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raxen September 24, 2009 11:19 PM

Purchasing from Sidewinder Computers - Duties, Taxes, Hidden Fees?
 
Sidewinder has a discount right now for shipping to Canada :clap:

Just wondering, it says on their website that UPS Canada shipping has no hidden fees. Anyone have any experience with Sidewinders in general?

What you see on their website is exactly what you pay?

UPS is notorious for duties and administration fees.:angry2:

Sorry if could be in a more proper subtopic. I'm ordering watercooling parts, so I stuck the thread here.

Phobia September 24, 2009 11:22 PM

I just got a package from them last week. I had to pay the delievery person $10. I think it was for customs fees

raxen September 24, 2009 11:25 PM

Unfortunately they're moving right now, so I can't ask them directly.

Did you ship using UPS Canada option? How much stuff did you order?

I guess their wording of "For domestic U.S. and Canada customers, there is no handling fee, packaging fee, or any hidden fees. Our website shipping tables are calculated for exact shipping costs by weight." is subject to interpretation...

enaberif September 24, 2009 11:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by raxen (Post 260845)
Sidewinder has a discount right now for shipping to Canada :clap:

Just wondering, it says on their website that UPS Canada shipping has no hidden fees. Anyone have any experience with Sidewinders in general?

What you see on their website is exactly what you pay?

UPS is notorious for duties and administration fees.:angry2:

Sorry if could be in a more proper subtopic. I'm ordering watercooling parts, so I stuck the thread here.

Never get anything shipped from the US to Canada with UPS or any of those companies.

You could EASILY end up paying $40+ in brokerage fees alone.

Unless SWC marks the package as a gift or something.

raxen September 24, 2009 11:30 PM

Yea... this sounded too good to be true. I guess back to NCIX I go.

ARGH... NCIX... why must you run out of XSPC Reservoir tops!

Phobia September 24, 2009 11:34 PM

i got usps shipping.. its the first time i've ever had to pay them.. it was kind of strange actually. I've purchased from petras tech shop, and performance-pcs and never had to pay

raxen September 24, 2009 11:36 PM

They're moving, but I'll try and give them a call first thing tomorrow at 10:30 and see what they say. Will report back.

jay51 September 24, 2009 11:39 PM

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Originally Posted by raxen (Post 260859)
They're moving, but I'll try and give them a call first thing tomorrow at 10:30 and see what they say. Will report back.

Really doesn't matter what they tell you.
like Enaberif stated if they use UPS to ship be prepred to pay unless marked Gift.

SugarJ September 24, 2009 11:45 PM

If you ship via USPS, and the declared value is under $50, Canada Post doesn't bother collecting the taxes. There are no duties using US Postal Service. I've bought small orders from Petras, Performance and Sidewinders, and never had to pay. They tend to under declare the value so you don't get stung for taxes. My last order from Performance was $40 US, they declared it as worth $5.

If you use UPS, there are always customs clearance and taxes due. The only time I use UPS is when I buy from Newegg, because they pre-clear it, bill the taxes and charge like $2 for customs. If UPS clears then collects from you, it's like $20.

raxen September 24, 2009 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by jay51 (Post 260862)
Really doesn't matter what they tell you.
like Enaberif stated if they use UPS to ship be prepred to pay unless marked Gift.

I definitely don't have high hopes, but I'll ask anyway. Worst comes to worst I'll ship to my Amerifriend, or sit 3-6 weeks for NCIX to have stock again.


Quote:

Originally Posted by SugarJ (Post 260863)
If you ship via USPS, and the declared value is under $50, Canada Post doesn't bother collecting the taxes. There are no duties using US Postal Service. I've bought small orders from Petras, Performance and Sidewinders, and never had to pay. They tend to under declare the value so you don't get stung for taxes. My last order from Performance was $40 US, they declared it as worth $5.

If you use UPS, there are always customs clearance and taxes due. The only time I use UPS is when I buy from Newegg, because they pre-clear it, bill the taxes and charge like $2 for customs. If UPS clears then collects from you, it's like $20.


Thats good to know. I was thinking Sidewinder was like Newegg.ca, but logically thinking about it, I'm not paying Canadian taxes on my bill right now. It has to be collected by someone, and that someone will definitely be UPS.


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