We try to offer the lowest USPS shipping rates that are available. We do not make any money off of shipping. Shipping is automatically calculated by your zipcode and posted before you purchase an item. A small handling fee to help pay for packing supplies has been added. We pack our items with care to avoid breakage. If shipping seems to be high it is not our fault. USPS rates are the lowest. We will combine shipping for multiple items purchased, whenever possible, although things like using the shopping cart have seemed to make this more difficult since their advent.
I don't know how to stress enough that WE do NOT have any control over USPS rates!
We ship once or twice a week, more often in busy seasons. If your payment comes in right after a shipment goes out, then your item will most likely have a 3-4 day wait until the next shipment. You should receive an email from Paypal when your shipping label has been printed and that label does include the estimated day of the shipment going out. It also gives you the tracking number so you can keep track of your package. Please do not request that we send you a tracking number since this will automatically come to you anyway. If you have a spam filter that will not allow the message from Paypal to come through to you, you need to change that, since that will be the only notification you get.
Please remember that when Priority mail says it takes 2-3 days, the Post Office does not include weekends or holidays in their estimates. We cannot be held responsible for the transit time once a package leaves our warehouse. Likewise, we have no control (unfortunately!) over the rising USPS costs, as already mentioned here, which are particularly bad when going across the country or in an oversized box.
If a shipping calculator in an ad is not working for some reason, please request a shipping quote for an item by emailing me with your zip code - I will be more than glad to let you know exactly what to expect. Thank you!