Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Canadian on-line shoppers >

Canadian on-line shoppers

Canadian on-line shoppers

Old 05-24-2018, 03:09 PM
  #1  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Van. Island, BC
Posts: 1,357
Default Canadian on-line shoppers

Is there a way to not have to pay duty on my on-line orders. I've only ordered twice before once I ordered a pkg. of ten rotary blades had to pay $20 at my door. A couple months ago I ordered a bobbin casing and a pkg. of 6 plastic bobbins that cost me $30 at the door. I'm almost scared to buy fabric. Is there a site you can recommend, is one better than the others. I'm interested in yardage only no pre-cuts.
true4uca is offline  
Old 05-24-2018, 03:32 PM
  #2  
Power Poster
 
dunster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
Posts: 14,200
Default

I lived in Canada for a few years after I retired. Paying duty on packages from the U.S. seemed to be hit or miss. I never could figure out what the rules were. We ordered the same exact thing twice from the same company, identically packaged and declared, had to pay duty on one but not the other.
dunster is offline  
Old 05-24-2018, 03:42 PM
  #3  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Rosemere, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 299
Default

I'm in Canada, and started buying online from the U.S. about 10 years ago. At that time, I almost never paid duty. As time went on, I started being charged occasionally with duty. At this point in time, it's really a "hit or miss" situation, as Dunster noted. I have now found Canadian online stores, and although prices "per yard" are higher, I no longer have to worry about duty charges. Also shipping charges are lower. It's also nice to be encouraging Canadian sellers.
Patricia Drew is offline  
Old 05-24-2018, 04:10 PM
  #4  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Beautiful BC
Posts: 2,065
Default

If a package is delivered by UPS you will be charged a huge brokerage fee, plus duty, plus GST on most things that come up from the US. If it is shipped via USPS (the US Post Office) generally there is no duty, on occasion there is a Canada Post fee, plus GST.

Connecting Threads brokers packages across the border and you will pay nothing at the door.

I will not order from a US company that only use UPS. I once ordered from Fabric.com and requested USPS, but they sent my packaged UPS. I refused it and complained to Fabric.com, they refunded my money as it was their mistake.

Earlier this year I bought quite a bit of fabric ($165.00 US) in one order and paid no duty. I have never paid duty on a MSQC order either.
Tothill is offline  
Old 05-24-2018, 04:12 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 771
Default

I donít think whether you pay customs fees or not has anything to do with where you buy from. I agree with those who say it is hit or miss.

I ordered fabric from fabric.com last Thursday morning and it was at my door the next day at 1pm. I have no idea how it got here that quickly. It had to have been processed by customs. Iím in central Alberta and the parcel came from Georgia!

edited to add. I donít shop from ConnectingThreads because they process the pst and gst. We donít have pst in AB and the employee I was dealing with wouldnít waive that. I asked her how much pst she was going to charge me and where was it going to go after she collected it. She couldnít answer so I donít order from them. Frustrating as I like what they have to offer.

Last edited by JanieW; 05-24-2018 at 04:16 PM.
JanieW is offline  
Old 05-24-2018, 04:27 PM
  #6  
Super Member
 
EasyPeezy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,276
Default

It's been mostly hit or miss for me but recently I've been nabbed
twice out of four packages.

JanieW, fabric.com belongs to Amazon so I wouldn't be surprised
if they use the same delivery service.

MSQC has good shipping rates but sometimes they can be very
slow at shipping your order and if the fabric is not available
they don't even notify you.

Last edited by EasyPeezy; 05-24-2018 at 04:36 PM.
EasyPeezy is offline  
Old 05-24-2018, 05:04 PM
  #7  
Super Member
 
GEMRM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South West Ontario
Posts: 2,234
Default

In my experiences, the shipping costs from most shops outside of Canada do not make it worthwhile to me to shop on line. I do order from Connecting Threads, often in conjunction with friends so we get free shipping. I have not had any of their parcels charged duty and paying the HST while not pleasant, is no different than buying at a local shop.
I do support the local brick and mortar stores with more than 1/2 of my quilting dollars, and that is tipping more in their favour as time goes on.
In the non -quilting context, I will not order unless the item is shipped USPS because for most things, the brokerage fee is too exorbitant for me/us.
I also feel we need to support the postal services (USPS/CPS) as there is a need for a postal service.IMHO.
GEMRM is offline  
Old 05-24-2018, 08:06 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 771
Default

Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
It's been mostly hit or miss for me but recently I've been nabbed
twice out of four packages.

JanieW, fabric.com belongs to Amazon so I wouldn't be surprised
if they use the same delivery service.

MSQC has good shipping rates but sometimes they can be very
slow at shipping your order and if the fabric is not available
they don't even notify you.
EasyPeezy,

Your probably onto something with the Amazon connection. I used AmazonPay to pay. I’m still boggled because I have ordered things through Amazon that came from Calgary or Edmonton . Both cities are 1.5 hours from me and that took two days. The parcel from fabric.com had Georgia as the return address and it got here in 24 hours.

As for the customs fees being charged on orders over $ 60 , that has not been the case in my experience. I think it’s a crap shoot . My recent purchase was well over that and it didn’t even have a customs sticker on it. Still scratching my head.
JanieW is offline  
Old 05-25-2018, 06:54 AM
  #9  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Beautiful BC
Posts: 2,065
Default

I order from Amazon.ca and those packages are shipped within Canada. I have not ordered from Fabric.com since it was sold to Amazon.

Janie I am surprized Connecting Threads was going to charge you PST, I have not been charged it only GST and I live in BC where we have PST. On their website, they show which taxes will be charged based on which province the parcel is being delivered to. AB says 5%. I know not everyone likes their thread, but me and my machines (Kenmore, Janome and Handiquilter) like it and the price is very reasonable, even better during their sales. I like the wide backings too.

https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/m...-e.asp#1393887 Section 2 is how Canada Post applies Customs Duty, GST and handling to imports. But it does not explain why there can be a huge variation in the application of the rules.
Tothill is offline  
Old 05-25-2018, 09:51 AM
  #10  
Super Member
 
Watson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,537
Default

Sometimes the delivery carrier charges a "brokerage fee" to get it through customs so you aren't actually paying duty, you're paying this.

Watson
Watson is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
true4uca
Main
14
06-27-2014 11:19 AM
judylg
Main
7
06-27-2014 07:42 AM
true4uca
Main
1
08-20-2011 07:16 AM
Deecee
Main
11
12-15-2010 08:57 AM
true4uca
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
13
05-24-2010 03:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.