[Bglug] A new definition of Free Trade

Andrew Howlett andrew at howlett.net
Fri Oct 28 11:12:31 EDT 2016

oh i've got a better example

i wrote the documentation for a free software project

one of the project leaders had it all packaged up as a kit for sale with printed docs and tools on DVD

because I was an author they sent me a "free" copy - by UPS from the states.

i ended up paying over $100 for something that i had written for free

however i'm pretty happy that i don't have to pay anything for the little electronic components that I order from Hong Kong. thanks for the tip, will keep all my orders <$20



On 10/28/2016 10:58 AM, Brad Rodriguez wrote:
> Oh, I've been hit with this.  Years ago I ordered a $25 book from a
> publisher in the U.S.  When it arrived, UPS charged me a $50 "customs
> brokerage" fee.
> As a result, I always instruct shippers in the U.S. to use either FedEx
> (if I'm in a hurry) or U.S. Postal Service (if I'm not).  On eBay, I
> *always* ask if the seller will use U.S.P.S. *before* I make a bid or
> purchase.  If they'll only ship UPS, I buy somewhere else.  
> If I recall correctly, Canada Post lets parcels with a value less than
> Cdn$40 through with no extra charge.  For parcels worth more than $40,
> they charge a $5 fee, plus whatever duty or taxes are owed.  Typically
> there will be no duty from the U.S., but you might get charged 13% HST.
> The last I checked, FedEx includes brokerage service as part of their
> (high!) shipping fee.
> Never use UPS from the States.  (Within Canada they're ok.)
> - Brad
> On Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:28:11 -0400
> ted leslie <ted.leslie at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I can't understand the 101$ extra dollars, duty isn't that high a
>> percentage, and the extra "paperwork"? just tell them to take a flyer.
>> In all my orders to the US, never seen a hit like you took.

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