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    About American Science & Surplus

    Here at American Science & Surplus, we are fascinated by discovery and invention. And we are dedicated to having fun along the way.

    We offer an eclectic range of products, many with a science or educational tilt to them, others simply handy or amusing. Value is important, and whenever we can, we carry surplus at prices well below retail. We love closeouts, inventory overruns, mis-manufactures, and items whose time has not come.

    A word of caution: When a surplus item is gone, it is gone. So if you see something you love, best get it now since we may not have it tomorrow. When we can't find surplus, we may carry regular merchandise which we think those interested in learning and tinkering will find appealing, but only if we feel it is good quality at a fair price. Littered in and around this stuff are whimsical things that we carry because, well, because we like them. And we hope you will too. Be sure to drop us an e-mail at help@sciplus.com to let us know what you think of what we have, and what you would like to see.

    For questions regarding products, order delivery, or returns, please contact American Science & Surplus:

    For questions about a charge that's been made to your credit card, please contact Amazon.com.

    For questions about how to place an order, please visit Amazon.com's Help department.

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    American Science & Surplus Shipping Rates


    Listed below are shipping details for American Science & Surplus, including the geographies shipped to, the service level offered, and the prices charged. Note that Media Rates are based on shipping a single item. Purchasing multiple media items results in multiple shipping charges.

    Shipping Rates for all products (excluding Books, Music, Video and DVD)
    All Regions
    Continental US
    Alaska and Hawaii
    US Protectorates
    APO/FPO
    Continental US Street · Standard · (3 - 5 business days)
    Per Shipment Bands Shipment Rate
    $0.00 to $15.00 $5.95
    $15.01 to $30.00 $6.95
    $30.01 to $50.00 $8.95
    $50.01 to $70.00 $10.95
    $70.01 to $100.00 $12.95
    $100.01 to $200.00 $15.95
    $200.01 to Up $18.95
    Continental US PO Box · Standard · (3 - 5 business days)
    Per Shipment Bands Shipment Rate
    $0.00 to $15.00 $5.95
    $15.01 to $30.00 $6.95
    $30.01 to $50.00 $8.95
    $50.01 to $70.00 $10.95
    $70.01 to $100.00 $12.95
    $100.01 to $200.00 $15.95
    $200.01 to Up $18.95
    Alaska and Hawaii Street · Standard · (3 - 7 business days)
    Per Shipment Bands Shipment Rate
    $0.00 to $15.00 $18.95
    $15.01 to $30.00 $19.95
    $30.01 to $50.00 $20.95
    $50.01 to $70.00 $22.95
    $70.01 to $100.00 $25.95
    $100.01 to $200.00 $28.95
    $200.01 to Up $30.95
    Alaska and Hawaii PO Box · Standard · (3 - 7 business days)
    Per Shipment Bands Shipment Rate
    $0.00 to $15.00 $18.95
    $15.01 to $30.00 $19.95
    $30.01 to $50.00 $20.95
    $50.01 to $70.00 $22.95
    $70.01 to $100.00 $25.95
    $100.01 to $200.00 $28.95
    $200.01 to Up $30.95
    US Protectorates Street · Standard · (4 - 8 business days)
    Per Shipment Bands Shipment Rate
    $0.00 to $15.00 $18.95
    $15.01 to $30.00 $19.95
    $30.01 to $50.00 $20.95
    $50.01 to $70.00 $22.95
    $70.01 to $100.00 $25.95
    $100.01 to $200.00 $28.95
    $200.01 to Up $30.95
    US Protectorates PO Box · Standard · (4 - 8 business days)
    Per Shipment Bands Shipment Rate
    $0.00 to $15.00 $18.95
    $15.01 to $30.00 $19.95
    $30.01 to $50.00 $20.95
    $50.01 to $70.00 $22.95
    $70.01 to $100.00 $25.95
    $100.01 to $200.00 $28.95
    $200.01 to Up $30.95
    APO/FPO Street · Standard · (18 - 32 business days)
    Per Shipment Bands Shipment Rate
    $0.00 to $15.00 $5.95
    $15.01 to $30.00 $6.95
    $30.01 to $50.00 $8.95
    $50.01 to $70.00 $10.95
    $70.01 to $100.00 $12.95
    $100.01 to $200.00 $15.95
    $200.01 to Up $18.95
    APO/FPO PO Box · Standard · (18 - 32 business days)
    Per Shipment Bands Shipment Rate
    $0.00 to $15.00 $5.95
    $15.01 to $30.00 $6.95
    $30.01 to $50.00 $8.95
    $50.01 to $70.00 $10.95
    $70.01 to $100.00 $12.95
    $100.01 to $200.00 $15.95
    $200.01 to Up $18.95

