FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Because shipping 5 pillows (although lighter in weight) costs more than a laptop! Let us explain.....
Actual weight is the weight of the package when put on a scale.
Dimensional weight is based on the size of the package.
When shipping any item through "AIR" on an airplane, couriers charge the higher of the two (Actual vs Dimensional) because of the space it occupies in the plane's cargo area.
So therefore, large items that have a low actual weight relative to their size, like pillows and lamp shades, will result in a larger dimensional weight.
Charges based on Dimensional Weight in LBS = Length x Width x Height (inches) / 139
Charges based on Dimensional Weight in KG = Length x Width x Height (cm) / 5,000
Dimensions: 40cm x 40cm x 20cm
Actual Weight: 1 KG
Dimensional Weight: 40x40x20/5000 = 6.4 KG
This pillow’s shipping charges will be based on the greater of the two, in this case its Dimensional Weight: 6.4 KG
Dimensions: 20cm x 20cm x 10cm
Actual Weight: 1.8 KG
Dimensional Weight: 20x20x10/5000 = 0.8 KG
This cellular phone’s shipping charges will be based on the greater of the two, in this case its Actual Weight: 1.8KG
Most Canadian merchants are set up to accommodate international shoppers, but at times our members will encounter a Canadian retailer that:
1. Only accepts Canadian credit cards and/or a Canadian billing address
2. Requires payment through PayPal or money order
3. Won't accept payment by check or wire transfer
Fortunately, ShipByMail’s BFM service removes these obstacles, giving you access to more of the products Canada has to offer!
Yes! BuyForMe customers do not pay any sales tax on their item(s) when they use this service. This adds up to large savings for our members.
There are no restrictions around how much you can purchase using our BFM service. The more you buy, the more you save!
You can simply follow the steps on your Dashboard to complete a BFM order, and one of our BFM Experts will proceed to purchase the item(s) on your behalf. As always, you will be notified every step of the way!
The payment method on your account with ShipByMail will be charged the cost of the order, plus a small processing fee.
Once you have placed an order, you can click “Check the status of your BuyForMe order” to see a list of your recent orders.
If the order is greater than CAD $530 in total, BFM customers will require a wire transfer.
If the order is greater than 5 different items, there will be additional CAD $1.99 per item ordering fee.
All BFM orders are to be sent to the ShipByMail facility, and cannot be shipped to any other addresses. To ensure all items are received correctly, ShipByMail opens and inspects each order for accuracy. Photos of the items are also taken so the member can verify the order before shipping.
ShipByMail cannot modify or cancel a BFM order once it has been placed with the merchant. If you decide you do not want the purchase, please check with the merchant's website regarding their return policy. If returns are permitted, please notify our BFM department to request that the order is returned when it arrives in your suite.
A CDN$35 fee applies for all returns, in addition to the return shipping cost (if applicable). Once the merchant receives the returned package and issues a refund, we will issue you a refund for the refunded amount minus any service/processing fees. BFM service fees are not refundable.
Yes! Besides offering exceptional shipping rates and a BuyForMe service for our customers, ShipByMail manages many returns for International Merchants from Electronics to Accessories to Toys. We offer our Business Customers a safe, secure and transparent return process for them to manage all their customer returns in Canada and have the ability to control when they ship those return items back.
Yes! You can use our services once you receive your dedicated address from us, after you have completed our registration and fraud verification process.
Please ensure all your shipments include the ShipByMail facility address and your unique suite number. Any packages shipped to ShipByMail with an incomplete or inaccurate address will cause delays.
ShipByMail members order many items from clothing, shoes, baby accessories, to electronics, sports equipment, and books. Members can order almost anything which is sold online.
In order to minimize the shipping costs you can consolidate your packages and ship them together.
Shipping chemicals, alcohol, flammables, explosive and/or sharp items, legal/illegal drugs and weapons are strictly prohibited (See the FAQ "What can't I ship from Canada?" for a more complete list). Some countries may have restrictions on cash, currency, checks, bonds, jewelry, vitamins, dietary supplements, cosmetics, grocery products, cell phones, cigarettes and vape products Please check your country's customs regulation.
