Thinking about ordering a signed copy of The Mad Art of Caricature for Christmas? Better hurry, especially if you are ordering from overseas. We have had a number of horror stories about customs in the destination countries sitting on the package for several weeks before finally clearing it and allowing delivery. In some cases, it has taken as long as 5-6 weeks from shipment to delivery when going overseas… and even just to Canada. There seems to be no rhyme or reason with this… two shipments to same country can vary from delivery in 10 days or so to 5 weeks or longer. Luck of the draw with customs, I suppose. To make matters worse, the “tracking” involved with these USPS International Priority packages often stops with the initial scan here in St. Paul. The destination countries do not necessarily participate in the global tracking databases and the package can still be listed with USPS.com tracking as being in St. Paul, MN when it is actually sitting in customs in the destination country, or even after it’s been delivered to the buyer! Long story short- order a copy right away if you intend to have it in time for a Christmas gift. The good news is that no book has ever been actually lost. Taking a long time, yes, but never not getting there.
For domestic delivery, the books are shipped USPS Media Mail, which takes between 2-9 days for delivery. Still plenty of time for that, but the sooner the safer.
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