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Old 02-17-2017, 09:07 AM   #16
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They don't call them federal extortion for nothing
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:42 AM   #17
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I'll gladly pay a small fee to crossborderpickups.ca and pickup my package in Mississauga, it saves me the trouble of having to drive over the border! And if they can work some magic on duties that's a bonus!
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:57 PM   #18
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Fortunately I travel across the border frequently for business, our office in Michigan is getting used to packages arriving with my name on them! :-)
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:26 PM   #19
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DO NOT USE UPS!!! Shipping from US to Canada via UPS is a disaster.

USPS is probably more reliable than FedEx or UPS because USPS interfaces with Canada Post and have NEVER had an issue with them.

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Drive across the border and pick up the item as suggested.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:39 PM   #20
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Agreed with many of the comments..u normally insist on usps I took a chance and got burned (although I still did get a good deal) my issue is I am paying shipping from these thiefs and then paying them more in brokerage than the shipping cost.

From now on I am taking the drive down to the boarder for anything not shipped with USPS.
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Old 02-18-2017, 06:39 AM   #21
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If you do need to have something shipped by FedEx or UPS, having a broker clear it for you can be a good tradeoff of cost and convenience. It costs a bit more than self-clearing, but can be much, MUCH more convenient, especially if you can't arrange to self-clear right at the border crossing. I've used baycitybrokers.ca a couple times with good results. (I've also self-cleared a couple times, and don't plan to again, given the extreme hassle it can come with.)

That cross border pickup service sounds great though.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:45 AM   #22
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UPS and FedEx should just merge and call themselves FedUP.
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Old 02-18-2017, 09:29 PM   #23
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I use Cross Border pickups fairly regularly, always good and save a fortune on shipping costs into Canada including small items, ebay items and larger packages.

I've only ever had one problem when I turned up at "opening time" to pick something up on a Saturday and the guy opening up was late. They waived the service charge on that particular transaction.

As a UK National a quick trip over the border is somewhat time consuming, so these guys are great.
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:56 PM   #24
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I have used FedEx with great success in the past. UPS, not such a good experience.

It all really depends on who you are buying from. I found places like RockAuto, AZAutoHaus, and Summit Racing really good to do cross border shopping with. I think RockAuto even shows the Cdn price if you use proper settings. All 3 show the complete tax, duty, and shipping costs if I remember correctly. Never had a problem with any of them, but I could be ignorant and happy today.
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Old 02-19-2017, 03:10 PM   #25
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Mine was a used set of car mats that were made in the states. It's frustrating when getting a shipping quote this fee is not disclosed..and even more shady when a bill shows up weeks after delivery.
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I picked up $850 USD worth of car parts yesterday from Lewiston NY yesterday. I declared it at the border and it cost me around $130 in tax. It's still cheaper driving down to the States compared to shipping from a US purchase point.
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Mine was a used set of car mats that were made in the states. It's frustrating when getting a shipping quote this fee is not disclosed..and even more shady when a bill shows up weeks after delivery.
Nothing shady about their fee as it's stated in multiple places including the delivery slip you signed. Just because you ignored reality, doesn't mean it won't happen.
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Nothing shady about their fee as it's stated in multiple places including the delivery slip you signed. Just because you ignored reality, doesn't mean it won't happen.
You mean the little electronic pad I signed? There was nothing written there except a box to sign in. I'm sure it is noted somewhere when the seller sent the package or in the papers that are stuck to the box from FedEx.

My intention of this post was to caution others. USPS for example doesn't have these charges and I believed FedEx may have been the same..I thought wrong.
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I just signed up with crossborderpickups.ca, got my US address and ordered some parts with free US shipping (Autoanything.com). Will report back once I get my parts (2 sets of brake pads) ...
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[QUOTE=911 Rod;13975176]For those that don't have a job



What's this job thing you're talking about?
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Old 03-03-2017, 09:30 PM   #30
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I'll gladly pay a small fee to crossborderpickups.ca and pickup my package in Mississauga, it saves me the trouble of having to drive over the border! And if they can work some magic on duties that's a bonus!
I used these guys after hearing about them from you. Worked great!! Saved a tonne of money and it didn't take any longer. Thanks! What a great service.
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