COVID-19: Extended transit times
Although we strive to get your order shipped within one business day, your order might experience extended transit times, because both USPS and UPS are overwhelmed by the high volume of packages they're currently receiving. While most packages still arrive in the expected amount of time, we're seeing more transit delays. We're also seeing some packages that aren't receiving scans while in transit and some packages that don't begin moving until a few days after we mail them.
Although most packages are still being delivered in the expected amount of time, be advised that some orders might take significantly longer than expected to arrive. We apologize in advance for any delay.
Our shipping philosophy
At Gnomish Bazaar, we want to keep our shipping just as affordable as our miniature and paint prices. And, of course, the best shipping is free. But, one of the things about selling a $3 miniature is that you can't offer free shipping on the miniature by itself, unless you want to charge $6 or $7 for that miniature. And sure, some online stores do it that way. But what if someone wants to buy two miniatures at once? Or three? Or ten? Suddenly that $3 miniature for $6 or $7 with "free" shipping doesn't look like a very good deal.
We think we have a better way:
$3.79 shipping for lighter orders
For shipments that weigh less than one pound, we charge only $3.79 for shipping. These shipments are sent via USPS First Class Package Service and usually take 2-5 business days to reach you, depending on where you live and whether USPS routes your package by ground or air. You can usually get around a dozen regular-sized bottles of paint or a bunch of humanoid miniatures without going over the 1 pound threshold.
$5.99 shipping for heavier orders
For shipments that weigh one pound or more, we charge just $5.99 for shipping. These shipments are either sent via USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground. We decide which one based on several factors. In general, the larger and heavier the shipment, and the farther it's going from California, the more likely it will go UPS Ground vs. USPS Priority Mail. USPS Priority Mail usually takes 2-3 business days and UPS Ground usually takes 2-5 business days, depending on where you live.
FREE shipping for $79+ orders
We offer free shipping on all orders of $79 or more (before tax, which is only charged in CA). We select the shipping method for free shipping: USPS First Class Package Service, USPS Priority Mail, or UPS Ground, depending on the weight and bulkiness of the shipment and where you live.
We ship quickly
We work hard to get your order out as soon as possible. Although we can't guarantee that we'll ship your order in a certain amount of time, we strive to ship all orders that we receive within 1 business day, except for orders that contain preorder items. In most cases, orders made before noon Pacific Time on a business day get shipped the same day!
More than 99% of all in-stock orders we've ever received have shipped within one business day. If, for some reason, we can't ship your order in this time frame, we'll let you know.
We ship to P.O. boxes, too (usually)
It's no problem for us to ship to P.O. boxes for most orders. In some cases, when the order is particularly big or bulky, we might need a street address so we can ship via UPS Ground. If we need to ship your order to a street address and you've only provided a P.O. box, we'll contact you after we receive and review your order.
Where do we ship?
Currently, we only ship to U.S. addresses. We're planning on expanding to other countries in the future. If you live outside the U.S. and wish you could be buying miniatures and paints from us right now, please let us know how you feel.