Need another deck? Get one before Friday.
For the most part, creating the Notable Women in Computing Cards has been an exercise in community-building, in design, and in joy. The fact that this is a small business with the requisite taxes, logistics, budgets, is usually a background hum. This Saturday that hum became a roar.
On Saturday, I got an email from our shipping vendor, Shipwire, saying I needed to re-up my Notable Technical Women PayPal account. I have it set so that Shipwire cannot take more than $100 out at a time, and it had hit the limit. I logged into the account, and found several hundred dollars in charges, when I knew we hadn't booked that many.
Digging in, I found that Shipwire had several months ago instituted a minimum monthly balance requirement seemingly designed to stop small businesses from using their service. We were being charged the difference between our monthly balance (which is usually around $100) and $500. So, on top of the $64/month we pay to rent warehouse space, on top of shipping and handling we pay for every deck and poster, we were also being charged for not having enough volume for Shipwire's new standards.
Whatever Shipwire's reasons, this means we're going to have to change our distribution vendor this month. But before I have all of our remaining decks and posters shipped to my house to regroup, I wanted to see if you wanted another deck ($10) or poster ($25). If you buy it now, it will save me paying for shipping twice (once to my house and once back to you). And, of course, you'll get a wonderful decks of cards showcasing 54 incredible women in computer science. I'm closing our Shipwire account on Friday (5/20), so please place your orders before then!
This project has been such a joy outside of these roadblocks, and unless it becomes more than I can handle, I intend to continue shipping decks and posters as orders come in. For all of Shipwire's faults--damaging decks, mis-quoting ship-times, changing policies without robust user-outreach--they have made it easier to handle the logistics of this project and focus on building a cool, engaged community around the history of women in computing.
Thank you for your support and please let me know if you have any questions.