Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The 'Wack, BC, Canada
Bikes: Norco (2), Miyata, Canondale, Soma, Redline
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Aquakitty, we don't pay duty on "sporting equipment" but we do pay the PST and GST. That was your $38. The kicker comes when the vendor uses Fedex or UPS instead of the US Postal Service. Those two carriers dump on some hefty brokerage fees to handle cross border shipments. It's that charge that can greatly increase the cost.
Those of us near the border can take advantage of the shipment receiving services along the border towns to use for accepting Fedex and UPS shipments and avoid the brokerage fees. But the OP is in Victoria and the ferry ride to come and pick up the stuff would kill any savings big time.
Skilsaw, if you come over to the mainland on a decently regular basis anyway you could still use the shipment receivers. They typically will hold your packages for up to 3 months. This would mean you'd need to plan more in advance but if you make it over every couple of months for something else unrelated then you could do a side trip to Point Roberts to pick up your shipments. You then claim them all at the border. They are used to Ebay and US online shopping pickup regulars at Point Roberts and as long as you have all your receipts and Paypal info showing auction numbers and payments or invoices that the online suppliers send to you ready it's generally quite trouble free. Mind you the whole process makes it hard to be spontanious....
One outfit I've used that is now fully updated and very quick is www.thelettercarrier.com