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Q. "What is 2nd Day Shipping?"
A. 2nd Day Shipping is defined as 2-3 business days from the date the order is shipped, excluding the date the order was received and processed (and any delays in getting the order processed, such as verification or payment issues, or higher volume holiday seasons). This means your package should arrive in 2-3 business days (Mon-Fri), excluding the day the package was shipped. For example, if you place an order on Friday before 1pm (Pacific) and select 2nd Day Shipping, then it should arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week. Holidays are excluded as the possibility of delays is more likely due to heavier volume. Large/heavy items (those products that ship by truck on a pallet) do not qualify for 2nd Day Shipping.
Q. "This is an emergency. If I order 2nd day shipping by 1 pm Pacific Standard Time do you absolutely, positively, guarantee that I'll get it within two days?"
A. We'd like to be able to guarantee that 100%, but that is impossible unless we delivered it ourselves. We can never guarantee that since once it leaves our hands, we are not there every step of the way. Our guesstimate of UPS or FedEx delivering a 2nd day package that we ship, and it arriving within two working days, is probably about 90% of the time; and 98% of the time it will arrive within three working days. It can be frustrating at times (for you and us) that a 2nd day parcel takes 3 or more days. It isn't our "fault" and yet we suffer in the eyes of our customers when shipping carriers fail to deliver as promised. UPS (and FedEx when shipping direct), overall, does a fine job, but they are human. Should you place a 2nd day order and it arrives in more than 3 working days (excludes the date that you place the order and the reasons outlined in the above FAQ), we will deduct the above extra charges (if you are at home at the time that UPS/FedEx attempts to deliver your products). If this is a "real" emergency, then it is best if you order elsewhere; as we can only be responsible for the additional charges and not any incidental lost revenues, etc. for you. If the product(s) that you order are "in stock" (and your shipping information and credit card goes through), then we promise to ship your product(s) within 24 hours (of a working day). But we can never guarantee, 100%, that your product will arrive within 48 hours after that; and in no case will we be held responsible if your order is held up someplace.
Q. "I'd like to get my products next day. Do you offer that?"
A. In 1995-1997, we did offer next day air. We found that our customers' satisfaction rate was less than 95% with next day air. This is not an "acceptable" level for us. We desire a close to 100% satisfaction rate. Most delays are out of our hands due to shippers not delivering on time. The other problem was that people would order after our noon PST deadline and still expect it next day. Also, we found that next day shipping of plumbing products was generally for extreme emergencies, and if the customer was able to solve their problem earlier; then they would cancel after the product had shipped. We haven't offered next day air since 1998 and our current customer satisfaction rate is where we would like it to be. We offer Second Day Shipping, but please understand that 2nd Day Shipping (to UPS and most shipping companies) has delivery time of two (sometimes 3) working days. For example, if you place an order on Friday (before noon Pacific Time) then it "should" arrive on Tuesday, but it could be as late as Wednesday.
Q. "Are shipping times guaranteed to Alaska and Hawaii?"
A. 2nd Day shipments to Alaska and Hawaii may take longer than 2-3 working days to deliver because UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service, do not guarantee a 2-3 day delivery to all locations in Alaska and Hawaii.
"I appreciate all your hard work and the fact that you found the best way to ship this to Alaska. At times it is very difficult for us to order on line, because the shipping costs will exceed the purchase price....I will be referring your company to many of my friends.....I hope other people in Anchorage, as well as throughout Alaska, will see my testimonial and that your company has the opportunity to serve them"
- Violet M. Drew, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501
"I live in Alaska and most companies don't think we are in the United States so they charge an arm and leg for shipping. Your shipping price was reasonable and your delivery time was impressive.....Your online ordering was very easy and I was impressed with the quick delivery. I want to give a big kudos to your company."
- Jamie L. Matthews, Glennallen, Alaska 9958
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