Thanks to our new fulfillment service, we can offer two tiers of shipping to U.S. customers: Cheap-as-chips Media Mail and Sometimes-more-expensive Priority.
Here’s the difference so that you pick the right one for you.
Media Mail: Like First Class, Media Mail is the same price no matter where you are in the country. Sending a box Media Mail across the street is the same price as sending it across the country. The downside to Media Mail is it is slow, especially around Christmas. It can take 10 business days for you to get your books.
In our long experience with Media Mail, we have found it to be as fast as First Class during most of the year. About early November it slows to a crawl. But it is cheap and the way I prefer to send and receive books.
Priority Mail: Unlike Media mail, the distance you ship a package helps determine the cost. Sending a box across the street is cheap. Sending the same box to California might cost three times as much. Priority is much faster – usually two or three days – but that’s not a guarantee.
So if you are organized or patient and order your books well before you need them, Media Mail is going to be your best bet. If you need them fast or live in the Midwest near our warehouse in Indiana, Priority might be right for you.
— Christopher Schwarz