Delivery & Postage Costs
You might be wondering just how we calculate our postage costs. Your time would certainly be better spent reading comics, but if you really want to know then here goes… We have a record of the weights of all 7000+ items of stock we carry (we know this to be true because we had to weigh them all!) and, using the Royal Mail and Collect+ Couriers charge tables, our mighty online store will calculate the exact cost of getting your comics to you.
Obviously it’s not an exact science as we have to guestimate for a bit of packaging, but in essence you will pay in postage exactly what it costs us to post your package to you. Can’t say fairer than that can we? In case you’re still wondering exactly how much you’ll pay and not yet reading your comics, here are the current costs for UK customers. As you can see, as soon as you start to go much above 1kg, the savings on the 3-5 day service are considerable. This is something we’ve introduced purely to try and save you some money as we appreciate using the Royal Mail 1-2 day postage service isn’t exactly cheap these days…
|Weight kg||1-2 day charges||3-5 day charges|
Ten comics nicely packaged can just qualify as a large letter weighing about 655g.
A typical small order of four to six average-sized Vertigo or superhero books, or two or three chunkier hardback books and a few comics weighs around 1-2kg.
Eight to ten manga books packaged nicely would come to just under 2kg.
But in any case, you will be shown the postage costs available to you on both services at check out time before paying.
For our overseas customers we will also mail you your orders out at the exact postage cost, which does unfortunately work out more expensive than the typical UK costs shown above and is calculated quite differently with different rates and tariffs, but there are ways and means to try and keep the cost down and we will try to minimise your postage costs wherever possible. For example we might suggest leaving a book until next time if it’s going to take you over the weight limit into the next bracket up which can increase the postage cost considerably. And overseas orders under 5kg to certain countries can qualify for a different (lower) rate provided we’re posting printed matter such as books etc. Unfortunately however there is no comparable cheaper service to the 3-5 day service we can offer to UK customers that we’ve been able to find for our overseas ones yet. We’re still looking though!
Meanwhile here’s a lovely customer with some kind words about our mail order service…
The delivery arrived happily in one piece – I think the postman is starting to despise me since it is the third heavy box he has had to bring to my abode in as many days – muhahahaha
Kudos to Tom – the wrapping was impressively secure. After failing to get in with kitchen scissors, a cleaver and then a chainsaw I resorted to a small controlled explosion with semtex. After the dust cleared I tiptoed back into the kitchen and pulled out the books which were all present and correct and in perfect condition.