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Christmas 2019

When do I have to order by to get things for Christmas (arrive by 12/20) for US destinations?

Using ground shipping, you need to order by Noon (EST) on December 17th on the east coast, or December 13th on the west coast. 

Using 3 day shipping, you need to order by Noon (EST) on December 17th. 

Using 2 day shipping, you need to order by Noon (EST) on December 18th. 

Using next day shipping, you need to order by Noon (EST) on December 19th.


When will I receive my order?
To determine the date we'll ship your order, allow 1 to 2 business days for order processing. For example, Fedex Standard Overnight will get your package to you the day after processing is complete.

With Fedex Ground, this is only an estimated time range range, please see the map lower down for your specific shipping estimate.

Please Note: Ground service from coast to coast can typically take 5 or 6 Business days and unfortunately is not a "guaranteed" speed of service (This is UPS and Fedex's rules, not ours.). We typically ship from Philadelphia, but occasionally ship from other locations too.

If you want a "Guaranteed service level" (guaranteed delivery date) at a inexpensive shipping cost, use three day shipping. Three-day Shipping is typically only a couple of dollars more than Ground, and does give a "guaranteed" delivery timeline. 


Fedex Ground Shipping Speed

Days are listed as " business days" which are Monday - Friday only.  Shipping companies rules state that weekends do not count toward shipping progress.

Fedex and UPS typically don't move any packages on National Holidays (and offer partial service close those days too.). Those holidays do not count towards "business days" in transit. Please note that we will also experience limited pick-ups from shipping companies on some of the days preceding the end of year holidays (that are not listed in the schedule below).

To see Fedex's Holiday Schedule please go to Fedex Site - Holiday Info (click here) 

When I place my order, how long will it take until it ships?
The vast majority of items go out same day as the order.  All orders should typically ship (leave our facilities) within two business days of us receiving the order. Weekends and holidays observed by Fedex or UPS do not count as business days. 

Our last Fedex pick-up of the day is 3:30 pm (East Coast time) so orders received after 3:15 pm will be processed on the following business day. We cannot typically ship on weekends. 

We are in the East Coast time zone, so if you place an order after 5:00 pm our time, we won't see it (receive it) until the next morning. So anything placed in the evening after 5:00pm is essentially the same as being received by us at 10:00am the next morning (except that it will be ahead of the other orders in line). 

If you have a very specific date or a need to rush a shipment out the door, please call us, or send an e-mail letting us know about it. We will do our absolute best to expedite your order.

If nothing is said about a due date we ship items out in the order they are received.

Occasionally we may partial ship from two different locations to get you your product faster. In this instance two partial order packages may arrive at different times. Do not panic, but wait until 24 hours has passed before calling us. Often the second package comes later the same day. 

On very very rare occasions we do get backed up (i.e. a customer places a huge order momentarily depleting our stock), and may take longer than two business days to get items out. If this is the case we will do our best to notify you and offer you alternative options.

Also, please do not assume that if you order items a couple of days before Christmas and choose ground shipping that it will get to you on time.  

If you leave it late to order, we will do our best and try to rush it out.  In the last couple of days of the season, we have many last-minute order packages to ship and everyone is asking us to rush them out.  Choose an express shipping method so you aren't disappointed, since the shipping carriers (UPS, Fedex) are moving slower and making more mistakes during that time of year.


Tracking your shipment

Look a the e-mail you receive from us when it ships.  This e-mail will contain a tracking number and a link to the shipping tracking.  You can then track it’s progress the entire way.

99% of the time the driver leaves the package on your door step.  We do not require a signature for our shipments, so they will leave it in a safe location.

Fedex attempts to deliver 3 times before they consider it “undeliverable”.  The first two times, they leave a sticker on the door with your tracking number that gives you several options to receive the package.

Sign the paper they leave on your door, and they will redeliver the following day, and will leave it at your door.

Call the number on the paper and give them the tracking number, and they will  give you several options:

  1. Redeliver when it works for you.
  2. Have the package delivered to another address such as your work.
  3. Have them hold the package for you not pick up at the local Fedex office.


How much does it cost to ship your products?
Pricing for the shipping options is calculated in real-time using your address, shipment weight, and type of shipping you chose. This happens during checkout, and gives you the exact cost rather than an estimate.

You can continue to make changes to shipping up until you are fully checked out (submit your credit card Info). This way you can evaluate your shipping options and costs before paying or being fully committed and finalizing the order. 

PLEASE NOTE: We only charge what the shipping companies charge us to send the merchandise to your location. We do not mark this up!

Some vendors offer "free shipping". We believe in offering lower merchandise prices (check around you will find us hard to beat) instead of burying the cost of shipping in the product price. We feel this is more honest. 

The shippers also charge more to ship to rural areas and even more to deliver to residences, so if you have an alternate shipping address, keep this in mind.

What Shipping Options do you offer?
Continental USA:

Fedex or UPS Ground: Reliable, economical 1-5 day delivery.
FedEx Express Saver or UPS 3 day Select: Afternoon delivery, third business day
FedEx or UPS 2 Day Air: Afternoon delivery, second business day
FedEx or UPS Standard Overnight: Afternoon delivery, next business day

Please note that we may use UPS or Fedex equivalent services if it better meets the customer's needs. For example; You may select Fedex Overnight at the checkout, but we find that UPS Next Day has a better more reliable (and just as fast or faster) service to your area.

You have a wide range of options available to you when you check-out. You can continue to make changes to shipping all the way up until you are fully checked out (submit your credit card Info). This way you can see the shipping prices before you finalize the order.


Can I track my order on it's way to me?
Yes, you can. Please ensure that you input your correct e-mail address when checking out. This way the FedEx online shipping system can notify you by e-mail when we ship your order.  This way you receive an e-mail message from Fedex giving you detailed tracking info.

This system gives you real time information on your shipment. Please note this e-mail is not sent to you until several couple of hours after the package leaves our facility (that evening). 

In addition, if you create a username within our system you can log back in and further track your package and reprint invoices and simplify other tasks.

You will also receive two e-mails from us during the order process.

  1. You will receive one confirming receipt of your order.  At that point your order will be listed as "processed".
  2. When your order ships out from our facilities, another e-mail is generated listing the order as "completed". This e-mail will include a link to the tracking number.

Please bear in mind that often this number is only just assigned by us, and your product has not even been picked up by the Fedex truck yet. So if you try and track it right away in the first hour or two, it may read "not yet received by Fedex" or something along those lines. Give it an hour and once Fedex picks the package up and the Fedex computer updates, it will show up in their system.

Can you ship to APO and Armed Forces Boxes?
As a US manufacturer and a US company, we want to support our troops wherever they are stationed.

Due to the fact that our our online system tends not to always compute shipping properly for APO shipments (since they are often complex), we will manually process an APO / military box order if you first contact us via the e-mail link at the bottom of every page. Include the items you wnat to purchase and the exact mailing address in the e-mail.  We will then issue a Paypal invoice for product and shipping.  Once paid, we will ship your order.

We will need to emphasize that all delays and lost package issues are beyond our control (they are!) when using this type of service.

Do you ship internationally?

We only ship to the continental US.

The only way we ship internationally, is if the order is over $1,000, we ship using your shipping account, and the payment is wired.