So Murphy’s law prevailed the last time I wanted to give you an update, I was on a rest day which meant I was on call in case I was needed to assist and sure enough something went wrong in the area I live and all the others were out on other jobs. I ended up working 10hrs straight but c’est la vie. I’m now officially off for 3 straight days which I spent sorting some of the things out listed below..
So, the problems etc. I faced and resolved so far and those that still need resolved.
Source a T-shirt company with quality products and a fast turn around for orders. DONE!
Final pricing to be agreed when artwork submitted.
Source packaging materials. Sounds simple but you have to check the requirements of different countries but, no problem –DONE!
Ink for printing. I have a continuous ink system on way and bulk ink. Sometimes I can be a dumbo! DONE!
Source label stock, I never thought of this one but it has to be done as the couriers send the label to be printed out. DONE!
4 for 4, looking good so far then came 2 things I hadn’t accounted for.
Courier for international deliveries, I’m still working on that as I may send from here with one courier but at the destination country it most will likely be handed over to another and the last thing I want is delivery problems for you guys. Also the prices vary wildly between the various companies so I have to take the time to read the small print to make sure everything is as needed. So, IN PROGRESS.
Finally customs. The last thing I want is anyone to be hit with a duty fee. I checked the amount for online purchases for Canada which turns out to be $20, this equates to about £11.50 (UK). Realistically it’s looking like they will be about £15.00 (just a guesstimate ATM) so I contacted UK customs for advice.
Long story short, after telling them exactly what will be happening with any monies raised they have given me advice and contact emails for Canada, US and Australian customs to check with them but things are looking good on this front as I’m not acting as a business. I should have confirmation by the middle of next week that no duty will be payable.
I’ll be preparing the artwork over the weekend so that I’m ready to send it off to the printers early next week and get the final quote off them.
As part of the artwork for the printers has to be a mock up shirt so that they can see the result I want I’ll also post it on twitter for you guys to see.
Going forward I’ve decided on the name for the fansite and will be registering it next week it will be http://www.darkmatteronline.co.uk don’t try it yet it doesn’t exist, I’ll also be finding a host for it (I already have one in mind I’ve used in the past). I’m concentrating on the T-shirts first.
I should be updating this blog by 22nd Oct latest announcing I’m ready to go, exact price and P&P costs, how to order and what day/time orders open. The last I consider the most important. As Dark Matter has a worldwide fan base and this is a true limited edition so I have to try and give everyone the same opportunity to order.
For the many who will miss out on this don’t worry. There will be more T-shirts, embroidered polo shirts, mugs etc exclusively available through the website once it’s fully up and running. Also as I’ll be receiving a printed sample before confirming the order I’ll put that up for a competition where you have a chance to win it for free!