[78-L] Canadian, American, like what's the difference eh?

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Thu Nov 7 15:47:47 PST 2013

For a long time, the price difference was HUGE on books. That's finally 
levelled off somewhat. We also have tariffs on digital media, supposedly to 
compensate the performers who lose revenue when we make digital copies (yeah, 


On 11/7/2013 6:34 PM, kenreg tds.net wrote:
> This practice continues today on many items, not just recordings.  Look at
> prices listed with the bar code on magazines.  The price in Canada is
> always a bit higher than in the US.  In theory this is based on the
> different dollar values.  That difference fluctuates, of course.  But in
> general the US dollar is usually worth a bit more than the Canadian dollar,
> thus the higher price charged in Canada.
> I shall now crawl back into the weeds and enjoy learning from all of you
> who know so much more than I about vintage records and music.
> --  Ken
> On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM, David Lennick<dlennick at sympatico.ca>wrote:
>> Here's one for you..two identical looking copies of A2901. First one has
>> "Price
>> in U.S. 85c, Price in Canada 90c". Second copy has a paste-over, "Price in
>> U.S.
>> and Canada, $1.00".
>> dl
>> On 11/7/2013 8:38 AM, Han Enderman wrote:
>>> I did some research on the Columbia label types of the popular A-series,
>>> published in Names&   Numbers 54, and here are some (revised) notes
>>> about prices.
>>> At first, the Magic Notes label lists the 65c price only at the end of
>>   the
>>> 2-line price legend.
>>> Later this price also appears to the right of the spindle hole.
>>> The common A-1118 (El Cota, Black and White) is among the last issues
>>> without the price next to the hole, but exists in repressings with many
>> label variants.
>>> Then the 65c price is omitted from the (enlarged) 2-line legend, making
>> diffent prices possible.
>>> The price next to the hole remains 65c for black labels, but is 75c on
>> turquoise labels.
>>> A-1374 (Jolson's first) is the last Columbia Phonograph Co label known
>> to me
>>> (rec June 1913; is the exact release date known?), 75c.
>>> Next main label variant is Columbia Graphophone Co (along lower rim).
>>> Same prices: 65c (black)&   75c (turquoise)
>>> Last available label images with these prices are A-1585 (65c)&   A-1588
>>> (Toots Paka Hawaiian Co; 75c). Released ca Oct 1914, I assume.
>>> Then the label type changes slightly:
>>> the patents legend after the company name at ca. 4h gets 4 lines
>> (instead of 3),
>>> and the price changes too:
>>> Black US 65c / Canada 85c; turquoise US 75c / Canada $1.00.
>>> The 75c/$1 price is still present on A-1926; then becomes 75c/90c, later
>> 75c/85c.
>>> More changes later; rather confusing due to the many repressings and
>>> often difficult to read on the label shots.
>>> han enderman
>>> ===
>>>>>> Interesting note about price differences..they're usually around 5 or
>> 10 cents
>>> higher in Canada but I've just found a copy of Columbia A1895, price 75
>> cents
>>> in the States, a whopping $1.00 in Canada! Fisk University Male
>> Quartette. I
>>> wonder why there was such a hike at that time?
>>> dl

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