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Does any one know of Bluefly-compatible retailer which ships to Toronto, Canada?
For the Canadian residents of the forum: where do you shop online? How would you rate these sites?

thanks in advance.
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yes i believe they do, but the duty really kills any deals you may "score" online.
i found that one had to find the item at the best possible bargain to make it almost 'local' price after duty and shipping fees...
buying a number of pieces is not as appealing as impulse shopping of one at a time...
 

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gqelements, i really don't think that there are any comparible ones in canada - i've never found one, well, not yet at least
 

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i'm sure you're not supposed to "advertise", but i'm working in collaboration with a partner on: http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com we ship all around the world and can work with you customs-wise. it's not fully functional yet, but it should be shortly. the only drawback is that, as of now, there won't be an on-going acquisition of merchandise, just the bulk lots that i receive every 6 months, but the guy i'm working with has some good (read: really good) connections in the clothing world.
 

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The trick, I guess, is finding a seller amenable to marking your purchases as a "gift" with a very modest value. A certain Malaysian shoe retailer and Hong Kong shirtmaker have been able to help me out in this regard.
 

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Yeah...That is the "trick" and many boutique competitors do it that way but as a retailer I dont think that its worth the risk (aside from it being wrong). You just need one curious person to look at the box and wonder how you can stay in business selling 600 dollar suits for a mere 10 dollars or why you are gifting them to people in Canada.

What I suggest is getting a friend in the US that you can ship to and whatever they do with it is between you and the sender, and the retailer is out of the picture.

In general thats your best option I think.

JJF
 

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What I suggest is getting a friend in the US that you can ship to and whatever they do with it is between you and the sender, and the retailer is out of the picture.
A good option, when available. However, I don't see it being less "wrong" than the gift route. Only, perhaps, safer from the retailer's perspective which I admit is in everyone's best interest.
 

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Yeah...That is the "trick" and many boutique competitors do it that way but as a retailer I dont think that its worth the risk (aside from it being wrong). You just need one curious person to look at the box and wonder how you can stay in business selling 600 dollar suits for a mere 10 dollars or why you are gifting them to people in Canada.
Except, of course, there's no risk to you: the only people who are even thinking about examining the contents of the parcel you send are the customs agents of a foreign government. Of course, that doesn't make it right - but, let's be clear, there's no risk.
 

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What I suggest is getting a friend in the US that you can ship to and whatever they do with it is between you and the sender, and the retailer is out of the picture.
A good option, when available. However, I don't see it being less "wrong" than the gift route. Only, perhaps, safer from the retailer's perspective which I admit is in everyone's best interest.
Undoubtedly its wrong between the sender and the sendee. Â I was saying that as a retailer I tell them that if I ship it out of country there is no way around the Customs and Import costs which will be their responsibility. Â In fact I have that posted on my Kids Website. Â I specifically mention that as I had one lady from the netherlands email me some BS to try and get me to pay for it which I wouldnt. I found out it was BS when a second woman from the netherlands said it was BS. Canada though is especially obnoxious when it comes to customs. And whattaya mean "when available"? Â you dont have any friends in Malaysia or Hong Kong??? JJF
 

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Yeah...That is the "trick" Â and many boutique competitors do it that way but as a retailer I dont think that its worth the risk (aside from it being wrong). Â You just need one curious person to look at the box and wonder how you can stay in business selling 600 dollar suits for a mere 10 dollars or why you are gifting them to people in Canada.
Except, of course, there's no risk to you: the only people who are even thinking about examining the contents of the parcel you send are the customs agents of a foreign government. Â Of course, that doesn't make it right - but, let's be clear, there's no risk.
We ship and usually import from overseas with UPS. I always get the feeling that if a customs agent in a foreign country gets PO'd at us then we as a retialer get blacklisted by UPS and it causes problems in the future. Who needs the headache. Â If they want the clothing I am selling they will pay for it and the shipping costs. Besides, what I am selling on the kids site its usually worth their while to pay those costs especially now that the dollar is weak and the euro is strong because even though we price according to the Euro, we still have to be competitive in the American Dollar market and we end up as trying to swallow as much of the differential of the euro conversion as possible. Better for Euro'ists, harder for us. Such is life. JJF
 

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as for canada, customs inspection is basically at random, whether it is marked as a gift or merchandise, it still has to have a value declared on it

i've had parcels sent as both gift and merchandise and it's random as to what goes through without duty and what does .... an order one month will arrive with duty and an order from the exact same place another month will arrive without duty ..... same with marking it 'gift', sometimes it arrives without inspection, sometimes it does not
 

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If it is such an unethical risk then why does a relatively established electronics e-retailer such as bluedo.com give you a formal "˜label as gift option'? We deal with them quite often for numerous rf-ir converters and they always come labeled as a shiny gift....

PS: ever adjusted or re-located profits for tax purposes?
 

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