Guns from USA to Canada

I just purchased 10 rifles from a Rock Island Gun Auction in the USA.

I have shipped them to a gun exporter in the USA and will be importing them into Canada.

lets see how this all goes.

here is a list of what I bought

-Franchi Veloce Grade II Shotgun 20 gauge over under

-Charles Daly NRA Diamond IV shotgun 20 gauge over under

-Mauser 98 bolt action rifle with P.O. Ackley 450 Marlin Barrel

-Browning A-Bolt Eclipse 30-06 Boss

-Stoeger model 3000 semi-automatic shotgun

-Stevens model 612 Goldwing side by side shotgun

-Mossberg Silver Reserve 28 gauge over/under shotgun

-Mossberg Silver Reserve 12 gauge over/under shotgun

-Enfiled Mark 1 no 1 bolt action rifle 303 British

-Mossberg Maverick bolt action rifle 243 winchester new

I will be posting my results and costs

Update #1

I am required to apply for a EIPA File number from the Government of Canada.

I applied last night and received an email this morning with my file number (that’s quick for dealing with the federal government)

More results coming soon

Update #2

I was required to apply online for a GCkey (simple online process)

then you must apply to become a EXCOL (Export controls On-line) registered user, this requires a form to be filled out then emailed to the Department of Foreign affairs.

once you do this they email you back with an access code which is needed to log into EXCOL.

once you get the access code you can login and apply for an International import certificate.

this requires you to put in the details of the guns that you are bringing in as well as information about you and the exporter that you have chosen in the USA

I did this and received an approved certificate the next day.

that certificate was then emailed to the Exporter that I choose in the USA.

I am awaiting to hear from them the next steps.

The first shipment of rifles arrived, apparently shotguns need a different permit to export. The shotguns should arrive in the next week.

Worked out to be a lot more then I planned, as the reshipper that I used charged me a huge mark-up on the actual shipping charge.

I used to calculate a shipping price for the 3 boxes that arrived.

the total was $280.00 and I was charged $505.00 + $200 in labour and materials for packing.

They also charged me a $450.00 export license fee (of which their cost was only $50.00)

I will try someone different next time and report my results.

Exidy Sorcerer Mother Lode for sale

Keep track as I will be posting details of the Exidy Sorcerer collection that I have been storing for over 20 years.

included in the lot will be:

plus loads of hardware, software and manuals

A more detailed list to follow, but I have added some photos


– 6 Exidy Sorcerer computers (2 in box)

– 2 S-100 Expansion Units

– 2 5.25 disk drives

sorcerer1 sorcerer2 sorcerer3ex1 ex2 ex3 ex4 ex5




Users Manual – Z80 based software development system for the Sorcerer computer

Sorcery Brews by Howard Arrington 1981

S-100 Expansion Technical Manual (2 copies)

Standard BASIC for the Exidy Sorcerer

Sorcerer software manual

Sorcerer Technical Manual (2 copies)

Word Processor PAC

Exidy Systems Binder with

-Floppy disk subsystem operations manual

-CP/M Software manual

-EXCOPY users guide 2.0

-CBIOS users guide 2.2

-CP/M Alteration guide

-CP/M interface guide

-CP/M dynamic debugging tool

-Content editor for CP/M disk system

-CP/M assembler users guide

Sorcer BASIC compiler

And So FORTH by Timoth Huang 1982

A guided tour or personal computing (3 copies)

A short tour of BASIC (2 copies)

Software Internals manual for the Sorcerer by Vic Tolomei

Software Catalog (2 copies)

Super Graphic Scratch Pad (2 copies)






Z80 Disassembler

Basic screen editor

Exidy Sysem News (newspaper) 3 issues #1,2,3

Exidy Sorcerer newsletters from around the world

-Port Fe Sorcerers User Group Toronto

1981,1982 all issues with some doubles

-Aresco Sorcerers Source

Issues 1-5 1979,1980

-ISIS International Sorcerers Information Service

Volumes 1-5 1983,1984

-Sorcerers Apprentice

1979-1985 58 issues

-SCUA Sorcerer Computer Users of Australia

1979-1984  94 issues + Yearbook #1

-ESC European Sorcerer Club

1979-1983  69 issues

-SPEC Sorcerer Program Exchange Club

1979-1980  11 issues

-ESGG Exidy Sorcerer Gebruikers Groep

1982  2 issues

-Sorcerer Users Newsletter

1980 Pages 1-76 with some extras

-Forth Dimensions

1980,1981 vulume 2 issues 1-6

-MUG Micropolis Users Group Newsletter

1980-1983  43 issues

Rom Pac’s (8 track size)

