Terms & Conditions

I ship internationally.

I accept:
  • PayPal: bob@parkinlotstamps.com
  • Personal checks drawn on U.S. Bank
  • Money Orders
  • Credit Cards Through Shopify

For Returns please see Return Policy details below.

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Shipping:
I try not to make a profit on my Shipping & Handling.  I just want to cover my expenses.  My shipping will be based on final order amount for mailing in the United States and by weight everywhere else.  I believe these rates will be fair, but I'm pretty sure there may be occasions where shipping may be too high.  If that occurs, I will be glad to work with you to lower the shipping costs.  I would rather under charge for shipping than over charge.  We will have to see how it goes.  I may have to tweak the shipping here and there in the future.  If you buy more than $600 in one order, shipping will be free.  Most mailings will be by 1st Class USPS Mail.  Insurance is included in all the fees.  If you require expedited shipping or registration, please contact me for those rates.  

Shipping Rates as of 3/13/2015

US Shipping:

  • $0.01 - $49.99                              $2.00
  • $50.01 - $99.99                           $2.50
  • $100.00 - $199.99                       $3.25 
  • $200.00 - $299.99                       $5.50
  • $300.00 - $399.99                      $6.75
  • $400.00 - $499.99                      $8.00
  • $500.00 - $599.99                      $9.25
  • > $600.00                                   Free

*** Foreign Shipping:

Unfortunately due to major International Shipping changes I have had to increase my international shipping charges. Prices went up by a factor of about 10. I have found an internet shipping company which discounts the rates by about 50%. So while my international prices have gone up, they are not as high as they could be. Please see below for the current rates.

USPS REQUIRES CUSTOMS FORM 2976 We are not responsible for delays caused by customs or their fees.

These are the new rates:

  • < 2oz                                           $8.00
  • < 4oz                                           $10.00
  • < 6oz                                           $12.00
  • < 8oz                                           $15.00
  • 8oz - 20oz                                $20.00
  • 20oz - 4lbs                               $45.00

*** It is very difficult to figure out what a final order will weigh with any accuracy.  The final weight includes the envelope, stamp, the stiffener, the glassine/card and of course the stamps themselves.  I have estimated that on the average that a single lot of 1-10 stamps is about 1/3 of an ounce.  A cover is 1/2 ounce.  A sheet of stamps is 2oz. 

If you buy up to 6 stamps or set of stamps or a cover or two the shipping is very simple.  The order will be less than 2 oz.  I am sure that one way or the other, if there are multiple items in an order, that once I actually weigh the packed order, that my calculations will not add up.  If I have overcharged you for shipping I will refund you the difference.  If I did not charge you enough for shipping, I will accept that loss.

My only other choice is to make a single very high shipping fee to cover all scenarios and I don't want to do that.  90% of my orders is less than 2 ounces.  I have rarely gone over 4oz, but I have had orders that were greater than a pound. 

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Unless specified in the listing, I use Scott Catalogues for identification of my stamps.

I normally try to describe and display all stamps accurately.  If there is any sort of damage, it will be described.  I usually circle the problem area so there is no doubt as to where the damage is.  These stamps are sold at a steep discount from their non-damaged counterparts.

Most images on my website are the items that you will receive.  The only exception to this is when I have multiples of stamps that are all in the same condition (Mint Never Hinged).  All Covers and Used Stamps are individually scanned as I consider these unique.  I have also added some "stock" images of items that I cannot scan without damaging them.  They will be noted in the listing.  For example, I have some older complete booklets that would be damaged if opened.  I scan the covers, and provide a stock image of the panes so that you can see what stamps are inside the booklet.  Like I said before, these images are clearly identified in the listing.

I have lots of stamps I have not gotten around to listing, so if you are looking for something specific, please contact me.  My concentration is in US, Canada, Great Britain, British Commonwealth and Western Europe.  

Please use the "Filter by..." button to filter the choices in any particular category.  I have tried to 'tag' every stamp with a topic and format that would help collectors find what they like.  For instance, if you like to collect Snakes on stamps, you should go to the Topicals/Animals/Reptiles & Amphibians menu.  Click on "Filter by... and select the keyword Snakes.  All stamps that have a snake on them will appear. 

Sorting by Title (which is the default) does not really work well for stamps.  So, you will find the catalog number 1000 coming before catalog number 2.  I could pad the catalog numbers but that would not look right either.  This is just something you and I will have to live with.  Please accept my apologies for this functionality.

You can also sort the inventory by "Newest to Oldest".  This will show you the most recent items that I have posted.  This works on all category pages including the Items For Sale page.. 

