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Bottles of Johnson's baby shampoo are on display in a store in New York in this file photo. (SHAHRZAD ELGHANAYAN/AP)
Bottles of Johnson's baby shampoo are on display in a store in New York in this file photo. (SHAHRZAD ELGHANAYAN/AP)

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Canadian consumers feel “ripped off” by higher prices in Canada than in the U.S., says a report by a Senate committee studying price gaps between the two countries, recommending Ottawa review Canadian tariffs and other matters with an eye to reducing the price discrepancies.

Here are some highlights from the Senate's report.

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Shopping Basket

Price paid by Canadian and U.S. retailers for 12 identical products.
 

Item Description

Price paid
by U.S.
Retailers

Price paid
by Canadian
Retailers

Difference

Shampoo – 1.5L

$9.33

$12.46

34%

Conditioner – 1.18L

$6.23

$10.00

61%

Automobile Tires

$128.21

$169.69

32%

46in LED TV

$888.75

$1,001.00

13%

Printer

$116.65

$171.99

47%

Coffee Maker

$127.76

$167.19

31%

Ibuprofen 200mg – 250ct

$10.76

$18.29

70%

Aspirin 81mg low dose – 350ct

$10.16

$21.78

114%

Ketchup – 2.5 L

$3.92

$6.90

76%

Freezer bags– 150 pk

$6.10

$9.24

51%

Laundry Detergent – 5L

$11.27

$13.94

24%

Orange Juice – 7.56L

$10.01

$12.66

26%






Tariffs By Sector

Canadian and U.S. simple most-favoured-nation average tariff rates.
 

Sector

Tariff
Rates
in Canada

Tariff
Rates
in the U.S.

Leather, Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

4.9%

6.8%

Minerals, Metals and Products thereof

0.8%

1.8%

Miscellaneous Manufactured Goods

4.0%

3.3%

Forestry and Products thereof

1.0%

1.2%

Vehicles, Aircraft & Other Transport Equipment

6.7%

1.9%

Machinery and Equipment

0.8%

1.5%

Chemicals, Plastics, Rubber

2.3%

2.3%





Hockey Tariffs

Tariff rates in Canada and in the U.S. for hockey-related products.
 

Products

Tariff
Rates
in Canada

Tariff
Rates
in the U.S.

Ice Hockey Pants

18.0%

2.9%

UP/Pant

15.5%

0.0%

Gloves

16.5%

0.0%

Hockey Helmet TH

5.0%

0.0%

Hockey Helmet CN

8.5%

0.0%

Helmet Facial Protection TH

5.0%

0.0%

Helmet Facial Protection CN

7.5%

0.0%





Autos

Vehicle price comparisons, Canada and United States, June 2012.

(All vehicles made in Canada)
 

Vehicle

List Price
(MSRP) in
Canada

($ CDN)

List Price
(MSRP) in
the U.S.

($ US)

Difference
($)

Acura MDX

$52,690

$43,030

$9,660

Chrysler Town & Country

$31,645

$29,995

$1,650

Dodge Grand Caravan

$19,995

$20,995

-$1,000

Dodge Charger

$29,995

$24,495

$5,500

Ford Edge

$27,999

$27,525

$474

Ford Flex

$30,499

$30,885

-$386

Chevy Equinox

$26,445

$23,530

$2,915

Honda Civic sedan

$14,990

$15,995

-$1,005

Toyota Corolla

$15,540‡

$16,130‡

-$590

Toyota RAV4

$24,865n

$22,650n

$2,215

 




Books

Comparisons of Prices, New York Times Bestsellers, April 29, 2012.
 

Book

U.S. Sales
(Amazon.com)

Canada Sales
(Amazon.ca)

Price
Difference

Hardcover Fiction

The Witness

$17.08

$14.75

-$2.33

Guilty Wives

$18.47

$18.80

$0.33

 

Hardcover Non-Fiction

Drift

$15.30

$18.77

$3.47

Steve Jobs

$16.85

$23.19

$6.34



 

e-Reader

Kindle
(Amazon.com)

Kobo
(Indigo.ca)

Price
Difference

Hardcover Fiction

The Witness

$18.76

$15.99

-$2.77

Guilty Wives

$14.99

$14.99

$0

 

Hardcover Non-Fiction

Drift

$17.27

$14.99

-$2.28

Steve Jobs

$21.06

$17.99

-$3.07

 

Source: Senate of Canada

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