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Domestic orders are sent via the US Postal Service by Priority Mail with a tracking number and insurance. Shipping and Handling Rate is $8.50 - USPS Flat Rate padded envelope which would fit around 3 normal size books. Please email us for a quote for orders exceeding 3 books, large and hardbound books as well as for coffee table books. We can also send via Fedex or other way, subject to request. We can quote you the Fedex rate and rates for other means of shipping if you email: email@example.com.
Unlike in the US, the market for books in the Philippines is not well-developed yet. Thus, the print run of books that are published in the country tend to be small. The cost of production is high because the print run is low; new technology, paper, ink and other components of publishing have to be imported; a reasonable fee is given for research and the cost of labor has also increased. All these factors are reflected in the selling price for Philippine books within the country. As you are aware, most of our books are imported from the Philippines and the cost of freight, warehousing and labor are added to the landed cost of the book. Thus, Philippine books in the US tend to be expensive. We have been importing books from the Philippines for 36 years now, and we have experienced the increasing price of our imports.
I suggest that you visit our online bookshop regularly and buy a title when it is newly released. This way, the cost is a little less. Once the book goes out of print, we acquire OP titles from a secondary market which means that the acquisition cost is much higher. We sell a lot of out-of-print titles marked as OP. Even if they are OPs, the books are in good condition and are not Used books. Most of the books in our website are in softcover or are paperbound. Some may not look pristine because aging tends to discolor the paper. Plus, paperbound books do not travel well. Titles that are marked out of print (OP) are subject to prior sale. If the title that you want has been presold, we offer a Free Search Service for out of print titles. If interested, email: firstname.lastname@example.org However, we can not guarantee how long it would take for our Book Scouts in the Philippines to locate the title that you are interested in. Once a title is found, we will advise you accordingly.
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