Member Discounts - Price Matching Discounts - Volume Discounts
By purchasing your gear from us for the same lowest price you can get anywhere else you are helping to support our nonprofit work.
Member Discounts - All the time
Members who are logged in while they shop automatically have a discount applied to their cart, and pay no shipping within the US. The discount rate varies from time to time. Join Now ! Orders over $100, including discount items, include a years membership.
Price Matching Discounts - We Will Match Any Price
Manufacturers and distributors generally have strict policies against discounting. We have posted competitive discounts and sale prices in the past only to be told we can't do that. Often we were reported by a large operation with high volumes, who ironically offer discount themselves. But they buy such large volumes that the policies are enforced much less strictly for them. So we do not exactly operate in a free market! What we can do is match discounts initiated by others, and we can also make deals privately without posting anything about prices below suggested retail.
In matching discounts we will follow these policies:
We can offer special pricing to anyone ordering a large quantity at one time, including clubs, companies, groups of friends pooled together, etc. Contact us with the size of your potential order and the items included and we will provide a quote.
For large orders worthy of a volume discount we may require payment via some means other than paypal. We found out the hard way, fortunately on a small order, that we have insufficient protections from paypal. (We sent a study kit to the UK and it did not arrive fast enough for the customer. He reported it as not received even though it was in transit with tracking. Paypal refunded the order and of course the product was never returned.)
When we began our project and our store 25 years ago it was easy to include free shipping, even on many international orders. Since then the postal service has increased rates dramatically, and we are currently and frequently re-evaluating our shipping fees. We continue to absorb some part of this cost but cannot promise free shipping on anything sent anywhere anymore.