Blue Nile vs James Allen – From Canada

posted 3 years ago in Canada
  • poll: Where did you get your e-ring

    James Allen

    Blue Nile

    Brillant Earth

  • Post # 2
    205 posts
    Helper bee

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    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 who acted as the middleman between me and the mailbox company in Portland. Worked great! 

    Post # 3
    2852 posts
    Sugar bee

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    bowlingallie1989 :  Yes, you can.  I have an address in Portland and use

    OP…I second what PP has suggested.

    Post # 4
    1467 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    BE will cover duties

    Post # 5
    813 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    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
    222 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2020

    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.

    Post # 8
    629 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We live in Alberta and used Adiamor for all of our rings (4). Highly recommend them. 

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