Question for sellers - What countries have you shipped to?
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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada, eh?

Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:37 pm 
 

Yep. I was there a few months ago in fact. They've got a huge selection of games, mostly board games and bookshelf games, but a large chunk of D&D too. Their prices, unfortunately, stink. A lot of stuff is mark-up from cover price - $12-15 common modules, $60 boxed sets, etc. I did find a few good deals (Planescape stuff, which actually sells for more than cover), but mostly it's just boxes and boxes of stuff they're just sitting on :(

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:41 pm 
 

While we are on the topic of Canada Post and Canada Customs, my biggest problem with them is that when they open parcels that have a declared value and even a bill of sale or packing slip, they don't always use those values and instead come up with their own value to charge tax on.  Sellers that put an inflated customs value on packages really bugs me too.  I have had packages with declared value of $5, cover price of $19.95 opened and then charged tax on $100.

Although it is an added hassle, I generally end up sending in all my customs charges back to be "re-evaluated" by changing their description to Games (since all books, regardless of value, are applicable to taxes) and putting a value of under $10 on them with an ebay auction printout.  I get the tax money and their box opening priviledge charge back.

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:53 pm 
 

Mars wrote:While we are on the topic of Canada Post and Canada Customs, my biggest problem with them is that when they open parcels that have a declared value and even a bill of sale or packing slip, they don't always use those values and instead come up with their own value to charge tax on. Sellers that put an inflated customs value on packages really bugs me too. I have had packages with declared value of $5, cover price of $19.95 opened and then charged tax on $100.

Although it is an added hassle, I generally end up sending in all my customs charges back to be "re-evaluated" by changing their description to Games (since all books, regardless of value, are applicable to taxes) and putting a value of under $10 on them with an ebay auction printout. I get the tax money and their box opening priviledge charge back.

Good point, I forgot to mention this...you can generally get most/all of those frivilious charges reversed, as you stated.  At least that's what my dad told me when I asked the other week...he works for the CRA (or whatever they've changed their name to this week)  :)

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 6:08 pm 
 

Mars wrote:While we are on the topic of Canada Post and Canada Customs, my biggest problem with them is that when they open parcels that have a declared value and even a bill of sale or packing slip, they don't always use those values and instead come up with their own value to charge tax on. Sellers that put an inflated customs value on packages really bugs me too. I have had packages with declared value of $5, cover price of $19.95 opened and then charged tax on $100.


I think that's a by-product of people insuring items for the max value. Some of the CP people occasionally ask me if I want to put $100 value on the item, since that's the max insurable that CP ships with no charge. I always tell 'em no, since if it's got a $100 value sticker on it, then that's what my customer is going to have to pay taxes on. And I don't think they'd thank me for that :P

Although it is an added hassle, I generally end up sending in all my customs charges back to be "re-evaluated" by changing their description to Games (since all books, regardless of value, are applicable to taxes) and putting a value of under $10 on them with an ebay auction printout. I get the tax money and their box opening priviledge charge back.


*blink* I had no idea you could get the handling fee refunded. I know you can collect the GST back if you're a GST registrant, but.. wow.

How do you go about doing that?  :lol:

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 7:47 pm 
 

Mars wrote:While we are on the topic of Canada Post and Canada Customs, my biggest problem with them is that when they open parcels that have a declared value and even a bill of sale or packing slip, they don't always use those values and instead come up with their own value to charge tax on. Sellers that put an inflated customs value on packages really bugs me too. I have had packages with declared value of $5, cover price of $19.95 opened and then charged tax on $100.


I think that I am going to use that as a sales pitch on my next roung of auctions. I can see it now:

    "I know that this B2-Keep on the Borderlands seems like a very common item, but I recently sent a similar one to a buyer in Canada and the Canada Customs Board just declared that this module has a value of $100.00". :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

Wait a second, what the heck am I saying? I think I have been reading to many jonb auctions. :oops: :P


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:15 pm 
 

GraysonAC wrote:
Mars wrote:
*blink* I had no idea you could get the handling fee refunded. I know you can collect the GST back if you're a GST registrant, but.. wow.

How do you go about doing that? :lol:

First of all, I was wrong, they're now "Canada Border Service Agency".  :roll:

Here's the link to more than you'd ever want to know.  Please note this only applies to "non-commercial" goods -- if you're operating a business, you probably want to check out the "commercial" link, which is a whole different ballgame.
cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/E/pub/cp/rc4051/rc4051- ... l#P46_2020

Of particular interest to this discussion would be the sections "The $5 handling fee" and "What if you question the amount you owe?"

In short, items under $20 (or $60, if a gift) are tax and/or duty free, and therefore the $5 handling fee does not apply and should not be charged.  It's a hassle, but you can get this money back.  Good luck!

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:59 am 
 

Ok, thanks. I'm a business, so I'll have to look into the process. Looks hellishly complicated, but might be worth it.

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