I googled and there are a ton of places that do it. The US Postal service even does it.
The only place I have found that wouldn't send me anything was Julian Bakery. And, they are a scam. Where is it that you have a problem ordering from? I have found that most of the food I need is not that far. It's other stuff I like shopping for that I can't get around here. Clothes, books, etc.
I have heard of Julian's and I would love to try some of their products, but as you know, that's a problem, LOL!
Thanks so much for your kind offer... and I love that you understand the allure of the on-line market... I've posted this on seven teams and the vast majority of people think I should just shop Canadian and stop whining, LOL.
I've grown used to inflated shipping costs, yet for some things it is so worth it to me and even sometimes ends up being cheaper than buying locally... I love originality, and frankly I love CHOICE. On-line shopping gives me that. I'd also like to further explore the US Paleo marketplace.
I'd still like to know if anyone has dealt with a package and mail forwarding service, LOL!
Hi Ramona I too am Canadian, live in Soith Central Ontario and love online shopping. I have dealt with Amazon. ca, EBay.com and I love shopping with JC Penny. I did have some problem with the person on EBay that I won the bid from but they did ship to me after I agreed to pay the cost and it did still come out cheaper. A couple of years ago I tried also to deal with Toys R Us in the US and they would not ship either. I spend 3 months in Fl. In the winter and you would be welcome to have anything shipped to me and I could bring it back early April when I return. I do order when I am there and take advantage of the American companies as there are a lot of things available there and not here. I love to shop at Bealls in Fl. and they don't ship to Canada but have a shipper they deal with but then it costs more, so I only get stuff when I am there. Have you heard of Julian's Bakery. They have all the Paleo breads and product?
I also am in Canada and love to shop online. I live in a VERY small community and cannot find a lot of stuff I like and need here. I have had a lot of companies unwilling to ship here. A couple of them, however, after I emailed them and told them I didn't mind the extra expense, did agree to ship to me. Bob's Red Mill was one of them. However, they do now ship here, and I but very little grain now. lol There have been others... ebay stores that wouldn't ship, etc.
I try to find most of my online shopping through Canada these days. So as to take advantage of free shipping. Always costs a fortune from the USA.
I originally posted this in the SparkPeople Cafe (not much of a response), and I realize this has very little to do with why we're all here, but I've always been amazed at the wealth of information Spark members are willing to share on anything and everything, so I've decided to ask my question here (with some background):
I am a Canadian who appreciates all the amazing opportunities for shopping on-line (I've been doing it for years now with no problems), but of late I have increasingly run into more reputable companies unwilling to ship to Canada... they are usually small and still very local, but have some truly amazing products... check out www.thegrommet.com/
When I've encountered this issue in the past, I've actually had lovely SparkFriends willing to receive my packages and forward them to me, but I'm now looking for a more independent solution.
...and please don't suggest I just shop locally, LOL (or tell me how unsafe it is to shop on the internet... my experience has been otherwise... and I practice due diligence)! While I shop Canadian as much as possible, my point is that I WANT to shop internationally without restriction (one of the most wonderful aspects of the internet), and my only option for some of the vendors now on my radar is to shunt items through a 'package and mail forwarding service' (there are A LOT of them). I trust SPARKlers waayyyy more than any other on-line resource for reviews and information... and yeah, I've already googled the issue from every perspective possible... still difficult to tell the scammers from legitimate companies, LOL!
Yes (as it's already been pointed out to me), it is likely that small grassroots companies don't want the expense of customs hassles... but there are MANY larger companies that also won't ship to Canada... which, BTW, I think is ridiculous. Recently, I had the experience of having to replace a child's kitchen through insurance (our house flooded and we just wanted some things to 'go back to normal'). We loved that particular kitchen for so many reasons and we found it... at Toys R Us USA... and they would not ship to Canada... not even if our local Canadian outlet requested it, and Canadian stores, on-line or otherwise, didn't carry the item. Really? All things considered (Trade agreements, etc.... and the fact that many American companies are already well established in Canada), I can't understand why there should be so many issues with shipping between Canada and the US.
• So, does anyone have any experience with (good, or bad), or use/know of any reputable package and mail forwarding services? • I am asking help in vetting companies who provide this service.
I'd love any help/information you're willing to share!
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