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Shipping, Handling, Payment, Overseas, International, The Fine Print & General Information
I seldom send second chance offers. If you receive one contact me directly and I'll alert Ebay also.
Please email me with any ?'s that you have
I'm proud of my safe arrival record. Please check my feedback.
Winner to pay shipping which will include insurance and delivery confirmation.
I will combine shipping on multiple wins when possible
***Postage is Buyers Responsibility Regardless of Reason***
****Postage for heavy and large items and Priority Mail Service will be significantly more. Since USPS rules have changed since 2011 and the price of gas is impacting services of Fed Ex, UPS, Etc....****
Postage rates rates rose again January 2011. Shipping for International Rates will also be rising on January 2011
Box size also impacts the shipping charge, as any item that is more than 17 inches on one side incurs a significant postal surcharge. Packages larger than a total of 84 inches also incur significant postal surcharges.
Insurance is required and recommended on all pakages. Insurance only covers loss while in transit, not breakage. And they only will insure the first $100.00.
THE ONLY REAL INSURANCE IS THE QUALITY OF PACKING which includes MY SKILL AND CARE, and the MATERIALS USED TO PROTECT YOUR ITEM.
Have you ever tried filing a claim or have you taken the time read the disclaimers on any major carrier? Most items are not covered for damage by insurance (ONLY against loss in transit by them or paper goods ONLY) ...even though you think you are paying for damage coverage/insurance. Antiques/glass/porcelain/pottery ARE NOT COVERED (on paper) by the insurance....call and ask any carrier if you have questions about what I'm stating here. They will pay the first $100 on just about anything, but not every time.
Insurance Rates are as follows: Per USPS. Please note: These are the new rates as of January 2009.
Fee . . . . . . . . . . Insurance Coverage
$1.70 ................ $0.01 to $50
$2.15 ................ $50.01 to $100
$2.60 ................ $100.01 to $200
$4.60 ................ $200.01 to $300
$5.55 ................ $300.01 to $400
$6.50 ................ $400.01 to $500
$7.45 ................ $500.01 to $600
$7.45 plus $0.95 per $100 or fraction thereof over $600 to $5,000.
INSURANCE CLAIMS & RETURNS
To make the transaction secure for both parties, your item/s may be stamped with a removable mark and a numbered sticker/tag as a temporary identification. No returns or insurance claims are allowed without these marks intact so please inspect your item carefully before removing it. I'm an honest seller who stands strongly behind the items auctioned/sold and allow no hassle returns if item is not as described or shown in photo. My reputation means more to me than anyones money!!!
SHIPPING DAMAGE. IF ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS SHOULD OCCUR WHILE AN ITEM IS BEING HANDLED BY A SHIPPING CONTRATCTOR AND YOUR PACKAGE IS INSURED, PLEASE TAKE PACKAGE WITH ALL CONTENTS IN TO LOCAL POST OFFICE OR (CONTACT UPS, FEDEX, Etc..the carrier you specified for shipment FOR THE REIMBURSEMENT.) SELLER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE WHILE IN HANDS OF POST OFFICE OR OTHER SHIPPING CARRIER. NO REFUNDS ON BREAKABLE ITEMS. BUYER MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH POST OFFICE OR OTHER CARRIER IF APPLICABLE.
Shipping costs are non refundable if returning because of "factory" straw marks, bubbles, pot stones or buyers remorse. Any gross imperfections will have been mentioned in the item/s description.
Fraudulent Claims / Scam Artists
To help prevent fraud from scam artists who in indulge in fraudulent claims in an attempt to keep the item and get a refund, too, I do not give refunds, so please do not ask. Scam artists will receive appropriate feedback and be reported.
How Shipping & Handling Costs are Calculated:
The time I spend and the materials I use, help insure that your item will reach you unharmed. I hope you will agree.
The ingredients that go into the cost calculation are: The box, amount of popcorn, styrofoam, foam wrap, tape, bubble wrap, etc... needed to ensure that the box will hold up under pressure from other boxes and any careless handling by the carrier. Also most shippers/carriers of small/medium/not so large packages, recommend that packages/items must be packed to withstand a minimum drop of 18 inches.
Box size, as any item that is more than 17 inches on one side incurs a significant postal surcharge. Packages larger than a total of 84 inches also incur additional charges. Also, a large box can cost as much as $10 and up. (Sometimes I'm able to get these larger boxes from the local grade school which greatly reduces the total shipping cost for you the buyer.)
Box weight and size, which is impacted by both the item purchased AND the quality of cardboard needed to protect the item.
The amount of time it takes to pack the item(s). For instance, it takes nearly an hour or more to properly pack a large set of dinnerware, while it only takes a few minutes to pack a piece of jewelry or a plate.
To help keep packing/shipping costs down, I reuse every box I receive and try to avoid purchasing a special box for particular items. To keep overall costs down, I also make bulk purchases of supplies, such as boxes, bubble wrap, foam wrap, tape and popcorn.
All delicate/fragile items are shipped in foam lined boxes, with plenty of packaging materials i.e. peanuts, bubble wrap, foam wrap etc... I don't skimp!
!*!*!***And finally... When will your package ship?
I do try to send out the items is timely manner, one to two days after your payment, depending on my schedule. I am the full time care giver for my Husband, who has Multiple Sclerosis. I'm also a Mom taxi to our 3 children.
But most packages usually ship within 1-5 days of receiving your paypal payment, sometimes sooner. Personal checks and money orders have to clear the bank before I send your item. Thank you for your patience!
SOME MORE FINE PRINT
Bid with confidence! I describe items accurately and honestly. To the best of my ability. But I must say that I'm no expert. I do a lot of research though and attend a lot of antique fairs, estate sales and auctions.
Just for the record I select the items, take the pictures, write the description, pack and ship your items! Everything is done in house here.
Bid with confidence! I pack your precious & fragile items for the long haul!
***Overseas, International Bidders***
Overseas, International Bidders:
Please write for a quote beforehand. So you won't experience shipping shock.
Please be advised that there are only 2 shipping choices for packages heavier than 4 pounds and when the package exceeds 36" total. For overseas/international service, Priority Mail and Express Mail are what the USPS offers. For packages under 4 pounds and less that 36" total. First Class International Post will be used.
Postal rates for overseas shipping will rise on January 2009
Overseas, International Bidders will need to provide a phone number for customs forms!
Please consider duty charges when bidding. And please don't ask me to falsify customs forms. I won't!
Buyers should know their customs/duty charges before bidding.
I will combine shipping on multiple wins when possible.
***I can not be held responsible for lost or stolen packages***
!*!*!***And finally... When will your package ship?
Shipping could take up to 2 weeks, depending on my schedule. I am the full time care giver for my Husband, who has Multiple Sclerosis. I'm also Mom to our 3 children.
But most packages usually ship within 1-5 days of receiving your paypal payment. Personal checks have to clear the bank before I send your item. Thank you for your patience!
Payment & Relisting Policy
****Please make payment by PayPal only. Due the the rash of fraudulent/bogus Money Orders & Checks. I will hold all checks and MO's for 12 Business Days. ***NOTICE** Ebay will soon be changing their policy on payment, I hear it will be Paypal only. And payment must be made within 7 days. Ebay will be notified and this may impact your ability to bid in the future.***
All items must be paid for within 7 days after the auction ends. If payment is not received within that time, a payment reminder will be sent to the winning bidder, followed by a Non-paying Bidder Alert 3 days later. The item will be relisted for sale.
Please bid only if you intend to pay the final bid amount within the given time period.