Postage and Packaging Info
The postage cost of each order is calculated based on weight and size. Most small orders will fit the lowest tier (Large Letter under 100g).
Orders are dispatched by Royal Mail with a choice of 1st or 2nd class for the UK, and via "International Standard" for EU and the rest of the world. There is the option for tracking/signature on delivery. Please make sure you select the correct zone for your location.
I always try to keep postal costs as low as possible and will refund excessive postage should an order actually cost substantially less than the automated system calculates. For very large / heavy orders I will happily seek out cheaper courier options - please contact me about this if the postage cost is very high. My usual posting time is around 2:15pm Monday to Friday. I always obtain proofs-of-postage for all orders.
Delivery times: 1st Class aims for next day delivery. 2nd class aims for 2-day delivery. Recorded Delivery is available as an option. The barcode number will be provided is this is chosen.
Compensation for loss: The basic level of compenensation for loss is capped (by Royal Mail) at £20 plus the postage cost. The Recorded Delivery option increases this to £50 plus postage cost. 15 working days must be allowed before Royal Mail will process a claim for loss.
Royal Mail's basic "International Standard" service aims for 5-7 working days delivery but around 2 weeks is not unusual. The "Tracked" option will either offer tracking, require a signature on delivery or both (it depends on the destination). If a tracking number is supplied, it will be forwarded when the package has been dispatched.
Compensation for loss: For items sent via "International Standard" the basic level of compenensation for loss is capped at £20 plus the postage fee per package (The "Tracked" option increases this to £50 max and tracked shipping is a mandatory requirement for orders over £30 - it may actually be cheaper to submit multiple smaller orders). Royal Mail stipulate that 20 working days must pass after the expected due date before a claim for loss can be submitted.
Please bear in mind the postage values include little extra costs and weight for packing materials, the Paypal surcharge etc.