Got the units delivered on Thursday last week. 5 pallets in total. Nicely wrapped and packaged.
I spent the weekend going through each one individually, taking it out of the box, plugging it in, going through a series of tests:
1. does it activate the Bluetooth
2. does it link up (used iPad 2 for the test)
3. does it play sound?
4. does it play sound with no distortion?
5. does it charge?
6. does it reconnect after turning it off and back on?
... and a few other visual inspections.
Monday the shipping boxes came in from Uline and inspected some more units. Amazing people! I have so far evaluated 168 units. I've also packaged a few of the 168 in the new boxes before calling it the night. Thanks to Kris for his help!
Today I have been doing shipping labels in the order the pledges came in. It's not very fast but I am getting them out. Now I have to run to the post office to catch today and tonight do some more. I have added your email to get notified when it ships.
Thank you all for your tremendous patience,
I email the forwarder every day, I think they don't like me so much by now :) Still waiting but here's what I know:
Customs will inform the forwarder as soon as the shipment is inspected. Once cleared, I will have about 1 day to move it out of their hold. Was hoping for this past Friday, it came and went and than hoped for today. I still have a few hours to get the notification. So, that's basically it.
Meantime I have been visiting the woodworker for Anaconda and we are getting much better. He's taking each unit and shave, sand and finish the unit properly to take the protective coat. So, I'm working with him to bring up the quality so we can be proud of the way it will present itself.
As soon as I know more, I will let you know and post some pictures of the pallets arriving.
Confirmed by the forwarder the units have arrived on November 18th and are now awaiting for customs to clear our shipment. It can take a few days to a few weeks, really hoping for a few days and I will ship as soon as we get clearance. Thank you for your great patience and encouragement!
Raul E. Chinda
Silence and pain! Suspicion and vengeance ... anger, punishment! What are you doing? I tell you. I wait and carry and hope and despair and fight and plead and try my hardest to make a business.
"Hello Raul, I am working with Jon on your shipment and wanted to give you a quick status of the shipment before the weekend. At this point Customs has requested to physically see your cargo (Intensive Exam). Once intensive examination has been done and cargo has moved back to pick up location (PORTS INTERNATIONAL) I will keep you posted. Please note there will be extra charges due to this exam that are unknown at the moment, as soon as I know full amount I will also keep you posted. If any concern please do not hesitate to contact me."
I just learned this ... Intensive Exam is after the whole container goes through XRAY. It's not a whole container so it needs to be taken apart, than taken to inspection area and opened. Hopeful estimates from the agent that wouldn't give me an estimate is another week! But it could be longer! How much longer no one can tell!
You see! you want to exact vengeance, it's already here, I have been suffering through punishment this whole year. As far as this path of raising capital goes, it's great and I am grateful but the mistrust that is rampant on here is sometimes too much to bear at times. I understand though and don't hold it against you. I just want you to know, it is very tough to get so much negativity at times.
I will update whenever I get concrete news. Maybe from Anaconda maybe from the shippers, maybe in 3 days maybe 10, maybe you will remain angry at me maybe you will understand me. At this point all I want is to fulfill my promise of delivering your speaker and than figure out how make a running, self sustaining business out of this.
BTW, if you have moved since Oct. last year and want to make sure I ship to your new address please send me an email with it - just in case!
I would also want to express that I am SORRY that the Original arrived in stores before arriving at your homes. I did not control this, promise it was not an "evil mastermind plot" to frustrate you!
Thank you for backing my project Raul