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post #46 of 59

Oh Shoot! I'm so sorry guys, I meant the Apple Store, their headphone sections have a few entry level klipsch's and such. Back in my home country (Thailand), iStudio was the main and biggest authorized Apple reseller, so I kinda got mixed there. Sorry again guys confused_face.gif
 

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Originally Posted by TheGomdoRi View Post

Hey, patanin1st

 

I used to work at the Eaton Centre lol umm I never saw/heard of it, by any chance is the iStudio the earphone section of the Apple store? Or is it something I missed completely?
Across from Disney would be, a lingerie store, a small coffee shop, and Apple from what I recall.

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post #47 of 59
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

NCIX.com has a Canada division and is fast, reliable and offers a pretty good selection. They also are Senn authorized and have decent prices on their IE8 and IE7. If you OK going outside Canada and can live with 10 days shipping, think accessoryjack.com is very good for Audio Technica stuff.


More like NCIX.com has an american division ;)

 

I know I'm replying a year later, but it had to be said.


Edited by rds - 3/9/11 at 7:52pm
post #48 of 59

Pardon my stupid question

 

OK if I go to Amazon.ca and look around for headphones or a decent DAC or headphone amp there's barely anything I'm interested in but if I go to Amazon.com (American site) I find everything I could ever want on there. The kicker is I've even noticed some wicked sales on there on Senn 650 HD and AKG 701's. Now here's what I'm wondering:

 

If I was to order through the American Amazon site and asked them to send my gear through Canada Post and mark it as a gift would they actually do that or would they say it's UPS/FEDEx only and no we don't mark anything ordered here as a gift? I don't mean to sound like a dishonest sneaky cheapskate but I'm getting tired of being gouged by Canadian business just because they can get away with it. I've noticed some of the markup on audio gear is ridiculously high and there's no reason for it except greed.

post #49 of 59
If you try to order from Amazon.com. You will get a message during checkout that says " not available in your area". We have to use .ca which is a shame because as you said .com has some amazing stuff and great deals.
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Originally Posted by sperandeo View Post

If you try to order from Amazon.com. You will get a message during checkout that says " not available in your area". We have to use .ca which is a shame because as you said .com has some amazing stuff and great deals.

Actually for items sold by Amazon directly, it depends on the item, and whether the manufacturer does that region protection racket thing.

Sometimes Amazon acts as a store front for other companies, and they might have their own shipping policies.

But I've definitely ordered things from Amazon.com and had them shipped to Canada (headphones included) and the shipping is scary fast.
post #51 of 59

How about duty and taxes? With headphones did you get raped with duties and added taxes? I know with DACS and amps there's definitely duty and tax but don't know about headphones though.

post #52 of 59

I just got a Meelectronics A151 and bought it directly from them.  I didn't pay any Cdn taxes or duty.  I received them in 5 days and they stated that the value was $19.99.

 

I haven't yet ordered from Amazon.com.  I see that they have Import & duties fees.  I don't know if this catches everything or if there is a chance that you will have to pay more.  If someone knows that would be great.  It seems like they use DHL to deliver.  I have read an old thread on redflagdeals.com that DHL charges a $7 brokerage fee which is much better than UPS or FEDEX.

 

If anyone knows about Amazon.com please let us know.  Thanks!

post #53 of 59
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Originally Posted by wullymc View Post

I haven't yet ordered from Amazon.com.  I see that they have Import & duties fees.  I don't know if this catches everything or if there is a chance that you will have to pay more.  If someone knows that would be great.  It seems like they use DHL to deliver.  I have read an old thread on redflagdeals.com that DHL charges a $7 brokerage fee which is much better than UPS or FEDEX.

 

If anyone knows about Amazon.com please let us know.  Thanks!


I've ordered a couple of things from Amazon.com across to Canada, and I have not been charged anything additional over the invoice issued by Amazon. They add "estimated" brokerage/etc fees, so I suppose it's possible the estimate could be wrong.

I half suspect they have the stuff sitting in the Mississauga warehouse it comes so fast!
post #54 of 59

Nice to know. Maybe I will try my luck on Amazon. I'm not to crazy about ebay I had a few friends who use it and they got burned on there. One guy I know bought a Sony dvd player off ebay from a Hong Kong dealer and it took all of five minutes to realize it was a fake. Last time I heard he was still filling out online complaint forms with ebay and paypal.


Edited by DigitalFreak - 3/30/11 at 1:27am
post #55 of 59

Hey DigitalFreak,

 

If you do end up buying from Amazon can you update this link and say what you bought and if there was any extra charges on top of the import fees estimated by Amazon.

 

Thanks!

post #56 of 59

I've done alot of research on customs/duty fees, long story short, on Headphones and computer electronics there is 0% Duty on it. You will only be charged your provinces GST/HST etc. On DAPs/Mp3 players there is a 5-6% Duty fee on top of your province's GST/HST.

 

So when you buy from Amazon.com they ship through UPS and Amazon already charges you for GST/HST, Brokerage fee and Customs fee (even though its 0% for Headphones). But according to Amazon policy they will refund the customs fee 60 days after the item has shipped and they realize that the customs was 0%. (I've ordered headphones through Amazon and had a chat with their customer service)

 

So, when you buy from Amazon.com and ship to Canada, you SHOULDN'T be charged any additional fees when you recieve the package.

 

For more information on customs you can check out the CBSA (Canadian border services agency) website.

 

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I've bought Alessandro MS-1s + Bowls & d-Jays from STEREOTYPE AUDIO -- great to deal with.


 

Yes, I agree. I just bought some iems from them and paid the same price as in the US (very rare in Canada these days). They emailed prompt and friendly updates on the progress of my order and shipped it immediately. All around a great shopping experience! I will definitely patronize them again when the opportunity arises.

post #58 of 59

 

 

I've been keeping a list of Canadian companines and retailers here... http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/507194/listing-canadian-companies


 

post #59 of 59
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Originally Posted by SpecR1 View Post

I've done alot of research on customs/duty fees, long story short, on Headphones and computer electronics there is 0% Duty on it. You will only be charged your provinces GST/HST etc. On DAPs/Mp3 players there is a 5-6% Duty fee on top of your province's GST/HST.

 

So when you buy from Amazon.com they ship through UPS and Amazon already charges you for GST/HST, Brokerage fee and Customs fee (even though its 0% for Headphones). But according to Amazon policy they will refund the customs fee 60 days after the item has shipped and they realize that the customs was 0%. (I've ordered headphones through Amazon and had a chat with their customer service)

 

So, when you buy from Amazon.com and ship to Canada, you SHOULDN'T be charged any additional fees when you recieve the package.

 

For more information on customs you can check out the CBSA (Canadian border services agency) website.

 


Awesome!

 

Thanks very much SpecR1.  Exactly the feedback I was looking for and more.  Appreciate it.....now to get back to buying ;)
 

 

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