Shipping...... Biggest US postal rate hike in decades
takes effect January 27, 2019
SpiritRock Shop
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Shipping Costs have been an ever increasing cost to the Rock and Mineral Business...since our rocks and minerals are heavy and
sometimes fragile as well, and since all shipping services charge by 2 things...size and weight of the package, shipping has gotten
expensive. Here we will explain how we ship and your options. Smart purchasing can reduce the shipping cost per item...let us
explain that for you.
You can always reserve items and ask us to send you the total actual shipping costs.

We generally use the US Post Office Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes for our shipments. Parcel Post and First Class shipping have size
and weight limitations that are not cost effective for us to use. We sometimes use UPS Ground for large pieces to the US Mainland

Overseas shipments require the use of International packaging (which happens to also be the Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes). So we
have settled on Flat Rate Box Shipping which is providing the best and most cost effective shipping available for our customers.
Once you understand how it works, you can save money by shopping smart.

First you need to make sure the items you choose will fit in which box. You need to add 1/2" to each dimension for a minimum of 1/4"
thick padding on all sides. Then determine how many items will fit in each box. It is generally way more efficient to fill a box to
minimize shipping costs. These shown work for Domestic (USA) and International shipping

NEW 2019 Postage Rate Increases effective January 27, 2019
Priority Mail Flat Rate Small Boxes
Inside Dimensions: 5-3/8” x 8-5/8” x 1-5/8”
The Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box
(SFRB) is about the same size and shape as three
stacked DVD cases, perfect for jewelry, electronics, event tickets, or other small items that
need expedited shipping and also can be used for international shipping.
The Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box has a Domestic shipping price of $10.70 which
includes shipping, handling and insurance. — one price, regardless of weight, up to 1 lbs.
for U.S. addresses. The international price, for this size is $37.70. Some places such as
Canada may have a lower rate. If your shipping rate is requested prior to purchase we will
send you a PayPal Invoice for your purchase with the lowest priority mail international rate
available.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Medium Boxes (O-FRB1)
A quick, easy, and convenient way for you to ship USPS Priority Mail packages. The
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box
(MFRB) features predetermined rates regardless of
weight (domestically) or destination.
Inside Dimensions: 11" x 8½" x 5½"
Outside Dimensions: 11¼" x 8¾" x 6"
Some key benefits:
The Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box has a Domestic shipping price of $17.15 which
includes shipping, handling and insurance. — one price, regardless of weight, up to 6 lbs.
for U.S. addresses. The international price for this size is $82.20 with a max of 20 lbs.
Some places such as Canada may have a lower rate. If your shipping rate is requested
prior to purchase we will send you a PayPal Invoice for your purchase with the lowest
priority mail international rate available.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Medium Boxes (O-FRB2)
A quick, easy, and convenient way for you to ship USPS Priority Mail packages. The
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box
(MFRB) features predetermined rates regardless of
weight (domestically) or destination.
Inside Dimensions: 11 7/8" x 3 3/8" x 13 5/8"
Outside Dimensions: 12" x 3 1/2" x 14"
Some key benefits:
The Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box has a Domestic shipping price of $17.15 which
includes shipping, handling and insurance. — one price, regardless of weight, up to 1 lbs.
for U.S. addresses. The international price, for this size is $82.20 with a max of 20 lbs.
Some places such as Canada may have a lower rate. If your shipping rate is requested
prior to purchase we will send you a PayPal Invoice for your purchase with the lowest
priority mail international rate available.





Priority Mail Flat Rate Large Boxes Domestic
A quick, easy, and convenient way for you to ship USPS Priority Mail packages. The
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box
(LFRB) features predetermined rates regardless of
weight (domestically) or destination.
Inside Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 5½"
Outside Dimensions: 12¼" x 12¼" x 6"
Can be used for Domestic Priority Mail shipping price of $22.75 including shipping.
handling and insurance

Priority Mail Flat Rate Large Boxes International
This is where the fun starts...everything is based on going to this website for the Post
Office and using the...
United States Postal Service Postage Price Calculator
https://postcalc.usps.com/
First select your country (Australia used in this example)
Select package size and type

International Services Large Flat Rate Box to Australia
Products Priority Mail® International Large Flat Rate Box
USPS-Produced Box: 23-11/16" x 11-3/4" x 3" or 12" x 12" x 5-1/2"
Maximum weight 20 pounds.
Expected Delivery  6 - 10 business days
Post Office Price $103.85       













Send shipping address change requests to
ncspiritrock@gmail.com.

