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COVID-19 Shipping Delays

*June 2021 Update*

Thankfully, global shipping times appear to be returning to normal. Our products ship out in 1-3 business days and will be delivered shortly thereafter, depending on your location. Very few delays have been reported, but we will keep the following announcement posted for reference. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

 

*December 2020 Update*

We would like to thank our customers for continuing to support our business throughout this year. As you have heard many times, this holiday season is unprecedented in terms of worldwide shipping volume. More people are shopping online than ever before and the global shipping system is still strained by the effects of COVID-19. As much as we wish we could ensure your packages are delivered before the holidays, there is no guarantee that packages will arrive before Christmas. This is an industry-wide problem, no matter how early you shop this year, there is simply no guaranteed delivery date due to the ongoing shipping crisis. We greatly appreciate your support and understanding!

Our advice is to shop early, be patient, and be kind to small business owners. We are all doing our best!

See below for recommended articles on this year's shipping crisis:

Boston Globe: USPS ‘Gridlocked’ as Historic Crush of Holiday Packages Sparks Delays

NPR: Shipping Delays: Why Your Packages Are Taking Forever

NY Times: With 3 Billion Packages to Go, Online Shopping Faces Tough Holiday Test


 

The global shipping infrastructure is under significant stress and delays are being reported as well as errors in tracking. We greatly appreciate your patience during this time. Below is a summary of the common errors and delays reported by our customers. 

1) Package delays

Shipping times have increased worldwide across all delivery services. When your order is shipped, you will receive a confirmation email (check your spam folder regularly). Although the average shipping time is about 5-7 business days, your order may take up to two weeks from the shipping date to arrive (4 weeks for international orders). If your order does not arrive within 14 business days from the shipping date (not the purchase date), reach out to us by email with your order number and we will look into the issue further.

2) Tracking number inconsistencies

Tracking services have been increasingly unreliable since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. One of the most common errors presents as a package sitting in "Pre-Transit" or "In-Transit" phase right up until delivery. If your tracking information says Pre-Transit for a long period of time, it is most likely a tracking error. We are unsure how often this occurs, but it is likely that packages are being shipped without being scanned by the respective delivery service. We ask that you wait two weeks from your shipping date (the date on your shipping confirmation email) before reaching out about this error. 

3) Tracking says delivered, but no delivery received

Another common tracking error presents as a package being labeled "Delivered" even though it has not arrived at its destination. Based on reports from our customers, the package usually arrives within two days of being marked "Delivered". Like the other shipping errors, this has increased in frequency during the COVID-19 crisis. If a package has been marked delivered and several days have passed, check with your neighbors and with your local USPS office.

4) Delays for international customers

Some customers from outside the United States are reporting delays in delivery of up to 4 weeks after the ship date. We understand how frustrating this is and we appreciate your patience. Unfortunately, like all shipping carrier issues, it is entirely out of our control. As commercial flights increase in frequency and customs agencies catch up on their clearances, shipping will slowly return to normal.


If you are a frequent online shopper, you will have noticed that the entire e-commerce industry is experiencing the same frustrations related to these and other shipping issues. We truly do appreciate your patience as we navigate these unprecedented events. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

 

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