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01-13-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Do you ship to Canada?

Was wondering if you ship to Ontario and if so, what sort of extra charges/shipping/duty etc are involved? (apart from exchange rates)
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01-13-2011, 04:40 PM   #2
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Make sure you shop very carefully here. It may or may not be worthwhile to buy from the gray market.
If you decide to, make sure they ship via USPS, not UPS. B&H likes to use UPS, and you will be subject to very heavy brokerage fees (no matter what the rep who replies to this thread says, he isn't in Canada) if they ship via UPS.
I've found over the past few years that shopping the gray market just isn't worth the hassle for the small amount of money I may save, and so only do it if I absolutely can't source the product from Canada.
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They change now, they use Purolator with all inclusive charge
01-13-2011, 05:44 PM   #4
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Just bought a bunch of accessories from B+H and got it shipped to Canada. Worked out great. They charge you in advance for the taxes and stuff (rates quite reasonable) and send it via purolator and you don't need to worry about border stuff at all.

This has nothing to do with "grey market" lenses or whatever. You'd need to make your own decision on that.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bobmaxja Quote
They change now, they use Purolator with all inclusive charge
That's excellent news. I knew they were looking into it.
It really makes B&H more attractive when one likes the shipper.
Will Purolator do a Post Office drop?
01-13-2011, 11:03 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
That's excellent news. I knew they were looking into it.
It really makes B&H more attractive when one likes the shipper.
Will Purolator do a Post Office drop?
I'm not sure what you mean by that exactly, but here in Vancouver I wasn't home when they came to deliver so they left a note and I went to pick it up at the nearest shipping centre... basically the same convenience for me as when you get a parcel at the post office...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
B&H likes to use UPS, and you will be subject to very heavy brokerage fees.
B&H doesn't ship UPS Ground to Canada. For UPS anything else, brokerage is included for the 1st 5 types of goods. Brokerage will be charged from the 6th on. Their new Purolator option is cheaper but take twice as long to deliver. The pro about this new option is that all cost would be paid through B&H by the time you checked out, no surprise at your door.
01-14-2011, 07:45 AM   #8
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Hello,

Yes we do ship to Canada.

Canadian Shipping via Purolator

B&H offers ground service into Canada via Purolator. This service requires that you prepay all necessary VAT and HST / PST / GST fees at checkout. Doing so allows Purolator to expedite your package and offer an economical solution to Canadian customers.

Some of the items we sell cannot be exported to Canada due to manufacturer or government restrictions. You will receive an on-screen notice if you attempt put an item in your shopping cart or attempt to check out with items that are restricted.

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01-14-2011, 12:39 PM   #9
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If you ship by courier you will pay all necessary VAT and HST / PST / GST fees whether you prepay or not and you might also pay the couriers brokerage fees even though most photo equipment comes in duty free.

Shipping via USPS/Canada Post there is a very good chance that none of those fees will be demanded.

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If it's prepay , you do not pay anything else because all of these are already calculated. Be carefull to make sure you do not paid duty on Camera or lenses when total cost is calculated
01-18-2011, 03:04 PM   #11
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Purolator vs. USPS

I brought from B&H many times as there carry lot of items that I can only special order on the west coast or order through Vistek in Toronto (which is just as far as B&H). Their new Purolator service is slower but easier and definitely cheaper than UPS or Fedex. It is true Canada Post often charge a lower duty and/or handling rate than the courier companies, but they can be 2X or 3X slower!
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I just tried to use the Purolator option to ship to Canada, and I found that the duty and taxes on my order (about $42) were the same as my shipping fee ($8.22). Is this normal or coincidental? Does anyone have any experience with this? If it's normal, is it correct?

Aside from this, thank-you very much for providing a lower cost alternative to shipping to Canada.
02-07-2011, 06:51 AM   #13
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Hello,

Duty or taxes are not determined by market forces such as supply and demand but on in this case Canadian Law, so the fee would be the same for various shipping methods. This of course does not determine Brokerage fees some shippers add on.

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02-07-2011, 08:41 AM   #14
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I have used the Purolator shipping option the last couple times that I bought from B+H and it worked out well.
If you are not at home and missed the delivery, you can pickup the package the next day at the shipping centre. (Which just happens to be 3 blocks from where I work)

Much better than dealing with UPS and rescheduling deliveries & dealing with COD's.

Phil.

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My recent B&H experience

Hello:
I'm new to the forums and thought I would relate my recent experience with B&H:
I had been considering purchase of a Pentax Wide Angle DA 12-24mm lens for some time. The lowest price I could find for a new one was at B&H: $699.95. Current price for this lens at 2 local stores (Burlington ON Canada) is $1300. On Friday 04 Feb., I decided to go ahead and “make the plunge”;I had never purchased from B&H before. I chose “UPS Worldwide Saver” shipping as it was the fastest (2-4 business days), though more expensive than the other options. (about $20 more than Purolator ground, the least costly). I had found from another forum (can't remember which) that B&H does not use UPS ground shipping, and that with the more expensive options there would be no additional charges...only HST on the item, which I would have to pay anyhow for local purchase.
I placed the order on Friday at 10 AM and received notification of shipping at 1:25 PM.
My lens arrived at about 11 AM on 7 Feb, the following Monday.
As expected, I only had to pay HST on the item.
The bottom line: Shipping was very fast...about 1 business day. Considering all costs involved, it would have cost me about $647 MORE to buy the same lens locally.
I am VERY happy with the service and the price. In future, I will consider B&H for all my photograpic needs.
Doug D
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