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« on: July 31, 2007 10:47:23 PM »

I am getting started in jewelry making, and I was going to order from artbeads.com which is only a dollar shipping to CND and with the exchange rate being so awesome - - - with the duty tacked on, BUT 1$ shipping, is it still cheaper in general?

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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007 08:25:57 AM »

Duties aren't a big problem, unless you're buying precious metals.  I've had high duties on gold wires in the past, and other times there's been next to nothing.  You might need to check the Canada customs website for details on duties, they've changed since I've bought from the US. 

What ticks me off -and why I stopped buying from the US -is paying border broker fees when something is delivered by the big couriers, like FedEx, UPS etc.  The US postal service/Canadian postal service is less than five bucks, while couriers can charge anywhere from 25 to 75 dollars to bring things across the border and have them inspected.  That's simply outrageous. Check who does their shipping, if its one of the big couriers then you might be stuck with a huge border broker fee.

There are a couple excellent bead stores based in Canada. My favourite for on line shopping is beadFX found here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.html I get crystals and specialty wires from here.  Their prices are excellent and delivery is reliable and fast.

Does the kw in your name refer to K-W Ontario?  Because if it does toss away your computer and make tracks for Bead Bazaar in Uptown Waterloo.  Seriously, it's like a bead catalogue only you can touch the beads, not just look at pictures. It looks like a hole in the wall kind of store but the selection inside is amazing.  Stephanie has everything you need and then some, she will even help you find some hard to find items.  She also sells her own lamp worked glass beads, and these are spectacular.  The Michael's Craft Store in Westmount Place has an amazing selection of beads, wires and findings from some of the larger American companies -no shipping or duties required. I haven't ordered from the US since these two stores came along.
This incredibly horrible cell phone picture is a lariat necklace I made from beads and finding purchased at both places. The big pink floral bead is From Bead Bazaar.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007 09:10:44 AM »

thanks for your info . . i was just comparing crystals, and fx is three times more, but wire is the same . . . so maybe I should buy from a mix of places. Found a great ebay store with cheap dichroic beads (US), wire from FX, and crystal from artbeads.com . . .I guess I'll just see how it all works out

And to answer your question - KW stands for Kenworth, as in the semi . . BIG fan! lol. believe me, if I lived in ontario, I would not be looking online. No, I live in a backwoods part of manitoba, and the only place for beads is walmart! ewwwww! lol, though i did make a beautiful  bead bouquet of beads from there, but it would get expensive, and in our walmarts, there is not much selection! Maybe I'll just have to wait until my little one gets older so we can go n the semi with my DH and I can buy beads all over the continent!

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2007 03:20:09 PM »

i buy a lot of beads from the US. just try to get them to ship it with the post office so that you don't get dinged with high brokerage fees from the courier companies.

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2007 10:47:11 AM »

It's been a while since I've had a big orer come up from the US, but what you're actually paying is taxes, not duty. So based on your provincial taxes you should be able to figure out what your extra charges will be... plus add in a brokerage fee depending on shipping method. Canada Post for instance charges $5.

And if your purchased is under $20 it should sail through without additional charges. Sometimes you'll get lucky and it will do the same if it's over $20. Wink

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