If I buy something through yoox from Canada, I have to pay 28% duties and $25 shipping but I can return things easily and directly for free.
If I buy something using a forwarding service, I have to pay them fees somewhere along the line, I end up paying probably more than $25 in shipping, and I may still get hit with the standard 13% + $10 duties on delivery. Unless I'm supposed to have the goods marked at a lower value by the reshipper, which would then likely mean there is no chance of insurance coverage should something go wrong or disappear, and as I said there is no way to know right off the bat that some website and all its employees can be trusted implicitly with expensive packages and ambiguous liability. This is all after the inevitable fact of extra delays and greater chance of issues with an extra step wedged into the buying process.
A forwarding service looks like an "obvious" solution -- my point is just that in fact it is not. But again, if you have something useful to contribute you are welcome to share.
Has anyone tried Kinek.com
or an affiliate? I might give cross-border pick-up a try if I'm visiting the U.S. anyway. It seems registration is free and you immediately get a shipping address at a staffed storage depot location with no obligation to do or pay anything.