We are hippie anarchist types and don't want any more information from you than what we have to gather to accept payment and fulfill your order. This means that you/we must share some information with credit card companies, PayPal etc to process your order. We do not store any credit card information on our server. We also offer guest checkout through (evil) PayPal however going through the regular checkout and establishing an account with us will allow us to tell you about specials and new products that may interest you and keep your shipping info and purchase history on file with us. We may send out a quarterly news letter but we have all hated getting those daily junk mails from big-box stores and we wont do that; we'd rather make music. ...and of course, we won't sell your info or participate your purchase or viewing history with add companies or any creepy fascist stuff like that. Sheesh!