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Searching and Browsing Tips

There are a number of different ways to search for your favorite supplies at CreateForLess. Our selection of over 60,000 items can be overwhelming at first, so if you're not sure where to start, here are a few suggestions…

Shop By Department

To view our various craft departments, from the home page or any other page on our site, simply click on one of the tabs at the top of the page, such as Sewing & Quilting or Kids Crafts.

Search By Keyword

If you are looking for a specific product or brand, the 'Search' box is a simple way to just type and go. This is located at the top of every page, to the right of the CreateForLess logo. From here you can type keywords in broad terms such as "scrapbooking" or "thread", or more specific product searches like "Sculpey clay" or "EK Paper Shapers Punch". Or if you know the CreateForLess Part # or UPC number, you can type it in and that item will come right up.

Browse By

Another way to shop is to browse through products at the bottom of every page. Here you can view links to various categories, such as Product Type, Brands, Holidays & Seasons and more. You can also click on any of the More links to see a complete list of items in that category.

Helpful Tips

Once you start searching, there are several features to help make it easier to find what you're looking for....

  • Narrow These Results - On the left side of the page, you'll notice several different ways to narrow down your search, such as by product types, colors or seasons.
  • Brand Search - If you are looking for a specific brand within your search results, you can type it into the Brand Search box and then click on the highlighted brand.
  • Sort By - You have the option to sort your search results by Relevancy - the products best related to your search, Sort By Name to display an alphabetical list of products, or Sort By Price from lowest to highest priced items.
  • Display by List or Grid - If you prefer to view your search results in a list of products select Display By: 'List', or to view columns of product photos select Display By: 'Grid'.
  • Display Per Page - you may choose to display 20, 40 or 60 products per page.

Buying in Bulk

CreateForLess offers discount prices for buying in bulk quantities for selected items. You will notice different types of pricing descriptions displayed, depending on the item:

Buy in Bulk & Save

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If the product has "Buy in Bulk & Save" prices displayed, then you have the option to buy a smaller quantity of that item, or buy in bulk and receive additional discounts. From the example above, if you add 1 or 2 items to your cart, the price will be $3.62 per item. If you purchase 2, the total price will be $3.62 x 2 = $7.24. Or if you buy 3 or more, you will receive a bulk discount price of $3.29 per item, 3 x $3.29 = $9.87. The total item price will be shown in your shopping cart.

This item is sold as…

this item sold as

If the product has a "This item is sold as..." explanation, then there is a minimum quantity and increment required to purchase. This generally applies to items such as cardstock, DMC floss or stickers, that we can only ship as a set, box or package, due to size and packaging issues. For example, we would be unable to ship 1 sheet of cardstock, 1 skein of floss, or 1 sticker, but we can ship the entire 25 pack of cardstock, box of 12 skeins or 3 packs of stickers. Additionally, the price displayed is for the entire set, pack or box, not the price per sheet, skein, sticker, etc. In the example above, if a cardstock pack is only sold as a pack of 25 sheets, if you add 1 pack to your cart, the price will be $6.25 per pack, and you will receive 25 sheets of cardstock. If you add 2 packs to your cart, the price will be $12.50, and you will receive 50 sheets of cardstock.

Single Price / Package

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If the product has a "Price / package" displayed, then there is only a single price and no bulk discount price available for this item. For example, if the price displayed is "Price: $16.74 / package", you will receive the same price per item, whether you purchase 1, 2 or more of that product.

Shopping Cart

If you need assistance with your shopping cart, whether you're adding, editing or saving items in your cart, we're here to help.

Add to Cart

To add an item to your shopping cart from the product details page, simply enter the Qty you would like to order and click the 'Add to Cart' button. Next you will see an Item Added to Cart confirmation pop up page, this confirms the item and quantity that you added to your cart, and summarizes the total # of items in your cart and the Subtotal.  Then you have the option to either 'Continue Shopping' to return to the page you were on previously, or 'Checkout' to proceed to your Shopping Cart and purchase your item(s). If you return to the product detail page of an item that is in your shopping cart, an 'In Cart' button will display instead of the 'Add to Cart' button.

Quick View

From any department, search results or product line page, you may also add an item to your shopping cart using the Quick View button. The Quick View feature is especially helpful for quickly adding several items to your cart, for example when shopping for multiple colors of the same item. Clicking the 'Quick View' button displays a pop up window with a short description of the product, price, and 'See Item Details' link to view further product information. From this page you may add the item to your shopping cart by entering the Qty and clicking Add to Cart. Next you will see an Item Added to Cart confirmation pop up page, this confirms the item and quantity that you added to your cart, and summarizes the total number of items in your cart and the Subtotal.  Then you have the option to either 'Continue Shopping' to return to the page you were on previously, or 'Checkout' to proceed to your Shopping Cart and purchase your item(s).

