QUESTIONS RE: Canadians buying bikes in the states
So I live in Vancouver British Columbia, and I'm hunting specifically for either a 56" or 58" Surly Cross Check to tinker with, and being so specific, the local search is clearly not going well.
I've now opened 2 additional Craigslist page tabs in my browser for Seattle and Portland respectively, but I soon realized I'll be crossing the border with my purchase, and I'd like to avoid paying customs duties if I can. (It's a Surly, American-made, ~300USD+ markup in Canada).
Lying is of course the obvious option...
... oh this was purchased in Canada, I often come riding in the Evergreen State... (please don't ask for police registration... pleaseplease)
... well one of my friends in Portland is giving it to me... <give friend's address>
Or maybe there's some other way around it?
Now I really prefer to deal locally so Craigslist isn't always the most accommodating. I'd go through eBay if the additional customs duties do not offset me beyond my budget, and provided the shipper is willing. What are the restrictions regarding shipping across the border? I hear the bike *MUST* be completely dismantled within the shipping container?