Since the seller says that he lives in the U.S., I can't see him charging Canadian taxes. I would contact eBay about this one if I were the high bidder. It just doesn't make any sense, and he isn't charging taxes from the U.S.
I would like to know the reason behind this one. I wonder if he lives in Canada but ships from the U.S. If he is a full time seller he might pay taxes in Canada, but I don't see the big sellers charging taxes. We all know of big sellers who sell thousands of dollars worth of cards each week, but they don't charge taxes.
I have seen this guys auctions before as well and do not know his story. If he is unwilling or does not forward you with his tax #'s then he is probably scamming extra $$. I would report him to both eBAY and Canada Customs. That's you my 5% and 7%.
I've dealt with him a couple of times in the past.
Yes, he has nice vintages for sale.
I also got pinched with his sales tax because I'm a canadian buyer,
on top of extra S&H fees compare to US buyers. There were no Customs
taxes added, fortunately, otherwise I would have jumped on the ceiling, lol!
Since I didn't receive any tax number (the seller has to provide one if
he collects it), I suspect foul play.
The bottom line: I didn't like it and stopped participating at his auctions
because I feel his business process is unfair towards canadian buyers.
I'm glad this seller's taxes/customs policies have come up on our board.
Quote from his listings:
"All cards will be shipped from Vancouver, Washington...Canadian buyers are subject to 5% GST and buyers from the Province of British Columbia are subject to 7% PST."
I bought a $200 card from this guy about 6 months ago. I paid the GST and $13 shipping and then the $15 customs charge. When I questioned him about the GST he said his terms were clearly explained in the listing and he didn't have to explain himself any further.
Bottom line, it cannot be possible for a seller to collect Canadian GST and PST and then ship his cards from the US with custom forms that clearly indicate customs import taxes should be applied to the very same transaction.
The seller did not supply any CCRA #, so it is my belief that he is pocketing the GST and PST.
One final thing- he shipped the card via regular USPS, which costs about $2, and pocketed the rest of the $13 shipping fee.
I wonder why this seller only collects taxes from Canadians. Are most of his buyer's Canadian or is it just easier to get away with it since eBay is an American company and might be stricter on someone collecting taxes from Americans?
I didn't want to comment any further until I got the card....You never know who is lurking on these boards.
I asked seller twice to give me a reason for tax request, or to supply me with tax numbers. He ignored both these requests. Did you notice how difficult ebay makes it if you are trying to contact seller?
I did get a reminder notice to pay him, and the new calculation was WITHOUT the taxes, so I paypal'ed him the revised amount.
Rec'd card today, and I didn't pay the taxes. His requesting Canadian taxes from CDN buyers is somewhat borderline illegal....I'm not going to bother contacting ebay, because we know that will go nowhere....they aren't the CDN tax authority anyway.
I'm glad to hear that everything worked out for you! Maybe it would be a good thing if the seller was reading this thread. If he read the comments from a lot of potential bidders, he might have realized that he would make more by not trying to charge those taxes. We all know how much of an impact 1 extra bidder can have on the final price of an auction.
If the seller is registered for GST, he must charge the tax on any shipments to Canada. This will relieve the $5.00 that Canada Post charges for collecting the GST on postal shipments over $20. As a matter of practice, Canada Post often seems not to collect the GST, even when the value for duty is stated to be $20 or more.