Our recommendations for our International purchasers....
You can reserve any item by e-mailing us at ncspiritrock@gmail.com and let us know which items by name and item number
you wish us to reserve till you fill a MFRB or LFRB for up to 10 days. Multiple orders from multiple buyers can be
combined for shipping to one address to save shipping costs ( such as might be done by neighbors or rock club members).
You can always reserve items and ask us to send you the total actual shipping costs.
We will find the best size box that is not a flat rate box, pack it and determine the possible shipping
methods and best costs available.
United States Postal Service, the Eagle
logo, and their combined form, as well
as US Postal Service, Parcel Post, and
Priority Mail, are registered
trademarks, and Media Mail is a
trademark, owned by the United States
Postal Service.
Disclaimer
We Always ship to the exact address provided to us on PayPal's payment received
notification that we receive after your purchase has been made.
We are not responsible for undelivered purchases caused by
incorrect address information provided by your PayPal Account.
It is the purchaser's responsibility to insure that the address we are provided by PayPal is
correct...after all...it is YOUR Account!  We will not ship to any other address without
written instructions from you from an e-mail address that matches your paypal listed
e-mail address.

2019 USPS
Insurance Rates
$50 to $100..2.80
$101 to $200..3.50
$201 to $300..4.60
$301 to $400..5.80
$401 to $500..6.95

We ALWAYS insure all
shipments. Insurance
costs and a small fee
for packing materials
are included in the
actual shipping and
handling cost that you
pay.
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(All Rights Reserved)
International Disclaimer
We Always ship to the exact address provided to us on PayPal's payment received notification that we receive after your purchase has
been made.
We are not responsible for undelivered purchases caused by incorrect address information
provided by you or your PayPal Account.
It is the purchaser's responsibility to insure that the address we are provided by PayPal is correct...after all...it is YOUR Account!  We will
not ship to any other address without written instructions from you from an e-mail address that matches your paypal listed e-mail address.

We always ship international orders with an attached customs form which will list contents as "rocks and minerals". We do not ship items
and list them as "gifts"

It is OUR responsibility to insure that what we are shipping to your country are legal items that are not prohibited to be sent to you.

It is YOUR Responsibility to pay any customs fees or duties that may be charged upon entry into your country. We will not refund
purchase price if the delivery is returned to us due to your refusal or failure to pay customs fees or duties.









We recently have had 2 packages returned to us from the United Kingdom

These returns have highlighted a situation which needs explaination and policy defination

The EU has a consumer tax known as VAT (Value Added Tax). This tax ranges from 17 to 27% for countries within the EU.
Purchases made from countries within the EU have unique VAT arrangements between different countries.

The USA does not have a VAT system.
If you purchase an item from us in the USA we will ship it to you, BUT...you will have customs fees/VAT due on the items
purchased. Let me give you an example...
Our most recent return from the United Kingdom was an item purchased for $45.00 (34.43 pound sterling).
shipping was $13.54 (10.36 pound sterling)
The United Kingdom VAT rate is 20% for any item imported with a value over 15 pounds sterling,
which in this case was 9.00 pounds sterling VAT due PLUS...the Royal Mail added a handling fee of 8.03 pounds sterling
for a total customs fee due of 17.03 pounds sterling ($22.26) to be paid before the item can be delivered.
That is an additional 49.46% increase in the item cost.
The Royal Mail Post held this item 4 weeks after notifying the purchaser that these fees were due.
Purchaser did not respond and pay customs fees, so item was returned to us.


here is a sample chart of EU VAT percentages charged for various EU Countries...
 
SPECIAL NOTICE
FOR EUROPEAN UNION (EU)COUNTRIES
Notice
It is the responsibility of the purchaser to
pay any customs fees, VAT and postal
handling fees your country may charge.

Items returned due to your failure to pay these
fees will be re-added to stock and NO refund
shall be given.

We fulfilled our requirement to properly pack
and ship your item to you at the correct
address that you gave us. Once the package
has been received at your postal station our
responsibility ends
SFRB
MFRB
MFRB
LFRB