WHEN WILL MY LOT BE SHIPPED
I ship lots every business day and on the occasional Saturday. Payments received one day generally ship on the next business day.
HOW WILL MY ITEM BE SHIPPED?
In most cases, at the very least in either a rigid or a padded mailer. Small paper items ship in small rigid mailers. Rolls of coins ship in small cartons. For Priority Mail items I generally use cartons provided by the post office. I ship comic books and magazines between pieces of cardboard in either a reinforced mailer or a Priority Mail envelope. In general, I do not recycle shipping materials. The shipping price quoted for your lot includes whatever packing materials I feel will carry the item securely to you. I'll ship by FedEx, UPS, Priority Mail, First Class Mail, standard mail, or media mail, whichever seems better for your lot or lots. Most lots go by United States Mail, either First Class or Media Mail. The buyer can always choose a faster service provided they are willing to pay for it.
Keep in mind, if you want Priority Mail, the minimum fee is $3.85 for up to one pound or for a flat rate envelope. Rates vary for weights higher than this. If your lot weighs under a pound or will fit into a Priority Mail envelope, I will be happy to ship it to you for $3.85 regardless of the shipping charge quoted in the lot description. Postal tracking and/or insurance are also available. Delivery confirmation is an additional 45 cents on priority mail items or 55 cents on other parcels. Insurance is $1.30 for up to $50 in coverage or $2.20 for $51 to $100. All items shipped by UPS are covered by $100 insurance and are issued a tracking number at no extra charge. Other fees can be quoted on request.
In general, the buyer can pick any international shipping method provided that they pay for it. Please remember that surface mail, while inexpensive, takes a long time! The US Postal Service does not consider something late unless it has been in the mail for longer than ten weeks. Airmail to some countries can take two weeks or longer. If you are in a real hurry, I can ship by UPS international or FedEx but this will cost you a lot more! I will not knowingly ship goods to countries in which they are illegal. For example, no Nazi militaria will be shipped to France, Germany, or Russia. APO and FPO addresses are not considered to be foreign no matter where they are physically located.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LOT/LOTS
Very few items actually get damaged or lost in shipping but it does happen. I feel that I pack well and to date have had only three damaged lots out of over 5,000 shipped. Review my shipping methods as described above. If you do not feel they will protect your item or items then either request more sturdy packaging (I charge only for the materials actually used) or pay the minimal extra amount for postal insurance. Click here to review packing materials. Also, remember that postal delivery confirmation costs as little as 40 cents, a small price to pay to be able to track your lot. All items shipped by UPS are covered by $100 insurance and are issued a tracking number at no extra charge. I tell you this because I bare no responsibility for lost or damaged goods that are shipped as described above.
WHAT IF I WANT UPS OR ANOTHER CARRIER?
United Parcel Service provides an excellent service for a relatively low price. However, for small lots, particularly paper items, UPS is more likely to loose or damage the item. For small lots closing over $20 I suggest priority mail. The minimum cost to have a lot shipped by UPS to a residential address is $6 in most cases. The choice is, of course, up to you. Feel free to ask me to package and weigh the item. I'll be happy to quote shipping costs by virtually any carrier you request. FedEx, UPS, and the Postal Service pick up from me every business day.