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Title: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 19 May 2016, 13:18:00
(http://i.imgur.com/4wtxlJr.jpg)

'Barebones Stormtrooper'
MaNiFeX's Group Buy #01

Goals:
 - Quality
 - Reasonable
 - Transparent process

Features:
 - GMK Keyset with Black on White color way (CR on CP)
 - ANSI, ISO, TKL, 60%, %40, HHKB, and Winkeyless layouts
 - Traditional legends

Information:
Barebones Stormtrooper (BBST) is a low-cost, full featured keyset using the popular black on white color way.  Like a stormtrooper, it's mostly white with black accents, simple, easy to read, and won't be very distinguishable.  It will get the job done, though!

Pricing:
NOT ACCEPTING ORDERS

- Join and pay before payment is due to GMK: GB price ($100USD)
- After payment is due to GMK, but before caps are delivered to you: GB price +10% ($110)
- After you've received the caps: GB price +20%  (11/1ish)


Shipping:
All shipping done through USPS using PayPal address.  Shipping prices will scale depending on quantity ordered.  To be reflected on invoice.

- Domestic: $5 USD
- Domestic with Tracking/Insurance: $7.50 USD
- International: $15 USD

3rd Party Adjudication:
fknraiden has graciously volunteered to be my adjudicator in the case I become unresponsive.  We have known each other, personally, for over a year and run a club that hosts workshops regularly.  He also knows where I live, so...  you'll get your set!

Log:
05.04.2016 - Group buy inception, request pricing from GMK.
05.17.2016 - Received renders and costs from GMK.
05.19.2016 - Group buy published on GH/reddit.
06.14.2016 - Payment Processing Confirmed (PayPal)
06.14.2016 - Updated log and payment info
07.13.2016 - updated log and timeline
07.30.2016 - closed GB
08.01.2016 - starting invoices
08.01.2016 - invoices completed
08.04.2016 - Schedule of production updated
08.16.2016 - Wired funds to GMK
08.22.2016 - GMK confirmed receipt of funds
10.24.2016 - GMK finished production, sorting
11.11.2016 - Received Shipping Details, Clearing Customs
11.14.2016 - Received Shipment from GMK
11.16.2016 - QA/Quantity Confirmed
11.21.2016 - Shipping Started
02.14.2017 - Shipping Finished
04.01.2017 - Round 1 Replacements Finished
05.01.2017 - Round 2 Replacements Finished
05.04.2017 - GB Finished

Schedule: (Updated 02.14.2017)
05.20.2016 - Opening of group buy orders.
07.02.2016 - MaNiFeX goes on vacation.
07.13.2016 - MaNiFeX returns from Vacation
07.30.2016 - Group buy orders close.
08.01.2016 - Invoice purchases.
08.04.2016 - Schedule of production updated
08.08.2016 - Final Payment due.
08.16.2016 - Wired funds to GMK
08.22.2016 - Confirmation of payment from GMK
11.20.2016 - Approx. Shipment from GMK
11.21.2016 - Shipping starts
12.16.2016 - Rogue One Released
02.20.2017 - Approx. end of shipping
02.28.2017 - End of Group Buy


Invoice/Shipping Details

001   Shipped   MaNiFeX
002   Shipped   popkorn62
003   Shipped   eatthefood
004   Shipped   airs1234567
005   Shipped   skiwithpete
008   Shipped   aproctor   
010   Shipped   Dreamre
011   Shipped   maximum
012   Shipped   gnarlsagan
013   Shipped   yeahsure/Mr_Suhggs
016   Shipped   honeynugget on both forums
017   Shipped   WNovizar
019   Shipped   withoutrulers
020   Shipped   Cestipede
021   Shipped   Fast Drill
022   Shipped   /u/thisman
024   Shipped   soilheart
025   Shipped   Jokrik
027   Shipped   WolfTickets
029   Shipped   benyarmis
030   Shipped   damonskv
032   Shipped   geniekid
033   Shipped   rmeosms27
035   Shipped   NICA
036   Shipped   RoostrC0gburn
037   Shipped   ba7777
038   Shipped   rjmana
039   Shipped   naasfu@GH
041   Shipped   swimmingbird (GH)
042   Shipped   bfraser
043   Shipped   dadoduk
044   Shipped   Porkins
045   Shipped   Renne
046   Shipped   laughatpain
047   Shipped   widdlekitty
048   Shipped   jswill
049   Shipped   JDT79
051   Shipped   kroms
052   Shipped   derffayaz
053   Shipped   Gullipalli
054   Shipped   WhitePlate
055   Shipped   thatmiddleway
056   Shipped   jjolddahgoo
057   Shipped   ksargent
058   Shipped   nemoy/rthrbe
059   Shipped   Nappy
060   Shipped   mrmontrose
061   Shipped   bbrotha
062   Shipped   rsierra
064   Shipped   Wodan
065   Shipped   cevenson67
066   Shipped   julientaq
067   Shipped   padath
069   Shipped   anlic
070   Shipped   Ephemeral
072   Shipped   LUCKYNET
074   Shipped   /u/Arkesios
075   Shipped   narbotic/CollinMel
076   Shipped   HaberdasheryHRG
077   Shipped   tedk84
081   Shipped   feediko
082   Shipped   mrkevint  pace8500
083   Shipped   b32147
084   Shipped   ninjadoc
085   Shipped   duynguyenle@gmail.com
086   Shipped   rabidwombat
087   Shipped   PriusProblems
088   Shipped   neon_tom on reddit
090   Shipped   Rarabka233
091   Shipped   smart5088
092   Shipped   seblove
093   Shipped   -pineapple- @GH
094   Shipped   priyadi
095   Shipped   Khers
098   Shipped   ipee9932cd
099   Shipped   kubiedo
100   Shipped   Asbrodeus
102   Shipped   fictiouz
103   Shipped   jaimcat1
104   Shipped   sncbraxsc2/sncbrax tubasection
105   Shipped   aqoush
106   Shipped   logomachy
108   Shipped   Oatburner
109   Shipped   Jemaunji
110   Shipped   mbrown559
111   Shipped   zabuza1997
112   Shipped   Proyoyo
113   Shipped   lovestream1989
114   Shipped   Gajible
115   Shipped   gamer179
116   Shipped   luckyryan333@GH
117   Shipped   koops finalarcadia and Zeneraith
118   Shipped   f98005
119   Shipped   Unforgivable_
120   Shipped   Wilba
121   Shipped   /u/loph12
122   Shipped   dumbomorton
123   Shipped   yorktronic
124   Shipped   superdeluxe @ Deskthority
125   Shipped   ryptide11
126   Shipped   rustyautoparts
127   Shipped   slash emperor
128   Shipped   smittysteve
129   Shipped   busgamer7394
130   Shipped   blacknosebear
131   Shipped   Will_26
132   Shipped   PerniciousPony
133   Shipped   Codarl_D
134   Shipped   disease alert
135   Shipped   optiminimal
136   Shipped   IneffableTao
137   Shipped   j2c8w6f8
138   Shipped   Reutan
139   Shipped   axtran
140   Shipped   mmkramer
141   Shipped   YisSerL
142   Shipped   kimchiformee
143   Shipped   asgafar
144   Shipped   yottagray
145   Shipped   EmArKay_11
146   Shipped   zennasyndroxx   
147   Shipped   Ahsrahan
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 19 May 2016, 17:58:05
F/J are scooped.  GMK sent me renders with nubs.  Will update soon.  Thanks guys!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: ghostjuggernaut on Fri, 20 May 2016, 15:44:40
Approval Bump  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 20 May 2016, 17:11:44
 :thumb: Thanks!  We're up to 32 sets ordered. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: xondat on Fri, 20 May 2016, 17:18:31
Your reddit comments aren't reassuring at all regarding PayPal. How about calling them and checking that the minimum amount, which is $15500, is okay and that your account won't be locked/frozen? I want to join this but you don't fill me with confidence.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: duras on Fri, 20 May 2016, 20:24:02
Would be awesome if you were able to add another 2.25u shift for FC660M/Clueboard support.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: fknraiden on Fri, 20 May 2016, 20:32:55
Yeah you go Matt, get dem orders.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: romevi on Fri, 20 May 2016, 21:38:41
Matt, shine my shoes!

Yeah you go Matt, get dem orders.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: fknraiden on Fri, 20 May 2016, 23:31:40
Matt, shine my shoes!

Yeah you go Matt, get dem orders.
Out-ed
Unforgivable
Edit: I just want to sort caps and huff plastics.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: cmd on Sat, 21 May 2016, 07:46:12
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160521/7836d4d76dbf6591a73fdd7752d04792.jpg)

And now we wait...

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: qwack on Sat, 21 May 2016, 07:59:32
Tagging this thread, will probably order one set. Uniform BoW GMK set with a host of extra keys for $100? It's hard to resist.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: kawasaki161 on Sat, 21 May 2016, 08:38:03
Damn, International shipping is kinda awkward. If I would order one set it would go to the US and then come back to Germany, haha.
How will the customs stuff be handled?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: katushkin on Sat, 21 May 2016, 09:36:58
Looks great. Good to see the ISO set perfect at first time of asking  :thumb:

Good luck!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: smart5088 on Sat, 21 May 2016, 17:29:08
base color "CP"

text color "CR"

Is that right?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 23 May 2016, 12:13:16
Your reddit comments aren't reassuring at all regarding PayPal. How about calling them and checking that the minimum amount, which is $15500, is okay and that your account won't be locked/frozen? I want to join this but you don't fill me with confidence.

I'm working with a new payment provider, as I just heard news about accounts being locked at Paypal for these transactions.  I understand your lack of confidence, as others have mentioned, in Paypal with group buys.  As soon as I have secured the new payment method, I will be posting here.  Thank you for your interest.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 23 May 2016, 12:16:02
base color "CP"

text color "CR"

Is that right?

Yes, that's correct, GMK has confirmed with render.  CR is black legends, CP is white key.  You can see a decent representation here: http://imgur.com/94CxFfr
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: joshuaauger on Tue, 24 May 2016, 11:34:40
Full Planck support, you mentioned 40%?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: danielucf on Tue, 24 May 2016, 12:51:58
Any chance of Row 1 Delete, End, Pg Dn being added to support 1800, 75%, etc layouts?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Jin on Thu, 26 May 2016, 12:13:25
hope per set will be 80
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 26 May 2016, 15:08:52
All, orders are up to 50 sets.   :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Thu, 26 May 2016, 15:41:26
make that 51, i want in on this since GMK WoB full set just fell through. surprised i had not heard about this sooner. has anyone posted to reddit or deskthority?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: ba7777 on Mon, 30 May 2016, 06:23:15
So any update on payment method and the order number?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: b4d_tR1p on Mon, 30 May 2016, 15:39:01
very tempted  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: jebbra on Tue, 31 May 2016, 02:30:52
Is the set final? I want to suggest to add 1 more 1.25u blank, you know, Mac user will be thanked cause usually they use CMD on each side of spacebar.

EDIT: It's there already, wtf am I seeing, sry  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: dadoduk on Wed, 01 June 2016, 08:31:34
I ordered 1 set. Thank your GB!!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Porkins on Wed, 01 June 2016, 09:00:01
Signed up for this one. I can't wait!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 01 June 2016, 10:41:07
61 Sets Ordered!

Thanks all!  Let's hope we can get this one to MOQ!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 01 June 2016, 12:03:23
Matt, shine my shoes!

Yes, sir!  Could you stop kicking me in the face, though?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: jebbra on Thu, 02 June 2016, 23:02:49
Is UN0001 bumping the price too hard? CP seems like a bit ivory, if we talk about Stormtrooper ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: renne on Sun, 05 June 2016, 01:06:40
in for 1
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Porkins on Mon, 06 June 2016, 10:44:47
How are we doing concerning MOQ for this set so far? I really hope this set makes it.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: RevoTeam on Mon, 06 June 2016, 22:17:25
Hope you can make it :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 10 June 2016, 12:00:59
OK! 66 sets ordered.

Updated image to scooped F/J and extended GB period a month.  We're almost halfway there!   :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 10 June 2016, 13:33:22
How are we doing concerning MOQ for this set so far? I really hope this set makes it.

About halfway there.  I extended the deadline by a month.  Set will still arrive by Rogue One!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Giorgio on Fri, 10 June 2016, 17:07:34
Scoops. LOL.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 10 June 2016, 18:01:11
OK, more and more coming!  Thanks guys!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Giorgio on Sat, 11 June 2016, 04:04:21
Oh. And the nipple on the 5, it sucks.

