Tied to the Sky / Canada kite store
Once in a while we get a call from a customer who comes across a American price on a kite and thinks they are getting a great deal... until they get their credit card statement!
Some of these folks don’t understand how exchange rates work and when the smoke clears, what they thought was a great deal ends up costing them much more than they bargained for.
What's the scoop? Well, kites generally trade in US dollars, and as such, when our Loonie is soft it makes kites a little more expensive. This being the case, buying kites in Canada can help you avoid credit cards surprises and customs costs and delays.
Of the many things we are proud of at the Great Canadian Kite Company. we take pride that we can compete well with often larger US kite retailers. Sometimes though, Canadian kite shoppers believe better deals are to be had south of the border, BUT we are working hard to make sure that we are your first choice for quality kites and kite accessories!
Before you make that purchase from the USA, consider:
Current exchange rate + Credit Card Exchange Fee x Cost of item in US Dollars = cost in Canadian funds.
As indication only, here is the Bank of Canada's Online Currency Exchange Calculator
Shipping Cost - Free Shipping on US sites usually mean in the continental USA, and don't usually apply to Canada. In general, the shipping costs (in adjusted currency) are very similar and often you will receive your kite sooner from us. Unfortunately, your order from the States can be at the mercy of Canada Customs and their processing volume.
Import Costs & Fees - Many folks have expressed surprise of having to pay more for their item at time of delivery. Many report Sales Tax (GST or HST) payable at time of delivery. Some have been hit with broker costs and processing fees from $25 - $80 depending on how their kites are shipped.
After-Sale Service - We pride ourselves on "being there" even after the sale is done. Don't misunderstand me, many US kite retailers are great as well, but as your home-grown Canadian Kite Shop, we can generally address your concerns, part requirements, etc. and get them delivered to you faster and always at a competitive price.
Returns & Exchanges - Great Canadian Kite Company has one of the most generous return and exchange policies and making your exchange or return is faster and easier than doing so back to the USA. Shipping costs are often significantly less and turn around times much faster!
Special Orders - We have a good inventory of in-stock kites and accessories. Many of these are elite kites from some of the Best Kite Makers in the world. We choose our suppliers very carefully and have endeavoured to build good relationships with them. As such, if we don't have that special kite you want in stock; we are often able to special order. Quickly and easily!
Canadian Jobs & Canadian Economy - We are a family owned and operated Canadian Kite retailer based in Taber, Alberta. We support kite events and charities in Canada. When you buy from us you are supporting Canadian small business, who in turn invest in the local economy.
They will also tell you that developing hobbies and things to do together (aside from work and racing the children) allow you to make time to have fun together! Kite flying is one of those activities that have provided many hours of fun for them.
Mike enjoys launching the larger single line kites and making a bit of a display. He
enjoys his dual line and quad line sports kites as well. Andrea tends to reach for her quad-line Revolution kite. It’s not unusual to find them flying in a local soccer field, or a provincial park somewhere.
The two like flying together and are working away at some semblance of a quad line kite team - which usually ends with laughs and one or two oops! It has been good for communication, even if that communication involved a few colourful metaphors!
One lesson Mike had to learn was to relax more with his kites when flying with his family. It took him a while to realize that kite flying needs to be fun for all involved and getting too uptight about the kite getting damaged, or how involved the family was tended to suck a lot of joy out of the family time.
Mike came to realize that kites can be fixed, and with the right attitude even untangling kite line can be a Zen experience too. It is so great to help your children and friends learn to fly kites. The big smiles as they complete their first loop is worth the effort!
Mike and Andrea snuck away last evening to a local park with their Rev kites - and even being eaten alive by mosquitos - they had a great time.
It was especially good for Andrea. She has a stressful job in healthcare with long hours. She has found flying kites is a great way to unwind, deal with stress and have some fun! “Even setting up the kite, attaching lines is relaxing.” She said.
Great Canadian Kite Company is owned and operated by a Canadian family of kite flyers - people who enjoy kites - together. Running one of Canada’s best online kite stores is just an extension of that passion.
There is an old joke in the kite retail biz that goes: How do you make a million dollars selling kites? Answer: Start with two million dollars!
It usually produces a chuckle, if not through a few tears!
The kite business has been good to us as we reflect over our past 12/13 years providing great kites and service to kite flyers throughout Canada and beyond. It has been a joy to help people discover kites, and help them develop a fun family and personal hobby.
We are excited because right from the beginning the mission of the Great Canadian Kite Company was to promote the sport of Kites and share the fun. We have endeavoured to do so by providing top-shelf knowledgeable service along with quality products at fair and competitive prices.
In addition, we have supported Kite Festivals, hosted numerous fun-flies, sponsored and supplied kites and information for kite exhibits in local libraries and schools, teaching people to fly, as well as being friendly on the kite field with onlookers, and the interested. Its one thing for folks to look on, its quite another when you put the lines in their hands!
If you haven't guessed, we like kites - a lot. We are proud of our kite shop. We are a kite shop owned by everyday people who enjoy kites. As such, kites are not just another Sku., not just another do-dad that we sell. Kites are our thing!
While we work really hard to compete with larger online retailers, we offer something they simply can't - a professional, personalized kite purchase experience. We know kites. We work hard to resource our customers with solid information to help in making a good purchase but also to be able to help trouble shoot when there may be a performance concern or you need parts to get your kite back in the air.
We pride ourselves on providing solid service both before and after the sale. And as our many repeat customers, referrals, and many 'Thank you' emails demonstrate, we are definitely doing some things right!
We can't be all things to all people, all the time, but for Great Canadian Kite Company, kites are not just another Sku. Kites are our main thing. Our commitment is to do our very best to do that one thing really well.