    * Shipping Rates for Books, Music, Video and DVD
    Domestic Standard
    4 - 14 business days
    Faster Domestic Standard
    3 - 5 business days**
    Domestic Expedited
    2 - 6 business days
    Faster Domestic Expedited
    1 - 3 business days**
    Two Day
    2 business days
    One Day
    24 hours
    International Standard
    21 - 42 business days
    International Expedited
    3 - 7 business days
    Books $3.99 $3.99 $6.99 $6.99 $14.95 $19.99 $16.95 $46.50
    Books over 1 lb. $3.99 $3.99 $6.99 $6.99 $14.95 $19.99 $24.95 $46.50
    CDs, Cassettes, Vinyl $3.99 $3.99 $6.19 $6.19 $14.95 $19.99 $14.95 $46.50
    VHS Videotapes $3.99 $3.99 $6.19 $6.19 $14.95 $19.99 $14.95 $46.50
    DVDs $3.99 $3.99 $6.19 $6.19 $14.95 $19.99 $14.95 $46.50


    *  Your shipping fees when buying Books, Music, Videos and DVDs at Amazon Marketplace are fixed according to the type of product you purchase.
    **  Available for selected items.
        Rates are based on shipping a single item. Purchasing multiple items results in multiple shipping charges-there are no "per shipment" and "per item" charges, as there are when you buy directly from Amazon.com.


    Region Key
    Continental US Continental US states not including Alaska and Hawaii
    Alaska and Hawaii Alaska and Hawaii
    US Protectorates American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    APO/FPO Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office
    Canada Canada
    Europe Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jan Mayen Is., Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Republic of Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia
    Asia Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Rep., Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam
    Outside US, Eur., CA, Asia Brazil, Mexico, South Africa

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    American Science & Surplus Shipping Policies

    The majority of our orders are shipped via UPS, USPS, or FedEx Ground. Most in-stock items should arrive on your doorstep 2-10 business days after receipt of your order. We do not offer expedited shipping at this time.

    Will you ship outside the U.S.?

    Sorry, we are able to ship (and mail printed catalogs) only to the U.S., its territories and possessions, and APO or FPO addresses.

    $5.95 Shipping on a $2.00 order?  What?!

    We regret that the cost of doing business precludes us from having a shipping charge of less than $5.95.  We understand that it does not always make sense to spend $5.95 on shipping when purchasing just a few dollars of merchandise.  Although it may not cost us $5.95 in postage to ship a small order, because of the cost of processing, printing, picking, and packing an order we have to keep our minimum shipping charge at $5.95.  Even then we actually lose money on some small orders.  But we hope you may like the products we sell and place a larger order in the future.  Please take a look at the hundreds of items we have on Amazon.com and perhaps you can find find some more incredible stuff to fill out your order.  Thank you for your understanding.

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    American Science & Surplus Tax Information

    The taxes charged to your credit card reflect the applicable state and local sales taxes, and are calculated when your order is shipped. Orders shipped to Illinois or Wisconsin will have all applicable local and state sales taxes added to your total order and to your shipping charges where appropriate.

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    Privacy & Security

    Amazon knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. By visiting Amazon.com, you are accepting the practices described in Amazon.com's Privacy Notice.

