Originally Posted by GoldenHawks
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?
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 = ??????
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?