1.1 I placed an order online using a credit card and now I have 2 (or more) charges on my card, why is that?
Augustica's policy with credit cards is to charge only when the items are shipped. That means that we only "Pre-authorization" the card when the order is placed. For some cards, especially bank cards and debit cards, the authorization appears as a 'charge' on the statement and disappears a few days after it is finally collected & shipped. Then the final charge is shown on the statement. That means that if we ship your order quickly you may end up with what appears like 2 charges. If you made a mistake and your card was declined, it may also appear on your statement. Note that this is not a real charge, and that we do not collect the funds, they are held by your card's bank.
Pre-authorizations on credit cards are based on the confirmation of your order. Credit card charges are based on the shipment of your order. Cash Debit card charges are based on the confirmation of your order. A pre-authorization is a temporary hold to verify that funds are available when you place an order. Pre-authorizations are typically removed from your credit card transaction history when the full charge processes and funds are withdrawn. However, in some cases, this process can take up to 4 business days.
No. Because we cannot always predict when and how much inventory will become available, we cannot accept backorders. To receive an e-mail notification as soon as the out-of-stock product becomes available for purchase, simply fill in your email address on the product page and click NOTIFY ME WHEN IN STOCK button. We appreciate your support and patience.
Here at Augustica we ship out products very fast and cannot modify, cancel, or combine orders once they are placed.
2.1 Do you send internationally? How much does it cost to ship a kit to my country?
When shipping international, the Canada Post quotes a certain number of days (say, 3-5) for delivery but that is only the number of days it takes for the package to reach your customs office. Packages can sit in customs for up to 4-6 weeks, although this is rare it does happen, especially with larger orders. If you shipped via Air Letter Post, there is no tracking number, nor is there any way to track it. After 45 days from shipping, we can submit a refund claim but otherwise there is nothing that can be done. Only Canada Post Priority, Xpresspost, and Expedited or FedEx provides a tracking number, which you can use at the Canada Post or FedEx website.
If you requested shipment with FedEx or Canada Post Priority, Xpresspost, and Expedited, a tracking number will be emailed to you soon after your order is processed. If its been a few days and you have not received a tracking number, contact us!
We can only accept returns of unopened kits and products, within 30 days of receipt in Canada and 30 days from shipment for international orders. Return shipment is the responsibility of the customer. All returns are credited as store credit upon receipt. Please contact us before returning any package! We're reasonable people and we hope you are too. Contact us if you have any issues and we'll do our best to help you out!
3.1 What is included in a kit?
Kits come with all parts required, including a custom printed circuit board any pre-programmed chips. Batteries are not included unless indicated otherwise. Tools necessary for assembly, such as soldering irons, solder, pliers, etc. are not included.
Right now, we only sell kits and PCBs.
All kits are documented online by our team of engineers. The link for the instructions is on the product page (tutorial tab). Having the documentation online allows us to update the instructions easily and provide large full colour images.
Make sure to look at the instructions to get an idea. Most of the kits are pretty easy to solder, but require care (to not get the parts confused) and proper tools.
4. Other Frequently Asked Questions
4.1 I see the words ‘Open Source Hardware’ everywhere on your site. What the heck are you talking about?
Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware’s source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs. If any of our products include software or firmware to operate, we also provide all of the source code for your hacking pleasure.
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