Without bars, no buyers from reddit.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: smart5088 on Sat, 11 June 2016, 04:32:00
3 Lock.

Num lock , Caps lock , Scroll lock.

Do not led keycaps?

it's unfortunately....
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: soilheart on Sat, 11 June 2016, 04:36:32
Oh. And the nipple on the 5, it sucks.

Without bars, no buyers from reddit.

Honestly most people on reddit doesn't care about bars, just a vocal part, I wouldn't worry about it.

3 Lock.

Num lock , Caps lock , Scroll lock.

Do not led keycaps?

it's unfortunately....

Meh, GMK pad printing is so bad anyway =P
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Giorgio on Sat, 11 June 2016, 04:57:26
I'm not from reddit.

We'll see.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Giorgio on Sat, 11 June 2016, 04:58:18
Very good price by the way.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: wodan on Mon, 13 June 2016, 05:13:05
Is the 1.25u R4 keycap with the "Fn" legends a new mold ?

In for a set!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: jsahlen on Mon, 13 June 2016, 10:13:27
Hello, I'm new (to GH and mk's in general) :)
This looks like a great set for my Pok3r at work, thanks for making this GB happen!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: anlic on Tue, 14 June 2016, 10:06:15
Where are you ship from?
US?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: My_Thoughts on Tue, 14 June 2016, 10:50:06
How will the Euro taxes be dealt with if it ships to/from USA?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 June 2016, 11:46:55
Is the 1.25u R4 keycap with the "Fn" legends a new mold ?

In for a set!

I don't think so.  They quoted me a great price, which makes me think these are all pretty standard keys they can make.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 June 2016, 11:48:04
hope per set will be 80

We have about three weeks left.  If we were to get near 200 sets ordered, I would push it back a bit so we could get a good rate.  Maybe I can find a vendor who wants to buy a group of sets?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 June 2016, 11:48:59
I ordered 1 set. Thank your GB!!

Thanks for ordering!  I'm really looking forward to getting this set made.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 June 2016, 11:50:09
So any update on payment method and the order number?

I will be using stripe and making a dedicated page for that.  I really wanted to do Paypal, but with accounts being frozen, I want to err on the side of caution for payment. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 June 2016, 11:51:18
Hello, I'm new (to GH and mk's in general) :)
This looks like a great set for my Pok3r at work, thanks for making this GB happen!

Welcome!  As you know, some group buys work out, some don't.  We are up to over half the sets needed to order, so I think this one will work out.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: romevi on Tue, 14 June 2016, 11:53:14
I really wanted to do Paypal, but with accounts being frozen, I want to err on the side of caution for payment.

This was a concern raised by many in the initial days of the GB. PayPal isn't very lenient toward large runs for pre-orders; are you able to front the funds for the orders placed through PayPal since it looks like those funds won't be applicable toward the final payment to GMK?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 June 2016, 11:54:09
How will the Euro taxes be dealt with if it ships to/from USA?

I was going to list the value at $25 and 'keyboard parts,' but I am open to suggestions.  I'm not very familiar with EU taxes, maybe I can find a proxy to make things easier for you all?  I'm not sure if that will work since there are so many countries there.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 June 2016, 11:58:56
I really wanted to do Paypal, but with accounts being frozen, I want to err on the side of caution for payment.

This was a concern raised by many in the initial days of the GB. PayPal isn't very lenient toward large runs for pre-orders; are you able to front the funds for the orders placed through PayPal since it looks like those funds won't be applicable toward the final payment to GMK?

That's why I will be using Stripe instead.  I have a dedicated checking account set up for this (as to not mix my money with the GBs).

If I had $15,000-$20,000 to front, I wouldn't be doing a group buy, I'd just order them and sell them for a profit.  I'm doing this so people can get a set of GMK caps that supports most layouts for an affordable price.  I got screwed by Ivan and I'm just trying to make a good GMK group buy happen.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 June 2016, 12:57:44
I really wanted to do Paypal, but with accounts being frozen, I want to err on the side of caution for payment.

This was a concern raised by many in the initial days of the GB. PayPal isn't very lenient toward large runs for pre-orders; are you able to front the funds for the orders placed through PayPal since it looks like those funds won't be applicable toward the final payment to GMK?

OK, so I've spoken with my hosting provider.  I'll be using a hosted PCI-compliant solution that will accept both Credit Cards and Paypal.  The back-end processing is done by Stripe and the eCommerce portion will be hosted by GoDaddy.  As soon as the group buy hits MoQ, I'll be sending out directions on payment.  I hope this is an acceptable solution, I'm updating the description/log with the information.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: ba7777 on Tue, 14 June 2016, 19:16:33
Maybe add R1 'delete' 'end' and 'pgdn' keys to surpport 1800 layout please?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: ba7777 on Tue, 14 June 2016, 19:17:47
sorry, triple post, **** happens.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: ba7777 on Tue, 14 June 2016, 19:18:32
Double post. Snip
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: WhitePlate on Wed, 15 June 2016, 12:02:35
I submitted an order a couple of days ago but I haven't received any invoice?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Porkins on Wed, 15 June 2016, 12:05:01
I submitted an order a couple of days ago but I haven't received any invoice?

The group buy isn't closed yet. He has a schedule posted on the original post.


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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: WhitePlate on Wed, 15 June 2016, 12:21:30
I submitted an order a couple of days ago but I haven't received any invoice?

The group buy isn't closed yet. He has a schedule posted on the original post.


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Ok thanks I was worried that I didn't make it in time
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: cswanic on Thu, 16 June 2016, 00:11:44
Is there any way to promote this GB on the China TaoBao site to gather up the needed 70 orders to make this happen?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 16 June 2016, 11:56:34
Hi Group Buy Members!

Thank you for supporting this group buy.  We are up to 96 orders!  We are almost at MoQ and we still have a few more weeks until it closes.  About that...  I'm a dumbass and forgot to schedule my vacation into the group buy.  I will still have online access during that time, but will be remote and don't want to spend my vacation with my girlfriend doing invoices.  Please note the schedule change above.

Payment details have been worked out and will be a minimal cost to me to do processing aside from the 3% Paypal/CCs will take.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I'm very excited for the opportunity to provide a community-driven, low-cost GMK set.  I hope you are enjoying your summer!  :cool:

Matthew

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f5/6d/1b/f56d1ba2e17f94f53d7fdeaf57396ef2.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Possessed Gamer on Thu, 16 June 2016, 12:26:26
So let me get this straight for $100 you get the keyset with all of those add on kits and the keycaps are doubleshot ABS GMK keycaps? Am I missing something?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: -pineapple- on Thu, 16 June 2016, 12:34:55
So let me get this straight for $100 you get the keyset with all of those add on kits and the keycaps are doubleshot ABS GMK keycaps? Am I missing something?
Correct. $100 + shipping costs for the set if it gets to 150 orders.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 16 June 2016, 12:51:57
So let me get this straight for $100 you get the keyset with all of those add on kits and the keycaps are doubleshot ABS GMK keycaps? Am I missing something?

That's it!  I've updated the schedule above.  Once we receive enough orders, I'll collect money via a secure web storefront with your choice of Paypal or CC.  After that, I wire the money to GMK, they produce the caps, they ship them to me, then I ship them to you!  I have instituted a 3rd Party arbitrator to confirm what I am doing for added assurance to the community.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: danielucf on Fri, 17 June 2016, 10:18:18
Any chance of Row 1 Delete, End, Pg Dn being added to support 1800, 75%, etc layouts?

herro?

The set has the appropriate "+" for the 1800 numpad layout, not including the correct profile Delete, End, and Pg Dn seems like an oversight.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: soilheart on Fri, 17 June 2016, 11:37:38
Any chance of Row 1 Delete, End, Pg Dn being added to support 1800, 75%, etc layouts?

herro?

The set has the appropriate "+" for the 1800 numpad layout, not including the correct profile Delete, End, and Pg Dn seems like an oversight.

Some of us don't care that much about profiles as long as the correct legends are included.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 17 June 2016, 11:44:10
Any chance of Row 1 Delete, End, Pg Dn being added to support 1800, 75%, etc layouts?

herro?

The set has the appropriate "+" for the 1800 numpad layout, not including the correct profile Delete, End, and Pg Dn seems like an oversight.

Herro.  Me so ronery, but vewy busy.  I missed your post.  Sorry about that. 

This first round did not have 1800 users in mind.  I had to trim support for some layouts and wanted to support our ISO brethren while keeping the set sub-$100.  If this is successful, I will be doing another round, but with these responses in mind.  So far, I have request for:


Existing Support:

I dunno, I'm pretty happy with how the set turned out for the price.  Again, apologies for not including 1800.

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 17 June 2016, 11:46:34
sorry, triple post, **** happens.

Best things come in threes, right?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: tedk on Fri, 17 June 2016, 12:30:38
im in  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: danielucf on Fri, 17 June 2016, 13:14:34
:(

No 1800 support also cuts out Compaq SQ and other similar board layouts, and many 75% layout options. Potentially some 65% layouts as well. Realistically what would it cost for the roughly 450+ keys to be added to 150+ sets? Maybe the few of us that want the layout can contribute something like $20 each to get it added without inflating the price of the base set.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Fri, 17 June 2016, 15:46:48
i would love to see 1800 and FC660M support added. not sure why these keys would not be included but all the ISO keys are. imo, the more complete the kit, the better for everyone. is the price increase that much for 5 or 6 more keys?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: wodan on Sat, 18 June 2016, 02:07:20
GMK @150MOQ is usually 1$ per additional key.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: danielucf on Sat, 18 June 2016, 11:45:34
GMK @150MOQ is usually 1$ per additional key.

I imagine adding on to a set that already has well over 100 keys would be less though.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: PriusProblems on Mon, 20 June 2016, 12:09:54
If extra keys are being added, a 1.25u Alt Gr key would be great.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Mon, 20 June 2016, 13:02:14
If extra keys are being added, a 1.25u Alt Gr key would be great.

would like to see this instead of 1.25 Alt - NOT an additional cap
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: swimmingbird on Tue, 21 June 2016, 19:42:59
Any chance of a black on yellow enter and esc accent set? :D :D :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Damonskv on Sun, 26 June 2016, 13:03:03
HI, any updates?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 27 June 2016, 12:31:17
HI, any updates?

Yes! We've hit 100/150 orders.  50 more to make this happen.  No keys to be added this time around, though.  Sorry guys!  If I can get this set made, I'll be doing a more expensive follow up with many added options.  This is my first GB and I want to keep it simple so I can be sure to be successful.  Once I've successfully done a 'simple' group buy, I'll be doing a more complex one with optional add-ons.  Not anything as crazy as Round 5 or anything, but definitely with all the suggestions here plus some nice black on yellow or yellow on black keys.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: blighty on Tue, 28 June 2016, 04:16:46
I find it odd that this buy chose to support hhkb keys for a super small subset of users.  I wonder how many of the 100 people who ordered will use this set (ever) on a hhkb-type layout. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: geniekid on Tue, 28 June 2016, 09:05:20
I find it odd that this buy chose to support hhkb keys for a super small subset of users.  I wonder how many of the 100 people who ordered will use this set (ever) on a hhkb-type layout.

HHKB is the only reason I bought in.  With the number of GMK GBs running these days, I've gotten a lot more selective about layout support.  I am, of course, just one data point.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: romevi on Tue, 28 June 2016, 09:22:19
I think having HHKB-layout compatibility is one of the first set of extra keys you add to a set.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: blighty on Tue, 28 June 2016, 09:45:19
I think having HHKB-layout compatibility is one of the first set of extra keys you add to a set.

A "barebones" set that covers a custom layout is fine, just not the most appropriate name?  This buy covers most layouts besides the one I use (75%), so my wallet is thankful to not have to buy another keyset that will end up unused (my GMK cyan set just sits in a bag) .  I'm sure more orders will come in for this set though, because it supports so many layouts.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: jebbra on Wed, 29 June 2016, 09:29:09

Yes! We've hit 100/150 orders.  50 more to make this happen.  No keys to be added this time around, though.  Sorry guys!  If I can get this set made, I'll be doing a more expensive follow up with many added options.  This is my first GB and I want to keep it simple so I can be sure to be successful.  Once I've successfully done a 'simple' group buy, I'll be doing a more complex one with optional add-ons.  Not anything as crazy as Round 5 or anything, but definitely with all the suggestions here plus some nice black on yellow or yellow on black keys.

