Post # 1
Myself and my S.O are deciding with online retailer we should purchase my engagement ring from. We are worried about taxes and duties, since we live in Vancouver and these are American companies. We also would love to save as much on the duties and taxes. Does anyone have any suggestions? We also dont mind purchasing the ring in the states if that will save on duties? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!!
Post # 2
Victoria7 : I live in Seattle and bought my ring through James Allen. I opened a mailbox in Portland and had it mailed there, and then drove down and picked it up. This meant no sales tax! I’ve read that lots of people in CA open mailboxes in Blaine and stuff, just across the border in WA, so they can shop online. Maybe try that? I’m not sure if you can open a box in Portland like I did with a CA address, but worth checking out! I went through anytimemailbox.com who acted as the middleman between me and the mailbox company in Portland. Worked great!
Post # 3
bowlingallie1989 : Yes, you can. I have an address in Portland and use reship.com.
OP…I second what PP has suggested.
Post # 5
My husband went with James Allen. We weren’t in Canada but overseas. USPS would only insure packages up to a certain value so they would have to sent it via FedEx or UPS but that would have gone through customs. Taxes are 19% so in the end my husband told me he had business in the US, had the ring shipped to his mother. He flew to Baltimore and from there to Atlanta and his parents drove from Alabama to Atlanta to meat up with him.
I actuallly never took a moment to think how insane this story is. But the VAT would have been insane as well.
Very happy with the ring from JA btw. Very! happy!
Post # 6
Sites like Blue Nile, James Allen, Ritani, etc all have canadian websites, where the prices are shown in canadian dollars, you’re only billed GST and PST (no additional duties), and your purchase is shipped to your Canadian address. I have ordered loose diamonds before from Blue Nile Canada (for earrings), and the process was super easy. It’s like purchasing anything else online from a Canadian site.
My engagment ring was ordered from a US jeweler called Whiteflash (they have an amazing selection of super ideal cut diamonds; I highly recommend them). The ring was shipped from the US to Canada via USPS, and we were billed for the PST & GST once it passed through customs (no additional sales tax at the point of sale, or duties at the border). Even after the exchange rate and Canadian taxes, it was still cheaper to purchase that particular ring from the US (we picked a Tacori setting which was only available at select brick-and-mortar stores in Canada, which were a lot more expensive).
Post # 7
I bought my wedding ring from James Allen, I am also in Vancouver. The price they charged online is in canadian dollars, and there’s also a tax estimator on the website you can use. I found it very accurate and that’s pretty much exactly what I paid. Just be careful though, look for the separate tax estimator page on their website and don’t rely on the tax estimator on the checkout page. The checkout page one only included GST and not PST. James Allen’s rings are made in the US so there’s no added duty, just sales tax. I’m super happy with my ring, very good value and well made.