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Old November 24, 2012, 12:36 PM
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Keep in mind there's the the tariff/duty and taxes charged at the border, which are collected by the government and which everybody has to pay, and then there are brokerage fees charged by the courier company for the courtesy of taking your package across the border.

Shipping by USPS generally results in nothing but a $5 charge, which is actually paid to Canada Post to complete the delivery. UPS loves to charge ridiculous brokerage fees. The other courier companies tend to fall between the two extremes.

Some retailers will label a package with a lower declared value to help reduce or avoid the duty and taxes owed, but then you run the risk of having it damaged in shipping without adequate coverage (the courier is, once their lawyers get involved, liable at best for the lesser of the actual value or the declared value).
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