When you say more add-ons is it still on BoW colors? Or you will run another design?
Really hope seeing GMK planck/preonic mods in the future. And Colemak add-on too.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: smart5088 on Tue, 12 July 2016, 13:01:55
group buy order page particapate.

How to shipping address write?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: lovestream1989 on Wed, 13 July 2016, 13:07:17
Join this GB and wish it can reach MOQ :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: manofinterests on Wed, 13 July 2016, 15:44:46
Is the current Order Total up to date?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: maximm on Wed, 13 July 2016, 16:05:12
Hi, this is taking too long for me, so im going with other sets.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: masterbei on Thu, 14 July 2016, 09:58:31
Any update?


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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 14 July 2016, 11:20:43

Yes! We've hit 100/150 orders.  50 more to make this happen.  No keys to be added this time around, though.  Sorry guys!  If I can get this set made, I'll be doing a more expensive follow up with many added options.  This is my first GB and I want to keep it simple so I can be sure to be successful.  Once I've successfully done a 'simple' group buy, I'll be doing a more complex one with optional add-ons.  Not anything as crazy as Round 5 or anything, but definitely with all the suggestions here plus some nice black on yellow or yellow on black keys.

When you say more add-ons is it still on BoW colors? Or you will run another design?
Really hope seeing GMK planck/preonic mods in the future. And Colemak add-on too.

Thank you for your input.  I really wanted a simple CTRL-ALT or Originative style set for my first group buy to keep it simple, as you can understand, this is no small undertaking (especially being a single dad with another full time job, lol).  Next one will most likely be this design, with colored mods - orange, black, etc.  Maybe a rebel set?  With add-ons.  Nothing like 8bit's buys or anything, but more traditional options.  May run it myself or host it elsewhere.

Gotta put my toes in the water before my balls.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 14 July 2016, 11:22:20
Any update?
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Back from vacation.  Apologies for the silence, but I was in the Vermont 'mountains' and on airplanes and ****. 

120 sets ordered.  Setting up payment now in anticipation of hitting MOQ.   :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 14 July 2016, 11:31:30
Extended GB to hit MOQ.  Sweetening the pot: giving away a stock NovaTouch to one Group Buy member.  No need to do anything.  Will announce winner at end of group buy.   :-*
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: priyadi on Fri, 15 July 2016, 02:37:17
In for one!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 15 July 2016, 11:40:54
Keycap manifesto: "Key sets without vendor neutral Super key are worthless"

Our beliefs align.  I can feel the force is strong with this one.   >:D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: priyadi on Fri, 15 July 2016, 12:30:23
Our beliefs align.  I can feel the force is strong with this one.   >:D

Yeah, I find their lack of faith disturbing :). If this one is a success, I think we should attempt for WoB version of this. Despite of abundance of WoB set in the market, there's absolutely nothing fitting that requirement.

GMK Barebones Darth Vader? :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: Khers on Mon, 18 July 2016, 05:05:10
I gave in to temptation a couple of days ago and put an order in. I need this set! :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 18 July 2016, 11:35:59
I gave in to temptation a couple of days ago and put an order in. I need this set! :)

MWAHAHAHAHA! ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 18 July 2016, 11:37:51
130 orders!  Two more weeks, I think we'll be hitting MOQ. :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 18 July 2016, 12:29:06
Matt, shine my shoes!

Yeah you go Matt, get dem orders.
Out-ed
Unforgivable
Edit: I just want to sort caps and huff plastics.

Looks like we might just get to huff the GMK plastic fumes...  They are sorting for us.  I'm still down to sit around and smell the GMK dankness.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: priyadi on Tue, 19 July 2016, 13:16:00
This is probably too far fetched at this point. but how about R4 1¼U diamond mod using the new mold by GMK HADapter?

(https://i.imgur.com/tJxER4u.png)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 19 July 2016, 15:39:18
This is probably too far fetched at this point. but how about R4 1¼U diamond mod using the new mold by GMK HADapter?

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/tJxER4u.png)


It's OK, it looks like we'll hit MOQ.  If this is successful, I'll run another group buy in a few months...  Will take these options into consideration and do a multi-set group buy.  Will include things for 40%ers, 1800, colored mods, etc.  I just wanted to do a simple group buy this run to make sure I could handle all the work.  Still pretty happy to keep this at $100/set, though.  Next time will most likely be a $75 base with a bunch of other smaller options.

Thanks for the feedback!  Love non-OS mods.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 21 July 2016, 11:39:00
135/150!

Let's tip this.

(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/mrmen/images/6/64/Mrbump.png/revision/latest?cb=20090707092619)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: radio_killah on Sat, 23 July 2016, 02:55:37
If we put in an order but no longer want to participate should we just pm you or just cancel the invoice when it comes later? Sorry  :(
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Sat, 23 July 2016, 16:50:45
If we put in an order but no longer want to participate should we just pm you or just cancel the invoice when it comes later? Sorry  :(

Nooooooooo!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: ideus on Sat, 23 July 2016, 16:57:52
I'd buy it if it had a separated modifiers set.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: radio_killah on Sun, 24 July 2016, 00:05:42
If we put in an order but no longer want to participate should we just pm you or just cancel the invoice when it comes later? Sorry  :(

Nooooooooo!

Yeah.. Not really doing this whole mechanical keyboard thing anymore.  :-[
Title: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: GiveCandyy on Sun, 24 July 2016, 00:14:50
I signed up for this at the beginning. Kinda hope it doesn't it MOQ for a couple of weeks because after all the gbs this month. I probably can't get this haha
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: xondat on Sun, 24 July 2016, 07:35:56
I signed up for this at the beginning. Kinda hope it doesn't it MOQ for a couple of weeks because after all the gbs this month. I probably can't get this haha
Same here. I bet it will drop when I have no money ^-^
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: PriusProblems on Sun, 24 July 2016, 07:45:14
My worry is that this has been going on for so long, that we may find that 50 of these 145 participants may have changed their minds on the set and not pay the invoice. This was the first set (not counting 1976 Planck set) that I joined the group buy for, but since then I have joined 2 others, and bought 2 (retail or mechmarket), with only two boards to put them on. With that in mind, I myself am not to sure about actually purchasing now.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: xondat on Sun, 24 July 2016, 07:49:47
we may find that 50 of these 145 participants may have changed their minds on the set and not pay the invoice
Exactly this. This has gone on for too long now - something like 2 months?

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: PriusProblems on Sun, 24 July 2016, 08:13:01
we may find that 50 of these 145 participants may have changed their minds on the set and not pay the invoice
Exactly this. This has gone on for too long now - something like 2 months?

Ehh, I wouldn't say that this has gone on for too long, I just think that it may have been a mistake to not invoice people when they joined, and then refund them if the group buy didn't reach MOQ. The way it was done instead, I wouldn't be surprised if at least a couple of the people who joined had no intention of ever actually paying.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: renne on Sun, 24 July 2016, 10:19:54
Please make this happen. I've been waiting a BoW set for too long.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 25 July 2016, 17:01:45
If we put in an order but no longer want to participate should we just pm you or just cancel the invoice when it comes later? Sorry  :(

Yeah, just PM me!  No problem, had a couple others drop.  Going to do an official tally tonight or tomorrow.  Totally understand the pull to the light side.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 25 July 2016, 17:05:28
we may find that 50 of these 145 participants may have changed their minds on the set and not pay the invoice
Exactly this. This has gone on for too long now - something like 2 months?

Ehh, I wouldn't say that this has gone on for too long, I just think that it may have been a mistake to not invoice people when they joined, and then refund them if the group buy didn't reach MOQ. The way it was done instead, I wouldn't be surprised if at least a couple of the people who joined had no intention of ever actually paying.

I understand your woes.  I'm doing an official count after work today.  Only a week until it closes and I invoice.  I'll be posting daily and hopefully the community will come together for this one.  Already have vendor buy in.  Unofficial count is 145 right now.  So that's only 5 sets to tip it, but a few have dropped out.  Been in contact with GMK and everything is ready to go on their end. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 25 July 2016, 20:12:13
we may find that 50 of these 145 participants may have changed their minds on the set and not pay the invoice
Exactly this. This has gone on for too long now - something like 2 months?

Ehh, I wouldn't say that this has gone on for too long, I just think that it may have been a mistake to not invoice people when they joined, and then refund them if the group buy didn't reach MOQ. The way it was done instead, I wouldn't be surprised if at least a couple of the people who joined had no intention of ever actually paying.

I understand your woes.  I'm doing an official count after work today.  Only a week until it closes and I invoice.  I'll be posting daily and hopefully the community will come together for this one.  Already have vendor buy in.  Unofficial count is 145 right now.  So that's only 5 sets to tip it, but a few have dropped out.  Been in contact with GMK and everything is ready to go on their end.

I'd love to get another set to push MOQ, but unfortunately one is all I can afford at the moment (It's been an embarrassment of GMK riches this month, Carbon, Skeletor and now this!)

Anyway thanks MaNiFex for running the buy and I hope you make MOQ before it ends. Maybe pester your Vendor to pick up a few more?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: jebbra on Mon, 25 July 2016, 21:37:41
If you really will make BoW 40% kit with legend (planck) in the future I will waltz in this one for sure.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 26 July 2016, 16:23:57
we may find that 50 of these 145 participants may have changed their minds on the set and not pay the invoice
Exactly this. This has gone on for too long now - something like 2 months?

Ehh, I wouldn't say that this has gone on for too long, I just think that it may have been a mistake to not invoice people when they joined, and then refund them if the group buy didn't reach MOQ. The way it was done instead, I wouldn't be surprised if at least a couple of the people who joined had no intention of ever actually paying.

I understand your woes.  I'm doing an official count after work today.  Only a week until it closes and I invoice.  I'll be posting daily and hopefully the community will come together for this one.  Already have vendor buy in.  Unofficial count is 145 right now.  So that's only 5 sets to tip it, but a few have dropped out.  Been in contact with GMK and everything is ready to go on their end.

I'd love to get another set to push MOQ, but unfortunately one is all I can afford at the moment (It's been an embarrassment of GMK riches this month, Carbon, Skeletor and now this!)

Anyway thanks MaNiFex for running the buy and I hope you make MOQ before it ends. Maybe pester your Vendor to pick up a few more?

Man, if I had the money, I'd push it over myself, but this year has left me empty handed.  Even if I sold my whole keycap collection, I could only push 5/6 sets... I have a good feeling we'll hit MOQ, though.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 26 July 2016, 16:27:10
If you really will make BoW 40% kit with legend (planck) in the future I will waltz in this one for sure.

Well, no promises, but my second group buy would be much less 'barebones' than this one and would include options for planck. 

If I were a good salesman, I'd say, 'It sure will!  Sign up right here!' but I'm trying to be honest/transparent here!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 26 July 2016, 16:30:38
we may find that 50 of these 145 participants may have changed their minds on the set and not pay the invoice
Exactly this. This has gone on for too long now - something like 2 months?

Ehh, I wouldn't say that this has gone on for too long, I just think that it may have been a mistake to not invoice people when they joined, and then refund them if the group buy didn't reach MOQ. The way it was done instead, I wouldn't be surprised if at least a couple of the people who joined had no intention of ever actually paying.

Hi All.  If people's accounts weren't getting frozen on Paypal for doing group buys, I would have gone this way (and would have preferred to).   Considering what happened in the past, I'm erring on the side of caution and will be invoicing just prior to sending payment to GMK, as I would hate to have $15K in USD frozen somewhere while I'm stuck holding my **** with a bunch of people looking at me.  Numbers are on track so far.   Let's do this!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 27 July 2016, 12:48:38
Went through all the submissions.  We have 146 committed to, and a handful of drop-outs that I need to go through the PMs for.  Official count currently: 142 sets.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: shower_king on Wed, 27 July 2016, 19:40:35
so close to make it ,good luck
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 29 July 2016, 13:53:12
so close to make it ,good luck

WE MADE IT!   :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: duynguyenle on Fri, 29 July 2016, 13:58:56
Can't wait! When are you invoicing?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 29 July 2016, 14:11:11
Can't wait! When are you invoicing?

