|What you see for shipping charges at checkout may not always be accurate. The Paypal shipping calculator
cannot determine what items can go into a flat envelope and what goes into a box. It also cannot determine
rates for the USPS Regional shipping rate, which is determined by location rather than total weight.
Because of this, I have and always will refund any shipping that is over the actual cost to ship Domestic
Priority mail and International First Class mail and Priority mail. (see the bottom for additional information)
|Regional rates are based on the general area a person lives rather than zip code. I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area,
so all Regional Rate boxes cost much less to ship to the western states. The shipping cost is not effected by total weight
of the package.
example: To ship anywhere in California, the rate for the Regional Box A size is 5.84. Colorado would be approx, 7.55.
Texas is approx, 8.98 and all other locations east of the Mississippi river are 9.97. Other sizes of Regional Rate boxes are
available and the cost is higher due to the dimensions of the box and location.
I have to set the shipping calculator at the greatest distance, so if you live anywhere in between the Pacific Ocean and the
Mississippi, you'll get some of the shipping returned as a "Postage Adjustment".
|Flat Rate Envelopes are available in two sizes. Letter and Legal. I try to use this option as much as possible, however,
not all items will fit into a flat rate envelope even though the weight is minimal. When an item is too bulky to be shipped in
the Flat Rate Envelope, I have to determine what size box to use and the cost to ship the Regional Rate (9.97) will be the
posted shipping charge. Again, if the actual cost is less, a refund will be made.
|First Class mail. This is one of those options that does have some costs attached to it. All of the supplies required to
ship this way must be purchased through local office supply stores. Those costs must be accounted for. I cannot issue
refunds for postage on First Class mail pieces.
|A word about weight. I offer tutorials through downloading, I cannot have a weight for that item because
there is no shipping involved. The Paypal requires a weight and their shipping calculator weight starts at 0.01
(1 ounce) and cannot be set at "0" for any item. The weight I have to use for all of my products other than the
tutorials start at 0.02, which means even the smallest piece of filigree will have a weight of 2 ounces even
though it only weighs 1/10 of an ounce. This can make the total weight at checkout higher than the actual
weight once everything is packaged and will make the shipping go up. The result is a refund to you for the
amount over the actual shipping cost.
|The shipping at checkout should have a drop down menu for various shipping options. International Economy, Standard
Flat Rate Shipping and International Express. Express is the most expensive shipping method, but only takes a few days
to arrive to many countries.
I can't always know if the menu is there since Paypal doesn't allow me to see any cart information. If you don't get
shipping options, please let me know so I can contact Paypal to determine how to fix that.
|International Economy means First Class International mail. The rates are determined by the total weight of the
package and the country its going to. The least expensive First Class mail type is a large flat envelope. Many items that
are small (rhinestones, filigree, etc) are pretty flat when packaged so those would be shipped in a flat envelope. Wing
prints are also flat and can ship the same way. The paypal shipping calculator cannot determine what can ship "flat" and
what has to be shipped in a box or larger package, so the rates are based on the First Class Package rate. This mail
class also takes the longest to be delivered. I've seen packages take up to a month or longer to arrive to some countries.
The estimated cost of a flat envelope weighing about 15 ounces, shipping to:
Canada would average 6.12
England would average13.25
South America averages 12.83
Australia and other countries average 13.50
As the weight increases, the package will also get larger. The First Class cost will almost double. There is a weight limit
on First Class International of 4 pounds (1kg -814g). I have to make an allowance for the packing material as well, since
this will add to the total weight. I have to set the weight limit at 3.5 pounds to cover the weight of the items and packing
material combined and if the items purchased go over the 3.5 pounds, Priority mail will be the automatic shipping method.
Again, if you select "International Economy" and the cost is that of a Priority package weight and the weight is under 4
pounds, you can expect to get some of the shipping charges refunded. I automatically do this as soon as the package is
wrapped and ready to ship.
|Standard Flat Rate is USPS Flat Rate envelope or box rates. The maximum weight for the Flat Rate Envelope is 4
pounds. The maximum weight of the Flat Rate box is 20 pounds (9kg). Estimated delivery is 6-9 days. The estimated
prices to ship to any country are as follows.
Flat Rate Envelope 32.00
Medium Flat Rate Box 72.15
Large Flat Rate Box 91.15
In many cases, I can split an order into two envelopes instead of shipping in one box. That will save a bit on shipping and a
refund for the amount over will be made. I can also send some of it by First Class mail and that might save more.
If you want me to try to get the best possible rates, please EMAIL me before I ship!
|Shipping to Canada
|Food for thought...some of my customers use a US based shipping service. They make purchases from
several stores and have it all shipped to one location in the US and then the shipping service sends it all
directly to the customer. What that means is, I ship to a US address and that is much less expensive and
depending on the size of the purchase, could be free shipping from my location to the shipper. The shipper
uses large containers to ship to a country and so they can give a much better shipping rate to you. They also
do all the paperwork.
|Rates to Canada are less than any other International location. First Class flat envelopes start around 3.15 and Priority
Flat Rate envelopes are 22.75
Medium Flat Rate boxes are 43.65
Large Flat Rate Boxes are 56.95.
Again, if there is no drop down menu with the shipping options and you pay the priority rate, but want First Class mail...you
MUST email me before I ship. Once a package is gone and at the Post Office for processing, I cannot change it. If you
email me before I ship, you will get a refund of the amount over the actual shipping cost. If you do not let me know before
shipping, then I cannot refund any of the shipping back.
|Customs Fees: All International customers are responsible for any customs fees charged by your country.
Some countries will include the cost of shipping to the declared value and charge a fee based on the total
Review your order as soon as your order is confirmed. My email address should be on that confirmation from
Paypal. If not, log into your paypal account and you should see my email there on the order.
It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to email me and let me know how to ship. Do not assume that I will know how you
want your package shipped.
|Domestic and International Customers, please note:
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