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For all orders shipped to recipients outside of the US, fulfillment is delayed 4 weeks due to our factory, carriers and port closures in China for the Chinese New Year Holidays. (Effective 1/22/2019)
Enjoy free shipping for orders of Deluxe Individual Kits, discount automatically applies at checkout.
US orders only.
Limited time offer.
We are excited to introduce our first accessory kit: the LED Magnifier Kit! It is a perfect companion to our Basic Classroom Kit.
Save 12% on this product when purchased with a Basic Classroom Kit, enter promo code "LEDKIT" at check out.
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1. When will I receive my order?
For customers with US shipping address, in-stock items ordered from the Foldscope store will ship immediately, typically within 1-2 business days. You will receive a tracking number once your Foldscope ships, and transit typically takes another 2 - 10 business days.
For customers with shipping address outside of the US, in-stock items ordered from the Foldscope store will ship typically within 7 to 14 business days. For more details, please read “International Shipping Information” below.
Please pay attention to announcements for out-of-stock items!
You can still place purchase out-of-stock items (back-orders), but the items will start shipping at a later estimated date in the order they are received.
2. What are the payment options?
We accept credit card and PayPal in the online Foldscope store.
If you want to do a purchase order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can accept ACH payment, check, or wire transfer. With wire transfer, please also pay for the transfer fee.
3. When will my credit card be charged?
We will charge your credit card at check-out for all orders.
4. For which countries are the kits currently available? How are shipping costs calculated?
The Foldscope Kits are now shipping worldwide.
Shipping is charged based on using USPS / DHL.
For international shipping, there may be additional customs fees which are paid by the recipient at the time of delivery. Please note that the customs fee varies by the destination country, and the Foldscope team cannot predict the amount. For more details, please read “International Shipping Information” below.
We are working to open several distribution centers across the world, and to find reliable cost effective shipping partners.
5. Why the difference in price between Deluxe Individual Kits and Classroom Kits?
Our mission is to bring bring affordable scientific tools to everyone (not just communities who have the resources - but everyone). To make this possible and sustainable, we offer two different types of kits: the Deluxe Individual Kit, and various Classroom Kits.
Deluxe Individual Kits provide a user with a Foldscope and everything they need to start exploring (cell separation tools, microfluidics tools, and dark field and phase contrast modules). Not only are these kits fantastic to help you get the most out of your Foldscope, but their proceeds directly subsidize our classroom kits. By purchasing a Deluxe Individual Kit, you directly support our mission!
Classroom Kits are designed for educators, humanitarian projects, and causes looking to cater to large groups of explorers. Thanks to the proceeds of Deluxe Individual Kits, we are able to bring the costs down to $1.75 per Foldscope.
Additional questions should be directed to email@example.com.
International Shipping Information
If your shipping address is outside of the United States, here is important information for you.
Your Foldscope will ship from China.
You will receive your tracking number 7 to 14 business days after you place your order.
Import duty / tax is the recipient’s responsibility
Please be advised that for any orders shipping outside of the US, additional custom/import fee may be levied by the destination country's customs office at the time of custom clearance. Custom/import fee is not included in the shipping cost.
It is the recipient’s responsibility to follow up with the courier/customs office to proceed with the custom clearance.
Before placing your order, please confirm that:
You understand your responsibility for customs clearance
You understand that you are responsible for any additional payment of import duty / tax to the local customs office.
You are able to provide any documents required by the local customs office for customs clearance.
You understand that the Foldscope team does not have control over the amount of import duty / tax incurred and that the Foldscope team cannot predict what the amount may be.
If you would like to contact your local customs office to estimate how much duty/tax you may be charged, here is useful information:
Our Foldscope products are classified under the following International HS Code (Harmonized Schedule for import duties): 9011.80.0000
Possible additional fees
Your shipping address is marked “remote” by DHL:
Shipments to “remote” address incurs extra remote fee of US$35 to 40 depending on destination.
When your shipping address is remote, you will be notified and given the following options:
Provide us with an alternative address to try with DHL
DHL - fast and reliable, additional remote fee
Postal service - slow and limited customer support on tracking, no additional fee
Cancel and receive a full refund
Your shipping address is Hong Kong (S.F. Express):
Additional fee will be asked to pay at the time of delivery.
Delivery to a residential address incurs additional fee of HKD20.
Delivery to a remote address incurs additional remote fee of HKD30.
If your shipment is unclaimed for an extended period of time, it will be abandoned
If neither the courier nor the Foldscope Team can reach you when the shipment is left unclaimed, we will need to abandon the shipment at your cost.
During customs clearance, your attention and timely follow-up is essential.
Please track your shipment frequently and pay attention to any notification from the Foldscope Team and the courier.
where is my Foldscope order now?
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