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#64620 - 10/15/04 06:08 PM Real Cost of an SVS Sub
ajb2001ca Offline
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Registered: 09/20/04
Posts: 20
Loc: Calgary
Hi all,

I was looking at the PB12-ISD which is 599.00 and SVS gives a shipping rate of 68.25 to Canada.

My question is how much will this really cost me? Of course, I'm not talking about the conversion to CDN$. I'm sure I'll be hit with GST, I guess, but will I be hit with extra fees by the shipper (UPS, I think)?

Does UPS charge brokerage fees? I want to get an idea of what it will really cost. Is it still worth it?

Thanks.
Joe


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#64621 - 10/15/04 07:55 PM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
ajb2001ca Offline
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Registered: 09/20/04
Posts: 20
Loc: Calgary
Sorry folks, I should have put the "to Canada" part in the subject. Most of you probably have no idea.

Anyways, anyone from Canada purchase an SVS, maybe even HSU?

Any additional fees? I have not ordered anything from the US this way before, have always purchased while visiting.

Thanks again.

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#64622 - 10/15/04 08:24 PM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
curtis Offline
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Registered: 05/28/03
Posts: 1501
Loc: Manhattan Beach, CA
Hsu actually has a Canadian distributor now. That should help a bit with keeping costs down up there.

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#64623 - 10/15/04 08:25 PM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
I have never purchased an SVS sub but in general I try not to buy anything heavy from the US unless I can use USPS (the US Postal Service aka mail) plus Cdn mail. Why, you ask ? UPS tends to run their "ground" shipments through a third party customs broker and IIRC you end up with something like a $45 charge just for clearing customs.

Shipping by UPS Air or FedEx etc.. includes the brokerage N/C so is often a better deal, but heavy things are $$$ via air.

Best option IMO is to find a friend/place near the border, have it shipped there, then drive down and pick it up.

If you can't use USPS (prob. not but check) and can live with the $45, you shouldn't get hit with any duty as long as SVS can stick a Certificate of Origin in the box (ie "this puppy is made in the US and is covered by the FTA, don't be charging my buddy ajb2001ca any duty on this".
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#64624 - 10/16/04 01:46 AM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
BrenR Offline
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Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 3602
Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
Chances are if it's shipped UPS, they'll tag you with a $50-$100 customs brokering charge, and you should be prepared to pay duty (3%) and GST (7%) on the shipment.

Bren R.

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#64625 - 10/17/04 06:30 PM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
snippy Offline
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Registered: 09/11/03
Posts: 427
Loc: San Luis Obispo, CA
Why not contact SVS or HSU?

I am sure they would know better than people here, they also may be able to give you a deal.
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#64626 - 10/18/04 11:16 AM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
ajb2001ca Offline
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Registered: 09/20/04
Posts: 20
Loc: Calgary
Thanks all. I did contact SVS and they game me a response similar to what you all said. There is definitely the brokerage fee - that's what I was trying to determine.

So, I'd be looking at approx. $150+ CDN more (fee, shipping, tax) to order that sub. It's not that attractive anymore, oh well. To be fair, I'll probably contact HSU as well. There's also the EP350.

Joe


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#64627 - 10/20/04 01:58 PM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
Dave Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
Posts: 47
Loc: GTA
Joe,

Best rule of thumb is to take the USD price of the sub and double it in CDN funds, landed to your door. Not so cheap now, huh? Hsu subs are now available in Canada at not unreasonable prices. Call 905-738-0737 for your nearest dealer. Cheers.

Dave.

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#64628 - 10/20/04 03:14 PM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
ajb2001ca Offline
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Registered: 09/20/04
Posts: 20
Loc: Calgary
Dave,

You're right, it's not that attractive anymore. I recently discovered that I can get an HSU from a Canadian distributor. They have the STF-3 for $799 and the website states that shipping is currently free. I am giving that serious consideration at the moment. I am still planning on ordering the Axiom mains and a centre. If don't get moving on this, I'll literally be getting this as a Xmas gift.

Joe

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#64629 - 10/20/04 03:30 PM Re: Real Cost of an SVS Sub to Canada
bigjohn Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
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Loc: San Angelo, TX
and what a good christmas it would be!!!

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