The best way to ship is almost always via the US Postal Service, Priority Mail, using their Flat Rate Boxes.
Priority Mail gives us fast, inexpensive service (very important) with delivery confirmation (also very important). We can ship up to 70 lbs. in a Flat Rate Box, although the practical
limit is around 50 to 55 lbs.
Flat Rate Boxes and Flat Rate Envelopes are a
good deal for small but heavy items. We often reinforce the bottom of
the box with a piece of cardboard or thin plywood, so the box doesn't
self-destruct so easily in transit. Regular Mail (used to be called Parcel Post; now called USPS Ground) is NOT an option. Any savings in postage is more than offset by the cost of the packaging, which is included with Priority Mail.
Yes, the cost for Priority Mail Flat Rate packages has gone up. See the schedule below.
We also offer Priority Mail Express service for time-critical domestic deliveries. It's an option during check-out.
As of January 26, 2020, Priority Mail rates are increasing slightly. We have adjusted our shipping charges accordingly in the table below.
We no longer offer to use UPS for shipping; not UPS Ground, nor UPS Expedited. We have been thoroughly disappointed by the last 6 shipments, and all our customers involved have been very unhappy. PLAN AHEAD; order with adequate time for regular shipping.
Our current Priority Mail Shipping Cost schedule is as follows:
| From:||To:||Shipping & Handling Cost:||Nominal Packaging Represented:|
|$8.50 + $4.00*|
|Small Flat Rate Box|
Padded Flat Rate Envelope
|$60.00||$299.99||$15.50||Medium Flat Rate Box|
|$300.00||$599.99||$31.00||2- Medium Flat Rate Boxes|
|$600.00||$874.99||$46.50||3- Medium Flat Rate Boxes|
|$875.00||$1,149.99||$62.00||4- Medium Flat Rate Boxes|
* Orders under $30 have a $4.00 Small Order Fee included. We wouldn't have it if it weren't necessary. We chose it over the other options: having a $30 minimum order dollar value, or having tiered pricing for over 2,000 different inventory items, with small quantities having significantly higher values per piece.
International Shipping is also via Priority Mail, is automatically adjusted for your International destination, and is calculated by a different schedule. Shipping overcharges (we intentionally err on the side of caution) are refunded at the time we print shipping/customs labels.