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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

There's never been a better time to cross-border online shop

Written by: Chaya Cooperberg:

"Monday was a good day for the Canadian dollar, with the currency trading up to 93 cents (U.S.). It was also a good day for cross-border online shopping."

"As our dollar has strengthened over the past few months, many of my friends have headed for the outlet malls in Buffalo to buy clothes, shoes and house wares. But when I see our currency gaining ground, I click on my favourite American stores online. (All figures below are in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.)"

"American retailers are embracing virtual Canadian consumers these days, making it easier for us to shop online. On many websites, we now have the option of viewing prices in Canadian dollars, translated at that day’s exchange rate. Some sites are even offering free shipping to Canada. I suppose that U.S. retailers have found Canadian shoppers to be a resilient source of spending, compared with our still frugal American counterparts."

"We represent a lucrative market. Canadian online spending for retail goods in 2009 is forecast to grow 21 per cent per cent to $16-billion, according to eMarketer. With our currency’s growing purchasing power in the U.S., we are an attractive target for retailers trying to find a bright spot in the recession."

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.