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Re: Greensand

Post by curlysister » Sun May 24, 2020 12:57 pm

Another issue with getting parcels shipped from the US to Canada is that Canadian Customs will sometimes add duty to things. As an example, I ordered silicone rings from a company in the US. The rings came to about $100 US and shipping was free (my sister and her family and I combined our order so we had enough for free shipping). The first order got lost, so they sent a second order to replace it...but eventually both orders did arrive. One of the orders had no duty, but the other one had $27 added. I asked the post office, and she said it seems to be random as to when or if they add duty.
And add to that, the 100US is about $140 Canadian, because our dollar isn't great right now.
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Re: Greensand

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sun May 24, 2020 9:38 pm


Motörcrab wrote:Yea, It's crazy. With having 5 tanks and around 40 crabs they can really go through foods. A small pack of greensand from a store will only last us 2-3 weeks if we offer it frequently. We had to go to buying bulk because we had to save some money.

After I posted last night I did some playings around on the USPS site with international shipping. If it was correct I could mail something 2 lbs, just under 1 kg, in a box for $20.75 to Regina, Saskatchewan. The same box going to Plentywood, Montana (closest US City to Regina due south) was $12.60.

We were having issues with postage calculations on our Etsy. At first it was too low and we're loosing $0.40 - $0.80 per sale. When we adjusted it slightly the shipping was way overpriced and had to refund $1-$4 depending on what was purchased. I would love to offer international but that could be extremely costly if the pricing was off.

Last fall I ordered a dozen Turbo Cornutus shells form Indonesia. I checked a few places here and weren't available in the US. Shipping here was like $35. They were all larger shells 1-1/4 openings or larger. Even with shipping they averaged out to $6 per shell. So I figured it wasn't much more expensive. We still haven't had any takers for them either!



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I'm adopting 4 crabs tomorrow (that will give me a total of 8), so now I'm thinking I might just go with the 5 lb box/bag. At least I'll be prepared lol.

Calculating shipping costs can def be tricky. A few years back I sold a couple of new/gently used things I had around the house on ebay. I was horrible at figuring out shipping. I either lost money, or broke even. Image

That's a shame your crabbies didn't take to the turbos from Indonesia. Don't they know what we go through and the money we spend to get them fancy houses???!! Image

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Re: Greensand

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sun May 24, 2020 9:40 pm

GotButterflies wrote:IMO, Greensand is something you want to offer your crabs at all times - it won't hurt you to have a lifetime supply. My crabs live in their dishes. Plus - it is great for your plants! :)
I think you're right! I'm always catching my crab Kaulder in the greensand dish. I think I've replaced it 3 times in under 2 weeks. I wonder what makes it taste so good? Haha Image

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Re: Greensand

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sun May 24, 2020 9:42 pm

curlysister wrote:Another issue with getting parcels shipped from the US to Canada is that Canadian Customs will sometimes add duty to things. As an example, I ordered silicone rings from a company in the US. The rings came to about $100 US and shipping was free (my sister and her family and I combined our order so we had enough for free shipping). The first order got lost, so they sent a second order to replace it...but eventually both orders did arrive. One of the orders had no duty, but the other one had $27 added. I asked the post office, and she said it seems to be random as to when or if they add duty.
And add to that, the 100US is about $140 Canadian, because our dollar isn't great right now.
That's so strange! I checked USPS.com, and it said duty didn't apply to packages/items valued under $20. But from what you said, it sounds like the postal system makes it up as they go.

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