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Old 02-25-2008, 06:50 PM #64
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i got him with a $31 fee not bad but still a *****
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:29 PM #65
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if it wasn't for the damn customs, i would be more happy to ship to canada
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:16 PM #66
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if it wasn't for the damn customs, i would be more happy to ship to canada
Are you sure you mean customs and not broker fees?
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:35 AM #67
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^ customs all in all, they **** up your stuff
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:13 AM #68
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I've got lots of things sent to me from the states. The best thing to do is send is USPS, valued under what the price is, and mark as a gift. I don't pay any duties on anything.

Never send UPS. And never send Fedex.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:48 PM #69
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USPS, but not "Priority Mail"... Just get them to send it "first class". It will cost under $5 to ship most items, and it will get here within 2 weeks... "Priority Mail" costs about $15+ and it takes almost a month due to the way customs processes items.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:27 AM #70
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Thanks for the hints and tips on sending stuff through airmail. I have also had mixed results when shipping up here to BC. I get messed by UPS, charged me fees up the wazoo, but USPS, much better in pricing. For me, I'm a border town, so I ship my stuff to:
www.shiphappenssumas.com
They hold the stuff then you come pick it up (for a small fee of $4 per package). Also might try "Package Express", I think they do package forwarding as well. Anyways, I find the border a pain and a hassle, so I just try to order it with USPS marked as gift, and close my eyes and put my hands on my ears and stomp around in a circle until the package arrives .
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:33 PM #71
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If I send Canadian dollars, To a person in america, they can exchange it the american dollars?
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:35 PM #72
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Here's my grand tip; USE USPS! Not Fedex or UPS! They are teh suck!
Mark everything as gift.
Spend the extra $.50-$4 on sending USPS Airmail instead of Ground.
****ing dot.

I had a guy ship me a mag via UPS, marked it paintball gun, and when it got ot Windsor from the States, they called me ujp and asked to clear it, and seeing as I'm 6+ hours away, I can't.

UPS = fail.
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:54 PM #73
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Wow glad i saw this post!

Very interesting!
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:17 PM #74
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My Carter Mini-comp showed up today via UPS, and $800 marker got me a $114 brokerage/duty fee
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:11 AM #75
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lol i payed 147 $ from a gun getting shippeds to canada
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:59 PM #76
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I just paid $785 for a droid, i better not get hit with fees. I thought gifts of all value are duty free. ****. At least its declared at $650.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:28 PM #77
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Be careful when marking things as "gifts"

Remember, customs can open packages at any time to see whats inside. . . . a good little trick, that has worked for me when purchasing stuff from the US, is if they are going to mark it as a Gift, have them put a greeting card or something inside the box- - -

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You can get blank cards 10 for a dollar at most dollar stores.

If you are going to take the chance and say its a gift, make sure customs knows its a gift. . .
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Old 10-26-2008, 07:35 PM #78
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Be careful when marking things as "gifts"

Remember, customs can open packages at any time to see whats inside. . . . a good little trick, that has worked for me when purchasing stuff from the US, is if they are going to mark it as a Gift, have them put a greeting card or something inside the box- - -

Hey Tom, Dick or Harry

Congrats!!!!!

And enjoy the enclosed _________

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You can get blank cards 10 for a dollar at most dollar stores.

If you are going to take the chance and say its a gift, make sure customs knows its a gift. . .
haha, awesome. Great idea.
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:36 PM #79
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^^never thought of that before, good Idea
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:11 PM #80
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thanks dude was a big help, didn't understand all that shipping mumbo jumbo ty
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:43 PM #81
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So wait if i wanna order from a site lets say actionvillage i want order over $700 and then it says shipping costs are $80 i have to pay more?
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:29 AM #82
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So wait if i wanna order from a site lets say actionvillage i want order over $700 and then it says shipping costs are $80 i have to pay more?
yes.

If you buy something outside of Canada, you are subject to duty charges and brokerage fees.

So, you really need to think twice if you are getting such a great deal buying whatever that item is in the usa.

So lets say your buying a marker for $700USD. Then shipping is $80USD. Brokerage, if you use UPS or FedEx is usually in the $35 range (Brokerage is the "paperwork" done for customs clearance across the border. Sometimes this is cheaper, depending on the value of the product and who you use.
USPS is cheaper, just not always as relaiable), then there is the Duty (this is tax. If the item is new, and is declared at its true value, duty is essentially the tax you would pay to get the marker in Canada. Value for duty is sometimes called customs value. It is the amount used to calculate duty on your goods, and it is generally based on the price you paid for the goods) This is around 15% of the declared value, which for this case would be around $105.

Depending on how long the process takes, or if your shipper tries to fudge the paperwork to save you money, you may have to pay storage fees or processing fees. These could be anything. . . . .

If you want to save the brokerage fees, you can go and do your own customs clearance. . . this involves some driving around from one customs building to another though.

so, to recap
Marker 700.00 USD = 876.610 CAD in the exchange rate (today's rate)
Shipping 80.00 USD = 100.184 CAD
Brokerage 35.00 CAD
Duty = 105.00 CAD
Storage/Processing = ??????
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Total $1116.79




How much was that marker again???




Moral of the story. . . . you can usually get the marker for the same price or cheaper right here in Canada, after you factor in all that is involved with shipping something across the border.

Why not support your local field or store, and have the instant gratification of having your product now?
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:36 AM #83
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i live in vancouver and i know there are acualy stores on the other side of the boarder that u can have things shipped to and just go pick up. from there for a low price.
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:39 PM #84
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thanks alot for this info. i was hoping to buy a geo from across the border, but i will have to reconsider if im going to be hit with all of these additional fees
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