Over a thousand packages sent out.
Dear Team Doublesix,
- All the dice are safely in my house (not my driveway).
- 1,020 packages were sent out on Saturday via USPS, and are trackable.
- Most basic orders (US, not bulk, and no add-ons) were mailed out, and you can find your tracking number in your Backerkit account.
- I am going lean to save on money, time, and resources. This means no packing slips (unless needed) or thank you notes in packages: just your dice.
- More packages will go out on Monday, Wednesday, and next Saturday.
- The dice spent two nights in my driveway, untouched (ie. not stolen).
- After some attempts to ask neighbors to move them while I was at work all day Monday and Tuesday, I had to rely on professional help.
- Movers had big minimums, and my family wasn't comfortable with me bringing day laborers over, so I found Mario on Taskrabbit.com.
- His fee was $65/hr, and it took about 2.5 hours to move all 160 cartons from the driveway into my house.
- You can see the video below of my video proposal of the job, a photo of Mario, and what it looked like after he was done.
As mentioned, we are starting with the basic orders (US-based, no add-ons) to get a good handle on shipping and fulfillment.
- All US-based First Mover (118), Early Bird (116), and Standard (786) orders were mailed out on Saturday (see video below) at $2.22 per package.
- I sent out some trial packages to Canada and Australia to see how they do.
- Most of the packing was done by my mother, who is upset that you guys have been waiting for over a year. Also helping were my wife, two neighborhood boys, Junior and Anthony (who also filmed the video below), and some others. They are getting paid US minimum wage.
- Basic Doublefudge pledges (67; US-based, no add-ons) should go out on Wednesday.
- Basic Triplefour pledges (160; US-based, no add-ons) will go out on Monday (photo below of my mom and buddy, Imran, packing these).
Because of some inconsistencies with Shipstation (my postage and labeling software), I noticed some cheaper rates one day that then disappeared. This eventually made me aware of an obscure deal that USPS had (thanks to the email from my Shipstation contact, below).
I am looking to get a USPS Parcel Select Lightweight permit on Monday. Once I get this, I can print out way more labels (for Bulk and anything more than the 5 oz. standard 12 dice and 14 stretch goal dice) at a cheaper postage rate.
- I can mail out 5 oz packages (12 Classics/regulars and 14 stretch goal dice) at $2.19 instead of $2.22, with more savings as the weight increases.
- Bulk packages (100 dice, no add-ons) are about 16 oz, and I can possibly mail them in the US for about $3, not $5.20 (small flat rate box fee).
- This may help costs with global orders, and everything else.
Here is a video of labels getting printed, Eden packing one mailer, and me taking packages to the Post Office:
Because I plan to use USPS for all orders (domestic and international), this means there will be tracking. Shipstation should be sending out emails with this information, but it hasn't been working so well (I am looking into this). However, you should be able to find your tracking number in your Backerkit account (access it via this link).
- These Kickstarter updates should give you a sense of if your package group/batch has been mailed out.
- Only after your packing label has been printed, will you get the tracking number. But only after your package has been dropped off at the post office will that number work.
- Once you have your tracking number and know it has been dropped off, you can enter it HERE.
- Please don't contact me about this until you are sure your package group/batch has been dropped off and you can't find your tracking info in your Backerkit account.
- Because my mom wanted to make sure you got what you paid for, she began opening and counting the dice in each ivory bag and black stretch goal bag (they were packed in China).
- She found an error rate of about 2.5% for the Ivory bags, and 0% for the black bags.
- Specifically, in the 120 Ivory bags she checked, one had 13 Classics, one had 9, and one had 4 red dice!
- She stopped checking when she realized that there were about 7,000 orders.
- If your order is not correct, please message me and I will take care of you.
- Once I get the Parcel Select Lightweight Permit (about $250), I will start packing and shipping out First Mover backers with Add-ons, and international First Mover backers.
- This will require printing out packing slips that match the labels with the correct postage. This may take a little while to perfect.
- I will also mail out a few Basic US Bulk (no add-ons) orders. Since the Bulk packages are a hair above 16 oz, I will have to see if they can make it through with the 15.999 oz postage rate, which will be much less in cost than the 16+ oz rate.
- Random Rolls will be a significant challenge, as I will have to figure out how to first calculate the correct postage before printing out the labels and packing slips (which indicates how much the package will weigh).
- I will attempt to move to weekly KS updates to keep you apprised of the progress.
Continuing with Phase 3...
PS. Here is the email from my Shipstation rep after I asked why the postage rates were different on different days:
- "Stamps.com was previously giving the Parcel Select Lightweight option to all ShipStation merchants, but in most cases the service was being used incorrectly (an example being not meeting the volume requirement). Here is some more information on the service http://pe.usps.gov/text/qsg300/Q250.htm For this reason, USPS had Stamps.com remove the service so it does not show up by default. ShipStation was unaware of the change until it was reported by some ShipStation users. The good news is this service can be turned back on if you get approval through USPS. After you get approval, Stamps.com can turn it back on for your account."