Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 18 of 18
Like Tree1Likes

Thread: How much is customs...

  1. #11
    DaveW's Avatar
    DaveW is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 13,128, Level: 79
    Level completed: 8%, Points required for next Level: 322
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    200+ Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience PointsGhost Achievement! Averaging 5+ posts a day!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!100+ Threads Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Saskatoon, Canada
    Posts
    1,792
    Points
    13,128
    Level
    79
    Thanks
    100
    Thanked 620x 447 Posts

    Default



    You often don't end up saving more by buying a scope over the internet than you do locally, for a couple reasons.

    Shipping - Shipping cost on big scopes can be ridiculous. Some, like my Z10, are dimensionally large even if they aren't particularly heavy. I looked into getting the free US shipping and then having the tube sent USPS, they don't even accept packages that large to Canada; UPS would have been the only option.

    Tax - Yes you have to pay tax if you buy locally, but you have to pay tax when you import anyway. Duty is different than taxes, even though telescopes are duty-free you still have to pay GST (or HST).

    Brokerage - UPS/FedEx charge you $20 or so for small items, and the price goes up as the value of the item goes up. See this UPS link for prices, but a $500 scope will set you back $50.

    There's ways to get around it, of course. When I bought my Z10 I had it shipped free to my father-in-law in the US. Since we were visiting anyway, I picked it up there and brought it back as an extra checked bag. You get a $700 duty/tax free allowance, so I didn't even have to pay GST or PST on it, and my total cost was the $26 Air Canada charged me for the extra bag. Luckily they didn't measure it to see it was oversized.

    Just across the border there's often lots of hotels and the like that specifically offer mail box service for Canadians where you can get stuff drop shipped to. If you live close to the border, that's another option.
    Zhumell Z10, Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ, 10x50 and 15x70 Binoculars
    Zhumell 2" UHC Filter
    Hyperion 8mm GSO Superview 30mm and a whole case full of Plossls

    Saskatoon, SK - 106W, 52N

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

  2. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to DaveW For This Useful Post:

    admin (05-17-2011),Silverdog1 (09-06-2012)

  3. #12
    DaveW's Avatar
    DaveW is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 13,128, Level: 79
    Level completed: 8%, Points required for next Level: 322
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    200+ Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience PointsGhost Achievement! Averaging 5+ posts a day!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!100+ Threads Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Saskatoon, Canada
    Posts
    1,792
    Points
    13,128
    Level
    79
    Thanks
    100
    Thanked 620x 447 Posts

    Default

    Zhumell Z10, Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ, 10x50 and 15x70 Binoculars
    Zhumell 2" UHC Filter
    Hyperion 8mm GSO Superview 30mm and a whole case full of Plossls

    Saskatoon, SK - 106W, 52N

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to DaveW For This Useful Post:

    admin (05-17-2011)

  5. #13
    markmcl's Avatar
    markmcl is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 1,030, Level: 18
    Level completed: 30%, Points required for next Level: 70
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points750 Days+ Registered Achievement!2 Posts Achievement
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Mission,BC
    Posts
    1
    Points
    1,030
    Level
    18
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0x 0 Posts

    Default

    Geez you guys have got me scared to send my mirror to the US
    to get recoated.
    Any one in Canada that does a reasonable job?

  6. #14
    markan's Avatar
    markan is offline SUPER GIANT
    Points: 12,737, Level: 77
    Level completed: 97%, Points required for next Level: 13
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    10 Days registered365 Days+ Registered Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points1000 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Ottawa, ON
    Posts
    889
    Points
    12,737
    Level
    77
    Thanks
    198
    Thanked 314x 229 Posts

    Default

    I bought a WO 90mm Megrez which was shipped from Taiwan to Ottawa. The curious thing is I didn't pay any HST when I picked it up at the local postal outlet. The same goes for a mounting plate that I bought a while later. I was expecting HST for both but CP never charged me.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to markan For This Useful Post:

    admin (05-17-2011)

  8. #15
    Art Bianconi's Avatar
    Art Bianconi is offline Banned
    Points: 7,670, Level: 61
    Level completed: 40%, Points required for next Level: 180
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    First 1000 Experience Points200+ Posts Achievement!400+ Posts Achievement5+ Referrals Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Delaware River Valley, Western New Jersey
    Posts
    328
    Points
    7,670
    Level
    61
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked 198x 106 Posts

    Default Americans bringing scopes into Canada

    7117 wrote: "Customs is free, however"

    Replicant wrote: "There are no duties for telescopes 8" or less"

    This conversation appears to be about resident Canadians adding to their personal collection of equipment.

