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post #151 of 168
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Guys in Canada. Does it seem like the norm for the sellers to be adding about $10 to the actual postage cost to ship items to Canada from the US? I am not saying this is all sellers as most are very good. In your opionion does this seem fair?

There's no reason to charge extra just because the item ships to Canada. The postage process is the same online for shipping domestically or to Canada. Pay, print and drop it off at a post office or mailbox.

If it is the norm, it shouldn't be. In my opinion it's a cash grab.
post #152 of 168
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Originally Posted by Hodaddy View Post
There's no reason to charge extra just because the item ships to Canada. The postage process is the same online for shipping domestically or to Canada. Pay, print and drop it off at a post office or mailbox.

If it is the norm, it shouldn't be. In my opinion it's a cash grab.

The process may be similar in some respects but the postage is certainly more. If a package to Seattle costs $10 it'll cost $25 to Vancouver. I find the rates to be $5 - 15 higher depending on the weight and distance.

The process isn't quite the same as has been pointed out here many times.
post #153 of 168
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post
Yeah but if you do it online you get a discount - and its super easy - I process international shipping with the forms in less than 3 minutes from Paypal. Seriously!

As per Spoo it doesn't sound any harder if you do it online.

But the question I am asking has not been answered. I agree that shipping to Canada is more expensive and I have no problem paying that but is an additional $10 on top of that actual cost a normal addition to ship a package regardless of where it is being sent.
post #154 of 168
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Originally Posted by joecanada View Post
As per Spoo it doesn't sound any harder if you do it online. But the question I am asking has not been answered. I agree that shipping to Canada is more expensive and I have no problem paying that but is an additional $10 on top of that actual cost a normal addition to ship a package regardless of where it is being sent.
The label printing, with around a 5% discount, doesn't take too much longer than domestic, but you still have to stand in line at the PO. I try to charge just enough to cover my costs, but if you're buying something here it's a negotiated deal anyway and if someone soaks you for an extra $10 it's up to you to determine if it's worth it to you to buy some crap you don't need in the first place.
post #155 of 168
There is a price difference to ship things within Canada and the US because the post office charges more. Reason, more hands in the pot...any package sent beyond the borders of a country requires additional processing such as examination of the package to verify its contents, value, place of origin, etc...its basically a means to "know" what is being imported and exported into the country. On a different note, has anyone from Canada who lives close to a border tried using UPS to ship to a UPS location near a border? There's a UPS about 45 minutes away from me where you can ship things to and they charge you $5/week per box. I've had friends who have done this...a lot cheaper and faster than having things shipped from the US especially since most US retailers offer free US shipping...you can also avoid those ridiculuous "brokerage" charges carriers add on.
post #156 of 168
The question is adding extra $$ to the postage. Of course postage is going to cost more.
post #157 of 168
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Originally Posted by jhcam8 View Post
it's up to you to determine if it's worth it to you to buy some crap you don't need in the first place.


True, true very true ....... but it looks sooo good
post #158 of 168
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Originally Posted by Hodaddy View Post
The postage process is the same online for shipping domestically or to Canada. Pay, print and drop it off at a post office or mailbox.
This isn't quite true. International mail has to be handed in at the window and processed, which requires extra time - plenty of posts talking about waiting in line on hour.
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Originally Posted by joecanada View Post
As per Spoo it doesn't sound any harder if you do it online. But the question I am asking has not been answered. I agree that shipping to Canada is more expensive and I have no problem paying that but is an additional $10 on top of that actual cost a normal addition to ship a package regardless of where it is being sent.
There is more involved - you have to fill out and print the customs form.
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Originally Posted by Hodaddy View Post
The question is adding extra $$ to the postage. Of course postage is going to cost more.
Can either of you give an example where you were charged $10 more on top of extra postage? I've sent quite a few pkgs to Canada and usually end up on the short end - often just a couple bucks, nbfd, but a couple times got nailed for more than it was worth to me to sell and ship.
post #159 of 168
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This isn't quite true. International mail has to be handed in at the window and processed, which requires extra time - plenty of posts talking about waiting in line on hour.

Not really, if you post Priority Mail International, it can all be done online and without a visit to a post office; however, post via International First Class, you do have to visit the post office to post.

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There is more involved - you have to fill out and print the customs form.

Don't disagree if you go to the post office, but why bother when you have an online option?

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Can either of you give an example where you were charged $10 more on top of extra postage?

I've sent quite a few pkgs to Canada and usually end up on the short end - often just a couple bucks, nbfd, but a couple times got nailed for more than it was worth to me to sell and ship.

The best I had was a quote for shipping charges for a Reyn Spooner shirt from Hawaii, $60 !?! Thanks but no thanks. Not saying it happens all the time, but it does. I find low shipping fees help get the item sold, so I try to incorporate some of the shipping fee into the price of the item and start from there - it works. And you're likely to have a repeat buyer with that than one who "feels" he's been ripped for a few bucks.
post #160 of 168
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Originally Posted by Hodaddy View Post
Not really, if you post Priority Mail International, it can all be done online and without a visit to a post office; however, post via International First Class, you do have to visit the post office to post.



