PayPal no longer returns their fees on a refund. So depending on your location, any refunds I make I will be charged 2.97 to 4.45% of the purchase price. As you know, my site doesn't automatically mark a stone sold, so often several people purchase the same stone. In the past, this didn't create much of an issue, as I'd simply refund these people. Now with this new policy I would be charged for each refund.
To avoid these refunds on non sales, I changed the shopping cart to not process the PayPal order automatically. In the shopping cart you can indicate PayPay, which will send me an email of your purchase. I'll then send you a PayPal invoice. You can also use Apple Pay Cash, which is my preferred method, or mail a check.
For stones returned, and paid for with PayPal, there will now be a restocking fee equal to the PayPal charge. (2.97% for sales in the USA, and 4.45% for sales outside the USA). Avoid this by using either Apple Pay Cash, or mailing in a check.
You can now use Apple Pay through iMessage to pay for your stones. To pay with Apple Pay, you must of course have an iPhone and be running the latest IOS 11.2 or newer. During checkout, select Apple Pay Cash as your payment method. You won't be billed anything until I receive your order email, at which time I'll text you a payment request. Make sure you include your iPhone cell number or email associated with your iMessage account.
Here's some more information on this new payment method from Apple
Coupon codes are back!
With the new shopping cart, I can have some more options, so there may be some new codes coming. Right now I have set up the “No return” coupon code again. The code is: NORETURN, using this code, you will get a 5% discount, but there is no return privilege on the stone then. The coupon code is entered in the shopping cart.
Note, the NORETURN coupon code is not valid for lab created stones.
I am cutting new stones every week. After 3 or 4 are cut, I will post the new stones on this page, along with some comments and maybe even a video about them. When I make a new posting I will post on Instagram, and send out a notice by email to people on the email list.
What happened to videos?
I have stopped shooting videos outdoors right now for two reasons. First it's been really cold out, and frozen fingers tend to drop stones, and secondly living in the north, the sun is so low in the sky right now that the blue in the sky above has really taken over and given everything a very strong blue cast. The photos on my site are always more accurate than the videos anyway. In a few months I'll begin to add the iPhone videos again.
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