Dec 5, 2016


I am tired of import taxes every time I participate in a drop. I don't mind paying the actual price of products in USD even with the Canadian dollar doing so bad. I was wondering if there is any chance of a Canadian branch ever opening up so drops can be mailed quicker and import taxes wouldn't apply. I know there are a lot of Canadian customers who would appreciate this as well. Something similar to what does.

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Most of those import charges are not required. It is a scam from because those yanks don't care to fix problem. If you want you can declare the items your self and save the money. I haven't done myself but there is truth to this statement.
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Free trade. Which is nafta i think.

Accounting for your own shipment

You have the option of paying the duties and/or taxes yourself through a CBSA office that offers accounting services to the public. If you choose to do this, you will not have to pay any accounting service fees from the courier.

What are the steps I need to know?

  • When the courier attempts to deliver the shipment, you must refuse delivery and advise the courier that you will pay duties and/or taxes directly to the CBSA.
  • Write down the unique shipment identification/tracking number. The shipment will be returned to the courier's warehouse for storage for a limited period of time. 
  • Next, visit a local CBSA office that offers accounting services to the public. You will need to provide specific details about the shipment, indicated on the commercial invoice. 
  • You will need the shipment identification/tracking number, the commercial invoice (receipt), and personal identification when you visit the CBSA.
  • If someone else is doing this step on your behalf, the CBSA requires a letter of authorization and a photocopy of your identification.
  • You will be given an official receipt indicating that you have paid duties and/or taxes paid to the CBSA. 
  • A copy of this receipt must be presented to the courier, either in person or by fax, at which time receipt or delivery of the shipment may be arranged.
Sounds great to me!
i agree
I couldn't agree more. Please! Paying by USD is totally okay and shipping fee is acceptable, but I cannot guess how much I need to pay for import taxes.
free shipping to Canada please
I think that there's a higher chance of Massdrop getting an European warehouse before a Canadian warehouse.
Same same. I almost participated in a drop only to wonder how much $59.99 as stated on Massdrop was going to cost me in CAD, plus shipping ... converted to CAD as well. Got really excited but I'm out for now. Definitely in again when 'Massdrop Eh' is a truth.
I really want this because some product with the import taxes end up costing me more then the MSRP and that just defeats the entire purpose of massdrop...
we need one in EU too. I am buying Sennheiser's that are being made in Ireland, and then I have to pay to have them shipped back to Ireland again! Makes no sense
It would be logical, because a lot of watches are transported from EU to US a than back to EU. It would save time and taxes.
Looks like Nafta is going to go threw some restructuring, the US has already submitted some of the things they want to change about the NAFTA arrangement. The U.S. requested that Ottawa raise the value of goods that Canadians can buy online without paying import duties and taxes to US$800 (C$1,011 ), up from its current level of C$20 .

Remember when the Canadian dollar was at par with the USD? And still we were paying more for our goods? We complained but still the Canadian retailers came up with excuses. Perhaps they need a shot in the arm, such as the ability for us to e-shop around. Not saying that Ottawa will agree to this change (probably won't), but it would be nice to not get my calculator out every time I want to join a drop.
As far as I understand it, the only import/duty type of fee you pay is a $10 (Cdn) brokerage fee plus HST. In addition however the U.S. value (including shipping) is converted to Canadian dollars and then you pay HST on that amount. If you bought anything here you would have to pay the HST too.

In the case of the HD6XX, I am anticipating that the $200 U.S. price for the headphones plus the $15 U.S. price for shipping will be converted to Canadian dollars. So $215 U.S. will be about $290 Canadian. A brokerage fee of $10 Canadian will be added so the price before tax will be about $300 Canadian. The HST will add another $39 Canadian. So in my hands these headphones will end up costing me about $340 Canadian.

3 years ago I paid almost $500 for my HD650's from In fact if I ordered them again today they would cost me $588!!
I randomly stumbled on this thread and couldn't agree more. The severity of this issue is infuriating to us all. Business have been vexing us Candians with currency exhanges, customs taxes and even duty fees to the point that I personally have sworn off of any US distributor. To me they seem to be less concerned to with breaking even, but more so on profiting over border discrepancies. A problem I have with right now has been the serious issue with scalpers. They will buy shit and resale it for a profit of sometimes x2 the original price. Such things include collectibles, electronic, clothing etc. on our CA sites. These products are ethier scare or sold 3rd party. Some of the sellers that I knew were scalping goods, actually turn out to be from Europe and are trying to sell on a Canadian site. Lastley on the topic of Massdrop ever having Canadian based plant. Sadly I do not think we have the market. The demand for a site such as massdrop will probably not keep afloat like it does in the USA. They have a population of 300 million, europe more so.. even Mexico would have a better chance lol.
I'm wondering the same for the UK...
I would like to buy stuff from massdrop but don't wanna pay for shipping and stuff :\
I agree with this
If you live near the US boarder. You can have you items shipped to a post box on the US side like a Mailbox etc. near your closest US/Canada boarder crossing, and you pay a small fee for the box and they receive you items and hold them for you until your ready to pickup your items and you drive across a US/Canada boarder crossing, and when you cross back into Canada you just pay duty on your items and in your luck most electronics items are 0% duty (duty free thanks to free trade) but you might still have to pay provincial sales taxes on items thought but that should be a lot less or a bit less then shipping over the boarder it think, research it for your area. If you stay a min 48hrs you can use your exemption on your items and probably pay nothing at all. Just make sure you bring your Canadian Passport for the one of the easiest ways to cross the US boarder and some money. Read Boarder shopping guide below.