View Shopping Cart

To view your shopping cart, click the 'Cart' button in the upper right corner of every page. Items in your shopping cart always reflect the most recent price and availability. From your shopping cart, you can do the following:

  • Update Qty - To change the quantity of an item, type in a new number in the Qty box and click the 'Update Qty' button.
  • Delete Items - If you would like to delete individual items from your cart, click the 'Remove' button next to that item.
  • Empty Cart - Click the 'Empty Cart' button to remove all of the items in your shopping cart.
  • Checkout - If you would like to purchase these items, click the 'Checkout' button.
  • Continue Shopping - Select 'Continue Shopping' to return to shopping for products.
  • Save Cart - If you would like to save all of the contents of your shopping cart, so you may return at a later time, click the 'Save Cart' button. After saving your cart, the next time you return to CreateForLess the items will still be displayed when you click the 'Cart' button. You must use the same computer on your next visit, because your shopping cart is saved on your computer using cookies.
  • Saved For Later - You can save individual items for later, by clicking the 'save for later' link next to that item. The item will be moved to the Saved For Later section below.  These items will be saved for later, even after you place an order. Saving an item for later does not reserve inventory. Prices and availability are subject to change. To move all the items from the Saved For Later section back to the cart, click the 'Move All Saved Items To Cart' button. Or you may move individual items back to the cart by clicking the 'move to cart' link.

Cookies Information

A cookie is a piece of information stored by your computer's internet browser program to remember parts of your visit to our website. We use cookies to help us personalize your visit and enhance your shopping experience. For example, cookies are used to add and save items in your shopping cart. If you are unable to add items to your shopping cart, you may not have your cookies enabled. Or if you delete your cookies, any items saved in your shopping cart will also be deleted. Also if you save your shopping cart, you must use the same computer on your next visit, because cookies save the shopping cart on your computer, not at CreateForLess.com.

Enable Cookies in your Internet Browser

To change the settings on your cookies, if you use Internet Explorer, select Start, Control Panel, Internet Options, Privacy, Advanced, Override Automatic Cookie Handling.

If you use AOL, select Settings, Preferences, Internet properties, Privacy and adjust the cookies settings.

If you use Chrome, select Tools, Options, Under the Hood, Content Settings in the Privacy section, and select Allow Local Data to be Set.

If you use Firefox, select Tools, Options, Privacy, Use Custom Settings for History, Allow Cookies from Sites.

Credit Card and Payment Information

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and PayPal. When you finalize your order, your credit card will be processed for authorization, and your card will not be charged until your order is shipped. If your order is partially shipped, your credit card will only be billed for the items. We take credit card information security seriously and use a variety of technical solutions to make shopping safe on our site. For additional information on credit card security, please visit the Privacy Policy page.

Debit Card Authorization

Please note that when placing an order with a debit card, CreateForLess requests an authorization of funds from your bank for the transaction. At this time your bank places a pending charge on your account for the amount of your order. CreateForLess does not charge your account until your order ships, and at that time the actual withdrawal occurs. This may appear on your account statement as multiple charges, but CreateForLess has in fact only charged your account one time. Depending on your bank's processes, it may take a few business days for your bank to release the initial pending charge they placed on your account.

PayPal

To pay with PayPal, simply select the yellow button that says "Check out with PayPal" when reviewing your order in your shopping cart. You will be directed to PayPal's website, and you can create a PayPal account if you are a new user, or log in with the email address and password associated with your existing PayPal account. Or if you would like to cancel your order, or use a different form of payment, click on the button that says "Cancel and return to CreateForLess" and you will be directed back to the Create for Less website.

We cannot place an order with PayPal over the telephone. However, if you would like to call customer service to place your order, we do accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover as forms of payment.

Prepaid Credit Cards Special Instructions

If you are placing your order with any prepaid credit card, please make sure that your remaining balance covers the entirety of your order. Unfortunately, we cannot process more than one credit card in an order.

Money Orders

If you use a money order, please mail both your order form and money order to:
CreateForLess
9115 SW Oleson Rd
Suite 104
Portland, OR 97223

We are unable to accept money orders from any countries outside of the U.S.

Purchase Orders

We also accept purchase orders from government institutions, such as schools, libraries, or museums. Please fax your purchase order to 503-244-7963.

Checkout

You're ready to purchase your supplies, so it's time to checkout.  From your shopping cart, click the 'Checkout' button which will bring you to the 'Sign In' page.

