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Shipping and handling costs & other information

We add a shipping and handling charge based on the value of your order. We're having some problems with PayPal's calculations (why am I not surprised?) and USPS has recently changed a lot of things about shipping small boxes. We may adjust these rates when we figure this out, but for now, it breaks down something like this:

The shipping and handling charge is a minimum of $8 for orders of $24 (one 1kg bag) up to a maximum of $18 for orders of more than three 2.5kg bags. These rates apply per box, so if you need to order larger quantities, please call or email for shipping charges.

Shipping & handling costs:
$24 $8
over $24 to 72 $10
over $72 to 108 $14
over $108 to 162 $16
over $162 $18

These rates apply to shipping within what I call the "lower 48". Rates to Alaska, Hawaii, US possessions, colonies, and other far away places may be higher.

We use USPS Priority Mail for most shipments and occasionally UPS for larger packages. USPS Priority Mail regional rate and "cubic" priced boxes tend to be the better option for smaller packages up to about 5kg (and up to 10kg locally). Larger boxes must still go by UPS Ground. Rates subject to change without notice or mistakes in arithmetic.

The patchwork below shows USPS delivery times for Priority Mail from Asheville, NC 28801. UPS Ground times are comparable. USPS claims delivery times to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico are three days. Priority is the only practical method to Military (FPO/APO) addresses and to US Territories. You can see a more detailed map here.

USPS shipping times for US