It's ironic, I used to order internationally all the time to the UK, but now living in Canada brokerage fees kill most purchases. Often $40 for processing plus taxes, duty and card fees and you never know when it will kick in.
Many stores , including Amazon offer fully prepaid services so no scares.
Was having the same concern with smart switches, but Inovelli started selling direct through Amazon.ca so that helped clinch the deal for them.
UPDATE: Bobby responded to my email and suggested a typical total shipping cost is $70. So my estimate of over $200 cad in total was low!
Hubitat needs to find a better shipper with prepaid options.
We want to establish a Canadian distribution capability. This international shipping is awful. Too expensive, takes too long, gets snagged by customs, etc. Canada will be the first one, then UK/EU, and then Austrailia.
My hub just showed up in Ottawa and the notice says that I owe $25.71. That seems high since there is no duty on computers. (which the hub basically is)
Maybe because this is the hub that went from Arizona to LA to Germany to Czech Republic to Canada
Update: Just got it. So the $25.71 was tax + $10 handling.
Was delivered to my address in Winnipeg. No customs or duty fees charged.
Definitely sticter!!! LOL. Americans call their border services "Homeland Security", Canadians call it "Canadian Customs". The respective focus of the border agents are reflective in the very names that are used to describe their jobs. LOL
Man, this seems crazy way to buy anything, no knowing the price before you actually purchase it.....so if something shows up and you owe more than you expect and say sorry I don't have enough.....what do they do return to sender?
There is no rhyme or reason as to what they stop and assess customs fees on. I have found that they rarely interdict USPS, and always charge on UPS shipments.
If you happen to live near the border, I heartily recommend 247parcel.com