There are a few countries which I will not sell on my website due to PayPal Restrictions.  They are:

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Sudan
  • Cuba
  • North Korea

I do have stamps from these countries that I will sell but the buyer cannot use PayPal.  Please send your requests to my contact information listed below.

My mailing address is:
Robert Parkin
PO Box 8030
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028-8030
USA

Email: bob@parkinlotstamps.com

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 RETURNS

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Generally, I have a very liberal return policy.  My goal is to make my customers happy but I do need to have restrictions.  Please contact me if you have concerns.

Our policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted: (if applicable)

  •  New books with obvious signs of use
  •  CD, DVD, VHS tape, software, video game, cassette tape, or vinyl record that has been opened.
  •  Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error.
  •  Any item that is returned more than 30 days after delivery


Refunds (if applicable)
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.

Late or missing refunds (if applicable)
If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again.
Then contact your credit card company or PayPal, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted.  Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted.  If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at bob@parkinlotstamps.com.

"As Is" items (if applicable)
Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately "As Is" items cannot be refunded.

Exchanges (if applicable)
Most items we sell are unique.  We only replace items if they are mis-described, defective or damaged and available.  If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at bob@parkinlotstamps.com and send your item to: PO Box 8030, Glen Ridge , NJ, 07028, United States.

Shipping
To return your item, you should mail your item to: PO Box 8030, Glen Ridge, NJ, 07028, United States.

Return shipping costs will be determined on a case by case basis. If the error is clearly our fault, we will refund your shipping cost.  Otherwise you will be responsible for return shipping costs.

Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged item to reach you, may vary.

If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

Obtaining Certificates of Authenticity

  • Notice that a stamp is being submitted for a certificate MUST be made at the time payment is made.
  • No refunds will be made after 120 days after the sale date unless extra time is granted.
  • Due to the high cost of obtaining certificates we will only refund the cost of the stamp and not the cost of the certificate for stamps that sell for less than $100 that come back with a negative certificate. Stamps that sell for above $100 will receive a full refund for both the price of the stamp and cost of the certificate if it should come back not as described.
  • Certificates from The Philatelic Foundation, PSE, or the APS are accepted.
  • Other expertising services will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • NOTE "graded" certificates or "encased" items are not accepted.
  • Proof of the inability of a competent authority to express an opinion is not grounds for return.

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Now for the small print:


TERMS OF SERVICE

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OVERVIEW

This website is operated by parkinlot Stamps & Collectibles. Throughout the site, the terms “we”, “us” and “our” refer to parkinlot Stamps & Collectibles. parkinlot Stamps & Collectibles offers this website, including all information, tools and services available from this site to you, the user, conditioned upon your acceptance of all terms, conditions, policies and notices stated here.

By visiting our site and/ or purchasing something from us, you engage in our “Service” and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions (“Terms of Service”, “Terms”), including those additional terms and conditions and policies referenced herein and/or available by hyperlink. These Terms of Service apply  to all users of the site, including without limitation users who are browsers, vendors, customers, merchants, and/ or contributors of content.

Please read these Terms of Service carefully before accessing or using our website. By accessing or using any part of the site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the website or use any services. If these Terms of Service are considered an offer, acceptance is expressly limited to these Terms of Service.

Any new features or tools which are added to the current store shall also be subject to the Terms of Service. You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time on this page. We reserve the right to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Service by posting updates and/or changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the website following the posting of any changes constitutes acceptance of those changes.

Our store is hosted on Shopify Inc. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you.


SECTION 1 - ONLINE STORE TERMS

By agreeing to these Terms of Service, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.

You may not use our products for any illegal or unauthorized purpose nor may you, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws).

You must not transmit any worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature.

A breach or violation of any of the Terms will result in an immediate termination of your Services.


SECTION 2 - GENERAL CONDITIONS

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

You understand that your content (not including credit card information), may be transferred unencrypted and involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Credit card information is always encrypted during transfer over networks.

You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service or any contact on the website through which the service is provided, without express written permission by us.

The headings used in this agreement are included for convenience only and will not limit or otherwise affect these Terms.


SECTION 3 - ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS AND TIMELINESS OF INFORMATION

We are not responsible if information made available on this site is not accurate, complete or current. The material on this site is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon or used as the sole basis for making decisions without consulting primary, more accurate, more complete or more timely sources of information. Any reliance on the material on this site is at your own risk.

This site may contain certain historical information. Historical information, necessarily, is not current and is provided for your reference only. We reserve the right to modify the contents of this site at any time, but we have no obligation to update any information on our site. You agree that it is your responsibility to monitor changes to our site.


