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About Store Store is an online store where visitors can purchase tools, books and educational materials related to geology. All of our sales are retail and conducted online. We do not sell wholesale and do not have a walk-in store.

We sell rock hammers; topographic maps; field guides; wall maps; rock, mineral, and fossil kits; field cases; backroads atlases; field books, gold prospecting tools and geology books to customers within the United States. We do not ship outside of the United States, please do not ask for an exception, our answer will be "no".

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Ask Us

If you have a question about the products that we sell please send it to us at . We will do our best to answer promptly - almost always within 24 hours.

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Holiday Shipping Information

Orders placed after 12:00 noon eastern time on Monday, December 18th may not arrive in time for Christmas unless you order Express Shipping. We are located in Pennsylvania and deliveries to western states, Alaska and Hawaii require five or six business days by standard shipping.

The map below shows normal shipping times. Holiday shipping WILL take longer.

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We ship by United States Mail, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery to addresses within the United States. We process orders Monday through Friday. Orders placed through our website ship the same day or the following business day. (We do not ship on Saturday, Sunday or U.S. Postal Service holidays.)

Everything that can be purchased from our website is in stock and ready for prompt shipment. If we encounter any problem while filling your order we will contract you promptly by email. Orders received before noon (Eastern time) on a business day usually ship the same day.

If you request "USA Standard Shipping" your order should arrive between 2 and 6 business days after it is placed. If you request "USA Express Shipping" your order should arrive between 1 and 3 days after it is placed.

These shipping times are based upon U.S. Postal Service and FedEx guidance. They are not guarantees. USPS and FedEx are very good at meeting these delivery times but sometimes mechanical, weather or other problems will delay a package.

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We accept returns if the merchandise is mailed back to us unused and in brand new, resellable condition within 30 days. To request a return authorization please send an email message to with the word "RETURNS" and the order ID number in your subject line. In the email, please explain what needs to be returned. We will reply promptly with instructions. Returns that comply with the above policy will receive a refund of purchase price less shipping and handling.

HOLIDAY GIFTS: Gift items purchased between November 1 and December 31 may be returned until January 31.

If you received the wrong item, a damaged or defective item please let us know we want to be sure that you receive what you paid for.

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International Orders

We are unable to accept orders that have billing addresses or shipping addresses in countries outside of the United States.

We ship to addresses within the United States, Territories of the United States (Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa), and military locations with APO or FPO addresses issued by the United States Postal Service.

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Mail Orders

We accept orders from United States customers that are placed by mail and paid with a check or money order from a United States financial institution. These must be shipped to an address in the United States.

To order this way please visit our website and place the items that you would like to purchase into the shopping cart. When you finish shopping simply print the shopping cart page. It will display a subtotal for the items that you purchased plus the amount charged for shipping/handling.

Write your shipping address on the shopping cart page and mail it to us with your check or money order. Our address will be printed on the bottom of the shopping cart page. It is:, 1040 Eberly Way, Suite 150, Lemont Furnace, PA 15456.

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Phone Orders

We are sorry but we do not accept orders by phone.

Please place your order through our secure website or send it to us by mail.

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Tracking information is usually sent in an email message shortly after your package leaves our office.

You can check the status of your package by visiting the United States Postal Service website or the FedEx website and entering your tracking number.

If you did not receive a tracking number please let us know by sending email to .

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Purchase Orders

We are sorry but we do not accept purchase orders.

Please place your order through our website to make payment by credit card. To pay by check please follow our instructions for mail orders.

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Question About a Recent Purchase?

If there is a problem with your order or an item that you purchased we want to help you. Please tell us about it by email at . We will reply promptly.

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Privacy Information

Visitor Information Logged

Our server logs each visit to our site and records the pages that have been viewed. We use this information to understand how visitors engage our website and to enable us to make informed decisions about improving the experience of our visitors. The logs do not contain information about visitors that would identify them personally. Similar information is collected by the server of almost every commercial website.

Information collected includes:
  • URL web addresses that send traffic to our website (these are search engines, social media sites and other websites that included a link to our website)
  • The search queries that visitors use to arrive at our site
  • IP addresses (a unique number assigned to a computer when it connects to the Internet) of visitors that enter our website
  • The types of browsers (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer, Firefox) used to access our site
  • The operating system (Windows, Unix) used to access our site
  • The date, time and duration for each visitor's access
  • The URLs of pages viewed by each visitor
We do not share the contents of our visitor log files with anyone outside of our company. The only reason that we would release this information is if it is requested by a law enforcement or government agency for the purpose of an essential investigation.

We also use the and services to learn how visitors use our website. These services collect information similar to the server logs described above but they also include information about where visitors click on our site, the internet service providers used by visitors and the click paths used by visitors who checkout in our shopping cart. This information helps us understand how visitors use our website and we use that information to improve the design of our site in ways that facilitate visitor engagement and sales.

