Originally Posted by BBS
IIRC, anyhting under $60 won't be taxed.
Someone should tell that to USP. A couple of years ago, I ordered a tuner pedal for my guitar on ebay. The auction listed that they shipped USPS only, so I bought it for $37 US, which was roughly $45 CDN. I already know about UPS's crazy charges, so I never buy anything from abroad shipped UPS.
Well, about a week later, the UPS guy shows up at my place with my package and it was correctly valued at $37 US. And the UPS guy requires me to pay $40 Cdn for customs, duties and brokerage. Needless to say, I refused delivery and made alternate arrangements with the seller.
But the point being, UPS does charge customs and brokerage on EVERYTHING from abroad, no matter what the value.