suppliers

Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by ontario, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. ontario

    ontario New Member

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    Where can I purchase ( In Canada) preps supplies like mylar bags, buckets as well as food like #10 cans of dehydrated eggs, butter, veg, etc? Have lots of leads on US buit need CDN suppliers. Also looking for MREs in Canada. Thnks
     
  2. MaryV

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    in Canada we are more limited in supplies and selection.
    mylar bags, and a few food items and other survival supplies can be bought from
    SSC
    I have bought mylar bags from them.
    there is also www.bauly.com
    they have freeze dried food, not sure if they are in #10 tins though.
    I buy Mountain House foods from
    Outdoor Gear - Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) - quipement d'activits de grande nature
    you have to look for them on the website under camping hiking supplies.
    there is also
    fcsurplus.ca (forest city surplus)
    they have food under camping supplies.
    a few selections of MH foods, thats all.
    there is a site you can check out also,
    Dri-Harvest Foods - Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated Foods
    they have #10 tins of dehydrated foods.
    i dont like the prices, but considering trying to get food across the border, its probably equal in the long run.
    i cant think of any other sites at the moment, I sure wish we had the same opportunities americans have...
     

  3. MaryV

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  4. MaryV

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    this one sometimes has MREs
    you have to click on "purchase now" to see the selection, sometimes they dont have them in stock...

    Meal Kit Supply Canada
     
  5. Canadian

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    I buy all my restaurant supplies and equipment from Nella. They are a family owned and operated business. They can hook you up with bag sealers vac pack machines etc. Open a commercial account with them - tell then you have a home business making health food or something. You'll get most supplies at restaurant prices 20% off. You'll get even bigger discounts on large equipment. If it is made by OMCAN which is their house brand expect 30% to 40% off on the equipment. They ship across Canada.

    http://www.nellacutlery.ca/
     
  6. MaryV

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    as for buckets, you can buy them from survivalpro, but I got some for like a dollar each at a bulk food store here in town. some restaurants and food stores just throw them out, check around.
     
  7. The_Blob

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    HEY! What's with all the USA-hate? Don't you know our economy is in trouble? We NEED those Canadian $$$ ! :eek: :rolleyes: ;)
     
  8. northernontario

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    With our Canadian dollar sitting at about $0.799 US, it's more expensive for us to buy items from the US. Plus, when it comes time to ship, it costs more to ship it (no free shipping on any orders, regardless of size), and we get stuck with duties (taxes) and brokerage fees when stuff crosses the border.

    I've ordered thin plastic material (clear headlight film) from the US... cost me $20 + $10 to ship... plus $5 in taxes... plus $35 in brokerage fees... all for something that fit inside a regular envelope.
     
  9. Canadian

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    Buying American stuff is too expensive. You need to devalue your currency a little more. Then we'll be in a position to buy.
     
  10. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

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    Stay away from UPS - that is the killer to buying from the USA. Insist that the products ship via USPS (Postal Service) and both you and the shipper will save a huge amount of money on shipping / duty / brokerage and only need to pay GST / PST on the actual product - no taxes on the delivery charges.

    Whenever I buy something online I always state that if the company ships via anything other than USPS to cancel my order. I have also told the companies that if they ship via anything but USPS that I will refuse the order and will not pay any charges. So far - I haven't had to refuse any delivery. :cool:
     
  11. MaryV

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    a #10 tin of powdered milk here in Canada is 40 dollars CDN, plus shipping,
    a #10 tin of milk from the USA from several sites, is 20 dollars US, plus shipping.
    which is cheaper?
     
  12. TechAdmin

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    Not sure. How much would customs charge you?
     
  13. The_Blob

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    Is any of this sold on Ebay?

    I've never had any complaints when selling stuff to Canadians on Ebay...

    just asking
     
  14. RedRocker

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    Anybody tried Efoodsdirect?
     
  15. MaryV

    MaryV Well-Known Member

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    i havent tried any american company yet, and that one is american. but there are some things I cant seem to find here in Canada, and one is the canned meat in #10 tins, freezedried. we have FD meat but it isnt in tins for long term storage. so I may have to try buying from the USA eventually to get some meat sotcked. But for now I am just doing Canadian buying trying to save money.
     
  16. The_Blob

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    well... it looks like $20 USD = $25.03 CAD for your powdered milk example idk what the difference in S&H is but I would assume it isn't that much, get a US friend to send you 'gifts' postally, idk if you get tariffs on those
     
  17. MaryV

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    see I think it IS cheaper to buy the milk from the US. even with shipping. I still have to pay shipping from the canadian supplier. I think I will try that.
    as long as it isnt shipped other than USPS it shoudl be okay.
     
  18. MaryV

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    I have been checking out prices. you know it may very well be cheaper to get food from the USA. get this, a #10 tin of powdered butter from the site inCanada is 81.00 CDN, the same thing from the USA is 20 bucks US.
    even with shipping and all, this is cheaper, way cheaper.
    how can they get away with charging us those high prices?
     
  19. northernontario

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    Solution... become a supplier! Find out where these people are buying their stuff, become a distributor, and start selling it to us fellow Canadians!

    Buying in volume = increased discounts... and a potential source of income! I would do it, if I had more storage space and more time to ship stuff.

    Heck, I would even consider doing "group buys" with locals... if anyone lived close to me.
     
  20. MaryV

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    what a great idea! I had thought of it, I do have all the time in the world as I dont work now, but wouldnt have a clue how to, besides i live in a small apt, have no car, and not much in cash reserves...but you know, dri-harvest.com has a monopoly here in Canada because as far as i have been able to find, they are the ONLY producers of #10 tins, there may be another one that i dont know about yet, but if so, they sure arent advertising. so they can charge whatever they like, if canadians dont research they will assume they must pay those prices...
    one of the american companies, I think it was cherubim foods, told me to try to get a group together and order together, but I am pretty much alone here in my area. I could tell you where i live in private I guess...but not on the list.
    you never know we might live near each other.