    I hope it apples as well to American citizens bringing scopes into Canada.

    The second week in June I'm traveling to Georgian Bay, about 12 miles north of Lion's Head in Dyer's Bay and about 12 miles south of Tobermory the tip of the northern peninsula.

    I'm bringing a pier, cement, hammer drills and tools needed to install the pier. The plan is to return early September with the newly built OTA, a modest 6" F-8, that will be left behind.

    I'll also be bringing one of my bigger scopes, either a 12.5" F-8, or a 15" F-4 which is under construction. I hope that does not pose a problem

    There were a lot of urban legends about crossing the border with optics.

    It appears that I need not worry.


    Art

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to Art Bianconi For This Useful Post:

    admin (05-17-2011)

  10. #16
    KathyNS's Avatar
    KathyNS is online now Super Moderator
    Points: 169,279, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 47.0%
    Achievements:
    200+ Posts Achievement!Ghost Achievement! Averaging 5+ posts a day!First 1000 Experience Points400+ Posts AchievementGot three Friends
    Awards:
    Activity & Post & Thread Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Nova Scotia
    Posts
    24,755
    Points
    169,279
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    6,574
    Thanked 14,764x 9,396 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default

    While you will likely not get dinged for import duties, you might have to pay GST/HST (sales tax) on stuff you intend to leave behind in Canada. You might be able to convince them that the scopes are for personal use, but the cement is going to be hard to explain without paying. ("But officer, I assumed everything would be covered in snow and ice and I'd need the cement as ballast for traction.")

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.


    DSO AP:
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    Newtonian Astrograph; ATIK 383L+; EFW2 filter wheel; Astrodon Ha,LRGB filters; KWIQ/QHY5 guide
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    ; Planetary AP: Celestron C-11; ZWO ASI120MC; Portable: Celestron C-8 on
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    pro; C-90 on wedge; 20x80 binos; Etc: Canon 350D; Various EPs, etc. Obs: 8' Exploradome;
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    (pier);
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    .

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to KathyNS For This Useful Post:

    Art Bianconi (05-17-2011)

  12. #17
    Art Bianconi's Avatar
    Art Bianconi is offline Banned
    Points: 7,670, Level: 61
    Level completed: 40%, Points required for next Level: 180
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    First 1000 Experience Points200+ Posts Achievement!400+ Posts Achievement5+ Referrals Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Delaware River Valley, Western New Jersey
    Posts
    328
    Points
    7,670
    Level
    61
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked 198x 106 Posts

    Default What is the duty on a 9 dollar (US) bag of cement!?

    Hi Keith!

    I'm looking forward to sunny weather this time. Over the years, every time I visited Canada, either by plane, by car or by motorcycle, I got wet!

    If customs gives me a hard time about cement (is that a pun?) I'll simply give him the bag!

    Art

  13. #18
    sneaky291's Avatar
    sneaky291 is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 797, Level: 15
    Level completed: 94%, Points required for next Level: 3
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement365 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Ottawa, ON
    Posts
    4
    Points
    797
    Level
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0x 0 Posts

    Default Re: How much is customs...

    If you live close enough to the border you can have it shipped to a recipient in the US (UPS Stores or a shipping point found on kinek.com) and then go pick it up yourself. When shipped to a US address the shipping tends to be much faster. Pick it up and pay the taxes coming back over the border. All I've ever had to pay is GST.

 

 
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Customs advice.
    By Gaz in forum UK Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 06-20-2005, 07:26 PM
  2. Bringing US astro gear into the UK - Customs allowances.
    By Paul Buglass in forum UK Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-13-2005, 11:01 PM
  3. Customs problem
    By Gaz in forum UK Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 05-12-2005, 11:40 AM
  4. Canadian customs and FedEx
    By guid0 in forum Amateur Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 02-26-2004, 08:03 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0
Powered by vBulletin®
All times are GMT. The time now is 04:49 PM.