Well, it finally happened and I’m unprepared without spares.
How do I purchase replacement rubber rings from Canada. They are not available on the Canadian Wyze website, and the U.S. website won’t ship to Canada.
I’m really annoyed with myself because I knew this day would come because the seal falls out way too easily when emptying the container. I kept thinking, I need to get some spares.
Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
Wyze Cordless Vacuum - Rubber Ring
This one is made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), stays in place better and is made by a fellow forum user:
Thank you for the Etsy link, Seapup.
Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t ship to Canada.
It’s so frustrating that American’s treat Canada as some distant and scary foreign land. I guess it doesn’t help matters when there is so much extra ridiculous paperwork involved when shipping between our two countries.
I’ll reserve blame on Wyze for not making their parts available in Canada. Grrrr
Drew may not ship to Canada, however, he does sell the STL file for that 3D print:
So you could buy the STL file and then have someone with a 3D printer print it up for you, whether a person you know that has one, OR there are a ton of 3D printing services online in Canada or the US that WILL send to anywhere Canada.
You could even try the subreddit r/3Dprintmything since they have people who will print things for other people.
As a business owner myself, I can tell you that it’s not that…the problem is:
- Cost: Shipping costs are higher to go international, even to Canada
- Complexity: There are additional regulations and procedures that can be more difficult to navigate, particularly if you are a business trying to send products to Canada. People can ignore all the regulations, or do so ignorantly, but you can get in trouble for not being registered in various ways, and it can be difficult for businesses to keep up with the different laws and regulations of doing business between different companies without violating them and getting in trouble for doing it wrong. They make it very difficult. It’s easier to just play it safe and stay domestic so you don’t risk all the trouble that comes from accommodating various international interest unless the demand for your product/service is large enough to warrant the additional complexities.
- Increased risk: loss and damage issues increase when going international, even to Canada, and then there is customs (both domestic and international) which has broad discretion and screws over businesses regularly.
- Competition: It is hard to compete internationally with someone who can offer the same thing domestically because the domestic competition gets a HUGE advantage on time and cost. This makes it rarely worth the time for free-lancers or small businesses to do international work unless they already have a high demand in some way.
- Lack of demand: If the demand isn’t large enough, it is not cost-effective to do what is needed to be in compliance with all the legal regulations/requirements. In many cases, you could actually lose money trying to be internationally compliant if you don’t have a high enough demand. It would be a horrible business decision to do something that is only going to make less profitable.
That’s not to say people can’t do it, it is only to say that it’s not about being a distant or scary foreign land. It’s just economical and “safer” not to. I’ve been to Canada multiple times and a lot of my ancestry overlaps in Canada, but I never do business there because it doesn’t make financial sense for my businesses to get involved in the added complexity without a large and stable demand. I like Canadians as much, or sometimes more than many Americans I know so it’s certainly not about that in the least, it’s just not been a reasonable business decision when I can expand domestically with less risk and more affordably, etc.
Frustrating, but that is the way things are right now. Don’t be too hard on sellers that won’t ship to Canada. They probably aren’t scared of you nor dislike you, they just have something from one or more of the above bullet points that have pushed them away from the international headaches.
I agree with everything you said. My comment about shipping to Canada was somewhat sarcastic, regrettably sans “/s.” I think you neglected my next sentence.
I ended up purchasing the 3D print, but I don’t have any filament ATM… so I improvised by cutting a thin foam sheet into a strip and made a reasonably good seal.
It will work well enough until my filament order arrives.
I think my crisis is over now.
DOH! You’re right! Haha That definitely puts it in context. I’ve been having reading comprehension struggles the last 2 weeks or so. I think it’s mostly sleep-deprivation-related issues.
I do wish things were simpler though, especially for countries that share a border.
Oh smart! Glad you had some on-hand. I am going to remember this and recommend it to people in similar situations! Thanks for sharing the idea.