Don't disagree if you go to the post office, but why bother when you have an online option?



The best I had was a quote for shipping charges for a Reyn Spooner shirt from Hawaii, $60 !?! Thanks but no thanks. Not saying it happens all the time, but it does. I find low shipping fees help get the item sold, so I try to incorporate some of the shipping fee into the price of the item and start from there - it works. And you're likely to have a repeat buyer with that than one who "feels" he's been ripped for a few bucks.

Not to beat this to death - we're just chatting, right? International packages cannot just be dropped off at a US Post office. You have to go to the window and have a clerk check them in even when you've printed a label and customs form, just as if you're sending a domestic US Express or Certified mail.

I'd still be interested in an example where a buyer made a deal then have the seller suddenly say, "an extra 10 dolla, please." Maybe the seller quoted a price without knowing it was shipping out of the country.
post #161 of 168
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post
USPS Priority is my favorite. It is super fast, and I would rather get my order in 2-3 days than know that it is currently enroute to Wilmington, DE.

I agree about that one too... Though it was quite expensive but worth paying for...
post #162 of 168
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Not to beat this to death - we're just chatting, right? International packages cannot just be dropped off at a US Post office. You have to go to the window and have a clerk check them in even when you've printed a label and customs form, just as if you're sending a domestic US Express or Certified mail.

I'd still be interested in an example where a buyer made a deal then have the seller suddenly say, "an extra 10 dolla, please." Maybe the seller quoted a price without knowing it was shipping out of the country.

No problem. Below is from the eBay shipping center; you can ship internationally online.

It's the extra $$ put into the shipping fees for international - it's quite obvious comparing shipping rates from USPS to the sellers quote; it's easy to see something that goes beyond the normal shipping and handling $$. The seller has the right to charge whatever he feels to add to the shipping fee he pays as a handling fee, our point is that some times that the handling fee charged is little excessive and not, at least in our opinion" fair.

International Shipping FAQ's

Q:\tFor USPS, should I use Priority Mail International or International First Class to ship internationally?
A:\tWith Priority Mail International (PMI), you can use the same USPS free domestic box, you get free Delivery Confirmation, and you can print the labels from PayPal or eBay. You'll print 2 pages and insert them into the USPS-provided plastic envelope and affix it to the box. You can now have the package picked up or drop it at the post office.

With First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), the fees are lower for the buyer. However, FCMI is not an option on PayPal or on the USPS website for label printing on the site. To use FCMI you'll need to provide your own box, and mail the package at the post office. A registered mail fee will be charged to track the package.

Q:\tCan I drop my Express Mail International item or other USPS international packages in a collection box?
A:\tExpress Mail International and Priority Mail International items that have the mailing label, customs declaration (including an electronic round stamp), and postage prepared and paid online through Click-N-Ship service on USPS.com, through the eBay/PayPal integrated shipping solution, or through an authorized PC Postage® vendor Web site may be deposited a collection box, lobby drop, Automated Postal Center drop, Postal Service lobby, or be picked up by a letter carrier. Schedule a carrier pickup online at www.usps.com/pickup.
post #163 of 168
When US sellers have items with shipping included CONUS but ship to Canada with additional $10 surcharge: 25% of the time the postage the seller pays is ~$10 75% of the time the postage the seller pays is ~$2-5
post #164 of 168
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Originally Posted by Hodaddy View Post
International Shipping FAQ's

Q:\tFor USPS, should I use Priority Mail International or International First Class to ship internationally?
A:\tWith Priority Mail International (PMI), you can use the same USPS free domestic box, you get free Delivery Confirmation, and you can print the labels from PayPal or eBay. You'll print 2 pages and insert them into the USPS-provided plastic envelope and affix it to the box. You can now have the package picked up or drop it at the post office.

With First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), the fees are lower for the buyer. However, FCMI is not an option on PayPal or on the USPS website for label printing on the site. To use FCMI you'll need to provide your own box, and mail the package at the post office. A registered mail fee will be charged to track the package.

Q:\tCan I drop my Express Mail International item or other USPS international packages in a collection box?
A:\tExpress Mail International and Priority Mail International items that have the mailing label, customs declaration (including an electronic round stamp), and postage prepared and paid online through Click-N-Ship service on USPS.com, through the eBay/PayPal integrated shipping solution, or through an authorized PC Postage® vendor Web site may be deposited a collection box, lobby drop, Automated Postal Center drop, Postal Service lobby, or be picked up by a letter carrier. Schedule a carrier pickup online at www.usps.com/pickup.

Good info, thanks.
post #165 of 168
A question: I ordered an item from a US seller and got slapped with $112 in import duties ($80ish collected on delivery). I live in Canada. What is my recourse? Can I do anything to recover the money? $112 is more than 90% of what I paid the seller (who is a good guy) for the item. Has this happened to anyone here? Any advice? Who is at fault - me, the seller or the government?
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