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Old 06-18-10, 02:01 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 06-18-10, 02:20 PM   #2
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If I were you I'd get the bike in the states, put in on a bike rack in the back/top of your car and go across another border line so you won't fall on the same employee that are anyway not going to care about the fact that you have a bike mounted on your car. But you shouldn't do that from a legal point of view. I warned you. Just like when you download stuff from music websites and they tell you : If you liked the song buy the album to thanks the artists!
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Make your bike look a little dirty and ridden, take off the LBS sticker - then cross the border.
If you have a bike sticker from a BC shop - put it on.
You should be fine.
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Old 06-18-10, 09:23 PM   #4
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Hey Mr. LBS guy...can I have a sticker from your shop so that I can put it on a bike I'm buying in the states instead of from you?
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