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2 Day Seattle Trip Summary - Border Lineup.

Hi, I just got back from my 2-day Seattle trip.  I stayed in Bellevue and it turned out to be a shopping trip.  

Tips 1: Do not go through x-win border checkup because many people like to cut in front of you from the middle lane.  The sign board said it was supposed to be 30 minutes and it turned out to be 2.5 hours.  It was crazy.  

When I made turn to the border lineup and be a good citizen and start to lineup at the left most lane.  The middle lane was supposed for nexus user; however, many people just drove through the middle lane and tried to cut into middle lane.  It was frustrating.  The passenger in the car in front of us even gave people middle finger when people tried to cut in front of her.

Tips 2: When I came back, there was no line up at all.  I bought approximately 400 dollars and I did not get charged duty and tax at all.

i remember one time i went to the states for shopping several years ago. it was a long weekend. i waited 6 hours....

i asked myself why did i wait that long? i can only say it was because i was stupid....

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If the line up is really long at Truck Crossing (e.g over an hour), I would buy something at Duty Free (e.g. candy). If you cut through the Duty Free (which requires purchase), the line is usually half an hour long.  

Also, I try to avoid peak hours by traveling at night time instead.

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本帖最後由 快樂牛郎 於 2010-4-4 17:47 編輯
i asked myself why did i wait that long? i can only say it was because i was stupid....
raima 發表於 2010/4/4 16:59


Or because your time was worthless.

Coming down to shop only makes sense if your time is worth less than the savings you can get.  But even so, the stuff you buy may not be actually worthwhile if they just end up sitting in the closets.

But in any case, Washington thanks you for supporting the state.

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回復 1# myversa


    Do you have to pay duty if you bring home ipad?

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Get Nexus lor!  It's only $50us for 5 years.

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回復  myversa


    Do you have to pay duty if you bring home ipad?
somewhereintime 發表於 2010-4-4 17:54


Most likely no.  she only asked me how much I spent.  I told her 400 bucks.  She asked me if I brought back any alcohol and I said no.  She let me through.  If I have bought the ipad, she would not know anyway.

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Get Nexus lor!  It's only $50us for 5 years.
chobit 發表於 2010-4-4 18:12


Yes I will wait for my wife to get the Canadian Citizenship and we will get it.

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i went down on Fri and it was about 2 hrs waiting at the border....

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Yes I will wait for my wife to get the Canadian Citizenship and we will get it.
myversa 發表於 2010-4-4 18:43


what is nexus?

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