How We Ship!
For most orders, FAB receives, processes, pulls, packs, labels & ships your order in 1 - 5 business days. Yes, we know - we ARE superwomen! :) We do our best to stick to a 1 - 3 day timeframe! If you want it to get out faster, choose ship it today. If you want to have it take less time in transit, choose a faster shipping method.
If we have most of your order but are missing something - we may ship and backorder - let us know in the comments if you prefer that we don't.
If something is going to be delayed more than a week or so, we will let you know usually within 24 - 48 hours! If you have a question, or think your order should have shipped and you haven't received a shipping notification - please do email, chat or give us a ring. We'll follow up and make sure your order is being handled correctly!
And of course, if you are on a deadline, please let us know in the comments area of your order and we'll do our best to accomodate you!
Fab normally ships within 1 - 5 days.
Most orders go out within 3 days. If there is a delay we will let you know and give you options. Delayed orders get bumped up to faster shipping shipping, so usually you receive the order within the same time frame.
On a Deadline? Let us know in the comments when you checkout and please, choose faster shipping. We will do our best and let you know immediately if we can't make the deadline and what the options are!
Need it next day? choose: EXPRESS SHIPPING
Need it this week? choose PRIORITY SHIPPING
Need it within 7 - 10 days = FIRST CLASS
SHIP IT TODAY will get your order shipped today - we must receive your order before 2 pm eastern.
Here's how we work:
1 - We usually stock from 5 - 20 of any one particular yarn or fiber & color on hand at all times. In all the colors listed. (Yes, that's A LOT of yarn! :)) But with Hand Dyes, that doesn't mean they will match, especially in larger quantities! Please keep that in mind! We are happy to special order for you tho - and our vendors ship to us very quickly!
2 - When we get low, we reorder. Sometimes, our shipments don't arrive quickly enough, and there may be a delay of a day or 2 if we are short a skein or don't have enough in skeins that match. We will ship your order when the new yarn arrives. If it's going to be longer than a week or so, we'll let you know!
3 - Items that take a long time to get in are locked down or restricted to the amount in stock. If your yarn does not show a quantity, that means we restock every couple of days. If it is locked down to the amount in stock (Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Alchemy) we usually allow preorders - a preorder button is usually on the page. If not, just email us with a preorder request.
4 - Sometimes, we have enough, but the lots do not match. This happens a lot with HANDPAINTED yarns like Artyarns. So, we will special order to get you a matched lot. The delay will be a week or so. We'll let you know if its going to be longer.
Getting free shipping? Please keep in mind that free shipping means
WE GET TO PICK THE SHIPPING METHOD. It is not always the fastest, but that's why it's free. If you have a deadline, don't choose FREE SHIPPING
We MAY hold an order if we are short on something or have mismatched lots but KNOW it will arrive shortly. If the delay is going to be longer than a few days, we will email you.
If you have ordered and do not hear from us receive an email or a shipping note within that timeframe, please contact us using live chat or email - we may have missed something or there may be something wrong with the email associated with your order - emails get blocked for a number of reasons, so don't hesitate to contact us again via email so your request can be tracked.
Feel free to request an update on your order by emailing us at: HELP@fabulousyarn.com. Please add any info that will help us locate your order quickly, such as number, name or order date.
We do our very best to get your order to you fast - sometimes that requires partial shipping of orders - we will attempt to contact you prior to partial shipping.
Shipping Charges Shipping charges come directly from the Postal Service into our system.
Our International Shipping is discounted 20 - 30%.
We offer a flat rate for most items, and over a certain amount shipping is free. Free shipping and the flat rate means that your order may ship priority, first class, or, depending upon weight, it may go parcel post. If it MUST be priority, please choose the PRIORITY shipping method. This guarantees 2/3 days SHIPPING time - If you are are overseas we offer 3 types of shipping.
- First Class International Insured: Cheapest, but no guarantees on delivery - it is completely up to customs and your country's delivery system.
- International Priority: this includes insurance,which allows us to replace lost/missing shipments.
- International Express (EMS) is the fastest and offers both tracking and replacement insurance. Replacement or refund if this does not get to you.
