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Old 03-07-2007, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Need help makeing a purchase in Canada.

I am buying a carter buzzard from a Canadian. He wats $500 American but, wants it in Canadain dollars. Where would be a good place to buy a m/o in Canadain dollars? What would the equivalent amount of Canadian dollars for $500 usd. I was thinking westeren union would probabally be the best bet, but figured I'd ask the experts first.

Also what sort of protections do I have if the seller doesn't deliver? What do I need to do as far as the purchase and shipping? What do I need to ask him to do on his end? I have shipped to Canada but never shipped in Canada. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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ok, ask him to do 3rd party first of all.

if he is sketchy on sending a marker to PPS(to an out of country to a 3rd party), i'll offer to be said 3rd party.

secondly, you want to do 3rd party because if you send a MO to canada, or use Western Union to send cash, it is extremely hard to catch a scammer.

lastly, your bank should be able to write a MO in canadian dollars and send it out.
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not really scetchy my main issue is that he is 17. When we talked about this before it seemed that he dropped off the face of earth for a while it made me leery.
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Old 03-07-2007, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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just get him to 3rd party it to PPS.

or if you're really concerned, you can have your bank draft a Letter of Credit.

This gives him a letter that says "here's your cash, but to collect it, you have to provide PROOF you shipped it"

meaning that for his bank to release the funds to him, he must provide a copy of a Bill of Lading(postal recipt) that shows he didn indeed send it to you.

the best part about this is, if he screws you over, you can go to your bank and claim fraud there, and they will go straight to his bank, sometimes they will even freeze a person's accounts until accusations of fraud are taken care of.

cost of sending a Letter of Credit is usually between $15 and $20 canadain, so between $12.50 and $17.50 USD
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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http://www.xe.com/

Is the site I always go to to check the exchange rates.

right now 500.00 USD = 589.509 CAD.
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Send him a US Postal International Money Order. You should be able to tell them you want it to be for the amount of $500 CAD.
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sheesh guys, we Canadian-types aren't all sketchy.

Just get an international money order, for $590 or whatever it was in Canadian dollars. Make sure it's international, otherwise he will have to go to the States to cash it. You could do third party if you don't trust him...I've done almost all of my deals with Americans, and haven't used one yet. Nor have I had a problem with customs, ever.
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I send MOs in American funds all the time. Any post office'll do international orders.
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You can just send him an international MO for $500 US. The bank where he cashes it will convert it for him. Not sure about the other issues. Your call I guess.
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