Depending on how my weekend goes, Monday.  I wanted to use paypal, but people's accounts are getting frozen and I don't want to go through that, so I'm using Stripe.  Now that we've hit MOQ, I'm setting up payment in the next day or two, then will send out invoices starting Monday.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: GiveCandyy on Fri, 29 July 2016, 19:44:43
Probs gonna cancel mine since I will have no money.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: luckyryan333 on Fri, 29 July 2016, 21:10:54
Finally in.
Hope to make this GB happen. :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: Oatburner on Fri, 29 July 2016, 23:04:14
I submitted an order several days ago but never got invoiced. Just submitted another in case it did not go through for some reason.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: honeynugget on Sat, 30 July 2016, 00:51:09
I submitted an order several days ago but never got invoiced. Just submitted another in case it did not go through for some reason.
manifex hasn't started invoicing yet
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: wodan on Sat, 30 July 2016, 01:24:50
Can't you get in touch with PayPal before hand and make sure this is supported by your account? My account had a receiving limit for funds that was removed when I validated my bank account. You should also invoice GB participation as a service rather than a product. This is supposed to help explain to PayPal why there is no tracking number yet.

I have to say I am rather unwilling to join a newbie GB with no PayPal buyer protection. As much as PayPal sucks, they have big benefits from a buyer point of view ( for a price... )

You already mentioned that funding is very tight on this GB and you don't have the ability to advance any funds personally. This doesn't give me the confidence required to use a payment method I don't have faith in.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Sat, 30 July 2016, 20:04:40
I understand the consequences with using PayPal, and i also suggest contacting them beforehand. I'm still in and I have no lack of faith in manifex. Keep going, buddy! Hoping to see this set competed soon
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: priyadi on Sun, 31 July 2016, 07:31:05
Can't you get in touch with PayPal before hand and make sure this is supported by your account? My account had a receiving limit for funds that was removed when I validated my bank account. You should also invoice GB participation as a service rather than a product. This is supposed to help explain to PayPal why there is no tracking number yet.

I have to say I am rather unwilling to join a newbie GB with no PayPal buyer protection. As much as PayPal sucks, they have big benefits from a buyer point of view ( for a price... )

You already mentioned that funding is very tight on this GB and you don't have the ability to advance any funds personally. This doesn't give me the confidence required to use a payment method I don't have faith in.

FWIW, you still have buyer protection from your credit card issuer. If something wrong happens with the group buy, you simply call your issuer and file a claim. I don't think Paypal buyers protection is that good anyway. As a buyer, I've seen they sided with merchants failing to deliver the service I'm paying for. And as a merchant, I've seen they sided with abusive 'customers'. Paypal does make the whole thing easier though.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: Jokrik on Sun, 31 July 2016, 08:31:59
Can't you get in touch with PayPal before hand and make sure this is supported by your account? My account had a receiving limit for funds that was removed when I validated my bank account. You should also invoice GB participation as a service rather than a product. This is supposed to help explain to PayPal why there is no tracking number yet.

I have to say I am rather unwilling to join a newbie GB with no PayPal buyer protection. As much as PayPal sucks, they have big benefits from a buyer point of view ( for a price... )

You already mentioned that funding is very tight on this GB and you don't have the ability to advance any funds personally. This doesn't give me the confidence required to use a payment method I don't have faith in.

FWIW, you still have buyer protection from your credit card issuer. If something wrong happens with the group buy, you simply call your issuer and file a claim. I don't think Paypal buyers protection is that good anyway. As a buyer, I've seen they sided with merchants failing to deliver the service I'm paying for. And as a merchant, I've seen they sided with abusive 'customers'. Paypal does make the whole thing easier though.

I don't think that is 100% true, paypal has been more on the side of the buyer. For instance it's so easy to claim within the time limit like in ebay, especially when you pay anything with their protection (even when the goods lost in the mail)

I rarely see failure in claim when the fault is from the seller and the dispute is within the time frame. And I don't even have hopes from credit card protection. You have authorized a will to pay when you chose to pay with that card.

Credit card protection can only protect you most when there is a transaction where you haven't authorized yourself. They will clearly tell you that its your judgement in issuing the payment order which are at fault if a transaction goes wrong. Talking from experiences
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 31 July 2016, 13:34:22
Can't you get in touch with PayPal before hand and make sure this is supported by your account? My account had a receiving limit for funds that was removed when I validated my bank account. You should also invoice GB participation as a service rather than a product. This is supposed to help explain to PayPal why there is no tracking number yet.

I have to say I am rather unwilling to join a newbie GB with no PayPal buyer protection. As much as PayPal sucks, they have big benefits from a buyer point of view ( for a price... )

You already mentioned that funding is very tight on this GB and you don't have the ability to advance any funds personally. This doesn't give me the confidence required to use a payment method I don't have faith in.

Hi Wodan.  I would prefer to use Paypal myself, as there's built in protection. My only concern is getting my account frozen.  I have it linked to my bank account, so that shouldn't be an issue if I bill as a service?  If that's the case, I will start invoicing via Paypal rather than going through the hassle of Stripe.  If you all want it this way, please chime in during the next 12 hours before I start invoicing.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 31 July 2016, 13:36:51
Paypal does make the whole thing easier though.

Alright, that's two.  Let's keep this conversation going.  I want BBST to be successful, transparent, and make everyone happy.  If not, I don't get a set either!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: ba7777 on Sun, 31 July 2016, 17:43:23
paypal +1


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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [MOQ MET]
Post by: duynguyenle on Sun, 31 July 2016, 19:40:11
Paypal does make the whole thing easier though.

Alright, that's two.  Let's keep this conversation going.  I want BBST to be successful, transparent, and make everyone happy.  If not, I don't get a set either!

I don't particularly mind. Either way works for me, I'm just a bit worried about this frozen account thing, is there anything you could do to avoid it happening? Maybe give Paypal customer service a ring and ask what circumstances it would happen so you could try and avoid it happening?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: Jemaunji on Sun, 31 July 2016, 19:40:35
I'd prefer PayPal, but whatever is easiest for the buy.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Sun, 31 July 2016, 21:35:53
i have been watching the paypal issues fairly closely since they issued their new policies earlier this year. I also just ran my own first group buy. i did not post this earlier because it is a bit long-winded, but maybe it can help. here is my take on it:

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i called paypal a few months ago to try and get some information on their new policies, since i had been hearing about people's accounts getting frozen. the rep i talked to said that there is a random algorithm and, "they dont know what triggers it." maybe she just couldnt tell me. I asked some of the people whose accounts got frozen about their experience. from what i can piece together, it sounds like people with "business accounts" who are invoicing international orders, and receiving many thousands of dollars each month - are all more likely to get flagged by the system. It is still unclear to me what happens when you are "flagged," but the rep i talked to said it is based on individual transactions, not entire accounts. she also said that if a transaction gets flagged, all i would have to do is go in and mark it as shipped. tracking or receipt is not required. not sure if that part is true, though.

jdcarpe is probably the worst example of someone's account being frozen. i really feel bad for the guy, and him being down has really affected the community. (he's the guy who used to do the monthly geekhack keys) i hope he doesnt mind me sharing, but i think his account is still frozen until he can provide proof that some of his orders have been fulfilled - and a couple of those are international orders that are not easy to track. keep in mind that he was running multiple group buys at the same time when he got flagged, so probably many transactions. barebones stormtrooper will probably be more than $15k moving through your paypal (150 MOQ x $100 + shipping?), so this may affect the GB. my group buy did not have any issues, but i did not have any international invoices, and i think it was not even $5k for everything. keycap sets are spendy

worst case, is that you refund everyone the money and we start over with a different means. that could deflate the interest and cause some people to pull their orders. there are other options to consider, and i would suggest asking some of the other prominent group buy organizers for input as well. LunarisDream, JDCarpe, and Shadovved were good resources for me - very helpful guys. you  may also consider asking a vendor to help, though that may add cost and it sounds like many are busy with other sets as well.


tldr; paypal has enacted new policies to cover their asses on transactions. it seems like they focus on individual transactions that fall within certain parameters. this may or may not affect this group buy (or any group buy for that matter). i suggest you call paypal and ask them what to expect. it might also be a good idea to talk to some people whose accounts got frozen and ask them what to expect.

like i said, i have faith in manifex to deliver on this, but paypal is another issue. it may be in all of our best interest to at least consider other payment alternatives if paypal cant guarantee their services. still hoping to see this set get made!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: priyadi on Mon, 01 August 2016, 00:56:37
@Manifex

FYI, on 7bit's GB, they don't issue invoices, but ask participants to send money as service. They are also using several Paypal accounts for receiving money. Their GBs runs for YEARS, this is probably the main reason accounts get frozen. I have a feeling Paypal will be OK for short running GBs (1-2 months), but beyond that, especially beyond their coverage time (6 month), then the risk of frozen accounts will increase.

I suggest you contact GMK for their expectation of delivery. And then contact Paypal if they are OK with that. Don't forget to factor in the fact that standard overseas shipping can take up to 1 month.

My concern with this GB is that the price maybe is set too low for a GMK GB barely reaching MOQ, and I fear Manifex takes too much personal risk running this GB.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: Damonskv on Mon, 01 August 2016, 04:07:13
 :thumb: for paypal
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: anlic on Mon, 01 August 2016, 10:05:48
When to charge me?
And I want to add one, can I?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 11:12:44
When to charge me?
And I want to add one, can I?

I'm starting invoicing today.  Will add a set to your order!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 11:15:34

like i said, i have faith in manifex to deliver on this, but paypal is another issue. it may be in all of our best interest to at least consider other payment alternatives if paypal cant guarantee their services. still hoping to see this set get made!

Thank you so much for this information.  I, personally like PayPal, and will start billing today.  What do you think of me billing as a 'GMK Barebones Stormtrooper Proxy Service,' so I don't have to worry about the shipping part becoming an issue?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 11:19:10
@Manifex

My concern with this GB is that the price maybe is set too low for a GMK GB barely reaching MOQ, and I fear Manifex takes too much personal risk running this GB.

OK, well, the majority of the orders are not international, so I should be OK there.  I spoke to my brother (a financial analyst) about this GB, and he was shocked at the 'risk' someone would take for a community.  I don't mind, and truthfully, we're well over MOQ.  I'm doing a final tally today, as there was some cancelations.  I'm hoping to get some last minute people to fill their spots. 

I'm getting in touch with GMK shortly, will ask their lead time for this and post back.  Thanks for all your support, guys!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 13:20:53
Hi All!   ;D

Started invoicing this morning, should be done by EoD Pacific time (GMT -8).  I've added an invoice section to the GB description.  I may have to reach out to a few of you for special circumstances, but other than that, everyone should be invoiced today (as long as **** doesn't go down at home or work!).
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: honeynugget on Mon, 01 August 2016, 19:31:42
Got my invoice and paid! Woot woot
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: popkorn62 on Mon, 01 August 2016, 19:44:13
PAID!

Not sure if I submitted an address on the form (some other GBs do that) or you are going to use the Paypal one. If I did submit one, please change it to the one on Paypal. If you need a PM, just let me know  :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 19:51:11
Got my invoice and paid! Woot woot

Thank you!  Onward!  Can't wait for this!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 19:52:27
PAID!

Not sure if I submitted an address on the form (some other GBs do that) or you are going to use the Paypal one. If I did submit one, please change it to the one on Paypal. If you need a PM, just let me know  :thumb: :thumb:

Using paypal addresses!  Thank you!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 19:54:23
Taking a dinner break.  will be back to invoicing shortly.   :llama:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: popkorn62 on Mon, 01 August 2016, 20:04:03
PAID!

Not sure if I submitted an address on the form (some other GBs do that) or you are going to use the Paypal one. If I did submit one, please change it to the one on Paypal. If you need a PM, just let me know  :thumb: :thumb:

Using paypal addresses!  Thank you!

Gotcha! Thank you! I can't waitttt  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 01 August 2016, 20:15:19
It's bedtime for me but invoice away and I'll get on it tomorrow after work!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: smart5088 on Mon, 01 August 2016, 20:18:52
order invoice mail do not arrived. why not ?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 01 August 2016, 20:25:50
order invoice mail do not arrived. why not ?

Man just chill out and be patient. So rude!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 21:24:36
order invoice mail do not arrived. why not ?

I just stepped away for dinner.  I'll finish invoicing by EoD today.  I'm 1/3rd of the way through and will post when I'm completely done.  Also check the 'More' section to see my progress on the original post.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 August 2016, 22:37:44
69/137 Orders invoiced.  Should be doing in the next 90min.   :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: Khers on Mon, 01 August 2016, 23:46:29
Invoice received and paid!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: Oatburner on Mon, 01 August 2016, 23:59:18
Paid  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICING]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 02 August 2016, 00:02:32
OK, all invoices sent!   :D

There may have been a few that I mis-identified as Domestic or International.  If that's the case, just let me know and I'll adjust the invoice before you pay.  If I missed anyone just let me know, as well.

