In the GTA area one firm is called Crossborder Pickups (can't comment on service because I haven't used them) because I do my own pickups and imports (and no I don't don't do it for others because there is certain registrations, insurance, certifications required).Not aware of this. Tell us more.
Maybe you are thinking of DYK? I use them for certain shipping situations. I agree, sometimes its a better way to go, sometimes not. You have to calculate the all in charges on both sides of the border. I made a spreadsheet that has their weight/fee tables & dinger fees all baked in. Where services like this are useful is when the USA seller just doesn't want to ship outside USA period.We have the same thing here in Calgary area - they pick up from Sweet Grass. Forgot company name. They also clear customs. Its in a warehouse in Calgary later on. For many items that ship to Canada its not worth it. Both Sweet Grass depot and forwarder charge extra as well as custom service is not the cheapest so for me UPS shipments it works out the same or even more expensive then just delivery to your door.
Where services like this are useful is when the USA seller just doesn't want to ship outside USA period.
Currently USPS is not good at all. As to how bad, you may never get it, so don't go down that route. If you are going UPS as for World Wide Expedited, costs more but covers brokerage fees, customs and taxes no getting away with that. I ship about $2-3k in UPS a month.
I don't do your volume, but have never had a problem with USPS other than shipping delays. WAY MORE problems with Canada Post and only the odd problem with UPS.
I guess that just goes to show that we should not trust anecdotal data. The statistics of your higher usage are much more useful and telling.
I've had a consistent bad experience with UPS. They ship to Calgary via Vancouver so I cannot use my broker here. Then the next shipment lands in Montreal - their brokerage fee on one shipment was more than 1/3 the retail value 380/1000. If a vendor only ships UPS I refuse to do business with them.
That was after 3 very good years, and then the 10 bad years began. I haven't used them for 7 years now.
USPS has never lost a single package for me, and I'm around 50 now.
Boy, looks like I opened a can of worms........
Big time apparently! I don't do huge volumes but over the years many shipments. When coming from the USA only USPS does not add brokerage/customs fees for me. All other couriers do, so USPS has been my favorite for things coming from USA. I never yet lost anything this way. UPS has delivered my packages to wrong address so I now avoid them with a passion. Canada Post has also lost some of my packages. I have had a package mailed from Eastern US go to and vanish in California. I have had a package mailed from nearby central Ontario go to Quebec first! In some cases it has been the fault of the sender with buggered shipping addresses. In other cases something went wrong with the courier.Boy, looks like I opened a can of worms........
Insurance is killing this now, but wholeheartedly agree. You can get stuff for pennies on the dollar at the right locationsIn reading some of the threads for sources, here are some I try to use.
Big box stores, some and price.
Metal retail stores, better selection, can usually get you what you want at a cost.
Distributors, if they talk to you and you buy in wts that make it worth while for them likely yhe best pricing and selection.
Finally, a hidden gem, scrap buyers, I've been lucky and even gotten endmills, reamers and drill bits from them at pennies on the dollar. Material at scrap pricing plus profit which is way less than wholesale new. Make friends with them. This can be a one stop material source, if its bigger than you want buy and run.
Lots of places won’t let you walk around unsupervised anymore, or sell you anything. They say insurance regulations as a reason. I miss the “good old days” of wandering wrecking yards, too many idiots ruined it for the rest of usI'm sorry, I don't understand. What do you mean by that?