I was just over in the US buying milk, cheese, eggs (for our personal use) — dairy products, all which cost a hell of lot more here in Canada thanks to government interference known as supply management. Somebody asked me on Twitter if this was coded language: Canada cheese-smuggling ring busted… – sadly, no.
Besides the savings on gas, which alone was significant, we also saved about $2 on a gallon of milk (slightly smaller than our 4-liter jugs). I buy an 18-pk of eggs for considerably less than the cost of one dozen here. And cheese is practically a steal over the border compared to here. If only we were allowed to bring alcohol back (duty free) on day trips! Oh well… As long as prices remain what they are and our Canadian dollar stays high, I’ll continue to shop across the border.
Note: I’m not condoning criminal activity, but with no real free market pricing for dairy products here, smuggling doesn’t come as a surprise. (Think: communism that led to the creation of black markets.)
UPDATE: Many people just blindly assume that because some stuff is cheaper south of the border, then everything is. Nothing could be further from the truth. It pays to know your prices as well as the exchange rate. For example, produce isn’t any cheaper than my local market; in fact it’s usually more expensive. Before you buy in the US, check the prices here first — a savings of a few dollars on a larger ticket item may not be worth the additional costs involved.