Mandy Gleason here, founder of Replica Surfaces. Replica Surfaces are lightweight, rigid photography backdrops that look just like the real thing! While Replica Surfaces are brand new, I have a LOT of experience with manufacturing and shipping photography backdrops. Along the way, I've listened to your feedback and have created exactly what YOU asked for in a backdrop. Here it is.
Replica Surfaces are available in four must-have designs: two white-based and two color designs. Choose your favorites to create cohesive branding for your blog or business. Any two Surfaces pair perfectly together in an L-configuration (see how to get the look below) or next to each other in side-by-side Instagram posts.
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I can't guarantee Cement and Weathered Wood will be available on the website after Kickstarter ends - it all depends on how much love they get from Kickstarter Backers. So if you're crushing on them, don't hold out for website sales, friends! It'll break my heart if they're retired before you snag them.
Replica Surfaces wipe clean with a damp cloth or, for the tough stuff, a spritz of kitchen cleaner. Seriously, I haven't found one substance that stains these things! Sriracha, red wine, or chocolate sauce? Replica can handle it. And don't worry, I didn't let the rest of the bottle go to waste (I'd insert the smirk emoji here if I could).
Other backdrops have their pros and cons. My goals? To pack as many pros as possible into one backdrop AND be the last backdrops you'll ever buy. And that starts with their construction. The rigid, three-layer design of Replica Surfaces means they're incredibly durable, glare-free, and able to stand upright with the help of our custom-fit stands (more about those below). Not shabby for something that weighs in at just 2 lbs and 3 mm thick.
Replica Stands are custom-fit to hold any two Surfaces in an L-configuration. No more propping backdrops against awkward objects. The Stand's cutout-corner design ensures Surfaces lie flush against each other without any unsightly gaps. Stands will be 3D printed using a blue-gray ABS plastic I like to call "Blue Steel." Did I mention you get a FREE set of Stands with every order of two or more Surfaces? I can't make Replica happen without your help and some Stand-shaped thanks are in order!
Of all the qualities I packed into Replica Surfaces and Stands, 100% American production was the most important. I've already found the perfect American manufacturer and worked extensively with them to finalize the production and distribution processes. But first round production costs are STEEP and I need your help! Your pledge will allow me to purchase materials and place the very first order of Replica Surfaces and Replica Stands.
Live in the United States? Shipping large items is EXPENSIVE and I'm not about to let you pay the full cost of shipping. To thank you for your support, I'm subsidizing shipping! This means your shipping cost will be a $8-$14 flat rate to anywhere in the United States. Your exact shipping cost will depend only on the number of Surfaces you order (not your State) and will be applied when you pledge.
Live outside the United States? Due to high shipping costs, I can't ship outside of the United States during Kickstarter. BUT I do plan to ship internationally if we get funded. Pledge a small donation to stay up to date on everything international!
In return for your early support and awesomeness, you’ll get amazing savings off the future retail price (especially when you start your collection with two or more Surfaces), and your Surfaces will arrive before anyone else gets their hands on them. ALSO, if you order two or more Surfaces, you'll receive a set of Replica Stands absolutely FREE! Estimated delivery for all rewards is mid-December, just in time for the holidays
New to Kickstarter? Here's how it works
1. Along the right side of this page, choose the NUMBER of Surfaces you want (you'll select which DESIGNS once the campaign ends). Select Early Bird Specials (if available) for the greatest savings
2. Shipping will be added automatically. Click Continue
3. Enter your email to sign in as a guest
4. Enter your payment info and click Pledge. Your card will be charged at the end of the campaign ONLY if we get funded
5. Go comment on the comments page (tell me about YOU), spread the word to everyone you know, and check your email for regular updates from yours truly!
6. Once the campaign ends, you'll receive an email from a BackerKit pledge manager asking for your design choices and mailing address. The sooner you reply, the sooner I can get your Surfaces in the mail!
Did I mention we're working with the folks at Crowd Ox to streamline the entire post-campaign process? After this campaign ends, a Crowd Ox pledge manager will ask you for your mailing address and which Surface designs you want. Then we'll get your order on a delivery truck! Crowd Ox ensures that the post-campaign process is EXCITING, not nerve-wracking.
Want to post about Replica Surfaces on a blog, forum, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and REALLY help me get this thing off the ground? I think that's a wonderful idea! Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you copyright-free photos, logos, and details to use in whatever promotional way you want. Let's do this!
Interested in carrying Replica Surfaces in your retail store? Let's talk about it! Contact me directly at email@example.com. I'd love to work together!
Risks and challenges
First challenge? Successful funding! The best way to make Replica Surfaces a reality is to back this project and share it with friends and family on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Everything you can do to spread the word will bring us closer to putting Surfaces and Stands in your hands!
When I launched my first backdrop company in 2017, I ran into delays with production and importing. Now with 100% American production, those problems are gone! I have worked extensively with our American manufacturer (down to the last packaging detail) to make sure we’ve removed all foreseeable barriers to timely production. Plus, our manufacturer routinely handles much larger orders than ours. So no matter how successful this campaign is (a girl can hope, right?), we'll be able to handle the volume. I'll also be using BackerKit to streamline fulfillment, further decreasing the risk of delays. Basically, I'm ready to hit the button and make it happen!
Despite the best preparation, we all know delays can happen. I'll be in frequent contact with you throughout the post-campaign phase and if ANYTHING happens that could delay delivery of your Surfaces, I'll let you know right away.
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