After my wife dragged me to Chapters last night (that wasn't so bad, I came away with more books than her), I said we needed to visit Best Buy as retribution.
I found some significant variations in pricing.
Our fm transmitter (for hooking mp3 players to the car stereo) is starting to wear out, and so I was shopping for prices. Our old one cost $30 and I was shocked to see the cheapest at Best Buy (in Canada) costing $50-$60. Across the street at Wal-Mart, the cheapest was $20.
At Best Buy, I found my birthday present. I've been wanting to have an Internet radio, preferably one that also acts as a clock-radio for next to the bed. Prices tend to be high, or product unavailable in Canada. Imagine my delight in seeing one -- the only one I've ever seen in Canada -- a Roku for CDN$300.
I dragged my wife over, and announced, "Here's my birthday present!" She replied, "Well, maybe it will come on sale." I figured it would be $199 or $249 at Best Buy in the USA.
As soon as I got home, I checked bestbuy.com's price: US$400! (or about CDN$465, once I add in the creditcard-based exchange rate and our higher sales tax). I went to bestbuy.ca and found it wasn't listed at all.
Some more Web perusing told me that (1) the price was recently lowered by Roku by $100, but Best Buy hadn't adjusted their's yet; and (2) the price in Canada is usually much much higher, and so must be an error -- or a close-out, since I suspect Internet radios just don't sell well.