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No, it's not a good deal. You can buy a brand new D-500 from this site for $540
https://shoppingcart.djangobooks.com/cg ... t=&catstr=
I also live in Canada and recently made a purchase of an instrument and various books from this site, and my purchase was not shipped via UPS. It was shipped USPS and when i picked it up at Canada Post, the border cops charged me PST (SK) and GST. There may have been a $10 Customs Handling Fee (or some such nonsense) on top of that if i remember correctly...
In all my cross border purchases the last few years, any "extra" charges have amounted to very little more than the sales taxes applicable in SK (PST+GST) or just GST when i was in AB. Occasionally i had NO extra charges - even on purchases over $1000. I am definitely happy when USPS and CP are involved.
UPS on the other hand..... :roll: - not so much
Much more expensive in my experience, to the point where i will find another retailer if my first choice ships by UPS.
Actually if the D-500 has a case and has had the frets leveled and action set-up that is actually closer to $700 at Djangobooks (not incl. shipping, etc) so $550 would be a pretty good deal (if it had that work done and wasn't damaged).
Michael Horowitz wrote:
Yes...we always ship via USPS for international orders. Much cheaper and usually the taxes aren't so bad.
I think what I will do is put my money towards some learning books and videos which I can purchase right here now that I know that they will be shipped by USPS.