Buying online from the US in Canada
August 10, 2008 12:35 PM Subscribe
How does buying things online from the US work, now that I live in Canada? What's the catch?
posted by pravit to Shopping (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I just moved to Toronto and I need to buy some things online (textbooks, mainly, but also contact lenses). Can I still order from my usual US websites or should I be buying from Canadian sites instead? For example, the price for some of the books I want is significantly lower at amazon.com, but I guess there must be some reason that amazon.ca exists if it's that simple to buy stuff from the US website. The prices at US-based contact lens sites are also a lot lower than the Canadian ones. Will I have to pay customs duties or extra fees? And how does that work, will they be charged when I purchase it online, or when they deliver it?