Shipping & Payment Options

Shipping

Check the Shipping paragraph of any item you are interested in. There I briefly describe how I plan to package the item and what shipping method I would use if you use normal checkout. Of course you may request more secure packaging or a faster delivery method, for example, and I can adjust the invoice before you pay in order to accommodate this request. It is my pleasure to send items in the way that makes you most comfortable. Some buyers want insurance, others prefer FedEx, while most say “send the cheapest way.”

At checkout you may use your Debit/Credit card, PayPal balance, or send a check/MO/cash. If you are buying more than one item, the best thing to do is ask me for a combined-postage invoice.

As soon as you pay I will ship with a method that provides tracking. Insurance is included free with some but not all shipping methods.

For your planning purposes, the first pound of Media Mail items (books, CDs, LPs, etc.) travels for $3.75, with each additional pound of qualifying items adding about 50 cents to the shipping cost. There are four First Class options. First Class 1 is for items 1-4 ounces for a USPS postage cost of $3.75 for the first item, with an additional item shipping for free or just a few cents more. First Class 2 is for packages 5-8 ounces with a postage cost of $4.25. First Class 3 is for packages 9-12 ounces  and First Class 4 is for packages that weigh 13-16 ounces. I can fit a lot into a $8.00 Priority Flat-Rate Mailer, which includes up to $100 in insurance coverage. A one-pound Priority Box will cost $9.00. Insurance is available for First Class and Media Mail packages at the cost of $1.75 for the first $50 of coverage. The cost to send heavier items (non-media) cannot be determined until I know your zip code and preferred carrier (USPS vs UPS for example) and speed (overnight or cheapest or something in-between). I am happy to give you a postage estimate before you place an order.

If you have a UPS or FedEx account that you want to use for shipping, I will only charge you for the cost of the items and let you create the shipping label and Email it to me.

Shipping outside the United States is certainly possible, but it’s expensive. If you live outside the US, contact me about what you want to buy and I will let you know the shipping options and costs.

My goal is that you not pay more than you should for postage.