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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted January 15, 2015 - 08:49 AM

This may not be news, but I'm pretty impressed with the service.

 

As we all know, we simply don't have access to many parts up here

in Canada, simply because of supply and demand. If we do find them,

they're twice the price as state side.

So we end up shopping online, only to blow our brains out on

brokerage and shipping costs. Or, we wait a month for the postal

systems to lose it.

 

Just last week I bought roughly $60 worth of Kohler governor springs

and throttle/choke cable clips from these guys.

http://www.repairclinic.com/

 

They showed up exactly 1 week later. $11.95 shipping + $3.52 handling.

The 13% cdn tax was also added to the bill at time of purchase.

They use FedEx to ship.

I've never come across a cross border service like this.

Normally UPS would rape us for a $53.81 brokerage fee + $35 shipping.

 

From now on, I'm looking for suppliers that use this FedEx service.


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 08:56 AM

Glad you found something decent on shipping!


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 09:07 AM

Wow, UPS does rape you guys!  I've shipped a few things to Canada, ans always used USPS.  No muss, no fuss for me, but it usually took 10+ days to get there.. 


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 09:29 AM

Wow, UPS does rape you guys!  I've shipped a few things to Canada, ans always used USPS.  No muss, no fuss for me, but it usually took 10+ days to get there.. 

 

Yes, I've always found 10-14 days if using UPS. Those high brokerage rates from UPS started only about

3 years ago. It's bearable, if you're bring in a large enough $ item, but for little stuff like this, there's NO

way they're getting that money from me.

 

If you don't mind waiting a bit longer, mail is the cheapest, and quite often the post office is

too lazy to even collect the 13% tax, when you pick up the parcel.

 But, a lot of US suppliers won't use the mail if the item is worth more

than $100, for insurance reasons, and would then only offer UPS as an option. I hope more of

them catch on to this FedEx arrangement. After all, we're just a bunch of nice people up here that want to

spend money down there. :smilewink:

 

I'm going to drop a note about FedEx, to any suppliers I like that aren't using it.


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 09:43 AM

You forgot to include the painful exchange rate.  60 + 11.95 + 3.52 = 75.47 US, which is 90.25 cnd.  Add 13 percent onto the $60 purchase price & you hit $100 Cnd.  If you get dinged for the HST at the boarder, they add another $11 cdn for affixing the sticker to say you owe the $8 HST.  All in, we end up spending $111 for $60 worth of parts. 


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 09:57 AM

I don't use UPS at all if possible. The service they provide is terrible. The last time I used them they left 2000 business cards laying on the front steps and it rained of them for 2 days. All he had to do was take 5 steps more and they would have been on the front porch in the dry or USED one of their FAMOUS TOSSES and they would have been in the dry. They refused to pay for the cards and claimed it was my fault by not checking online to see if they had been delivered. I always try and use USPS for cost and service.
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Posted January 15, 2015 - 09:57 AM

Yes, the exchange rate adds to the bill too.

 

Looking at the costs of getting the stuff across the border, compared

to what the norm has been, and the speed that it got here, really

impressed me.

If I'd have called the local auto parts place, I'd still be waiting to hear

a price for the parts. :smilewink:


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 10:01 AM

There are also border storage facilities for larger items that will give you a physical US address to ship items to and you would then be responsible for getting them across the border but would likely not be cost effective if you were not real close to the border.

 

I shipped something to Puerto Rico several weeks ago for $5.25.

 

I shipped something last week to a business address using FedEx freight and the customer asked to be notified just before delivery and I was charged an addition $50 notification fee.I hate learning things the expensive way.


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 11:18 AM

That's a good tip for us Canadian Will. I use sups and Canada Post whenever I can. I go some parts from Joes 2 years ago and the total bill was over twice the parts price. Those brokerage fees should be illegal. That outfit must have a special arrangement with UPS to keep the brokering that low. 



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Posted January 15, 2015 - 01:48 PM

Not sure how they are coming across without a brokerage fee,,,possibly as"mail" with no $ value attached.  I live 30 miles from the border and use a service that has been handling our US purchases for 60+ years.. In recent decade they added a forklift for heavy packages and you can even have a car or boat shipped there....They handle up to 5000 parcels a week during peak (xmas) periods...  Filling up on cheap gas and liquor makes the trip worthwhile. 

 

http://rydensstore.net/shipping.htm

 

Ok,,,i see the clue,,the cdn tax is paid,,,some sort of blanket brokerage so she's all legal, thanks for the link


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Posted January 15, 2015 - 04:10 PM

Good to know thanks another source of parts.

 

I've always found that the Post Office, Canada and US, is the cheapest way to get stuff shipped, takes a little longer but by the time I get it in my hands it's cheaper than the private company's.

The only alternative is to goto the US and pick it up myself, this would work for big, heavy, awkward items but then you have to find someone in the US near the border to receive it for you. ???

Some parts suppliers won't ship to Canada.



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Posted January 15, 2015 - 07:25 PM

The last few items I shipped went USPS because UPS was about 2 times the cost!!!

 

I have never sent anything out of the USA, so I can't compare cost for that.



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Posted January 15, 2015 - 09:26 PM

I'd be interested in figuring out what it takes to do that trick with Fedex.  USPS is getting slower and slower across the borders. 

 

Ben W.



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Posted January 16, 2015 - 08:08 AM

Here's a link to a autoparts vendor who ships to Canada.  Always check prices locally first. 

 

http://canada.autopa...|shipping2|GT 0

 

 

and there's this regarding ups

 

Canada Customs requires Canadian recipients to pay applicable duties and taxes on each shipment entering Canada. These charges may include PST, GST, HST, duties and other taxes of goods (e.g. excise tax). A brokerage fee is also charged to process shipments and present the requisite customs paperwork to Canada Customs on the importer’s behalf. Your order will be shipped under UPS’s e-Tailer Brokerage Program (eBP), where eligible shipments imported into Canada for non-commercial purposes and valued under CAD$ 200 shipped via UPS Standard service are subject to a reduced brokerage fee of CAD$ 10, plus any applicable duties and taxes. Shipments valued at CAD$200 and above and/or being imported to Canada for commercial purposes and/or subject to specialized clearance may incur additional fees. Please, be aware that UPS will request payment of these charges at the time of delivery. You have the ability to call UPS ahead of time (1-800-742-5877) to pay these charges, eliminating the need for payment on delivery.”

 
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Posted January 16, 2015 - 08:32 AM

I am lucky and live 40 minutes from the boarder, I have a company that I use called u.s. address that I get stuff shipped to in the states, its less than 5 min from the queenston bridge, their handling fee is $5, lots of companys have free shipping inside the states or really cheap, and most times the boarder guys don't bother pulling me in for duty
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