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    Performance Bicycle shipping to Canada - a Heads Up!

    I love Performance Bicycle. As a Canadian though, I was caught unaware of their exorbiant brokerage fees charged by FedEx. As an example, FedEx charges $28 to broker a $100 order. This brings a $100 order to around $160 after shipping, tariffs and the darn BROKERAGE FEE.

    I talked to the nice folks at Performance Bicylce and they said that the WILL ship USPS. Typically, when shipments from the post office are under the $100 range, the post office doesn't collect the tariffs and when the do collect the tariffs, they don't charge a BROKERAGE FEE. The initial shipping cost will be a bit more than FedEx and will take a bit longer, but the savings are worth it.

    FEDEX BROKERAGE FEE = HIGHWAY ROBBERY

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    So is this a Performance pillaging policy or a FedEx raping mandate?
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    This is a FedEx **** policy. I talked to the folks @ Performance Bike and they will offer to ship via USPS. The initial cost of shipping might be a little higher, but we don't have to bend over and grab our ankles when FedEx adds their crazy "brokerage fees".

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    That's disturbing. I thought NAFTA was supposed to keep this sort of thing from happening.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    In the past I have done a lot of buying and selling on eBay, and usually ship UPS except for small, low-value items which I ship USPS Priority Mail. Last winter I was about to ship something UPS to a Canadian buyer, and the manager of the local UPS Store warned emphatically *NOT* to use UPS to Canada, because the Canadian UPS would screw the recipient with huge brokerage fees.

    Hearing that the same thing is happening with FedEx makes me wonder if the underlying reason has more to do with Canadian law than with a particular shipper.

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    eh, not that bad. I once had $100 brokerage for a $400 frameset that was initially $90 to ship via UPS
    yes, that's a 25% brokerage fee that would have otherwise just have been $35~50 for just tariff had it been shipped with USPS.

    needless to say I am a bit peeved to this day about it.

    but instead of shopping at performance, why not go to MEC or nashbar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    That's disturbing. I thought NAFTA was supposed to keep this sort of thing from happening.
    NAFTA was designed with large corporations (like GM, Ford, RIM maybe) in mind. Ordinary consumers on either side of the border were an afterthought, if they were thought of at all.

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    NAFTA works great for the billionaires. But the little guy - Canadian and US - get done royally. That's why most Canadians hate it, as they are actually aware of what it does. Anywho - I'm glad Performance is willing to ship by USPS and into the loving arms of Canada Poste. Might take forever to get there, but you won't have to hide from the FedEx truck.

    Now use this as an example for other companies in the USA you need small things from: "But these people do it...!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
    That's disturbing. I thought NAFTA was supposed to keep this sort of thing from happening.
    This has nothing to do with NAFTA.

    Both UPS and Fedex do this.

    The irony is that bicycles parts are duty free coming into Canada so there is no need for the shipment to be "brokered"

    The "brokerage fee" that UPS and Fedex charge is pure profit to them, straight to the bottom line.

    I do not buy from anyone that won't ship USPS. If the shipment comes UPS or Fedex - I shop elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    In the past I have done a lot of buying and selling on eBay, and usually ship UPS except for small, low-value items which I ship USPS Priority Mail. Last winter I was about to ship something UPS to a Canadian buyer, and the manager of the local UPS Store warned emphatically *NOT* to use UPS to Canada, because the Canadian UPS would screw the recipient with huge brokerage fees.

    Hearing that the same thing is happening with FedEx makes me wonder if the underlying reason has more to do with Canadian law than with a particular shipper.
    It has nothing to do with Canadian law.

    It is pure profit to the courier companies.

    They get to charge for doing nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    eh, not that bad. I once had $100 brokerage for a $400 frameset that was initially $90 to ship via UPS
    yes, that's a 25% brokerage fee that would have otherwise just have been $35~50 for just tariff had it been shipped with USPS.

    needless to say I am a bit peeved to this day about it.

    but instead of shopping at performance, why not go to MEC or nashbar?
    Interesting comment here.

    Nashbar and Performance are the same company, Nashbar always ships by USPS.

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