There were a few duplicate submissions that I did not catch and there are 10 available sets if anyone missed the initial purchase.  Now's the time to jump in on the group buy. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Tue, 02 August 2016, 00:16:47
paid up! really looking forward to this
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: brizzzle on Tue, 02 August 2016, 00:23:15
stoked for this! thanks for putting this together!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: ba7777 on Tue, 02 August 2016, 00:50:06
Hi MaNiFeX. Please check out my pm. Thanks.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 02 August 2016, 01:27:28
Hi MaNiFeX. Please check out my pm. Thanks.

Replied!  :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 02 August 2016, 01:28:28
OK, off to bed for me.  Give me 8-9 hours of sleep and getting to work.  I'll check on this around 9am PST.  Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [CLOSED]
Post by: anlic on Tue, 02 August 2016, 03:35:11
When to charge me?
And I want to add one, can I?

I'm starting invoicing today.  Will add a set to your order!  :thumb:

You have invoiced me $107.5, will you invoice me $100 later or $207.5 instead? ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: Proyoyo on Tue, 02 August 2016, 07:52:56
Paid!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: smart5088 on Tue, 02 August 2016, 08:12:29
Hi MaNiFeX. Please check mail. thanks.!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: Damonskv on Tue, 02 August 2016, 09:01:31
I canceled the invoice because the shipments rates is wrong. I'm not in US)))) Doubled via PM
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: Dreamre on Tue, 02 August 2016, 09:06:10
Got it taken care of. Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: duynguyenle on Tue, 02 August 2016, 12:34:45
Paid!  :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: xondat on Tue, 02 August 2016, 15:24:49
Bad timing for me :'(
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 02 August 2016, 16:30:47
Thank you all for paying promptly!

As of now, we are teetering around the MOQ after a group of people cancelled their order.  If you would like a set and are not part of the group buy, yet, please PM me for a slot.

I'm working on updating the status of each order on the main page, but I am still processing who's paid and dropped out. Should have that done tonight or tomorrow.

As always, if there's an immediate issue, feel free to PM me!  Thanks All!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 02 August 2016, 16:31:57
Bad timing for me :'(

Bummer!  I may have to front cash to fill MOQ, and may have some extras afterwards.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: masterbei on Tue, 02 August 2016, 17:54:40
Hi, sorry didn't realize this actually happened. I have to drop out. Sorry :(


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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: feediko on Wed, 03 August 2016, 10:34:29
Payed the invoice. Check PM please though. Cheers.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 03 August 2016, 11:19:43
Hi, sorry didn't realize this actually happened. I have to drop out. Sorry :(


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Due to too many cancellations, we are down to just MOQ.  I can't take any more cancellations until I've gone through all the payments and make sure the group buy is viable.

This wasn't an interest check, people.  I have my own funds riding on this buy.  Please do not join group buys unless you intend on following through with the purchase.  Thank You.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 03 August 2016, 12:24:20
I'm at work right now, but will be working on confirming and posting who's paid over lunch and after dinner tonight.  We are more than halfway through payments, so thank you all who have paid so promptly.  I'm a single father of two daughters, so I also thank those of you have been patient with me with my responses.

I am in communication with Christopher at GMK regularly, and he's waiting on a final number.  165 people signed up, but due to all the cancellations, I may not be able to afford to have all 165 sets made.  We may have only 150 made, which means this will be quite a special set for all those that get them!

Thanks all for your support, it's exciting to be running a group buy and I can't wait to send these sets out to you all!  Once all invoices are paid, I will be doing the drawing for the NovaTouch.

Thanks!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: popkorn62 on Wed, 03 August 2016, 13:36:27
I'm at work right now, but will be working on confirming and posting who's paid over lunch and after dinner tonight.  We are more than halfway through payments, so thank you all who have paid so promptly.  I'm a single father of two daughters, so I also thank those of you have been patient with me with my responses.

I am in communication with Christopher at GMK regularly, and he's waiting on a final number.  165 people signed up, but due to all the cancellations, I may not be able to afford to have all 165 sets made.  We may have only 150 made, which means this will be quite a special set for all those that get them!

Thanks all for your support, it's exciting to be running a group buy and I can't wait to send these sets out to you all!  Once all invoices are paid, I will be doing the drawing for the NovaTouch.

Thanks!  :thumb:

Thank you for your hard work! I can't believe people think this is an IC!

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 03 August 2016, 14:59:29
Thank you for your hard work! I can't believe people think this is an IC!

To be honest, I should have had shorter period to join...  It's my first buy, so 'live and learn.'  I've received about half of the payments and am ready to make the initial payment to GMK.  After that, it's time to wait.  I hope I don't have to play repo-man.   :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 03 August 2016, 17:37:29
I've had multiple people cancel their invoices and ask to back out of the group buy.  Please don't do this.  You've committed to purchasing a set and by backing out you are putting the whole group buy in jeopardy and are putting my personal finances at risk in order to complete the group buy.  Backing out at the last minute is not OK.

Please don't sign up for a bunch of group buys and then back out of one's that you've signed up for.  It's really bad form and is not fair to the rest of the group buy or the organizer.

Thank You.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 03 August 2016, 18:14:58
I've had multiple people cancel their invoices and ask to back out of the group buy.  Please don't do this.  You've committed to purchasing a set and by backing out you are putting the whole group buy in jeopardy and are putting my personal finances at risk in order to complete the group buy.  Backing out at the last minute is not OK.

Please don't sign up for a bunch of group buys and then back out of one's that you've signed up for.  It's really bad form and is not fair to the rest of the group buy or the organizer.

Thank You.

It's not a great time of the month for me, otherwise I would've offered to chip in an additional set. How are we looking for numbers? Can we still make MOQ?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: xondat on Wed, 03 August 2016, 18:19:27
Although I agree with you Manifex, this group buy has been open for a lot longer than usual and this means peoples finances can change wildly in that time. If this was open for a month max, then I doubt this would've been an issue. If I can still afford it before you submit the order, then I'd love to however **** happens.

Never put your personal finances at risk in a group buy - I've learnt this the hard way and it hasn't been pleasant.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Wed, 03 August 2016, 23:51:45
Although I agree with you Manifex, this group buy has been open for a lot longer than usual and this means peoples finances can change wildly in that time. If this was open for a month max, then I doubt this would've been an issue. If I can still afford it before you submit the order, then I'd love to however **** happens.

Never put your personal finances at risk in a group buy - I've learnt this the hard way and it hasn't been pleasant.

please. if you place an order, be prepared to pay for the order. "**** happens" shouldnt be an acceptable reason to back out when every order is important to reach MOQ. sorry, but that's really gonna suck for the majority if this set can't be made because a few people follow this line of reasoning. you should know this, you just ran a group buy
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: r5d on Thu, 04 August 2016, 04:44:06
Hey MaNiFeX, you invoiced me for domestic shipping but I'm overseas and will need international. Send me a new invoice? I'm #0043.

Thaaanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: effectiveduck on Thu, 04 August 2016, 05:07:06
Although I agree with you Manifex, this group buy has been open for a lot longer than usual and this means peoples finances can change wildly in that time. If this was open for a month max, then I doubt this would've been an issue. If I can still afford it before you submit the order, then I'd love to however **** happens.

Never put your personal finances at risk in a group buy - I've learnt this the hard way and it hasn't been pleasant.

please. if you place an order, be prepared to pay for the order. "**** happens" shouldnt be an acceptable reason to back out when every order is important to reach MOQ. sorry, but that's really gonna suck for the majority if this set can't be made because a few people follow this line of reasoning. you should know this, you just ran a group buy

I don't really think this mentality is fair, it's there money and they're allow to do with it as they choose, whether **** happened or not. I know it's annoying when something you want is interrupted or threaten because people change there mind but it's not fair to expect them to pay for something they no longer want or potentially can't afford.

Regardless I think this set will be fine.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: xondat on Thu, 04 August 2016, 06:05:08
Although I agree with you Manifex, this group buy has been open for a lot longer than usual and this means peoples finances can change wildly in that time. If this was open for a month max, then I doubt this would've been an issue. If I can still afford it before you submit the order, then I'd love to however **** happens.

Never put your personal finances at risk in a group buy - I've learnt this the hard way and it hasn't been pleasant.

please. if you place an order, be prepared to pay for the order. "**** happens" shouldnt be an acceptable reason to back out when every order is important to reach MOQ. sorry, but that's really gonna suck for the majority if this set can't be made because a few people follow this line of reasoning. you should know this, you just ran a group buy
But if the group buy depends on a few people is that really a good group buy model? No, it isn't. My first group buy dropped from 42 to 24, but I was still able to do it. If the group buy was open for two weeks and the leader immediately closed it when the exact amount was met then there is still bound to be a couple that drop out - this effect worsens the longer a group buy goes on.

I was prepared to pay the order when I placed my order, however I'm out $630 + £250 at the minute and I know it will get worse if I don't pay these.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 12:12:10
Regardless I think this set will be fine.

Set is completely viable at the moment.  I'm going through the final payments now and updating my master spreadsheet.  As of now, over half have paid and I still have a dozen or so orders to process. I'll post the updated list shortly.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 12:12:56
It's not a great time of the month for me, otherwise I would've offered to chip in an additional set. How are we looking for numbers? Can we still make MOQ?

As long as everyone who's been invoiced pays, we are set to go right now!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 12:13:21
I canceled the invoice because the shipments rates is wrong. I'm not in US)))) Doubled via PM

OK, updated and resent.  Thank you for paying!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 12:14:51
Hey MaNiFeX, you invoiced me for domestic shipping but I'm overseas and will need international. Send me a new invoice? I'm #0043.

Thaaanks!

OK, updated!  Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 12:17:05
But if the group buy depends on a few people is that really a good group buy model? No, it isn't. My first group buy dropped from 42 to 24, but I was still able to do it.

Due to the minimum order quantity at GMK, I was unable to place a smaller order.  It was previously 250 for that company, so I'm very pleased that I'm able to do this at all.  I'm doing my best to follow the group buy process as I know it, but I do appreciate the feedback.  I will make sure to do a smaller sign up period for my next buy.

Thank You!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 12:23:09
Although I agree with you Manifex, this group buy has been open for a lot longer than usual and this means peoples finances can change wildly in that time. If this was open for a month max, then I doubt this would've been an issue. If I can still afford it before you submit the order, then I'd love to however **** happens.

Never put your personal finances at risk in a group buy - I've learnt this the hard way and it hasn't been pleasant.

I appreciate the feedback.  I'll keep my next buy period to two weeks to a month, max.  As long as people pay for their order, I won't be at risk.  GMK has been great to work with.  If I continue to run group buys, I'll most likely set up an LLC for the keyboard club I run (PDXKBC) and put out club-based group buys.  We're up to about 100 members, so we could easily run one for the club with others from here.

Thanks for working with me!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 12:54:54
Alright!  Invoicing details are up on the main page.  Thank you all who have paid promptly.   :thumb:  Your GB number will remain the same throughout the process from here forwards.

We are about halfway through the payment period and more than half have paid.  Thank you!  I have received funds and have placed the final order of 150 sets with GMK. 

If you have not been invoiced, please let me know.  If you have not paid, please do so by Monday, August 8th, 2016

Thank you to everyone participating, without your interest and trust, this set would not be made. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: kroms on Thu, 04 August 2016, 13:01:53
Paid. Thank you for running this.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 13:05:34
Paid. Thank you for running this.

Thank You!  You bet!  Updated status.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper [INVOICED - PAYMENT PERIOD OPEN]
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 13:16:22
Spoke with GMK.  Placed final order number and was given a 12 week production timeline.  Will begin transferring funds to them soon.  Please pay your invoices promptly.  Thank you!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: r5d on Thu, 04 August 2016, 14:17:21
Paid up! Thanks for running this GB and shame on ppl reserving orders and jumping off at the last minute. I SOLD MY CARBON SA FOR THIS!



Just kidding I was going to sell it anyway.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 14:42:15
Paid up! Thanks for running this GB and shame on ppl reserving orders and jumping off at the last minute. I SOLD MY CARBON SA FOR THIS!



Just kidding I was going to sell it anyway.

