I will attest to UPS gouging us to the maximum they can
I recently had a $22 order come from the US, and the only shipping options were USPS express and UPS Standard. On the surface UPS Standard looked like the better way to go, until the package arrived. There was an extra $20 brokerage charge tacked on plus all the taxes. None of this was printed in plain sight, and I didn't know about it till the delivery man knocked on the door. If I had gone with USPS Express it would have been $5 cheaper and gotten here a week sooner.
About the best thing you can do Wasp is find someone you can trust State side and have them let you use their mailing address, then pay them to ship it to you. In the long run it would still be cheaper than UPS.
Originally Posted by Wasp09
Sure, it is CanadaPost, it is slow but quite reliable.
CanadaPost won't work holidays, Saturday and Sunday even for "Express" services. When we complain about missing target delivery standard, CanadaPost would simply tell us to claim the shipping charge back. It is taxpayer's money anyway.
I meant the cheap Solo Pro's from HK are only stocked in the States. I can order from the US stock but the only option available to ship to Canada when I check out is UPS. UPS would usually ask for a ransom crossing the border, holding my shipment hostage.
The declared value to Customs could to be quite inflated from some shops in the States. Sometimes they put a value much higher than the price of the goods there. (Not sure what HK US will do though) It may even be kind of bootstrapping the declared value from shipping, handling and brokage charges. . The more UPS charges results in more import tax and the more tax to be collected results in more UPS brokage fee.....
In comparison, CanadaPost's service charge for import tax collection is fixed, $5 I believe. Usually unless the item is obviously very valuable, it would often get rubber stamped through.
UPS is more eager to get everything import taxed and brokage fee charged.
That is why I prefer not to use UPS.
Otherwise I would have ordered a 100D or 180. I ordered my D02S from eHirobo (Hong Kong) instead.