Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Jun 22, 2007.
I'm ordering from Vancouver, Canada. $42.04 in customs on a $110 order.
Is that even bad at 12% HST or are you not including that? I have a $56 order coming from boylston, but I think it is still very worthwhile for a shirt that was retailing here for $180 before tax
Boylston is part of the ********* empire (I guess I can't say the name of the store but it's a large online streetwear retailer) and they insist on using DHL for international for whatever reason, even though it's brutal on the receiver. DHL actually makes UPS brokerage charges look ok.
I feel bad every time they offer a free shipping promo because anyone outside the US has no idea what they're in for when it shows up - I'd gladly pay extra to have them ship regular USPS and have no (or reasonable) charges on delivery.
Until they get a better international shipping police they're pretty much one of those places you buy from once, learn your lesson and never buy from again (unless a discount is so insane it makes up for the $30-$40 minimum you'll get charged to receive it).
They're bad enough that the few times I've ordered from them recently I've had it forwarded to a US mailbox and paid them to ship it to me. It still works out cheaper than what I'd pay DHL on top of Boylston's "free" shipping.
Got hit with customs too. $21 on a $39 order.
WHAT teh FUCK!
..Duties/brokerage fees/taxes are expected when you buy from another country. For Canada, it's 13% HST (Ontario) + 18% duties + brokerage fees (whatever the courier company decides to charge).
DHL will charge $10 flat customs fee no matter what (I looked into it before buying socks). On top of that you need to pay provincial taxes, which should be expected (said from Porter and Gilt where they at them at purchase). If the item is made by a NAFTA country (Filson, gitman, etc.) that's all you pay. For other things you have to pay a percentage based on the trade agreement btw Canada and the country of origin. So $42 on a $110 order is probably the minimum to expect for next time with DHL. Yes, they suck.
The duty is not just dependent on the country of origin but the materials as well - whatever is defined by the item's HS code. What makes it worse (for Canadians at least) is most US retailers are too lazy to fill out the customs declaration properly and just put something generic like "clothes" which results in you getting hit with the highest duty rate possible (18%).
Many won't even fill out the country of origin at all resulting in situations like me getting charged 18% duty on a pair of naked & famous jeans even though they are made in Canada of Japanese fabric (Canada has a free trade agreement with Japan).
In short, most (though not all) retailers don't care much at all about international customers and seem to view them as a nuisance more than anything else and won't do much to try and help.
Not as great a deal as the previous MMM sale, but white GATs in popular sizes for $290 free ship: http://www.aloharag.com/eng/martin-margiela-s37ws0143-classic-trainer-wht.html
I live in Vancouver and for the companies that do ship via Fedex, UPS, or DHL, I just have it shipped to Point Roberts and then I'll drive down there to pick it up. Gas is cheaper down there as well.
+1 ... for int'l. shipping I almost always use DHL... especially for anything "special"
My iPhone Mr Porter app updated this morning with 'Support for the upcoming MR PORTER sale'
I wonder if that means next week for the international sale? I was expecting 17 December based on previous years. Maybe they're just well-organised...
yes it would!
and how the hell is The Corner's "SALE" selling MMM for more than the actual MMM boutique? wtf?
I bought a sweater from Boylston, got hit with duties from DHL, which would be fine if they sent me the right sweater. I sent it back and they didn't refund me. This was in October. Lesson learned. One less SNS to add to my collection.
15% yoox code up for grabs
Separate names with a comma.