Rideau River near Manotick (Ottawa), Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Buying used

We love to buy things used. Normally, we use http://www.kijiji.com/ or http://www.craigslist.com/ to find what we need so that we can buy good used products without having to pay sales tax.

And of course, we bought our most recent solar panel from http://www.ebay.com/ and got a fantastic deal, so that's another option.

But recently we went shopping at Value Village. I don't know if they have these stores in the US, but here in Canada, Value Village is a chain of second hand stores, mostly clothing. We recently went shopping there. We bought a used electric kettle, a used electric toaster, one pair of jeans and one pair of cargo pants for myself. Total for the four items was around $39.00

However, there was also tax of just over $5 added on to the total.

I didn't think there would be any sales tax, because the government has already collected tax when they sold the goods in the first place. But, welcome to Canada, I remind myself...where apparently they tax you coming and going!

This will make me think twice about shopping at Value Village, despite the good deals. I hate paying our ridiculous rates of taxation, simply because they don't spend it very wisely! I think we will stick to private sellers, and maybe garage sales to find what we need.

1 comment:

  1. Oh good shopping! Dontcha love a bargain?

    (we are taxed to death in the states too)

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard


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