Chapped.

You know what makes me insane? When the cost of shipping something from the US to Canada is MORE than the actual price of the item. And clearly WAY more than the actual shipping cost.

Seriously, there is NO WAY you’re going to convince me that shipping a single tube of lip balm from the US to Canada actually costs $6.15.

How am I supposed to get my hands on Yeti Breath or Unicorn Fart at THOSE prices??

(I am not invested enough to email the shop owner to ask why it’s $1.95 shipping within the US and $6.15 to Canada. I’m just grumpy about it.)

(If you do buy some, can you tell me if they’re really awesome?)

5 comments

  1. coffee says:

    Even better, is a $5 item with $6 shipping is sent via UPS, one can expect a $12-30 customs charge. (and they don’t do online billing for the few times they give leave the item in the bushes instead of demanding COD)

  2. Kelly M says:

    I know what you mean. There is a door in this old house that needs one little replacement clasp, a very old model that I can only find a a little hardware store in the states. But shipping and handling turns the $4 part into a $26 purchase. Craziness. I once ordered a poster from the Museum of Modern Art without thinking about shipping (I had just moved here). They shipped UPS, which charges a brokerage fee on top of duties and taxes. The $20 poster became a $45 purchase. UGH. Basically we all need drop boxes in the border city nearest us. Or friends who are willing to re-mail.

  3. Jo says:

    I swear by http://www.usaddressinc.com/ Mind you I’m close enough to the border to warrant it. $5 per package per week (tires or huge deliveries are extra) but for the zillions of places that offer free shipping to the continental US, it’s so worth it.

    • Sylvain says:

      Yes, lots of those places in Detroit too, and I live 10 minutes from Downtown Detroit. I just haven’t ordered enough stuff to make it worthwhile. The best was my last job, the company had a Detroit office and I would just ship stuff there and pick it up later when I crossed the border.

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