Good place to buy Apple stuff in Vancouver / Toronto?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mistuk, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. mistuk macrumors member

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    So I took the plunge and bought a Macbook Pro from the Apple Refurb store - couldn't wait any longer - got a good deal too. Anyway, I'm off to Canada on a business trip next week and have a few days in Vancouver and a few in Toronto.

    Can someone recommend somewhere to have a look at Apple stuff in these cities? I'm interested in a new bag for the macbook pro and also a second skin type case.

    I'll be without a car in Vancouver, but will have one in Toronto.

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers,

    Kev
     
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  3. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    For accessories, you can also try Future Shop (futureshop.ca). There are several in the Vancouver area, and they tend to have better prices than Simply or Mac Station on the laptop cases, etc.

    Just remember that tax is 14%, so the simple rule is that the price in Canadian dollars is roughly the same as the price in American dollars (since the tax cancels out the exchange rate). So if the Canadian price is more than 10% above the US pre-tax retail price and you don't need to buy it, you might consider waiting for a better price.

    Sometimes it makes a big difference, especially on higher-end cases and the more expensive electronic accessories.
     
  4. rmarasa macrumors member

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    Not being a resident of Canada, you can claim some of that tax back when you're set to leave the country. Just pick up the form and brochure at the airport. You need to spend a certain amount at a single store to do this I believe. It's worked for me on purchases. Vancouver rocks, Toronto blows ;-)

    http://www.canadiantaxrefund.com/
     
  5. Reimer macrumors regular

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    There are three Apple stores in Toronto

    Eaton Centre
    220 Yonge Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1
    (647) 258-0801

    Sherway Gardens
    Space #1801A, 25 The West Mall
    Toronto, Ontario M9C 1B8
    (416) 646-8489

    Yorkdale Mall
    3401 Dufferin Street
    Toronto, Ontario M6A 3A1
    (416) 785-1776
     
  6. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    There's one located at sherway gardens now?!?!
     
  7. Cube54 macrumors regular

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    Make sure that you 'file' for your refunds quickly. Our Federal Gov. just announced 'goodbye' to this plan as of Dec. 31 2006 :confused:
     
  8. Cube54 macrumors regular

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    Darn Yanks!

    Our tax in BC is now 6+7=13% We cut that 'here GST back a 'point'. You'all.

    And if you haven't noticed ->the poster is from the U.K. Try 'Pounds & Canuck 'pucks' next time, Hey :D


    As for the 'Future Shop'.... I willingly, with malice & forethought did leave that firm out of my post!
     
  9. Raid macrumors 68020

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    Wow, I wasn't sure if there was an Apple store in Sherway Gardens, but apparently there is! From the look of it, it's pretty freaking new, but since they have events scheduled for the 24th and 25th I'm assuming they are open. If you don't really want to go to an apple store then check out places like;
    Carbon Computing
    Computer Systems Centre
    CPUsed
    Click on Mac Solutions
    Compusmart

    And for peripherals you might also want to try Tiger Direct

    They are pretty scattered about the city, but if you got time to wander in the downtown core then the Apple store at Eaton's Centre is a good place to start, and if you wander over to Computer Systems Centre, there are some good deals on computer components in the many computer shops around College and Spadina... you just got to know what you want and the standard chinese 'cash discount' applies;)
     
  10. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    Allrighty then.

    I did, actually. But when I travel on business, I have a rental car, and since it's usually for several days, a trip to the outlets in Washington isn't out of the question. Sometimes you can get a better deal by hopping the border.

    Which is why I added it in mine. A business traveler isn't going to mind Future Shop for one quick visit. I hate Mac Station, personally.
     
  11. Cube54 macrumors regular

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    Does your Employer know you do this???

    Hey What I Can Say? Everytime I cross the border to U.S. I always stop by 'Guns 'R Us'

    Pack 'em & Blast 'em I Say
     
  12. mistuk thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the tips! Really looking forward to visiting Vancouver, it's my first visit there - been to Toronto once before (about 12 years ago). Wish I had more time in Canada - I'm going to be a bit jet-lagged when I get back!

    Thanks again,

    Kev
     
  13. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    It's called free time. Our rental agreements have unlimited mileage (or meterage, depending on the country), so what I do outside of the conference/event/seminar/required activities is basically unlimited, right up until I exceed my per diem. Even then, I can do whatever I want as long as I pay for it myself. Either way, the budget and accounting people couldn't possibly care less.


    If you get a chance and you like the outdoors, head over to Capilano Gorge in North Vancouver. It's amazing this time of year, and it's just one SeaBus and one regular bus from downtown.

    You'll probably love Vancouver from the moment you step into the airport (which is really saying something, given the general mood at most airports these days).
     
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    Yes, Capilano Gorge and Grouse Mountian are on my hit list for Sunday (I fly out of the UK on Saturday). Everyone I know who's been to Vancouver has told me that I'm going to love it......

    I'm out there to look at some ATC systems, so I'm likely to be spending a fair time at the airport!
     
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Weird. G-H-E-T-T-O. Why not somewhere nicer and more prestigious? It seems silly not to open one in Vancouver, but open one up at Sherway Gardens. :eek:
     
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    How long since you've been there Abstract? I will admit that the surrounding area isn't too hot, but the mall itself is pretty nice, and they've got the newer 'big box' section to the north. Mind you I don't go there that often (traffic is nuts around there and living downtown there's not much point), my thought was that you'd think Apple would go for the Vaughan Mills Mall to get wider coverage...
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Agreed. Much newer, and much nicer.

    I haven't been to Sherway gardens in 6 years, but the area isn't hot like the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale mall. They chose Sherway Gardens instead of any decent place in Vancouver. Kind of weird, that's all. ;)

    Haven't been in Toronto for 2.5 years. I'm in Oz for at least another 1.5 years.
     

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