“Item doesnt ship to Canada” – The MOST irritating, annoying, frustrating, (I could go on) words, that I could ever see while online shopping. When am I going to learn to CHECK shipping before I shop a site and fall in love?
Twice this week this has happened to me and it has happened several times over the years. The first time this week was with a company that I fell in love with. It’s called “Natural Life”. If you haven’t heard of it you should really check it out. They sell, clothes, accessories, bags, mugs, decor, etc., and they have a free spirit, retro, hippie type feel to them. I just absolutely love their “stuff”. I came across it at a card store in the mall where I live. I bought a mug from them and I just love it. The store only had a small selection and I couldn’t wait to go home so I could check out their other stuff on their website! I probably spent an hour looking at everything and drooling over it.
This is the mug!<3
Finally I deciding to add something to my cart to see how much the shipping would be. What happened next?? There was NO “Canada” option. Because Natural Life DOESN’T SHIP INTERNATIONALLY!! I was heartbroken!! I wanted to buy something so bad and I had just spent so much time getting my hopes up but now I couldn’t.
I decided that I would email the company just to ask them about their shipping and to see if they could see their company shipping to Canada in the future. They were VERY quick with responding. Probably only took about an hour to get a reply so I was really impressed with their service BUT, what did they tell me? They said that they were glad I liked their stuff and that if I wanted to order and have it shipping to Canada I could indeed do so but I would just have to place the order over the phone. No big deal right? I was instantly excited again. But wait,.. Then I read the next statement…”The shipping to Canada starts at $35 and goes up depending on the size of your order” WHAT!! THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS?? STARTING AT?? Who in their right mind would pay $35 shipping for a $20 item?? This response was no better than them just saying they didn’t shop to Canada. In fact, it was almost worse. I can’t even order more stuff to make the shipping worth it because that’s “STARTING AT”, depending on the size on your order. I wanted to cry. Really I did, because I had found a company that I had really liked and also because I had used Kaden’s whole nap (My precious time to myself) to look around this website that I now couldn’t even order from.
The next thing that happened was just this morning. I had been wanting to by what are called “chew beads” for Kaden for a few weeks now. It’s a necklace that you wear and it is made of silicone beads that are safe for your baby to chew on when they are teething. I have a necklace that is the same idea but it is a pendant. Kaden LOVES it but I wanted the beads because then there is more for him to chew on since the pendant is just small. The cost of these necklaces is roughly $30. The shipping was around $10. This is a little expensive but I really think it’s worth it because Kaden would love it and it would really help his gums. I can tell by the way that he is ALWAYS chewing on the pendant that he would get a lot of use out of this necklace as well.
I decided to take a look on Etsy just to see what I could find. I thought that since the chew beads were pretty simple looking that maybe I could get something that was similar but a little bit cheaper. AND?? I found some! They were pretty much the same thing but they were $15, so half the price!! I do like I always do and picked the colour I would want and added it to my cart. What next?? I had to select from a drop down menu which has two options, “Canada”, and “United States”. “Woo hoo, what a deal!” I THOUGHT… I clicked on Canada and “Oh no, not again”.. “This Item does not ship to Canada” (Or something to that nature).. I COULD NOT believe that this was happening again.
Looks like I will be paying double the cost for the Chew Beads! Hopefully I have now learned my lesson. I love Canada but this just doesn’t seem fair. When it comes to shopping we just can’t compete with the US. I am sure the companies/shops have good reason for not shipping here but it’s just so disappointing.
Sorry for the rant but I just wanted to get that out. Anyone else out there from Canada and have experiences like this?? I can’t be the other one that get’s all bothered by it, can I? :)