Orders, Payments & Returns

 
Payments:

We accept these major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and also payment through PayPal. We encourage our international customers to use PayPal to remit, as it is generally better able to handle international addresses and money transfer. In fact, PayPal is an easy , convenient , and secure way for anyone who freqently shops on-line to pay for orders.

Ordering from Tea Trekker's secure website is both safe and easy. Our secure cart does not retain your credit card information nor do we ever see your credit card number when you place an order with us. We never sell, rent, or otherwise trade our customers' names or e-mail addresses.
 

Pricing:

We have always believed that great tea should be enjoyed and not worshiped. So our pricing structure for Tea Trekker premium tea is designed to encourage frequent tea purchases and daily tea drinking. While premium tea ( teas made by the handiwork of experienced tea artisans ) costs more than ordinary tea, we price our teas at the modest end of the pricing scale.

This is very good for our tea customers, for us, and for our tea farmers and producers, too. Keeping prices low enables us to sell more tea, which allows us to keep placing orders, which, in turn, is a positive incentive for our tea farmers and tea producers to continue making great tea for an appreciative audience.

We do offer a way to procure a smaller-than-standard amount of tea. This is by purchasing either the true sample size (14 gr) or the 2 oz size. These sizes are charged at a small premium above the normal pricing used for the standard sizes (4 oz and larger) but are a wonderful way to try a tea that is unfamiliar to you.
 

Sale Items:

Purchase of a sale item (whether tea or tea wares ) is a FINAL sale.
Items on sale are: No Return, No Exchange, No Refund, No Exception.
 

In Stock/ Out of Stock Items:

We make every attempt to have the items on this website in stock at all times. Because we are also a brick and mortar store, sometimes an item becomes out-of-stock before we can update the website listings. If we are short a small portion of your order, we will ship what we can.

We do not back order.

If we are unable to fill your order at all (or if the majority of your items are out-of-stock) we will contact you for direction.

 
Gift Orders:

All gift orders must be placed separately as individual orders.
If you would like to have us include a gift card with a message, please put that message in the appropriate field during checkout.

 
Sales Tax:

For taxable items shipped within Massachusetts (non-food items such as pottery, teapots, tea containers, etc)  we must collect 6.25% state sales tax.
Tea is considered a grocery item and is not taxed ( thanks to the Boston Tea Party protest on December 16, 1773 ).

 
Returns:

We want you to be happy with your order. If you have a question about something you received or if something is not right,
please let us know within 5 days of the receipt of your order so that we may work with you to resolve the situation.

If a mistake was made by you when the order was placed, we will do our utmost to accommodate your requested correction,
but we cannot refund the costs of shipping your package to you and the item must be returned to us at your expense.
 
If the mistake was ours, we will correct the problem and refund the shipping charges.
Please telephone us with any concerns or questions that you might have so that we may speak with you personally.

Tea Returns:

Regretfully, we cannot take returns on tea that one simply does not like. We understand that not every tea drinker is going to like every tea. While it may seem easy to simply return a bag of tea that one does not like, a returned bag of tea becomes a throw-it-away item for us because we cannot re-sell it. So, because of this, we ask that customers order small quantities of tea that they are unfamiliar with before placing an order for a large quantity.
Similarly, Hei cha (Hei cha bricks, Pu-erh beeng cha and tuo cha other compressed teas ) are not returnable / exchangeable for any reason.

 
Teaware Return
:

Please inform us right away if you would like to return an item. If, despite our best efforts to photograph and describe a certain teapot, cup or other tea preparation item, the item is simply just not right, you may return the item to us with the following conditions:

  • The item and any separate parts must be in perfect, unused condition and carefully re-wrapped in the original packing
  • All original boxes, outer wrapping, tags, stickers, etc. must be present and in the same condition that they were when received
    We cannot take returns of items that no longer have their original boxes or that have soiled or damaged boxes
  • A re-stocking fee of 10% of the retail price of the item will be deducted from the credit
  • The customer is responsible for paying the return shipping (with sufficient insurance) to Tea Trekker
  • Special orders and discounted items are not returnable

 
Credit Card Processing Information:

You can shop at TeaTrekker.com with confidence. We have partnered with Authorize.Net, a leading payment gateway since 1996, to accept credit cards and electronic check payments safely and securely for our customers.

We also work with PayPal for payment of goods. We strongly recommend the use of PayPal for our international customers, as there can be difficulty inputting international addresses into the credit card templates, and once you register with PayPal, differences in address formatting are not problematic.

The Authorize.Net Payment Gateway manages the complex routing of sensitive customer information through the electronic check and credit card processing networks. See an online payments diagram to see how it works.

The company adheres to strict industry standards for payment processing, including:

  • 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology for secure Internet Protocol (IP) transactions.
  • Industry leading encryption hardware and software methods and security protocols to protect customer information.
  • Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

For additional information regarding the privacy of your sensitive cardholder data, please read the Authorize.Net Privacy Policy.

TeaTrekker.com is registered with the Authorize.Net Verified Merchant Seal program.

 
Questions? Email us at: ttquery@teatrekker.com