entitled to them - you'd be suprised how much flexibility some stores have ("can I have this for the sale price").

I re-negotiate my credit cards interest rate every 6 months (yes, you can do that).

I try very hard not to give the companies any reason to stick me with any type of fee (late fee, low balance fee, just because we feel like it fee, etc.), and if they do I call and usually get them to remove it.

You see, if you pay a fee once, you "agree" to pay it forever and you have to fight even harder. I fight even if my bill goes up by a penny (actually the lowest it went up that I challenged successfully was seven cents by Verizon).

Last week we bought a mini-van which I got for $15,000 instead of $28,000.
How?
I bought a 2008 used mini-van with 17,000 miles, right there it's $10,000 off.
I negotiated the price even more.
I negotiated the dealer to swallow all applicable fees (motor vehicle fees, registration fees etc.).
I negotiated for the dealer to take our leased SUV off our hands - no questios ask even though we had three more payments on it.
I got the dealer to give us free oil changes for life on the mini-van and on our other car frantics.gif


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post Jul 3 2008, 01:13 PM
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That's awesome. You know how I save $254704384 every year? I just stopped buying things.


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post Jul 4 2008, 06:41 AM
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QUOTE(laorfamily @ Jul 3 2008, 11:09 AM) *

The one thing that really bothered me when visiting Canada was the unfairness of Canadian small business owners when it came to paying with dollars.

Me: How much is a lobster cake?
Vendor: $4.50 Canadian dollars.
Me: I only have $5 US.
Vendor: That's OK.
{ Transaction }
Vendor: Here is your change.
Me: You gave me 50 Canadian cents.
Vendor: It's the same.

We all know it wasn't the same at the time.
So basically I got charged extra for paying in US dollars. Since I was on vacation with my wife I didn't make a big deal, however it did leave a very bitter taste in my mouth and many other vendors lost money because if I didn't have Canadian dollars I simply didn't buy anything.


Well, I think most vendors don't practice carrying two currencies in their cash registers. In Ontario they don't really anyway, depending. That's one of the problems. They don't have the exact change to give to everyone so how can they even give you change. Plus, I don't think it's fair to presume that because your dollar is worth more, you should be able to spend it without anyone giving you a hard time. It's not like in, oh, I dunno, South America or SEA, where you can drop an American dollar and anyone is happy to take it. Plus, even in those places that readily accept US currency, they don't really give you back American change. You've got to change it into our currency first and then spend it. Yeah, sure you've got to pay a fee to get it exchanged, but that's the way the cookie crumbles alot over here. Obviously that will depend on where exactly you go. Places with higher ratios of American tourists might be more likely to accommodate you.

The best thing to do is to make sure you have local currency on you wherever you are. Not all Canadians jump for American money. Especially now.


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post Jul 4 2008, 06:43 AM
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That's awesome. You know how I save $254704384 every year? I just stopped buying things.


Me too smile.gif


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Yeah, when I worked retail in Niagara Falls (really close to America) we used to charge a RIDONKULOUS exchange rate. Totally not worth it to buy things in American money back in the day, so yeah, ....but it's still ridonkulous that the vendor would just shrug and take the American money.


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post Jul 5 2008, 03:17 PM
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QUOTE(wakingdream @ Jul 4 2008, 07:41 AM) *


The best thing to do is to make sure you have local currency on you wherever you are. Not all Canadians jump for American money. Especially now.


I agree and I usually do.
I think I'm pretty well traveled, and as you mentioned most places are (or were) happy to take US dollars; however they would give me the correct change in local currency. Canada was the only place where they didn't on a consistent basis.


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post Jul 5 2008, 05:47 PM
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I'm with Wakingdream on this one - you're offering US currency in a foreign country. That extra few cents she charged you? That was her conversion fee.


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