US Postal Service Debacle

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    US Postal Service Debacle

    There are always countless posts on the sales corner wondering why US sellers won't sell outside of their own country. Here's why:

    October 22nd, 2007

    I sell an Omega SMP to a guy in Canada and ship the same day.

    November 15th, 2007

    No sign of it

    November 18th, 2007

    Paypal reversal since there isn't a trackable system to Canada.

    December 5th, 2007

    USPS institutes a mandatory search period. 60 days.

    March 24th, 2008

    Package is lost so they are sending claim paperwork. I fill it out and send it in.

    April 24th, 2008

    Claim denied for sending prohibited items through the USPS. Watches are apparently banned in Canada and are prohibited items.



    Next time a seller won't sell to another country, don't ask why. This is probably one of the reasons. I am past the 6 month mark on having money returned to me. Now it looks like I'm out a bunch of money.

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    Yeah, I've had a horrible time sending anything up to Canada with the exception of books.. it sux.
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    Thanks for the warning. Kinda puts our Canadian friends at a heavy disadvantage when trying to sell, trade or buy on the forums.
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    Wow, that is *outrageous*! I've had zero problems with USPS, but I'll think twice before I send something out of the country.

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    Watches are apparently banned in Canada and are prohibited items.
    Geesh that really sux Todd!
    Total sympathy...
    So all these Canucks are felons for sporting watches eh?
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    Re: US Postal Service Debacle

    Quote Originally Posted by Broker View Post
    Claim denied for sending prohibited items through the USPS. Watches are apparently banned in Canada and are prohibited items.
    HUH?

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    I checked the canadian postal rules and the rules that are listed at usps.
    here it is in part.
    Gift shipments (non-commercial parcels) require a sales receipt, invoice or other documentation to support the declared value.
    Coins; banknotes; currency notes, including paper money; securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver; precious stones; jewelry; watches; and other valuable articles are prohibited in Express Mail International shipments to Canada.
    Express Mail shipments may have a street address or a post office box address. A local telephone number for the addressee MUST be provided for shipments addressed to a post office box address. A local telephone number for the addressee should be provided if possible for shipments to a street address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drfish View Post
    HUH?
    I thought it was outrageous. They seriously told me that watches were prohibited unless they cost under $5. Who has a watch that costs under $5. The moral of the story is that if you want to ship outside of your country, use a method that will allow insurability and tracking.

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    Broker, sorry to hear about your situation, that really blows. Is it possible that the buyer knows there is no tracking and got the package and says he did not? I know glass half empty, but you never know who is up to what. Depressing.....
    Better to regret something you have done, than something you haven't done...





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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNasty1 View Post
    Broker, sorry to hear about your situation, that really blows. Is it possible that the buyer knows there is no tracking and got the package and says he did not? I know glass half empty, but you never know who is up to what. Depressing.....
    Absolutely possible.

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