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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-23-2008, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Is it normal?

I just brought a rome snowboard and binding from US to Canada. Guess what? UPS charged me $53 for brokerage fee! the goods only cost around $300! not to mention $60 shipping fee and $40 Gst1

Is it normal? it seems outrageous to me!
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That's normal.

UPS and Fedex tend to have pretty hefty flat rate brokerage fees. Often, they demand that you buy some version of "premium" shipping as well.

I know Fedex wanted "air" shipping charges, $15 brokerage and 20% of the invoice value to clear my new board thru customs and deliver it.
Worked out to about $200 on a $400 board.

I ended up getting it shipped to a UPS store on the other side of the border, picked it up myself and only paid $52 in tax.

"Campfortune"? You in Ottawa?
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That's normal.

UPS and Fedex tend to have pretty hefty flat rate brokerage fees. Often, they demand that you buy some version of "premium" shipping as well.

I know Fedex wanted "air" shipping charges, $15 brokerage and 20% of the invoice value to clear my new board thru customs and deliver it.
Worked out to about $200 on a $400 board.

I ended up getting it shipped to a UPS store on the other side of the border, picked it up myself and only paid $52 in tax.

"Campfortune"? You in Ottawa?
wow...you are so smart!!!! I wish I could have thought of it! It's not too far to get to the other side of the border from Ottawa!


Are you in Ottawa too? yes, I love Campfortune as I learned to ski and snowboarding there

brilliant idea! maybe next time I could make use of your idea. Thanks a lot!
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Yeah, I'm in Ottawa.

Next time you buy US stuff, get them to ship it to Ogdensburg, NY. The UPS store will hold it for $5/package each week. It's only a 35 minute ride.

Better yet, if you stay out of the country for 48 hours you can bring back $400 worth of stuff tax free. I've got a lot of stuff that way. Drive down Friday, pick it up, drive on to Jay Peak or Placid or wherever, board two days, spend the night and drive back. The tax saving pays for one of the lift tickets. If I'm doing it for friends, they either spring for some of my gas or I just bank the karma.
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Another great idea!
I thought about ask the online store to ship the stuff to its Boston store and pick it up myself, but finally decided Boston is too far...
Never been to Jaypeak. I ususally just buy a night pass...the pass in Cascade is really cheap...$69+tax for the whole season. I sometimes carpool to the mountains...
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Amazing to meet a fellow ottawa snowboarder here...small world!
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Yeah, shipping via ups is very expensive. I always ask if the can ship USPS otherwise I do not buy. The only plae I buy from that ship UPS is SAC becasue the ship in bulk to Canada and you don't get nailed with the brokerage fee.

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Yes. WM and SAC are good to buy from, as are backcountry, dogfunk, and allm of those sites under that network. Otherwise, buyer beware.
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