    In addition, we want you to be aware that Amazon.com will provide American Science & Surplus with information related to your transactions involving their products (including, for example, your name, address, products you purchase, and transaction amount), and that such information will be subject to American Science & Surplus's Privacy Policy.

    American Science & Surplus's Privacy Policy

    We take the protection and proper use of your personal information seriously. We respect your privacy and take great care to safeguard information in our possession. Your preferences for use of your information are our highest priority.

    We do not share customer information (including e-mail addresses) regarding purchases made via Amazon.com outside of our company unless it is necessary to provide you with our products or services (for example, shipping your products to you or notifying you of problems/updates with your order), or we are legally required to do so.

    We are happy to provide further details of our privacy policies. For more information, call us at (847) 647-0011 or e-mail us at help@sciplus.com.

    See Amazon.com's Privacy Notice

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    Returns and Refunds

    Returns must be made within 30 days of purchase. We accept all returns without question and will either refund your purchase price or send you a replacement, as you choose. If you received the item in good condition and as described in our write-up, we will not pay the return shipping charges. If it is broken, shipped in error, or misrepresented, we will issue a call tag for return shipment and pay the charges.

    Please fill out the return information on the back of the packing slip we included with your shipment. You may e-mail customer service at help@sciplus.com or call (847) 647-0011 to arrange pickup of returns or discuss any problems.

    Pack items well, retaining original packing materials when possible. Ship to American Science & Surplus using the shipping label included with your order.

    Send your returns to:
    American Science & Surplus
    7410 N. Lehigh Ave.
    Niles, Illinois 60714

    If you have items that were damaged in shipment, please call, write, or e-mail for specific instructions. It may not be necessary to return these items.

    Thank you. If you have any questions, please call us at (847) 647-0011 or e-mail us at help@sciplus.com.

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    Company History

    American Science & Surplus was established in about 1937. At that time the founder, Mr. Al Luebbers, was working for Western Electric, here in Chicago. Al had a great interest in optics and he noticed that a company next door to the plant where he worked was throwing away reject lenses. He asked them if he could buy the rejects and they said, "No. But you can have them if you will haul them away." Al and his wife, Buddy, took the lenses, cleaned and polished them at their kitchen table in the evenings, and decided to offer them for sale. They placed an ad in Popular Science offering ten lenses for 50¢ and began to receive orders. Al figured that if they changed the ad to "Ten Lenses for $1" people would think they were better lenses and buy more. So he did. And they did. And the business was launched as American Lens & Photo.

    After the Second World War, the company expanded, fed by war surplus. Eventually, Al opened a regular store on Chicago's Northwest side called American Science Center and started carrying educational science items. In the 1970s Al & Buddy's son, Jerry, joined his parents in the business, eventually taking it over from them. In 1979, he started a catalog operation under the name "Jerryco" and in 1981 he opened a second store, in Milwaukee. In 1988, Jerry took in a partner, Scott McCausland, who bought out the Luebbers after Jerry's unfortunate death a short time later. After consolidating all operations under the name American Science & Surplus, we started our first Web site in 1995. In late 1999, we completely rebuilt our Web site and started taking online orders. In 2000, McCausland retired and sold American Science & Surplus to Philip Cable. Philip, a life-long science geek, continues to grow the business today.

    AS&S Today

    American Science & Surplus continues to offer a unique mix of industrial, military, and educational items, with an emphasis on science and education. We supply a wide range of unusual and hard to find items (some say bizarre stuff) to the hobbyist, tinkerer, artist, experimenter, home educator, do-it-yourselfer, and bargain hunter. Customers have used American Science and Surplus items in homemade cars, sculptures, precision instruments, homemade telescopes, costumes, model railroads, window dressings, holiday decorations, and innumerable science projects. Our items are great gifts, inexpensive supplies, and an endless reason for a giggle or a "Gee whiz!" We try to be scrupulously honest in presenting whatever we know about what we have, and always take it back, no questions asked, if the customer isn't satisfied with it.