I originally emailed AirCity about returning my package to the sender as I was not going to pay any fees. Never even got a reply. ...Today, the mailman leaves at my doorsteps, the shipment.
While I still prefer/want delivery (groupset), I would be willing to ignore AC entirely and wait it out.
In YOUR case, I wonder if PBK simply "ate" the expense.
Do you have any suggestions for how to pay duty in a more direct way, as a consumer just buying something internationally?
I have the same thought/question.
How to avoid the middleman for fees that total NINE TIMES ($21.50) the Customs Duty ($2.44)?
My suspicion (conspiracy alert) is a comfy AirCity "arrangement" w/PBK. AC absorbs some of the actual physical delivery expense (aka a legal kickback depending on where and how you itemize expenses for delivery). This allows PBK to reduce (recover) some of their "free shipping" expense and turns a blind-eye to the ransom charged by AirCity.
Another thought: I wonder if by selecting TRACKING (it was a free option) it elevated the likelihood of being run through AirCity and customs.
I have not purchased from PBK since they were acquired by The Hut. But the tracking option was never an option when my orders totaled $400 (tires) or $300 (chains, cassette, etc).
the stress that this might cause you is maybe more than 23 bucks custom fees that they're asking
I can see (and respect) your logic. However I would be comforted knowing if there was a way to avoid the extra fees. Like many, I see little (none) "value" provided by AirCity.
Website is bereft of info. Almost to the point of being a "front". For the fee I am paying for "Handling", will I receive a confirmation from the USA, that the Duty was in fact paid?