Detailed information is below, however here are the major points if you're in a rush -
Bell's General Store Online will be closed for Christmas on Thursday December 25th, 2014 and Friday December 26th, 2014 and will not be shipping on those day. We will resume shipping as normal on Monday, December 29th.
Important Holiday Dates
Thursday December 18th @ 12PM EST (noon) - Last time to order & ship with Bell's Saver Shipping to arrive by Christmas Eve (Dec 24th) - Customers in Michigan & the Great Lakes region may be able to use Bell's Saver Shipping later than this date, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Friday December 19th @ 12PM EST (noon) - Last time to order & ship with Bell's Express (3-Business Day Guarantee) to arrive by Christmas Eve (Dec 24th)
Monday December 22nd @ 12PM EST (noon) - Last time to order & ship with Bell's Express (2-Business Day Guarantee) to arrive by Christmas Eve (Dec 24th)
Tuesday December 23rd @ 12PM EST (noon) - Last time to order & ship with Bell's Express (1-Business Day Guarantee) to arrive by Christmas Eve (Dec 24th)
All shipment quotes are based on weight* and the State & Zip Code of your shipping address. To get a shipping cost estimate, please use the "Estimate Shipping & Tax" link in your shopping cart and fill in the required fields. All orders are shipped within 0-2 business days of placing an order (almost always the same or next business day as time allows). The speed at which you receive your order depends on your distance from our facility in Kalamazoo, MI and the type of shipping you choose. There is more information about each of our shipping options below.
Bell's Saver Shipping
Bell's Saver Shipping is the most economical shipping option and we will choose the safest, fastest and most economical shipping provider based on the weight*, size and contents of your order. For the contiguous 48 US states, your order may arrive any time between 1-9 business days after you place your order, again based on how far you are from Kalamazoo, MI and the shipping provider we use. Usually, orders will be there within 2-5 business days, however. For AK, HI, PR, APO/FPO or US Territories, please see the note below.
Your order may be shipped via the United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS or FedEx and you will receive tracking information once the order is shipped. The tracking information once updated (usually within 24 hours) will give you an expected delivery date.
Bell's Express Shipping
Bell's Express Shipping is available in the lower 48 states and guarantees delivery in either 3, 2, or 1 business days AFTER shipment. Bell's Express Shipping orders are given priority and will ship the same day if placed before 12:00PM EST (Mon-Fri). Orders placed after 12:00PM EST (Mon-Fri) will ship the next business day. Please keep in mind we cannot ship on Saturday or Sunday, nor do any shipping providers consider Saturday and Sunday or Holidays as business days. For example, an order placed with Bell's Express (1-Business Day Guaranteed) on Friday at 4:00PM EST will ship on Monday, and be delivered on Tuesday. While we do our best to ensure everyone gets their order as quickly as possible, please let us know if you need your order by a specific day and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Your order may be shipped via the United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS or FedEx and you will receive tracking information once the order is shipped. Please feel free to request/exclude carriers in your order comments and we'll do our best to accommodate your request. Please keep in mind that Bell's Express orders may require a signature for delivery.
Free Shipping is available on select items such as stickers and some other light goods. Items that qualify for free shipping will be marked on the product description page, or look at our Free Shipping Items category under the Bell's Gear section. Orders with both free shipping items and non-free shipping items will be charged shipping at the normal, weight-based rates. Your free shipping order may arrive any time between 2-9 business days after you place your order and will generally be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail.
Sorry, but Bell's General Store does not offer any international shipping at this time. We will ship to international couriers, but please note our shipments are packaged only for domestic shipping and Bell's General Store releases all responsibility for a package once tracking shows it was delivered to the domestic address provided. Our credit card processor often declines cards from foreign-based banks so please check out using PayPal if this is the case.
Non-Contiguous US Shipping
Bell's General Store does ship to AK/HI/PR, military addresses (APO/FPO/LPO) and most US territories. Bell's Saver Shipping is meant for the contiguous 48 US States and while you can ship this way, non-continental addresses may have major delays in shipping times. Packages are usually sent via USPS Parcel Post (OR USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes when it fits) and can take up to 2 months depending on the size of the package and the distance, and may not be trackable during this time. You are responsible for making sure your order is compliant with all shipping/customs regulations wherever you are. Please contact us at (269) 250 -8484 if you would like to discuss other shipping options for your order. Please, no international shipping at this time. While we do our best to ensure your order is packaged sufficiently, Bell's General Store will not be responsible for damaged/destroyed or lost packages sent to non-continental addresses. We do not suggest buying fragile/perishable items for overseas shipping. Buy at your own risk!
*Dimensional weight notice - Because of how shipping charges are calculated by the various carriers, some item's displayed weights are based on a calculation of the dimensions (length, width, and height) of an item instead of the actual weight of an item. Items that are affected by this are generally lighter in weight but larger in size, such as Ale Pail Buckets and Better Bottle Carboys, which cost more to ship because of their size.