Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Post by Gil Bisho » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Just noticed that the USPS money orders I buy say valid in the US and it's
territories only.  Question - when selling/buying across the border, what is
the "normal" payment method?

73 de Gil
KB1DHM

 
 
 

Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Post by Nc18 » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Hi,
I'm not an expert, but I have purchased things from Canadian vendors through
Ebay and U.S. postal money orders are apparently O.K.
One other thing, It takes FOREVER for stuff to get here from there. (as in 6-8
weeks)
rgds,
nc183d

 
 
 

Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Post by Eudonn Prosmill » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00

The post office sells you an international money order which is good around
the world including Canada.  Funny they didn't tell you this but maybe you
didn't ask.  Credit card companies automatically convert at the going rate.
Have ordered from Norham in Canada on Monday afternoon and received the
goods on Thursday morning the same week.  Have received from individuals
within one week.  I get things quicker from Canada than from Florida.
Incidentally, I had to go to two post offices to get the intl. money order.


>Just noticed that the USPS money orders I buy say valid in the US and it's
>territories only.  Question - when selling/buying across the border, what
is
>the "normal" payment method?

>73 de Gil
>KB1DHM

 
 
 

Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Post by Michel Mori » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00

The normal payment method is a U.S. International money order or a bank
cashiers check and they are both accepted in Canadian banks with a small fee
to cash them. As to shipping, I have done a lot of dealing with U.S. hams
shipping from Canada and it never took more than 3 weeks and that was using
surface mail with a package weighting 30 lbs. I once got a scanner to a ham
in New-Jersey shipped from Quebec in 2 days flat using fast postal service.
I don't like to use UPS because they charge too much and you need to pay a
brokerage fee with them to clear customs. You CANNOT ship COD from Canada to
the U.S. either using the postal service or UPS so you have to find other
ways to insure payment. Contrarily to what some U.S. hams think, Canada is
not a backward country and we don't live in tents and fight the Indians. We
have a very modern postal service that offers everything the U.S. service
does. About the Indians, we do have problems with some of them but not more
than what the U.S. has in the west.  I would also say that the Canadian ham
licensing system is a lot less complex than the U.S. system is. We only have
two license classes with two cw exams, it can't be simpler than that. I hope
that answers your questions.

73 de VE2CJW
Michel Morin
Quebec, Canada.


Quote:>Just noticed that the USPS money orders I buy say valid in the US and it's
>territories only.  Question - when selling/buying across the border, what
is
>the "normal" payment method?

>73 de Gil
>KB1DHM

 
 
 

Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Post by VE7SE » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I noticed that too, but my bank here in Vancouver BC  doesn't seem to care;
they cash them anyway, so I would have to say that NORMAL (to me) would be a
regular domestic USPS MO. The international ones cost more to the sender,
and are hard to find. Any bank certified cheque works great too.

Tim VE7SEZ


>Just noticed that the USPS money orders I buy say valid in the US and it's
>territories only.  Question - when selling/buying across the border, what
is
>the "normal" payment method?

>73 de Gil
>KB1DHM

 
 
 

Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Post by RobertC9 » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Hi Gil;

    I have used the USPS International Money Order, but they are kind of
expensive. Cashiers or certified check are accepted by the Canadian Banks. I
have also used personneal checks to Canada and the UK without any problems, but
these checks were to individuals that I have dealt with for years. If your
dealing with a business that accepts credits cards you can use them, you will
get a good exchange rate.
      US Customs sometimes causes delays on inbound shipments. But, packages
from Canada have been fairly fast the last few months. If they person utilizes
UPS they charge to do the paper work and can be expensive. In my experience the
Postal services have provide the best service at a very reasonable rate.

73's
Bob, W4RLC (formerly WA7OGU)

 
 
 

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Post by Raj VE6RA » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00


[snip]
> .... About the Indians, we do have problems with some of them but not more
> than what the U.S. has in the west....

> 73 de VE2CJW
> Michel Morin
> Quebec, Canada.

Nothing like the trouble we have with Quebec... I'll take Indian trouble
anyday.
Raj VE6RAJ
(the indian)
 
 
 

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Post by Michel Mori » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Raj
    I wan't talking about YOUR kind of Indian, the other kind meaning
natives are sometimes restless around here. You should have been here during
the Oka crisis in 1990, it was quite an event. If you can imagine a main
bridge to Montreal being blocked for 3 months, that's what I call trouble.
Sorry if I sounded like a racist.

73 de Michel.



