Yes and no
If it marked gift and $5-10 value and shipped vis usps-canada post - it will be no tax.
Overwise $5 brokerage + 13% for ontario
Ups For $300 item $50(approximately) brokerage + $39 hst
Fedex same as ups, but they will send you bill later - no proplem to through it out, I do it twice, they have no rights to report to collection, they don't have any agreements with you.
If you live close to border, like in toronto, go to states and open po box, save a lot
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Thank you guys very much for the detailed answer.
I think now the question becomes, say if the sellers ships via USPS, and claim it as gift with a $50 value while the phone was sold for $500, how does Canada Customs determine its real value? Do they take what you claim or do they scan/open the box and forcefully put a price on it?
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