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Old 06-27-2008, 12:16 PM   #1
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Why Does Shipping in Canada Suck?

Today I paid $11 to send a package to Ontario from PEI. It seems to me that I was able to send a package that was the same size and weight to California for a little over $5 last month. What gives?

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Old 06-27-2008, 12:31 PM   #2
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Re: Why Does Shipping in Canada Suck?

i think it all comes down to the fact that Canada is a big big country, with a very small population! So it ends up costing more. The US has 10 times the people so the cost is split many more ways, which equals a smaller share to pay.

Its really unfortunate. When i lived in Canada i paid usually $5 to ship a diaper to the US, now that i live in the US i pay $1 to ship a diaper to Canada. It really cuts into your profits up there .
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:13 PM   #3
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Re: Why Does Shipping in Canada Suck?

I've been finding it much more cost effective to send dipes or clothing in padded envelopes with "oversized" shipping rates, than to send in a box lately. Not to mention the post office suggested I get a VentureOne account to mildly reduce shipping costs. And it's only going to get worse, now that CP instituted a gas (or something like that) fee for parcels. I think it's only $0.65 right now, but I'm sure it will keep going up, up, up...
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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Re: Why Does Shipping in Canada Suck?

for covers I can usually squeeze them into an oversize envelope (poly padded), but for multiple covers and diapers the cheapest way seems to be the express post envelopes. whatever you can jam in there goes for the same flat rate. put it this way: I sent 4 BG's with inserts in the same province for $10 with delivery confirmation and a tracking # with the express post, and I sent 2 bummis wraps and 2 HH's in a teeny tiny little parcel for $8 with no DC or tracking with regular parcel :P
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for covers I can usually squeeze them into an oversize envelope (poly padded), but for multiple covers and diapers the cheapest way seems to be the express post envelopes. whatever you can jam in there goes for the same flat rate. put it this way: I sent 4 BG's with inserts in the same province for $10 with delivery confirmation and a tracking # with the express post, and I sent 2 bummis wraps and 2 HH's in a teeny tiny little parcel for $8 with no DC or tracking with regular parcel :P
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Re: Why Does Shipping in Canada Suck?

I've had the same problems...even within Canada it's expensive. I live in Ontario (near Barrie), and it was cheaper for me to send a parcel to Alberta than to Hamilton and they were the same weight! That made no sense to me!
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:33 PM   #7
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Re: Why Does Shipping in Canada Suck?

if you get a flat rate express envelope - it will fit a diaper and its only $8. I find that is the best way to ship just one diaper - and the bonus is that it travels to its destination quickly... you also get a slight discount on express envelopes using Venture One card - you can buy them in three packs I believe.
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Yeah

Make everything under 2cm thick! You can send to the US as small package and within Canada as the oversized letter mail (I think that's what it is called...), has to fit through the 2cm slot!
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:28 AM   #9
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Re: Why Does Shipping in Canada Suck?

We have less population, true. But Ithink it's also down to how the post offices are run. Ours is a Crown Corp and I don't know if it gets less money from our government as the USPS gets from theirs.

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I've had the same problems...even within Canada it's expensive. I live in Ontario (near Barrie), and it was cheaper for me to send a parcel to Alberta than to Hamilton and they were the same weight! That made no sense to me!
That's just wrong. You could've taken a weekend trip, had fun and dropped the items off to boot!
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:55 PM   #10
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I find it super expensive to ship from pei.
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