Oh man.  I was, like, WOWSERS!   :eek: You had me there!  lol.   ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 14:46:07
OK BBST peeps!  We're 2/3rds the way paid up. Let's do this.  If everyone pays by Monday, I get to do the drawing for the NovaTouch.  MUCH HYPE.   :-*
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 August 2016, 16:18:37
Invoicing the Crew ;)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZH4nPNs.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: mbrown559 on Thu, 04 August 2016, 20:49:21
Invoicing the Crew ;)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/ZH4nPNs.jpg)


This was great, laughed my ass off.  BTW PAID! 

(Ordered this while on a drunken geekhack spree, didn't even know until I received the invoice.  Luckily, my sober self liked the set also  ;D)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: dadoduk on Thu, 04 August 2016, 20:58:50
I paid!!


Thank your GB!!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: HaberdasheryHRG on Thu, 04 August 2016, 21:29:11
Paid.  Really hope this works out.

If the 15th (my next payday) rolls around I can cover for a second set if that helps any.

Thanks for running this and dealing with all of it.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 05 August 2016, 11:04:36
Invoicing the Crew ;)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/ZH4nPNs.jpg)


This was great, laughed my ass off.  BTW PAID! 

(Ordered this while on a drunken geekhack spree, didn't even know until I received the invoice.  Luckily, my sober self liked the set also  ;D)

Thank you!  I'm glad sober you liked it, too! 

I hoped that the pic would be well received, I was just joking around.   There will be more to come to break the unbearable pressure of the hype.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 05 August 2016, 11:32:08
I paid!!

Thank your GB!!

Thanks for your support!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 05 August 2016, 11:32:40
Paid.  Really hope this works out.

If the 15th (my next payday) rolls around I can cover for a second set if that helps any.

Thanks for running this and dealing with all of it.

I really appreciate your support.  I'll let you know about the second set after Monday!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 05 August 2016, 11:33:34
Payments updated and current.   Let's keep this going.  We're 2/3rds the way paid.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: polentA on Fri, 05 August 2016, 15:12:15
Transferring money now. Thanks for organizing!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Fri, 05 August 2016, 15:34:28
is our GB# supposed to match our paypal invoice number?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 05 August 2016, 15:50:14
is our GB# supposed to match our paypal invoice number?

Nope.  Group buy number is, essentially, the order number as I received it.  Since I've used Paypal before to invoice people, I could not get the invoice number to match the GB number.  :(   GB number is your "ID" invoice number is your receipt.  I've got them all matched up nicely in a spreadsheet with addresses, payment status, etc.  We're getting closer, but it's like watching water boil...  I need to take a break and wait. 



Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: jeffbolton on Sun, 07 August 2016, 14:42:38
Are there any drop out spots available?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: smart5088 on Sun, 07 August 2016, 15:39:01
paid confirm.

trusty periodically posting update please.

Shipping start, please tell me tracking number.

Have a nice day, thanks.!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: PriusProblems on Sun, 07 August 2016, 16:03:54
Hopefully paid, PayPal is being a bit slow for me for some reason. May you please confirm that I have paid, as well as checking that it didn't go through twice. Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 07 August 2016, 17:24:48
Hopefully paid, PayPal is being a bit slow for me for some reason. May you please confirm that I have paid, as well as checking that it didn't go through twice. Thanks!

Yup!  Paid once!:D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 07 August 2016, 17:25:26
Are there any drop out spots available?

Hi Jeff,

There are currently 2 spots open right now.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: PriusProblems on Sun, 07 August 2016, 17:26:13
Hopefully paid, PayPal is being a bit slow for me for some reason. May you please confirm that I have paid, as well as checking that it didn't go through twice. Thanks!

Yup!  Paid once!:D
Great, thanks.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 07 August 2016, 17:28:09
Hopefully paid, PayPal is being a bit slow for me for some reason. May you please confirm that I have paid, as well as checking that it didn't go through twice. Thanks!

Yup!  Paid once!:D
Great, thanks.

Nice tagline.  Glad my ISO passed.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 07 August 2016, 17:32:25
Status: 42 members left to pay. :eek: Two more cancelled.

Thank you to all of those who have paid!   :cool:

Please pay your invoices by EoD tomorrow.  I have my initial payment to GMK due next week and I'd like to be able to have all the funds needed by then.   

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: mrkevint on Sun, 07 August 2016, 17:51:13
Status: 42 members left to pay. :eek: Two more cancelled.

Thank you to all of those who have paid!   :cool:

Please pay your invoices by EoD tomorrow.  I have my initial payment to GMK due next week and I'd like to be able to have all the funds needed by then.   

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Already paid :). Thanks for running this! What happens if not everyone pays by the deadline?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: luckyryan333 on Mon, 08 August 2016, 17:26:02
Paid. Really hope this works out well.
Thanks for all your efforts.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 08 August 2016, 20:18:39
Hi All.  With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I'm here to tell you that my chocolate labrador, Toby, needs to be put down tomorrow.  He's 12.5 years old and had an amazing life.  It's time...  and I'm away on a work trip, which makes my situation even more difficult for me, as I can't be there with him as he passes.

I FaceTime'd with my daughters and dog and just lost it.  I'm going to need to take the next day or two for myself.  I will continue to process the invoices I've gotten, I just will need some time to grieve.  Please be respectful of that as I try to juggle this GB, my work trip, and my loss. 

I've gotten a few more payments and requests to join the group buy.  I'll be trying to process everything tonight or tomorrow and I'll get you a final count.  GMK will be billing me the initial payment soon.

RIP Toby, you were the best dog ever.

Thank you for your understanding,

Matthew
AKA MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 08 August 2016, 20:22:13
Hi All.  With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I'm here to tell you that my chocolate labrador, Toby, needs to be put down tomorrow.  He's 12.5 years old and had an amazing life.  It's time...  and I'm away on a work trip, which makes my situation even more difficult for me, as I can't be there with him as he passes.

I FaceTime'd with my daughters and dog and just lost it.  I'm going to need to take the next day or two for myself.  I will continue to process the invoices I've gotten, I just will need some time to grieve.  Please be respectful of that as I try to juggle this GB, my work trip, and my loss. 

I've gotten a few more payments and requests to join the group buy.  I'll be trying to process everything tonight or tomorrow and I'll get you a final count.  GMK will be billing me the initial payment soon.

RIP Toby, you were the best dog ever.

Thank you for your understanding,

Matthew
AKA MaNiFeX

Sorry for your loss  :(
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: popkorn62 on Mon, 08 August 2016, 20:23:09
Hi All.  With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I'm here to tell you that my chocolate labrador, Toby, needs to be put down tomorrow.  He's 12.5 years old and had an amazing life.  It's time...  and I'm away on a work trip, which makes my situation even more difficult for me, as I can't be there with him as he passes.

I FaceTime'd with my daughters and dog and just lost it.  I'm going to need to take the next day or two for myself.  I will continue to process the invoices I've gotten, I just will need some time to grieve.  Please be respectful of that as I try to juggle this GB, my work trip, and my loss. 

I've gotten a few more payments and requests to join the group buy.  I'll be trying to process everything tonight or tomorrow and I'll get you a final count.  GMK will be billing me the initial payment soon.

RIP Toby, you were the best dog ever.

Thank you for your understanding,

Matthew
AKA MaNiFeX

My condolences, mate :(
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 08 August 2016, 20:26:42
My condolences, mate :(

Thanks, man.  I just finished my work day. Going to go have some beer and clear my head a bit...  I'll be back online later, I'll probably just bust out the rest of the processing of orders tonight.  Keep my mind off things.

Thanks for your support.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: ideus on Mon, 08 August 2016, 20:38:04
Hi All.  With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I'm here to tell you that my chocolate labrador, Toby, needs to be put down tomorrow.  He's 12.5 years old and had an amazing life.  It's time...  and I'm away on a work trip, which makes my situation even more difficult for me, as I can't be there with him as he passes.

I FaceTime'd with my daughters and dog and just lost it.  I'm going to need to take the next day or two for myself.  I will continue to process the invoices I've gotten, I just will need some time to grieve.  Please be respectful of that as I try to juggle this GB, my work trip, and my loss. 

I've gotten a few more payments and requests to join the group buy.  I'll be trying to process everything tonight or tomorrow and I'll get you a final count.  GMK will be billing me the initial payment soon.

RIP Toby, you were the best dog ever.

Thank you for your understanding,

Matthew
AKA MaNiFeX

My oldest Beagle is approaching that point, I am afraid; last year, she underwent an emergency surgery and she is suffering some side effects of it, I am sorry for your lost, I meant it.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 09 August 2016, 11:07:00
My oldest Beagle is approaching that point, I am afraid; last year, she underwent an emergency surgery and she is suffering some side effects of it, I am sorry for your lost, I meant it.

Thank you.  It hits me at random points, I just want to mourn.  Contemporary life doesn't lend itself to much breaks, but I'm going to have a nice whisky tonight for Toby.  Going through invoices this morning, work is light.

Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate the support.

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Pay now please!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 09 August 2016, 11:47:52
OK!  Everyone is invoiced!  36 people are left to pay.  I need another $3000 to make a complete payment to GMK.  It is very important for all members to pay so that I may make payment to GMK in a timely manner.  I'll be sending out reminders shortly.

There is one slot open if anyone is interested.

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Pay now please!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 09 August 2016, 12:14:20
OK!  Everyone is invoiced!  36 people are left to pay.  I need another $3000 to make a complete payment to GMK.  It is very important for all members to pay so that I may make payment to GMK in a timely manner.  I'll be sending out reminders shortly.

There is one slot open if anyone is interested.

REMINDERS SENT!  Please pay promptly!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Pay now please!)
Post by: airs on Tue, 09 August 2016, 12:30:35
Paid!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Pay now please!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 09 August 2016, 16:04:25
Group Buy Status
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 09 August 2016, 16:06:07
paid confirm.

trusty periodically posting update please.

Shipping start, please tell me tracking number.

Have a nice day, thanks.!

You got it!  I'll be posting back updates daily and will be sending out tracking as soon as I ship.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Invoiced - Due by 8/8)
Post by: ideus on Tue, 09 August 2016, 16:31:24
My oldest Beagle is approaching that point, I am afraid; last year, she underwent an emergency surgery and she is suffering some side effects of it, I am sorry for your lost, I meant it.

Thank you.  It hits me at random points, I just want to mourn.  Contemporary life doesn't lend itself to much breaks, but I'm going to have a nice whisky tonight for Toby.  Going through invoices this morning, work is light.

Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate the support.

MaNi

Cheers Sir.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 10 August 2016, 12:04:39
Just got invoiced from GMK.  I'm $2.5K short due to 31 people that haven't paid.  For the 90+ people who have, thank you.  For those who haven't, your lack of prompt payment may jeopardize this group buy. 

Please, please pay your invoices.  I'll be sending out reminders again tomorrow.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 10 August 2016, 12:08:56
Thank you! :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Wed, 10 August 2016, 13:13:44
Just got invoiced from GMK.  I'm $2.5K short due to 31 people that haven't paid.  For the 90+ people who have, thank you.  For those who haven't, your lack of prompt payment may jeopardize this group buy. 

Please, please pay your invoices.  I'll be sending out reminders again tomorrow.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

this is what i'm talking about. bummer to hear so many people are flaking out on this.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 10 August 2016, 15:32:04
this is what i'm talking about. bummer to hear so many people are flaking out on this.

It's a real shame.  I put this together to provide an inexpensive set to the community.  Chose to do this independently to save money for everyone.  I've had responses range from "Sorry, don't have the money right now" to "I found another set I like better."  The prior reason is why I did a one week window to pay, many of us get paid twice a month.  If anyone out there still wants their set, but needs some time to pay, please let me know.  Committing to a group buy means you're willing and able to support the buy.

I'll be sending out reminders to the remaining 30 people tomorrow.  Will give an updated status then.  We're so close, but if I don't receive payment, I can't pay GMK, which pushes back production. 

If you haven't done so already, please pay your invoice.

MaNiFeX



 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 10 August 2016, 15:36:30
(http://i.imgur.com/nKpUJb3.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: polentA on Wed, 10 August 2016, 20:34:21
C'mon everyone - let's make this happen on time! Thanks for the updates MaNiFeX.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: HaberdasheryHRG on Wed, 10 August 2016, 21:34:59
As I mentioned before, if the 15th rolls around and there's still flakes out there, I can cover another set for sure.  I know it's not much, but it's something.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: Oatburner on Thu, 11 August 2016, 06:42:29
pls pay
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Thu, 11 August 2016, 10:49:29
Jumped in on this. Was on the fence, but seeing it in trouble gave me an excuse to "help". You know, for purely altruistic reasons.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 11 August 2016, 11:15:47
Jumped in on this. Was on the fence, but seeing it in trouble gave me an excuse to "help". You know, for purely altruistic reasons.

