Originally Posted by CutandSew
Has anyone here ordered clothing from Europe - from the UK, or Italy specifically? I'm thinking about ordering a leather jacket from retailers located in either country and my shipping choices are FedEx from the UK retailer (although I might be able to convince them to use OCS or Royal Mail instead), or UPS Express from the Italian retailer. The jacket is the same brand and cost at either store ($1000 CDN) so it comes down to the courier company that they'll use. Any thoughts?
Picking FedEx or UPS is like getting shot or poisoned. It's going to be bad either way.
Here is my experience, although it is few cases, so statistically insignificant.
I once ordered some knits from John Smedley, they sent via DHL, I paid a lot for duties, tax and handling. Was really painful.
Recently bought a Corneliani suit from UK retailer on huge discount (go figure :-) ), he sent with Royal Mail with free shipping, it was delivered by Canada Post to my door, no additional cost.
Another jacket from US seller (Belvest, so made in Italy), through USPS/CanPost, only HST charged...
So, if they can send by national Post service, it will go through Canada Post, which is less likely to carry additional cost, but ni guarantees.