Depending on the volume incoming parcels, it usually takes between 1-2 business days for your parcel to be processed during which the following takes place:
• Matching (ensuring that packages are assigned to their rightful owners)
• Package condition checks (e.g., for leaking/damaged packages)
• Inspections for International Air Transport Association (IATA)
• Repacking and adding of protective materials for international shipment (if necessary)
Once your package has been assigned to your account, you will subsequently receive a system-generated email informing you that it is ready for international shipment. We will also notify you in case of any issues with your package.
From there and once payment to ship your package is made, it will take between 2-9 business days to reach your home address. NOTE: During the COVID19 Pandemic, shipping times will take longer than usual. Please be patient while our carriers experience delays due to social distancing.
No, your Suite ID is unique and dedicated to your account. It is very important that you use the Suite ID which is assigned to you when making purchases with the merchant to avoid delays.
To EXPEDITE your shipments that you have purchased, notify us of your incoming shipment on your DASHBOARD by entering your tracking number and the value of your incoming shipment.
We allow packages to stay in the warehouse for up to 60 days and offer your first 30 days of storage for FREE! After 30 days, your account will be charged CAD $1/kg per day of storage. If you have not shipped your package within 60 days, we will have to treat your package as abandoned.
Yes! Simply contact the retailer you have purchased the item from for all exchanges and returns. Item exchanges and returns are between you and the retailer and ShipByMail does not take any responsibility for these transactions.
We can assist you to return the items using the return label, if any. Without a return label, we can also provide you with a return shipping label (shipping charges apply) to send your package back to the retailer.
Please note we charge a CAD $35.00 processing fee per package to be returned.
No, unfortunately we do not take any pre-orders nor do we place any bids on any items at this time.
If you plan on sending us a Wire Transfer, please contact us for details as well as important information. There is a CAD $25 fee for each wire transfer.
Irrespective of whether the goods that you purchased are for resale or personal consumption, new or used, you have to accurately declare the value accurately.
You may face delays, fines (from your country's customs department) or insurance claims rejections if values are inaccurately declared.
Customs duties and taxes are payable by the receiver (the customer) for any shipments that depart from our warehouse to any international country. If you are unsure if you will be charged any of these fees, please contact your local Government’s Customs Office for clarification.
- Controlled substances such as but not limited to MARIJUANA, THC PRODUCTS, and EPHEDRINE
- Alcoholic beverages (prohibited only to the USA)
- Any financial credit or debit cards, pre paid cards, phone sim cards, financial transactions or records from financial institutions
- Certain food products (please check with us prior to ordering)
- Firearms and accessories
- Logs (wood)
- Military and strategic goods
- Softwood lumber
- Bodies, bodies parts of humans or animals
- Live animals
- Precious metals, currency, bonds, bullion, etc
- Hazardous Waste
- Fish and seafood
If you are unsure if we can ship your items, please contact us.
Insurance is always optional and can be chosen at time of shipout/checkout of your package(s). Insurance will cover any loss or damage during transit to your home address with the exceptions listed below.
Insurance fees are CAD $2.99 per every $100 of value. Here is a chart for quick reference:
CAD $0.01-$99.99 total value of shipment: Insurance is CAD $2.99
CAD $100.00-$199.99 total value of shipment: Insurance is CAD $5.98
CAD $200.00-$299.99 total value of shipment: Insurance is CAD $8.97
Please note we do not insure the following:
- books that have been damaged during transit
- food products that arrive damaged during transit
- vape products that arrived leaking due to cabin pressure on aircraft
Claims can only be initiated if the customer has paid for insurance. There may be a requirement where we will require the damaged goods to be shipped back to our warehouse for inspection. If you would like the items shipped back to you after inspection, please advise us ahead of time. Any shipping back to your home address for these items is payable by the customer.
Sorry, unfortunately at this time we do not ship within Canada.
We would also help you to find out the restrictions of your country if you send an email to