First of all I would like to thank all international backers for their continued patience, I am very sorry that what I thought was a solution on my last trip to China has not worked out without my prescence on-site. Please accept my apologies, my learning curve has been very steep this past year. I will now return to China and ensure that the shipping process completes.
In this update I would like to give you the details of the plan for getting your RigidBots to you and present you with two options:
Option 1: FedEx I have negotiated new rates with FedEx for shipping your RigidBot kits. I have a good relationship with FedEx and I am confident that they will help me to fulfill shipment.
A PayPal payment form with rates for each country is here:
Further to the FedEx rate, I propose that backers subtract the amount they pledged for shipping (for most people $90) but please include the shipping cost of any filament packs. An example cost for one Regular kit and one 5-pack of filament is given in the last column of the pricing chart.
FedEx has quoted me a shipping time of 5 days.
Good news for RigidBot Big kits. The FedEx cost for these kits are the same as the RigidBot Regular Kits.
From what we know that Shipments #1-#4 have already shipped. I just received confirmation today that all of shipment 5 has not been shipped. So if you are in shipment 5 you can use the FedEx option.
Option 2: China Post (CP) as we have it now.
If you do not want to pay any extra that is fine and understandable. In these cases I will get CP to deliver the packages as planned. The shipping time most backers have experienced so far is around 10-12 weeks.
Any filament not already sent will also go via CP. Please understand that in the spirit of getting this done it would be difficult to add more complexity.
Domestic Contributions - Thank you again to domestic backers who want to contribute to shipping, I am very grateful for your kind offers and it helps us out a lot. Please just put INTL in the order number if you want to contribute to the cost of covering the additional costs of shipping including my costs to stay in China as long as it takes to get this done. If you want to sponsor an order I suggest that the g+ community would be a great place to find someone who would love to take up your offer, just specify which order # is being sponsored in the notes section. Use the same link below to contribute. It is very appreciated!
Timeline - I'm sure you all understand that the FedEx solution, as well as getting you your printer quicker, is also financially a burdon on IAP. I therefore have to give this option the chance to work. So I will provisionally go to China on Tuesday 23rd if there is a quick response. If we need more time to get a response I will travel on Saturday 27th.
Deadline to use FedEx - I need to sort the paperwork for the changed shipments so there will have to be a deadline at the point when I go to the airport as it will be difficult to coordinate this from China. So if I do leave on the 23rd then we will not be able to change shipping methods after that date. Or if I leave on the 27th that will be the deadline.
Whatever the method I will ensure that everybody has a tracking number.
I would like to say thank you to all of the backers who contributed to the discussion of this plan and also to the backers were so keen that they sent the payments as soon as the page was availble, thank you for beta testing and for your trust.
Michael and Team