Agreed as well. When a sender will only use them, then I will generally pass on the sale. However, the odd time, I'll broker the product myself and save mucho dinero.
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I've done this too.
For those who don't know how, basically: get the shipping info from the sender or refuse the shipment when it arrives but get all the paperwork (or get it from the receiving depot). Take this paperwork over to your customs agents (usually somewhat near the depot and/or airport) and have them do their thing. You will pay taxes and maybe duties, plus a smaller processing fee. Take this completed paperwork back to the depot and collect your parcel.
If you have no hiccups and your own car, and free time during the day, then expect the whole thing to take around 2 hours (drive there, bumble around with papers, get your goodies, drive home). So it comes down to what is your time worth vs the fees you might (or might not) save.
Do note however that if your parcels are ever flagged for whatever reason, then you are now dealing with customs directly which is an even bigger pain. I've lost shipments this way.