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Karesen Bridal - shipping and Brokerage to Canada

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#1 LadyZak

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    Posted 13 September 2008 - 08:29 PM

    Hi Ladies

    I know a few of you have used Kaersen Bridal for your dresses and seem to have had good luck - I have finally found my dress, but am wondering how you found the brokerage?
    I am in Canada, so not sure how it would compare to those of you in the States but would be interested in hearing.

    Also which option did you use to get it shipped?

    Thanks a bunch

    #2 Shay2679

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      Posted 13 September 2008 - 09:08 PM

      I did not use the vendor you speak of, but have had a LOT of things shipped to me from the States. I live in Montreal, but I'm sure there is not that much difference.

      My absolute #1 choice for shipping from the U.S. is
      USPS Priority International (The prices are usually incredibly competitive - and I know that I will just get a slip in the mail to go pick up my parcel...not like other companies that try to deliver only during hours which I am working - then end up having to make special arrangements anyway)!. It is the only shipping method where I NEVER get nailed with big duties/brokerage/tax fees upon receipt.

      I find FedEx and UPS the most expensive with those fees.

      Hope this helps a bit.

      #3 Helen_S81

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        Posted 13 September 2008 - 09:13 PM

        I agree with Shannon (Shay2679). UPS is by far the worst for charging you for brokerage fees and duty.

        Whenever possible get the vendor to ship USPS!

        #4 LadyZak

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          Posted 13 September 2008 - 11:56 PM

          Yeah when I worked in an office - we hated it when vendors shipped UPS the brokers fees were outragous...this is from Asia...so not sure how it works...
          Thanks girls, I will look into that....

          #5 edssbride09

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            Posted 14 September 2008 - 11:39 AM


            Not sure if this will help in this case since I don't know if your place ships from the US or not, but since you are in Vancouver, it is easy to go to Pt. Roberts to pick stuff up. There are a whole bunch of places there that you can have stuff shipped to and then you just pay a small fee to pick it up there (3.00USD for a package under 20lbs). This way you don't ever have to pay brokerage fees and only rarely will have to pay Duty... it all depends on which customs officer you have. Plus in pt. roberts the wait is NEVER more than 15 min to cross, so may be worth it! I have used Tsb Shipping Plus, LLC

            #6 shellb

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              Posted 14 September 2008 - 11:56 AM

              UPS brokerage fees are insane. They're the highest. I learned the hard way and I ended up paying $50 brokerage and duty on a $70 order. They do not tell you the full price when you order and the UPS guide is not accurate. I was expecting about $20-$30 and if I had known it was that bad, I definitely wouldn't have made the purchase. Use USPS (US Postal Service) whenever you can or companies that have the Canada Borderfree option for US-Canada orders.

              #7 nazira

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                Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:52 AM

                hi all, i just want to find out if you did buy your wedding dress from kaersen bridal in china, coz i am getting married on the 4th of july and i want to order my dress from them.. i am based in zambia africa..

                #8 Virg

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                  Posted 24 April 2009 - 08:05 AM

                  All brokerage fees are insane! Most ocmpanies charge 40 - 40$ Except for USPS/ Canada post they charge a whopping 5$ !
                  That being said, if you are ordering a dress onlnie from Kaersen's I would bite the bullet and just go for whatever shipping they normally use. Just because they are used to shipping a certain way, I would not want to confuse them. And since it is coming from China, they might not has United States postal Services, and I would not trust their Chinese postal service.
                  Any other item coming from the US defeintly ship via USPS! I have even gone so far as to call Customer Service and requested it, when the online website did not

                  Best of luck!
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                  #9 nazira

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                    Posted 25 April 2009 - 05:01 AM

                    i want to know if anyone of you did buy your dress from kaersen bridal in china.

                    #10 Shona

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                      Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:21 PM

                      Did you end up buying your dress from kaersen? I am thinking of sending tehm pictures of a dress and having them make it. Any other brides out there that have done this and can give feedback on quality?

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