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Old 13th November 2012, 07:32 PM   #51
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FEDEX especially gouges and the other two aren't much better
I don't know about 1-offs, but all my shopments from Madisound come via their FedEx commercial account and i get charged just GST (and duty when applicable), no clearance fees at all.

For general stuff i insist on USPS, and if i need something from Parts-Express i get Bob from CSS to get it for me (shipped for free to Sumas, where he himself goes down and clears it, then Canada Post to me).

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Old 13th November 2012, 11:29 PM   #52
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I shipped something to someone in Canada. It cost $65 and UPS dinged him for another $47. What a joke. USPS from now on.

This is one reason I'm happy to live in 1/2 hr. drive from PE's little warehouse showroom.
The couriers are "sharks" when it comes to fees. I dislike UPS most - you have to pay all the charges when the goods arrived or they will not give you the parcel. With FedEx, at least they send you an invoice later.

I bought something from China 6 months ago and the goods was shipped via DHL, no fees whatsoever?!! Is this normal?

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I won't purchase from PE because of shipping costs via UPS or FedEx. In fact, I won't order anything from the US if shipped via UPS or FedEx unless they're paying. I just received an order from Mouser, which was shipped via FedEx, but they covered all the costs. However, it was an order of over $200 so I could receive that benefit.
Another of my irritants is that I live in a rural area, close to a city, so can't receive delivery from UPS or FedEx ... which means I have to pick it up at their depots. FedEx is open business hours, but for customer pickup, UPS is only open from 4 to 6 pm, and have (I'm serious) parking for 4 vehicles.
Incidentally, I've found B&H Photo (photo, computer, pro audio) in New York to be an outstanding example of how to deal with Canadians. They ship via Purolator - a Canadian courier affiliated with Canada Post - with minimal hassle, and cost, which lets me pick up at my local post office. If PE gave a damn, they'd study how B&H works.
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Purolator - a Canadian courier affiliated with Canada Post
A courier company owned by Canada Post.

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So, it's a close affiliation ....
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