12-09-2010 09:03 PM
I live in British Columbia, in Vancouver. I'm about a two+ hour drive away from an American Best Buy across the border.
I'm wondering if online orders can be made at Best Buy America, to be shipped to Canada. The specific product is the Energy CF-70 speaker, which is sold nowhere in Canada. A competitor similar Best Buy offers every recent Energy brand speaker with the exception of the CF-70 speaker here in Canada (which seems so odd that they offer the CF-30 and CF-50, but have never offered the CF-70 in Canada).
Just a question for future reference. I'm guessing I may have to cross the border or figure it out some other way if I ever want to purchase this item in the future, but I figured I'd ask here to be sure.
12-09-2010 11:35 PM
Thanks for the above two replies. I guess I'll have to drive across the boarder in this case.
Best Buy Canada doesn't sell any Energy speakers whatsoever. Futureshop however does (though when I post on the Futureshop website, they're not helpful at all... they don't even let me name Best Buy... I got warned twice for mentioning that Best Buy exists... they say I must refer to best buy as "anonymous competitor").
Anywayyyss.... this sucks. I want to complete my Energy Connoisseur setup, and the CF-70 which is the speaker I want to get just isn't in Canada... and I absolutely loathe buying from random online salesplaces through shipping. I mean, I can at least trust that Best Buy will sell me a sealed and new product (whereas some other places might sell refurbs as new right).
12-09-2010 11:41 PM
Yeah I know it's really odd.
Energy is originally Canadian-based brand, though it has recently been bought by Klipsch in 2006 or 2008 (I forget which of those two years). I believe the company has been moved to the US.
The reason I like the Connoisseur line of Energy speakers is that it's quite cheap, and provides much better audio quality than its competition in its price-range (when bought on proper sale). For example, I saw the CF-70's which sell for $500 at Best Buy went on sale for $250 a month or so ago (wish I could've been there when that happened).
Anyways, the Futureshop website (at least futureshopforums.ca) is absolutely rabid about anyone mentioning any prices below what they offer things at. They have a language filter which detects if you're using the name of a competitor, and they have active moderators which will automatically change anything. For example, my post was edited by them and they put in "(competitor)" where I said "Best Buy". So I edited my own post again and changed it to "Futureshop's close sister company", and they warned me telling me that's against the rules to mention any competition. But come on? Best Buy isn't competition to Futureshop, it's a game partner. A wingman.
That was a bit of a rant anyway. It just sucks that it seems Futureshop controls Energy speaker sales in Canada, and they don't offer the CF-70 speaker which is the best one of their cheaper line of speakers (and their Veritas line floorstanding speakers cost $1800... you can see $1800 not on sale vs. $500 not on sale for the same kind of floorstanding speaker is a huge price gap).
12-09-2010 11:50 PM
Yeah it's kinda sad, at least in Canada. In Canada, Futureshop is played off as the great company, and they use Best Buy to make themselves look better. Basically Futureshop always has the better sales, they have the wider selection of speakers, tv's, and other products. Best Buy, in Canada, is there to pick up sales, but they generally make Futureshop look better.
The unfortunate thing about Futureshop having exclusive sales on a particular brand in Canada means that their price-match guarantee is worth jack all.