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Shipping to Canada

Postby Katiebaby25 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:25 pm

I live in Canada and I'm trying to decide whether it's a good idea to have my tickets shipped to me or if I should choose Will Call.... Last year I got my tickets no problem in plenty of time, but since tickets aren't being shipped until June I'm wondering if there might be a problem with me getting them in time. What would happen if I didn't get my tickets in time, would I be able to contact someone and arrange for Will Call instead?

The fact that shipping to Canada is an option leads me to believe that BMORG doesn't anticipate any issues with Canadians getting their tickets in time, but I'd like to hear what my fellow Canadian Burners are planning to do, or if anyone has had problems in the past.

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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby BBadger » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:02 pm

I don't trust leaving my tickets at the gate, rather than having them in hand. Plus it beats having to get in the SlowWill-Call lane.

Also I don't think Canada mail is so slow that it'll take two months to get through customs. Still, do you have to pay for customs? Maybe that would suck.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby delle » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:22 pm

Tough call.

Given that the postal strike was in full force last June....

...and that they were forced unhappily back to work without really solving the issues... causing rather sketchy delivery even once it returned

Otherwise seems to me that June should be plenty of time for them to arrive. Hopefully they mean BEGINNING of June, and not End, however!
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby Katiebaby25 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:30 pm

Hmmm yes I forgot about last year's postal strike. Lets hope there's no repeat of that!

I wonder if they mean beginning or end of June... hopefully there's some more clarification before January.

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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby trilobyte » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:45 pm

Assume it means that they'll be sent out at the very last possible moment on the last day of June, and then be pleasantly surprised if they arrive anytime before then :)
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby remi » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:10 pm

I did not choose will call. I chose the 29$ shipping option, and I'm confident that if they ship it on the last day of June, I should have it by mid July. It's a frickin' ticket from the states.. not a 200mW laser from China. I order stuff all the time online and never had anything take longer then a month (exept that damn laser... oh well.. free shipping = not going to complain). It will probably take two weeks.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby Katiebaby25 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:20 pm

I think I'll do the same Remi.... I'm a ticket-in-hand kinda gal, and you guys are right, I'm sure I'll have them by the end of July at the latest :D
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby melodiousdirge » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:22 pm

Yeah I'm concerned about this too, but I live in freaking rural northern Canada. Granted the postal strike caused some clusterfuckage this year, but for what it's worth my 2011 survival guide did not reach me before I left. If the plan is to ship tickets with survival guides this year, I certainly hope they eitehr a) offer tracking info, or b) allow tickets to be shipped to a US address for pickup on my way down.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby delle » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:37 pm

melodiousdirge wrote:Yeah I'm concerned about this too, but I live in freaking rural northern Canada. Granted the postal strike caused some clusterfuckage this year, but for what it's worth my 2011 survival guide did not reach me before I left. If the plan is to ship tickets with survival guides this year, I certainly hope they eitehr a) offer tracking info, or b) allow tickets to be shipped to a US address for pickup on my way down.



Yeah.... I got my survival guide on my return as well.

But HEY! I survived anyway!!!!!!


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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:40 pm

One would hope that at $30 (American), there would be tracking.

Of course, as I am relying on my memory, that might not be the actual price.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby melodiousdirge » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:55 pm

delle wrote:(What qualifies as rural northern these days? I'm semi-rural northernish myself)


If you're semi rural northern I might not seem that rural to you - I'm in Fort St John, BC. All my Vancouver friends think of me as more or less living on the tundra.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby melodiousdirge » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:57 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:One would hope that at $30 (American), there would be tracking.


I'd really hope so too but to be honest I forget how it worked in 2011. I don't think I had tracking, but I don't remember what I paid for shipping, or if I paid any extra (or if that was an option) for priority/express mailing.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby delle » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:03 pm

Just checked my receipt from last year.

Nope. No tracking number.


Gottum tho! 8)


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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby Rice » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:07 pm

First 3 years, I had my ticket shipped to me in Saskatoon - no problems. Last two years I picked my ticket up from will-call - no problems. Saved me that stress of misplacing my ticket, ripping the car & house apart trying to find missing ticket. (Always an awesome start to my drive down {twitch} )

The only complaint I have about will-call is that so few people in line know where it is or how to be in a line for that matter... But that is a rant for another thread.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby BBadger » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:47 pm

stretch80 wrote:First 3 years, I had my ticket shipped to me in Saskatoon - no problems. Last two years I picked my ticket up from will-call - no problems. Saved me that stress of misplacing my ticket, ripping the car & house apart trying to find missing ticket. (Always an awesome start to my drive down {twitch} )


Less stress? I'd be more stressed worrying that the gate didn't fuck up the order and that the ticket isn't there. "I don't care that you have a print-out. We don't have you on record here. You'll have to turn back."

