How does Curbside Pickup work?

From each product drop down menu listed on the Maine Made Marketplace you can either choose "Curbside Pickup" or Shipped.  If curbside is chosen there is no shipping fee.  Yay!  Once you place your order please send an email to MaineMadeMarketplace@gmail.com with your order number and we will reach back out to you to coordinate a curbside pickup time that works for you.  We are location at 10 Hobbit Lane in South China, Maine. If you choose "Shipped" and have questions please see below fmi.    

Why does my price change when I click on the "Shipped- Shipping Fee Applied" option from a product drop down list?

This could be two-fold.  The price is automatically updated with shipping costs, so you are not surprised with shipping charges once you view your cart. You can be rest assured, each product has been run through multiple shipping carriers (USPS, UPS, FedEx), to find the least expensive option to ship to customers in the Contiguous United States. Larger items may also have an upcharge and will be reflected when the larger items are chosen based on Artisan request. 

Why do you not offer free shipping?

That is a great question!  What really is free?  That is kind of a loaded question, huh? The reality is that there is no such thing as "Free Shipping."  Unfortunately, we have never experienced dropping a package off to UPS, USPS, or FedEx and they tell us the product is free to ship.  It would be great, but it doesn't happen.  Not to mention packaging costs and handling, fees attributed to business pick-ups etc.  Generally when items are listed with "Free Shipping" it just means some fancy work was done behind the scenes and the product prices are higher to accommodate the difference.  We wanted to be upfront about these costs, #1 so you wouldn't be surprised with shipping costs once you get to your cart, #2 so once we can offer curbside pickup you don't have to pay any "hidden" or "shipping" costs at all. We hope our answer helps!  Check out the next FAQ though and we may be able to work something out.  

 

Is there a shipping discount if I am ordering wholesale/multiple items?

If you are interested in ordering wholesale or multiple items please feel free to reach out to us via email with the products and quantities you are interested as well as your complete address and zip code and we will work to get you a quote with shipping based on your specific order.  We would be happy to do that for you!      

Some of your prices seem a little high.  Why is that?

Plainly put, you get what you pay for.  Maine Made Marketplace includes products that are individually handcrafted here in Maine, a large portion made in home shops.  Most often then not the amount of time an Artisan spends on a piece of work is never truly captured in their end price.  Artisans undersell their products everyday.  We aren't talking about mass produced items on an assembly line.  It is literally years of blood, sweat and tears that go into the creation of these products.  It is not simply a product getting cranked out and added to an artisan's collection.  It is years of prototypes, equipment costs, failures and successes, and gained knowledge that you also pay for.  It's the whole package.  Nothing in life is simple, and although our artisans may make it look that way, it takes years of experience to do what they do.  That's what you pay for, and that's what you get.  Oh, ... you get the awesome product(s) you added to your cart too!  

How can I become an Artisan with Maine Made Marketplace?

First of all, thank you for your interest in Maine Made Marketplace!  Please reach out to us via email at MaineMadeMarketplace@gmail.com, Subject Line: Artisan for Maine Made Marketplace.  Please provide us your Name, Business Name, Maine City/Town you live in, a few pictures of your products, and any social media sites/website links you may have, and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.  

Why is Maine Made Marketplace so Awesome?

Because of the great Artisans we are working with!  (Ok, we put this in there, but it is sooo true!)

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