Standard Basic (3 copies)

Development Pac- A Z80 based software development system

Word Processor Pack

Eprom Pac

Sram Pack


All Originals

System Software, Australia

-Sorcerer Invaders

-Zetu with manual

-System 3 with manual

-Tape Doctor with manual

-Touch Type Tutor

-Graphics Tutorial

-Basic Compiler

-Arithmetic Tutorial



-Screen Genie


Quality Software, California USA

-Z80 Disassembler with manual

-Graphics Animation

-Shape Maker

-Starbase Hyperion


-Martian Invaders


-DPX 8,16,32


Software Source, Australia



Arrington Software, Idaho USA


-Cassette Files

-Music System with Piano Player

Roger Hagan Associates, Seattle, WA, USA

-The Hagan Spreadsheet Manual

-The WSORT Manual

Global Software Network




-Music System 2

-Music System 2 songs

Scott Adams, Florida , USA

-Adventure 3 Mission Impossible

-Adventure 6 Strange Odyssey

-Adventure 9 Ghost Tower

Creative Computing Software

-Air Traffic Controller

-Graphic Games 2

-Voodoo Castle Adventure

-The Count


-Pirate Adventure

-Mission Impossible Adventure

GRT Software , California

-Beat the House


North American Software, Canada

-Stranded in Space

-Super Graphic Scratch Pad

-Imega Graphic Plot

-Suprize Package

-Shoot Em Up Cowboys

-Basic Screen Editor

-Know your Sorcerer

Plus another 110 other Datasettes loaded with software and boxes and boxes of manuals and other sorcerer documentation