WE DO NOT MARK UP OUR SHIPPING COSTS. The best way to figure out how much you will be charged is to put something in your cart, put in your zip code (or for overseas customers, a country or regional code) and click the 'calculate shipping charges' button. If you have any questions, please do click the connect button at the top of the page and ask us, or shoot us an email.
- We have an online payment system. When you place your order, it enters our system and your purchased is processed. We review orders within 24 hours. If there is ANY issue, from matched lots to missing information, you'll get an email from us. If you don't, it usually means that within a day or so you'll get a shipping notification. Happiness.
- Our goal is to ship orders within 1 - 3 days. We usually make that goal - except during christmas rushes!
- We use a dedicated ticketing and email system to keep on top of letting you know whats going on.
- Our system alerts us to express mail shipments, so we usually process those on the same day they are received, depending upon the TIME and TIME ZONE. Please don't hesitate to call us with a timeframe or any details that will help us, or to check if your order has been pulled - it's perfectly fine!
- If you have ANY time frame constraints - please LET US KNOW in the comments area when you order. We'll do our best to make it happen, and let you know if it can't!
Why your order may be delayed or partially shipped (backordered) There are two reasons for these things to happen:
1 - We're out! We order all the time, so more is most likely on the way - sometimes this means a shipping delay of a few days, sometimes it doesn't. If it's going to make your order ship outside of our 1-3 day window, we'll let you know. You always have the option to cancel and receive a credit.
2 - lot/skein matching. More frequently, we don't have a matched lot of skeins for your order. Since almost all of our yarns are hand dyed, hand painted and hand spun, this does happen - especially with the more exotic yarns. If it does, we'll email you and give you some options. It may say that we have 12 on the site, but in fact, we may have 12 from six different color lots. You ALWAYS have the option of cancelling your order if it cannot be shipped within your desired time frame!
Exchanges Please just purchase what you want and return what you do not want. That's easiest and fastest. If you prefer to return what you have, please include a clear note. Items will be exchanged as directed and you will receive notification when this happens. There may be an additional shipping charge.
There is no restock fee. Items must be returned in new/resaleable condition.
RETURNS Any in stock item may be returned for a refund as long as it comes back to us within 30 days and is in saleable condition. Items returned after 30 days will be accepted for store credit only. Special orders are not returnable. Please use our return form to authorize your return.
Special Orders We are happy to special order fibers and colors from any of our partner vendors. Most pages have special order selections in the drop downs, and then entry areas on page where you may enter your special order information (usually color number). We will add a special order processing fee because of the extra time and expense required to special order handpainted, handspun or specialty yarns.
Handpainted Yarns Handpainted yarns are a special breed - and we treat every order with hand-picked care. These are not mass produced yarns, so some extra handling procedures do apply:
How long we wait Normally, when we are under 10 skeins of ANY colorway, another order is already in progress, and so there usually will be no more than 2-3 days delay. We stress USUALLY here - sometimes the yarn arrives within 3 days of ordering, sometimes 2 weeks. We will keep you abreast if it takes longer than a few days.
Backorders If we do backorder, we will let you know, and we pay for the shipping on the remainder.
WE WANT YOU TO HAVE YOUR YARN.
That's the point.
People assume that because you are on the web, you are a huge, multinational, completely automated company.We're not. WE DO THE BEST WE CAN, but things do occur in the natural course of events and even we make mistakes or can miss one of our own deadlines. We do our best to make it up to you if it does happen - but we do our best to keep our promises.
Delays Normally, we can get your yarn and ship it within 4/5 days depending upon the quantity and type. If we do run into a delay, which does happen (many of our yarns are handpainted, luxury yarns, and so they cannot always be whipped up overnight!), we will let you know and make every attempt to offer you alternatives. Delayed orders are automatically bumped up to PRIORITY shipping.
How we ship We don't believe in giving the shipping companies any of your or our hard earned knitting money! After all, we want you to spend your money on YARN, not SHIPPING! We ship fastest/cheapest.
Your yarn is packaged in plastic, protective bags and shipped one of the following ways:
Tyvek Envelope. This is lightest and cheapest, and enables us to offer first class mail service, which is often just as fast as priority. Yarn survives very well in this package, and you get to keep more of your knitting dollars.
