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.
Priority Mail Flat Rate pricing does change from time to time. See the schedule below for current rates.
We also offer Priority Mail Express service for time-critical domestic deliveries. It's an option during check-out.
If you would prefer to ship via UPS, please contact us to make arrangements.
Our current Priority Mail Shipping Cost schedule is as follows:
| From:||To:||Shipping & Handling Cost:||Nominal Packaging Represented:|
|$8.30 + $4.20*|
|Small Flat Rate Box|
Small Flat Rate Box
|$40.00||$59.99||$9.50||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|
* Orders under $20 have a $4.20 Small Order Fee included. We wouldn't have it if it weren't necessary. We chose it over the other options: having a $20 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 available via USPS Priority Mail. We can ship a small flat rate box with up to 4lbs of material or a medium flat rate box with up 20lbs of material. You are also welcome to arrange for shipping yourself. Many of our International customers use DHL or work through a broker. In general it is best to place your items into the shopping cart, then contact us to determine the final weight. If you prefer, you can place the order through our website directly, though our system will typically overestimate the shipping charge. In those cases we will refund you the difference. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Thank you!