I’ve placed an order with a little stationery shop in Virginia, USA. It’s a very small order … just some envelopes and paper, it came out to sixteen bucks or so. I’ve done this to “test the waters”. I’m curious to see whether I’ll be charged with customs fees and all that stuff.
Once before, I’ve ordered something from the US; the wallet for my iPhone and I was aware then that I would be charged. $30. The procedure was very easy and convenient … you paid it online, beforehand, on FedEx’ website, so it was all taken care of once it arrived.It was a lot of money for that little thing, though!
Now, a guy here in Saint John, told me he had ordered a fountain pen from this same store as I mentioned in the beginning. It was delivered with US Postal Services, and he didn’t pay any extra. I asked the people in the store, but they hadn’t heard about any such thing.
It’s a little annoying that it has to be this way. Most of the time it isn’t a problem, when you buy via Amazon Canada, but I couldn’t find these envelopes to a reasonable price there, so I decided to test the system. They’re putting it together now, so in a few days I’ll find out.