Originally Posted by zazaza
Totally. but the question was why is it that some people in the US seem to receive orders unscathed by customs, while others aren't as lucky
I have two pairs about to be shipped and I can say I'll look forward to receiving them even more if I can avoid being dinged by customs on them.
It is total luck. When Fed Ex, UPS, USPS, TNT, whoever bring shipments in to the country, all the goods stop at a port of entry with a US Customs inspection facility. Customs does not have the time nor the resources to inspect every single package. For the individual packages that are not identified as requiring duties (i.e.: when Walmart brings a container of stuff in from China, they are not going to escape customs; therefore, they have already declared and paid the duties), Customs inspects a sample, and they make a determination on the spot.
It is totally random. It is not the fault of the shipper (Meermin). It is not the fault of Fed Ex, UPS, et al - they are just the middlemen. And there is also no one shipper that is "better" or "worse" than the others for this.
If you order goods from overseas, you just have to take your chances.
End of rant.