Well here is the story, the whole truth and NOTHING but the truth: i had a special delivery today from a fellow HTF member from Illinois, he was tentative to ship the subwoofer(SVS PB2+) in case of shipping damage(past experience) and recouping $1000 in insurance from fed-Ex or UPS could prove difficult so he decided to deliver the sub himself since he had free time. Anyways he gets here to Windsor, Ontario and forgets to stop at the stop sign when you arrive at the customs booth after crossing the bridge. Some customs agents yells (spoke loudly) at him and then the trouble started. Anyways he was delivering the sub to me, i had no way to pick it up since this sub is huge and it would not fit in mine or my wife's car. Alex was gracious enough to deliver the sub but wait he gets pulled into customs after he fully declared that he had a subwoofer in his possession and i get a phone call to come down to customs. No problem so i go down there. I was informed that there were some discreptancies in what was said (customs were giving Alex a hard time) and he was charged and customs had seized the sub. I forget the term but they charged him because he said he was bringing the sub to me and was going to demo it (to make sure condition/performance is to my satisfaction)to make the sale final (i had no doubt, he sent me pics). Customs informed us that the sub was seized and to release it we would have to pay duty, GST, PST X 2 and then PST and duty added to that total if i recall. Sub was sold to me for $850-$900 US funds($1200 CAN) accounting for the $100+ in delivery and our total bill on that after the penalty was $562 Canadian. Notice i say "our" instead of "his" because i feel that i have to take the blame on this also (i should have had it delivered!!!!). This had to be payed or the sub would be seized for 70 days and then sold off to auction. Alex had no money on hand (he is not working right now) and i was not going to just forget it and send him home all peaved and i was not going to go home without my new sub. I payed the $562 and took the sub home but you can bet that i will appeal this, Alex had the original receipt on hand to show customs so i was taxed and penalized on the full original purchase price of $1250US. They were rude plain and simple, i will leave it at that. I feel awful for Alex, his trip alone makes for a 10hr day and then for him to be mistreated like this his first time in Canada makes me embarrassed to be a Canadian! Customs put a sterotype on him as soon as he went through the stop sign in front of the booth (forgot to mention the stop sign is there because of a walkway for officers to go back and forth) and it was trouble from there. I cannot say i enjoyed the experience either. Anyways i am seeking retribution. There is no reason for two innocent people to be treated this way, i am fine with paying the taxes, not a problem but $562 later is utterly ridiculous. After the way WE were treated i will fight this to the end. I have heard stories of seizured but this applies to people trying to smuggle things over the border. We did not such thing, we were honest and look what happens... I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and how i can pursue this matter besides the so called "appeal" process? I should just have picked up the sub myself or insist on delivery but it's too late now I would have had to borrow a vehicle to pick it up so it was just easier for him to deliver and i agreed. I did not expect for him to have a hard time. The sub in the box took up the entire rear off Alex's Blazer so please tell me where customs gets their ideas from? He declared the sub and there is no way you could hide this beast even if you wanted too. Why is customs so anal, well if you know please tell me! This is a case of highway robbery and one of the worst case of mistreating people i have seen. I thought i was called to customs just to pay my $150+ in taxes just like when i do my own brokerage on a UPS shipment (Canadians know what i am referring to there). Instead we were treated like criminals and they were twisting words on us, this is not right! Rest assured there was no ill will intended on our part on this transaction. Regardsless, we were made to be bad guys... Alex (we) tries to be honest and look what happens, go figure. Either i pay or the sub gets confiscated and that's the end of story, there was no other choice but to pay. Any advice, help would be appreciated on this matter.