(Closed) pains of being in Canada – SHIPPING RANT

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 32
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i also get so upset about the shipping costs. I also live in Canada and I saw alot of nice things I wanted to buy on the Internet for our wedding day but then when I would see the shipping costs, I just refused to get it. So, what I did is go on some Canadian sites and got things that were just as nice as what I found on some USA sites and paid alot less for getting them shipped to my house.

Post # 33
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Rant away…

I agree SHIPPING & HANDLING FEES are a HUGE Rip-off !!

Over the years I’ve worked around this problem in various ways:

1- Only order from Canadian Companies (meh… just not the same vast selection of things as there is the USA)

2- Order from US Companies that provide FREE Shipping to Canada (not enough of them)

OR like @little_d:  mentioned in Reply # 30… my best solution so far:

It is so frustrating! We buy almost everything in the US and have it shipped to our US po box- most stuff is free shipping within the US. Shipping costs to Canada are  ridiculous

Use a US Post Office Box… find a nearby US Border Town and go into a UPS Store and set yourself up with a Post Office Box.  Voila, you now have both a Ship To Address… and a US Postal / Street Address.  Use a Canadian Bank issued US Credit Card (so you pay in US Funds), and the process can be as smooth as silk !!

If the items are small enough they’ll fit into your Post Office Box and await your pick up.  If they are not, the UPS Store will hold them for you at a set rate per day depending on how big the package.

Some UPS Stores will even provide this service without you having a Post Office Box (in so much as UPS Stores are franchises) … but you’d have to call them in advance of making the purchase to find out what their individual policy is, and how long they’d hold an item, and how much they’d charge.

When you go across the Border for a day trip to pick up your Parcel… Canadian Customs will allow you to bring back up to $ 200 CDN Duty Free (your Personal Exemption) if you’ve been out of the country for more than 24 Hours (sometimes worth staying over say in a Cheap Super 8).  Under 24 Hours you have to declare everything and pay the Duty & Taxes (usually not a big deal… infact a good lot of the time the Customs Agents will just wave you thru, cause they don’t want to deal with the hassle / paperwork).  Just be sure you are ALWAYS 100% honest… lieing causes more problems than it is worth… not only is it illegal, you’ll be hasseled every.frickin.time.in.the.future that you cross the Border.

If you stay out more than 48 Hours then you can bring back $ 800 in goods Duty Free (Your Personal Exemption)

NOTE – Canadian Customs counts by the Hour for the first 2 Full Days… so when it says more than 24 Hours… it means 24:01 or more hours out of the country (ie 1 PM on Friday to 1:01 PM on Saturday). 

After 48 Hours they count by the day… so ANYTIME on Monday to ANYTIME on Thursday = 4 Days.

Hope this helps,


Post # 34
2089 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@alleycat1984:  Border stores! Luckily I live right on the border and we have a surplus of border stores that will accept packages on your behalf for only $2.50/package.  Life saver!  (You should see the border lineup around 5pm EVERYDAY, everyone goes after work trying to get to the stores before they close lol)

Post # 35
6 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

Try looking through Amazon.ca (Make sure its .ca),  I was looking for cork circles for the back of my favors, found a website where I could get them for $25, and they wanted $56 in shipping.  I copied the company name, searched in on Amazon.ca, and ordered it through Amazon and paid $6 in shipping.  FROM THE SAME COMPANY.


Post # 36
47280 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For those suggesting a border store, please remember that it is not a day trip for many Canadians to the border. It’s a helpful suggestion but doesn’t work for everyone.

For the OP it would be a 6-7 hr drive to the nearest border town. 12-13 hours of total driving plus the cost of gas, would be prohibitively expensive.

Post # 37
670 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If the bee does live in Mississauga it is only an hour and a half! That’s how far I drive to the border and the cheap gas and cost of cheap shipping is worth it

Post # 38
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I couldn’t use my $200 aerogarden for a year because a single seed kit was $17 but shipping from aerogarden.com was $25. 6 months after buying the unit, aerogarden decided to pull out of Canada and I couldn’t find any supplies to keep using the aerogarden. Just recently they’ve come out with some stuff at amazon.ca but the selection is really lame.

So now I have a $200 night light. 


Post # 40
47280 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MsGinkgo:  I don’t know how this happend, but my response was directed at a post from Bee who lives in Edmonton also c/o shipping prices. Obviously I clicked on something I shouldn’t have.

Post # 42
2324 posts
Buzzing bee

Just for giggles, i added $2.50 pair of fli flops from Old navy & postage to Australia = $38.50!

Post # 43
716 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MsGinkgo:  Just wanna say that I found a company called reship.com, you get your own “US address” then once it arrives they email you, you pay 5$ and they ship it to you so you don’t have to drive to the border and what not. This works especially well when all those online companies offer Free US Shipping!!! Good luck!

Post # 44
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@MsGinkgo:  I shop online exclusively, though the site I tend to use now offers free shipping and free returns for Canadians (yay!). 

If I’m ordering something and shipping costs way too much, I’ll email customer service and ask for an alternative. They’ll often be happy to use USPS as long as you agree to not get pissed if it takes max 21 days + time spent at customs to get to you. 

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