One extra FREE Things UNO worth €40 with every pledge with a gateway in it!
First of all an enormous thank you from our entire team for backing us. Almost 50% in the first 24h. Awesome!
We had some response on our shipping fees, which are higher than usual and we are trying to improve this. To give you all some background:
We calculated very low margins on our hardware products. The reason for this is to bring the cheapest possible gateway to the masses. When we did our cost research, we found out, that European backers need to pay for VAT. This made the pledges 21% more expensive. Unfortunately Kickstarter didn't let us add VAT based on location, only flexible shipping costs. So when calculating shipping cost for worldwide secure and trackable shipping, we quickly found that outside EU is way more expensive than shipping inside the EU. In the end it made sense to us to make it a worldwide flat fee with a trade off for outside EU backers who don’t pay VAT vs inside EU backers who have to.
This got us to 20 Euro for a Things Uno or Node and 50 Euro for pledges with a gateway. The really large pledges come with a 100 Euro shipment fee. Remember that includes in essence VAT for the product, which made shipping perceptively expensive.
Unfortunately we cannot change the pledges now.
However, we feel your pain, so we offer this: We ship one extra FREE Things UNO worth €40 with every pledge with a gateway in it.
We hope this is acceptable and shows that we are doing everything we can, to make this happen and create the global network that we have in mind.
Thank you and please help us spread the news with this tweet:
Support @TheThingsNetwrk @Kickstarter http://ow.ly/TEZbH Now with an extra FREE Things UNO with every gateway pledge. #TheThingsNetwork