We ship exclusively through the US Postal (USPS) system because they are the most economical option worldwide. The shipping options are domestic First Class, Priority Mail or Express Mail or International First Class Parcel, Priority Mail or Express Mail.
USA domestic shipping delivers in 2 to 5 days. International First Class Parcel delivers in about 10 to 15 business days (Monday to Friday), has no tracking number and delivery is not guaranteed. You select this service at your own risk. There is no refund for failed delivery. Priority Mail delivers in about 6 to 10 business days and Express Mail about 3 to 5 business days, both with tracking numbers and guaranteed delivery. Customs may add additional time to the delivery and you are responsible for paying any additional duties or taxes on the order. Express Mail is handled by FedEx or other air express carriers and has excellent tracking. This is also the most expensive option.
Your shipping costs are calculated by weight rather than a percentage of the order for the most economical cost. Most all carriers including the Post Office round up the weight of a package to the next pound or half kilo. Our shopping cart calculates the weight of your package including the box and rounds it up to the next pound.
When you check out there is a comment box where you can leave a message. If you would like us to ship your order by a less expensive option, please leave us a message in the box letting us know you would like a different shipping option, then continue to checkout with the quoted postage rate. If available, we will give you the options and alternative costs by email prior to shipping. Please double check your email address to make sure it is correct.
Items weighing less than 13 ounces are shipped by First Class Mail or Priority Mail ; more than 13 ounces ship by Priority Mail. In most cases we use the flat rate envelope or box service because it is the most cost effective option. If a non-flat rate option is cheaper then we will ship by the non-flat rate.
For most all international destinations we ship by Priority Mail or Express mail. For Mexico and South America Express Mail is the only reliable delivery option. Where reliable we offer International First Class Parcel service with no tracking number or guaranteed delivery. If you select International First Class Parcel, you do so at your own risk. There is no tracking number, no guarantee of delivery and no refund for undelivered orders.
Canada, New Zealand and Australia:
The most economical shipping option is International First Class Parcel. There is no tracking number available and it takes about 10 to 12 business days for the package to arrive. There is a 4 pound/2 kilo limit to International First Class Parcel. If the package exceeds the weight limit then we ship by International Priority Mail or Express Mail; whichever is cheaper.
All Other International Destinations:
The most economical shipping option is Priority Mail or Express Mail. For most of Europe, Priority Mail has a very high delivery rate. For the Scandinavian countries we have had good success with International First Class Parcel, but the delivery time is at least 15 to 20 business days. Our shipping options for all international destinations are based on the success rate of delivery for the different countries and the shopping cart reflects those options when you see the shipping rate.
Packing and Shipping:
Credit card and PayPal orders will be packed and shipped in 1 to 5 business days, but checks must clear before we can ship; usually a 10 day holding period is required.
We make every effort to ship in the most efficient manner and in the smallest, most reliable shipping package available. Shipping fees are expensive and we do our best to keep those costs as low as possible.