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March 27, 2008 @ 12:58 AM
pyceasyas123

Post: 135

Join Date: Apr 2006

Hey Guys...just wondering if you guys have any suggestions for getting stuff shipped from the US over to Canada. Is there a way to get around paying duties? Good companies to go with?

Thanks in advance.
March 27, 2008 @ 01:01 AM
clou

Post: 765

Join Date: Sep 2007

Location: Vancouver, BC

Ship with USPS, not UPS, DHL, etc. If possible, have them mark it as a gift.
March 27, 2008 @ 01:14 AM

Inactive

also, mark the item as a lower value.


mark it around under the $50 mark, preferably around the $25-30 mark. however if the item gets lost or u just don't receive it, i think u only get the amount back of whatever u marked it as.
March 27, 2008 @ 01:58 AM
pyceasyas123

Post: 135

Join Date: Apr 2006

im actually trying to get an iphone shipped over to canada...would you still give it a low value?
March 27, 2008 @ 07:59 AM
Gmas

Post: 707

Join Date: Nov 2006

There's an ENTIRE thread devoted to what you're asking.

Search is your friend.

www.hypebeast.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62017
March 27, 2008 @ 11:24 AM
SprNtrl

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Join Date: Dec 2006

Location: The Athens of the Do...

if it's clothing or shit that you are willing to take a chance with getting misplaced, mark it as a lower value (has to be under $20 CAD to not be charged anything), but if it's something like an iPhone, I would get insurance. This means you need to state the actual price you paid for the device so if it does get lost, you get all your money back. A few more $$ is no big on a "big ticket" item IMO.
March 27, 2008 @ 12:05 PM
chinst09

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listen to Gmas, that was a great thread when first posted.
March 27, 2008 @ 02:51 PM
Rimbauldi

Post: 275

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Hire a Mexican to carry it over the border.
March 27, 2008 @ 08:41 PM
Sean__Price

Post: 268

Join Date: May 2007

if it's clothing or shit that you are willing to take a chance with getting misplaced, mark it as a lower value (has to be under $20 CAD to not be charged anything), but if it's something like an iPhone, I would get insurance. This means you need to state the actual price you paid for the device so if it does get lost, you get all your money back. A few more $$ is no big on a "big ticket" item IMO.



Few more bucks ??
Mark the actual value and see what youll pay in fees...
Even with Canada Post (usps) it will still be a bunch.
Not as much as the other companies however , but still not "a few more $$"

Meow
March 27, 2008 @ 09:36 PM
Zero_Regret

Post: 259

Join Date: Jun 2007

Ship with USPS since it's less likely to get booked for customs. The thing with UPS is that they charge a brokerage fee, duties and customs on top of it. It's almost 100% of time for UPS where as USPS... it's not as likely to get booked. Mark the item as a gift and a low declared value like every1 else said.
March 27, 2008 @ 10:04 PM
SprNtrl

Post: 1079

Join Date: Dec 2006

Location: The Athens of the Do...

Few more bucks ??
Mark the actual value and see what youll pay in fees...
Even with Canada Post (usps) it will still be a bunch.
Not as much as the other companies however , but still not "a few more $$"

Meow
Yea, they'll charge you tax and a customs fee. It's cheaper than taking a chance with marking it as a $15 item and have the dolts at USPS and Canada Post fuck with it.
March 28, 2008 @ 07:05 PM

Inactive

usps
under 30$ mark
mark it as a gift
March 28, 2008 @ 07:28 PM
SprNtrl

Post: 1079

Join Date: Dec 2006

Location: The Athens of the Do...

im actually trying to get an iphone shipped over to canada...would you still give it a low value?


usps
under 30$ mark
mark it as a gift
You don't read do you?
March 28, 2008 @ 09:37 PM

Inactive

yes I did... i just want to be sure that he read it
March 29, 2008 @ 11:53 AM
wonka1234

Post: 52

Join Date: Aug 2007

I got shoes the other day, no customs or anything.
It was marked as a gift by USPS

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March 29, 2008 @ 12:31 PM
khazano

Post: 197

Join Date: Nov 2006

Yea, they'll charge you tax and a customs fee. It's cheaper than taking a chance with marking it as a $15 item and have the dolts at USPS and Canada Post fuck with it.


In 8 years of buying online I've had one package held at customs because of a low declaration. Wasnt clothing either, old comic books. So take that for what you will.

The only risk of low declaration is the fact that your package cannot be insured for the full value, and if it gets lost, your SOL.
March 29, 2008 @ 05:29 PM
SprNtrl

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Join Date: Dec 2006

Location: The Athens of the Do...

The only risk of low declaration is the fact that your package cannot be insured for the full value, and if it gets lost, your SOL.
Exactly my point. He's purchasing an iPhone, not a fucking t-shirt. The peace of mind alone is worth it, to me atleast.
April 4, 2008 @ 12:37 AM
Potsnu

Post: 1236

Join Date: Nov 2007

Location: Toronto, Canada

Exactly my point. He's purchasing an iPhone, not a fucking t-shirt. The peace of mind alone is worth it, to me atleast.


Assuming he's paying $399 for an iPhone, he's looking at an extra ~$141 in customs, taxes, duties when it gets to his door (20% customs, 13% tax, $5 handling charge).

That would depend on how much he values his peace of mind. If the damn phone wasn't Made in China and in North America, then it might be worth it. For us, I would rather just drive to Buffalo. Easiest thing to smuggle lol

Priority Mail from USPS offers a tracking number after all.

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