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Free Domestic and New Discounted International Shipping Rates

Posted by Steve Mower on

We have reduced our shipping rates for our international customers!

Over the last several years we have seen a dramatic increase in shipping rates both for here in the US and for International shipments. 

Here are some basics about how we ship, our pricing, and discounts-

U.S.A. - Free shipping to all US customers in all states and territories. 

  • USPS First Class or Priority Mail depending on the weight. 
  • Rates have gone up by about 25% over the last 2 years.
  • Our costs for a typical order of one pair of glasses with case, cloth, cleaner average ~$3.00. 2-3 pairs can run as high as $10.50.

Canada - $10.00 flat rate per order to Canadian customers.

  • USPS First Class International. 
  • Previously the rate was only $5.00 but rates increased dramatically last year by about 50%!
  • Our costs for a typical order of one pair of glasses with case, cloth, cleaner is ~$12.00. 2-3 pairs can run as high as $15.00.
  • Our Flat Rate of $10.00 includes a discount of from $2.00 to $5.00.

All Other International - Flat Rates based on total weight* with discounts.

  • USPS First Class International.
  • Previously the rates were based on real-time shipping by weight, but did not include our discount.
  • Any order under 8 ounces is now $10.00. (Regular rate is $13.06)
  • From 8 ounces to 2.25lbs is now $18.61. (Regular rate is $21.61)
  • From 2.25 to 3lbs is now $29.06. (Regular rate is $32.06)

*About Flat Rate International Shipping Weight.

  • A typical pair of glasses ships with a hard case, a bottle of eyeglass cleaner, and a cleaning cloth. The average weight is about 10 ounces in a 7x4x2" box.
  • Budget Blue Block Readers ship with micro-fiber cloth cases and one bottle of cleaner per order. These average 8 ounces or less.
  • Accessories are light weight and are usually much less than 8 ounces.
  • Frequently we run multi-pair discounts which can reduce your over-all cost with shipping. For example, if you purchase 4 pairs of glasses you get a 25% discount which will reduce your overall cost substantially.

Why do we only use USPS? 

  1. The prices are comparatively fantastic. Other carriers don't even come close.
  2. USPS is extremely reliable. Thousands of packages shipped and only 2 "lost".
  3. Shipments are tracked.
  4. We support the United States Postal Service because of their great history, their support of small businesses like ours, and because they offer good jobs to American citizens with good benefits.

Can I expedite my order to a faster shipping method?

You can but the cost is much greater and you won't see it delivered much faster. We custom craft your glasses which takes time. Once they are ready to ship, it could save you a couple of days to go to expedited shipping but for 3 times the price? We can do this if you want, just Contact Us.

More information:

Our Shipping and Returns

The US government (R) attack on USPS- a bit dated but worthwhile- http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/10/the-right-wings-assault-on-the-post-office-smashing-the-myth-that-its-in-financial-trouble.html

Good Reading- http://savethepostoffice.com/recommended-reading-2/

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