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Tips for Getting the Best Shipping Rate on the Marketplace

The AdoptAClassroom marketplace is a one-stop-shop for educational resources including books, office supplies, flexible seating, musical instruments and more.

Our extensive online marketplace is made possible by our vendor partners who are essential in supporting us as a nonprofit organization. Their support also allows our online donors to give 100% directly to their favorite teacher or school.

With a variety of vendor options to choose from, and each offering their own unique shipping rates, we wrote this guide to ensure you get the most out of your donations.

Explore the Vendors’ Options

Before jumping in, take a few minutes to explore the unique products each vendor offers. Decide on one or two that meet your needs. If you’re brand new to our shop, check out our guide on navigating the vendor options.

Know the Shipping Rates

Since our vendor partners decide on their pricing and shipping rates, it’s important to know what to expect in shipping fees before adding items to your cart. Check out our vendor’s shipping rates below to plan ahead.

Adventure to Fitness No shipping charge
AKJ Books $3.00 + (10% of order total)
Beckers 15% of order total; $7.50 minimum
BoardShare $12.00 except: $13.00 CA orders; $40.00 AK, HI orders 

discounted rates for bulk purchases

Carson Dellosa 15% of order total
Fun Express Up to $35.00 – $10.95$35.01 – $74.99 – $11.95 

$75.00 – $124.99 – $14.95

$125.00 – $199.99 – $19.95

$200.00 – $499.99 – 12.00% of Order Total

$500.00 – $2,499.99 – 11.00% of Order Total

Over $2,499.99 – 10.00% of Order Total

Genius Games $5.99 for 1 or 2 items$3.99 for 3, 4, or 5 items 

$0.00 for 6 or more

HUE $9.99
Kaplan 15% of order total
Lakeshore Learning 15% of order total
Laser Classroom $9.99
Learner’s Edge No shipping charge
Learning A-Z No shipping charge
Lee and Low 7% of order total; $0.00 for orders over $50.00
Lorenz $5.95 + (15% of order total)
OOLY $0.00 for orders of $30.00 

$4.95 for all orders less than $30.00 except: $9.95 for all orders to AK, HI, PR

Really Good Stuff 14% of order total; $9.95 minimum
Scholastic Teacher Store 15% of order total
Scholastic Classroom Magazines No shipping charge
School Specialty / Frey Scientific $9.95 for orders under $49.99 

$0.00 for orders over $49.99

Spelling City No shipping charge
Staples Free next business day delivery with $50 minimum order 

$5 shipping for orders under $50

West Music 9% of order total
Wonder Workshop $10.00 for orders under $99.00 

$0.00 for orders over $99.00

YourDollarBuys No shipping charge

Bundle to Save

You might notice select vendors offer free shipping rates after meeting a certain subtotal. For example, School Specialty offers free shipping for orders over $50. Bundle bigger orders with these vendors to save big on shipping.

Other vendors have a minimum shipping charge, so try to add just enough item through these vendors to take advantage of these minimums. For example, ordering $70 from Really Good Stuff will have the same shipping charge as ordering $10.

Use Your Funds to Your Advantage

The amount of money you have to spend can help you decide which vendors work best.

Did you receive a $500 donation? Focus on vendors that have reduced shipping rates the more you spend.

Working with a $25 donation? Seek out vendors with free shipping or percentage based shipping.

By planning ahead with these tips and tricks, your donations can go even further in supporting your classroom or school.  Teachers can login here to get started. Schools can login here.

If you need any help with your AdoptAClassroom shopping experience, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].