(Closed) Vent from a Canadian bride about US stores…

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
46403 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I TOTALLY feel ya. I hate that so much!! Or even if they do offer shipping, it’s like $300 sometimes…

Post # 6
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
57 posts
Worker bee

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
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 13
4824 posts
Honey bee

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 # 15
869 posts
Busy bee

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
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@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!

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