Well, there's no better reason than altruism!!!  ;)

So, here's the deal.  I'm sending out reminders tonight.  I will accept payments until the 16th.  Everyone should be able to pay by then.  After that, unless I've been contacted for special circumstance, I will be cancelling invoices and filling in group buy spots with new members. 

I spoke with GMK, and I was assured, as long as I pay in the next two weeks, our production schedule will not change. 

Let's do this! I want my set before the new movie comes out, so I can play with my 'figurines' and ****.

(http://underscoopfire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dark-helmet-spaceballs-action-figures.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 11 August 2016, 12:43:29
GB Status Update

Thank you to all that paid promptly!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: airs on Thu, 11 August 2016, 12:46:27
Seriously still 30 unpaid? Come on guys.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: narbotic on Thu, 11 August 2016, 15:17:15
I've paid for my set - hope all the stragglers do so as well.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 11 August 2016, 17:09:30
I've paid for my set - hope all the stragglers do so as well.

Appreciate that.  I'd hate for a few bad apples to ruin the bunch.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: polentA on Thu, 11 August 2016, 19:02:29
I've paid for my set - hope all the stragglers do so as well.

Appreciate that.  I'd hate for a few bad apples to ruin the bunch.

Count me in with HaberdasheryHRG to pay for one extra set if needed, MaNiFeX.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 12 August 2016, 11:31:47
I've paid for my set - hope all the stragglers do so as well.

Appreciate that.  I'd hate for a few bad apples to ruin the bunch.

Count me in with HaberdasheryHRG to pay for one extra set if needed, MaNiFeX.

You guys are friggin' awesome.  I'm starting to stress: had two more cancellations last night and nobody paid.  Will post the status shortly.  We're at a tipping point and the kindness of the community might be the only thing that saves this buy.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 12 August 2016, 12:15:08
 >:DLAST REMINDERS SENT OUT!  THE TIME TO PAY IS NOW! >:D

Group Buy Status

OK, guys.  Please let me know if you can or cannot pay by Sunday.  I need to recruit new members if you can't.  If you can pay, please do so by the 15th/16th at the latest (I'm allowing this because often people are paid twice a month).  I am only short a bit to pay GMK, but can't cover it with my own personal funds.  Payment needs to be rendered to them soon so that production doesn't get pushed back.

I just don't understand.  I've never seen another GMK set so low priced for such a low MOQ.  It would be a shame for us to not get in on this deal.

We are almost here guys, please, let's get this done and paid so we can all get some caps.

Sincerely,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 12 August 2016, 12:57:17
Group Buy Status

Got two more recruits.  Already paid.  If you do not want to stay in the GB, please let me know so I can open up spots for others, there's interest, so I want to make sure to accommodate new payees.

Thanks,

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (CLOSED - Payment Due!)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 14 August 2016, 12:58:36
OK, got a few more payments it's looking like I'll be able to pay GMK this week.  :thumb:

For the rest of you that haven't paid, I'm cancelling all the invoices tonight and will opening up the group buy spots.  I'm sure there will be plenty of spots for those of you that had previously joined and still want a set, but I can't hold onto 'vacant' spots nor count on overdue invoices right now. 

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: airs on Sun, 14 August 2016, 19:05:19
Really glad to hear we can go ahead with the payment. Thank you Manifex :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 14 August 2016, 23:13:04
Really glad to hear we can go ahead with the payment. Thank you Manifex :)

Me too.  Doing the numbers tonight.  Will update sometime.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 00:47:34
CLEANED HOUSE

OK, all!  I cleared all the unpaid invoices and have some open spots.  For those of you who offered to buy a few extra sets, I'll be reaching out to you shortly.  As of now, I will have enough to pay GMK in time and we have some open spots for those latecomers who'd like to join!

Spots available: 23

Thanks all for supporting this GB

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: Khers on Mon, 15 August 2016, 06:53:31
Great news, MaNiFeX!

As for making sure as many sets as possible are paid for before you need to pay GMK, I'd recommend a strategy similar to the one Wodan used for his HADapter and HADditionals GB:
• Join and pay before payment is due to GMK: GB price
• After payment is due to GMK, but before caps are delivered to you: GB price +10%
• After you've received the caps: GB price +20%

After all, you're putting your money on the line to ensure GB success by securing MOQ. This way all on-the-fencers get an incitament to join as quickly as possible, so you risk as little money as possible.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 11:12:41
• Join and pay before payment is due to GMK: GB price
• After payment is due to GMK, but before caps are delivered to you: GB price +10%
• After you've received the caps: GB price +20%

After all, you're putting your money on the line to ensure GB success by securing MOQ. This way all on-the-fencers get an incitament to join as quickly as possible, so you risk as little money as possible.

Thanks for rules of Wodan,
You, Khers, are the man!*

I'm going to put that up on the main page.  I'll be paying GMK at the end of the week or early next week (waiting for a few more payees before doing the last transfer from Paypal).  After I wire the moola to GMK, the cost to join the group buy will jump 10%, then 20% after I receive them.

Spots available: 23

Thanks,

MaNiFeX

* You're the man now, dog!



Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 15 August 2016, 12:25:32
• Join and pay before payment is due to GMK: GB price
• After payment is due to GMK, but before caps are delivered to you: GB price +10%
• After you've received the caps: GB price +20%

After all, you're putting your money on the line to ensure GB success by securing MOQ. This way all on-the-fencers get an incitament to join as quickly as possible, so you risk as little money as possible.

Thanks for rules of Wodan,
You, Khers, are the man!*

I'm going to put that up on the main page.  I'll be paying GMK at the end of the week or early next week (waiting for a few more payees before doing the last transfer from Paypal).  After I wire the moola to GMK, the cost to join the group buy will jump 10%, then 20% after I receive them.

Spots available: 23

Thanks,

MaNiFeX

* You're the man now, dog!

Thanks for the update and I'm glad you are able to make payment to GMK, but sad you have to put your own finances on the line. I would've liked to contribute but sorry I couldn't get an extra set  :(
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 12:49:10
Thanks for the update and I'm glad you are able to make payment to GMK, but sad you have to put your own finances on the line. I would've liked to contribute but sorry I couldn't get an extra set  :(

Well, I hope it doesn't come to too much.  If anything, I'll have to foot shipping.  I'm hoping that this week I'll be able to fill all the spots and not have that be an issue, but if it's putting some money on the line to save a GB and not have to refund 100s of people their money, it's worth it to me.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 12:52:18
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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 13:17:11
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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 15 August 2016, 14:28:11
Thanks for the update and I'm glad you are able to make payment to GMK, but sad you have to put your own finances on the line. I would've liked to contribute but sorry I couldn't get an extra set  :(

Well, I hope it doesn't come to too much.  If anything, I'll have to foot shipping.  I'm hoping that this week I'll be able to fill all the spots and not have that be an issue, but if it's putting some money on the line to save a GB and not have to refund 100s of people their money, it's worth it to me.

Thanks. Put me down for a tentative 2nd set if you haven't met all the slots by the time you have to make payment to GMK. I should have some spare by then (21st August). :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 15:04:53
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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 15:05:51
Thanks for the update and I'm glad you are able to make payment to GMK, but sad you have to put your own finances on the line. I would've liked to contribute but sorry I couldn't get an extra set  :(

Well, I hope it doesn't come to too much.  If anything, I'll have to foot shipping.  I'm hoping that this week I'll be able to fill all the spots and not have that be an issue, but if it's putting some money on the line to save a GB and not have to refund 100s of people their money, it's worth it to me.

Thank you!!!  Looks like things are going well.  Will definitely make payment by Friday, if not Wednesday, if people join up at this rate.  Just heard GMK Classic Beige didn't meet MOQ.  :(

MaNi
Thanks. Put me down for a tentative 2nd set if you haven't met all the slots by the time you have to make payment to GMK. I should have some spare by then (21st August). :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: xondat on Mon, 15 August 2016, 15:15:38
These sets seem to be flying out - really good to hear. Looks like I'll be buying a set at $110 though. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 15:52:05
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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 15 August 2016, 16:17:33
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Bloody hell these are flying out the door! Where are all these people when the IC was up (for like 2 months)

Looks like you don't even need my 2nd order to make it to 150!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 17:44:14
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Bloody hell these are flying out the door! Where are all these people when the IC was up (for like 2 months)

Looks like you don't even need my 2nd order to make it to 150!

Right?

I had the GB period open for a month, and was really close to filling so I opened it up for another month (that was a mistake). Then we had 167 sets spoken for.  I invoiced at the end of the buy period (two months instead of one at that point), then we had about 125 sets paid within the week...  the rest fell off the train for whatever reason.  It's fine, I'm just glad I'll be wiring this money to Germany instead of refunding it.
 
Next GB I do, I will most likely only have a one month IC then another one week buy period.  Seems to be most successful.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 18:16:57
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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: ba7777 on Mon, 15 August 2016, 18:19:45
So close now!


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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 15 August 2016, 19:06:09
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Bloody hell these are flying out the door! Where are all these people when the IC was up (for like 2 months)

Looks like you don't even need my 2nd order to make it to 150!

Right?

I had the GB period open for a month, and was really close to filling so I opened it up for another month (that was a mistake). Then we had 167 sets spoken for.  I invoiced at the end of the buy period (two months instead of one at that point), then we had about 125 sets paid within the week...  the rest fell off the train for whatever reason.  It's fine, I'm just glad I'll be wiring this money to Germany instead of refunding it.
 
Next GB I do, I will most likely only have a one month IC then another one week buy period.  Seems to be most successful.

One week seems a bit short :/ Maybe 10 days to 2 weeks is better? (Entirely selfish reasons, I occasionally travel for work and may not have reliable internets, might miss potentially awesome sets  :)))
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 20:11:19
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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 20:12:19
So close now!

从我的 iPad 发送,使用 Tapatalk

The GB is almost completely paid for, too.  I'll be wiring GMK tomorrow or Wednesday.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (OPEN SPOTS)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 15 August 2016, 20:12:57
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Bloody hell these are flying out the door! Where are all these people when the IC was up (for like 2 months)

Looks like you don't even need my 2nd order to make it to 150!

Right?

I had the GB period open for a month, and was really close to filling so I opened it up for another month (that was a mistake). Then we had 167 sets spoken for.  I invoiced at the end of the buy period (two months instead of one at that point), then we had about 125 sets paid within the week...  the rest fell off the train for whatever reason.  It's fine, I'm just glad I'll be wiring this money to Germany instead of refunding it.
 
Next GB I do, I will most likely only have a one month IC then another one week buy period.  Seems to be most successful.

One week seems a bit short :/ Maybe 10 days to 2 weeks is better? (Entirely selfish reasons, I occasionally travel for work and may not have reliable internets, might miss potentially awesome sets  :)))

Yea, I think duck is doing 2 weeks for that reason, too. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 16 August 2016, 11:50:27
Status Update

Phwew!  That was a bit stressful those last few weeks!  Well, all, we did it! I've wired GMK the funds needed for GMK Stormtrooper to go to production.  As soon as they confirm receipt of the funds, I will post an image of the e-mail.  Thanks for all who have supported this GB.  Only having 4 open spots when going to production is fantastic and speaks to the community's ability to rally for a set.

I've had someone ask for a refund.  I'd like to be very clear: NO REFUNDS

If you bought into the group buy and need money, you'll need to find someone to purchase your group buy spot from you.  Your money has now been sent to GMK and is no longer in my hands.  Any money from the group buy that I do have is your shipping fees.  Sorry All!  I didn't think that needed to be said, but if any of you haven't participated in a group buy before, now you know.

Thanks and check back for updates!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 16 August 2016, 11:54:38
 :cool:GROUP BUY SUCCESSFUL!!! :cool:

(http://blog.woospringbreak.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_0863.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Tue, 16 August 2016, 12:34:29
:cool:GROUP BUY SUCCESSFUL!!! :cool:

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Are you an actual stormtrooper?  :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 16 August 2016, 13:32:24

Are you an actual stormtrooper?  :p

.... maybe.   ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 16 August 2016, 13:33:12
That feeling when $.03 exchange rate change makes a $500 difference in cost:

(http://i.imgur.com/kOoyA61.gif)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: r5d on Wed, 17 August 2016, 03:22:55
It's going to happen!  ;D  :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: HaberdasheryHRG on Wed, 17 August 2016, 12:51:43
That feeling when $.03 exchange rate change makes a $500 difference in cost:

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That is a bummer.

