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have any of u started a retail business from home where most of ur clients are from the US? how did u work out shipping costs?<br><br>
there is a plan from CanadaPost where u apply, get a card adn get 5% off purolater int'l, xpresspost, and expidited parcel--did u use this or how did u reduce shipping costs. I just need to be lead to the right direction<br><br>
also, how would i get items thru customs without the customer getting charged? is there some type of plan u can purchase to reduce/eliminate those charges? and do u set shipping based on weight or offer a flat rate?<br><br>
i plan on setting my prices in US only because i know most of my customers will be american; is it easier to do this or should i also offer the option of paying canadian?<br><br>
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We're in Alberta - Waves. We definitely use Canada Post, as it's the least expensive option. We haveboth a VentureOne card from the post-office and an account using theie electronic shipping tools module.<br><br>
My understanding is that Americans don't pay duty/customs or any other charges on shipments under $200.00 US, I haven't had any customers get dinged yet, but sometimes I just cross my fingers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">.<br><br>
As a Canadian it miffs me actually to see Canadian sites that only offer shopping in US funds. If you are a Canadian you should definitely offer the option of CA funds as well. I have two seperate portions on my site, the US catalogue, and Canadian catalogue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
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the reason is because I generally sell mostly the the USA. I however do offer payment in Canadian funds through email transfer or paypal. My cart is set up so that shipping is figured afterwards and a total is sent to Canadians in American and Canadian funds. I do not think it is awful for me to sell in US dollars when it is easier for my American customers who are over 95% of my business anyway. To be honest my Canadian customers prefer to pay in US funds through paypal most times anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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