Note: Policy updated on January 27, 2013
Most of our orders ship via the United States Postal Service either by Priority Mail, First Class Mail (if they weigh 13 ounces or less), Media Mail, or Parcel Select (if they are heavy). Occasionally we will ship a heavy package by UPS. While we keep many catalog items in stock, some items may be drop-shipped directly from our suppliers, in which case they will ship by whatever carrier they choose.
The Shipping and Handling Rates listed below are maximum charges. Actual shipping costs sometimes end up being less than the stated amounts, especially on very light items. When we process your order we will attempt to apply the lowest shipping charges we can and only charge your card for that amount. If you order via Paypal your charges are processed by them and shipping will be as stated. Unless otherwise indicated, shipping is free within the continental United States on all orders over $250.00.
In the event that an item must be back-ordered and is not expected in for some time, we will notify you of this and immediately ship what is available. If back-ordered items are expected in a day or so, we may hold the entire order until they arrive. In order to keep down costs and minimize our impact on the environment, we try to reuse all the clean packing materials that we can.
Maximum Shipping and Handling Rates for orders within the United States are as follows (reflects January 22, 2017 USPS postal rate increases):
orders up to $20.00 $4.30
$20.01 to $40.00 $6.50
$40.01 to $70.00 $9.40
$70.01 to $100.00 $11.50
$100.01 to $140.00 $13.60
$140.01 to $249.99 $15.70
$250.00 and up Free within the Continental USA
Foreign by weight— note: International packages up to 4 pounds usually ship via First Class Mail International at reasonable rates. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.