Anyone have experiences with Buypbl.com?
Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:50 PM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:33 PM
Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:02 AM
It can. Sometimes you get lucky, and the package just gets through. Sometimes it gets "inspected" and costs you an extra $30 or so to get it. Sometimes it gets "inspected" and it takes up to 6 extra weeks for the package to get to you AND costs you an extra $30 or so to get you package. Always a risk ordering cross-border.
I have dozens of package ship into Canada internationally every year. Most from the US, some from overseas, personal shipments not commercial. I also have an uncle that worked for Canada Border Services (formerly called Canada Customs) for 20 years, and I worked for UPS for years. Here is my advice to you:
- Unless there is an item that you can't find at a dealer in Canada, or the price difference at a shop in the US is better by more than 30%, order from within Canada.
- If you do order from the US, DO NOT have it shipped via a private carrier (UPS, Fed-Ex, etc.). With the post office, not every package gets held by Border Services, and you will only pay the inspection fee if your package does get stopped. If you ship via a carrier, they WILL charge you a brokerage fee on EVERY SINGLE PACKAGE they handle, and it is typically 2-3 times what you would pay for the same service from the post office.
- There is a list of items that Canada Border Services has in their web site that will ALWAYS get held at the border. Find it, read it, and don't have those items shipped.
- Other than what is on that list, the reason for a package getting held is pretty arbitrary, and once a package is held by CBS, you have no way of finding out why. Canada Post says they can't find out because it's held by CBS, and CBS says only Canada Post can track the package. Seriously. Government bureaucracy at its best...
As for Buy PBL, I've found them to be pretty good. I'll agree their web page isn't the greatest, but their selection is OK, and more importantly, they will special-order for you if there is something you want that they don't have.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:18 PM
When it came to ordering a paintball gun, purchasing from a Canadian website was well worth avoiding the hassle of several potential drawbacks.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 12:37 AM
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:11 PM
Completely agree. http://paintballgear.ca/
Shipping to Ottawa is 7 days, best customer service. Lots of stock, fast email replies. I've ordered from them 5-7 times now. I find pbl doesn't have much stock on the site. And they use joomla for their site which is glitchy since I use it as well. Apparently they have crazy 50%+ off sales during xmas and new years, in store only. They are located in Montreal I believe.
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This post has been edited by umKthxbye: 09 October 2012 - 07:14 PM