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I have sold a watch worth roughly $1200 to a WUS in Canada. I have had a bad experience shipping overseas and learned the hard way that Priority Mail Express International will not honor insurance for watches or jewelry. First Class and Priority Mail will not insure for >$400. I'm sure someone here has shipped a watch to Canada or received a watch from US to Canada. Does anyone have advice for the least expensive way to ship a watch to Canada while being able to insure it?
 
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USPS is the least painful cost wise as a receiver here in Canada. I believe you can insure up to 1000.00 USD value on a watch. I ship both ways often, very reliable way to ship and the tracking is good. Most of the preshipping paperwork can be done via USPS.com, including a provided tracking number.
 

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I'd go DHL if it's an option for you - I brought a watch in from Topper to my address in Canada a year or so ago and it was smooth besides making sure you had all the right paperwork filled out - commercial invoice etc.

I've had a number of watches sent from Stowa to Canada via DHL and it was way better than FedEx.

It won't be dirt cheap but it's a solid option for sure.
 

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The problem with DHL is that it will cost the receiver an arm n a leg!
I received a watch for 1200$ last year through DHL and they charged me 336$! I'll vote for USPS.
I'd go DHL if it's an option for you - I brought a watch in from Topper to my address in Canada a year or so ago and it was smooth besides making sure you had all the right paperwork filled out - commercial invoice etc.

I've had a number of watches sent from Stowa to Canada via DHL and it was way better than FedEx.

It won't be dirt cheap but it's a solid option for sure.
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USPS is the least painful cost wise as a receiver here in Canada. I believe you can insure up to 1000.00 USD value on a watch. I ship both ways often, very reliable way to ship and the tracking is good. Most of the preshipping paperwork can be done via USPS.com, including a provided tracking number.
That's probably a bad idea. According to the USPS website,

https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/ce_003.htm

Precious stones, set or not set; all items used as dress ornaments and coming under the term “jewelry” including articles of gold or other precious metal for personal use such as cigarette holders, cases, powder cases, card cases, opera glasses, fountain pens, watches, etc., are permitted in insured parcels provided the articles have value not over $5 U.S. A parcel containing a number of such articles valued at $5 or less may be insured for the total value of the contents up to a maximum of $200.
The legal morass of postal regulations and insurance is why so many people hate selling things across borders.
 

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I've been burned before when shipping a watch to Sweden via USPS. It was lost and USPS refused to honor the insurance even though they allowed me to pay for the insurance noting that I was shipping a watch. The representatives didn't know the above fine print and they told me for 6 weeks that I would get reimbursed. Then when the time came, they noted the above fine print about jewelry and watches. I sent a letter to protest their decision...they wouldn't even reimburse the $ I paid for the insurance.

Turns out that FedEx is the best way to ship a valuable watch to Canada, although they only insure up to a maximum of $1000. It cost just over $41 to ship to Calgary via FedEx ground which is supposed to take 5 days. To ship in 1-3 days would have been 3 to 5 times as much (for a watch valued at $1200).
 
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Is this thread saying that all the USPS insurance I've purchased over the years was useless because watches can't be insured? I'm not actually surprised -- every time I buy insurance on USPS.com, I think, "this is too easy, why isn't there rampant fraud?"
How do ADs, GM, high-end preowned dealers insure when they ship? Does anyone know? Should I call Jomashop and ask?
Excellent thread, btw.
 

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Is this thread saying that all the USPS insurance I've purchased over the years was useless because watches can't be insured? I'm not actually surprised -- every time I buy insurance on USPS.com, I think, "this is too easy, why isn't there rampant fraud?"
How do ADs, GM, high-end preowned dealers insure when they ship? Does anyone know? Should I call Jomashop and ask?
Excellent thread, btw.
They use a third party insurer, such as Jewelers Mutual.

https://jewelersmutual.com/
 
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Is this thread saying that all the USPS insurance I've purchased over the years was useless because watches can't be insured? I'm not actually surprised -- every time I buy insurance on USPS.com, I think, "this is too easy, why isn't there rampant fraud?"
How do ADs, GM, high-end preowned dealers insure when they ship? Does anyone know? Should I call Jomashop and ask?
Excellent thread, btw.
They use a third party insurer, such as Jewelers Mutual.

https://jewelersmutual.com/
I love the idea of jewelers mutual it seems legit but has any one ever had expirince with a filing a clame with them. I looked at insuring my collection through them but all I could find was people talking about how great they jewelers mutual was but no one had any expiriance dealing with them when somthing happened and they needed to file a claim. Just some food for thought. Insurance is great as long as things go well but the the real proof is when things go to crap how do they handle it. If you could find some one that can chime in with their expirinces using jewelers mutual when things go south and they say that jewelers mutual is great to deal with I would definitely do that. Their prices are extremely fair and their coverages are good. But like I said I have yet to hear of any one filing a claim through them. Just my .02
 

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Not sure if this will help Aggie, but several years ago I purchased a watch for $1600US, from a US member. I am located in Canada. It was decided at that time to go with UPS for the sake of having both insurance and tracking. I did have to pay a horrible brokerage fee when the watch arrived, but I was after the watch for over a year so at that time, I went didn't hesitate.
 

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USPS insured with signature. Send with a return address if there is a problem you will cover the postage for the return. Also pay the extra for quick delivery. 1-3 day delivery Expresspost. DHL and FEDEX are way too expensive IMHO..
 

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Again, USPS will sell you the insurance, but there is fine print that indicates they do not insure jewelry or watches with Priority Express International Shipping. As I remember, the maximum insured value for First Class Mail or Priority Mail is like $200.

It's sort of like that Seinfeld where the rental car company will MAKE as reservation, but they don't always HOLD the reservation!

Not sure if this will help Aggie, but several years ago I purchased a watch for $1600US, from a US member. I am located in Canada. It was decided at that time to go with UPS for the sake of having both insurance and tracking. I did have to pay a horrible brokerage fee when the watch arrived, but I was after the watch for over a year so at that time, I went didn't hesitate.
 

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Hi,
The best way to ship wathces is through using Parcel Pro account.
Using the servies you can insure watches for any amount.
Their website is parcelpro.com
Agreed.
I've used them a number of times shipping higher value watches from Canada to the US, so I'll assume that the reverse will work just as well.
Absolutely no hassle and reasonable rates.
 
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