Arista in Canada

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  1. dfoo

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    Towards the end of the ill fated Ilford in Canada thread I saw some recommendations about where to get Arista in Canada. Unfortunately, I didn't write them down... I know Henry's carries it, but its a bit expensive. Where else is it available?
     
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    I saw some at Burlington Camera in Burlington Ontario. Not sure which Arista film(s) or price it was though.
     
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    The easiest and least expensive way to get it will be to buy it from Freestyle directly, since it is their house brand. I have a strong suspicion that any store that stocks Arista films merely mail orders it from Freestyle themselves, and marks it up accordingly.
     
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    While all Arista product is owned and marketed by Freestyle, they do have a wholesale division that sells to retailers.
     
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    Ordering from freestyle is all well and good, and I've done that. However, their shipping is very expensive since they refuse to use USPS, and an in-canada alternative would be better.
     
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    The shipping is costly, but if you buy the film in quantity, it amortizes out to be very reasonable.

    What are Canadian retail prices? To be competitive pre-shipping they'd have to be in the $2.50-$2.75 Canadian per roll range. If they're over $4 there's no way they can compete.
     
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    You may want to check again. A year or two ago they added new shipping options. They've got an ordering and shipping policies page that specifies, among other things, USPS Priority Mail International as an option. I don't know how much that would help, but it's worth reviewing the information. You might give them a call if you need more information.
     
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    Sorry, I missed the comment about USPS. I've ordered three times from Freestyle over the last couple of years, and had all of the shipments sent by USPS. It absolutely is possible.
     
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    All of my (many) shipments from Freestyle have come by USPS Priority Mail International to Canada.

    Cheers,
    Clarence
     
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    Ok, you are right. I also had mine shipped USPS priority mail. However, the order was $180 and the shipping was $42. Thats pretty expensive in my books.
     
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    Have to blame the USPS, not freestyle. At current rates, the shipping comes to about 2 bucks US a pound. I don't beleive that freestyle marks it up any.
     
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    I don't care who to blame. What I care is that its expensive to order from the US, hence my query as to whether Arista is available in Canada!
     
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    Since I don't know any retailers that sell Arista besides Henry's, I don't know what the Canadian retail prices are. The is the reason for my question :D
     
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    I know Don's doesn't carry it.

    I've had excellent service from Photo Central based out of Winnipeg for all film-related purchases -- their site is darkroomcentral.ca, I'd recommend going there to see if they can help.

    (I have no ties to that company, just making a recommendation based on personal experience)
     
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    Henry's has a website. Is the film not listed there?
     
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    Yes, at Henry's its $3.99 a roll. They don't have bulk.
     
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    I have had 4 or 5 boxes shipped from Freestyle to Edmonton, and they are all shipped by USPS...have to make it larger orders thou to save on shipping costs, as it is still fairly expensive.
     
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    I have also bought photo paper, and chemistry from darkroom central, they are a pleasure to deal with and ship quickly.