Our website uses API programs to calculate shipping costs. What this means is once items are in the shopping cart and an accurate weight is acquired you can then checkout and on page 2 of the checkout you will find costs delivered by the carriers for these items.
None of our shipping is "estimated" or based on the value of the item, it is done accurately by weight to zone calculations.
Requirements to properly calculate shipping:
1. Items in your cart to acquire the weight.
2. A ship to address to acquire the zone.
With out this information shipping cannot be calculated.
Why we do not use a value area range for calculating shipping.
1. I have found it usually favors the merchant .
2. The carriers charges are based on packaged weight so this conforms to the carriers methods.
3. Customers should not have to pay shipping based on the value of an item but on it's actual weight.
4. When there is a price increase or decrease (highly unlikely) from the carrier, API is automatically updated, no surprises!
How to get the most out of the shipping charges.
1st you have what is known as the initial base charge, this is the biggest charge, adding more to the initial base cuts down the per item charge.
For example: Priority mail has a base charge based on 1 pound, this therefore will cost the same whether you are buying 1 - 1ounce item or 16 - 1 ounce items.
You can play with the cart total items to get the best rates possible.
Shipping Time: This is the time the carrier says it takes while in transit. It does not take the time for processing into consideration.
Processing time varies upon stock availability and the number of orders placed prior to yours that need processed.
Calculate >>>>>> Time for you to receive the order = Processing time + Shipping time
Below is a UPS transit time map. It does show Alaska, HI and PR. For these areas we highly reccomend using USPS Priority mail as there is no UPS ground service to them, it's all by air which is quite expensive.