Originally Posted by burningashes
Try buying computer parts on Ebay. Prepare to get raped by the duties and taxes.
Your post should say "prepare to get raped by the duties and taxes on SOME
computer parts on eBay"
, because the amount you paid had less to do with the fact that they were computer parts, and more to do with:
1) type of parts
2) where they were made (MOST IMPORTANT as this determines the rate of duty)
3) the value of the parts
4) whether package was declared as gift or not
5) whether both GST and PST were collected
6) whether you paid a CBSA processing fees
In other words, "computer parts" does not automatically mean "huge customs fee" as your comment misleadingly suggests. There are instances where computer parts incur no duty/tax at all.