It has been six months since Target made their departure from Canada, leaving many disappointed landlords and shoppers, over 17,000 people jobless, and 15 million square feet of stores empty. It’s safe to say the American retailer left a bitter taste in a lot of people’s mouths, which is why it comes to no surprise that Target is trying to make amends with Canadians by now offering online shopping.
The retailer recently announced shipping to Canada through their international website, Intl.Target.com. A Target spokesperson told CBC news that the site “is a part of a test and we will have more details to share in the near future.” The website claims to offer low international shipping rates, with shipping & duties included in prices and all prices in Canadian dollars.
It seems, however, that the only thing Target is testing is our patience.
We decided to compare prices between their American website and their International website, and it seems as if Target’s Canadian prices are, once again, disappointing. The first item we compared was the Mossimo Women’s Hadley Buckle Boot which are $37.99 USD on the American website. On the International website, the same boots are $52.30 CAD or $39.76 USD* ($1.77 more expensive) plus $20.95 CAD for shipping and $14.06 CAD for duties and taxes.
The second item we compared was the Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Digital Slow Cooker with Heatsaver Stoneware which was $49.99 USD on the American website. On the International website, the same slow cooker is $68.82 CAD or $52.32 USD* ($2.33 more expensive) plus $26.00 CAD shipping and $12.09 CAD for duties and taxes.
The final item we compared was the Star Wars Classic Death Star Bed Blanket which is $23.75 USD on the American website. On the International website, the blanket is $32.70 CAD or $24.86 USD* ($1.11 more expensive) plus $31.58 CAD in shipping ($1.12 less than the actual cost of the blanket) and $10.53 CAD in duties and taxes.
As you can see, the prices are still higher than the American prices, something that was often complained about when Target stores were in Canada. The costs for shipping and duties are so high that sometimes they total more than or close to the actual cost of the item.
Now that Target has launched online shopping in Canada, will you shop with them again?
*All prices are compared with the Canadian exchange rate of October 26, 2015 ($0.76 USD = $1 CAD)