So, the whole "have you ever bought footwear online" experience worked out well. But it could have been slightly better. Here's why...
The day after I placed the order, I had an email from the company because the billing address on my credit card didn't match the shipping address.
No, that's true. It doesn't. My billing address is still in Ontario. The shipping address is here in Saskatchewan. I ask what difference that makes.
He explains that because they ship from Winnipeg and I'm in Saskatchewan, they would normally only have to charge me the Canadian Federal GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 5%. The Provincial Saskatchewan tax of another 5% wouldn't be applicable.
Yes, I knew that...so what's the problem?
Well, because my billing address is in Ontario, they have no choice but to charge me based on the Ontario tax rate. And Ontario has a combined rate called the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) which is 13%.
(Each province has a different tax rate http://www.retailcouncil.org/quickfacts/taxrates)
So all of a sudden my $129.88 deal wasn't sounding as much like a deal. Instead of paying $6.50 in taxes, I now had to pay $16.88 in taxes.
My new hiking boots!
Anyhow, I told them to go ahead with the order. Not happy about that extra $10 though.
Not that we buy a whole lot of "stuff" online, but this is just another reason to become Saskatchewan residents. And now, with a multi season job offer from our employer it looks like it's the right time to actually change our residency officially from Ontario to Saskatchewan.
We'll become Saskatchewanderers!
We'll go through all the paperwork next month before we leave. New drivers licences for us. The little blue car will need a safety inspection to get a Saskatchewan licence plate and that will cost a bit, but we'll end up saving because Saskatchewan insurance is quite a bit cheaper than Ontario.
Speaking of buying online, here's our Amazon.com deal of the day...
Almost 1,400 people give it five stars!