Day 2 - Progress & Canada
over 1 year ago
– Thu, May 10, 2018 at 08:47:03 AM
Summary: Progress made, Canadian shipping now $10 cheaper.
Our second day is about to wrap up, and we've made some modest progress. The drop-off in rate of backers coming to the project was expected, as we've been led to understand it's part of the natural life of a Kickstarter campaign. However, we are still on track to fund, and I'm looking forward to us getting there. Any help in spreading the word is appreciated, naturally.
Oh Canada, your shipping was too high. We got a comment on the high price of Canadian shipping, which was odd given how close our neighbors are. Well, to make a long story short (full story can be seen in the comments section), the prior price of $30 reflected us taking on $8 off a total cost of shipping a package our size/weight to Canada of $38 from the US. Which is kinda nuts, given that most Canadians are closer to what we hope to be our main warehouse/fulfillment center than most Americans.
If we were guaranteed a lot of Canadian backers, we'd be able to ship from a Canadian warehouse, bringing the price to ~$15. So it is 38, or 15 dollars, depending on interest. We took $30 to be eating some of the cost for that risk. Well friends, we've readjusted that risk to $20. At this cost, we're covering $18 (~1/2 the cost) in the most likely scenario where we have a modest number of Canadian backers. However, you're covering $5 over the cheapest it might be in the (unlikely) event we have enough to warehouse/ship internally in Canada. Sound fair? We felt that justified a "Canada Friendly" shipping icon on our cost breakdown, but please let us know if you feel differently.
I don't think I can make the change retroactively to pledges already made, nor can I alter shipping costs on the entry in place. However, there is now a new reward tier, "Canada Special", which will use this updated shipping price. If you're Canadian and already pledged, you should be able to switch your pledge over for the cheaper shipping price. If you're Canadian and on the fence, we hope this helps bring you over to our side.