Originally Posted by Serjery
I couldn't find anyone explaining luckyscent's policy for shipping to Canada so I'll be the first to write it:
LuckyScent ships via UPS for bottles, and USPS for samples. If you buy a bottle, you will be charged PRIOR to shipment: Bottle price, 14% Canadian Customs Charges (similar to tax), Shipping and Brokerage Fees.
Let's take an example: Heeley - Oranges and Lemons Say the Bells of St. Clements is selling for $150 for a 100ml bottle [beautiful scent by the way]
So here is the cost breakdown:Bottle - $150Shipping - $20Brokerage Fee - $19Canadian Customs 14% fee - $21Total - $210
And LuckyScent leaves this notice to avoid any confusion:
-- SPECIAL NOTE TO CANADIAN CUSTOMERS --
All Canadian FedEx orders will be charged a 14% customs fee in addition to a broker fee. Please disregard all Federal Express requests for customs payments sent to you. You are paying them in advance with this order.
Seems quite pricey but lets take a look for a minute. Shipping is going to cost money irregardless of where you go (besides fragrancex) so that $20 shouldn't be a problem. The 14% custom charge can be compared to paying tax on a bottle if I were to go to a local niche store (that usually would have LESS selection and would be more pricey due to demand). I know for a fact that The Perfume Shoppe (A Canadian online niche store) adds taxes to all fragrances. The only cost it seems that would be extra would be the brokerage fee of a mere $19...not that big of a deal
So in conclusion, LuckyScent is still great for purchasing niche bottles online. Amazing selection at decent prices. I would still look around locally (I know in Toronto there are a few niche sellers) before purchasing from there, but a lot of lines are not available at most local niche stores.