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    Default How long does it usually take to ship things to Canada from the US?

    In late Feb, I shipped user tmlfan three PSX games. He lives in Ontario and they were shipped airmail from Chicago. I would have assumed he should have them by now, but he's telling me via PM that they still haven't arrived. Is it possible they are being delayed due to customs or something? Or, am I getting scammed? I don't want to assume he's trying to "pull one over" on me. The problem is that the package wasn't trackable because it was an international shipment. I think this is the last time I ship out of the US.

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    Honestly, I've had packages to Canada from the US (standard Airmail) take up to 21-28 days before. I have no idea why, but it happens.

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    It should be trackable, just not for you.(Or anyone else) You keep your receipt from mailing them? If so go to the P.O. from where you sent them and have them Match the number on the receipt to the Custom's form that you HAD to fill out.They may have a way to track it on the other end.

    It usually only takes a week when I ship/receive stuff from Canada. But I also live in Maine so we're quite close allready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Shawn View Post
    It should be trackable, just not for you.(Or anyone else) You keep your receipt from mailing them? If so go to the P.O. from where you sent them and have them Match the number on the receipt to the Custom's form that you HAD to fill out.They may have a way to track it on the other end.

    It usually only takes a week when I ship/receive stuff from Canada. But I also live in Maine so we're quite close allready.
    I don't know if I still have the receipt. I guess its time I start hunting for it. Does anyone else have experience with this situation? I want to make sure the games aren't lost--and that he gets his stuff and that I don't get ripped!
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    Anytime I've sent something or received something from Canada it usually was only 10 days (give or take)

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    The most recent stuff I have sold to someone in canada has taken about 2 weeks or so. That was through the usps.

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    One time I bought a SNES game from someone in Canada and it took over a month to get it....

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    I don't ship to the States very often, but I get a few packages every week coming from the States.
    The thing is, packages usually take about a week to get to my door when shipped from the States, however, some get held up (probably at the border) for some reason.
    I've been waiting about a month and a half for a package from a 100% reputable seller, it just takes a while sometimes.
    Over my 2 and a half years of collecting, I can't imagine how many packages I've received from the States, and I'd estimate that 4 of them took longer than too weeks. It happens, but it doesn't happen all the time.

    For the record, I know tmlfan personally and I can say that he is absolutely trustworthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumpman Jr. View Post
    I don't ship to the States very often, but I get a few packages every week coming from the States.
    The thing is, packages usually take about a week to get to my door when shipped from the States, however, some get held up (probably at the border) for some reason.
    I've been waiting about a month and a half for a package from a 100% reputable seller, it just takes a while sometimes.
    Over my 2 and a half years of collecting, I can't imagine how many packages I've received from the States, and I'd estimate that 4 of them took longer than too weeks. It happens, but it doesn't happen all the time.

    For the record, I know tmlfan personally and I can say that he is absolutely trustworthy.
    Ok, thanks for the advice. I think enough people know me here too and can vouch that I'm trustworthy as well. I guess we'll both just have to sit and wait for it to arrive. After all, its probably not even been 3 weeks just yet. As they say, patience is a virtue that many of us don't have at all---including me.
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    The longest I've waited for something from the states was 3 months. It got lost and then kept in customs. I normally don't start to worry until at least a month has past. IMO tmlfan is over reacting but probably not trying to scam you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Shawn View Post
    It should be trackable, just not for you.(Or anyone else) You keep your receipt from mailing them? If so go to the P.O. from where you sent them and have them Match the number on the receipt to the Custom's form that you HAD to fill out.They may have a way to track it on the other end.

    It usually only takes a week when I ship/receive stuff from Canada. But I also live in Maine so we're quite close allready.
    I asked my post office when this happened to me, with a lost package I sent in a bubble mailer via Global Airmail to Canada. They said they could do nothing unless I used Express Mail or Parcel Post.

    (Ironically, the package never left the country; it was shipped back to me.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcalder8 View Post
    The longest I've waited for something from the states was 3 months. It got lost and then kept in customs. I normally don't start to worry until at least a month has past. IMO tmlfan is over reacting but probably not trying to scam you.
    Well, if someone else can tell tmlfan to not worry, I would appreciate it. I'm sure its going arrive...sooner or later. I just want to avoid any possible issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agbulls View Post
    I don't know if I still have the receipt. I guess its time I start hunting for it. Does anyone else have experience with this situation? I want to make sure the games aren't lost--and that he gets his stuff and that I don't get ripped!
    I sent some SNES games to a dude in Canada a while back and I am still waiting for them to get there. I should check on it though. I am glad to hear I am not the only one with the problem.
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    I got a package from Florida in a week threw air to Canada (Ontario).

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    Very seldom have I had anything going to Canada take longer than 10 days. Guess I've been comparatively lucky. However, the last thing I sent to Canada did take almost exactly 2 weeks...
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    In general, it seems to take far less time for someone in Canada or the US to ship to the UK than it does to ship between themselves. Go figure!

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    I've received packages from Japan faster than from Canada. No exaggeration.
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    I have had some arrive fast to canada and some take forever ive never really had an inbetween. Ive had it happen 2 times where it took over 2 months from near chicagoi to canada. 1 time it was to a DP member. Looks like its happening again huh Jumpman. sigh... Andy
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    Most of my packages to Canada have taken 1-2 weeks to reach their destination using plain ol' airmail. But it seems to be a BIG YMMV, just from people in this small thread!

    This has frustrated some people to the point that they refuse to do international shipping, but I decided to suck it up and realize that you can't get everything you want in the lower 48... hell, sometimes you can't get what you want in the same hemisphere!

    That said, all of my international trades have gone swimmingly, except for some lone asshat from Quebec on GameTZ.
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