Feedback: Canadians Save $$$ By Drop Shipping To U.S.
At the UPS Store in Ogdensburg, there are boxes, and boxes piled on boxes, and boxes on top of those boxes.
The store - in the Gateway Plaza - is saturated with boxes, primarily from Canadian shoppers who are taking advantage of online sales in the U.S.
"It's because most companies ship within the United States free and they won't ship to Canada," said Don Bouchard, store manager.
"We're close to Ottawa, most of our traffic is from Ottawa."
Thursday morning, there was a fair-sized line in the store, as people picked packages to take back across the border.
"It was too expensive to ship over the border," said Jennifer Menard, who made the 45 minute trip from Ottawa. "It was just easier to come pick it up in person."
Of course, people making the trip have to figure in the cost of gas and tolls.
"It depends on what you're buying," said James Cartwright, another Ottawa resident, "but there's significant savings to be had."
The biggest problem for the store? With 600 to 700 packages a day coming in, and even more customers, space is at a premium.
"Organized confusion, madness," said Bouchard. "It's a lot of work right now."
The store has added part-time help in an effort to keep up with the heavy traffic and with Christmas less than three weeks away, they expect to be even busier.
Saturday, May 25, 2013, Watertown, NY
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