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Is it possible, in some way, to claim VAT back in Canada when purchasing from an EU nation? This is for an online order where the merchant does not remove VAT (although they should!).
 

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Is it possible, in some way, to claim VAT back in Canada when purchasing from an EU nation? This is for an online order where the merchant does not remove VAT (although they should!).
If an EU vendor does not agree to remove VAT when the shipping address is clearly outside of EU, I simply don't shop from them since they're scamming your money.

I've bought things in Europe in person that they'll take off VAT right away if I offer to pay cash.
 

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If an EU vendor does not agree to remove VAT when the shipping address is clearly outside of EU, I simply don't shop from them since they're scamming your money.

I've bought things in Europe in person that they'll take off VAT right away if I offer to pay cash.
That's how it should be but this retailer said their online website does not deduct VAT.
 

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Has anyone been to the Lipson sale and can report on what's available?
 

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Gentlemen, where can I purchase a decent ironing board (Brabantia or similar) downtown? I’ve tried the obvious ones (The Bay, Bed Bath & Beyond, HomeSense) but so far no-one seems to stock ironing boards.
 
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Have you guys purchased anything from Herring shoes or A fine pair of shoes from UK (they ship via DHL and FedEx)? Did you guys pay any import duty and taxes? I have been looking for a pair of Tricker's boots recently and they are having a sale for $443 (without VAT) and I believe Woolridge Shoes has them for $500 (pre-tax). Not sure which one's going to work out for me.
 

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Have you guys purchased anything from Herring shoes or A fine pair of shoes from UK (they ship via DHL and FedEx)? Did you guys pay any import duty and taxes? I have been looking for a pair of Tricker's boots recently and they are having a sale for $443 (without VAT) and I believe Woolridge Shoes has them for $500 (pre-tax). Not sure which one's going to work out for me.
I don’t have experience with those stores but I have used Robinson’s Shoes and I believe I did pay duty in Canada (but no VAT). I’d be curious to hear other opinions as well. If the prices are close (~$50) after duty, etc., I would purchase from Ivor at Woolridge Shoes anyway. He will make sure you get the right size and I like to support stores like his.

Ivor sometimes has a “20% off this group”. Not sure if he has a sale on right now, but I would expect he will this time of year. If the ones you like are part of the sale that may also influence your decision.
 

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Have you guys purchased anything from Herring shoes or A fine pair of shoes from UK (they ship via DHL and FedEx)? Did you guys pay any import duty and taxes? I have been looking for a pair of Tricker's boots recently and they are having a sale for $443 (without VAT) and I believe Woolridge Shoes has them for $500 (pre-tax). Not sure which one's going to work out for me.
I bought a pair of Barker's from Herring shoes a few years ago.

It came through DHL who took an administrative fee for paying the duties for me ahead of time.

Personally, I would also prefer Ivor's store. He will make sure you're fitted properly, and there's no suprise on the price.
 

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Have you guys purchased anything from Herring shoes or A fine pair of shoes from UK (they ship via DHL and FedEx)? Did you guys pay any import duty and taxes? I have been looking for a pair of Tricker's boots recently and they are having a sale for $443 (without VAT) and I believe Woolridge Shoes has them for $500 (pre-tax). Not sure which one's going to work out for me.
No experience with either, but I recently bought a pair of $500ish CAD boots from Sweden shipped UPS and I paid $60 CAD. A few years ago that would have been an easy $150+, so I'm ok with it.
 

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There’s no duty anymore for made in UK shoes shipped from the UK. Expect to pay HST + a $10 admin fee. DHL will get you every time, Royal Mail via Canada Post only sometimes. VAT deduction is up to the retailer. It should be deducted for overseas orders but some places don’t do it, and simply pocket the money.
 

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Can anyone shed some light for me on the Ermenegildo Zegna "Su Misura" line? I know it's MTM but I was wondering if anyone has additional information who has used the service before? Are there superior fabrics that are offered specifically for the service? Is it a lot more expensive than regular mainline Zegna? I don't live close to a Harry Rosen store.
Not superior fabrics. Just a wider selection.
From what a HR SA has told me (take it with a grain of salt), He basically said there are 4 categories of Zegna. The top being Zegna Couture which is fully canvassed with a high amount of hand work, he then said the Su Misura MTM line ranked second being made in their Stabio Switzerland factory and has some hand work. The mainline Ermenegildo Zegna is also fully canvassed and is made in Italy, Switzerland but also Spain (Barcelona) and Mexico City.
Z Zegna is the fashion forward fused collection of suits that are often produced in Mexico and sometimes China as well.
 

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