RESTRICTIONS ON CREDIT CARDS AND PAYPAL ACCEPTANCE
Acceptance of credit cards and Paypal is solely at our discretion under these circumstances: 1) Delivery to certain countries outside North America (see below), 2) Delivery to an address other than that associated with the account, 3) Failure to provide adequate credit references on request, 4) Gold, 5) Wholesale, 6) Discounted merchandise, 7) Russian Blue trade beads, 8) Some consigned merchandise (as noted in offer), 9) Customers who have been advised that all transactions must be on a cash basis. Re. Class-action Settlement of 1/27/13 we may charge all or part of credit card processing fees for such transactions, but only after giving specific notice to customer and offering alternative payment methods.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT MASTERCARD FROM OUTSIDE THE USA due to their higher fees.
HIGHER SHIPPING COSTS FOR CREDIT CARD & PAYPAL PAYMENTS
Shipments to countries with unreliable registered mail and paid by Paypal or credit cards must go by Express mail insured for full declared value (minimum postal charges $55): Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Russia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Latin America, Africa. We may require this shipping method for first-time buyers in other countries who pay by Paypal or credit cards.
HEAVY SHIPMENTS & PRIVATE CARRIERS
For heavy ground shipments where a private carrier saves you money, with your permission, we pass on their actual charges, plus $2 drop-off charge. If you request air shipment by private carrier, or USPS Express Mail, we charge their actual rates plus a $5 service fee to cover extra travel or labor (excessive paper-work, telephone calls to compare rates, travel time, standing in line, staying home during pickup window, etc.) We prefer to ship by ordinary USPS mail.
NON -USA PAYPAL / CREDIT CARDS = HIGHER SHIPPING CHARGES FOR HEAVY GOODS
Because Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal require delivery confirmation, we have to ship packages over 1.8 Kilos at more expensive trackable classes of mail outside the US., insured, with 100% value declared.
Example 1: 5 Kilos of books to Germany, Airmail, value $500, paid by Paypal or VISA/MC insured and valued 100%: $62.70, but paid by other means, not insured (buyer's risk), no stated value (lower duties?): $33.00.
YOUR SECURITY - Sending us credit card details, or cash Credit Cards:. I need the 16 digits of your card, plus expiration date, that's all. You may send this by letter, telephone (425-369-1725), or email. No Fax. It is safe to leave your credit card information on my answering machine, but speak slowly. For email security give only 1234-5678-xxxx-xxxx -01/xx first email, and xxxx-xxxx-9876-5432-xx/06 second email. Unless you request not, I keep these numbers on file for future use, so you do not need to send each time you order. I do not have a secure server to accept your credit card directly online. Mailing Cash: Cut a piece of cardboard larger than the banknotes, and tape the banknotes to it, then wrap with paper. Write "Photographs" on the envelope or customs declaration. A thief can not see through the cardboard. Or, you can use carbon paper or aluminum foil. Or send inside a thick Holiday or birthday card.
FRAUD ALERT - RUSSIAN BLUES
We have received numerous fraudulent orders for Russian Blue trade beads. Orders from new customers solely or primarily for this item must be paid by money order or wire transfer. We reserve the right to reject credit card and paypal payments for ANY order including this item.
I remove sold items from the website immediately, but items in printed lists may be sold. I fill orders strictly as received from all sources (email, phone, mail), so giving a second choice will not hurt your chances of getting the first choice. Another method is to list many items with the most wanted at top, and give a spending limit. I will fill from the top until that limit is met.