Priority Envelope/Box. We use one of the post offices official packages. When it will not incur extra charges, we use the box. If we can save you money by shipping in the envelope, we will. Both protect your yarn.
Gift Box/Package. If you've ordered our wonderful gift baskets, these ship in double core boxes purchased especially for their size and strength. Due to their overly large size, and weight. The cart will calculate the cheapest rate available based on your delivery requirements and the destination.
If you have a special shipping request, please let us know, and we will do our best to accomodate you.
As always, please let us know if we can help you in any way: Contact Fab or use the button at the top of the page!
Thank You for shopping FAB.
FAB SHIPPING OPTIONS
Need it next day? choose: EXPRESS SHIPPING
Need if fast - like a day or 2? SHIP IT TODAY is for you!
Need it this week? choose PRIORITY SHIPPING
Not in a rush? No deadline? FIRST CLASS (used for free shipping in most cases) will arrive in 4 -7 business days.
Getting free shipping?
Then WE get to pick the most economical shipping method. It is not always the fastest, but that's why it's free. If you have a deadline, choose your shipping appropriately!
Have a question - read on!
Below are the top 20 Questions People ask us!
I don't like the color - can I send this order back and exchange it? Of course we want you to have yarn you love. To avoid mix-ups, We ask that you simply repurchase what you want, and return the ones you don't want for credit. If you don't mind a bit of a wait for processing - you may mail the ones you have back to us and we'll swap out the color for you. Please use tracking and send a clear note! Here's the info: RETURNS
May I return my order?
Yes, within 30 days we will simply credit your payment method for the returned items. After 30 days you will receive a store credit.
Items must be unused, unopened, unwould.
Special order items are not returnable.
Orders returned after 30 Days receive store credit.
We will email you upon receipt and confirmation of your credit/purchase refund.
Please note: USE A TRACKABLE FORM OF SHIPMENT or we CANNOT GUARANTEE CREDIT!
For return shipping information, please visit our RETURNS PAGE.
My card was billed before you shipped me my order - why? Our System processes payment at the time you place your order. Since most orders ship within a day or two, this usually works. Our system does not allow us to process an order without billing at the same time.
If you do not agree with this, then please do not order with us - right now, we can't change this - though we are working on a system that will allow us to authorize an order and push the charge thru at the time of shipment.
How fast do you ship?
Fab usually within 1-3 business days - this varies from time to time, but we generally stick to this schedule as much as possible. If there is a problem, we try and contact you as soon as we know - if you don't hear from us within 24/48 hours either with a question about your order, or a pulled and shipping notification, please do contact us!
Can I get it faster?
If you need it faster - please choose one of the following:
EXPRESS (same day shipping with next day delivery) or SHIP IT TODAY (same day shipping and priority delivery)
Do you run out of yarn?
All the time! However, when we get low on any fiber or colorskeins, we have already reordered. What happens more frequently is that we do not have a matched LOT. We may have 10 skeins, but because of people buying one or two at a time, they may all be from different lots. In these cases, we'll contact you within 24 hours or so of your order and let you know that we are ordering a matched lot batch for you and what the time frame for shipping will be.
Will you backorder me?
In general, we ship whatever we have and backorder items that take longer than a day or so to come back into stock. If it's obviously all for one project, we generally hold the order - and we always let you know and offer you the option of partial shipments. We cover the backorder shipping charges.
I'm overseas, what about customs?
There is just no good answer to this - we offer first class international, priority and express shipping overseas.
Please note: FIRST CLASS is a great deal, but there is NO GUARANTEE on how long it will take.
We also cannot do not control the customs charges - we put the lowest value on your shipment that is LEGAL - we will not lie about the value of a package. We could get in big big trouble and not be allowed to ship overseas if we do. If there is a threshold for your country that we need to stay under to avoid unneccessary tax/customs/duty please let us know in the COMMENTS area and we'll do our best to keep to that minimum.
Still have questions? Use the link at the top of any page to chat with us, or, if we're not online, send an email instantly!