This week, new retailers have announced plans to ship to Canada: Urban Outfitters Europe, Demeter Fragrance and Sole Society (now offering a $9.95 flat rate). I'll spare you my rant on the barriers between US-Canada shopping, but the news from these retailers had me thinking of compiling a list of major brands who do give two hoots about their cross border customers.
Yes, we're used to getting a rough deal after custom fees and postal charges, but here are a few websites that are making our fashion splurges a little more attainable:
- Zara.com: Zara Canada's website is a new addition to the online shopping gamut, having only opened in March of this year. You can ship an order to any store for free pickup, or else $5 flat rate to your home.
- Quiksilver.com: Shipping from Quicksilver is entirely free, which surely will come in handy this summer as they offer some great bikinis!
- Shopbop.com: A fashion favourite, Shopbop astutely offers free international express shipping with the option of paying duty upfront or upon delivery.
- LOFT: Ann Taylor's younger, hipper, trendier sister… she's the website all the cool kids want to hang out with, who fortunately has begun shipping to more than 100 countries, including Canada through Borderfree. I have no experience using Borderfree — though many retailers are embracing the service — but it seems LOFT shipping will cost approx. $12.95 or $19.95 for Express when you spend $125 or more.
- America Eagle: AE doesn't generally offer free shipping to Canada — it usually costs $10, which isn't such a tragedy — however, they occasionally offer a free service through promotions, so keep your eyes peeled.
- eLuxe.ca: Luxury retailer eLuxe is in fact a Canadian based website — win! — which means that, not only can you take advantage of free shipping, but also no custom charges or extra taxes.
- ASOS.com: Undoubtedly the treasure trove of online shopping, ASOS offers flat rate international shipping to countless destinations. For Canadian delivery, a nine day service is entirely free and for an Express service it's $15. Just be mindful of those custom fees because they won't be calculated at checkout.
- The Outnet: A subsidiary of Net-A-Porter, The Outnet typically sells more discounted designer goods in the manner of Winners. There's a chance for big savings, but you may want to fill your basket to get the most from their $24.95 flat rate shipping cost.
So that's what I have so far, but do feel free to add your own dirty little shipping secrets in the comments section below. Do you know of any fabulous fashion sites that ship to Canada?