According to our one and only Canadian stained glass supplier (OOCSGS)- due to the cost of importing from the U.S. they "must add a currency surcharge to our invoices, to partly offset increased cost due to the sharp rise in the U.S. dollar".
But wait a minute... there's alot of stuff that is made here in Canada (lead, solder, irons, clear glass, kilns, many chemicals, etc) and paid for in Canadian dollars -surely we aren't going to be charged the 14.9% U.S. dollar surcharge on these items? After all, it didn't happen in the past when we had a competitive wholesale market. Both suppliers were careful to strip out all non-U.S. goods before adding the surcharge.
Oops, we don't have the protection of competitive market anymore. And yes, we are expected to pay this U.S. dollar surcharge on everything- including Canadian goods also...
We've found another supplier for some of these Canadian supplies. To save 14.9%? Partially. To feel better about not allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of. Absolutely.
But for most of our competitors, there isn't another supplier.
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