Nyahallo there!! ♡ Starting from April 15 1PM EST, I am opening pre-orders of my bags for EU and UK buyers! Please read through this blog post for all info, if you have any additional questions after reading this, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Twitter/IG.
♡ What if I am not from the EU+UK?
If you are not from the EU or UK, please DO NOT PRE-ORDER as it will not be fair to EU+UK customers. Thank you for respecting this! Instead, please pledge to my ongoing Kickstarter campaign! ♡
♡ Why shouldn't I pledge to the campaign if I am from EU+UK?
The reason is because Kickstarter does not withhold VAT. VAT (Value Added Tax) hovers around ~20% in UK and EU countries for certain thresholds (these vary country by country). If I accepted UK pledges on the Kickstarter, I would have to deduct ~20% of the pledge to VAT at my own expense, which means I can potentially incur losses, as I am selling my products for a heavily discounted promotional price at the moment. This is something I can simply not afford, as a baby startup business. As for EU pledges, we have set up VAT for countries with no minimum threshold, we kept EU out of the Kickstarter since we have less pledges there, and to keep things organized until we fully understand tax laws in these regions. Please keep in mind we are Canadians new to EU+UK tax laws, so bear with us for now! Thank you to EU+UK customers for understanding ♡
♡ I accidentally pledged to the Kickstarter and I am from EU+UK, what should I do?
That's okay! Please cancel your pledge before the campaign is over and pre-order here. Shopify automatically charges VAT and UK taxes on applicable orders.
♡ Why start EU pre-orders now, instead of after the campaign is over?
April 15 - April 22 is the third and last week of my Kickstarter campaign. My Kickstarter campaign ends on April 22nd, 1PM EST. This means that from the time I started EU+UK preorders (April 15th, 1PM EST) to the end of the campaign, there is exactly one weeks worth of time- which I am using to provide Early Bird pricing for EU+UK customers. I am starting EU/UK pre-orders on the last week of the campaign because I would then be able to run pre-orders for 3 weeks, which is the same length as the Kickstarter campaign.
Due to the fact that Kickstarter takes ~2 weeks to process funds to me upon completion of the campaign, the pre-orders for the EU/UK launch would end at the same time as I receive the funding from the Kickstarter.
This minimizes delays so I can place the mass order of all bags immediately upon receiving all funds, making the process of pre-orders more efficient for you and me.
♡ Will EU+UK pre-orders have Early Bird pricing?
YES, EU/UK pre-orders will also have Early Bird pricing for the 1st week (April 15 1PM EST- April 22 1PM EST) this way it will be fair for everyone!
For the next 2 weeks following that, EU+UK customers can pre-order at the non early bird (but still heavily discounted) promotional price, and I will receive the funding and close orders to place the mass production order!