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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby Rice » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:28 am

BBadger wrote:Less stress? I'd be more stressed worrying that the gate didn't fuck up the order and that the ticket isn't there. "I don't care that you have a print-out. We don't have you on record here. You'll have to turn back."

One in the hand is better than none in the ticket stand.


Gate does not handle the ticket process. That would be will call, different department.

I am more worried about the ticket getting lost in the mail. I intend to use Will Call for the foreseeable future.

We do our burns differently, my experience with Will Call has been nothing but positive. My way of doing things, works for me. I am not saying everyone should use will call, or that anyone should use will call. In fact, don't. It will make my wait even shorter ;)
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby trilobyte » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:38 am

I saw the question about tracking and did some checking. No, there would not be tracking info on the receipt (either for 2012 or any other year), since tickets are mailed at a later date. But when the tickets are shipped, an email goes out (to the address used for registration) with the USPS tracking number.

As for which method is better, I think they both have their place. If you occasionally lose things (car keys, important receipts, etc) or find yourself leaving the house without something important, or you just stress over that kind of stuff, consider will call. Same is true if your address may be in flux (though there is an easy way to change a ship to address once you have tickets and your order's in the system) and that may cause you stress. However, if you're involved with a camp/project that may have you coming to the playa on an early arrival list, or you think there's a chance you may not be able to make it (and will need to sell your ticket), consider a physical ticket.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby lemur » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:53 am

will call should be open a few days before the gates officially open for the early entry people who have will call tickets... dunno bout 2012 tho..
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby Rice » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:10 pm

lemur wrote:will call should be open a few days before the gates officially open for the early entry people who have will call tickets... dunno bout 2012 tho..


Will call is usually open the Wednesday prior to the official gate opening (So, Wednesday August 22, 2012) at noon.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby trilobyte » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:27 pm

Yeah, but they tend to have a significantly lighter staff which could lead to a bit of a wait. Your mileage may vary, of course.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby Rice » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:40 pm

trilobyte wrote:Yeah, but they tend to have a significantly lighter staff which could lead to a bit of a wait. Your mileage may vary, of course.


Early entry, Friday (pre-event) at 1AM... No wait at will-call. I just walked up and showed my passport. Vola. Up to gate, 1 minute later, driving into city. total time (maybe 5 minutes) - not exactly a big deal.

No problem getting ticket, wait time (that specific time) was quite low. Just relating my experience, you are free to do as you like
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby trilobyte » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:52 pm

Off hours are generally easier regardless. Again, your mileage may vary.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby Rice » Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:06 pm

trilobyte wrote:Off hours are generally easier regardless. Again, your mileage may vary.


Ok, It took 4 hours to get to will call on Opening night (2009), 1/2 hr to get ticket and then about 45 minutes to get to the gate. First time I saw the sun rise on the playa - beautiful...
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby drutter » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:41 pm

Katiebaby25 wrote: since tickets aren't being shipped until June I'm wondering if there might be a problem with me getting them in time.

I'm from Vancouver. Over the past 4 burns I've always just paid the $11 or so to have the tickets shipped to me. Shipping time between most of the US and most of Canada is 3 business days when using regular first class mail (ie: an envelope with a stamp on it). There is no stop at Customs because it's not a parcel - only parcels and large envelopes with heavy items inside are subject to Customs. If you live in a remote area the shipping time might be 4 or even 5 business days max.

So I would just do the same. I know $11 is ridiculous since the envelope costs less than half a cent and the stamp costs much less than a dollar, and considering they also charge a convenience fee on top of the shipping fee, but whatchagonnado?
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby remi » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:27 am

drutter wrote:
..... I know $11 is ridiculous since the envelope costs less than half a cent and the stamp costs much less than a dollar, and considering they also charge a convenience fee on top of the shipping fee, but whatchagonnado?


Actually, the charge is 29$ to ship to Canada.
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Re: Shipping to Canada

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:50 am

The ripoffs were better last year.
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