180 Vintage LED calculators for sale

180 vintage calculators
This collection includes the following calculators

  1. Microlith 111
  2. Microlith 205 Scientific
  3. Microlith 111
  4. Unitrex UC 25
  5. Unitrex UC 45
  6. Unitrex UC 25
  7. Unitrex UC 85
  8. Unitrex 801ML
  9. Unitrex Mini 8
  10. Unitrex 845D
  11. Unitrex UC 65
  12. Unitrex Mini Handy 80M
  13. Unitrex 90SLW
  14. Unitrex 401ML
  15. Unitrex Mini Handy
  16. Unitrex UC 25
  17. Unitrex UC 45 with instructions
  18. Commodore CBM GL997R Custom Green Line with instructions
  19. Commodore Minuteman 3 Metric
  20. Commodore Minuteman 3 Metric
  21. Commodore Minuteman 3 Metric
  22. Commodore 887D
  23. Commodore 7923
  24. Radio Shack EC-241
  25. Canon Palmtronic 8 mini
  26. Canon Palmtronic 8 mini
  27. Sanyo Sacom-mini icc-807D
  28. Xonex Dataexac ELSI III
  29. Teknika 806 EDC-806
  30. Unisonic CB-14
  31. Melcor 380 with instructions
  32. Digimatic T-8
  33. Summit MCC Metric Conversion Computer
  34. Executron S874L (some missing buttons)
  35. Rockwell the 74K
  36. Unitrex Mini 8
  37. Unitrex mini handy 80MR
  38. Unitrex 845D
  39. National Semiconductor 835
  40. National Semiconductor 850
  41. Lloyds E504
  42. Radio Shack EC-380
  43. Toshiba BC1010-BJ Blackjack
  44. Lloyds Accumatic 503
  45. Brother 807
  46. Brother 807
  47. Casio Personal M-1
  48. National Semiconductor International Computer
  49. Brother 907 with instructions
  50. Commodore 797 with box and instructions
  51. Canon Palmtronic FC-80
  52. Radio Shack EC-420
  53. Radio Shack Statesman thin LCD
  54. Lloyds Accumatic 303
  55. Lloyds Accumatic 304
  56. Lloyds Accumatic 304
  57. Lloyds Accumatic 305
  58. Lloyds Accumatic 311
  59. Lloyds Accumatic 322
  60. Lloyds Accumatic 334
  61. Lloyds Accumatic 334
  62. Lloyds Accumatic 30 with instructions
  63. Lloyds Accumatic 303
  64. Lloyds Accumatic 303
  65. Lloyds Accumatic 305
  66. Lloyds Accumatic 305
  67. Lloyds Accumatic 306
  68. Lloyds Accumatic 310
  69. Lloyds Accumatic 310
  70. Lloyds Accumatic 311
  71. Lloyds Accumatic 321
  72. Lloyds 334
  73. Lloyds Accumatic 908
  74. Lloyds E511
  75. Lloyds 908 with instructions
  76. Lloyds 340
  77. Lloyds E511
  78. Bond
  79. Omron 60 with case
  80. APF Mark VI 6
  81. National Semiconductor International Computer
  82. National Semiconductor 4660
  83. Commodore SR-9190R
  84. Unisonic CB-14
  85. Casio Memory 8F
  86. Victor 104
  87. Digi-Matic M8-3
  88. Casio EL-102M
  89. HP 33E (Hewlett Packard)
  90. Binotone Genius
  91. AGS 9
  92. Sharp EL-8100S
  93. Canon Palmtronic 10m
  94. Digimatic MR-10
  95. Digimatic M8-2
  96. Digimatic D8-2
  97. Wilson Corvus 500
  98. Canon Palmtronic 8MS
  99. Sharp EL-8118
  100. Sharp EL-8118
  101. Sharp EL-204
  102. Sharp EL-8131
  103. Sharp EL-8131
  104. Sharp EL-8200
  105. Rockwell 10R
  106. Bowmar 90152
  107. Conic 860-L
  108. Casio Personal M1
  109. Casio FX-140
  110. Casio FX-17
  111. Canon Palmtronic 8Ms
  112. Canon Palmtronic 8M
  113. Canon Palmtronic 8M
  114. Teal 826
  115. Digimatic M-8
  116. Digimatic M8-2
  117. Royal Digital V
  118. Royal Award GT8 with case
  119. AGS 10
  120. Digimatic M8-3
  121. Ibico 0832
  122. Soundesign 8309
  123. Canon Palmtronic F-31
  124. Montgomery Ward Electronic P800
  125. National Semiconductor 200 with case and instructions
  126. Radio Shack EC-420
  127. Miida 828
  128. Miida 8
  129. Brother Procal 408AX
  130. Sharp EL-8131 with box and instructions
  131. Microlith 111 with box
  132. APF Mark 40 with box
  133. Microlith Memory 4
  134. Novus 750
  135. Canon L813
  136. Canon L1011
  137. Canon L1011
  138. Canon L813
  139. Sanyo CX-2108 with case
  140. Radio Shack 65-660
  141. Canon Palmtronic 8MS with case
  142. Canon Palmtronic LC-8M LCD with case
  143. Sharp EL-8024 with case
  144. Digimatic 41031
  145. Unknown scientific missing parts of cover
  146. Lloyds accumatic 70
  147. National Semiconductor 200
  148. Texas Instruments TI 30
  149. Texas Instruments TI 30
  150. Texas Instruments TI 30
  151. Texas Instruments TI 30
  152. Texas Instruments TI 5025 with printer
  153. Texas Instruments SR 50A
  154. Texas Instruments SR 50A
  155. Texas Instruments SR 50A
  156. Texas Instruments SR 40
  157. Texas Instruments SR 40
  158. Texas Instruments TI 55
  159. Texas Instruments TI 55
  160. Texas Instruments SR 51 II
  161. Texas Instruments SR 50
  162. Texas Instruments Programmable 58C
  163. Texas Instruments Business Analyst
  164. Texas Instruments TI 55
  165. Texas Instruments Programmable 65-650
  166. Texas Instruments TI 55 with case and instructions
  167. Texas Instruments TI 55 with case and instructions
  168. Texas Instruments TI 1450
  169. Texas Instruments TI 1250 with box and instructions
  170. Texas Instruments TI 1250
  171. Texas Instruments SR 10
  172. Texas Instruments SR 10
  173. Texas Instruments SR 11
  174. Texas Instruments TI 2550
  175. Texas Instruments TI 2550 with instructions
  176. Texas Instruments TI 2550
  177. Texas Instruments Longiness Symphonette
  178. Texas Instruments Datamath TI 2500B
  179. Santek T-80C

Also inculded is:

The Calculator Handbook by Feldzamen and Henle (1973)

all calculators are stored in individual Ziplock bags and in Sealed Bins

These calculators were collected from Canada in the mid 1990’s
Some still have batteries in them. Some battery covers are missing . All are sold as-is and untested

We may look at donating these items to a registered charity.

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Zeiss Binoculars from shipped to Germany and then picked up in Luxembourg

On my recent trip to Europe I decided to look at the savings of purchasing Zeiss Binoculars from Germany.

Worked out that they were 25% cheaper than in Canada from the Germany Amazon site.

Because I was not going to Germany, but would be in Luxembourg, I found a Germany address provider that would receive my order and then forward it to me in Luxembourg when I was there.

They had a slick system to notify me all along the way, the location of my package.

Being able to buy from all the international Amazon sites definitely opens up a world of savings when shopping online!

Trash Pack hunting in Europe (UK and Austria)

I just wanted to give an update regarding my search for Trash Packs on a recent trip to Europe.