SECTION 4 - MODIFICATIONS TO THE SERVICE AND PRICES

Prices for our products are subject to change without notice.

We reserve the right at any time to modify or discontinue the Service (or any part or content thereof) without notice at any time.

We shall not be liable to you or to any third-party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.


SECTION 5 - PRODUCTS OR SERVICES (if applicable)

Certain products or services may be available exclusively online through the website. These products or services may have limited quantities and are subject to return or exchange only according to our Return Policy.

We have made every effort to display as accurately as possible the colors and images of our products that appear at the store. We cannot guarantee that your computer monitor's display of any color will be accurate.

We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to limit the sales of our products or Services to any person, geographic region or jurisdiction. We may exercise this right on a case-by-case basis. We reserve the right to limit the quantities of any products or services that we offer. All descriptions of products or product pricing are subject to change at anytime without notice, at the sole discretion of us. We reserve the right to discontinue any product at any time. Any offer for any product or service made on this site is void where prohibited.

We do not warrant that the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you will meet your expectations, or that any errors in the Service will be corrected.


SECTION 6 - ACCURACY OF BILLING AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION

We reserve the right to refuse any order you place with us. We may, in our sole discretion, limit or cancel quantities purchased per person, per household or per order. These restrictions may include orders placed by or under the same customer account, the same credit card, and/or orders that use the same billing and/or shipping address. In the event that we make a change to or cancel an order, we may attempt to notify you by contacting the e-mail and/or billing address/phone number provided at the time the order was made. We reserve the right to limit or prohibit orders that, in our sole judgment, appear to be placed by dealers, resellers or distributors.

You agree to provide current, complete and accurate purchase and account information for all purchases made at our store. You agree to promptly update your account and other information, including your email address and credit card numbers and expiration dates, so that we can complete your transactions and contact you as needed.

For more detail, please review our Returns Policy.


SECTION 7 - OPTIONAL TOOLS

We may provide you with access to third-party tools over which we neither monitor nor have any control nor input.

You acknowledge and agree that we provide access to such tools ”as is” and “as available” without any warranties, representations or conditions of any kind and without any endorsement. We shall have no liability whatsoever arising from or relating to your use of optional third-party tools.

Any use by you of optional tools offered through the site is entirely at your own risk and discretion and you should ensure that you are familiar with and approve of the terms on which tools are provided by the relevant third-party provider(s).

We may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall also be subject to these Terms of Service.


SECTION 8 - THIRD-PARTY LINKS

Certain content, products and services available via our Service may include materials from third-parties.

Third-party links on this site may direct you to third-party websites that are not affiliated with us. We are not responsible for examining or evaluating the content or accuracy and we do not warrant and will not have any liability or responsibility for any third-party materials or websites, or for any other materials, products, or services of third-parties.

We are not liable for any harm or damages related to the purchase or use of goods, services, resources, content, or any other transactions made in connection with any third-party websites. Please review carefully the third-party's policies and practices and make sure you understand them before you engage in any transaction. Complaints, claims, concerns, or questions regarding third-party products should be directed to the third-party.


SECTION 9 - USER COMMENTS, FEEDBACK AND OTHER SUBMISSIONS

If, at our request, you send certain specific submissions (for example contest entries) or without a request from us you send creative ideas, suggestions, proposals, plans, or other materials, whether online, by email, by postal mail, or otherwise (collectively, 'comments'), you agree that we may, at any time, without restriction, edit, copy, publish, distribute, translate and otherwise use in any medium any comments that you forward to us. We are and shall be under no obligation (1) to maintain any comments in confidence; (2) to pay compensation for any comments; or (3) to respond to any comments.

We may, but have no obligation to, monitor, edit or remove content that we determine in our sole discretion are unlawful, offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violates any party’s intellectual property or these Terms of Service.

You agree that your comments will not violate any right of any third-party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, personality or other personal or proprietary right. You further agree that your comments will not contain libelous or otherwise unlawful, abusive or obscene material, or contain any computer virus or other malware that could in any way affect the operation of the Service or any related website. You may not use a false e-mail address, pretend to be someone other than yourself, or otherwise mislead us or third-parties as to the origin of any comments. You are solely responsible for any comments you make and their accuracy. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any comments posted by you or any third-party.


SECTION 10 - PERSONAL INFORMATION

Your submission of personal information through the store is governed by our Privacy Policy. To view our Privacy Policy.


