Our products ship in a good quality SI logo cardboard box, enclosed in a durable, waterproof, biodegradable outer shipping bag with all relevant customs documentation and invoicing printed and included in the transparent document wallet attached to the bag. In the box, the modules are packed in an anti-static protective bubblewrap bag, and supplied with a tested 20cm standard Eurorack power cable (-12v = red), the correct number of black M3 mounting screws, anti-RackRash nylon washers and an SI sticker for your rack.
We charge only the material costs of what it takes to ship securely to you, and make no additional profit from the shipping. We are also happy to email customers copies of their documentation as we ship.
Insurance, Tracking & Pickup
Eurorack modules are high-value, delicate items so for your security and peace of mind all items are sent fully insured and tracked. We performed an extensive review of potential services and arrived at the options below as those offering the best possible compromise between price and compensation cover. In some rare cases Royal Mail may not offer the stated service to your destination country: we will liaise with you to find the best option in this instance.
Tier 1: Royal Mail Tracked 48 FULLY INSURED
£7.50 (£5.46 insured postage + cable, screws, washers, anti-stat, box, packing, sticker, shipping documentation etc.)
Tier 2: Royal Mail International Tracked FULLY INSURED
£17.00 (£15.02 postage + cable, screws, washers, anti-stat, box, packing, sticker, shipping documentation etc.)
REST OF WORLD SHIPPING
Tier 3: Royal Mail International Tracked FULLY INSURED
£23.00 (£21.02 postage + cable, screws, washers, anti-stat, box, packing, sticker, shipping documentation etc.)
We originally wanted to give customers choice over shipping options, paying either for insurance or accepting the risk of cheeper uninsured shipping. However, PayPal only protect buyers in cases of shipping losses, so despite SI paying PayPal's high transaction fees and always recommending buyers use insurance, we would still have lost the cost of the item. Therefore, we are now only able to offer insured shipping. In addition, following our assessment of our first shipping batch against Royal Mail's International Standard shipping targets under CoViD and issues relating to lack of proper tracking with this service we are now using International Tracked as the best compromise of low cost with high security and compensation.
Customers are solely responsible for monitoring their own tracking and not missing their delivery. Parcels returned to SI because tracking instructions were not followed (including customers missing delivery) can be resent by us but the customer will be responsible for all additional costs incurred, including re-shipping and any additional or repeat duties or import processing costs.
SI assumes the contact information you enter on purchase is correct. Without a carefully checked delivery address you risk your order being mis-delivered, and without an accurate telephone number and/or email, we will not be able to easily follow up on any order issues. If you are expecting an email from us that does not appear to have materialised, please check your spam folder.
Occasionally customers arrange delivery to temporary residences, for example a hotel while they are on holiday. In these cases SI is not responsible if the order arrives after you have left and will refuse refund or replacement. Always contact us in advance in these cases as we cannot arrange redelivery. It is the customer's responsibility to pick the delivery up if it is being held in a remote location, including drop off points, and post offices. Uncollected items which are subsequently destroyed are lost and will not be refund or replaced.
In the event that a parcel does not arrive, SI reserves the right to wait up to 3 weeks (for UK cases) and 8 weeks (for non-UK cases) before assisting in any claim.
International Shipments & Customs, including Post-Brexit EU Countries
SI will deal with all the necessary export details for overseas sales outside the United Kingdom. This now includes the EU. As with every other UK export to the world, EU customers are now charged in the same way as customers buying from the US, Japan etc.
We have worked hard to provide the cheapest reliable shipping options available and will also provide the appropriate customs paperwork stating the full value of the items with this. Your country's customs department will then charge you...
Import Duty (typically 0-3% on electronic goods)
Local VAT/Sales Tax (typically around 20%, set locally by your government)
Carrier Processing Charges (typically fairly low, around $10 or equivalent)
Customers are responsible for all these respective import costs so it is very important that all non-UK customers, including EU customers, are aware of the charges they will be required to pay when importing their purchases into their country.
We have no control over these charges, cannot refund them, and cannot waive them if you return your items to us unwanted. Unpaid customs payments on returns (including duty, tax and clearance/processing charges out if, and if applied, back into the UK) must be deducted from any refund. Attempts to evade customs calculations (including under-reporting value or omitting contact details) are not permissible, and any commensurate charges pursuant to this must be deducted from your refund.
As one of the millions of businesses forced to contend with the negative effects of Brexit, we are simply not able to absorb the additional costs these politicians have caused our EU friends.
Import Charges & VAT
SI is too small a company to be VAT registered so our sale prices are the actual prices we need to charge to stay in business after our production costs and overheads. There is no VAT to remove at the point of sale so we cannot sell VAT-free to non-UK countries. This also obviously means we cannot refund VAT if you are buying as a business. (And, even if we were VAT registered we would only have to increase our prices to accommodate this anyway).
Unfortunately, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and UK does not change the fact that Brexit forced the UK to leave the European Single Market and Customs Union, and thus does not protect against VAT or processing charges.
