Canada, U.S., cross-border shopping

Remarkably, Canadian shoppers get such a raw deal compared to their U.S. counterparts these days that even bad news is considered good. According to the latest figures from the Bank of Canada, Canadian consumers paid an average of 11 per cent more for goods than Americans did in September, and that's even down a huge chunk from April, when the price gap for items like books, clothes and cars fell in the 18 per cent range.

So, of course, it's no surprise Canucks run for the border when it's time to shop, but is the trip as much of a slam dunk as it seems? In the wake of the Bank of Canada's report, MSN takes a stroll through the pros and cons of cross-border shopping, measuring the deals, taxes and everything else involved in a spending spree to gauge how the savings truly stack up.

* Bing: What items are cheaper in the U.S. than Canada?
* Tell us: Is it worth it to shop in the U.S.?