If you open a donate button or something I can help chip in on that.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 12:54:11
That feeling when $.03 exchange rate change makes a $500 difference in cost:

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/kOoyA61.gif)


That is a bummer.

If you open a donate button or something I can help chip in on that.

I'll let you know as we come closer to shipment time, I may need some help then, but maybe not?  I did my numbers closely when I started this group buy.  Next time, I'll be doing the money calculations much closer to the actual point of payment. I really appreciate the offer!
Title: [!] Potential issue with 3rd Party Adjudication
Post by: Art of Payce on Wed, 17 August 2016, 13:52:39
Hello everyone, I'm not a GB participant, but I'd like to give notice to those who are.

fknraiden (https://geekhack.org/index.php?action=profile;u=11713), the arbiter for this group buy, appears to have gone MIA recently as he has not responded to paid buyers in the Classifieds for over a week. (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=58011.msg2241231#msg2241231) He's obligated to give these members (who I contacted beforehand to confirm no reply) a timely response at bare minimum. Given the additional responsibility of arbitration in this group buy, I think he should now explain or apologize to GB participants for his discourteous and suspicious behavior in bumping a classified ad thread without replying to payees since it could reasonably undermine their confidence in his and MaNiFeX's credibility. If life circumstances are preventing him from functioning as a responsive member and adjuticator, he needs to inform MaNiFeX immediately and withdraw from the position altogether.

I'm sorry to call someone out like this and I would much rather be wrong and corrected than right and regretful. However, an explanation or apology would be fair and reassuring to the community because this isn't just about his listing or this group buy---but all transactions on Geekhack. In light of recent history concerning Ivan (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=71995.0), the $14,000+ currently being held, and the higher risks associated with member-organized group buys in general, it's more important than ever to be as honest and transparent about their management as possible.

On Tue, 16 August 2016, 13:53:21, I reached out to MaNiFeX to send a courtesy call/text to fknraiden since they know each other personally and locally. If his buyers from the Classifieds didn't get a response within 24 hours, I decided I would say something publicly. This post represents my escalation to the community. It now behooves fknraiden to respond; I'm more than happy to be informed and corrected by him since I'm not a direct stakeholder in this group buy or a transaction with him.

P.S. I don't police the forums, nor do I expect others to; I was just shopping for Hypersphere rings.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: xondat on Wed, 17 August 2016, 14:05:10
3rd Party Adjudication:
fknraiden has graciously volunteered to be my adjudicator in the case I become unresponsive.  We have known each other, personally, for over a year and run a club that hosts workshops regularly.  He also knows where I live, so...  you'll get your set!
I think Art of Payce raises a fair point. Do I need to go and make some popcorn or will this be sorted in the right manner? :rolleyes:
Title: Re: [!] Potential issue with 3rd Party Adjudication
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 14:15:35
Hi Art,

Hello everyone, I'm not a GB participant, but I'd like to give notice to those who are.

fknraiden (https://geekhack.org/index.php?action=profile;u=11713), the arbiter for this group buy, appears to have gone MIA recently as he has not responded to paid buyers in the Classifieds for over a week. (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=58011.msg2241231#msg2241231)


This isn't the place for this.  I contacted Raiden yesterday for you, which I didn't see appropriate, but did so as a favor.  I don't appreciate you airing your grievances in this GB forum.  You are not a part of this group buy and your interactions with Raiden have nothing to do with my buy.


I'm sorry to call someone out like this and I would much rather be wrong and corrected than right and regretful. However, an explanation or apology would be fair and reassuring to the community because this isn't just about his listing or this group buy---but all transactions on Geekhack. In light of recent history concerning Ivan (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=71995.0), the $14,000+ currently being held, and the higher risks associated with member-organized group buys in general, it's more important than ever to be as honest and transparent about their management as possible.


I'm not 'holding' any money.  Payment has been sent to GMK.  Please don't make assumptions!  There hasn't been any need for arbitration and I don't see a need for it in the future.  He's a backup contact for me in case I go AWOL, which I haven't...

This post represents my escalation to the community.

I don't appreciate you using my group buy sub, especially since it's off-topic, to air your personal grievances with someone.  Please do this elsewhere.  I'm sure you'll get your rings.  Contact the classified mods if you need help with a sale.  Please refrain from using this thread for this issue in the future.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 14:19:03
3rd Party Adjudication:
fknraiden has graciously volunteered to be my adjudicator in the case I become unresponsive.  We have known each other, personally, for over a year and run a club that hosts workshops regularly.  He also knows where I live, so...  you'll get your set!
I think Art of Payce raises a fair point. Do I need to go and make some popcorn or will this be sorted in the right manner? :rolleyes:

I contacted Raiden.  I have no insight into his personal classified listings, but I'm sure he'll get in touch with Art when he can.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 14:21:14
(https://i.imgur.com/wk0yLPl.jpg)

3 Spots Open
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: Art of Payce on Wed, 17 August 2016, 15:23:08
This isn't the place for this.  I contacted Raiden yesterday for you, which I didn't see appropriate, but did so as a favor.  I don't appreciate you airing your grievances in this GB forum.  You are not a part of this group buy and your interactions with Raiden have nothing to do with my buy.

[...]

I'm not 'holding' any money.  Payment has been sent to GMK.  Please don't make assumptions!  There hasn't been any need for arbitration and I don't see a need for it in the future.  He's a backup contact for me in case I go AWOL, which I haven't...

[...]

I don't appreciate you using my group buy sub, especially since it's off-topic, to air your personal grievances with someone.  Please do this elsewhere.  I'm sure you'll get your rings.  Contact the classified mods if you need help with a sale.  Please refrain from using this thread for this issue in the future.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

MaNiFeX, I only came to give notice. I don't have any personal grievances against fknraiden. In fact, I have zero interaction with the guy; no open transactions, no PM history, nothing. I've stated up front that I'm not involved in the GB; I did that to make it clear that I have no material stake in the outcome. Therefore, I can observe and comment more objectively than those directly involved. I'm just telling you what I'm seeing, from the perspective of a conscientious bystander. I understand if you refuse to engage me publicly here, but allow me to say this:

If adjutication were really as inconsequential as you imply then I daresay no adjutication should have been offered in the first place. When it comes to handling other people's money, you cannot be too careful about who you associate with, especially when there are no background checks beyond looking at tenure. If I were a GB member, I would want a capable adjuticator as diligent and available as the lead organizer. Unfortunately, the more outstanding your service is, the more sharply it contrasts with fknraiden's sudden absence as the days go by.

On a similar note, timestamping and announcing the wire transfer is good practice, but until the GB is completely over, every member deserves continued reassurance about the terms you put forth when this all started.  No matter how unlikely you think arbitration may be, it's a form of insurance to buyers that you effectively promised. People aren't paying $100 for just the keycaps; they paid for your service and the arbitration too. If you weren't prepared to deliver that reassurance, then again, you shouldn't have offered it.

Lastly, airing a critique of a public group buy is fair game as far as I'm concerned. You're not the only one trying to make it work and for better or for worse (I believe better), I'm always in favor of more consumer oversight.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 16:22:29
. If you weren't prepared to deliver that reassurance, then again, you shouldn't have offered it.

Lastly, airing a critique of a public group buy is fair game as far as I'm concerned. You're not the only one trying to make it work and for better or for worse (I believe better), I'm always in favor of more consumer oversight.

Fair enough.  I still stand by fknRaiden as an adjudicator, but if his behavior continues, I will have to find another, if only for the GB members' assurance that I can be contacted by a known 3rd party.  I know plenty other people in the community in Portland that would be happy to stand up in his stead, but, at this point, I see no reason why.  I don't know the details of his interactions in Classifieds, but he's always been good for his word and it's part of the reason I chose him to be my contact if I go dark.

For what it's worth, it's summertime here in Portland, and his work gets very busy this time of year.  It's only sunny in Portland 3 months of the year, we enjoy it, maybe he is out camping?  He could be on vacation?  Maybe he's balls deep in some hottie behind a bar?  He could be held up by something that's more important than his keyboard hobby?   I don't know at this point.  I saw him two weeks ago, and I'll be in touch with him again, just to make sure he's OK, at least.

I'd also like to mention that one of the reasons I'm doing this group buy is because I got burned to the tune of $300 on Ivan's group buy and I wanted to put some good faith back into the 'community led group buy' system.  As soon as I get confirmation that my wire was received by GMK, I'll be posting proof, as I was planning to from the beginning.

Please remember, we all have lives outside of this hobby and there's no reason to by hyper vigilant about someone's whereabouts if they are gone from the forums for a couple days/week.   It's my suggestion that you be patient with Raiden.  He's around, and if he continues to not respond, I'll be more worried about his well being than anything.  I'll let you know when I hear from him, OK?

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: geniekid on Wed, 17 August 2016, 16:26:19
Thanks Manifex.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 16:34:52
Thanks Manifex.

You bet.  Looking forward to hearing from GMK about the progress on production.  Will post when I hear more.

Thanks,

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: boo on Wed, 17 August 2016, 16:39:40
. If you weren't prepared to deliver that reassurance, then again, you shouldn't have offered it.

Lastly, airing a critique of a public group buy is fair game as far as I'm concerned. You're not the only one trying to make it work and for better or for worse (I believe better), I'm always in favor of more consumer oversight.

Fair enough.  I still stand by fknRaiden as an adjudicator, but if his behavior continues, I will have to find another, if only for the GB members' assurance that I can be contacted by a known 3rd party.  I know plenty other people in the community in Portland that would be happy to stand up in his stead, but, at this point, I see no reason why.  I don't know the details of his interactions in Classifieds, but he's always been good for his word and it's part of the reason I chose him to be my contact if I go dark.

For what it's worth, it's summertime here in Portland, and his work gets very busy this time of year.  It's only sunny in Portland 3 months of the year, we enjoy it, maybe he is out camping?  He could be on vacation?  Maybe he's balls deep in some hottie behind a bar?  He could be held up by something that's more important than his keyboard hobby?   I don't know at this point.  I saw him two weeks ago, and I'll be in touch with him again, just to make sure he's OK, at least.

I'd also like to mention that one of the reasons I'm doing this group buy is because I got burned to the tune of $300 on Ivan's group buy and I wanted to put some good faith back into the 'community led group buy' system.  As soon as I get confirmation that my wire was received by GMK, I'll be posting proof, as I was planning to from the beginning.

Please remember, we all have lives outside of this hobby and there's no reason to by hyper vigilant about someone's whereabouts if they are gone from the forums for a couple days/week.   It's my suggestion that you be patient with Raiden.  He's around, and if he continues to not respond, I'll be more worried about his well being than anything.  I'll let you know when I hear from him, OK?

MaNiFeX

As a participant of this GB, I just want to say Thank you MaNiFeX for bringing this set to us and for all those extra effort in this so called "hobby." Unlike many of us lurking in this forum or reddit, MaNiFeX stepped up to bring something to the community and that does not go unnoticed. It is also his effort to bring the set come alive that I joined when there were open spots. From what I can tell, you have been a fantastic GB leader/organizer so thank you!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 17 August 2016, 16:56:57
This isn't the place for this.  I contacted Raiden yesterday for you, which I didn't see appropriate, but did so as a favor.  I don't appreciate you airing your grievances in this GB forum.  You are not a part of this group buy and your interactions with Raiden have nothing to do with my buy.

[...]

I'm not 'holding' any money.  Payment has been sent to GMK.  Please don't make assumptions!  There hasn't been any need for arbitration and I don't see a need for it in the future.  He's a backup contact for me in case I go AWOL, which I haven't...

[...]

I don't appreciate you using my group buy sub, especially since it's off-topic, to air your personal grievances with someone.  Please do this elsewhere.  I'm sure you'll get your rings.  Contact the classified mods if you need help with a sale.  Please refrain from using this thread for this issue in the future.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

MaNiFeX, I only came to give notice. I don't have any personal grievances against fknraiden. In fact, I have zero interaction with the guy; no open transactions, no PM history, nothing. I've stated up front that I'm not involved in the GB; I did that to make it clear that I have no material stake in the outcome. