If you didn’t guessed by the title, Canadian person here. And Anker enthusiast, with almost 10 products - not counting cables.
It bothers me that some amazing products simply aren’t available in Canada. We share a long, unprotected border with the US, with whom we also have - at least until now - a free-trade agreement. Yet, some products - specially new ones - can’t be ship here. I’m hoping an Anker representative will read this, but any insight will be appreciated.
Here’s a short list of products not available to ship to Canada - as in not available at Amazon.ca or not sent from Amazon.com to Canadian postal codes:
PowerCore Turbo 16000mAh with PowerIQ™
Quick Charge 2.0 Combo
PowerPack: PowerCore+ & PowerPort 4 & PowerLine+ & Travel Case
Eufy Smart Bulbs
Roav DashCam C2 - specially ironic that the product focus on extreme temperatures…
Eufy RoboVac 11c
Eufy RoboVac 11+
Eufy Genie Smart Speaker
Eufy BodySense Blood Pressure Monitor
This is far from a comprehensible list, but it illustrates the idea. Some cool tech like the whole Eufy smart bulbs and Health lines can’t be found in Amazon.ca or ship here from Amazon.com. Newer version of products available to Canadians also, like the RoboVac and Roav DashCam.
Any more Canadians here also bothered by that? Maybe if enough of us join the conversation they’ll show us some more love!
You would most likely get a more concise answer as to why by dropping an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. As @Oggyboy has mentioned most territories don’t get the full product inventory from the get go but often the majority of products does make an appearance at some point.
The main reason most likely is due to a larger user/customer base in the US and the stock levels they have at initial launch. Once production increases along with demand in other territories, new product lines are expanded to that location.
I can, but I would still need an actual US address to have it delivered to. And Amazon don’t have any Amazon Lockers on the cities near Montreal, where I live. And, if I ever have to return an item, that would be a problem. Not the streamlined experience we got used to.
I mentioned Canada, but the same can be said for any country. If everything ships originally from China where the products are manufactured, and since Anker send products to all those countries, why not all products? I would be cool with waiting a few days or even weeks if I could order from Amazon.ca and have it delivered directly to me.
The supply chain is already established, isn’t it? That’s what I’m talking about. Even if the US customer base - and surely revenue - is greater than most countries, it wouldn’t take much work or expense from Anker’s part other than print labels and create product pages on their country-specific websites.
So, I mentioned Canadians on my original post, but now I urge all non-US-resident Anker fans to unite!
A lot of it has to do with the controls in different countries. In Canada it may have to meet CSA approval in order to be sold here. A couple summers back I purchased an air soft rifle for my son at Walmart in Idaho and had it taken from me at the Canadian border, seems it didn’t meet our Canadian standards as it didn’t have the little orange tip on the end that would signify a toy. The same items can be made for both countries but without the stamp it is a border problem. Testing for some product can be very expensive. Ever try to buy a car or boat in the US and bring it into Canada, It will cost you a pretty penny to bring it up to emission standards.
Yesterday I had to order a Lenovo (I assume made-in-China) product direct from China, an estimated 2-3 weeks delivery, for an item which is not available within USA, but is available in unusually smaller European countries. Similar was with OnePlus phone and I think I ordered an iPod once which I ordered in USA and found a tracking code from China. The risk with this is a warranty issue you have to pay for the return postage and the more international you act the more you encounter language problems.
I would ask a different question - why are Canadians so expensive and so bad at engineering and manufacturing the product has to be designed and manufactured in China? So you are causing the problem locally in your schools and entrepeneurial investment mindset. All credit to the manufacturing powerhouse which is China. It is such now that none fear a trade war with China as the Canadians would cease getting a lot they want within weeks. Same criticism of UK, USA and many other once big manufacturing countries.
Take a look of how the children growing in China are so much better at the skills needed to design and manufacturer technology products.
I don’t think Canadian is bad at engineering, you were misinformed somewhere, the differences in price due to exchange rate, and lower population.
In term of education, we knew that Canadians (British) did burn the whitehouse. I like it. It is the best history chapter in Canada.
The blackberry was made in Canada and one of the best smartphone in the world. Apple was the one who decided to do everything in China to reduce cost. It was the American who destroyed themselves and Canadians.
Apart from weapons, airplanes (which canadian needs from Americans), Canadians could just buy everything from Mexico or China. Canadians don’t wage war with China, lol, only in American dreams that we will.