About 5 days ago I won Final Fantasy Mystic Quest for $4 from some dude near Montreal Quebec (which really isn't too far from where I'm at in Minnesota, US). ~1000 miles, but basically the same amount of miles as from here to Vermont, which I just paid like $5 shipping for another game from a different guy in Vermont.
So first of all the guy doesn't get back to me for 5 days, then he emails me this morning says it'll be "17,28. Of course, comes with a tracking number".
I've heard Canadian postal is expensive, but damn I didn't think it'd be this. It's only the cart for the game to ship too (but for this price I could have just got the box + instructions from someone in US).
Any experiences / knowledge to share?
Here is his just-sent response back after I questioned the price.
"yes I guess so. to be honest, this doesn't even covers the price of the packaging itself. I figured over there that instead of buying one of there box, I would find one myself and make sure your game is well protected. An other reason why the cost is 17.00 is probably ther fact that it comes with a tracking number, service not offered in canada if you don't ask for it. After a very bad experience on ebay I've decided to always ship with tracking number (it's easy after to proove that someone received their package)"
Guess I just learned my lesson about buying shit from Canada (or probably any place overseas, for that matter).
I used to order books for college from sites like ebay/amazon. The phillipines and such were the worst with shipping. You could buy a $2.00 book and they'd ask for $37.00 in shipping
That's not a shipping issue, that's price gouging. Hope he doesn't mind having "User charges shipping three times the auction price" on his account!
Yep, when I realized it the other day I remembered coming across this problem back when I was selling / buying books on Amazon.
Agreed, I'm not naive enough to totally believe his story. Probably was expensive and I guess tracking numbers are more rare and cost more.
Anyway, he was cool with canceling the purchase. I just got the game + the map for $9 + free shipping from a different person in Ohio. And I learned my lesson about Canada. All it all it worked out.
I live in Canada man, and the US Amazon doesn't ship games/movies/anything useful across the border, basically saying I have to get all my stuff up here. Yeah, shipping is really expensive, and with the old games I like to get like PS2 stuff, more often than not the shipping cost is higher than the actually listed price… lol
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