Don't do this. Not even a Canadian is worth risking the federal offense.
Take that to the bank and cash it.
If you don't like it, buy within your own country. Your not just asking us to risk a single shipment, your asking some of these people to risk literally their livelihoods, or substantial second incomes that might go to pay for things like medicine, or mortgages, or student loan payments. For you to get a shirt $20 cheaper. That's just awful and selfish. And what do you lose if the shipment gets caught and the seller gets in trouble? Well, you lose a shirt, or a suit, what maybe $100, tops??
That's the thing, though, these sellers aren't "being nice" they're "breaking the law", and "endangering their business" because they know you don't like to pay your own country's taxes. And in terms of the law, this absolutely does make me right and the other sellers wrong.
Quick question because I'm curious.
Whats considered tax evasion in your country? Asking someone to falsify forms knowing it will allow you to evade taxes?
I am not fluent in other countries laws, and really am more curious if there are repercussions for it.
Nah I feel ya. Customs suck. I'd hate to be paying customs and it's not something I have had to experience yet. I always do my best to help out my International customers in pricing areas where I can so they can save a few bucks cause I know many get slammed with customs fees.
Lol really glad my little pun offspringed such a debate on the thread
Thanks for this refreshing perspective @mbaltazar that I share 100%. Living in Canada I will only buy from US people who take this 'risk' of marking it as a gift. Sometimes I don't even ask and some sellers just do it because they know our situation (so they actually take ALL the risk).
The only exception to that is Spoo, I will buy some of his amazeballs stuff and I know he can't risk anything, but he's so cool that he always charge like 15 or 20$ shipping (for SF members, except of 45$) and there's always some cools ties bonus in the shipment. I resell them and it pays the friggin taxes I had to give to the government for nothing. Sorry guys but the Quebec province is already the most TAXED in North America (including the 50 US states, yeah) so I already pay my shitload of taxes, way more than you. I just think it's enough :)
I look at most of you guys eBays sometimes but I know I could never buy from you, most people overcharge for shipping (40$ for a jacket, really? I ship them for 17.80 CAD with tracking to the US) and adding the taxes to that would just be ridiculous.
I respect the fact that you don't want to break the law tho. I also never respect the speed limits on Canadian motorways and I've never been pulled over for -20km/h because there is a tolerance. There is also a tolerance for international sales through eBay (and whatnot). I know a customs officer who works in Montreal Saint-Laurent, the place where most of Eastern Canada-bound shipments are cleared for customs. He would just laugh his ass off at people who 'fear' of breaking the law by marking something as a gift. They clear these items 2348972890347987 times a day and they don't give a shit. Don't you think it's a bit weird that a PayPal/eBay printed shipment form marks something as a 'gift' and is not stopped by customs?. Come on :) Laws will also change in the near future (because of the real intended enforcement of our trade agreements). They're more busy searching for drugs and weapons and whatnot, trust me.
Being also French, I e-thrift stuff in France/rest of Europe to sellers that only ship to France/Europe and then my familly ships me those stuff as a personal gift (which it actually is, right?) with some crazy French food (foie gras, pâtés, duck confit and all the other shit you guys dream of :D). I don't have any problem with that, and as already said, customs don't give a fuck. They give a fuck about my familly sending saucissons (sausage) though because that's really illegal :p
Don't worry guys, our governments have other stuff to do than jailing us for tax evasion. We are mere plankton in the see of big fishes they wanna jail. I'm not even sure we are plankton though. We are nothing :D
Would any of you ever consider anything like this?
6K+ items for less than $1 ea.
You'd probably have to rent storage space for a time.
It certainly isn't high end stuff but you could lot much of it up perhaps?
Seems like it would cut the hours you would need to spend in the thrift shops. You could full time list for like 3 months...
Tempting, but I need to get more experienced with eBay first. :-)