Frequently Asked Questions at USAdapter.com

Frequently Asked Questions

 

About Us

Are you a U.S. based company?  Can I visit you?
Yes, USAdapter.com is an American company headquartered in California.  Our address and contact details are as follows:

 

Address: 2228 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
Email: service@usadapter.com
Live Chat: Lower left corner of website

 

If you want to visit us, we welcome you anytime.  Please call ahead if you can and keep in mind that we are a working warehouse.  We have no visitor facilities, no cute tour guides, or anything of that sort. You are welcome to be escorted by a member of the sales staff to see our packing and warehouse areas, because we know that some people need to see that a company is real before making any big purchasing agreements, and we understand that.  Please understand that we will do our best to accommodate any guests, however we are a web based ecommerce company, so that is our primary focus of our facility.

 

General Website and Operations

I can place an order without needing register for an account?
Yes, we allow orders without any pre-registration.  Please note however, that this means you must enter your information very carefully when placing your order.  We have had numerous problems in the past with people misspelling their own email addresses and/or giving us the wrong phone numbers.  Then when we need to contact the customer about some problem with a delivery or customs issue, we have no way to communicate with the customer.  Please don't let that happen to you!

Do You Ship to International Locations?
For now, we do not ship to international locations outside of North America.  However, if you live in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and any country within the Caribbean, we are happy to serve you!

How do I find the Laptop Part I need?
Left side of the screen is a toolbar with a list of laptop accessories, sorted by type, and then by size or brand names. Click through the menus to get to the category of products you seek, then browse to find the product you need. You may also just type in the computer model number or better yet, the part number you are looking for, then you will be taken to a page with only those results.

 

Ordering from Us

I cannot seem to complete an order on your site, what can I do?
If you are using an older browser such as IE6 or some non-english language packs, you may have some trouble navigating and completing an order on USAdapter.  In this case, call us and we can manually make an order for you and then we will send you an invoice through paypal which you can pay and then we will ship out your order promptly!

I don't like placing credit card orders over the 'net, can I call you to place an order?
Yes you can.  Please have your "shopping list' ready when making your call, and we will note down your selections, calculate the total including shipping, and then do a manual credit card submission for you.  Note: You will still need to give us your email address when making a phone order so we can email status updates about shipping to you.

I have found the part I need, so how do I place an order?
Once you get to the Product Details page, you can add the item(s) to your shopping cart, and then checkout.  If you registered in our website before, simply login to your account by using your email and password. If not, you can also register first or check-out directly without any website registration. You can safely pay us by paypal or credit card during the secure checkout process.

How can I see the status of my order or payment?
Sometimes you have already paid, but the status of the payment displayed on the checkout indicates that the payment not received.  This is usually caused by a delay in communication between the payment website and our website. Simply email us at service@usadapter.com and ask us to check it for you.  Or, you can navigate back to the orders page (if you have an account at USAdapter) to see if the system has updated the status.  On the rare occasions where an order seems to get "stuck" due to some communications issue with the payment gateway, our CS staff will manually submit your order the following morning.

When will my order ship out?
All orders are typically shipped out within 24-48 hours (excluding weekends).  You will typically receive the part you ordered within 3-7 days depending on your geographic location and stock availability.   To inquire about the status of your order, please login to your account, email us at service@sunvalleyus.com, or call us.  If your order is extremely urgent please call us before placing  our order and we can try to arrange for speedier processing.

Your system does not list APO/FPO/PO Boxes, how do I order?
We do offer US Mail service to military personnel within USA. To order on our website, put your complete APO in the address field and again put your home state in the state field and zip in the zip fields. For example, APO AE 09330, New York, NY 11722. This will allow our system to find the proper shipping rate and process the order.

Can I add an item to or remove an item from my order? Can I change the shipping method for my order? How can I cancel my order?
You may change or cancel your order if it has not been processed and shipped yet.  To make changes to your order you may contact us via live chat.

 

Payment Issues

Your website will not accept my credit card, why?
That is not us who does the credit card decline, that is the payment processor gateway (paypal business services).  We don’t make credit decisions, we use a secure payment gateway to process and charge your credit card.  If their system says “decline” there is nothing we can do.

I did not get a decline error, I got an "AVS Mismatch" error, what is that?
When you pay through credit card sometimes you may meet this issue that the transaction is declined because the shipping address does not match the billing address.

