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Shipping Costs:
Prices of items on the web site do not include shipping costs which will be added to each order. We pass through the carrier's exact shipping and insurance charges. We do not add packaging or handling charges.

We recommend insurance for any package with a value greater than $49, and signature requirement if the value is greater than $399. As safe and reliable as the carriers are, none are 100% perfect. Foreign shipments are particularly vulnerable, especially to certain countries. If the buyer elects to forgo insurance, payment for the order will automatically incorporate the following disclaimer:

"We recommend full insurance for your package. Since you are self insuring all or part of your shipment, your payment for the order constitutes your agreement that if anything goes amiss with the shipment you will not seek redress from the seller, directly or indirectly, either through PayPal, your credit card, or any other means." does not provide insurance coverage. We simply act as your agent to purchase the insurance on your behalf.  It's the same as if you were buying car insurance.  Your insurance agent purchases the insurance on your behalf, and your claims are with the insurance company. acts as your agent to purchase the insurance on your shipment, and will help with the claim, but the claim is made to carrier (ie. USPS, UPS, FedEx).   Once the carrier verifes the loss, the claim is immediately paid by the carrier and, to the extent that any of the coverage was with our outside insurance company, they will immediately pay as well.

If the shipping carrier and/or our insurance company rejects a claim for loss or damage, there will be no reimbursement made, either in the form of credit, cash payment, or replacement items. If partial insurance is purchased, and the claim is honored, reimbursement will be made only to the extent of the insurance purchased.

Should your pens be lost or damaged and insurance is paid, our sole responsibility is to provide you either with the funds from the insurance settlement or with an idential item, should it be available.

Lost Shipments:
If a shipped order is lost or damaged, the shipper (ie. FedEx; UPS; USPS) must conduct an investigation. Please contact us to initiate a tracer within 10 business days of the item shipping. 

Damaged Shipments:
If an order is received damaged, a claim must be initiated and finalized before customer compensation or product replacement is executed. You must contact us within five business days of delivery. Please hold onto your shipping box as the shipper or our insurance company may want to inspect it. See "Lost Shipments" above for more information about the claims and reimbursement processes.

Preferred Carriers:
While we have preferred carriers as indicated below, we accommodate customer requests for an alternate carrier or shipping service.

Vintage Pens - United States: We prefer to ship either with USPS Priority Mail insured or via UPS Ground insured. For Post Office Boxes we prefer USPS Priority Mail insured.

Vintage Pens - Worldwide: We prefer to ship via USPS Express Mail International insured or via USPS Priority Mail International insured.

Non-Vintage Pen Items: For small quantities of items such as protective tubes and display trays, we prefer USPS Priority Mail. For larger quantities, we prefer UPS insured.

Vintage Pens Catalogs: Hard copies of Catalogs are sent via USPS First Class Mail or USPS First Class International Mail.

Ownership of Goods:
The ownership of goods is transferred to the customer upon shipment.

Import Duty:
We do not assess duty for an international order and international orders are subject to applicable customs, import duties and taxes, which are the sole responsibility of the customer.  Please contact your local customs office for details.

When your order is received, if there are any noticeable discrepancies with your item, or if the item is not what was ordered, please contact us within 5 days of receipt of your shipment to make any necessary corrections.

Revised 6/1/2013

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