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Black Friday cost comparison for electronics in Canada vs. U.S.

Customers shop for electronics items during 'Black Friday' at a Best Buy store on November 25, 2011 San Diego, California. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

TORONTO – Black Friday is the shopping event of the year for Americans, but is it worth the trip for those of us north of the border?

Global News did a cost comparison with three main electronic items up for grabs this holiday season: a TV, a tablet and a camera.

We phoned a Toronto Best Buy for the Canadian price tags, and checked the U.S. Best Buy prices online, since their phone lines are closed until 3 a.m. Friday morning.

Here’s what we found:

1. Samsung 65” 1080p 120Hz Smart TV

In Toronto, the Black Friday sale price will be $1,999 tomorrow
In Buffalo, $1,499.99 according to the online listing

Verdict: Buffalo wins

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2 . iPad mini 16 gigabytes

In Toronto, the Black Friday sale price will be $269.99 tomorrow
In Buffalo, $299

Verdict: Toronto wins

3. Nikon Coolpix S9500 digital camera in red

In Toronto, the Black Friday sale price will be $229 tomorrow
In Buffalo, $179.99

Verdict: Buffalo wins

So, the most savings seem to be in Buffalo, though you need to factor in the exchange rate, the time it takes to get down there, and the cost of a tank of gas plus a meal to keep you alert in the crowded malls. Since deals depend on the item you want to buy, it’s worth checking the prices online or trying to call stores in advance for particular products.

Happy shopping and see you Cyber Monday

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