all I can offer is this. Hambone1 sent me a couple clays from Pipeshoppe. I've been smoking them for about 3 months and I absolutely love them. I liked them so much I bought I decided to try their Pamplin bowl style with the reed stem. Love it as well and I paid it forward by sending one to Hannibal for winning the April Pipe Tobacco Lottery, http://imagestore.puff.com/2013/05/01/p_3841801_0.jpg. I've not had any problems ordering from them and all their products come wrapped up and well protected.
Another piece of advice if you do order from them, take advantage of the "save money by purchasing 2 or more pipes" option. You'll wish you did after smoking it and you'll be glad just in case something does go wrong while handling it.