Originally Posted by intent
While St. John's does boast about its rapidly expanding business economy, it just doesn't have the market to support or appreciate a store like the one you're proposing. As I've mentioned earlier as well, you won't be able to supplement your income by selling online to other Canadians as well. Canada Post shipping costs too much and takes too long, especially from NL. Taxes are too high. The exchange rate is unfavourable to import Italian items from.
I don't know about this. It's more expensive to ship from the states than from within Canada.
The real problem is that it's often worth it given a good exchange rate and markup on goods in Canada (which is not always the store's fault"”the duty on English shoes, for instance, sucks).
As for the Italian thing, if they're not buying Hugo Boss from Harry Rosen Canadians only wear Italian.