I live in Europe but I think it depends on the transporter.
When someone sends me something using UPS It seems that I have to pay the taxe all the time.
But I have yet to get something taxed when the item is sent using USPS.
Originally Posted by ShootingStars /img/forum/go_quote.gif Paying customs/brokerage costs too much when you buy online.
Sites that sell headphones I mean.
Just try and get them to ship them via USPS vice the other companies (UPS, FedEx etc.). USPS just passes it over to Canada Post and then you are responsible for duties, which usually equate to what you would pay in taxes anyways. Unless the product is covered under NAFTA and may be exempt from duty. UPS Standard to Canada is awful for hidden brokerage fees and I refuse to order anything that will be shipped via that method as I have been burned repeatedly.
You have to Taxes regardless of Courier, you usually get killed by Brokerage fees by UPS which can cost more than the phones themselves. So usually I ask for the item to be shipped by USPS. There is no legit way of avoiding these taxes. Obviously you can undervalue the item and mark it as a gift as such. But if you get caught, you will get "Blacklisted" which really means any future purchases will result in Customs checking your packages more often.
So you want the company to under-value the item for you to save import taxes. And hence run a risk of their business. Bad!
Ok if they do it on their own. But asking or even demanding them to do so it not the way to go.