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Mar 08, 2013 12:06 |  #1

I am thinking about getting 2 einstein units and would like to know what Canadians have paid to get them in the country since there is no Canadian dealer here.

thanks for any help!


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Mar 08, 2013 13:05 |  #2

Might check with the Paul Buff folks directly.....


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Mar 08, 2013 15:39 |  #3

Shipping almost "anything" from the U.S. to Canada is almost criminal for what they all charge. I ordered CyberSyncs from Buff and it cost as much for shipping as the product. I needed his brand of receivers as I already had the transmitter. Only for that it would never have happened due to insane shipping charges. Be prepared for a shipping shock. Buff's website will give shipping costs at the checkout . .


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Mar 08, 2013 15:52 |  #4

Using their shipping estimator to Alberta = $1,064.29 via UPS Worldwide Saver (that cost should include the brokerage fees). So paying $64 up front for shipping isn't as horrible as choosing the cheaper UPS method and paying through the nose for brokerage when it shows up at your door (approx. $70).

A good rule of thumb for buying anything from Paul C. Buff and shipping to Canada: wait for a large order, if you can. The shipping cost is much more reasonable when you're picking up a whole kit (Einsteins, triggers, etc) compared to a single trigger.


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Mar 08, 2013 16:46 |  #5

Teeth wrote in post #15692837 (external link)
Using their shipping estimator to Alberta = $1,064.29 via UPS Worldwide Saver (that cost should include the brokerage fees). So paying $64 up front for shipping isn't as horrible as choosing the cheaper UPS method and paying through the nose for brokerage when it shows up at your door (approx. $70).

A good rule of thumb for buying anything from Paul C. Buff and shipping to Canada: wait for a large order, if you can. The shipping cost is much more reasonable when you're picking up a whole kit (Einsteins, triggers, etc) compared to a single trigger.

thanks for the answers folks, this is basically what I was looking for! I was trying to guage what people were paying for UPS to Canada using the "express saver" method as usually anything UPS comes with a hefty bill at the front door.

my order would be the lights, I have the regular cybersyncs but mught get the commander and enstein receiver at a later time.


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Mar 08, 2013 16:57 |  #6

Be sure to bookmark this site: The Final Cost (external link)

It nicely calculates what you can expect to pay using one of the many shipping companies when importing into Canada. The only aspect it doesn't cover is duty/brokerage included in some shipping methods (like UPS Express Saver, or the Purolator method B&H uses).


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Mar 08, 2013 17:19 |  #7

thanks!

Wish PCB had a canadian dealer! Im surprised another big photo compnay hasnt tried to bring them in.


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Mar 08, 2013 17:35 |  #8

Sure glad I found a local deal on my Einsteins. :)

The other option is to try and buy some used from the forums here. I did buy one used (with only ~200 pops) on a forum. USPS shipping was like $30 and no duties/taxes.


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Mar 08, 2013 18:03 |  #9

rdalrt wrote in post #15693215 (external link)
Sure glad I found a local deal on my Einsteins. :)

The other option is to try and buy some used from the forums here. I did buy one used (with only ~200 pops) on a forum. USPS shipping was like $30 and no duties/taxes.


im looking!!!!:D


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Mar 08, 2013 18:15 |  #10

rdalrt wrote in post #15693215 (external link)
Sure glad I found a local deal on my Einsteins. :)

The other option is to try and buy some used from the forums here. I did buy one used (with only ~200 pops) on a forum. USPS shipping was like $30 and no duties/taxes.

Totally the best option if you can't wait for one to pop up local. Got my used vagabond mini from Louisiana and saved a bundle having it shipped USPS. Heck, I've bought most of my gear used from the states shipped USPS... beats Camera Store and Vistek prices by a long shot (kijiji included).


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Mar 08, 2013 19:54 as a reply to  @ Teeth's post |  #11

I've had to ship things to Canada before and found USPS WAY cheaper than the others carriers.

Oh, I see this post^^.

My advice is also order any spare parts you will probably need at the same time. Spare flash, modelling lamp, frosted dome, 90 degree cord, etc.




  
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Mar 09, 2013 12:30 |  #12

whenever I can't get a decent shipping fee, I ship everything to a PO box at the border, and pick it up when it accumulates


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Mar 10, 2013 12:48 |  #13

SMP_Homer wrote in post #15695322 (external link)
whenever I can't get a decent shipping fee, I ship everything to a PO box at the border, and pick it up when it accumulates

wish I could, im 14 hrs from the border:(


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