Unfortunately, postal rates continue to increase each year.
Orders containing decal and/or small detail parts are shipped in a padded envelope for protection. The minimum shipping charges for these shipments are as follows:
CANADA: $2.00 USA: $7.50 OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA: $10.00
Canadian orders for items like bulk pack of Kadee couplers or Kadee trucks have to be shipped at the parcel rate as the Kadee packaging is too thick as per Canada Post regulations. However, many of these items can be removed from their packages and placed in plastic bags and shipped as first class mail. If your order does not contain any large items that requires a box and you wish to save on the postage by having me remove the items from the packages, please proceed to checkout with the parcel rate - send me an email indicating that you wish to have the items removed from their packages to save on postage. If I am able to do so, I will refund the difference in shipping if paid via Paypal ( or charge your credit card the reduced amount ). This primarily applies to Kadee products that are packaged in their clear blister pack and covers items such as bulk pack of HO couplers, O scale 7xx series couplers and HO scale trucks.
Orders for outside Canada that contain parts or small items that are normally shipped in a padded envelope now have to be shipped at small packet parcel rates, which the base rates are shown above. Orders that contain only decals may be able to ship at a lower rate as printed material. If you package can be shipped at a lower rate, I will refund the difference in shipping if paid via Paypal ( or charge your credit card the reduced amount ).
We use both new and used boxes for shipments containing larger items. We ship the next business day after order is processed with payment. Shipments requiring a box to ship ( kits, models, etc. ) usually fall in the following price ranges for most shipments containing a locomotive or a few freight cars:
CANADA: $8-$20+ USA: $10-$30+ OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA: $15-$100+. Larger shipments may cost more.
All box shipments within Canada are shipped expedited mail and includes insurance and will include a tracking number.
All box shipments to the USA are shipped small packet Airmail for packages up to 1kg. Tracking IS available for an additional fee for both box shipments AND padded envelope shipments containing only decals or small parts. Shipments above 1kg are shipped Expedited which includes insurance and will include a tracking number.
Shipments outside North America are shipped via small packet Air Mail for packages under 2kg. If you prefer surface mail - please contact us for details. Tracking IS also available for an extra fee. You can add this by selecting this item and adding it to your shopping cart:
Shipping charges created by the website are estimates based on a number of factors with the items you have ordered and may not reflect the actual shipping cost. Most of the time - the actual postage charges are slightly higher than the amount we have charged. In the event the actual postage is significantly lower than the amount the website charged you - we may refund the difference at our discretion.
If you have special requirements or want more information on specific shipping for items you are interested in - please contact us as we are flexible in options and can give you a better idea on the actual cost . This website can only do basic calculations based solely on the weight of the items and since there can be many variables ( box size, type of service, your location, etc. ), it would be difficult to provide 100% accurate rates online for any shipment that contains more than one item.
Please note that shipping outside of Canada - particularly to some parts of the USA, may take 5 to 30 days. Average time to the US is 1 to 2 weeks - depending on where in the USA the package is going, but it's not uncommon for shipments to take 2-4 weeks to Southern and Western parts of the US . Most shipments outside North America take about a week via airmail, though this does vary depending on the country and items can be held up in customs for days and even weeks.