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Moving target

A lesson: always make sure the recipient of your gift still lives in the place you think they live in.

A man just attempted to deliver a lovely arrangement of flowers for a woman who last lived in this building over a year ago. Perhaps I should have just claimed them rather than sending them away with their bearer to track down the recipient.

A vaguely-related regular reminder: if you're mailing a gift package to Canada, make sure it's marked as a "gift". Also, it's generally advisable to make sure its value is under C$60, since otherwise the recipient will be paying both 15% tax on the gift you sent, plus handling fees. (C. says it's C60 - someone at a post office once told me it shouldn't be worth more than $35 - I've always erred on side of safety and asked for gifts under $35 in value only to avoid the fees.) Handling fees are C$5 for the post office and somewhere in the $25-$35 for UPS and Fedex. (More information on the annoyances of shipping from the US to Canada in particular here.)

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saffronjan
Aug. 27th, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
Wow
What a pain in the (deleted anatomical reference here). I had no idea it was so complicated.

And I apologize, as you must have had to pay when I sent you your Elvis in Latin CD

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owlfish
Aug. 27th, 2004 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Your package wasn't a problem - packages which are small enough and inexpensive enough require no expense or paperwork on anyone's part, and yours fell into that category. Thank you for sending me inexpensive gifts!
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