jkisha wrote:... Why is ordering 6" tape a problem? If you order here, you will have it in two days....
Because it's a shipment from the U.S. to Canada.
The shipping companies (not Customs) hold shipments at the border, ransoming them for a "broker's fee" (not the taxes/duty) of up to $150. Don't pay it; don't get your package. It's a real pain ordering a car part you can't get in Canada, only to have the shipping company demand a $150 surcharge saying, "well, do you want it or not?". Pay, and you're looking at a delay of up to a week from the time they got it to the border before the package move onwards. Then, if it's the company with the local depot whose drivers don't like delivering to residential addresses, once "out for delivery" on the truck, they have a multi-decade practice of training residential customers to not use them by not delivering and leave it on the truck for days. You have to keep close watch on the tracking and phone the local depot and request that they hold it at the depot for you to pickup. This works fine, except that packages are not supposed to be left on the trucks, so the package is not where it's supposed to be, so it takes them a number of days to locate the package. Once they find the package, all is good; you go to the depot and in five minutes you've got the package. 2-day shipping crossing the border can take one and a half to two and a half weeks...
Some U.S. companies, like J.C. Penny, have registered with Canada Revenue Agency so the vendor collects the sales type taxes when they process the order. Then they can ship to Canada and the 2-day service will take 3 to 4 days - but without a "broker's fee" ransom by the shipping company.
The solution many of us closer to the border use, is to have a U.S. shipping address. Works fine and you cross the border with your package so there's no screw-ups with Customs. You know you cross a lot when you expect to know the border staff. Only problem is the time to make the trip to the U.S. to pickup your package and hope the company that's the shipping address can find your package in their warehouse (stored under another name) so you don't have to make multiple trips to the U.S. to get the package.
Then there are the real screw-ups. There is a bicycle part that was shipped to me on July 12th. Following the online tracking, it keeps bouncing back and forth between Colorado and Ohio. It's been in Colorado four times and Ohio three times. It left Colorado yesterday and has a scheduled tracking update today. I'm betting it'll turn up in Ohio. The shipping company tells me they have the correct name and upper New York State address, where it was supposed to be July 15. It's traveled over 15,000 km so far. I already got another part. I'm curious to see if it actually gets delivered, and to where, or if the box falls apart first.
Yet, I can order a custom bicycle part from the U.K. and it's at my door in two days. I can order an e-bike battery controller from Hong Kong and its drive components are populated to provide the drive current I request, programmed for the cell voltage limits I choose, tested, and arrives at my door in three days. All without ransom.
Occasionally, for no apparent reason, a shipment will get through unmolested and the 2-day service will actually arrive in 3 to 4 days. This is an occasion for phoning friends to share the novelty.
So, trust that package roulette will get the 6" filament tape here before I leave to drive to BRC?
Not enough time.
Video games are giving kids unrealistic expectations on how many swords they can carry.
... but don't harm the red dragon that frequents the area from time to time. He and I have an agreement.