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Buying Backpack on Amazon.ca, But Ships From U.S.

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Buying Backpack on Amazon.ca, But Ships From U.S.

I am looking to buy a backpack on amazon.ca, but the colour I want isn't fulfilled by Amazon Prime. The colour I want must be shipped from Ohio, U.S.. It shows that shipping is free, but when I proceed to checkout, it shows that I'm not being charged tax and there is no estimation for duties.

Will I be charged taxes and duties at the door? Just duties? How do I know? I sent an email to the seller, but I figured I could ask the wise members of RFD.

Thanks!
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You won't pay anything extra. What you're billed through Amazon is what you'll pay. Doesn't matter where it's shipping from.

If you order from Amazon.com, it's a different story. Although you'll pay the taxes and duties up front in that scenario.
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nasa25 wrote:
Mar 13th, 2017 7:02 pm
You won't pay anything extra. What you're billed through Amazon is what you'll pay. Doesn't matter where it's shipping from.

If you order from Amazon.com, it's a different story. Although you'll pay the taxes and duties up front in that scenario.
Why would I not be paying at least the provincial taxes? How come I find myself paying taxes sometimes and not others?
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LazedOut8 wrote:
Mar 13th, 2017 8:01 pm
Why would I not be paying at least the provincial taxes? How come I find myself paying taxes sometimes and not others?
I don't know. Sometimes I don't pay tax on Amazon shit either. Just go with it.
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Well this is awfully confusing. Im still waiting for a reply from the retailer to see what to expect.
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LazedOut8 wrote:
Mar 13th, 2017 8:01 pm
Why would I not be paying at least the provincial taxes? How come I find myself paying taxes sometimes and not others?
You only pay taxes if the seller has a presence in the province.
GST should be paid regardless since it's nationwide but even that's hit or miss.
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death_hawk wrote:
Mar 14th, 2017 4:23 pm
You only pay taxes if the seller has a presence in the province.
GST should be paid regardless since it's nationwide but even that's hit or miss.
Well, this item will be shipping from Ohio, so I guess GST wouldnt need to be paid either? My main concern is duties. It would make or break the purchase of the backpack depending on how much I would hypoethically be charged at the door.
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I think Canada Post lets so much stuff slide, that we really don't know how or why tax is charged on a lot of things.

My gut instinct, is if the seller is shipping it from the US, it's possible it could be subject to brokerage/taxes when it cross the border. That being said Canada Post lets so much stuff slide that should taxed, that odds are it won't be assessed tax. I'm finding that only my big orders get assessed for taxes (like $200 big.... sub $100 I almost never get charged).

I've never been charged for anything I've bought off any amazon site either. It's why it was annoying when Ebay and Amazon introduced forced import fees. I would rather of played the odds with Canada Post :)
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