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Payments, Shipping & Returns

Your complete satisfaction is more important to us than making a single sale.  We want you to be confident purchasing from us, and come back and buy from us again.

We try to provide complete, detailed descriptions of specimens, and note any damage or repairs that we see.  We try to provide representative and accurate photographs of specimens, without enhancement.  All photos are taking with daylight lamps.  However, we are aware that it may be difficult to determine specimen quality from a photograph.  Viewing a photo of a specimen does not replace looking at the actual specimen in person.  If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can return any specimen for a full refund, excluding shipping costs.

Payment Options

We accept several methods of payment, as detailed below:

Personal Check,  Cashier's Check,  Money Order
  • Please send us a note from your Cart to make arrangements.
  • Make checks payable to Bob Griffis Minerals
  • Specimens will be shipped within 3 business days after the check clears

PayPal
  • Verified PayPal accounts (linked to your bank account) have no spending caps
  • Unverified PayPal accounts can only make transactions valued up to $2000 per month
  • Specimens will be shipped within 3 business days of payment

Credit Card Payments
  • We accept payment via major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express), via our service provider, PayPal.
  • You do not need to have an account with PayPal to purchase from us using your credit card. PayPal is merely the processing agent for the credit card transaction.
  • This method is completely secure, and your credit card information is never seen by us or stored on our system at any time.

Other Arrangements
  • Please send us a note.
Shipping

The customer will pay all shipping costs incurred, including the required insurance.

WITHIN THE USA
  • Specimens shipped within the United States will be sent using the U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail (2-3 days), unless a customer indicates an alternative shipping preference.
  • All packages will be Insured for full value.

INTERNATIONAL
  • Specimens will be sent via Express Mail International (3-5 days), unless a customer indicates an alternative shipping preference.
  • All packages will be Insured for full value where possible, and the full value declared on the appropriate customs declaration forms.
  • It is the customer's responsibility to pay all associated customs or duty fees when minerals are being shipped internationally.

Return Policy

Our return policy is simple.  If you don't like any specimen, we want you to return it.  The process for obtaining a refund is described below.  All monies paid for a specimen will be refunded within 10 days of our receipt of the returned specimen in the same condition as it was when sent to you. 

  • To return a specimen, please notify us immediately via email prior to the return.  A reason for the return would be appreciated so we can improve our customer service.
  • Within 15 days of your receipt of a specimen, you must send us notice of the return shipping tracking number.
  • Specimens must be repackaged in the same manner we packed and shipped it to you, and must be insured for the full amount.  You are responsible for any damage or loss that occurs to a specimen during return shipment, so insurance is required to protect you.  Please be sure to pack the specimen carefully.  If you need assistance, please contact us.
  • Once we recieve the specimen in the same condition as we sent it, you will receive a full refund of the amount you paid for the specimen.  If the returned specimen was part of a group of specimens which were purchased with a combined discount, you will receive a refund equal to the amount actually charged you for the specimen, as discounts are not applied as a percentage of the the order but rather on a specimen-by-specimen basis.
  • Payments made by PayPal or credit card will be refunded by the same method.  Mailed payments will be refunded by check sent via regular mail.
  • Returns will not be accepted if you do not notify us of your intent to return the item(s) within the 15 day grace period.
Sales Tax

Purchases billed to or shipped to a California address will be charged California sales tax.  You are responsible for paying any local sales taxes, use taxes or VAT, if applicable in other jurisdictions.

Shipments Damaged in Transit

All shipments are sent insured for full value, unless you specifically and in writing refuse such insurance. If there is any damage on an insured package, please contact us immediately, and we will process the claim. You are obviously not responsible for specimens that arrive damaged when insurance has been purchased, and I will refund your money promptly, rather than you having to wait for postal insurance to pay.