Happy Wednesday. The first batch of posters left Los Angeles today, courtesy of our fulfillment vendor, Shipwire. I'm cc-ed on all email updates about shipping, so when my phone started blowing up with email notifications I knew the first batch had just gone out.
When your poster ships, you will get an email with a tracking number. If anything happens on the way--your poster gets stepped-on, caught in a second round of the #hellastorm--let me know and I can send you a replacement. One of the joys of this Kickstarter was getting to know how many hands touch something we buy on the internet. To get to you, your poster:
- - Was designed on my laptop while I sat on my big comfy brown couch
- - Reviewed by Katy Dickinson and Dr Susan Rodger
- - Reviewed and test-printed by our local union printshop, Abracadabra Printing
- - Reviewed by me at the shop
- - Printed and boxed by Abracadabra's
- - Carried to a Lyft whose driver got me up the hill to my apartment
- - Hand-rolled by volunteers and put into tubes from my local shipping shop
- - Shipped in 25-tube boxes to Los Angeles to our fulfillment vendor
- - Unloaded by FedEx employees at the fulfillment warehouse
- - Unpacked by their warehouse staff, slapped with some postage (current record: a $58.58 international shipping charge; sheesh. I am sure where you live is beautiful, but gosh it is in the boonies.)
- - Right now each poster is being loaded onto another truck, where it will go to another warehouse
- - Your local mail-carrier will deliver it to you around 12/22.
All of this is to say: I have a new appreciation for how "free shipping" elides the work of 30 people who touch any package before it gets to a home. I do not mind including the price of shipping in the price of an item--as a consumer, I prefer it--but I have a more real understanding of who is involved in the great work of ecommerce.
On a more practical note, if you feel so inclined, I would love to share photos of the posters on your walls. I have already asked anyone getting a free deck or poster to mail me a photo of them. Those of you who paid for your decks/posters and still want to share your sweet digs, message me and I will do a celebratory post sharing pictures. Also, if anyone used/uses the holiday cards, I would love to see how some of those turned out.
Happy holidays and safe shipping.