Canada Day

I love it here. I’m so glad I moved here, and it’s so amazing. But you’d think we lived on Mars, the way certain things work. Take today for example:

Mark went to Target (which finally just opened, eliminating one of the most minor problems I had with living here!) and asks them to price match their website, which has an item on sale for $25 cheaper than the regular price. The regular price is the same in the US and in Canada, but they won’t match the price. Why? Because it was on the American website. Which wouldn’t be an issue, except for the fact that the Canadian website has no items listed or prices to verify. Apparently they’re “working on it” but the skeptic in me thinks the prices aren’t up just so that we can’t complain about the fact that our prices are generally higher.

It’s the same with a lot of things – our prices are usually a bit higher for everything, for one. I had a friend who lives back in Michigan message me one day with “I saw a Canadian fast food ad today, and was really confused by the fact that they were singing about $1.89”. (See the commercial here.) The value menu there was cheaper than $1.89, so he had no idea why this was something to celebrate.

And then there’s region-locked websites. How many times have I gone to watch a news article or something entertaining only to find out that “the uploader has not made this video available in your country”? More than I could possibly count. It’s so frustrating that living just a few hours outside of the US border makes us ineligible for reasonable prices and loads of entertainment.

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