WHAT IS BY THE BEADS?

I enjoy seeking out bargains on beads to resell to you at great prices.

I list mainly glass beads, including Genuine Swarovski crystal, Czech glass and other glass beads.  You'll also find porcelain and ceramic beads and others. Also, some of my own fused glass cabochons. Typically, I don't purchase lampwork beads in honor of my many lampworking friends.

Please be aware that Swarovski has changed its business model, and it no longer sells to the DYI market.  That means whatever Swarovski crystals are out there in the hands of distributors and sellers like me are the last available to us. Those that are left through say, Etsy or eBay are usually priced higher than I can pay and still bring you these prices. I don't plan to raise my prices on Swarovski, so I am not purchasing new ones unless an unprecedented opportunity comes forward.  So, what I'm saying is, buy them while you can!

I am not your typical web based bead seller.  I do this for entertainment in my retirement and enjoy the opportunity to search out and buy beads at great bargains, and pass that savings on to you. I forgo many of the bells & whistles you may expect elsewhere so I can still offer great, low prices without you having to buy huge quantities.

SHOPPING CARTS

PLEASE NOTE: If you want your cart to be saved if you need to come back later, BE SURE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT or sign in to your account if you already have one! If you do abandon your cart and can't retrieve it, please contact me, I may be able to retrieve it for you.

PAYMENT

Paypal only accepted. You will be required to pay at time of order.  No exceptions.

IMAGES

I am the first to admit I am not a good photographer and, as you know, all computer screens display colors differently.  I can't be held responsible for a color not being exactly what you expected.  If you have any question about the color of an item, please ask. Also there are some Swarovski color charts found in the RESOURCES area. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE

You may notice my web site is not full of bells and whistles. fancy images, and flowery descriptive text.  Part of the way I provide great beads at great prices is by forgoing some of the extras you may find on other, higher priced sites.  My customers know what they want and know I do my best to keep my prices low for them.  I treat my customers great, knowing that's how I want to be treated.  If you have any questions, please contact me prior to purchase by using the contact form or emailing me directly at info@bythebeads.com

PRIVACY & SECURITY

This website uses https technology providing you a secure shopping experience.  Look for the lock icon next to the web address and know your information is secure.

I retain no financial information on you whatsoever.  That's why I use PayPal.  All your payment information is retained by their processor. I have none.

Additionally, the personal data you provide is used by me only to answer your questions and process your orders. I have no further interest in any personal information, nor will I provide any information gathered to any other party.  I respect your privacy.

SHIPPING

NOTE: USPS has increased postal rates so I am forced to increase mine.

Shipping within the US is via USPS and starts at $4.00 plus $.25 per additional item up to a max of $9.50 if shipping by flat rate padded envelope.  If a box is needed, I may have to bill you through PayPal for additional shipping costs.  I have been unable to force the system to stop charging shipping once it reaches $9.50, so if the system overcharges you, I will refund through PayPal for shipping overcharges of $1 or more.

Requests for international shipping (beyond US) may be possible. When shipping outside of the United States, you may expect to pay import fees for your package.  I will not fudge the value of the package on the shipping documents to avoid import charges to you.  Shipping outside the US is via USPS typically starts around $14. Additional shipping charges may be necessary which will be billed via PayPal before items are shipped. If the system overcharges you, I will refund through PayPal for shipping overcharges of $1 or more.

Shipping fees include handling and packing fees as well as postage costs.  Most shipments can be made in padded envelopes. Packages are generally dispatched within 3 days after receipt of payment and are shipped via USPS First Class or Priority Mail with tracking and drop-off without signature.

FREE SHIPPING (US ONLY) ON ALL INDIVIDUAL ORDERS $350 AND UP
Please do not place multiple orders and expect to combine them for free shipping.
Shipping over $350 to addresses outside the US will receive a
$5.00 shipping credit when items are mailed.

RETURNS/REPLACEMENTS

I am reasonable. However, returns and/or replacements will only be considered for merchandise that arrives broken or not as advertised. You must contact me within 5 days of receipt to discuss your concerns. and possible remedies.  Use the contact form or email me directly at info@bythebeads.com