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Alpha Knife Supply

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by Griff, May 5, 2018.

  1. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Alpha seems to have a great selection of steel, more importantly a multitude of thicknesses that no domestic supplier can match, with the added bonus that they -actually- ship to Canada unlike Mr.Bruno (frustrating:mad:).

    Has anyone dealt with Alpha on steel? I am looking for a comment and an estimate of how much you were dinged by the boarder patrol! Thanks!

    Let me know,

    Cheers!
     
  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    You have to call them at NJSB and do the transaction over the phone, web site is not set up for international orders
     
  3. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Thanks John. Odd that they wouldn't be set up, not like it's a fledgling business and its 2018 FFS! I see that as set up to just deter international orders.

    I have noticed some U.S guys pricing shipping to outrageous levels simply so they don't have to deal with brokerage. Take a grinder for example, on average $150-$200 to ship to any U.S state, but $800+ to ship to Ontario, laughable. Northridge Tool has blown me off twice on a quote (after saying they will ship to Canada) and the most gracious response was from Mike Reeder of Reeder Products Inc, what a gentleman, but as I said hefty shipping (If I am buying from anyone it will be them).

    The other example of this is if you order a grinder from OBS directly btw, you could expect to pay between $500-800, but if you buy through their eBay store, because of eBay's international flat rate shipping it drops to $150 even on something as heavy as a 2x72. Wish more companies would open an eBay store and let us take advantage of this program.

    Well that turned into something else entirely. Anyway I'll give Alpha a try, much prefer to deal with people already set up and willing to deal outside of their own boarders.
     
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  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I run into a few who do not ship outside the States but for the right amount of money and offer to be a distributor opens a few doors.
    So far I have Maker's Leather Supply and real soon Turntex.

    Some companies have run into packages vanishing after customs and then shipping same product twice, also insurance is something most people skip over to save the customer money and in the end they give up on our little market.
     
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    jonliss Active Member

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    It’s been a while since I ordered from them, but Masecraft was fairly easy to deal with.
     
  6. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Jonliss, thanks for the lead on handle material! Very cool!

    Though I am interested in steel purchases, (mainly the weight) what you thought of shipping cost and any import gouging ;)

    Actually I will broaden that to any and all experiences of getting steel from the states.

    Thanks!
     
  7. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    A UPS Account and set them up as a broker can save some cash. Also a 1,000 Lb order saves 20%

    I was just trying to decide what I wanted a thousand pounds of:roflmao
     
  8. jonliss

    jonliss Active Member

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    Shipping costs were reasonable, if memory serves me correctly, and I don’t recall getting dinged on import duties.
     
  9. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Just ordered some stuff from Sheffield in Florida because they are going out of business and were offering a 15% discount.
    Nearly had a bloody heart attach when I saw my VISA bill. The amount in US dollars was $150 and by the time exchange and freight were added in I paid $265.50 Canadian.
    Then when it crosses the border I am sure I will get dinged PST and GST.
    Nothing is cheap anymore when it comes to getting stuff from the US.
    The rule of thumb should be US dollars X about 1.8 is what you are going to pay by the time exchange, freight and cross border taxes are all added in.
     
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  10. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I have run into 1.75 quite often
     
  11. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I frequently also get hit with duty or customs agent fees. Even when I purchase from amazon and it is labelled as "having no import fees" or belongs to the particular "easy international shipping" policy they use, I still get the occasional shock with a COD charge or a bill from a customs agent. I don't understand why it's so hard to find decent suppliers here, in Canada. There are some good places but they seem to know they have you over a barrel. You pay shipping costs and higher prices here or duty and exchange from there. It's expensive being Canadian, but well worth it too.
     
  12. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    the big part is the US versus CDN dollar right now with us getting 76 cents to the dollar. I always thought Canada post was high priced until I needed to ship some stuff by UPS ouch.

    At least Cactus juice is no longer $180-200 per gallon but steel well we are going to get bent over with tariffs for some time
     

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