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Canadian ordering shoes from england

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MilanoStyle, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. A Canuker

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    Did it show up through Canada post? I've always had the package just show up.
     


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    I ordered a pair of loake's from there and got dinged with $40 fee.

    It is much better to use Pediwear and Royal mail.
     


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    Whatever eupheism you use is a criminal offence - don't do it. Saving the $100 or $200 isn't worth being arrested.

    My uncle is doing triple-life in a super-max prison for declaring a pair of John Lobb's a birthday gift. [​IMG]
     


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    "Getting around it" or whatever eupheism you use is a criminal offence - don't do it. Saving the $100 or $200 isn't worth being arrested.


    Who's go to get arrested, the UK seller who lies about the value of the shoes for the benefit of the buyer, or the Canadian buyer whom the Canadian authorities suspect of instructing the seller to lie about the the value of the shoes? Will the UK seller be extradited to Canada for criminal trial?
     


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    Canadian Ordering from England. Wasn't there a war about this a couple hundred years back?
     


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    I would like to nominate this as the most boring thread title of all time.

    Rob
     


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    Royal Mail is your best best (any national postal service is, really), as you won't be charged a brokerage fee.

    You get dinged with sales tax no matter what, but depending on where the shoes were made, the style and their composition the tariff is assigned at different percentage.

    I linked this a little while ago, and it's immensely handy:

    http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-com.../menu-eng.html

    It's The Canada Border Services Tariff page. The PDF (and the Access Database) will give you a guide to exactly how much you can expect the Government to ding you for.
     


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    Did it show up through Canada post? I've always had the package just show up.

    No it wasn't Canada post, I think it was UPS. Now that I've read that royal mail thing a couple of times, I'm definetly going to use that approach.
     


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    I have ordered from pediwear twice, both time they used royal mail, both times no duty or taxes. Both times Pediwear sent the pacakge in plain wrapping, and I recall noticeing the declared value was far lower then the price of the shoes. They may have even said it was a gift, but I can't recall for sure. I did not ask them to "fix" the duty cost - they just did it on there own.
     


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    I just received a pair of shoes from grapevinehill. Cost of shoes $200 CAD. Cost of customs fees $62 (approximately 30%).

    I'm not amused...
     


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    Just tell them to send it as a gift and mark it low cost and you are good. I didn't pay a dime of taxes on my poor Cordovan CJs which stay in the closet. I even had them send me brushes and shoe polish too. I used http://plal.com/main/ though for the best price online.
     


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    I just received a pair of shoes from grapevinehill. Cost of shoes $200 CAD. Cost of customs fees $62 (approximately 30%). I'm not amused...
    From the sound of this thread, this seems to be the norm for shoes. On top of foreign exchange, paypal fees, international shipping fees, you get dinged another 30% at customs to buy some shoes from overseas. This is why buying from Sak's and Nordstrom's if you're in Canada is just not worth it.
     


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    Who's go to get arrested, the UK seller who lies about the value of the shoes for the benefit of the buyer, or the Canadian buyer whom the Canadian authorities suspect of instructing the seller to lie about the the value of the shoes?

    Neither. Duties are for suckers why not get a friend in England order them for you and send them to you as gift worth under 50$? England isn't that big anyway.
     


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    From the sound of this thread, this seems to be the norm for shoes. On top of foreign exchange, paypal fees, international shipping fees, you get dinged another 30% at customs to buy some shoes from overseas. This is why buying from Sak's and Nordstrom's if you're in Canada is just not worth it.

    Oh, sure tariff is anywhere from 8.5% for shoes from Australia and New Zealand, to 20% for Italian made boots. Plus GST. Plus PST, if it applies. Plus brokerage, if you get stuck using FedEx or UPS. Plus "Handling Fee".

    On the plus side, Holt prices suddenly seem a little less rape after that don't they?
     


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    Just tell them to send it as a gift and mark it low cost and you are good. I didn't pay a dime of taxes on my poor Cordovan CJs which stay in the closet. I even had them send me brushes and shoe polish too. I used http://plal.com/main/ though for the best price online.

    Plal is great for canadians, you'll never pay duty with them.
     


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