It drives me nuts... The best, most hassle-free, no-surprise transaction I've ever had was last spring, when I bought a used USA Peavey TL-Five out of, I believe, Rhode Island. If I recall correctly, the seller was using the Global Shipping Program. In the end, I paid out exactly what the transaction was at the end of my bid. The bass got delivered to my door (via courier because as far as I know, Canada Post does not deliver packages, at least not bass-sized ones), no signing involved, no extra charges...done deal. Contrast that with another purchase (this one via TB classifieds) late last summer. I bought from a guy in Florida, but made the mistake of NOT insisting on getting it shipped via the postal service. Instead, it was handled via UPS. The bass ended up stuck in customs for DAYS down in Richmond, BC (roughly 700 kms south of here) - when it finally got to my door, as if I hadn't already been murdered on the exchange rate and shipping, I had to pay the frickin' UPS brokerage fee... Now, in celebration of recently landing a new job, I am tempted to treat myself to a bass, and as usual, I am not seeing much that I like here in Canada, either on eBay or TB (nor the local brick n' mortars.) But I am so confused as to what I will ultimately end up paying that I am hesitant to pull the trigger. I can figure out the exchange rate easily enough, and the seller has given me a shipping quote; it's what, if anything, I'm gonna be hit with at the border (or when I go to pick it up at the post office) that has me totally bamboozled. Little help?