In the shop, postage has to be added using a separate button. Click the ‘Add Item To Cart’ button to add your item to the Paypal cart. Then go back and click the postage button below that matches your location and the quantity of your order. I used to create a single button with item cost & postage combined, but postal rates change so quickly now that it creates too much work to constantly have to update each individual item’s button. Now I only have to update a limited number of buttons for postage categories. The new buttons also accommodate more multi-item orders without me having to create specific ‘bundle’ buttons.
If your order contains different media (CDs + LPs, for example) you can send me a message listing the items you want and I’ll calculate a combined total for you. If you live in a region not listed in the buttons, get in touch. The email address to use is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The default method used for packages within the U.S. is Media Mail, which automatically includes a tracking number. Media Mail can only be used for recorded media, not artwork or t-shirts or anything else: for those items I’ll use First Class Mail (which also automatically includes a tracking number). If package is over the 13 oz limit for First Class, I’ll have to use the more expensive Priority Mail option. If you’d like to use any shipping method that isn’t represented by the shop buttons, get in touch and let me know before ordering.
The method used for international delivery is USPS First Class International. This is the least expensive option I can use, and only includes limited, basic tracking using the customs number provided. Given the horrendous cost of overseas postal rates, if you’re ordering multiple items from outside of the U.S. and there isn’t an existing button for that combination, you should always to request a recalculation for combined postage before sending payment.
Trackable delivery options for destinations outside the U.S. are extremely (extremely!) expensive, but if you want to use one you should get in touch before placing your order.
Ongoing apologies to all non-U.S. customers: international rates have become completely absurd! The rate for sending even a single CD to the UK or Europe is now more than the price of the CD itself. It’s a disgraceful situation, but unfortunately I don’t know of any way to get around it.
Feel free to contact me with any questions about shipping or shop content through this address: email@example.com.