Information Voluntarily Provided by Visitors

We welcome feedback about our website and respond to information requests from visitors each day. These communications are done by email messages initiated by our website visitors. We will use the information associated with your message to prepare a reply but information about your identity is not shared with anyone outside of our company. We do not maintain an email list of visitors who correspond, do not share their email addresses, and do not send unsolicited marketing messages to those who contact us.

COPPA: Interaction with Children

Our website complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). We make no attempt to passively or actively collect personal information from children. Children are able to write to us on their own initiative and we will reply to them on a one-time basis to respond to their request. We will not recontact them for other reasons or share any details of their contact with anyone. Transactions in our store are not knowingly accepted from children.

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How Credit Cards are Processed

Our website has a store where visitors can make purchases. The shopping cart of this store operates through the use of session cookies. These cookies are small files that are placed on a visitor's computer to allow that computer to temporarily remember information about an order in progress. These cookies contain information that allows our shopping cart to remember which items have been selected for purchase. No personal information is contained within the cookie and they expire when the shopper restarts his/her computer.

Session cookies expire over time. If you place items in a shopping cart tonight and return tomorrow to complete the purchase the items might be gone from the cart.

In the checkout process the visitor must type in name, address, email and credit card information. This information is transmitted by secure connections to (our shopping cart provider). The information is then transmitted through credit card processors to the website visitor's credit card bank. This information is only used to complete the credit card transaction, complete a fraud check, ship the merchandise to the visitor and communicate with the visitor about the status of an order.

During the checkout process the customer can check a box that will invite us to send them information about sales or special offers. We are the only user of this information and we never share customer purchase information with anyone outside of our business. and our credit card processors have similar policies and do not release any information about our customers.

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Referrals to Other Websites

To assist our visitors, we sometimes link out to other websites that have related content. When you click on one of these links you will be leaving our website. When we link to a website, we always review that site to be sure that it has quality content and to be sure that it is a site that we would recommend to our colleagues, friends, and members of our family. We do not control the content of these websites and encourage any visitor to contact us if you feel that one of these sites contains information that is unsuitable for visitors of any age.

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Ads Displayed on this Website

Google Ads

Most of the ads that we display are sent to our website through the Google Adsense program. Google has a privacy policy for ads that explains the information obtained through their advertising and how that information is handled. Visitors can also learn how Google ads are customized to match their potential interests via the Google Ads Preferences Manager.

All of Google's advertisers are required to comply with the Google Ad Content Policy. We regularly inspect the ads that appear on our site and believe that Google does a very good job of delivering ad content that matches the topics of our website and the potential interest of our visitors. In the few instances that we have seen an ad that contained questionable content we immediately installed manual filters to ban that specific ad or all future ads from that advertiser's website.

Google and other advertisers on our site use technology such as cookies, web beacons or the DoubleClick DART Cookie. These send advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed or other viewing software installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites). You can easily opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or online email accounts. These settings can also disable your ability to make purchases from our site and other ecommerce sites that use similar technology.

Private Placement Ads

We display a small number of ads promoting companies that have directly contracted with us. All contracted ads are approved by us and the advertiser's website is inspected at the beginning of each advertising term. Each of these ads leads to a website that we would recommend to our colleagues, friends and members of our own family.

Advertising Networks

We also display ads on our site that are delivered by ad networks that include and Google's DoubleClick Ad Server. These companies have technologies that try to match the ads that they deliver with with information that they obtain from cookies in your browser. The cookies contain information about your previous browsing history. For example, if you have visited their site in the past their ad might be displayed. Or, if you have visited a auto dealer site in the past an ad inviting you to an auto dealer site might be displayed.

Geologist Tools
rock hammers and chisels
Geology Tools

Waterproof fieldbooks
Waterproof Fieldbooks

Roadside Geology
Roadside Geology books
Roadside Geology

Rock Kits
Rock collection kits
Rock Kits

Fossil Kits
fossil collection kits
Fossil Kits

Fluorescent Kit
fluorescent mineral kit
Fluorescent Minerals

Streak Plates
Streak plates and magnets
Streak Plates and Magnets

Fossil Fish
fossil fish
Fossil Fish
Hand Lens
Hand lens
Hand Lens

Topo Maps
Topo maps
Topo Maps

Rocks & Minerals
Gem, mineral and fossil books
Rock & Mineral Books

Wall Maps
Wall maps
Wall Maps

Mineral Kits
Mineral collection kits
Mineral Kits

Gem Mineral Kits
Gem mineral collection kits
Gem Mineral Kits

Hardness Kit
hardness kits
Hardness Test Kit

Tumbled Stones
Tumbled stones
Tumbled Stones

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