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« on: April 19, 2007 10:05:31 AM »

Hi!

I'd like to order Knitpicks options needle set but am concerned about the import duties and taxes.  Has anyone else in BC ordered the set?  How much did it set you back in total?

I'm thinking that if it's just too expensive I"ll have it shipped to someone in the states, and have them mail it to me or something.  But i don't want to wait for the set!!

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2007 10:42:31 AM »

I'm in Canada (Ontario) and ordered the set (plus some other stuff) last year, so assuming they haven't changed things since then, here's how it works: they do that Borderfree thing where they charge you in advance for duty/taxes and so when you receive your order, you're not charged anything extra. I believe their duty charge is 10% of your order's cost. It's nice because you don't have to worry about any nasty surprises when you receive the package. Everything you're paying (duty, shipping) is shown when you actually place the order.

I can look up exactly what I paid if you like, but I did order other stuff at the same time so it won't be the same as what you would pay.

When I ordered, it took about two weeks to arrive.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2007 10:44:00 AM »

Thanks!  I really appreciate the info.  I think I'm going to go ahead and order it now!   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2007 02:44:59 PM »

I was wondering the same thing - so thanks for the both the question and the answer!   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2007 04:00:37 PM »

I detest the waiting.

I'm a two weeks today and if Canada Post leaves the card in the mail slot telling me to pick it up Monday.... I will be so tortured all weekend.

I always appreciate a company that considers the duty factor.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2007 04:18:50 PM »

Are you sure there's no extra costs after you pay the duty etc?  Their site says buyer is responsible for the HST/PST.....

My coworker scared me off again by saying she ordered something from the states with similar promises and was hit with customs fees that were the same price as what she ordered ($80++)!!   Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2007 04:35:45 PM »

Well, I know that I wasn't charged anything extra when my package arrived. Customs fees can be really arbitrary though, so you never know...

Also, ridiculous fees can happen if delivery is via UPS - they charge crazy, crazy brokerage fees. I never ever order anything from the US if it's going to be sent with UPS. Learned that the hard way. Angry
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2007 06:49:17 PM »

I have ordered from Knitpicks several times (I am in Alberta)....  ok never ordered the options set but have had lots and lots of yarn from them.....

I can't remember exactly what shipping costs were (but it does show you on the site when you order) but I have never yet had to pay any additional costs or taxes when the parcel was delivered either....  all my stuff has taken a max of 2 weeks to arrive which I am quite pleased by.....
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2007 09:41:49 PM »

This BC lurker has ordered from Knit Picks many (too many) times, and often the order has been *cough* quite large.  I paid the GST/duty up front so that when the parcel arrived, I only had to do the happy dance thing Grin  And I agree about UPS--scary extra costs associated with their deliveries!  As for transit time, it's never been longer than 2 weeks if they have the stock in. HTH, Mary in Port Moody
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007 07:47:26 PM »

I'm so glad I found this thread. I am going to place an order to knitpicks as soon as I can make up my mind about the colours I need, and I was pretty concerned about the taxes and duty at the Canada/USA boarder.

Has anyone ordered recently and had a bad experience, or is the 10% pre-paid duty still holding true? Smiley
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