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How often do you go cross-border shopping?

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 Canadian shoppers are being credited with boosting sales tax revenues in Erie County, New York to record highs. How often do you shop in the U.S.? (iStock)Cross-border shopping is proving a boon to New York's Erie County, across from Ontario.

Canadian shoppers played a major part in boosting the area's sales tax revenues in 2011 to nearly $401 million US, financial officials told Buffalo News.

That's an increase of 4.5 per cent over 2010, and the "first time ever" Erie broke the $400 million mark, said Lorne Steinhard, acting country comptroller.

"County officials attribute much of that growth to strong retail sales fueled by Canadian shoppers," as well as automobile and wholesale gasoline sales, the News reported.

Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo, borders Canada from Niagara Falls in the north to Fort Erie in the south. It includes at least 10 malls, and hundreds of boutiques and retail stores.

But Canadians living close to the U.S. have many options when it comes to cross-border shopping, and it's possible the effects are feeling in other border communities.

How often do you go cross-border shopping, if at all? What are your reasons for going, or for not going? Share your shopping stores in the comment field below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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