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Shipping Information:

Advantages of UPS:

  • Free insurance on the first $100 in value
  • Free tracking on all shipments
  • Quick settlement of insurance claims for lost or damaged packages
  • Guaranteed delivery times (aside from delays caused by weather events)
  • Our discount off the "official" rates that we pass on to you
  • Our daily UPS pickup is around 4pm eastern time

However for very small orders--fewer than 20 tubes of seed beads or a few 250 gram bags--Priority Mail is less expensive than UPS ground, as long as we can fit the items in a small flat rate box.

Note that Priority Mail does NOT guarantee delivery in a certain number of days.

If you choose UPS, orders received by noon will often ship the same day (unless your order is very large or we are exceptionally busy).

Regardless of the shipping method you choose, we charge you our actual shipping cost.

SHIP CHEAPEST WAY: If you'd like us to choose the most cost effective shipping for you, please write "Ship cheapest way" in the comments box as you check out.

UPS - Domestic Shipping

UPS shipping methods are:
Ground, 3-Day, 2-Day, and Next Day.
(If you need Saturday delivery or other special services, please contact us.)

Estimated time in transit from our warehouse in Maine:

Via UPS ground
  • Overnight to
    most of ME & all of MA, CT, NH, RI & VT
  • 2-days to
    NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, OH, WV & VA
  • 3-days to
    MN, WI, MI, IA, IL, IN, MO, KY, TN, NC, SC, GA & FL
  • 4 or 5 days to all other states.

You can find the UPS ground time-in-transit map here.
Just enter our zip code: 04103

UPS rates shown on the cart are are for commercial addresses, Residential delivery usually adds about $2-$3 more depending on where you live.
If it's convenient, have your package shipped to your business or office.

For very large orders, the UPS servers don't know how many boxes will be required, etc. so the costs shown may be wildly inaccurate.

UPS - International Shipping

International rates for UPS shipments are estimated higher than the actual cost but are charged at the actual cost prior to shipping your order.

The best UPS shipping method is UPS Expedited
(UPS Express is also available--and is the only option to a few countries--but Expedited is almost as fast and costs less.)

USPS - Domestic

Postal shipping charges shown in the cart include insurance. Postal insurance is substantially more expensive than UPS insurance and can quickly make priority mail shipping more expensive than UPS.

We normally use PRIORITY MAIL for shipments to Hawaii and Alaska.

Please let us know if you want us to compare UPS ground vs priority mail to see which will be less expensive for your order.

USPS - International Shipping

International customers can choose postal shipping via Express Mail or International Priority Mail.

The International Priority flat envelopes will hold six 250 gram bags of Miyuki beads. We limit the value per envelope to $100.

While postal "tracking" exists for Express Mail, it is not the detailed sort of tracking offered by UPS.

There is minimal tracking for International Priority Mail.

If an international postal shipment is lost, we have to wait 45 days before we can file an insurance claim.

If your package is damaged or lost, getting a refund for a lost international postal package can take 3-4 months.

Checking Order Status:

To check the status of an order, click the My Account link in the menu bar at the top of each page and login to your account.
Orders that are awaiting shipment are defined as Pending while orders that have shipped are labeled Closed.

Tracking Your UPS Order:

You can also track UPS shipments from your account on the website. We also enter your email into our UPS software, so you should receive an email from UPS after your order goes out.

(Please make sure your email address is correct in our system - check the My Account link on the cart to verify it.)

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Questions?: 800-230-8941 (9-5 eastern, Mon -Fri.)
international: 207-761-2503
fax: 207-874-2664

Note that bag and tube weights may vary.