Sometimes we can see a product on-line and think "What an amazing price." and before thinking any further we click the "Add to Cart" and complete our purchase. We wait excitedly for delivery and sometimes we wait and wait and wait. The product arrives and it's perfect...or not. But most importantly is the arrival of our Credit Card Statement and discovering what we really paid for that item.
Always check the value of the foreign currency before you press that "Buy Now" button! Always, Always...Always!
This is especially important when you live in Canada but also when you live in other countries. Right now the Canadian dollar is pretty much at an all time low as far as "value compared to other currencies" and this means you will pay a lot more than you expect when ordering from another country.
Here's an example to make this a bit more clear...and a bit scary!
Let's say I want to order a 12" busk.
A US source has them for $13.50 USD
A UK source has them for 7.60 British Pounds
A Canadian source $16.20 CAD
Well, it seems pretty obvious that the UK price is the best! But..."google" the term Currency Convertor and you'll get something that looks like this:
1 Canadian Dollar equals
0.71 US Dollar
The currency exchange rate is constantly changing and this is why you will only get an estimate. The exact rate of exchange will be determined by the Credit Card company at the moment they process the transaction.
The results today, for the sample product above were:
A US source has them for $13.50 USD = $18.50 CAD
A UK source has them for 7.60 British Pounds = $15.58 CAD
A Canadian source $16.20 CAD = $16.20 CAD
So, it looks like the UK option is still the best deal...but now you have to add shipping to wherever you are. How do you get this amount...go through the ordering process until the Shipping Fee comes up and then plug the amount into the currency convertor and add the calculated amount to your product cost in your own currency.
Then of course...you don't know if the items from each company are identical in quality...and that too determines "a good deal".
World currencies have widely varying values - always use a currency convertor...ALWAYS