Why is fabric so expensive in Canada?

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  1. Pamela Kinnaird W profile image87
    Pamela Kinnaird Wposted 5 years ago

    Why is fabric so expensive in Canada?

    Last year I was buying a batik fabric for $3.49 a yard on Maui.  Here in Canada I was shocked in a fabric store to find out the same batik -- same pattern on the fabric -- is $18.99 a yard!  And the cotton for quilting is $15.99 a yard and up.  I went to another shop -- same price. I went to Walmart and they have changed their packaging.  You can't buy fabric off the bolt now.  I think it was $11.99 for cotton fabric there.  I didn't see any batik. How could there be such a price difference from Maui to Canada?  Arizona's prices were low, too, but Maui is usually higher priced due to shipping.

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  2. Ann1Az2 profile image66
    Ann1Az2posted 5 years ago

    Fabric has gone up everywhere - I was at Walmart in Orange, TX the other day and the price of fabric has gone up at least $2.00 a yard on everything. And we grow cotton down here! Thread has gone up, too. It's becoming a question of whether it is cheaper to make your own clothes anymore, or just buy them.

    1. Pamela Kinnaird W profile image87
      Pamela Kinnaird Wposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yup.  Just when I'm finally getting around to learning how to sew dresses.

      Thanks for your comment.

    2. Ann1Az2 profile image66
      Ann1Az2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Pamela, try not to give up! Homemade clothes are made better and they last longer. I still have clothes that I made 5 or 6 years ago that still look good. Even if you use "cheap" fabric, homemade is better!

  3. lburmaster profile image82
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    Everything is more expensive in Canada. Approximately 3x's as much as in the United States.

    1. Pamela Kinnaird W profile image87
      Pamela Kinnaird Wposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's amazing.  A spiral notebook with colors on the front which is $2.97 on MauiI -- I saw the same one in Walmart in Saskatchewan for $10.97.  I can only guess the price is higher because the wages are so high in Saskatchewan (and Alberta).

 
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