Let's talk buying, packing and shipping art.
We are so grateful that you are considering purchasing original art from us. You should feel good knowing that when you purchase art from LINDA CHIDO ART you are supporting both the individual artists and our family. Each original artwork on our website is a one of a kind artwork made with love. Original artwork is an investment and we want to ensure you fully understand all of the costs associated with purchasing original art.
Why is shipping art so expensive?
We would hate for the shipping fees to deter you from purchasing a beautiful piece of art that you love. This is why we have created this page. We are striving to be 100% transparent about our costs.
The first thing for you to know is that original artwork, being that it is one of a kind, means that it has its own unique packing and shipping requirements. Estimating is near next to impossible.
Before shipping, each artwork needs to be prepared to ship. It starts with being wrapped, typically in plastic, so it's protected from water damage, sandwiched between heavy duty cardboard to protect it from being crushed or punctured, bubble or foam wrapped to create a buffer between it and potential harm, cardboard stability pieces placed at the corners to keep the artwork from moving around within the box, and then put into the shipping box (or crate). All of those material are expensive, and we haven't even gotten to then shipping part yet!
Shipping calculation are based on the box size your artwork is in, it's weight and the address it is being sent to. Again, because we are shipping a one of a kind item, there is not a specific estimate we can give. Though, it has been our experience that shipping artwork under 36 inches wide in any direction will ship within the continental United States for under $100. Though, once the package's girth is over 130 inches, an additional $100+ surcharge kicks in. Over 165 inches and you have to switch to trucking which is very costly.
For shipping Internationally, there are customs considerations, export invoices (and an import invoice if the artwork needs to be returned), VAT or value added tax, trade tariff commodity codes, and export licenses. And regardless of the art shipping nationally or internationally, it must have insurance.
WOW! That's A Lot!
It is a lot and every carrier has their own rules on top of the requirements above. That is why our shipper is worth his weight in gold! We use Austin Mail Express for all of our original art shipping. He has extensive experience shipping artwork all over the world. In addition, most of the artists in our area use and trust him with their shipping. Austin Mail Express knows the ins and outs of shipping and is a valued member of our team.
As we said above, we strive to be transparent about our costs. This is why most of Linda's art has a "purchase request" button instead of just click and pay. We want to ensure that you are paying the exact shipping costs to receive your artwork. Plus, it gives Linda a chance to get to know you better and provide you with some white glove service.
With the purchase request, we begin the process with an email exchange so that we can get your shipping information. We then take the artwork to the shipper where it is packaged and prepared for shipping Our shipper will tell us exactly the cost to ship the artwork to you and provide a tracking number. At this point we will invoice you, the cost of the artwork plus the cost of the shipping. Once your payment clears, your beautiful new artwork will be on its way to you.
But you have original artwork in your Gallery Shop.
We do. We asked our shipper (Austin Mail Express) to give us a range of costs to ship those pieces within the United States. We then took the average from those estimates. We are not profiting from the shipping costs. In fact, we usually end up having to make up the difference from our own pocket. Shipping costs sometimes seep into our profits but sometimes, that's the cost of doing business. The most important thing is the artwork gets to you in pristine condition.
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