2020: How Much Will You Spend on Tea This Year!?

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Leafhopper said

For any Canadians who have ordered from the U.S. recently using regular mail, have you been charged duty or customs fees? I’ve heard reports of this happening with DHL and other couriers, but am wondering if it applies to USPS and other postal services. Ordering from the States is expensive enough without the extra charges!

I’ve had a couple orders in the last few months from the US, no duty/custom fees yet. Fingers crossed for my last remaining ones…

TeaLadyJen said

I sent an order to a customer by UPS and she was charged a duty/fee to pick it up. It was a shock for both of us. Her orders shipped by USPS were not assessed an additional fee on pick-up and the other Canadians haven’t reported any fees on their USPS shipments either.

Leafhopper said

That’s encouraging. I might risk it. I hope your remaining orders are also customs free.

Welp, looks like I spoke too soon or shot myself in the foot; I just got dinged with $19CAD in import fees from UPS.

Sil select said

it’s UPS – it’s how they scam money from us. There’s an entire discussion on how to actually NOT have to pay when UPS delivers cross border things, but i’m lazy and just prefer to not order from companies that use UPS.

Leafhopper said

Ouch! Were they customs fees or something else? I thought you couldn’t be charged customs on tea in Canada, though it looks like it’s becoming more prevalent.

Tariff fees – I could probably argue against them since tea is a non-tariff item and I didn’t have anything else, like teaware, in the order but I don’t think it’s worth the hassle in this case. If it was a bigger fee then maybe…

OMGsrsly said

I’ve spent $35 plus about $16 shipping to Sil. Most of my new teas my mom sent me, so I’m cheating a lot. :)

Oh, and $28 at David’s tea for some earl grey and a mini tumbler.

Depending on what happens with COVID life, I might put in an order from Murchies too. But only if I don’t make it to a store (if they’re open. Yikes, I should google.).

MandyJS said

So I originally saw this thread and thought, how much tea will I really buy that I need to track my purchases… and now I’m on to my second tea purchase in as many months so maybe I should be keeping track…

2020 Total So Far: $52.10

July: $20.50 (Dollar Tea Club, 17 sample packs)
Aug: $31.60 (DAVIDsTEA, 10 iced tea pitcher packs)

Let’s try that as well, but it is good idea to know how much I spent.
Orders only! (Hopefully I haven’t forgot anything)

12x Bird and Blend Subscription: 12×12,60 EUR: 4200 CZK (189 USD) (each month billing)
18,27 USD Casablanca Tea Company: 405 CZK
33,15 EUR Bird and Blend order: 870 CZK (39,22 USD)
10,59 USD Oxalis teas (Mix-tee): 243 CZK
22,50 USD Tangpin (new gaiwan): 503 CZK
30,00 USD Cuppageek: 670 CZK
12,00 USD Tangpin (tea): 264 CZK
Total so far: 321,59 USD.

I just got back into tea, but might as well start now!

2020 TOTAL: $1,603.91

January – September ($206.94)
Obubu – ¥21,600 ($206.94) (subscription x 9)

October ($617.61)
52teas – $20 (subscription)
Amazon – $9.99
Asheville Tea Company – $33.35
Bird & Blend – $16.20 (subscription)
Bird & Blend – $22.50
Crio Bru – $32.45
Dammann Frères – €113.03 ($132.62) (advent calendar)
Dessert by Deb – $90 CAD ($68.63)
Grocery store – $3.95
Kusmi – $67.60 (advent calendar)
New Moon Tea Co. – $83.83 CAD ($63.93)
Obubu – ¥2,400 ($22.99) (subscription)
Palais des Thés – $68.90 (advent calendar)
Plum Deluxe – $39.50 (advent calendar)
Sips By – $15 (subscription)

November ($756.56)
52teas – $20 (subscription)
Adagio – $27.75
Adagio – $34.75 (advent calendar)
Amazon – $41.99
Amazon – $79.99 (advent calendar)
August Uncommon – $43.90
Bird & Blend – $16.20 (subscription)
Capital Tea Ltd. – $46.20 CAD ($35.50)
David’s Tea – $27 (teaware)
David’s Tea – $65 (advent calendar)
Dessert by Deb – $53 CAD ($41.29)
Grocery store – $7.50?
Harney & Sons – $59.60
Lupicia – $79.87
Obubu – ¥2,400 ($22.99) (subscription)
Simpson & Vail – $93.23
Sips By – $15 (subscription)
Steven Smith – $45

December ($22.80)
Bird & Blend – $22.80

243 CZK (10,59 USD) for three teas for Advent Calendar, just placed the order. Free shipping, huh…

Forgot about my Etsy — Tangpin order. 22.50 USD (too lazy to convert to CZK now)

Courtney said

I didn’t stop drinking my teas, but I only recently returned to Steepster and it’s already having an impact! XD

2019 TOTAL: $383.53 (I’ve never added to one of these discussions, so adding 2019 here for reference)

$60.75 USD Taiwan Tea Crafts ($83.94 CAD)
$45.60 USD Teavivre (~$65 CAD, paid for with US PayPal balance)
$56.77 CAD New Moon Teas
€69.50 Dammann Frères ($104.80 CAD)
€48.49 Dammann Frères ($73.02 CAD)

2020 TOTAL (thus far): $419.21

$76.08 USD Taiwan Tea Crafts ($103.53 CAD)
$50.00 CAD New Moon
£84.52 Bird & Blend (~$150 CAD, Lex got this as a gift for me!)
£17.30 Bird & Blend ($31.21 CAD)
$20.95 Crio Bru
$63.52 Teavivre

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