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Old 01-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #21
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Any time I buy anything in US funds with my Canadian Visa, the currency exchange fee is passed on to me (in the form of a considerably higher-than-market exchange rate). As I understand it, the merchant still pays their 2% (or whatever) merchant fee, and that doesn't change simply because the cardholder pays his bill with Canadian funds every month.
I don't know about the big boys, but the few times I have used my tiny little merchant account to process a foreign card, they charged me the non-preferred rate, and an additional charge for "foreign transaction fee".


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Old 01-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #22
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I haven't had any problems with them. I just have them ship to the Front Desk in Newport, VT, pop over and pick up the stuff and hope I get the customs guy that says "You aren't going to leave that in Canada, are you?" on the way back. I guess I should point out that I have been a US customer of theirs for years (half my brewery is put together with stuff from McMaster-Carr).


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Old 01-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #23
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Sorry, it's not that simple. The seller can be held liable for "further export" that violates the law.
This is it in a nutshell. The US has certain import/export and trade restrictions with some countries (Cuba for example) that Canada doesn't. So they're covering their ass and their assets by choosing not to do business with Canada, and running the risk of their stuff going where our Government doesn't want it. Just because it may seem silly for the stuff you're ordering, they're an industrial supply company, not everything in their huge inventory can be considered so innocuous. Some of their stuff can help countries who we don't want them to, to achieve "Nuclear Independence."

So they're not going to do business with countries we have embargoes against, nor countries that don't have the same import/export policie.

There was something a couple years ago very similar. I can't remember which, but certain retailers (Maybe walmart, or maybe radio shack) was limiting multiple purchase sales of cheap trackfone type cellphones in cities with large Middle Eastern populations (such as Dearborn, Mi) because it turned out that some of those tracfones were ending up in Iraq wired into the i.e.d.s that were killing our troops.

There was a hullaboo when this happened, but the companies were in their rights, they didn't want to end up having their equipment used to kill Americans, nor did they want any families of wounded/killed GIs suing them.

Do you really think they hate Canucks? Are you that immature in your thinking? Don't you think they'd LOVE an entire country's worth of hard earned dollars to get? This is capitalism here, COMPANIES WANT YOUR MONEY. It's just not worth get into trouble with the US government over it....
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #24
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Here is what I really don't understand about this entire situation...



If you could find the parts for less money at Amazon as you indicated, why were you going through McMaster-Carr in the first place?
Convenience. Searching for numerous parts takes time and the items need to come from multiple vendors. McMaster-Carr is a one-stop-shop.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:57 PM   #25
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I don't know about the big boys, but the few times I have used my tiny little merchant account to process a foreign card, they charged me the non-preferred rate, and an additional charge for "foreign transaction fee".
Yeah, CC companies take a little on the front end, a little on the back end, and pretty much anywhere in between that they can insert a processing fee.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:15 PM   #26
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Regarding foreign transaction fees for Canadians using credit cards to make purchases in US funds, I've found that using Paypal (when available) and its conversion rate is usually cheaper than making a purchase with a credit card alone.
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Has anyone used the "How can we improve" link on top of the Master-Carr page?
If the 'Other' link on the USA|Other line went to a log in page rather than taking the foreign address details it would be a good clue things aren't going well. On first visit to a site I usually add an item to the basket and try processing it through to the end before getting too involved. It saves time and those damned looks straight out of Edvard Munch's The Scream when the tirade erupts.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:28 PM   #28
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I think these threads show up about every 6 months around here and the companies that have no-export policies are always accused of disrespecting military or hating on Canadians. I think the last one was something like XX company doesn't support the troops. While I usually ship anywhere in the World, I recently refused an order from someone with a billing address in France with a shipping address to the Dominican Republic. Does this mean I hate French people? No. It just means that given the current state of my business, there are too many red flags to make a few bucks on this order. Risk/reward. It has nothing to do with personal opinion of the people ordering or "care".

Given Mcmaster's high end prices and huge B2B contracts, do you think they give a darn that a few bucks are lost to avoid legal issues?
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their excuse a crock, there is some kind of back door deal with Canadian based sellers, like fastenal (to name one of many) who buy alot of their stuff from the same manufacturers, and are selling the same products here for 2 to 4 times the price here as macky carr is, with the offer of overnight delivery to anywhere in north america they were taking away alot of gravy from the greedy CDN suppliers, so some kind of deal was made through pressure somewhere in that food chain,

tell me why a coolant pump that was made in Canada cost 4 times more to buy in Canada than in the US
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Taxes. All that 'free' stuff you get from the government has to be paid for somehow.


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