OrigamiUSA members receive a discount on all their online purchases, typically 10%. In the past, we took the discount off of the order subtotal. Going forward, each price will have a regular (non-member) price, and then a separate member price, which is 10% (or more) off the regular price. So the discount will be applied on a product-by-product basis, rather than to the entire order.
In the past, all products received the same 10% discount. We are going to introduce bigger member discounts for some products (notably sales of download files), and so we needed to change the system to allow product-by-product price differences.
No, as always, the amount that the seller receives for a file download is based on the list price, and so the seller receives the same amount whether the buyer paid the regular or member price.
There could be a couple of reasons. First, check: are you logged into your website account? The menu bar should say “Welcome, (OrigamiUSA member)”. If it doesn’t show a personalized welcome message, then you’re not logged in. If you’ve got the welcome but it doesn’t say you’re a member, then your membership might have expired; you can check its status here.
If you are a logged-in member but added a product to your shopping cart before you logged in, then it will have the non-member price. Click the “Remove” link, then re-add it to your cart, and it should come back with the member price.
No, anyone can shop at and purchase from The Source. You do have to have a website account and be logged in, so that you can access your past purchases and file downloads, but those are free and, if you don't have one, registration is quick and easy.
If you are a member of OrigamiUSA, though, you get an automatic 10% discount on all your purchases. If you'd like to do that, joining is also quick and easy!
Unfortunately, we do not accept returns; all sales are final.
Email is the best way (origamisource [at] origamiusa.org). Please include your name and your order number (which you can find on your order receipt). If email fails, you can call the phone number on your receipt.
All in-stock items ship within 1-2 days via USPS Priority Mail. The arrival time varies by location: the USPS predicts 2-3 days for domestic service and 6-10 business days for international service.
All orders, both domestic and international, are shipped by USPS Priority Mail.
For online purchases, we only accept credit cards: Visa or Mastercard. Unfortunately, we don't accept PayPal or wire transfer.
For orders placed by mail using our downloadable form, we can accept a check in US$ on a US bank. However, it is not possible to purchase file downloads using the paper form.
Your payments are secure. We use https at checkout so that your credit card information is encrypted when it is transmitted to us and to our payment processor. And then once your payment is processed (by a mainstream credit card processor), we do not store your credit card information in our system. (We do store the last 4 digits with your order as an identifier, but not the first 12, and not the security code.)
We use it only for shipping and/or billing. We don't share your information with any third party.
We do send emails from time to time about specials and other information of interest to origami enthusiasts. Every such email contains an opt-out link. You can also adjust your account privacy settings at any time here.
The goal of the Source is to provide a good selection of high-quality origami books, paper, and materials. We set prices so that the Source operates at a small profit, which goes back into supporting member activities. While we try to keep prices low, we unfortunately can't match the economies of scale of places like Amazon and Wal-Mart. If price is absolutely critical to you, by all means, buy your books elsewhere; but if you buy from OrigamiUSA, you'll not only get some great origami materials, but your purchase will also help promote this art to our members and to the world.
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If you know about a book or paper you would like us to carry, please contact our Business Committee at business [at] origamiusa.org and it will be considered at one of our quarterly meetings.
If you would like to send a copy of a book or a paper sample to be considered, please ship to:
15 West 77 Street
New York, NY 10024
Attention: Business Committee
Any books or paper shipped to us for consideration or review will not be returned or acknowledged. However, after they are considered by the Business Committee, books will be donated to the OrigamiUSA Research Library. If we would like to move forward with selling your product we will contact you, so please be sure to include contact information with email and phone with anything you send.
- Quality of models
- Clarity of instructions
- Completeness of attribution
- Price / Value
- The minimum order allowed from the publisher.
- The physical size of the book. (Boxed kits take more space, so we try to limit the number of those we carry).
- Feasibility of ordering.
- There is a preference for books by members (especially volunteers) and for hard to find books (typically by foreign authors). This preference is contingent on the other listed criteria being met.