Newegg Canada opens its doors

If you were around in July, you might've seen Newegg announce the impending arrival of its Canadian online store. Pointing one's browser to led to a "coming soon" page for the better part of the past two months, but the site finally opened its doors last night (so to speak).

The Canadian Newegg looks similar to its U.S. counterpart, but a Canadian flag adorns the logo at the top left, a mention at the top right says prices are all in Canadian dollars "unless otherwise specified," and the store seems to carry fewer items. We were curious to see how the new kid compares to established Canadian e-tailers on the pricing front, so we sought out three popular items at Newegg Canada, NCIX, and DirectCanada. Where needed, we got shipping prices by filling in the address of a Starbucks in Toronto and picking the cheapest shipping option. Here's what we found:

    Asus Radeon HD 4850 Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 WD Caviar SE16 640GB
Newegg Canada List price  $191.19 $180.49 $79.49
Shipping  $14.37 $14.37 $14.37
Total  $205.56 $194.86 $93.86
NCIX Canada List price  $221.63 $210.15 $89.75
Shipping  $12.98 $12.98 $10.00
Total  $234.61 $223.13 $99.75
DirectCanada List price  $207.90 $169.99 $86.40
Shipping  $9.99 $9.99 $9.99
Total  $217.89 $179.98 $96.39

(As you might have guessed, all prices above are in Canadian dollars. Oh, and all three e-tailers offer $30 USD ($31.78 CAD) mail-in rebates for the Radeon.)

This is by no means an exhaustive comparison, but Newegg seems to be faring pretty well here: it has the cheapest shipped prices for two of the three items. For the Core 2 Duo E8400, DirectCanada charges almost $15 CAD less. Low prices or not, we'll have to leave it up to consumers to see whether Newegg Canada's shipping and after-sales service are up to snuff.

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