shipping & handling
SHIPPING & HANDLING SHIPPING: Girard Auction also handles all of the shipping needs for our internet buyers. Shipping takes place in our own shipping facility and on average we will ship 1,500-2,000 packages a year! We handle our items with care and try to ensure that everything will end up at your doorstep safely; in 2010 we had a 99% safe delivery rating, shipping over 1,300 packages and only having to file insurance claims on 10 boxes! We ship everything through our local post office using USPS Parcel Post for domestic shipments and USPS Priority International for our International Buyers. Everything is shipped with a delivery confirmation and insured. Some rather large items that won't go through the mail service will be shipped UPS or FedEx (pedal tractors, signs, parts, ect.) Also, Girard Auction on occasions send items overseas that are rather large, such as tractors & vehicles. With our know how and past experience this makes it easier for International bidders to have faith in our shipment. We can arrange freight pick-up and delivery nearly anywhere in the world. When charged shipping all buyers are charged actual shipping plus the neccessary handling & insurance fees.
Wanted to send a quick note to say "THANKS". This was my first auction with Girard and I was very happy with my experience. The shipping & packaging was extraordinary! I really appreciate the excellent packaging and everything arrived safe.
When you have another Hamm's/breweriana auction I will be bidding.
Mark from Green Bay, WI
PAYMENT: When you purchase your item, someone from our office will contact you within 48 hours of the end of the auction. This will either be done by phone call or email. Payment may be made either by credit card, good check, money order or cash. If paid by credit card, you will see two charges made. The first charge will be for the actual purchase, once that goes through and invoices are done your items will be shipped which will result in a second charge for the shipping & handling. If paid by check, money order or cash an estimate on shipping will be done before hand in order to have it paid in full.
HANDLING: Handling charges are added onto every box and item shipped, this is to help pay for packing supplies and labor. We keep the handling fees very minimal in order to keep the buyer happy and coming back. On average, a $5-8 fee is added to each box shipped, with a minimum of $3 handling. For example, if you purchase 3 toy tractors and they fit in one box....only one handling fee is charged. Fees are based on the size of box used, bubble wrap and packing material used, as well as time of labor to put the order together.
INSURANCE: Insurance under $1,000 is through a third party and anything over $1,000 is insured through USPS. Insurance under a $1,000 is as follows: $2 for the first $100 and an extra $1 for every $100 after. Example if your item was purchased for $375 then the insurance would be for $400 and hence would be a $5 insurance fee. Standard USPS Insurance rates apply for any purchase over $1,000.
Example: 7 toys were purchased and need to be bubble wrapped, two boxes were needed and the total value was $675.
$12 Handling ($6 per box) + $8 insurance (for $700 worth of insurance) + $42 Shipping (actual USPS Shipping Cost) = $62.00 S&H
A minimum H&I charge is $5 on any purchase ($3 Handling + $2 insurance for under $100).
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