Shipping Update: when, how, duties

All of the domestic US packages are shipped. You probably received an e-mail with the delivery confirmation number. One or two bounced, but the books are on the way. Somewhere.

Foreign shipments are just starting to ship, but will all be in the mail by Thursday AM. In many places, these books are duty free. VAT is, of course, your responsibility. The international harmonization code for these books is 4901.99.0070, or 4901.99.0093. Both refer to hardbound, printed books. You can use the first 6 digits to try to figure out what your customs people will want from you, if anything.

Some people have asked for an invoice. If so, I’ll send one. However, it will have to reflect the true value of the books. I don’t care to read my copy in jail. I suggest that you don’t worry about an invoice unless you know you will need it. If so, drop me a note.

When you receive your books and decide to keep them, please send $600.00  if you have not already done so. Your last payment will be $295, plus shipping and handling. I will bill you, but shipping and handling are very close to this:

US domestic: $25 per box (2 volumes).

Non-US: Varies. Australia seems to be the most, at $55 per box (2 volumes).

One last fee applies, and that is the cost of PayPal (their ordinary fees, and exchange rate stuff) if you paid that way.

If you paid in full, up front, domestic, I’ll pick up the shipping. If you paid in full outside the US, I’ll apply the US shipping as a discount on your international shipping.

I will read my own terms and conditions to make sure that no one is overcharged. All of the shipping fees above will be reduced by something like $10, which I believe I was going to allow on domestic & international shipping. Trust me: I’m not trying to nickel and dime you, but some of these numbers are becoming clear only as I bring boxes to the post office.

Again, these books are USPS Priority Mail. Domestic boxes should all be in your hands this week. International, by end of next week, I think. They claim 6-10 days, so take that with a grain of salt.

Any questions, drop a note.




  1. töff said,

    June 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I think I would like an invoice, please. I have a habit of putting receipts into the books I buy. Years later I go back and say, “Wow, I got this for two bucks!” or “Wow, I paid twenty bucks for this.” Receipts also usually have dates on them, which places them in a historical context of sorts. So, yes please, do drop an invoice into the mail for me … no rush. Thanks in advance.

  2. Sean said,

    June 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Received my package in the mail this morning (I’m in North Carolina). They’re beautiful!!! I have only one question – what is the story behind the title of the set being changed from the Compact VIE to the “Complete Jack Vance”? It’s a distrinction without a difference as far as I’m concerned, but I’m wondering if there was a reason behind the change.

    Thanks Bob! They really are wonderful to behold…

    • rclacovara said,

      June 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      Um, we had a long set of discussions on this…

      Originally, I called it the Massive Vance, basically because at one time I envisioned one book, printed about 3000 pages of onion or bible paper. It would have been “massive”. It would also have been 20 some pounds, and printed so finely that no one could read it.

      Then it became 2 volumes. Then 5. Then I woke up, and made it 6. Along the way, it became “Compact”, even though there was nothing compact about it. Finally, it got called what it is: “Complete”.

      Typical thrashing about, nothing else.


  3. Tony said,

    July 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Just got mine- I’m in NY. They are indeed beautiful. My question is about color- in the photos, it looks like the binding cloth is black, but mine are green. This doesn’t bother me, but, given the volumes to come, I do want to make sure that we are all together on this.

  4. Rebecca Stefoff said,

    July 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    My package arrived this morning. I am delighted to have these books, and looking forward to the rest of the series. It will be, I’m sure, a great pleasure to read all those well-loved Jack Vance novels and stories in the VIE texts–and to discover the few off-the-beaten-track things I’ve not read before. It will be a pleasure of a different kind, over the coming years, to see these sturdy volumes on my shelves.

    Thanks for all your hard work, Bob. The check is in the mail.

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