Sartorial arbitrage

by on December 22, 2007 at 12:29 pm in Current Affairs | Permalink

Canadian shoppers taking advantage of the parity between the U.S. and
Canadian dollars are leaving behind more than cash when the head home.

They’re leaving behind their old clothes.

Some Canadian shoppers wear their new clothes home to avoid paying a duty when they cross back into Canada [TC: do we reallly need the link behind that word?].
The old clothes get left behind in parking lots, dressing rooms and
restrooms at malls and shopping plazas in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls
region.

At the Fashion Outlets mall just outside the city of
Niagara Falls, managers have placed collection bins near the exits
where Canadians customers can deposit their unwanted items.

Here is the story.  Thanks to Bill Griffiths for the pointer.

1 Anonymous December 22, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Sheesh. Some people just don’t know how to smuggle.

2 Matt December 22, 2007 at 1:54 pm

Gotta love those craft Canadians. Maybe socialism doesn’t pay after all!

3 Gunther December 22, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Socialism doesn’t pay?

It’s not the “socialists” wearing the cast-off clothing…

4 R December 23, 2007 at 12:44 am

What’s the punishment for attempted smugling on this scale?

Whatever it is it sounds pretty optimal. The price difference is big enough to smuggle one outfit using this method but the risk of getting caught outweighs the benefits of smuggling a trunkful.

[This assumes that one bag of clothes is just as likely to be found in your trunk as 12 bags of clothes.]

5 Juan December 23, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Yes, there is Nafta for Nafta countries made goods

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