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Think Geek firesale. Everything 1/2 off

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Think Geek firesale. Everything 1/2 off

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Think Geek will be going under becoming a limited presence at Gamestop on July 2nd.

Everything on their website is now half off.
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May 12, 2014
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Very sad.
They were really special in the good old days.
How far they've fallen....
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Sadly, when you sell products at twice what they are worth at your competitors, even if they are a bit of greater quality, this tend to happen :(
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Nov 28, 2014
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all prices USD, no free shipping to canada
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Last time I ordered from them, the brokerage fees were more than the order+shipping.
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Dec 6, 2016
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I have the same issue. $135 order becomes $130 with the '50%' off and shipping/duty charges applied. To put that another way, the conversion means I'd ultimately be spending $62 CAD for a single t-shirt that's $10 at 50% off.
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100eyes wrote: Last time I ordered from them, the brokerage fees were more than the order+shipping.

Exactly. My wife ordered a $45 hoodie from them that after all fees ended up being about $100. I'm surprised they've lasted this long to be honest.
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Apr 22, 2009
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Everything I even bought from them broke and they were never much help trying to contact the manufacture to try and get stuff fixed.
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Damn $30 for shipping, USD conversion...This isn't too nice on the Canadian side.
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PapaSteel wrote: I have the same issue. $135 order becomes $130 with the '50%' off and shipping/duty charges applied. To put that another way, the conversion means I'd ultimately be spending $62 CAD for a single t-shirt that's $10 at 50% off.
dtvibe wrote: Damn $30 for shipping, USD conversion...This isn't too nice on the Canadian side.


For some reason when I order something at $120 (before discount) it doesn't add duty and handling with the standard shipping.

If I order more. Standard shipping no longer become available and duty + tax for some reason add up to $60, plus express shipping is $30

So, it ends up being cheaper ordering 2 x $120 and pay shipping twice. You are not paying that extra $60. I am guessing that is the handling and duty came from. Which means they might be charging extra for the CBSA clearance.

I that case I would just order separately and follow https://trueler.com/2010/09/13/ups-brok ... -avoid-it/ this guide here to avoid having them clear. Should work just fine.
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May 1, 2018
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They do not ship to PO boxes or parcel pick up locations. Their system will automatically cancel it if it's a recognized address. So unless you have a GameStop close to the border to pick up in store, I don't think it's worth the extra handling fees to get it shipped to Canada
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Alivenate wrote: They do not ship to PO boxes or parcel pick up locations. Their system will automatically cancel it if it's a recognized address. So unless you have a GameStop close to the border to pick up in store, I don't think it's worth the extra handling fees to get it shipped to Canada
Why are they such assholes regarding this?
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I have a $100 gift card for ThinkGeek. If anyone in Calgary or nearby wants it, I will take $75 cash.
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Alivenate wrote: They do not ship to PO boxes or parcel pick up locations. Their system will automatically cancel it if it's a recognized address. So unless you have a GameStop close to the border to pick up in store, I don't think it's worth the extra handling fees to get it shipped to Canada
I had it shipped to a KINEK location without any problems
HOW CAN I BE GOING BROKE WHEN I'M SAVING SO MUCH MONEY!?
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I only bought off Thinkgeek once or twice, the shipping is just ludicrous. Vat19 at least had sensible options to Canada.
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100eyes wrote: Last time I ordered from them, the brokerage fees were more than the order+shipping.
Same. I ordered around 5 items last month, most under $3 and all under $10. The total was around $20? Got to the cart. Okay, $20 for shipping. I'm still in. Right, USD vs our monopoly money, so now it's $50 CAD. Still fair for the items!

The package gets delivered and the duty is almost $60. My jaw dropped. I pay it anyway because at this point I was excited to get the items and have already told my girlfriend something is coming and to not open it if she's the one to receive it.

I won't order from the US again if I can help it. Is this tax from the Canadian side, or US? If I had refused the package, would it be sent back and I would contact think geek for a refund? Would they be obligated to refund the shipping? First time I've been charged duty even though I've ordered from all over the world over the years. I was not happy paying over $100 for a few Tshirts and a calendar, no matter how cool they are!
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Enforcer22 wrote: Same. I ordered around 5 items last month, most under $3 and all under $10. The total was around $20? Got to the cart. Okay, $20 for shipping. I'm still in. Right, USD vs our monopoly money, so now it's $50 CAD. Still fair for the items!

The package gets delivered and the duty is almost $60. My jaw dropped. I pay it anyway because at this point I was excited to get the items and have already told my girlfriend something is coming and to not open it if she's the one to receive it.

I won't order from the US again if I can help it. Is this tax from the Canadian side, or US? If I had refused the package, would it be sent back and I would contact think geek for a refund? Would they be obligated to refund the shipping? First time I've been charged duty even though I've ordered from all over the world over the years. I was not happy paying over $100 for a few Tshirts and a calendar, no matter how cool they are!
It is probably only $10 duty and $10 handling by Canada Customs, with the rest of the fee being a brokerage fee charged by the delivery company. I believe thinkgeek uses UPS, which is the worst in terms of brokerage fees.

Best avoided by not shipping through UPS.
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appleb wrote: It is probably only $10 duty and $10 handling by Canada Customs, with the rest of the fee being a brokerage fee charged by the delivery company. I believe thinkgeek uses UPS, which is the worst in terms of brokerage fees.

Best avoided by not shipping through UPS.
Yes it was UPS. Good tip, thanks!

Do you know if I refuse a package in the future because of this, would I get a full refund? Or would they say 'you agreed to pay any associated tax and duty'?
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Enforcer22 wrote: Yes it was UPS. Good tip, thanks!

Do you know if I refuse a package in the future because of this, would I get a full refund? Or would they say 'you agreed to pay any associated tax and duty'?
You can refuse the package but likely you'll be out the initial shipping charge. It depends on the seller.

You could also choose to 'self clear' the packages by contacting UPS. This which would involve you filling in some documents and going to a CBSA office to clear the package yourself. I think for the GTA, the CBSA office is at the airport. But who has time to take off work to do that?

https://trueler.com/2010/11/24/self-cle ... erage-fee/

Another option is to use a US/Canada shipping service where you can have your items shipped to a US border town. Then they will drive your item across the border (cheaply). You still need to pay duty, but none of that excessive brokerage nonsense. I've used crossborderpickups a few times without issues, although many are reporting that customer service has gone down.

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