Zappos Stops Shipping to Canada

E-commerce in Canada generally sucks. The selection is crappier on the Canadian equivalent of U.S.-based stores (think: Amazon), shipping is more expensive and the overall experience is much worse than in the U.S. And now, Zappos is shutting down completely in Canada.

Go to http://canada.zappos.com and you’ll see this message:

Hey, everyone. While we often have fun things to talk about in this space, we sometimes have less pleasant topics to share.

We have made the difficult decision to shut down the canada.zappos.com site and stop shipping to Canada. One of our core values is to “deliver WOW through service”. That means the best selection of brands and products that can meet just about every individual’s needs as well as fast, free shipping and free returns, all at competitive pricing. Our Canadian customers know that we have not lived up to these service levels.
Product selection on canada.zappos.com is limited due to distribution agreements with the brands we sell in the United States. In addition, we have struggled with general uncertainty and unpredictability of delivering orders to our Canadian customers given customs and other logistics constraints.

We would like to thank our loyal Canadian customers and are sorry that we will not be able to serve you in the same way. Beginning April 1, 2011, we will no longer ship orders from canada.zappos.com. Some of you may have electronic certificates with open balances. If that is the case, please be sure to redeem them prior to April 1, 2011. Of course, as always, we will still be accepting your orders placed from Canada and shipping to US addresses on www.zappos.com. Customers can always reach us 24/7 by calling 1-800-927-7671 or emailing cs@zappos.com.

Thank you for reading this. While you may not like our decision, we hope you understand the reasons.

Zappos is a hugely successful company, and they’ve got an amazing culture and story. They’re looked upon as one of the best online companies. And it’s not necessarily their fault – distribution agreements and shipping are largely out of their control. It’s just a shame. And they’re making a business decision that must make financial success for them or at least not have a significant enough impact on them for them to try and solve the problems.

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