I understand why there is a price difference. I understand that there are policies in place to discourage big US companies from infiltrating the canadian market. Having said that, it's bullshit. And most people won't stand for it.
There are too many alternatives to getting the significantly better priced merchandise for the USD rates, especially when there are significant sales AND merchandise that we do not get in Canada.
That article is a good read and makes the point that these policies are hurting canadians in order to line the pockets of big gov't. Consumers, especially in border cities like toronto (well 1.5 hours from border) are too savvy to support such policies. There are too many options to avoid getting financially raped.
Having said all that, J.Crew is going to have to find a solution to compete with Club Monaco and The Gap and whatever other mall brands its competing with to offer a product that is attractive to the canadian buyer. Their In Good Company brands are scarcely offered, so its all mall brand line stuff anyway. I expect many flash sales to come.
great points here. Do you guys think they will survive with such high prices for a mall brand? I think they probably will, I mean Club Monaco has been around for a while and their prices are around the same on certain items..