Post # 1
I am SO tired of all these AWESOME US companies that do not ship into Canada!!! I found shoes, several pairs even on Zappo’s site that look perfect for my wedding. I have been hunting shoes for MONTHS. And I can’t have them. Same with craft supplies for decor. So disappointing! I love Canada, love living here, but the shopping, it SUCKS lol!
Seriously though why do some do it and some not? I get not offering free shipping, but to not offer it at all, just seems so strange, expecially a large site like Zappo’s and Save-on-crafts
Sigh, it’s not fair!
Post # 3
Fo rmany US stores , it just doesn’t pay to go to the trouble of shipping to our relatively smaller market. The costs of customs declaration and brokerage fees charged by UPS make the cost rise substantially.
If you ever do order from the US, make sure you have it shipped USPS so you don’t pay those outrageous brokerage fees.
I’m lucky and live near the border so I can have things shipped to a mail receiver in Balaine, then just zip across the border to do a pickup.
Where do you live? Would that work for you? Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
Post # 4
I TOTALLY feel ya. I hate that so much!! Or even if they do offer shipping, it’s like $300 sometimes…
Post # 5
@Take The Reins: I totally feel your pain. It sucks.
Post # 6
It’s really expensive to ship across the border, and there is the issue of duty on expensive luxury goods. It would actually cost a LOT for a gown that is a couple thousand to be insured and duty paid for it to cross the border. Most brides wouldn’t want to pay it, I think.
We are living in Toronto for 3 months right now, and the staggering difference in shipping costs even for Amazon.com is incredible. I think it’s a byproduct of your country’s population being an order of magnitude smaller, and spread out the width of the continent, as well.
I noticed when I go to the J. Crew website that they announce that they can now ship to Canada duty-free (since it detects i’m in Canada now). So, you could order a J. Crew dress if you want! I wore one for my wedding 🙂
Post # 7
I’ve noticed this issue a LOT more since moving overseas. I do think that companies that don’t ship internationally are really starting to be the minority though.
I know Bakerella pays for a box with an American address or has a company that forwards packages or something. I’m not sure what exactly she does, but you might ask her!
Post # 8
It is super frustrating. I have stuff sent to my Fiance and he just brings it home with him when he visits. It’s a bit silly though because I ship things regularly to my Fiance and for Ebay and it’s always *much* cheaper to ship across the border than it is to ship within Canada. I’m curious if can really cost that much to ship USPS to Canada.
Post # 9
i bought my dress in the states and had it shipped to me and learned from customs themselves that they don’t charge duty for wedding dresses made in NA as part of the NAFTA agreement. if it’s made outside NA they charge 18% of the value.
my dress was not made in NA although it was an American company but i wasn’t charged duty. you do, however, have to pay tax on the value of the dress and brokerage fees if you go through UPS and fedex
Post # 10
I hate that too! I also hate the Canadian version of stores. I go to Sears in the US and I see a TON of stuff I like, for cheap prices. I go to Sears here? I can’t find anything I like that doesn’t cost way more than I am willing to spent. Wal-Mart is the same way. I’m lucky in that I have a ton of relatives in the US and live close to the border, so I can either have something shipped to the border and make a quick road trip to pick it up, or I can have it delivered to one of my relatives then have them ship it or whatever. Usually when my cousin is making a trip here to visit her dad I’ll order a ton of stuff and have it sent to her then she brings it with her…
Post # 11
Do you know which Companies do ship? I’m a Canadian living in NY and I want to have one registry that people can purchase from, no matter if they live in the US or Canada.
Post # 12
I ship import/export products US/Canada all the time though my job, so I am familiar with the chaos that is brokerage and duty for sure! UPS is by far the cheapest. Example, we bought ties from the Tie bar, about 3 lbs. Cost $35 to come across via FedEx. We bought our invitations from Cardsandpockets, about 30 lbs…cost me $18 to come across. Tablecloths, bought through their Canadian website of linentablecloths but ship out the US, 2 boxes about 80 lbs combined. Shipping and duty was built into the pricing, but was only about $30 (commercial invoice attached had to break it down).
I know it can be really expensive, shipping prices have gone crazy over the past couple years thanks to fuel costs going so high. I just really wish more US stores would come to Canada and offer distribution here.
@julies1949: Thanks so much for the offer, we are in Edmonton, so it’s really inconvenient to do anything across the line. We moved from Aldergrove/Langley BC so it was so easy to skip across into the States for stuff and we had friends in Lynden WA that would let us use their address for shipping. Used to LOVE going into Bellingham and the outlet malls there for shopping. We filled FI’s closet with dress clothes for a fraction of the cost here in Canada for the same stuff! Spent about $600 and got loads of really nice, quality dress clothes, shoes, ties belts, jeans etc. Here it would have run us over $2000 easy.
Post # 13
The product I am product manager for is wayyy more expensive in Canada than in the US. Its more than cost of shipping and Population, its duties, taxes etc.
Post # 14
@mrsginmay: Depending on where you are getting married, The bay will allow you buy online, and pick up at any of their locations across Canada. I would assume you could do the same with a US store if marrying there…anyone can buy online, it would just need to be shipped within the approved area. SO Macy’s/Bloomingda;es I could buy off your registry, and choose the store nearest to you for pick up. Most stores don;t charge for that either. Example we registered at the Bay, and my US family can buy off the web and have it shipped to our closetes store, no cost, and they don’t have to carry it with them.
Post # 15
Tell me about it!!! 🙂 And how convenient to finally build a David’s Bridal, where the dresses are cheaper, in Edmonton, oh, about 6 months too late! 😉
Post # 16
@Take The Reins: I TOTALLY AGREE! BUt you do have to check out http://www.bridalshoesca.ca The shoes I wanted from Zappos were there, and they shipped in two days! They are in Maple Ontario. Good Luck!