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.
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 deliveries. It's an option during check-out.
As of January 22, 2017, Priority Mail rates are increasing slightly. We have adjusted our shipping charges accordingly in the table below.
As of January 19, 2016, there are major changes to Priority Mail Express. The good news is that the cost of a Flat Rate Padded Envelope, good for up to 8 to 10 lbs. of material, has only risen from $22 to $27. The bad news is that the Medium Express Mail Box is no longer a Flat Rate Service; it is now weight and distance based. A 40 lb box going to Zone 9 will now cost $270, instead of $45 and change. Yes, we think it to be outrageous, but outrage never seems to deter the government from doing something, does it?
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:||Packaging Represented:|
|$7.45 + $4.50*|
|Small Flat Rate Box|
|$50.00||$299.99||$14.75||Medium Flat Rate Box|
|$300.00||$449.99||$20.75||Large Flat Rate Box|
|$450.00||$599.99||$29.50||2 - Medium Flat Rate Boxes|
|$600.00||$899.99||$44.25||3 - Medium Flat Rate Boxes|
* Orders under $30 have a $4.50 Small Order Fee included. We wouldn't have it if it weren't necessary.
International Shipping is also via Priority Mail, is automatically adjusted for your International destination, and calculated by a different schedule. Shipping overcharges are refunded at the time we print shipping/customs labels.