Frequently Asked Questions
How do I price my books?
Some books are easy: I've sold enough copies of Hawley's Japanese Swordsmiths Revised in the last few years to know a fair price, but most of the books I get in are one of a kind for me and I have to research their values. I usually check the other online Nihonto book sellers and do a google search of the title, and note the prices of all copies I find for sale. With rare exceptions I set my price less than the lowest price I find. It's great to have this amazing library but I need to sell books.
Do I offer discounts for members of Nihonto Message Board or other sword study groups?
Consider my answer to the 1st question above, and consider also that I try to be fair to the people from whom I buy these books, and you'll understand that my margin for profit is small and that I have to be careful with discounts. Doesn't hurt to ask, though. Let me know what you have in mind; I'll tell you what I can do.
What types of payments do I accept?
Checks (personal & bank), money orders, and Paypal mostly. Bank wire transfer and Wstern Union work for me also, but I'm not set up for credit cards as yet. About Paypal: friends & family payments are wonderful and much appreciated; they don't cost me a cent. If you live in The States they don't cost you anything either. If you live outside the US your fee for friends & family will be tiny and I'll make it up with a discount; please ask.
I ship with the post office unless you request something else; I find their prices to be lowest and I get good service from them. Books shipped within the US will go by media rate post; it is by far the least expensive option. Shipping outside the US up to 4 pounds or $400 insured value can be either 1st class or priority, and I will tell you what your options are. Beyond those limits priority is your only option. For swords and valuable kodogu within The States, I like registered mail; it can't get lost. If you purchase something from my site I will pack it well and ship quickly, usually by the next business day. I will charge you only what shipping costs me; there is no service fee.
Do I accept trades and lay-away (hold for delayed payment) plans?