Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Taxed To Death?

Freddy is not anatomically correct.My recent trip to Connecticut was pleasure for me, and business for Suz. I had the pleasure of sleeping in, watching movies and going shopping. Suz was there for a conference.

During one of my many outings, I came across this familiar fellow: Fred Krueger. Or, Freddy Krueger if you prefer. Although I'm not a big fan of his movies (I've only seen one, and I don't even know which number it was), I'm a huge fan of anything 6 feet tall and scary.

The last time I saw Freddy was at a local mall, standing outside of a Spencer Gifts store, entertaining teenagers. In Canada, this animatronic murderer cost approximately $459. In recent years Spencer Gifts has offered post-Halloween sales on some smaller items, but nothing for seasonal things of this calibre. I know. I asked.

In the United States, they do things a little differently. 75% differently!

At a mall in Connecticut I saw good ol' Freddy standing out front as usual. But he wore a sign that read 75% Off. I did a double-take, not actually believing what I saw. Suz was intrigued as well. We entered Spencer Gifts and I inquired about the 6-foot-tall Janitor. It was true! 75% off, and not just the floor model - but a brand new Freddy in a box! (I love boxes)

I was suspicious. I asked lots of questions. But it was true! Freddy, the 6-foot-tall, fully clothed animatronic slasher was on sale, glove included. There was not a single additional thing I had to buy. "It's a fantastic deal," the cashier-dude reassured me. "I know! I'll take it!" I replied.

But there was one more surprise. When he rang up my new buddy, there was an additional 10% off at the cash. My total was $62, plus tax, for a whopping $66. I have never walked out of a store laughing before. But I did this time. Walking to the car, I did some math in my head. When I got to a calculator, I made sure the numbers were precise.

Get this:

My $66 total is LESS than the TAXES alone had I bought Freddy in Canada. Taxes on $459.99 is $68.99. Yes, I know there's still the CDN/U.S. conversion but even still, I walked away paying about $77 versus $528.98. That's $451 that I can put towards things like candy and video games!

Considering all this, are we being taxed to death in Canada? I vote Freddy Krueger for Prime Minister. He loves slashing, and he can start with our taxes.

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Blogger Rainypete said...

No freakin way!! It's almost worth the drive down just for that!

8:38:00 PM

Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

LOL u cracked me up...That is wild how much difference it is up there..

I am glad you have your 6th ft toy for next halloween....awesome deal


12:47:00 AM

Blogger ms. creek said...

that is a good deal.
here in montana, we don't have sales tax, either,so it would have been even less!
why was he marked down so low?
does it work?
are you just tickled pink?
congrats on an awesome buy!
got your christmas tree up, yet?

9:18:00 AM

Blogger TheatreChick73 said...

Congratulations on your Freddieliscious score! He'll work fantastic as a guard for the house...and I'm talking year round not just at Halloween.

Put his under a sprig of mistletoe and see what craziness occurs!

1:20:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

LOL, you guys are great.
Yep, he works - he is quite loud, and his eyes are freaky when they move.
I am thinking of turning Freddy into our Christmas tree this year. Maybe I'll hang the mistletoe ON him, along with a string of lights, and plop an angel on his head. What do you think?

12:12:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

p.s. Theatrechick.... I wish I could comment on your blog. Just because I'm not commenting, don't think I'm not reading....

12:23:00 PM


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