Originally Posted by Jake180
parts express.... anyone else order from there and have them shipped to canada?
not only was shipping like almost $60 .... I had to pay another $50 C.O.D ...
I wasn't home but my friend covered it and I have to pay her back .. what is that all about... from what I read on parts express... the duties or whatever shipping fees were included in the $60 I paid .... is the gov's way of taxing me or something ? grrr!
this doesn't happen when I order from monoprice ... what's the difference ?
Kind of off-topic, but i'll try to answer. A lot depends on the shipping method you choose. The higher priced shipping options from Monoprice (UPS express/expedited international) include brokerage fees, which can be an extortionate percentage of a lower priced item.
It would seem that you got charged duties and taxes on items from the Canadian and Ontario governments, or that the shipping company charged your brokerage to clear the items through customs.
Personally, since i live 40 minutes from the border, I just pay $125 per year for an address in the US and have all my US purchases sent there. Then every couple of months, or more frequently if urgent, I drive down and pick it all up, pay my taxes at the border, and still end up saving a ton on shipping costs and brokerage fees.