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#1 posted 02-10-2013 02:29 AM

Shipping to Canada isn’t a big deal is it?
yes, Joe, it is. Problems originate mostly by under-informed sellers and buyers. For example, a Canadian MUST specify shipping ONLY via USPS. If a package from the USA gets sent to Canada via UPS, for example, there will be a Brownie at your door with his hand out, wanting to collect bogus customs fees and brokerage duties. On my last purchase from the USA for some 80/20 aluminum, the purchase was $110, and I was on the hook at my door for $38 in UPS brokerage fees. No Pay, No Package! So… lots of Canadians say screw you, and the package goes back to the sender, who gets hit with a re-delivery charge. This understandably makes sellers wish to avoid dealing with Canadians.

Same is true of Fed-Ex, though they are a bit more sneaky, sending a bill for customs brokerage charges to the addressee after some time has passed. Canada Post?? I’ve heard they sometimes charge, but in the 100 or so purchases I’ve made from US sellers, never once did I have to pay any fees at all. I’ve only made an issue of it when I specifically ask for USPS, Royal Mail, etc, and the seller went ahead and put it through via UPS/FedEx. They get “incentives’ if they have a shipper’s account, I am told.

And then of course there are shippers who can’t fill out a declarations form correctly, or use the wrong form. they have to eat the ‘undeliverable’ backcharge, and Paypal finds always in favor of the buyer. I could go on and on, there are many pitfalls to avoid, but the educated shipper has no problems… 30 minutes in the eBay discussion boards on international shipping will get you on the right track…

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