While we certainly can receive traditional PayPal payments, PayPal charge you the buyer well above base-rate for any currency conversions and then take up to another 5% from our payment as sellers. Not only is this very significant for a thin-margin micro start-up like ours, as individual musicians we all buy modules from around the world but our money just goes into PayPal's pocket rather than supporting the community we love. Moreover, PayPal's high fees and 10-day holds on foreign transactions disrupt our cash flow, slowing the smooth management of manufacture and in turn delaying our ability to re-stock modules for you.
Therefore, while we still accept PayPal, we would prefer and are championing alternative options which offer benefits for both you the buyer and we the seller, and which our customers are already unanimously using and benefitting from.
1a) UK Customers: BACS Bank Transfer
If you're in the UK, a simple bank transfer is a much cheaper and easier option, and is fully covered by your bank. All necessary account details will be available to you at purchase.
1b) Non-UK Customers: TransferWise
TransferWise (now known just as 'Wise') is a superb, award-winning currency transfer option whose fees for both you the buyer and we the seller (particularly if you are non-UK based) are very significantly lower than either Stripe or PayPal: see
Fees Comparison: https://transferwise.com/
To be clear, although your bank will still protect the purchase, TransferWise is purely a currency transfer system not a buyer protection system. It goes without saying that if you are not comfortable with that and would prefer to stick with Stripe (see below) or PayPal then that is absolutely fine (although our business is of course legally registered here and you also remain protected under UK trading laws).
If you would like to try TransferWise, you can register with this link which will make your first transfer absolutely fee-free!
Again, our account is fully registered there so can be paid directly as an email like PayPal or as IBAN. All necessary account details will be available to you at purchase.
If you would still prefer to retain buyer protection at source (albeit for higher fees than TransferWise) Stripe is an alternative to PayPal which offers comparable currency exchange rates and buyer protections but is cheaper for us to receive the funds. Sign up for Stripe is quick and easy here https://dashboard.stripe.com/register All necessary account details will be available to you at purchase and the payment mechanism is identical to PayPal.
Fault, Return & Exchange
Installation & Care
SI units arrive soak tested and factory checked for both hardware and firmware: there should be no issues with your unit. Customers are responsible for the proper installation and use of their modules. This includes the necessary precautions of
turning off your case power before plugging in the module
not moving the module with the power on
using the factory-supplied IDC power ribbon cable
checking the -12v orientation at both ends of the ribbon (SI cables follow the red line -12v standard)
ensuring the proper orientation of any expander cables
not touching or subjecting board chips to electrostatic discharge in handling
not connecting outputs to outputs (SI modules are reverse-protected but no module is indestructible!)
You have 7 calendar days from the date you receive an item to return it. You are responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for the return except where the item is faulty (see below). To be eligible for a refund, items must be returned unused and in the same condition in which it was sent to you, including its original packaging. Proof of purchase is required. All returns must be arranged by email in advance. Non-UK customers will be responsible for all export details for their returned items, and must inform us of these in addition to the tracking number. SI reserves the right to pass on relevant information concerning customs declarations if we are required to do so by HMRC.
Once we receive it, we will inspect and test it and then notify you on your refund status. If the return is approved, we will initiate a refund to the account used to make the original purchase. You should then receive your money back within 2 working days. Your statutory rights are not affected.
In the very unlikely event that your unit develops a fault not caused by improper installation or use, Stochastic Instruments will replace or repair it as soon as possible and can refund postage in these circumstances where possible. Please however be sure to contact us first for support as returns of non-faulty units wrongly assumed to be malfunctioning will be treated as a non-faulty return.
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Service refers to the Website.
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Usage Data refers to data collected automatically, either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
Website refers to stochasticinstruments.com
You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the company, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable.
Collecting and Using Your Personal Data
While using Our Service, We may ask You to provide Us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify You. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
First name and last name
Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
Usage Data is collected automatically when using the Service.
Usage Data may include information such as Your Device's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that You visit, the time and date of Your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
When You access the Service by or through a mobile device, We may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device You use, Your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of Your mobile device, Your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser You use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
We may also collect information that Your browser sends whenever You visit our Service or when You access the Service by or through a mobile device.
Tracking Technologies and Cookies
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We use both Session and Persistent Cookies for the purposes set out below:
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Use of Your Personal Data
The Company may use Personal Data for the following purposes:
To provide and maintain our Service, including to monitor the usage of our Service.
For the performance of a contract: the development, compliance and undertaking of the purchase contract for the products, items or services You have purchased or of any other contract with Us through the Service.
To contact You: To contact You by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as a mobile application's push notifications regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products or contracted services, including the security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation.
To provide You with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless You have opted not to receive such information.
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For business transfers: We may use Your information to evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganisation, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which Personal Data held by Us about our Service users is among the assets transferred.
For other purposes: We may use Your information for other purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve our Service, products, services, marketing and your experience.
Retention of Your Personal Data
Transfer of Your Personal Data
Your information, including Personal Data, is processed at the Company's operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located. It means that this information may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of Your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from Your jurisdiction.
Disclosure of Your Personal Data
Law enforcement: Under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to disclose Your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).
Other legal requirements
The Company may disclose Your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
Comply with a legal obligation
Protect and defend the rights or property of the Company
Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
Protect the personal safety of Users of the Service or the public
Protect against legal liability
Security of Your Personal Data
The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Your Personal Data, We cannot guarantee its absolute security.
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Last updated: 14th March 2021