>[snip]
>> .... About the Indians, we do have problems with some of them but not
more
>> than what the U.S. has in the west....

>> 73 de VE2CJW
>> Michel Morin
>> Quebec, Canada.

>Nothing like the trouble we have with Quebec... I'll take Indian trouble
>anyday.
>Raj VE6RAJ
>(the indian)

 
 
 

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Post by George Benk » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Gil,

Ask for the international money orders.  Costs alittle more, but good in
most countries...

73, George
K8BRW


>Just noticed that the USPS money orders I buy say valid in the US and it's
>territories only.  Question - when selling/buying across the border, what
is
>the "normal" payment method?

>73 de Gil
>KB1DHM

 
 
 

Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Post by Haggi » Fri, 09 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Postal Money Orders are marked (in red, no less) across the face:
"Negotiable only in the U. S. and Possessions",  my local bank has taken
them for years, no questions asked.  "Normal" or not, they work just fine.
Hamish.
 
 
 

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Post by Gary Smit » Sun, 11 Oct 1998 04:00:00

They work fine in Canada at my bank.  It has a US branch and I have a US
account......it never seemed to be a problem. (The Bank of Nova Scotia)

73 Gary VE4YH



Quote:> Just noticed that the USPS money orders I buy say valid in the US and
it's
> territories only.  Question - when selling/buying across the border, what
is
> the "normal" payment method?

 
 
 

Oh Canada - how do we pay??

Post by Gary Smit » Sun, 11 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Hmmmm......never had a problem.  5-10 days from Winnipeg Manitoba anywhere
in the states.  I think some guys are waiting to mail the items first.

73 Gary Smith VE4YH

,

Quote:> I'm not an expert, but I have purchased things from Canadian vendors
through
> Ebay and U.S. postal money orders are apparently O.K.
> One other thing, It takes FOREVER for stuff to get here from there. (as
in 6-8
> weeks)
> rgds,
> nc183d

 
 
 

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Post by J. Lee Smit » Sun, 11 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Same reaction here...US Postal MO's work just wonderfully at my
bank...Toronto Dominion.  delays to US via post office are prety minimal,
generally a week.  Official quote from the clerk is usually "7 to 10
mailing days" and from the fedback I have had from folks, it seems that is
just about perfect. I also have accepted personal checks from fellows with
whom I have dealt with before.  The only hitch here is that it takes about
2 weeks before receiving confirmation of the funds being received.  I am
HIGHLY suspicious of accepting checks from people I don't know....maybe
I've been watching too many episodes of "Cops" or something.  

You should note that there is no COD across international borders that I
have been able to find.  UPS in Canada is just more trouble than its worth
for any perceived saving in time.  I do all my shipping via regular good
old Post Office, and pack things properly...never had a*** of trouble.

I know I have waited to ship something because I have other pressing
obligations which do not give me the chance to get to a post office for a
week or ten days at a time.  Combine my schedule with time needed to wait
for the money to arrive, and I think the worst I have ever been a part of
is about a month...absolute max...with a fair amount of lattitude given for
gross over exageration.  I always explain that to prospective buyers of
anything from me.  If you can't wait a bit, then perhaps you should deal
with a big mail order company or something.

With the exchange rate between the US dollar and Canadian dollar being very
much to the advantage of the US buyer, there are some good deals to be had.

I tend to concentrate a great deal more on finding "good homes" for the
items I sell via the net far more than squeezing the last penny possible
out of each transaction.  This attitude always seems to be appreciated by
the folks that have bought items from my collection in the past.

In my case, I became interested in Collins radios about 4 or 5 years ago,
and am slowly in the process of converting my previously purchased items
like National, Johnsons, Hammarlunds, Hallicrafters, tubes, coils, general
junkbox items, etc. into Collins equipment.....hence my occaisional posts
of items for sale.

All the best to all of you.  73 de
Lee Smith
VE4ANC
(no relation to Gary Smith, VE4YH...although he wishes he was!)



Quote:> Hmmmm......never had a problem.  5-10 days from Winnipeg Manitoba
anywhere
> in the states.  I think some guys are waiting to mail the items first.

> 73 Gary Smith VE4YH

> ,
> > I'm not an expert, but I have purchased things from Canadian vendors
> through
> > Ebay and U.S. postal money orders are apparently O.K.
> > One other thing, It takes FOREVER for stuff to get here from there. (as
> in 6-8
> > weeks)
> > rgds,
> > nc183d