Funimation store to also be in Canada?



  • I enjoy anime, hence why I am here and I buy quite a lot of anime. I would buy a lot more especially during your great sales if shipping wasn't so high.. it costs over $25 to ship to Canada, the price of most animes. Any chances of having a location in Canada to offset those costs of shipping? I am sure more people from Canada would buy if the cost to ship wasn't so high.



  • They're based out of Texas, and IIRC they're not big enough to have a second manufacturing/distribution center located in a (to Funimnation, Inc) foreign country with different tax structures and corporate laws.

    I'm afraid the best thing you can do is write to your Member of Parliament and complain about tariffs and the cost of shipping to the states (I'm assuming that these expenses are Canada's fault, owing to it's importation laws and not due to American exportation policies.)

    I know this feel, and it sucks - it costs a load just to get some of your favorite stuff shipped here.

    The alternate plan I know of is getting in touch with a local business in the movie/DVD business, and ordering through them. IIRC commercial entities pay different importing fees compared to private citizens. They can place the orders and get the stuff shipped to you for only a slightly higher markup. than the Funimation store price, and you get the product you love, legitimately!



  • @holly07:

    Any chances of having a location in Canada to offset those costs of shipping?

    A good Canadian supplier is C&L Multimedia. You also often see them at various cons on the west coast.
    Their site is www.thecnl.com



  • @petro604:

    A good Canadian supplier is C&L Multimedia. You also often see them at various cons on the west coast.
    Their site is www.thecnl.com

    While their shipping is much more reasonable, they make up for it with very inflated prices. Canadian can't win.



  • IF you can get to the USA, you can always "cross the border" and bring stuff across of course. Just have to "avoid detection" while going back of course…



  • @thegrandalliance:

    IF you can get to the USA, you can always "cross the border" and bring stuff across of course. Just have to "avoid detection" while going back of course…

    I'm pretty sure that's illegal TGA lol



  • @nubguy:

    I'm pretty sure that's illegal TGA lol

    So is cannabis in Canada for now at least, but still it exists…

    Alas, I have no love-lost for Canada. One time, on my way to Japan via Vancouver International, they pulled me out during the immigration (which if you have to pass through even if you on international connection) and searched my computer for "child pornography". Good thing I had several hours between flights, or I would never had made that connection.

    It is a good thing I don't have much of anything on that laptop at the time , nor do I consume such nonsense; in either case a real disappointment. Apparently they didn't think I was going to Japan, rather to Thailand or something thereafter. Also, good thing I didn't have any Anime stuff either, as that could be considered as such as far as Canada is concerned.

    /declarewar "Canada"



  • @thegrandalliance:

    So is cannabis in Canada for now at least, but still it exists…

    I have no love-lost for Canada. One time, on my way to Japan via Vancouver International, they pulled me out during the immigration (which if you have to pass through even if you on international connection) and searched my computer for "child pornography".

    It is a good thing I don't' have much on that computer at the time of anything (was a "newer" computer), nor do I consume such nonsense; in either case a real disappointment. Apparently they didn't think I was going to Japan, rather to Thailand or something thereafter.

    /declearwar "Canada"

    wow that's a pretty outrageous violation of your privacy. I am kind of shocked.



  • @nubguy:

    wow that's a pretty outrageous violation of your privacy. I am kind of shocked.

    Yea, but it is Canada, and perfectly legal to their laws: Did do some research thereafter. They do, or had some sort of anti-Child Trafficking initiative, whereas they tried to crack down on this criminal industry. Of course, no such thing as the "4th amendment" there. No need for probable cause of course in Canada.

    Of course, I do kinda "look like a terrorist/trafficker" at the time if you were to visually profile me I presume. I am white for the record of course.

    …Be thankful you live in USA of course :)



  • Damn, sometimes I just hate Canada -_-



  • Shipping costs in Canada are just too damn high, I haven't bought anything from the Funimation store yet but I used to buy things from ThinkGeek and the shipping and duties always doubled the price. So for like 60$ worth of items, I had to pay a 30$ shipping + 30$ duties to UPS/DHL on delivery.

    Nowadays I mostly buy on Ebay so I can pick the sellers with the less exaggerated shipping cost. I find it pretty sad that China can manage to give us free shipping on almost anything and that Canada Post charges us 15$ to ship to another city in the same province. But I guess it's what it takes to pay for those 26$/h postmen.



