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Old 10-17-2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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Good Sam Membership for Canadians

Hi everyone,

Is it worth getting a membership if you live in Canada; we need to get a few items for our new trailer?

It says free shipping??

Thanks and have a good weekend!!
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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Canada is generally excluded from free shipping offers, which is why I've bought nothing from Camping World. When I do purchase from the U.S. I make sure that they DO NOT ship by UPS. I've gotten burned with excessive brokerage fees by UPS. I insist on USPS ( U.S. Postal Service ) which passes the package to Canada Post and delivers to your door.
I've made purchases from etrailer.com and I do it by phone. When they take the order, they can check their Canadian warehouse. If it's in stock there they ship it by Canada Post so no duty.
I've heard that if you join Good Sam you'll get lots and lots of mail.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:43 PM   #3
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thanks so much for the info; much appreciated
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:24 PM   #4
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We currently have a membership. If we're going to be making any larger purchases we definitely renew it. Don't use the supposed good deals at RV parks because we don't really like staying at those type of places.

For the current sale free delivery is offered. But it's not all that far to Burlington WA and so next week we'll run down there, buy a cover and ceiling light and have a mini holiday.

I haven't noticed much in the way of junk mail from them. I always decline that option when it's offered.

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Old 10-18-2014, 01:19 AM   #5
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The only mail we have received is our membership card after returning from our trip.

gbaglo... UPS is not to blame for the fees & charges problems that you experienced. That rests with the vendor that you purchased from... Free shipping is free shipping... it's the shipper's responsibility to ensure all paperwork is done correctly. Couriers do not double bill. For my business, I ship with all of the couriers (& posties), including Purolator in Canada. At times, all damage goods... the real test is how well they respond to claims

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There have been numerous posts about UPS "brokerage" fees over the years. Many warnings about not accepting shipping by UPS.
I purchased a microphone that was shipped by UPS from New York. Cost about $250. Two weeks after it was deposited at my door, I received a bill ( $50 ) for brokerage ( clearing it through customs ) from UPS. Canada Post delivered the bill. I had no option but to pay it or risk my credit rating.
The purchase was made for the company I worked for, so I just paid and billed my company.
From that point on, I will not accept anything shipped UPS from the U.S.
I won't purchase from a company that ships UPS.
I have never had the same experience with items shipped by USPS.

Electronic items such as cameras, microphones etc. are free of duty under NAFTA.
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:50 AM   #7
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There have been numerous posts about UPS "brokerage" fees over the years. Many warnings about not accepting shipping by UPS.
I purchased a microphone that was shipped by UPS from New York. Cost about $250. Two weeks after it was deposited at my door, I received a bill ( $50 ) for brokerage ( clearing it through customs ) from UPS. Canada Post delivered the bill. I had no option but to pay it or risk my credit rating.
The purchase was made for the company I worked for, so I just paid and billed my company.
From that point on, I will not accept anything shipped UPS from the U.S.
I won't purchase from a company that ships UPS.
I have never had the same experience with items shipped by USPS.

Electronic items such as cameras, microphones etc. are free of duty under NAFTA.
Glen... Glen... Glen... Where did Mother & I go wrong

Your microphone was not shipped by UPS. The vendor that you purchased the microphone from was the shipper and they chose UPS as the carrier. Your vendor simply shipped it to you "collect". The vendor is the party that you should have gone after for the repayment of the charges.

Regarding duties, it is the Canadian Customs Classification Codes that determine how much duty or lack thereof, not NAFTA. Under NAFTA, goods manufactured in Canada or the US are duty free to both countries... Mexico included, I believe. But I wouldn't bet your new house on it

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Old 10-18-2014, 07:53 AM   #8
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There have been numerous posts about UPS "brokerage" fees over the years. Many warnings about not accepting shipping by UPS.
I purchased a microphone that was shipped by UPS from New York. Cost about $250. Two weeks after it was deposited at my door, I received a bill ( $50 ) for brokerage ( clearing it through customs ) from UPS. Canada Post delivered the bill. I had no option but to pay it or risk my credit rating.
The purchase was made for the company I worked for, so I just paid and billed my company.
From that point on, I will not accept anything shipped UPS from the U.S.
I won't purchase from a company that ships UPS.
I have never had the same experience with items shipped by USPS.

Electronic items such as cameras, microphones etc. are free of duty under NAFTA.
I have had similar experiences with items shipped via UPS except I've had to pay the brokerage fees upfront to receive my goods. There have not been any warnings or statements in advance that brokerage will be part of the fees.

Now I will not purchase from companies who use UPS to ship to me. Purolator and USPS do not charge such fees so I will only purchase from US companies who will ship via those carriers.

It's interesting to learn it's the sellers not doing the extra paperwork who are responsible for the brokerage fees being charged by the carrier. Either way, they don't get my business.

This Camping World deal sounds like a real winner considering the free shipping to Canada. I hope you let us know if you receive a brokerage fee bill in the mail, Larry.
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The core message of Glen's warning is correct..

if at all possible do not ship trans-border USA to Canada via UPS or FedEx.. their brokerage fees to clear the shipment into Canada are much higher then the USPS/Canada post combination and are payable on every delivery. Canada Post assesses a flat brokerage fee of $9.95 + applicable duty + tax only if the latter two items are deemed collectable by Canada Border Services Agency(CBSA).. otherwise $0.00 is owed to the post office. I receive many lower value items (usually <$50, sometimes more :-) items owing nothing extra to anyone upon delivery receipt in Canada.

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Glen... Glen... Glen... Where did Mother & I go wrong

Your microphone was not shipped by UPS. The vendor that you purchased the microphone from was the shipper and they chose UPS as the carrier. Your vendor simply shipped it to you "collect". The vendor is the party that you should have gone after for the repayment of the charges.

Regarding duties, it is the Canadian Customs Classification Codes that determine how much duty or lack thereof, not NAFTA. Under NAFTA, goods manufactured in Canada or the US are duty free to both countries... Mexico included, I believe. But I wouldn't bet your new house on it

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I too have been ripped off by UPS a bunch of times, where there charge for brokerage fee has been charged 3 times (did get one payment back), and just paying their stupidly high fees, sometime almost as much as the item.


USPS/Canada Post is definitely the way to go. They charge a flat $10 for brokerage fees, and it is always included in the shipping cost.

I haven't paid duty on anything in many a year now.
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