Harrods in London carried series 2 and series 3, the were priced in pounds (£) the same as they would be in US dollars(this represents a 50% premium).

Hamleys also carried only the series 2 at a slightly lower price.

In Austria outside of Vienna I hit a Toys R US that had series 2 and 3 priced in Euros similar to US dollar pricing in the USA ( 30% premium).

One of the things that I did not like about any of the 2 packs that I bought was the placement of a sticker on the inside of the can showing the name of the local distributor.

Looks to me that this sticker was added after production (this raises the question of what happens if the sticker guy comes across a limited edition trashie).

It was great to have these Trash Packs available on the trip to keep my kids motivated to behave on the long car and plane rides.

We were hoping to come across some series 4 and UFT (Ultimate Fighting Trashies) trash packs, but from what I could tell, they have not been released yet in europe.

picture of the distributors sticker on a trash pack bought at Toys R US in Vienna, Austria

picture of the distributors sticker on a trash pack bought at Toys R US in Vienna, Austria does not ship internationally

Europe’s #1 online retailer Amazon does not ship internationally

check out their prices for region free Blu-ray, DVD and video games.

most of them are 50% cheaper than in Canada,USA or Australia

a great site to have the option of shopping with the benefits of a uk address forwarding company


Top Canadian retailers that will not ship internationally including to the USA

I did a quick search through some of the top Canadian Retailers and found the following that would not ship outside of Canada


Canadian Tire


London Drugs

Princess Auto

Toys R Us

sites like Roots and do ship outside Canada but have high shipping charges.

You may ask why someone from the UK,USA,Australia or elsewhere would like to purchase from an online Canadian Retailer.

There are several reasons mostly related to availability of product and pricing that cannot be found elsewhere.

I will be on the lookout for a Canadian Company that provides a Canadian Address, preferably in Alberta to save the 7% PST found in BC

Blaine address for shipping to the USA

Prices at Restoration Hardware in the USA are significantly cheaper than in Canada.

Items of the size I was looking for were way to large to pay for shipping to Canada from the USA.

I decided to use a Blaine address service provider that I had not used before. I have yet to find one that is organized and decided to try one that is mentioned lots online. I will not tell you their name as I do not plan on using them again.

The furniture arrived fairly quickly and I got a phone call (no email option)to come pick it up right away.

I headed across the border with my truck and found that they were storing my new furniture outside in the light rain. When I called them before sending the furniture, they said they were equipped to handle large furniture items, but obviously they were not.

Luckily the rain had yet to soak through the boxes and the furniture was fine. I will once again look for someone better the next time I need to order some large items from the USA.

Buying presents for Alberta family this holiday season

So I caved in and bought a couple Ipads for relatives that I have in Edmonton Alberta this Christmas.

I had to pay the 12% HST because I purchased the Ipads from the Apple store in Vancouver, B.C.

I then wrapped and mailed them to Edmonton, Alberta. Everyone was happy including me until I realized if I had bought them in Alberta the sales tax would only have been 5%. (Alberta has no sales tax, the 5% is the federal GST)

Does anyone know of a way that I can get the tax back because the product was shipped out of BC?

Might be a good reason to see who will provide me with a Alberta Address for future purchase like this. An address is Edmonton would be best, but Calgary works as well considering I have to mail the present regardless.

Running around Boxing Day and week looking for Trash Packs

My kids are into Trashies this month ( I think that they are called Trash Pack, but trashies sounds better to me)

What a great marketing plan these guys have put in place. There are approximately 150 little plastic figures in each series ( they have 4 series to date).

Each one comes in a plastic garbage pail, some are more rare than others but all will be junk and forgotten about in a month.

Toys R Us and London Drugs carry them in Canada at around $1.75 each

Sure enough they are available more plentiful in the USA for around $1.00 and even cheaper if you look online.

The company that makes them is called Moose out of Australia. The next thing I will check is whether or not they are even cheaper in Australia.

Hopefully we will find King Rat which is the rarest out of series one and sells for over $500.00, other good ones are soggy tomato and trash cat.

The hard part will be to convince my kids to sell them on Ebay.

Jan 15,2013 update:

In my quest to find the coveted king rat, soggy tomato and trash cat i noticed that series one is still available in retail stores across canada.

Sure enough they are selling for almost twice as much as Canadian retail on ebay because in the USA, Australia, UK and elsewhere they are sold out of series 1 (the green trash cans)

Check out the toys r us canadian website and they are selling the series 1 12 packs for $12.99.

Only problem is that they will not ship outside of Canada so you need a Canadian address to ship them too.