- 3 years ago
I know there have been a few posts about this website, but I thought I would share my experience as a Canadian purchasing a dress in the US as I had trouble finding information about this process.
Background: I tried the dress on in stores before I bought it so I knew I would like how the dress looked. I was nervous abut buying a dress from a complete stranger but the fact that she sent me multiple pictures of the dress and tags (it was unworn) helped me feel more confident about the purchase. I just got a simple lace and tulle dress with no crinolyn, so it was fairly light and easy to ship.
Payment process: I originally wanted to use Escrow.com as it seemed like there were a lot of good security options, however I should have read the fine print more carefully. They do not accept credit card payments for wedding dresses. I looked into it a little bit more and since I was based in Canada, I would have had to do a wire transfer in US funds. That was a deal breaker for me as I would have had to convert my funds into US dollars and then incur additional charges to set up the transfer. I called my back and couldn’t get a straight answer about how much it would cost for the transfer and whethe the transaction would be considered personal or business (different rules for both). I also didn’t feel comfortable making an internet purchase with a wire transfer.
I decided to abandon the Escrow route and use PayPal. I should have done this from the beginning! It was so easy to complete the process. I used my credit card and did the currency conversion with PayPal because it was actually a cheaper exchange rate than I would have gotten with my credit card- score!
Shipping: I did a lot of research and it looks like the US Postal Service (USPS) is the cheapest wat to ship internationally. The seller used them and then in Canada it switched over to Canada Post and I had no issues. The fee to ship it was around $80 including insurance and then I paid a $10 fee to Canada Post when it arrived.
Customs: I was really nervous about this part as Canadian customs/duties/taxes are killer; they can add up to an additional 30% charge to your purchase. Luckily my dress was made in the US which means it was under the NAFTA agreement and I would only have to pay HST (13%); IF the seller attached the proper customs forms. I had a really hard time figuring out what I needed to be attached but I think the seller ended up using whatever forms they had at the post office and it worked out.
Anway, hopefully this post is helpful for my fellow Canadian bees thinking of buying their dresses in the US!