On 1/1/2017 the Post Office will be raising it's Domestic, and International rates for First Class and Priority shipments. The rates vary all over the place due to a change of the weight ranges that you pay for, for example before a 1 to 3 ounce package would ship for x dollars, now they have changed the range from 1 to 8 ounces so low weight packages pay a higher rate, and high weight packages in that range pay less, the same applies to International shipments where the initial postage rate is from 1 to 8 ounces so very small orders pay a higher rate.
International and Domestic Priority rates have also gone up considerably.
As I charge close to the actual cost of shipping and my prices are fairly reasonable I can not afford to replace orders that are lost in the mail, in order for me to do so I would need to vastly increase the shipping cost to include insurance for USA shipments and build a small fund to cover International Shipments.
Due to the cost of driving to the Post Office and the nature that many orders are very small, I must make a change int the shipping policy, I have two choices to either increase the postage rates to cover the cost of the gas or to ship small orders from my mailbox instead of taking it to the Post Office. This will start on 1/1/2016
Starting on 1/1/2017 all orders less than $15 for the parts will not bet taken to the Post Office but instead will be placed in my Mailbox for next day pickup, the exceptions are Priority Shipping and International orders.
Other exceptions are when multiple orders are shipping on the same day whose combine parts cost is over $15, also Priority shipping will be taken to the Post Office, then I will take them all to the Post Office, a second exception is when on the day of getting the orders ready there is also an overseas order, those by law have to be taken to the Post Office so any other order that day will also be taken to the Post Office.
Shipments to USA addresses:
All orders are shipped via 1st Class Mail unless you select Priority Mail. I use the PayPal mailing address, as I use PayPal to print the postage, so make sure your PayPal mailing information is correct.
PayPal provides free delivery confirmation and limited warranty on transactions if you are a verified PayPal user and have a verified address, for other cases, there is no other warranty of delivery.
Shipments to countries other than the USA:
All orders at present are shipped via 1st Class Mail unless you select Priority Mail. Since PayPal will not allow 1st Class postage printing I have to take those order to the Post Office and I use the address in the "Ship To" address field on the order.
There is no Tracking, Insurance, or confirmation of orders to countries other than the USA. Tracking information is available if you ship Priority Registered for some countries, which also affords a little bit of insurance, anywhere from $40 to $100 coverage. The coverage varies depending on your country's Postal Service.
Note for International Customers:
While we try to do our best to expedite the shipping process once the package is delivered to the Post Office we have no control of the shipping process, much less when the package arrives into the foreign customs.
The customs clearing process varies from country to country and this may in some cases represent an additional few days to weeks for delivery to the final destination address.
Also be aware that depending on the local Custom Department regulations in some countries you will receive some sort of notification and then you will have to pick up a package from the Customs Office and possibly you will need to pay Import Duty.
We will do our best to fulfill your order but we will not be responsible for packages abandoned or lost at the foreign Customs Office or Postal Offices and no refund or any other type of claim will be honored in this type of cases.
For USA shipments I'm looking at how to figure out a way to calculate Insurance cost as it varies quite a bit by insured value, PayPal provides replacement Insurance but it takes quite a while to get the money refunded.
For International shipments, I'm looking into providing some other method of shipping that will allow tracking and Insurance, but so far all method tend to cost around $70 to $100 which is way too expensive for the small orders usually bought here.
Cecil – k5nwa