True for UPS, but be careful with Fedex, their bills usually come 1 mth later, they still charge the brokerage , just matter of time, USPS is the best way to ship to Canada.
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I think you have to educate yourself there are UPS Standard, UPS Express, Postal, Fedex and Fedex Ground. You have to learn when to use which service depand on the weight, size, distance, tracking and the declared value of the package you are shipping.
If you do not have the knowledge, you better do your trading within Canada. Good luck.
I think you may be on to something. Last year, I paid UPS in full for an amp to be delivered to Canada. Then, at the last minute, because I forgot to check some box on their paperwork they charged the recipient an extra $30 for no good reason. I was not pleased and neither was the buyer although the deal went through as planned.
Since then, I've been reluctant to have dealings with anyone in Canada just because you never know what Customs delays or brokerage fees you'll encounter. These guys (maybe Customs and not UPS?) really do hold your goods hostage, knowing they've got you over a barrel.
I've also noticed on ebay that whenever I see a good deal from Canada the items seem to sell for much less than they would in the case of a strictly US domestic sale.
From what you say, maybe by using the USPS or FedEx, dealing in Canada could be less of a hassle.
Thanks for posting.
Nice subject. I resently bought a Tuner from a member in Canada. The seller sent it by Canada Post and it's been sitting in a warehouse up there for two weeks. I now understand why a large number of Classified Ad's state "USA Only". I don't know who's or whats holding it up but I will not be buying from outside the States again.
"The seller sent it by Canada Post and it's been sitting in a warehouse up there for two weeks"
I assume you're reading the tracking info. My answer to that is that the USPS has *NO CLUE* what to do with Canada Post barcodes, so they don't scan them. The fact the last scan was in a Canadian warehouse means nothing. That's often the last scan I see on my packages going to the US, then I get an e-mail from the buyer saying they've received the package and all is well.
Back to the discussion at hand. If you import using USPS, $5 gets you "when we get around to it" brokerage by Canada Customs. Could take a few days, could take a few weeks, I've had one package take 2 months. You may pay FedEx and UPS more money, but you get fast service. If you're close to the port of entry, you can always self-clear and avoid brokerage though.