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post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
That goes for UK and Canadian Customs too (although I haven't had problems with tea before)!
That's good! My experience has been that tea bags were okay, but loose tea wasn't. I've had one or two embarrassing encounters with the "produce-sniffing" dogs working in Atlanta, N.Y., or Philadelphia. "Hmmm, sauerbraten spices in a sealed container. Can we allow that?" Half an hour later - "Okay, you can bring it iinto the country". I once sent my brother an eiderdown/duck-feather duvet, and the darn thing got tied up at customs for nearly five months. Another time I'd been given a candy bar by the airline, which I didn't eat, but stuck in my handbag. A little Beagle howled at me so long at the airport that I went through all my things, and upon finding it, simply gave it to her. Her handler told me that wasn't allowed, but that "she's really greedy, and getting a reward encourages her".
post #32 of 45
and my advise to those sending to Australia (are there any participants in Australia?) is not to individually wrap things. Maybe put things in bags or boxes or something... 99% of packages I have recieved from overseas have been opened... and alot of times the individual wrapping has been opened. The more honest you are on the customs form the less chance they will open it. Australian customs is extremley strict.
post #33 of 45
I was travelling with a friend who bought a banana nut muffin in the airport to have those dogs practically jump on her over it - I swear they do it to make more money for the airport
post #34 of 45
Silly questions from a noob: Is the person we are buying for the same as the person who is buying for us, or is it more like a giant chain?

If we put all the info on the customs form if we are shipping overseas, will that spoil the surprise for the recipient? Wouldn't they see the form, or does that stay in customs?

What is the link for the rules again? Do we have a hard dollar limit, or is it discretionary?

Oooo, I'm so excited! Thank you to AbbysMom for the PM!!
post #35 of 45
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No, someone different is buying for you

You don't have a choice, you have to declare it on the customs form. Your recipient will hopefully not read it to ruin the surprise.

Spending limit is $15.
post #36 of 45
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
Linda did A LOT of work up front getting it organized so we could get the information to you faster. To Linda!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
Yay, LINDA!!!
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Originally Posted by Sar View Post
Yay, Linda!
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Awww thanks guys. I know how much you all wanted to know who you were sending to. I'm glad we were able to get the information to you as quickly as we did!

Happy shopping!!
post #37 of 45
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
Spending limit is $15.
Awwww....that's going to be tough to stick to...I like to give nice surprise presents. Will I get kicked out if I go just a little over? And obviously, that can't include shipping, right?
post #38 of 45
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Awwww....that's going to be tough to stick to...I like to give nice surprise presents. Will I get kicked out if I go just a little over? And obviously, that can't include shipping, right?
Correct, that does not include shipping. And I don't think anyone has been kicked out. But the spending limit certainly does give us the incentive to be creative!!
post #39 of 45
Boy, does it ever....especially if you drew a person who you know!

WINK WINK
post #40 of 45
awwww $15 thats it? that is gonna be tough. i am one of those people that will just buy and buy and buy and not pay attention to what i spend lol (DH) hates it )
post #41 of 45
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
If we put all the info on the customs form if we are shipping overseas, will that spoil the surprise for the recipient? Wouldn't they see the form, or does that stay in customs?
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
You don't have a choice, you have to declare it on the customs form. Your recipient will hopefully not read it to ruin the surprise.
you do have to declare things but you can be a little creative as well. For example - books you can just put 'printed matter' and simply 'cat toys' or 'chocolate' You dont need to describe in detail what it is just generally what it is.

Whenever i have recieved my SS parcels in the past I have got DH to pull the customs form off it so I dont see it... I just never wanted to spoil the surprise.
post #42 of 45
I am super dooper excited!! I can't wait until my SS gets the stuff I am getting them!! Perhaps something from Disney is in order!! But I don't want to blow my whole budget on one item so maybe a picture of Mickey will have to do!!
post #43 of 45
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom View Post
I am super dooper excited!! I can't wait until my SS gets the stuff I am getting them!! Perhaps something from Disney is in order!! But I don't want to blow my whole budget on one item so maybe a picture of Mickey will have to do!!

That would make a great hint for your SS!!
post #44 of 45
I got mine!!! This is going to be FUN!!!!!!
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This is going to be fun!! I've already started buying pressies, now I have a better idea for another gift.
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