SECTION 11 - ERRORS, INACCURACIES AND OMISSIONS

Occasionally there may be information on our site or in the Service that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies or omissions that may relate to product descriptions, pricing, promotions, offers, product shipping charges, transit times and availability. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, and to change or update information or cancel orders if any information in the Service or on any related website is inaccurate at any time without prior notice (including after you have submitted your order).

We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify information in the Service or on any related website, including without limitation, pricing information, except as required by law. No specified update or refresh date applied in the Service or on any related website, should be taken to indicate that all information in the Service or on any related website has been modified or updated.



SECTION 12 - PROHIBITED USES

In addition to other prohibitions as set forth in the Terms of Service, you are prohibited from using the site or its content: (a) for any unlawful purpose; (b) to solicit others to perform or participate in any unlawful acts; (c) to violate any international, federal, provincial or state regulations, rules, laws, or local ordinances; (d) to infringe upon or violate our intellectual property rights or the intellectual property rights of others; (e) to harass, abuse, insult, harm, defame, slander, disparage, intimidate, or discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, national origin, or disability; (f) to submit false or misleading information; (g) to upload or transmit viruses or any other type of malicious code that will or may be used in any way that will affect the functionality or operation of the Service or of any related website, other websites, or the Internet; (h) to collect or track the personal information of others; (i) to spam, phish, pharm, pretext, spider, crawl, or scrape; (j) for any obscene or immoral purpose; or (k) to interfere with or circumvent the security features of the Service or any related website, other websites, or the Internet. We reserve the right to terminate your use of the Service or any related website for violating any of the prohibited uses.


SECTION 13 - DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

We do not guarantee, represent or warrant that your use of our service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free.

We do not warrant that the results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable.

You agree that from time to time we may remove the service for indefinite periods of time or cancel the service at any time, without notice to you.

You expressly agree that your use of, or inability to use, the service is at your sole risk. The service and all products and services delivered to you through the service are (except as expressly stated by us) provided 'as is' and 'as available' for your use, without any representation, warranties or conditions of any kind, either express or implied, including all implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, merchantable quality, fitness for a particular purpose, durability, title, and non-infringement.

In no case shall parkinlot Stamps & Collectibles, our directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, service providers or licensors be liable for any injury, loss, claim, or any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special, or consequential damages of any kind, including, without limitation lost profits, lost revenue, lost savings, loss of data, replacement costs, or any similar damages, whether based in contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise, arising from your use of any of the service or any products procured using the service, or for any other claim related in any way to your use of the service or any product, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the service or any content (or product) posted, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the service, even if advised of their possibility. Because some states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or the limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states or jurisdictions, our liability shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by law.



SECTION 14 - INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless parkinlot Stamps & Collectibles and our parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, agents, contractors, licensors, service providers, subcontractors, suppliers, interns and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third-party due to or arising out of your breach of these Terms of Service or the documents they incorporate by reference, or your violation of any law or the rights of a third-party.


SECTION 15 - SEVERABILITY

In the event that any provision of these Terms of Service is determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, such provision shall nonetheless be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and the unenforceable portion shall be deemed to be severed from these Terms of Service, such determination shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other remaining provisions.


SECTION 16 - TERMINATION

The obligations and liabilities of the parties incurred prior to the termination date shall survive the termination of this agreement for all purposes.

These Terms of Service are effective unless and until terminated by either you or us. You may terminate these Terms of Service at any time by notifying us that you no longer wish to use our Services, or when you cease using our site.

If in our sole judgment you fail, or we suspect that you have failed, to comply with any term or provision of these Terms of Service, we also may terminate this agreement at any time without notice and you will remain liable for all amounts due up to and including the date of termination; and/or accordingly may deny you access to our Services (or any part thereof).


SECTION 17 - ENTIRE AGREEMENT

The failure of us to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

These Terms of Service and any policies or operating rules posted by us on this site or in respect to The Service constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between you and us and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior or contemporaneous agreements, communications and proposals, whether oral or written, between you and us (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Service).

Any ambiguities in the interpretation of these Terms of Service shall not be construed against the drafting party.


SECTION 18 - GOVERNING LAW

These Terms of Service and any separate agreements whereby we provide you Services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of PO Box 8030, Glen Ridge, NJ, 07028-8030, United States.


SECTION 19 - CHANGES TO TERMS OF SERVICE

You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time at this page.

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Service by posting updates and changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check our website periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to our website or the Service following the posting of any changes to these Terms of Service constitutes acceptance of those changes.


SECTION 20 - CONTACT INFORMATION

Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to us at bob@parkinlotstamps.com.

Philatelic Memberships: