Below are details regarding our ironclad live arrival and extended 48 hour guarantee for all reptile and invertebrate orders. Amphibians and all chameleons species are only given a 48 hour guarantee due to their fragileness. These policies only obtain to our online sales and are a completely separate department from our wholesale or reptile show business. Please know that DOA (Dead On Arrival) animals are extraordinarily rare, even during the extreme temperature swings of Summer and Winter. Most companies will not guarantee the live arrival of amphibians, but we do!
Americanreptiles.com takes great pride in guaranteeing live arrival for each and every live reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate order that we ship, in addition to a 48 hour extended guarantee, giving you a full two days of coverage. Below we will review our guarantee in detail, including nullification factors.
DOA animals are extremely rare , but if it does occur you need to be familiar with our policy (this is why, at checkout, you must acknowledge having read this page in its entirety). This provides us with your digital signature. Ignoring the terms of the guarantee is not an excuse, and will not render these rules void. If you do receive a DOA reptile, amphibian, or invertebrate, please e-mail us a clear picture of the animal placed on top of the shipping label, upside down, all in one snapshot. Additional photographs may be requested for further verification. E-mail both pictures to the address in the site header within eight hours of arrival.
Upon approval of your claim, you have a couple options.
The first option is having us ship you a replacement animal, although discounted shipping costs ($24.99) will be the responsibility of the customer. If the replacement animal is DOA, we would then refund your purchase price (excluding the shipping costs) via paypal or credit card, depending on your method of payment. Fortunately, this has never happened. Keep in mind, we are extremely reasonable people, so we'll work with you. Every situation is different. If a customer wants to return an animal for a refund there is a 10% restocking fee, this also applies to cancelled orders.
The second option in the case of a DOA animal is an immediate refund, less the shipping cost ($44.99).
We have not become a highly reputable reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate sales company by treating our customers like faceless numbers in a spreadsheet. We deeply value your satisfaction. Our customer service response times are simply unmatched in the reptile industry. We provide prestigious universities and colleges, zoos, and museums across the nation with our animals. In other words, we are a trusted source for reptiles.
The pictures we utilize on our website are representative of the species, which means you are not ordering the exact animal in the photograph. Claiming that the reptile, amphibian, or invertebrate you received does not look identical to the picture on the website is not a valid reason for reimbursement or return.
1.) If temperatures at the delivery zip code dip below 40F or above 90F, the live arrival guarantee and extended guarantee are both completely voided for all reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and feeders. However, even including Winter shipments, our DOA rate is still an incredibly low. Shipping live animals is a shared risk between the shipper and the customer--please research your local temperatures prior to ordering.
2.) If you, or an authorized representative are not present for a delivery attempt (usually in the morning), the live arrival guarantee is null and void. If it was agreed upon that the animal(s) would be held at the carrier's facility, the package(s) must be picked-up within eight hours of arrival at the said facility.
3.) If you inadvertently enter a delivery address during checkout that is not valid, the live arrival guarantee is voided.
4.) If you do not contact us within eight hours of delivery or pick-up with DOA and shipping label photographs, the live arrival guarantee is voided.
5.) We are not responsible for carrier delays, but will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
When you order through our website, you specifically click on "Yes" to accept our live arrival guarantee. It is legally binding. This gives us your digital signature agreeing to the guarantee terms, which we then keep on file. We utilize a collection agency for any and all customers who attempt unethical chargebacks or disputes in violation of these agreed upon terms.
FedEx systems show when the package(s) arrive, and who signed for it. Our carriers should never leave a package without a signature.
We do not and will not break any state or federal laws. If a customer places an order and one or more of the items ordered is illegal to posses in the customers state then we are to refund the customer. If there are other animals on the shipment that are legal for the customer to posses in his/her state then the rest of the order will be shipped. We will not knowingly ship animals to states or counties they are illegal in.