SHIPPING AND RETURNS
YOUR ORDER and SHIPPING CHOICES
When you place an order, please choose the appropriate shipping from the choices given. As Royal Mail only offer compensation up to £42 (and they make it extraordinarily difficult to claim), orders beyond that value must be sent by recorded or special delivery in the UK, or by International Signed For or Airsure service for overseas, in order that the parcel is insured against loss. If you choose not to use an insured service for smaller orders then your order goes missing at your own risk - it cannot be replaced! Rather than force you to pay the higher shipping prices, we give you the option to send the order via regular, un-insured, un-trackable serivces, but this is at your own risk of loss, so please bear this in mind when ordering. If you pay for insured or trackable shipping, then your order can be replaced in the event of it being lost, no problem.
Orders are shipped Tuesday to Fridays, except on Bank Holidays and other days when the Post Office is shut in the UK. Or if we're on vacation and nobody is about to process the orders! (Vacation periods should be made clear somewhere on the site when this applies)
We aim to get everything out as soon as possible, sometimes the same day, but if there's a big pile of orders (Oh how we wish...) it might be a day or two. If there's a Sale on, for instance, orders can get delayed by a week before they are shipped as we may have to cast miniatures up for your order, that sort of thing...
This new shopping cart system includes an email-based order update system. It's a bit slow to process but we're getting into the swing of it and you will receive an email updating the status of your order when it has shipped. Please check your junk folders. There should be at least one immediately following your payment to confirm the order has been placed. You may get a second telling you it is being packed if it's a quiet day or we may just skip ahead to telling you when it has shipped if we're busy eg on a Tuesday when we have the previous three days of orders to sort out.
PRE-ORDERS and OUT OF STOCK ITEMS
If you have order miniatures etc that have yet to be released (check the release date info on the item description) your entire order will be held back until those items are ready to be shipped, and you will receive an Order Status Update email that reads 'Awaiting Pre-Ordered Items'. You will also get one of these emails if your order contains items that are temporarily out of stock like tools etc or if you have put your name in the queue for a Dragon, for instance!
If you need to return an order, please contact us first. If we can't resolve your problem or need you to return items you must reseal it and pay for it to be returned at your local post office. You can try the old trick of writing RETURN TO SENDER, ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN but it's not guaranteed to work. We will refund the cost of the value of the order less our postage costs and/or any Paypal or eBay fees that cannot be recovered, if you have changed your mind. If you are returning incorrect items and we have acknowledged this, we will credit you for the postage you have incurred. Please contact us about the problem before sending it!
Please note that you must return an item within seven days of receipt. Please contact us to let us know when something has been sent. You must send your returned item by some form of recorded delivery so that it can be proved to have been sent and arrived safely!
Please also note that there is a maximum time of 28 days allowed for refunds and returns.
Despite our best efforts, the various postal systems around the world are not perfect. Especially Italy and the USA, where parcels seem to go missing en route more often. Since all of our customers are 100% honest, it must be the fault of the postal system that things don't arrive. If you have paid for insured/trackable shipping, we will send out a replacement order. If you did not pay for insured or trackable shipping i.e. First Class Packet or Airmail Small Packets overseas, then we cannot replace your missing order normally. Contact us and we'll see what we can do to assist.
Please allow time for your order to arrive. Quite often we get an angry email from someone in, say, the USA demanding to know where their order is that they placed two days ago. Things take time to arrive! The USA for example is very fond of delaying parcels in customs for security checks. Normally things go according to plan and parcels arrive overseas within two weeks. We have had rare occasions where, for example, a parcel to the USA has taken not two weeks, not even four weeks but three months before suddenly arriving, having been detoured around the country in question for no reason. Not our fault, we posted it the day after the order was made but we get the blame. In this case, the customer had to return the parcel as we'd already shipped a replacement thinking the first was lost! That sort of thing is VERY RARE though. Normally, even the slowest overseas parcel turns up within four weeks. if nothing arrives within two to three weeks something may have gone wrong and you should check with us if you have not received an Order Status email update to let you know your order has shipped along with any tracking information etc.
AIRSURE vs INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR
These services are available to specific countries. Royal Mail provides both choices to a few countries, but only International Signed For to certain countries. Some countries apparently stand less chance of their orders arriving, normally in the Eastern European areas, but also places like Italy and Brazil. You will be able to choose Airsure only if it applies to your Shipping Address country.
Airsure is an Express service, trackable to a degree and insured. Royal Mail doesn't provide the same level of tracking info as specialist couriers do unfortunately, so you can't tell if it's on the delivery van or anything, but it is a fast service, for instance reducing the time taken to America or Canada to around five working days instead of twelve or more for normal mail.
International Signed for is normally a little quicker than regular mail and is partially trackable (it tells you when an item has left the UK, and when it has arrived, which you will already know, or if you missed a delivery attempt, which you might not have realised). It is also insured.
RECORDED vs SPECIAL DELIVERY (UK)
Honestly, if you need it urgently, and the next day is a working day, then choose Special Delivery. Guaranteed before 1pm delivery, they say. Depending entirely on your postie, you might even get it on a Saturday. Special Delivery is trackable and insured. Recorded Delivery often does the job just as well, but it is not guaranteed next day.
Please make sure someone will be in to sign for a Recorded or Special Delivery item as they require signatures on delivery. If you are not in, the Royal mail are supposed to leave a card and you can arrange redelivery or collection from your local Collection Office. Sometimes the postie might leave it with a neighbour or 'in a safe place' like a bin or box in your garden! You'd be amazed how often we hear that...