Does it cost more to ship to Alaska or Hawaii?
In some cases it does cost more to ship to Alaska or Hawaii. While our standard rush times apply to the contiguous forty-eight states, there is a different set of rush options that apply to Alaska and Hawaii. The reason being that we use UPS as our delivery carrier and their delivery times and pricing are different outside of the contiguous forty-eight states. If you are placing an order with delivery to Alaska or Hawaii, please contact us to find out when delivery should be expected and what your options are.
Since many areas in Alaska or Hawaii are considered rural and do not receive delivery from UPS or FedEx, we are left with no option but to use the United States Postal Service. If this is the case, we will provide you with the United States Postal Service tracking number and their estimated delivery date as provided to us; however, we will not be able to manage the package once it is out of our hands and unfortunately USPS does not guarantee delivery times or provide on-going tracking information in most cases.
We will try as much as possible to provide you with the lowest possible quote for delivery to Alaska or Hawaii. Since our pricing is much higher for shipping outside of the contiguous 48 states, we are left with no choice but to add on a delivery fee outside of our free shipping. Typically this fee is very low in comparison to what we are actually paying to have the products shipped.
As a good rule of thumb it is always a good idea to allow a little bit of extra transit time for delivery to Alaska or Hawaii. That means that if you know you have an event coming up and you need your order in hands by a specific date it is a good idea to order as far in advance of that date as possible. In certain instances we are able to offer rush options to these two locations; however, the logistics involved are generally much more complicated and the price for doing so is generally much higher. We would certainly much rather you place your order with standard shipping far in advance of your in hands date if at all possible.
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