Pardon my rant

I beg your pardon in advance. I want to say something very nasty. 

(I won't say it, but I will complain.) 

I am on the hunt for a simple silk shell to wear with the suit. I have done all the brick and mortar stores in Kingston that I am aware of, including our consignment store. NADA. 

So I go online. Here is this decent looking, well reviewed shell. YAY - it is on sale, and there is one left in a size that works for me (4P) in winter white, which should work pretty well, right? So I go to order it. 

Do you know how much they want to ship this into Canada? More than $25. Plus $15 other taxes. So my $53 shell becomes a $94 dollar extravaganza. 

I didn't order it. I just can't stomach that. It probably weighs less than a regular letter!!! 

Fifty One, I do not like you. Not one little bit. 
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  • Suz replied 7 years ago
    ETA:  I would be more than willing to pay much more for a fabulous top, even if very simple. It is just that I can't bear that markup for no reason. 

  • Sona replied 7 years ago
    banana republic has some too. I think they ship to CA? so sorry about the shipping Suz.

    and I am saying &*%! right alongside you.
  • Jenava replied 7 years ago
    Suz, they are probably having to pay VAT and tariffs, sadly.  Not that that is an excuse.
  • Glory replied 7 years ago
    I totally commiserate with this.
    Here are some possible options:


  • Ariadne replied 7 years ago
    I do not like them one little bit either.  Grumpy face.

    ETA: Just noticed it's only available in 00 :(
  • Bagaline replied 7 years ago
    I share your anger, Suz. It's the same here: every time I have ordered something from the US, the shipping was extravagantly costly and the Irish duties were around 38%. In fact, it's cheaper to buy from China, where the stuff is made anyway.
  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago
    Shipping Rights for our Canadian sisters!  Seriously what ever happened to the "Global Marketplace?"

    I live in Illinois.  We know rants.
  • bj1111 replied 7 years ago

    Suz, send it to me and i will drive over the border to deliver it. I want you to look, INCOMPARABLE for this event.

  • Kristin L replied 7 years ago
    That's crazy! 
  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    Just lots of sympathy from me. It doesn't make much sense, does it.

  • Nicole D replied 7 years ago
    DId you check Melanie Lyne?  I got a lined polyester shell there that is perfect.  I detest non-free shipping.
  • Adelfa replied 7 years ago
    I've often thought this situation would drive me buggy if I were on the wrong end of it. Of course you can't stand it! I often pay shipping because I don't have good B&M options. I tell myself that if I drove 100 miles, I'd have to pay gas and buy a coffee and a snack, so it works out. But what you have to pay is nothing like this. I feel bad for you!
  • jurocha replied 7 years ago
    I was looking for silk tops myself today and I found a few at Zalando. This very simple one is my favorite:

    I am afraid they do not ship to Canada, but for those living in Europe... it's a no-fuzz free shipping website.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago
    I hear you Suz. Australia is worse believe me - I only bought the SE boots because they were on sale so that paid for the duties.
  • Nadya replied 7 years ago
    I'm so sorry for your frustration! I'm lamenting the general lack of silk - it seems like decent affordable silk used to be much more prevalent and I barely see it these days.  
  • Raisin replied 7 years ago

    I hear ya, Suz! It outright sucks!

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago
    Ugh; sometimes I think it's cheaper to buy an airplane ticket and fly down to pick it up (close!) :p
  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago
    Do NOT even get me started!!!
  • DonnaF replied 7 years ago
    :(  Any seamstresses in your area?  Seems like you could have a custom killer shell made for you for less than that.  S/H, taxes, and duty look like a killer. 
  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Suz, commiserations! I get it. I want to order a dress later in the year from Canada and the postage is going to be $40.00. The dress isn't cheap so i am conscientiously saving my Paypal dollars:). It just doesn't seem reasonable.

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago
    This is insane!!!

    Do you have a Guess By Marciano in K? I discovered they have some very classic cuts, despite their off-putting body-con displays. 

    or in "crystal mauve"

    There is one here, I could maybe ship you something, from them or from somewhere else? Or maybe they would ship it to you from their store?

  • shevia replied 7 years ago
    You know I think shipping rates like those to Canada are particularly ridiculous! I understand your frustration - for me the true frustration is how easy it is to order and return  for free in the United States - appreciate this luxury everyone!

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