When I tried to make a credit card payment I was taken to a “verified by visa” page and asked for a password.  What is it?  Did some hacker set up a fake page to get my account information?
This is the new extra-layer of security that Visa and Mastercard are doing with some larger banks to help prevent online credit card fraud.  If you see this page for the first time, you may not be able to complete your order.  In most cases you will first need to go to your banks website, login to the credit card page, access the account settings section, and then set the password for the “verified by visa” feature.  After setting it up, then you should be able to complete the payment using the password you set up on your banks website (note that this can sometimes take 24-hours to become activated).

 

Shipping Issues

Will I be sent a tracking number?
Yes. We will send an email with the tracking number and delivery information after the package carrier picks up the package from our warehouse.  Please make sure your account has the correct email address.  Our number one CS complaint is "I never received any confirmation from you!" and the number one reason why is that the customer gave us a wrongly typed email address!

When will my package ship?

  • Shipping a package from our warehouse involves four steps, order processing, QC, packing and then giving the parcel to the delivery company
  • The whole four step process normally takes 24 to 48 hours
  • Our working time is 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding U.S. holidays)

 

According to the carrier, my package was delivered to my front door and now it's gone!  What do I do?
In this case, please contact our Customer Service Department. We will schedule a USPS driver follow-up for the missing item(s) and a replacement will be shipped in a timely manner.

The package I received looks like it was damaged during the shipment. What do I do?
Please contact our Customer Service Department and we will schedule a carrier driver follow-up. Please keep the original box and packaging material, as this will be needed to file a damage claim with the carrier. A replacement will be shipped once the damage claim is filed and we have a response from the carrier.

I was unable to take delivery of my package and the carrier returned it to you.
How do I get the package shipped back to me?  How do I get a refund?

When a package is returned to USAdapter.com because a carrier is unable to make delivery due to action, inaction, or absence of the recipient, we will refund your credit card less shipping charges and the product(s) will be returned immediately to inventory. Should you still wish to purchase these products, you may place your order again on our website.  If you believe a shipment was returned to us due to an error on our part or on the part of our carrier, please email our Customer Service Team to arrange a refund of shipping and return fees.

How about the shipping fee? Is there any updates?
Here is the public letter to our customers from Customer Service Department of Usadapter.com: Dear customers, we wanted you to be aware of some recent updates we have made on the website.  Due to cost increases put on us by UPS and the USPS, we need to update our shipping fees for certain products and regions. This means that heavier products like batteries and large products like big LCD Screens have increased their shipping fee to cover most of this new cost.  However, with every cloud there is some sunshine!  We also lowered some fees on small accessories to bring them more in line with the true shipping cost from the carriers. 


Now, you may ask, what is the standard shipping fee on usadapter.com? Well, we charge the Shipping Fee based on the kind of product [5 types: Laptop AC Adapters, Laptop Batteries, Laptop Keyboards, Laptop LCD Screen Panels, Other Laptop Accessories] and the destination. In order to find out the exact shipping cost you will need to pay, please add the product you want into to your cart and then go to the checkout page and input your location in the Estimate Shipping and Tax box to see the exact shipping cost to your location.  You do not need to go through the check out procedure to see the shipping fee :-).



Pre-Sales Questions

Do you offer a Customer Pick-Up option?
Yes.  To place a customer pickup order, visit the USAdapter.com website, place the desired items in to your shopping cart, and then check out as normal.  You will be presented with our standard shipping methods as well as the $5.00 Customer Pickup option.   Select the Customer Pickup shipping method.  You can pay by cash or credit card when you come to our office or pre-pay by Paypal. 

Important Note: If you select Customer Pickup as your shipping option, once your order has been successfully submitted, please contact our sales department, service@usadapter.com to arrange the best date/time to pick it up.  Do not come to pick anything up until you have verified availability first!.  From time to time our system will list an inventory of 1 or 2 pieces of an item, so it shows as in stock on our website, however, when our warehouse staff goes to pull from the shelf, the item is not there.  While "phantom" inventory is rare, it can happen, so please call to verify availability before coming to pick up your order.

 

Post-Sales Questions

Who do I contact if I received the wrong item in an order?
If you believe you received the wrong item in an order, you should email service@usadapter.com to obtain an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) number.
Should you receive an incorrect item, we will re-ship the correct item and email you after we have shipped it. We will also give you a RMA to ship the wrong item back, and pay you the shipping fee.

Who do I contact if I am missing an item from an order?
If you are missing an item from an order, you should email us at service@usadapter.com.

 

Returns and Exchanges

What is the status of my RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization)? When will a replacement be sent?
Once we have received your returned item in our warehouse it normally takes between 3-5 business days to process the RMA.  If the return tests as defective we will send a replacement from our warehouse immediately.  If we do not have a replacement or a suitable alternative to fulfill the RMA, we will refund your money.  For RMA status inquiries please email us at service@usadapter.com.