[urq] How to ship parts/exchange money between NA listers
DGraber460 at aol.com
DGraber460 at aol.com
Thu Dec 9 11:04:43 EST 2004
In a message dated 12/1/2004 9:59:17 AM Mountain Standard Time,
Louis-Alain_Richard at computerhorizons.com writes:
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$. Yikes! More, ups will deliver only 9
to 5 where Canada Post will keep the package at the nearest postal office,
which is open until from 7:00AM to 10:00PM everyday. THAT is good service.
2- How to send money from Canada to US safely without paying too much.
Everybody knows how efficient paypal is, so I will not elaborate more
But when one of the parties is not using it, postal money order (PMO) is
the way to go. As an example, sending 100$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
The final verdict on the international money transfer issue:
Success! My bank took the Postal Money Order from Canada, albeit having
to have 3 staffers give it the final thumbs up first. Quite painless actually.
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