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Delivery Information

Delivery Details and Fees

Delivery Information

This section explains how we handle packing and delivery of orders from our online bookshop. Our aim is, where practical, to process all orders within 1 working day from receipt of payment. We deliver worldwide and accept payment in either £sterling, €euros or US Dollars. 

Delivery charges

Each order has a range of delivery costs associated with it, depending on which region in the world the order is being shipped from/to. As items can be heavy and are sometimes shipped directly from the publisher/supplier, the price you pay is the sum of the individual shipping costs for the order.

Method of delivery?

Books and small items posted to a UK address are sent by the standard Royal Mail postal service. Books and small items posted to non-UK addresses are generally sent Royal Mail (Printed papers for books). If a different service is desired please ask for options/prices. Large bulky orders are mainly sent by a parcel delivery service such as DHL, UPS or Tuffnells.

Delivery timescales

5m’s aim is, where practical, to process all orders within 1 working day from receipt of payment. 

Orders may be fulfilled by 5m and/or a number of different suppliers. Upon completion of an order the Customer will receive an email confirming the order details. Each supplier will deliver their portion of the order. 5m aims to deliver products from its own stock within the following delivery time scales:

  • 5 working days for UK delivery
  • 8 working days for European delivery
  • 15 working days for Worldwide delivery

However, the above time frames assume our carriers and any associated local carriers deliver within their own stated time frames. As their performance is beyond 5m’s control, 5m are unable to guarantee these time scales will be met in every case, thus please allow 28 days for delivery. 

If an order is urgent please contact us and we can provide a guaranteed delivery service at additional charge.

Out of stock items

Whilst every effort is made to ensure we do not offer for sale out of stock items, sometimes a supplier fails to alert us to this fact. 

If an ordered item is not in stock, we will let the Customer know the expected delivery timescale and provide the option of waiting, changing or cancelling the order for a full refund.

Signature on delivery?

Items sent by Royal Mail (UK or abroad) use the standard mail service and as such do not need to be signed for. However, if at a Customer’s request we have used a carrier, a signature may be needed, 5m will advise if this is the case. Large bulky items sent by a parcel delivery service may need a signature. You will be advised accordingly.

Returns and Refunds

An order (or item from an order) may be cancelled at any time before the order is delivered and up to 7 working days following the day after the day the order is received. Notice of cancellation must be in writing by post, e-mail or fax (details at very top of page) giving full order details. To obtain a refund of goods that have been despatched, the Customer must return the goods at their own expense and the goods must be in new and unused, mint condition. The Customer must return them by recorded delivery with adequate packing and insurance cover within 14 working days of receipt so that 5m can provide the refund. Upon satisfactory and timely receipt 5m will credit the Customer’s credit card (or otherwise refund) the total amount of the order, excluding the relevant post and packing costs. 

In addition goods will be accepted for return within 28 days of receipt by the Customer if:

  • the wrong goods are sent to the Customer, in which case upon the return of such goods to 5m or the supplier, 5m will (at its option) refund the price to the Customer (including our initial postage costs) or send you the correct goods;
  • the goods were found to be damaged on receipt in which case upon return of such goods to 5m or the supplier, 5m will (at its option) either replace the goods or give the Customer a full refund. The refund will extend to postage costs upon a successful claim against the delivery company for damage during shipment.
  • Provided the above conditions are met 5m will refund the cost of all such returns provided the goods are returned by registered post or tracked delivery. The goods which the Customer returns remain the Customers property, and at your risk, until 5m or the supplier has received them. Please allow 14 days (in addition to delivery time) for 5m to process the return or refund. Please allow 28 days (in addition to delivery time) for an overseas order. Refunds will be given in the same tender type as the original payment. Return of goods is at your own expense.


Delivery contact details:

  1. If you have a query regards delivery of your book order please feel free to: 

    Phone: +44 (0) 330 1333 580

    This document is a summary extracted from our full terms and conditions, which take full precidence.