Journal: News & Comment

Tuesday, November 01, 2005
# 12:21:00 PM:

Buying musical gear online in Canada

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If you're a musician who lives in Canada, trying to buy gear online generally sucks. Yearh, there's eBay, and a few limited online shopping options from places like Tom Lee Music and Axe Music, but more exotic equipment and good prices sometimes send you looking across the border to the U.S.

Alas, most distribution agreements prevent us from buying musical instruments and other gear from Amazon. Now Musician's Friend, a huge music gear megasite, has opened up some of their inventory to Canadian customers. While I still like shopping places like Long & McQuade and Not Just Another Music Shop in person, sometimes the stuff I need (or, ahem, want) for the band or my podcast might be best available across the line.

Pricing is still in U.S. dollars, and only a small fraction of inventory is available to Canadians so far, but at least it's a crack in the armor.


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