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Old 03-14-2008, 10:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If you're getting it shipped across the border, there's no way to avoid brokerage fees, GST and PST. Bear in mind, that if the stuff is made in North America, there's no duty under NAFTA, just sales taxes.

Here in Ontario, that's 5% GST + 8% PST.

I just brought in $430 worth of Board and Bindings. Fedex wanted a $15 flat fee, $65 extra shipping and 20% of the invoice for duty/taxes. About $160 extra.

I ended up getting to shipped to a Mail Boxes Etc. place across the border (free from the vendor), paid MBE $10 to receive and hold it for a week, drove down and got it. Declared it at the border and paid about $54 in tax.

Better yet is the exemption you get if you're out of Canada for 48 hours. No tax/duty on goods that you bring back personally under $400

Depending on what you're buying, it might be worth planning a weekend boarding trip to some place in the states, get the stuff shipped to a nearby MBE store, pick it up, ride for the weekend and bring it back tax free. The savings may pay for the lift tickets.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:23 AM   #12 (permalink)
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That $430 shipment shipped via USPS would have cost you $8 in brokerage, plus GST and PST. That's why UPS and FedEX suck when it comes to Canadian shipments.
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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most recent one, (that I have paperwork convenient for)


QTY ITEM NO. ITEM DESCRIPTION EACH TOTAL
1 FRM0167-CM148 Forum Superstar Freestyle Snowboard - Women's148 cm $184.99 $184.99
Subtotal: $184.99
Tax: $0.00
Shipping: $37.07
Total: $222.06

So the $222 is total cost, the $37 includes my GST/PST/duties/shipping and brokerage fees
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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That is a really good deal!! I wish I had known last week, I would have ordered one too.

At the moment I'm helping my GF find a new board and bindings for next season. The prices in the States are just too good.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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stick with places that ship using USPS or DHL... if you must have it shipped UPS, see if the store will mark it as a warranty item or gift, this will save you money on customs and brokerage fees.
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Old 03-14-2008, 04:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I notice alot of online vendors don't ship Burton products to Canada.. Anyone know if this is true for WM and SAC as well??

Snowboards for sale is the only one I know of that will ship burton stuff.
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I notice alot of online vendors don't ship Burton products to Canada.. Anyone know if this is true for WM and SAC as well??

Snowboards for sale is the only one I know of that will ship burton stuff.

List of brands SAC and Whiskey restrict shipping on.



Due to contracts with the following brands, we are unable to ship any of their products outside the US. If you attempt to order one of these brands and have it shipped outside the US, we will contact you and cancel the order. However, it is OK to purchase any of these products with an international credit card and have the product shipped to a US address.

* Arbor
* Arc'teryx
* Burton (including RED, Analog, Gravis, Idiom and Anon)
* B by Burton
* Cascade Designs (including MSR, ThermaRest, Platypus, SealLine, and Tracks)
* Fox Racing
* Fritschi
* K2
* Lowa
* Line
* Marmot
* Marker
* Tecnica
* Volkl
* Mark 13
* Nixon
* Oakley
* O'Neill
* Polar
* Patagonia Footwear
* Ride
* Thule
* Vans
* Yakima

We can only ship La Sportiva to North America and Chariot Carriers to the lower 48 States

We can only ship Billabong to United States, Canada and Belize

We cannot ship The North Face to Canada
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stick with places that ship using USPS or DHL... if you must have it shipped UPS, see if the store will mark it as a warranty item or gift, this will save you money on customs and brokerage fees.
Whiskey and SAC ship UPS but the ground shipping rate they quote includes all fees as they ship all of their Canadian orders bulk. This means that everything going to western Canada gets shipped to Richmond BC first and they sent out from their. Not sure where the Eastern Canadian location is but they get treated the same way.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:50 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Odd, I didn't notice Oakley on the list when I was ordering a hoody (hoodie, however ya spell) last month, they shipped it to me in Canada...maybe I'll try order another brand off the list and see if it can slip through again
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