Originally Posted by gnarlyswine
I never purchase from anywhere that ships UPS , in or out of Canada. And I make a point of letting sellers know that it is due to the undisclosed brokerage fee practice when items cross the border. There is no justification for it if they wont disclose how the tarrifs are calculated. As far as im concerned that is pretty much fraud.
Ill happily pay any customs fee or tax incured through shipping via USPS as I am satisfied that they are legitimate.
I agree that although it is a legal requirement , paying tax on a used item (not import duty) is morally wrong and as far as I am concerned the Govt is cheating its citizens. A Tax has already been paid on that item.
For the most part I have generally read that if you live near a border it may be worthwhile renting a US postyal box and collecting from that address to avoid a number of the fees.
Actually, both UPS and FedEx will disclose to you how their fees are calculated. All you have to do is phone them. I have a list from both companies as to how much brokerage they charge based on the value of the shipment. As a rule any shipment valued at more than $20.00 CDN shipped to Canada is charged brokerage, any shipment sent to the U.S. from Canada with a value of more than $200.00 is charged brokerage.
Brokerage is charged in increments as the value of the shipment goes up and only pertains to Ground shipments.
That being said, I agree with the rest of your post, especially about fees being charged and how we get ripped off in the first place or on used goods and the post office is definitely the only way to go.
If I have to use UPS or FedEx to get something from the U.S. I have the shipper place a $20.00 value on it or call it a gift, if possible, that way there is no brokerage, however the only problem with that is if the package goes missing or gets lost, they will only reimburse you the declared value of the shipment. It's kind of a Catch 22.
Fortunately, I do live close to the U.S. border and I have a mailing address in the States so I can pick up packages and save money in shipping costs.
Even shipping to Canada without brokerage fees is still very expensive so this helps a lot. Just my $0.02