Sign In

You are not required to create an account to order from CreateForLess, but if will make it more convenient the next time you shop with us. New customers and customers without an account, can checkout by clicking the 'Continue Guest Checkout' button.  Creating an account will save your address information, order history and tracking. Click the 'Create An Account' button to enter your password and address information before continuing checkout.  If you already have a CreateForLess account, in the Sign In section enter your email address, password and click 'Sign In'. Please note: passwords are cAsE sEnSiTive.

Address

On the Address page, if you signed into your account, your billing and shipping information will automatically be displayed.  If you did not create an account, simply enter your billing information exactly as it appears on your credit card statement.  Then enter your shipping information by either clicking "Ship to my billing address", or "Ship to a different address" and enter the different shipping address.  Then click 'Checkout' to proceed to the Shipping page.

Why is a phone number required?

The phone number will only be used in the event customer service or the courier needs to contact you regarding your order.

Why is an email address required?

We use your email address to send you Order and Shipping Confirmation and Customer Satisfaction emails only.  Our weekly eNewsletter will only be sent to you if you have requested it, which you may unsubscribe from at any time. We will not sell, share, or rent your email address or any information to others. Please see our Privacy Policy for further information.

Shipping

On the Shipping page, select your desired shipping method.  You can choose to ship your order via Economy, Standard, 2-Day Air or Next Day Air. Economy orders are generally shipped in 1-3 business days.  Standard shipment orders are generally shipped in 1 business day. Your Estimated Arrival date, based on your shipping zip code will be displayed next to each Shipping Method. Our warehouse does not prepare any shipments on Sat and Sun. 2-Day Air and Next Day Air orders must be submitted before 11:00 am PST to be processed and shipped on the same business day. Saturday delivery is not available. For additional shipping information, visit our Shipping Information section.  After selecting your shipping method, click 'Checkout' to proceed to the final step.

Place Order

1.  Review your order

Please review your order information before completing your purchase.  This is the last place to make any changes to your order before your order is finalized. If you would like to change your billing information, shipping information, items in the shopping cart or shipping method, click any of the 'Edit' buttons.

2.  Enter your payment information

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit cards. Enter your credit card account number, expiration date and security code. Please do not use spaces or dashes when entering your card number.  When you finalize your order, your credit card will be processed to verify funds, but your card will not actually be charged until your order is shipped. CreateForLess has taken a variety of security measures to ensure the safety of your credit card. For more information on credit card security, please visit the Privacy Policy page. If you have a CreateForLess gift certificate, enter your gift certificate # and PIN and click 'Apply Gift Certificate'.  The gift certificate amount will be deducted from your order total.

3.  Place Your Order

To submit your order, click the "Place Order" button. Please click the "Place Order" button only once, and do not use the Back button. Multiple clicks may result in multiple orders being placed. It may take up to 30 seconds to process your order. This occurs because the system is performing our credit card authorization process. Once your order is processed, you will see a confirmation page with your order number.

4.  Thank You

After clicking 'Place Order' and your credit card is approved, the 'Order Detail' page will be displayed. Your order information will be summarized, including your order #, items ordered, shipping method, total amount spent, billing and shipping information. Click the 'Print Confirmation' button to print a copy for your records. Also, if you have a CreateForLess account, your 'Order Detail' information will be available in the 'My Account' section. You will also receive an order confirmation via e-mail immediately following our receipt of your order. And you will receive another e-mail notification the day that your order is shipped.

Changing an Order

Once you click 'Place Order', your order is sent to our warehouse instantly. Because our warehouse is beginning to process your order for shipping as soon as your order is finalized, you will be unable to change your order after this time. You can create another order if you would like additional craft supplies or return the items once you receive them. If you need further assistance, please Contact Us.

Sales Tax

CreateForLess does not charge our customers a sales tax. Our products are shipped from Oregon, which does not have a sales tax; therefore we are able to offer you tax free shopping.

Product Review Guidelines

We greatly value your product feedback. When writing a product review, please follow these guidelines:

Please focus on the product, how it worked, your experience using it, and why you liked or disliked it. The goal of a product review is to help other customers with their purchase decisions. Please do not include profanity, obscenities, discriminatory language, mean remarks, advertisements, SPAM, personal contact information such as addresses and phone numbers, images or videos that are copyrighted or not relevant to the product. Please submit only one review per product. Also, for feedback related to ordering, shipping, using the website or any other CreateForLess customer service issues, please Contact Us directly, rather than submitting a product review. CreateForLess reserves the right to edit or not publish any reviews that violate these guidelines.

As an extra thank you, for every review you write you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $100 CreateForLess gift certificate. One product reviews winner will be randomly chosen the first week of every month, receive a $100 CreateForLess e-gift certificate and be contacted via email. A valid email address must be provided when submitting a review to be eligible for the $100 gift certificate drawing.

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our products, we really appreciate your feedback!

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