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post #1 of 12 Old 01-13-2008, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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I intend to install heated grips and a heat-troller this winter. One of my options is to buy online from someone in the U.S., like warm & safe. My main worry about that method is getting pummeled with duties.

Has anyone had any experience with this?


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post #2 of 12 Old 01-13-2008, 11:58 PM
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If the product is made in the US you should only get charged PST/GST coming across the border. There is very little, if any, US made stuff that I know of that duty is charged on any more. Even some products made overseas have very little duty attached (digital cameras, regardless of origin are duty free). I think you can find duty charged on different items off of the Canada Customs website. Used to be able to just call and ask, but it is almost impossible to talk to a real person any more.

Easiest option for shipping is to order it delivered to a US address (freight forwarding company across the line from us charges 4 bucks to receive and hold a package for us), pick it up, and bring it home yourself. Living in Waterloo, that might not be the easiest thing for you to do. If you have anything shipped to your door watch out for freight companies ie: UPS, they may sting you with a hefty "brokerage" fee. Easiest and cheapest way that I know of, barring picking it up, is to have it shipped USPS. Canada post delivers it, and you pay about a $5.00 handling fee plus any duty/taxes payable.

More info here; http://canadaonline.about.com/cs/cus...shipcanada.htm

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Be very wary on shipping. Find out if they use UPS, if so, order somewhere else. I have had a couple of items shipped where the "brokerage" fee charged by UPS exceeded the value of the item.

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There is a company called US Address that is located just across the bridge in Buffalo. You can have your stuff shipped there and then go and pick it up.

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UPS really sucks. In addition to the brokerage fee they charge, a couple of times I have also been charged an additional shipping fee despite having already paid shipping when I placed the original order.
Its the brokerage fee that is really piracy though. It seems pretty excessive when you consider that if you ship USPS the item gets here just as fast and usually there is only pst/gst extra.

I recently had something shipped within Canada and didn't notice until too late they were using UPS. It cost more and the shipping took forever.
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actually in Niagara Falls

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There is a company called US Address that is located just across the bridge in Buffalo. You can have your stuff shipped there and then go and pick it up.
It's actually in Niagara Falls. Here's their website:

http://www.usaddressinc.com/

...and their details:

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 716-298-1822 Fax: 716-298-5502.
3909 Witmer Road. Niagara Falls. NY 14305
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This link explains about UPS! I thought I was the only one years ago that thought something did not add up with them, but it looks like a lot of people have caught on since and a many have launched a class action suite against them now.

http://www.thegatesofdawn.ca/wordpre...-class-action/

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post #8 of 12 Old 01-15-2008, 07:32 AM
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It's actually in Niagara Falls...

Thanks Peter. I did a quick hunt when I made the post but but couldn't find their info.

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Ordered mine from Hot Grips and love them. Had them shipped via their GLobal express air mail for $15.95 and had them in 4 business days as I was in a rush. Paid the $5 for Canada customs and pst/gst. Most stuff I get via US post and it takes up to 2 weeks but is cheap.

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canada customs suck

my sister sent me a jacket for my birthday from new zealand , the post office charged me $85 too pick it up ., realy pissed me off

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