[urq] How to ship parts/exchange money between NA listers

Louis-Alain_Richard at computerhorizons.com Louis-Alain_Richard at computerhorizons.com
Wed Dec 1 11:57:00 EST 2004

Hi there,

I'd like to hear from your experiences as well since there is many ways to 
ship parts/cash money.
But in the meantime, here is a wrap-up of the useful lessons I have 
learned recently with regards to :

1 - How to ship parts from US to Canada and don't pay heavy brokerage 
If time is not a factor, US Postal service (USPS) is the way to go. It 
delivers stuff in about the same time as ups or fedex (take a day or 2), 
costs a LOT less and doesn't charge brokerage fees at all. Between 
listers, this is my preffered carrier. Last experience with ups is costing 
me 41$can (fees + taxes) over the 35$us (packing and shipping 5lbs from CO 
to QC) for a declared value of 60$. Yikes!  More, ups will deliver only 9 
to 5 where Canada Post will keep the package at the nearest postal office, 
which is open until from 7:00AM to 10:00PM everyday. THAT is good service.

2- How to send money from Canada to US safely without paying too much.
Everybody knows how efficient paypal is, so I will not elaborate more 
about it.
But when one of the parties is not using it, postal money order (PMO) is 
the way to go. As an example, sending 100$US to a fellow lister, cost me 
126$CAN and that includes the exchange rate of 21%! So the PMO fee is 
about 5$CAN, and it si very safe since only the recipient can cash the 
money. So a standard enveloppe by regular mail is all you will have to pay 
over the 5$. Can't be cheaper IMO.

MAC: Friendly Dennis G sent me a very nice sunroof frame (plus some 
goodies) for my urQuattro, scavenged from a Coupe that didn't saw any 
winter (water?). This stuff is VERY rare here in the snowbelt...

Hope this helps someone, 

1983 Quattro, with a silent sunroof but noisy studded tires

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