UPS or Fedex ground I take it?...i just took delivery of two RS Super Pots from RS Guitarworks in kentucky.
total cost: $30
total cost to me: $65
i don't recall this happening with orders I received from kinman, lawrence or guitar fetish.
in any case, it won't happen again...
Nothing to do with free trade, you got dinged a brokerage charge which was basically UPS's inflated fee for filling out customs documents to clear your item at the border....ups, and thanks for moving the thread to the appropriate forum, jeff. i sat here scratching my head for the longest time.
so much for free trade, eh?
YES! Please.Y'all should sticky a thread warning Canadian's about ordering from the US, lol seems like it happens quite a bit.
Toss DHL into that too. I'm in court with them. Case has lasted 1-1/2 years so farFedex / UPS you're guaranteed to get charged...
There can still be extra costs with USPS/Canada Post. Recently I ordered 3 t-shirts and there was an extra $20 fee on them.Fedex / UPS you're guaranteed to get charged... USPS there is less (or no?) chance of getting charged right? Was never clear on that part... all I knew was UPS and now Fedex (from the PODxt thread in the effects forum).
I'm seeing the effects of this in the speaker order I just placed with guitar warehouse. 6 speakers and the shipping was more than the cost of the speakers! Man, there better not be any duty or GST on those when they land on this side of the line...a little heads up, USPS has basically tripled their parcel rates (May 1).
Gift used to work quite well. Not so much any more. The last few pedal boards I shipped into the US got taxed (what happend to NAFTA? I thought Canadian manufactured goods were duty free...). It was kind of funny to get these calls from Americans who were confused by this extra bill from the post office...like I had some control over it. Anyways, marking things as "Sample" is another way to get it by the guards.Your best bet is to ship anything small through USPS and have the vendor mark the parcel as a 'gift'. That way you're not dinged all sorts of silly inappropriate fees. And before y'all start accusing me of being dishonest, let me just say that I'll be honest just as soon as our government decides to be fair and honest. I once had to pay more fees on an US-origin parcel than it was actually worth, all government/customs bull****. :sport-smiley-002: