Did I just cause a sharp pain in your chest, and your wallet? If it did then like me, you hate paying extra fees on your purchases from the US.
We live a fair distance from a major city, and tend to do a lot of our shopping online. It is so incredibly convenient since I have small children at home, and I find it easier to compare prices this way. Quite often on my search for great products I am directed to American sites… I can attest that this is dangerous…
When Dee-dee was just a baby I wanted to buy her the Fisher-Price Little People Nativity playset for Christmas. I began my search online, and I found not just the nativity, but the Inn, the shepherds, the drummer boy, the wisemen tents, the entire little town of Bethlehem! I was sold, I would no longer settle for just the nativity, I wanted it all! I searched and searched but I couldn’t find the extras on this side of the border, I had to admit defeat and order from Fisher-Price.com. At that time the dollar wasn’t too bad, as I knew I couldn’t find these toys in Canada, I prepared myself to swallow the extra sipping costs as I clicked “checkout now”. All I could picture was the wonderful first Christmas Dee-Dee would have playing with all her new toys!
That was until two weeks later when it arrived… if only I had known about the Duty and Taxes Estimator when I had ordered… I arrived at the post office to to pick up my little town of Bethlehem, and was completely caught off-guard when I was asked to pay the import fees…. yikes! This purchase ended up costing more than I had expected!
Since this experience I have been very cautious when ordering any items from the US. This past Christmas however there were so many great deals on the American Girl website that I couldn’t allow them to pass me by! I had my order in the cart, and I cringed when I saw my total convert from US dollars to Canadian dollars, then I had to add shipping fees… was this gong to be worth it once I added the import fees at the post office? My shopping cart was calling to me and I took my chances as I placed my order with Americangirl.ca.
I was shocked when it arrived the following week, and when I went to pick it up I wasn’t changed any import fees! What was going on? Then I took a closer look at the box…
Do you see it too? My order was shipped from a warehouse in Mississauga Ontario, right here in Canada! No import fees!!!
When shopping with Americangirl.ca, there is no need to fear import fees any longer my fellow Canadians!