Originally Posted by ma1
fyi, you don't have to pay duties if it's american made. Only stuff made overseas.
Absolutely two hundred percent wrong.
Originally Posted by jarude
I just grabbed a university coat off there and had them mark it as a gift so I'm hoping I don't get hit with anything.
Anything valued over $25 can be taxed (charged duties) upon importation, regardless of whether it is marked as a gift or not. The best way to avoid fees is to have things shipped USPS, because then it's kind of a lottery whether or not you pay duties (about 5% chance based on the hundreds of things I've bought from the US) versus 100% chance of paying extortionate fees if any courier is used (UPS, DHL, FedEx).
Lots of retards will tell you that they've received international courier shipments and not paid anything on delivery, but this is ONLY if the seller has chosen to bear the brunt of all fees. If they haven't, you will owe "brokerage fees" and handling fees in addition to the customs fees EVERY SINGLE TIME.