Please note that due to Chinese New Year national holiday in China no goods will be shipped from 8-15 February, service will resume as soon as possible after the holiday!
Shipping and Delivery
How long will it take to deliver my order?
See the Shipping page for details.
- Standard shipments are normally delivered within 2 weeks.
- Express shipments are normally delivered within 1 week.
- These are normal delivery times to major cities as quoted by the delivery companies. Please allow longer for remote locations, national holidays.
- Parcels can be delayed for reasons beyond our control such as major national holidays and shopping festivals, customs inspections, strikes, earthquakes and extreme weather conditions and other events beyond the control of the delivery companies. In all cases refer to the delivery tracking information and contact us for any doubts.
Where is my order?
Check your email for the shipment tracking code for your order, or view your order on ‘My Account’ to see the shipping notes. For any query please feel free to contact us by replying to the order email or using the form on My Account.
What about customs duty?
- USA: parcels under $800 threshold are free of import duty. In the event of any customs issue, Inkston will take care of redelivery or refund.
- UK, European Union: deliveries are duty paid (no charges to you)
- Canada: please note Canada has different policy from USA and the import threshold is only $20CAD – see notes from Canada Border Services Agency.
- Other locations: most countries have exemption limits for small parcels but please check for your location, especially for larger orders.
For more detail please see notes on the Shipping page.
Payment Methods and Currencies
- Debit card / Credit Card: Inkston.com accepts most standard international payment cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express as well as Paypal.
- Paypal / Cards: Inkston.com online payment processing is done by Paypal or payment processor, please choose whichever is best for you. You do not need a Paypal account to make a payment. Inkston does not receive or store your credit card details, all payment details are handled by Paypal/payment processor.
- Currencies: Inkston.com prices are set in US Dollars and converted to other currencies at market rate. Inkston currently accepts CNY, USD, EUR, JPY, AUD and GBP. If your payment card or account is not in one of the available currencies on the website, your bank or card issuer will convert to your currency for you and charge you according to their standard terms.
- Bank Transfer: On request we can also receive bank transfer or other payment method in CNY, USD, EUR, JPY and GBP, if you want to do this please select “Other Payment Method” and let us know in the comment box when checking out.
Special orders: gifts, customisations, wholesale orders
How can I send a gift?
Most handmade items are prepared with gift-quality packaging and are suitable to give as a present. (Except bulk packs of paper and wholesale orders.)
You may send the order directly to someone else, by entering a different delivery address from shipping address when you check out. If the order is a gift, the package is marked “Gift” but the details and value of the item is still stated on the customs form. Customs authorities require us to state the value of the gift item directly on the parcel.
If you have any special requirement, you let us know in the comment box when checking out or send us a note.
Made-to-Order items, Custom products and Customizations
We can accept custom orders for some product types, please note this does take additional time and cost since the product may be made from scratch according to your specifications. Please add the expected production time to the delivery time.
- Ceramics: a name or custom message can be added before firing, please allow 7-14 days extra to the expected delivery time.
- Paper: can be made with a special watermark. The watermark is woven to your design and then this woven design is added to the paper making screen and the requested grades of paper are freshly made, with this design as a watermark. This process takes 1 month and costs around 600USD so is only suitable for bulk orders.
- Inkstones: inkstone price and time to make depends on the quality of stone, size of stone, and level of detail of carving. Large pieces of high quality stone are difficult to get and prices can be very high, and a large detailed piece may take 3 months to complete. Have a look at the Inkstone Buyer’s Guide and ask us for a custom quote.
- Brushes: if you need a brush type which is not listed, let us know and we will find it for you. Brushes can be made according to special needs, and for bulk orders, unbranded / own brand brushes can be made. Please note the brush workshop has limited technology capability and may do only simple engraved labelling with Western or Chinese letters or common symbols, not custom graphic design or signatures.
Please contact us separately for wholesale enquiries, bulk discounts and bulk shipping arrangements.
Workshops and Craftspeople
We have personally inspected and selected the workshops producing our handmade items and we are featuring more and more of the craftsmen and their stories in our Stories section.
- Paper: made by old small workshops in ancient paper villages in XuanCheng area as featured in the articles and pictures.
- Brushes: made by Xuan brush workshop featured in brush article.
- Inkstones: made by Inkstone workshop featured in article and by the Old Hu Kai Wen workshop.
- Inksticks: made by the Old Hu Kai Wen workshop in SheXian.
- Ceramics: made by selection of young designers with studios in JingdeZhen
- Silver: made by small workshop in minority people’s village in Sichuan [now closed]
- Silk: is Su silk from Suzhou. Also known as Shu silk from old Shu kingdom of Sichuan (Chengdu) area but is no longer produced there.
A small number of products are not handmade and these products are clearly marked: for example calligraphy practice paper is a cheaper machine-made paper for practice, and some of the common tools for mounting paintings are mass produced.
How can I change or cancel part of my order?
Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel or change any part of your order, for example by replying to your order confirmation email.
For custom orders please note we may not be able to cancel the order after the craftspeople have started work on it, nevertheless please let us know as soon as possible.
I received wrong/damaged product, what can I do?
Please take a photo and send to us as soon as possible so we can understand what went wrong and see how to fix it.
Inkston allows you to return items for replacement or refund within 30 days.
See also Returns policy.
Rewards, Discounts and Referral Schemes
Bulk discount for your students
If you know what your students need for class, order in advance for bulk discount.
- Orders over $150USD will be eligible for free shipping
- Larger orders will be eligible for bulk order discount
- You may charge your students inkston retail price: you benefit from the discount amount and your students benefit from getting suitable material in time for class with no delay or additional postage charges due to international shipping.
Earn rewards from Inkston rewards scheme
When you make comments on inkston or participate in the inkston community forums you earn points.
As you earn more points you are awarded level badges which can be used as coupons in the Shop. Each coupon adds a discount and/or gift to your order.
Visit the My Awards page to see your Award level and details of the scheme.
Earn money from Amazon Associates referral scheme
Amazon has a referral scheme where you can earn a percentage sales commission when anyone follows a link from your website to buy products on Amazon. The exact percentage varies from time to time for each Amazon site and each product category.
Amazon have tools to help you create the links needed.
The steps are:
- sign up for the Amazon Associates scheme for your country
- Create links to Inkston Amazon store or your favourite inkston products on Amazon USA, Amazon Japan. (Choose the same country site for which you have associates account).
- publish the links on your blog, website, facebook (can be anywhere).
Then when anyone makes a purchase after clicking your link, Amazon will reward you.
Please refer to Amazon for exact details of the schemes as they do vary from time to time and are slightly different in each location.
Customers in countries served by Amazon may find some of our products on Amazon USA, Amazon Japan.
Amazon orders are processed according to policies on the local Amazon site, and items marked with Amazon Prime tick are delivered by Amazon from regional warehouse.
Questions about how to use this site
Questions about your Order
For any question about your order, just reply to your order email, or check your order on ‘My Account’ and contact us there.
Questions about your Account
If you can’t access your account, use the lost password to get a password reset email: if you don’t get the email, check your spam folder.
If you have created multiple accounts (for example by logging on with Facebook and Google) and can’t find your order, just let us know and we will resolve and merge the accounts.
Any Question at all
Did we miss something? Just ask us below:
Did we miss any question you need answered?
For any question not covered below or on our terms and conditions page, just ask following links on our contact page or on the forums or facebook, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.