  • ^ Have you tried RightStuf.com yet, Krock? They offer free shipping for orders over $250. That might seem like a lot at first, but if you order your anime in large "nest eggs" about twice a year or so, the savings should really make up for it.

    http://www.rightstufanime.com/



  • @thegrandalliance:

    Yea, but it is Canada, and perfectly legal to their laws: Did do some research thereafter. They do, or had some sort of anti-Child Trafficking initiative, whereas they tried to crack down on this criminal industry. Of course, no such thing as the "4th amendment" there. No need for probable cause of course in Canada.

    Of course, I do kinda "look like a terrorist/trafficker" at the time if you were to visually profile me I presume. I am white for the record of course.

    …Be thankful you live in USA of course :)

    It's not just Canada that can search laptops, phones, and tablets. A number of countries can. The US included.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/smartphone-laptop-searches-know-rights/

    USA is near the bottom of the page.



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    ^ Have you tried RightStuf.com yet, Krock? They offer free shipping for orders over $250. That might seem like a lot at first, but if you order your anime in large "nest eggs" about twice a year or so, the savings should really make up for it.

    http://www.rightstufanime.com/

    I haven't bought anything there yet. I never really thought about spending that much in a single order, but that sure makes more sense in the long run.



  • @liquidhand:

    It's not just Canada that can search laptops, phones, and tablets. A number of countries can. The US included.

    USA is near the bottom of the page.

    Technically, the constitutionally USA wise of that is in question: It may happen, but it is considered illegal. IN USA, there is supposed to be "probable cause" in the case of searching the contents of a computer therefore.



  • @thegrandalliance:

    Technically, the constitutionally USA wise of that is in question: It may happen, but it is considered illegal. IN USA, there is supposed to be "probable cause" in the case of searching the contents of a computer therefore.

    That's the same here in Canada. Most circumstances require probable cause. The laws are a bit different when it comes to airports and such.
    Just like how they can search your bags, or make you go through x-ray, or take off your shoes.

    The last paragraph of the article I linked says it all. "Whenever you fly abroad, you give your implicit consent for someone to inspect your belongings. The all-seeing rubber-glove of airport security can go through your phone, laptop or tablet, and there"s absolutely nothing you can do about it."

    Airport security the world over can ruin your day for little or no reason. Maybe they think you "look suspicious", or maybe they just don't like your face.
    It sucks, but that's just all part of travel.



  • @liquidhand:

    The last paragraph of the article I linked says it all. "Whenever you fly abroad, you give your implicit consent for someone to inspect your belongings. The all-seeing rubber-glove of airport security can go through your phone, laptop or tablet, and there"s absolutely nothing you can do about it."

    Yes, but the laws are with the intent of airport security. Searching the digital contents of a computer (child pornography) is not a matter of flight safety: This goes outside of their legal, Patriot Act jurisdiction (in the case of the USA).

    Otherwise, they could require an inspection of all "papers" as a matter of whime if you will, which is of course direct violation of 4th amendment. In Canada, there is no 4th amendment == in their constitution, so they can get away with it therefore.



  • @thegrandalliance:

    -snip-

    "Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides everyone in Canada with protection against unreasonable search and seizure. This right provides Canadians with their primary source of constitutionally enforced privacy rights against unreasonable intrusion from the state. Typically, this protects personal information that can be obtained through searching someone in pat-down, entering someone's property or surveillance."

    We do have almost the same right, but I believe that last sentence is what differenciats. (I could be totally wrong about what I just stated.) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_Eight_of_the_Canadian_Charter_of_Rights_and_Freedoms



  • @the_krock:

    I haven't bought anything there yet. I never really thought about spending that much in a single order, but that sure makes more sense in the long run.

    A big issue though, is the fact that the conversion rate is still in the gutter. Still, better than nothing I guess. Also, all this talk about rights and privacy does not belong here.



  • @Oniros:

    A big issue though, is the fact that the conversion rate is still in the gutter.

    Yeah I miss that time when both currencies had nearly the same value.



  • @the_krock:

    Yeah I miss that time when both currencies had nearly the same value.

    …you can blame "super low" price of oil for that. Also resources. Canada's high cost oil sands destroying the otherwise carry trade (people buying CAN$ in interest of seeing a growing economy) and thus your currency is /doom


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