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Peeved. Shipping to Canada

Postby Eugene » Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:15 pm

I just put a pan seat in the mail to Gilles. According to current US postal regulations it had to go priority mail. My cost was $29.10 to ship 10 lbs 1 oz. By my estimation the shipping cost is about 6 times the value of the seat.

I e-mailed Gilles to let him know the seat was in the mail. If Canadian Customs stopped the shipment for some reason - to inform them to put the seat in the trash. Do not return to me. Reason being. I will have to pay the cost of returning the seat, another $29.10.

The reason I'm posting is that I'm a bit peeved at the cost of international mailings. Looking at things from the Canadian side. Buying things in the US and having them shipped to Canada would get terribly expensive in a hurry. Original cost, shipping, customs duty.

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Re: Peeved. Shipping to Canada

Postby Rudi » Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:32 pm

Eugene:

I can tell you what just happend.

Eugene wrote:I just put a pan seat in the mail to Gilles. According to current US postal regulations it had to go priority mail. My cost was $29.10 to ship 10 lbs 1 oz. By my estimation the shipping cost is about 6 times the value of the seat.

I e-mailed Gilles to let him know the seat was in the mail. If Canadian Customs stopped the shipment for some reason - to inform them to put the seat in the trash. Do not return to me. Reason being. I will have to pay the cost of returning the seat, another $29.10.

The reason I'm posting is that I'm a bit peeved at the cost of international mailings. Looking at things from the Canadian side. Buying things in the US and having them shipped to Canada would get terribly expensive in a hurry. Original cost, shipping, customs duty.

Eugene


Your postal person was an idjit. They do not understand their actual job description and they do not know how to mail anything to Canada. This is not overseas.. in many places in the US.. Canada is just a step across the line.

I got screwed more than once that way.. And we complained to the USPS. Get the name, position etc... of this person and punch it up the line. Do that.. they will return your money cause the postie is an incompetent.

You can ship to Canada any way you want. Slow boat to China, Parcel Post, Letter Mail (you know that) and you can ship almost anything (unless it is in a previously used SHRIMP box :!: :roll: :oops: :lol: :lol: ). You can ship it in an $8,80 box.. it might cost 10 dollars but you can do it. Shipping anything by mail does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Also, you can just put it on a Greyhound bus.. they do ship to Canada btw... we used to get stuff by bus all the time.

Any Postal Clerk that tells you it has to bo Priorty Mail just doesn't know how to do their job.. and they are either cranially challenged, or just a plain idjit.. and lazy.

This is why I wrote the How to Ship Effectively Across the Border. I may have to redo that a bit as well. Over the winter I will do more research on the USPS system and get the procedures laid out... Hopefully the server will be up again soon.

Why they insist on making this harder than it actually has to be is beyond me. I do remember how frustrated I would get anytime I had to go down to a Government, be is city, state or fed in California to get anything done... drove me batty..

Now you see why we have to do the stuff we do.

I once had to pay 40 dollars in duty because of an idjit who shipped me a manual and declared it's value as a tractor part and declared the value to be 80 bucks-- including the shipping.. so I had to pay duty on shipping/postage. He decided that he knew better than I how to ship to Canada so he did it that way. Screwed me.. now I will never spend another penny with him. He sometimes sells stuff here and he knows who he is... nuff said.
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Re: Peeved. Shipping to Canada

Postby Don McCombs » Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:05 pm

Eugene wrote:Buying things in the US and having them shipped to Canada would get terribly expensive in a hurry.

Eugene, I think that's the plan. It's called protectionism.
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Postby Eugene » Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:15 pm

Rudi.

The whole process is frustrating. The postal clerk explained about the size of the box, free insurance up to $99, etc. I informed the clerk as to the contents of the box. I had to sign a statement concerning the contents, then swear that the box contained no harmful chemicals, live animals, nothing that would break or get damaged in shipment. I did list the value at $5.00 and as a gift. So hopefully Gilles won't get stuck with a duty.

I could have shipped UPS. However, living in the sticks, the closest UPS shipping center is about 23 miles one way.

Next time I will do a bit more research before shipping to Canada. Lessons learned file.

Part of my being PO'd is the fact that postage and import duties equates to a tax. Although there is some service included in the postage.

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