Purchasing Information

PLEASE NOTE:  See Below for Important COVID Related Shipping Restrictions for China and New Zealand Customers

  • Several USA shipping companies now have temporary restrictions regarding shipping packages to China and New Zealand due to the COVID Virus International shipping restrictions in those countries. I use USPS for all of my International Shipments and as of Monday, May 16th, 2022 the ONLY method to ship to those countries is by USPS Priority Express International. This shipping method is more expensive than USPS First Class or USPS Priority. However, it is also the fastest shipping method and usually gets packages delivered in 5-7 business days with tracking all the way to the destination of the packages. So, if you live in China or New Zealand, your only option for shipping is USPS Priority Express Mail and please take that into consideration before making a purchase on my website.

    There are several USA based International shipping options that specialize in shipping internationally.  And many of my International customers have USA Freight Forwarding Companies where I ship the packages that are then forwarded to my inernational buyers. I strongly recommend such Global shipping companies as they are safe and again, specialize in shipping from the USA to many other countries.

    Here is an example of these freight forwarding services in the USA: https://tinyurl.com/2p8r8wa5

    Again, pipestud.com uses only USPS to ship packages for a variety of reasons. Please do not ask me to ship by another method as doing so would slow the process considerably for a small business like mine. So, shipping by any other method is not an option.

    Thank you for your understanding and I am sorry for the inconvenience and the extra cost of shipping to my Chinese and New Zealand customers at this time.

    By purchasing from Pipestud’s Consignment Shop you are agreeing to the following terms:

  • You will not hold Pipestud’s Consignment Shop responsible for items that are damaged, lost or stolen during shipping.
  • You are purchasing a second-hand collectible tins..
  • You must be 21 years of age or older to make any purchases from this site – by doing so, you are confirming that you are of legal age to purchase tobacco products or smoking accessories. We will deny any order we believe has been placed by a minor.
  • WARNING: Pipestud.com does not sell tobacco or related tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, nor do we sell cigarettes.

Shopping Cart Information

Pipestud’s Consignment Shop maintains an “Open Shopping Cart System.” This prevents hoarding that otherwise would allow individuals to place a large number of tins in their shopping carts to protect them from being purchased by someone else until they decide which tins to purchase and which tins to release. So, any tins placed in shopping carts are still available for purchase by anyone and the first person to pay for a particular tin gets the item. So, if you have a tin in your shopping cart that is no longer available at checkout, that simply means someone else has already paid for that particular item.

Backorders

Due to the uniqueness of this website, once new listings are released, there will be literally hundreds of customers around the world who will be competing for items at the same time. Backorders occur when two people purchase an item and pay within less than 2-seconds of one another. Some weeks it does not happen at all and other weeks I get several. It will continue. And to be fair to everyone, the person whose order pops up first in the system is the one who gets the tobacco. A refund is then sent to the individual who did not get the item and that person’s refund email will have the backorder explanation.

Login / Logout

Because this website uses a respected and safe Merchant Service, we are able to receive direct credit card payments (as well as PayPal), so, you do need to be registered and logged in to complete your orders. There is a direct “Login” menu item on the top of every page of the site. If you are not logged in, it will say “Login.” If you are registered and logged in, the menu item will simply say “Log out.” That will allow you to log out if you so choose, or, stay logged in for faster checkout. Once you leave the site, if you are logged in, you will remain logged in and not have to reregister when you come back to make your next purchase.

Multiple Same Day Orders

If you make multiple purchases, the system still charges you shipping for each order. Once I begin the packing process for shipping, you will receive shipping fee refunds for each shipping overpayment. If your single purchase or multiple same day purchases are valued at $200 or more then you will receive free shipping to any USA location. If your location is outside of the USA you will be charged only the actual cost of shipping and no handling fee will be charged.

Domestic Shipping

USPS Priority Shipping is the ONLY method available for domestic shipments. The shipping fee is $8.00 for all orders shipped within the USA no matter how large or small your order may be. Multiple same day orders within an hour or so of your original order will be counted as one order & any extra shipping fees charged will be refunded. I pack orders for shipping quickly, so if you decide to make another purchase and I have already packed your box, you will be charged an additional shipping fee and your second order will be shipped in a separate box. If your purchases (within an hour or two of each other), are for $200.00 or more, your shipping will be free. All domestic orders are usually shipped within one business day of purchase. Insurance can be purchased by the customer upon request.

Due to tax laws in Washington State, South Dakota and Utah, Pipestud’s Consignment Shop cannot ship tobacco to those states but can ship smoking pipes and related accessories into those states.

International Shipping

International Customers are not charged a shipping fee at checkout. Once I pack and weigh your order, I will then send you a separate invoice for your shipping fee. The invoice will also include the Declared Value of your package. By USA shipping laws, this is mandatory for all international shipments, no matter what country. In order to comply with standard International shipping laws, I must always provide the declared value and your country’s Customs Agents will also have access to that information. 

Both USPS Priority International and USPS First Class International shipping are available options for shipment to most countries (see China and New Zealand excptions at the top of this page). Allll orders will be shipped First Class if you do not let me know that you want Priority International soon after making your order. *PLEASE NOTE: USPS will not ship First Class International if the contents weigh more than 4-pounds. If your package weighs over that amount, shipping will be by USPS Priority International. For international customers, you are also agreeing that Pipestud’s Consignment Shop is not responsible for items lost in the mail or any customs issues in your country. I can purchase insurance at the customer’s request and expense. The customs declaration is for “second hand collectible tins” and there is never a mention of tobacco. Also, the contents declared value is only the retail value of your purchase. As an example, if you purchase a tin for $50 that originally sold at retail for $12. Then the declared value is $12 for that particular tin. I am a one man operation and ship many packages each week. So, I do not split International orders into separate packages unless the order is so large that doing so is necessary. 

Shipping to Canada: Please note that due to Canadian law, when shipping tobacco products to Canada, I must place a copy of your purchase order and payment receipt in the box with your order which includes the exact price of your purchases and that they are tins/bags of pipe tobacco.


Refund Policy

  • Unless otherwise noted in the item description, all collectible tins are factory-sealed.  While every item is thoroughly inspected before being offered for sale, Pipestud’s Consignment Shop cannot guarantee the integrity of the contents of tins that can be 10, 20 or even 50 years old. Rust can start from the inside of the tin, or seals may be lost through shipment. Breaches in the tins can occur. It is simply a possibility the buyer must take into consideration when purchasing tins that may be many years or many decades old. Should this occur, I will certainly consider refunds on a case by case basis. 
  • If you make a purchase of a pipe and return it unsmoked, you will receive a full refund. Likewise, if you return a tobacco tin in the same sealed condition that you received it in, you will receive a full refund. Refunds will be sent within 48-hours of having received your return. You have 30 days from the date of receipt to contact us for a refund.

Privacy Policy

Pipestud’s Consignment Shop will collect and maintain personal information provided by its users, including their names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. We do not and will not share personal information for any purpose other than conducting business with our customers.  We offer payment through PayPal and use Authorize.net for credit card processing.  Pipestud’s Consignment Shop is PCI compliant and does not maintain or have access to customers credit card or PayPal information.  For information on Paypal and Authorze.net’s Privacy Policies, please see their respective websites.