Frozen in carbonite
Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes: '85 Full Cycle Cycle.
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I'm planning to visit a friend at Princeton early in the new year. I've also been thinking about picking up a Kona Cinder Cone. Considering the American Dollar is sinking faster than it's civil liberties are disappearing, would it make sense to try to buy one there and smuggle it across the border? Is there anything besides Customs officials I'd have to worry about?
The Canadian MSRP for a CC is 1100$ After taxes, it would be 1265$.
The American MSRP is 849$. Assuming a 84-cent CND (though that's a conservative estimate, as it's probably only going to go up), it comes to 1000$ CND. I'd be saving over two hundred dollars and on a bike I'm probably going to buy anyway. This is assuming there aren no sales taxes (not included in the price) in either NY or NJ? Anyone?
There are a few things buying local has going for it. For starters, it's legal. Secondly, the LBS is four blocks from my house. It's a fairly small place and they've never done me wrong. In fact, they've always seemed pretty great about my two wheeled issues. Finally, the LBS offers free minor servicing. While I intend to learn to fix most of my own rig, I couldn't do it now and being able to drop it off for ten minutes while they tinker for free does sound appealing.
Is it worth giving up a hell of a lot of convenience for 265$?
Is 265$ a fair price to ensure prompt and quality servicing and to support my LBS?
Last edited by Grimlock; 11-08-04 at 04:45 PM.