Never EVER ship via UPS

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Old 11-24-2003, 04:57 PM
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I just bought something from the states, and it was sent UPS. They charge a $50 brokerage fee. Always try to have stuff sent via the USPS. Because when the package is handed over to Canada Post, they only charge you $5, plus taxes on the product. Man did I ever just take one in the azz.
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Old 11-24-2003, 06:00 PM
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Would have to agree never ship UPS for a parcel coming from USA.
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Old 11-24-2003, 08:27 PM
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thanks for the warning. i almost have my r/c unit shipped thru UPS method to trim down the days of shipping. i never thought of that $50 fee. i just have it shipped the USPS way.

how about DHL and FedEx? do they have any hidden charges? thanks.
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Can't say I know the charges for the other shipping companies. You could probably ask them what their brokerage fee is.
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Once did have parcel shipped US postal service (Global Express Service) and then it ended up going through Purolator on the Canada side which is nice as they can just keep it at their office to pickup. Was very fast service also.

Charged an handling fee of $7.50 plus GST which came in mail later on, which is pretty good comapred to UPS.
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Old 11-25-2003, 08:45 AM
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I think the charge depends on the value. My recent package cost $35 including gst. The brokerage fee itself was $29.85, including the brokerage gst. There are 8 different charges shown, such as 'Entry Prep Fee' and 'Disbursement Fee'. It's about as confusing as a government form!!
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I worked it out, and it is exactly $50 bucks plus GST, $66.75.
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Old 11-25-2003, 12:41 PM
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guys, any one of you here ordered from great hobbies? what is your experience? i might try them in the future. thanks,
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Prices at Great Hobbies are not that great on parts, find HobbyWholesale.com in Edmonton always better pricing on parts.

Both stores have pretty much the same pricing on kits pretty much average pricing for Canada though.
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Yes, I think $50 is the maximum: I was charged that amount once with a larger order.
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50$? whats that, about 4.50 US?? ha. jusskidding, Canada rocks!! Cant wait till summer to go back and race 1/8 offroad
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thanks corwin, ill check HobbyWholesale
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Have to love the exchange rate right now for buying stuff out of the US.

As of today US dollar worth 1.31115 Canadian, went as low as around 1.301 a couple weeks ago for a day.

http://www.xe.com
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i go by how much the canadian dollar is worth to the american. It's at $0.76 for an american dollar now but it use to be $0.65 just a little will ago.
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UPS has reached NEW LOWS with their shipping. I never use them because of the charges - but someone shipped UPS to me "by mistake" recently ... I got all the regular charges and then 3 weeks later I got ANOTHER bill for extra processing fees for 47.56 - total fees on a $250 item came to OVER $100 !!!!

I HATE UPS!

Use USPS Express - or better yet buy locally (if they can get what you want in a timely manner is another issue...)
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