SHIPPING OPTIONS:

Catalog prices do not include shipping.
These rates do not apply to books, which are shipped separately

We ship worldwide! Our rates are weight-based, with basic insured delivery by First Class in the USA starting at $6 (though some small, inexpensive items, such as replacement seals and sacs, ship for less -- starting at $2). On average, delivery time within the USA will run between two days and a week.

If you need next-business-day or second-business-day delivery within the United States, we recommend Express Mail. In most locations, Express Mail will also be delivered on Saturdays. You can look up Express Mail delivery times for your location here; our shipping zip code is 02940.

Express Mail (EMS) is also our recommended service for shipments outside the USA. Online tracking is not always possible for international packages due to incompatibilities between different countries' postal computer systems, but EMS is fast, reliable, and includes insurance. A signature is also required upon delivery, unless waived.

Another option for deliveries outside of the USA is Priority Mail. Less expensive than Express Mail but also slower and less secure, delivery at the destination country is by the local postal service. Priority Mail packages are traceable, but generally not trackable in real time (this function is steadily being expanded, though). Insurance is limited to $100, however, and there are a few countries for which Priority Mail is not available (full USPS list of countries and services here).

For inexpensive items, we also offer economy shipment by First Class International. This service does not include insurance, and is at buyer's risk. We strongly recommend other options for anything worth over $100, and reserve the right to refuse First Class International shipment for orders paid via Paypal. While First Class International sometimes arrives in a matter of days, this cannot be relied upon. To some countries -- Brazil, Italy, and Spain, for example -- such packages often take several weeks to arrive. Some of this delay appears to be due to Customs backlogs, since more expensive classes of mail are given priority. The ability to track First Class International packages is being steadily expanded, but in most cases online tracking stops as soon as a package leaves the USA.

FedEx offers maximum speed and security, but costs about half again as much for international shipments as Express Mail -- typically $60-80. For the most valuable and irreplaceable items, we recommend FedEx.

Registered Mail is also available upon special request. Registering a package will add about $15 to the cost of First Class or Priority Mail shipment, and will ensure high-security handling. Unless you live in a country where no other delivery options are reasonably secure, however, we discourage the use of Registered Mail as it can be extremely slow. Registered packages routinely take several weeks for international delivery, and since Registered Mail has to be processed in person and over the counter at a Post Office (it cannot be sent using a postal meter or online postage service) there will typically be a delay of up to a week before we can ship a Registered Mail order.

In all cases, payment of duty and any local taxes is the responsibility of the purchaser. Please note that we do not use UPS within the USA, since they are inordinately fond of leaving packages on porches without ringing doorbells.

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