Dearest Members of the Board,
We would like to announce the opening of the FPN Store, right now, for ordering the FPN LE Pens, and first of course to those who voted in the polls or via mail and PM for the specific models of the FPN Pens they would like to order.
Last week, before the crash, we received all information we needed from Stipula to set up the final parts of the store, and just before the crash we managed to write the code in order to make it possible to select all voters to get a head start with the purchasing/ordering process, as promised.
On Tuesday we finished the testing of this code, and put it in place. Next we managed to change the currency setting from US $ to €, which is great, because when you all pay in Euros you save us and yourself 3 % in conversion fees! The changeover to Euros and putting all in place required us to temporarily open the FPN Store, and amazingly enough, two orders came in right away. Since the prices hadn't been adapted yet, we notified these enthousiastic members to please try again when the store would open for real, with the additional benefit that prices would be approximately 1/3 lower .
We will also set up a new poll, for the actual text to be used for the FPN Pen inscription. There are quite a few options quite close in the ratings, and we would like to establish a single similar inscription to be used for all pens, before the order is sent off to Stipula. We will set this vote up so that only those who voted so far will have access to this vote, that seems fairest to us.
We also created a new price list, corrected for the latest info. What we didn't realize when we started, is the amount of the transactional fees we would have to pay. We have included those partly in the price, and lowered our expectations for funding at least to some degree, so we all share those fees. It does mean that the pricing will be slightly higher than we first anticipated.
The new price list can be found here (or in the store of course):
(Note: Updated to reflect June 5, 2011, $ / € exchange rate)
Do note that the $ price is an indication only, it is based currently on the Wednesday, June 5, exchange rate (updated!). The euro pricing is the only correct and up-to-date pricing! The list opens in a new tab or window, BTW.
Finally, time required to actually manufacture this pen. Stipula indicated that due to the large number of pens we are dealing with here (500-600+), the expected delivery time from down payment for the order until final shipment is in the order of 60 days. This not only because it is such a large order, but also because in August they will be closed for two weeks. In short, if payments come in fast enough, we may be able to receive our pens before the holiday deadline, if not, it will likely only be end of August / beginning of September.
So, where is the store, you may ask? Well, you can find it here: FPN Store, or as usual, in the tabs underneath the header, between the Downloads and Members tabs.
A few last remarks of note:
- Voters have a 10 day headstart on ordering and paying for those models they voted for.
- In 10 days time we will open the FPN Store to all, with all pens open to order and pay for by all members.
- Payment is set up to be in Euros by default, because we have to pay for the pens in Euros.
- Payments will be approved manually, so there may be a delay between you paying and receiving confirmation. This is due to the PayPal setup we have, which cannot be altered right now.
- If you insist on paying in US $, please add 3% to the total amount, due to conversion fees we will incur. If you don't, we will not accept the payment.
- If a pen is sold out, and we haven't asked Stipula to manufacture any pens yet, contact us backchannel, and we will see what we can do for you.
- VAT will be calculated automatically, based on your residential location (EU legal requirement for e-selling).
- Shipment costs will be calculated automatically too, with VAT added if applicable, and is € 10.49 for USA, Canada and EU countries, and € 20.99 for all other countries, excluding VAT - this is at cost.
Anyway, you can now finally go ahead and order your pens.
The FPN Admin Team