Canadian Classifieds needed!!

Discussion in 'Suggestion Box' started by MtManiac, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. MtManiac

    MtManiac Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    Continuation of the conversation started here:

    We need a Canadian classifieds section here on TB!

  2. MtManiac

    MtManiac Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    More conversation fodder:

  3. cripula


    Dec 20, 2006
    Big +1. I think that would be great.
  4. the_hook


    Apr 9, 2008
    This is a much needed area and great idea. Lot's of great US deals, but with the shipping, border headaches and other costs we get nailed with once the package arrives here, and now the lower Cdn $$, it's a more prudent choice to look at home for gear. The only time I'd look to the US sales is for gear you can't get up here (like the amp I just bought).
  5. I can't see any good reason the mods wouldn't do it; I run two forums myself on near-identical software (phpBB and FUDForum) and it's a matter of a few minutes' work to set up a new subforum.

    So let's us Canadian bassists all stick up our hands so the mods know we need this!
  6. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004

    With the economy as it is, CC's are justifiable..i'm in :hyper:
  7. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I, for one, think a Canadian Classifieds is a great idea.

    And just a note, I believe NAFTA only applies to registered businesses.

    I avoid Fedex and UPS at all costs for the reasons above.
  8. I wouldnt mind this at all.
  9. Yvon


    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    That would be great!

  10. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    My hand is up for this one.

    Just got gouged $90 for $190 worth of guitar making supplies.
    The company had just started using FedEx without asking. So now I have a big note on my file ONLY USE USPS!

    Thanks Kerry, for pointing this idea out to me. I'm in!
  11. I stand corrected on the NAFTA agrrement, it's for US made goods.

    I don’t want to steer anyone in the wrong direction.
    I pay enough taxes as it is :help:

    Ever hear of stickers ;)
    One never knows where a musician will apply them for kicks or good looks.
  12. That's Bad :mad:

    Contact the Company and have them refund you based on the following ( I have done this in the past ).
    - They should have done there home work before using FedEx for shipping cross border.
    - They should also be aware of all the additional charges the carrier will ding you for when shipping cross border ( apart from duty ), I’m talking about brokerage charges that are Bogus.
    - Send them a Fax showing the extra charges ( make them refund these extra charges ), and let them fight it out with the Carrier, and trust me, they will.
  13. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Yeah, the company was actually very apologetic, and will discount my next order, so that helped. Grr, on Fedex though! :mad:
  14. that are very explicit - "we will only ship via UPS, no exceptions". I have tried on several occasions to tell them that UPS Canada is *not the same company* as UPS in America - that up here in Canada it's a bulk industrial carrier more suited to the carrying of boxes of washers and sacks of cement than valuable instruments. It falls on deaf ears - after all, all US companies have direct experience of is how it *sends and receives locally*, not how it's *received on the international end*.

    UPS once dropped a $3700 bass guitar at my front door - right out in the open on a busy street - neither putting it in my hand or even *getting a signature*. I came to the door to watch the truck literally driving away. UPS called a year later to ask about the hundreds of dollars of unpaid charges on the shipment. I said "would you mind pulling out the document with my signature as having received the bass?". The woman said "Sure", and put me on hold for quite a while. When she came back, she said "I'll call you back shortly". That was years ago.

    Companies that tell me "sorry, it's UPS or nothing" are telling me about the value they place on doing business with me.
  15. Definite +1 for the Cdn classifieds. It would be a big help!
  16. I agree, I run 5 vbulletin boards myself and making a new area for Canuck Classified's is really easy to add for the forum superadmin.

    (clone forum settings)

    My business ships and receives a LOT of goods both ways across the US/CAN border and we have had the same problems with UPS and Fedex in the past ..

    Lost or stolen goods by UPS to the tune of $ 20K in the 3 yrs I dealt with them .. they have a big theft problem at the hub in Concord, Ontario.. ( they pay minimum wages there, and staff feel the need to give themselves a bonus once in a while, I guess)

    I am in a rural area and the UPS driver who did pickup/drops and I became pretty good friends over the time I used UPS, and he told me flat out they know about the theiving issues at that hub and UPS is a nightmare to get refunded on goods that went missing or got destroyed in transit.. so I dropped UPS ..

    We spent about 30K a year in shipping costs with them. ..

    bye bye UPS ..

    Also, their scalping scheme of "Brokerage Fee's" from imports from the USA to Canada was and is still a joke ..

    Fedex was a little better, but again still charged way too much for import brokage fee's..

    Finally went with the mail (Canada Post / USPS ) and to this day after 4 yrs of shipping through them ( about 10,000 packages so far) have yet to report any lost, damaged or stolen packages. :)

    As mentioned, anything coming to Canadian's from the USA using the mail, is cheap and the best way for us Canuck's

    Only a $ 5 flat handling fee per package from CBSA, plus GST ..

    The paperwork is much easier, and the time frame for stuff from the states is pretty good .. USPS International Priority for goods coming in from the US to Canada is the best way I found to get stuff into Canada from the USA on a cost and time basis..


    + 100000000

    for a all "Canuck Classified" area :hyper:

    Our dollar sucks again and it's getting tough to find "across the border deals" now with the additional costs in exchange rates between currencies.
  17. dbassman59

    dbassman59 Guest

    Dec 19, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I agree 100% ... I already have 2 items I would like to post!! A 350w Peavy BAM 210 Combo and a Fender "Sting" bass ... I'm basically selling off some assets hoping to buy a Mesa Boogie Walkabout combo soon

    So the question of the day is How do we go about setting this up?...
  18. I think the mods just need to know we need it; they seem quite open to requests for improvements.

    Now I want to hear more about your Sting :D
  19. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    I've bought & sold a *LOT* from the US for years and never had a problem really. Lucky, me.

    If asked directly the mods would set such a sub-forum up, I'd expect. I probably wouldn't use it myself. I'm pretty much over buying gear, and selling on Craigslist (if you're in a large city) blows TB and eBay way out of the water plus it's free & one needn't hassle with packing/shipping.

    One alternative is to just put "CANADA" in the title of a f/s thread so it's a searchable term. I used to do so in order to appeal to Canadians. Another is just to make a "For Sale In Canada" thread in the "For Sale" section. People can post there, then delete their post once the deal is done. It's a messy way to do it, but it might be amusing and spawn some conversations about the different gear.

    dbassman59 - is it a 12" Walkabout Scout you're interested in? If so, when the time comes email me. I might sell mine in favour of getting the 15" version. So too might I sell a/some Schroeder cabs in favour of getting a Scout extension cab.
  20. LOL.

    OK, you raise a good point - to clarify, let's stipulate in advance that this request for a dedicated Canadian Classifieds is chiefly intended to benefit Canadians that *are* interested in buying and selling gear.

    I'm going to take a wild guess and put you down as a "no" for the dedicated "Build Your Own Waffle Iron From Plywood And Bedsprings" forum too.