A study published by the CD Howe Institute is the latest attempt by eBay to get the Canadian government to consider raising the duty free thresholds.
Most postal shipments valued at under $20 and gift shipments valued at under $60 (in Canadian funds) that are imported into Canada are not subject to duties and taxes. And this eBay commissioned report studies the possible effects of a hike of this threshold to $80, $100 and $200 (in Canadian funds).
Apparently the authors of this study have found “that an increase of the DMT in Canada will be fiscally neutral or even positive for the federal government” and that such an increase would “likely to yield a net economic benefit for Canada”.
The American threshold was raised from $200 to $800 (in American funds) last February so hopefully the government will consider a higher threshold, reducing a need for paperwork for eBay sellers and Amazon Marketplace merchants outside of Canada. But the study does not include information in regards to the impact of these changes to Canadian retailers so the government would likely need to commission a report on the issue as well.
For additional information on importing music by mail you can either click here to read my article on saving by importing films and music or click here for the official information issued by the Canadian Borders Services Agency.
Pension and social assistance payments will continue to be delivered. But companies like Amazon, chapters.indigo.ca, Sears.ca and Staples may use alternative methods to get parcels to their customers.
Many of these companies will use courier services and will deliver parcels within certain areas through their stores. But unfortunately some will ask their customers to pick up their purchases at their local stores, which can be inconvenient if your “local” store is some distance away. And the option to have parcels delivered to local post offices under the FlexDelivery program will likely be suspended because that is a Canada Post program.
Delays are also to be expected with imports that use Canada Post. But I suspect some of the foreign retailers, like Amazon.com, will have contingency plans, although i’m guessing that Canadian eBay sellers and buyers will likely be forced to pay higher shipping costs to ship from and to Canada.
Hopefully this strike will be avoided or will be short. But I suggest that you keep an eye on your credit card and utility bills online, just in case.
Apparently the scammers now ask for payments using iTunes gift cards, that they resell online using legitimate services.
If you receive a call instructing you to pay back taxes in gift cards, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or prepaid debit cards, hang up and call 1-888-495-8501 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday.
Thirty years ago this month Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released and through the films soundtrack I was introduced to this odd Swiss synth-pop house duo called Yello through a song called “Oh Yeah“.
Although the 45 single was released in a nondescript generic sleeve here in Canada it has remained in my collection all these years for two reasons – The vinyl was yellow and it included my very favourite remix of the track, the Indian Summer Remix.
The later could be found on the 12 inch single in the states and I believe a remix album. But it didn’t make it to compact disc until the 20th anniversary remastered re-release of Stella so I had been forced to make a copy of it to cassette to keep listening to it – A smart choice seeing that I must have listened to it a thousand or so times in 1986 alone.
You can listen to the Indian Summer Remix on Spotify by clicking here.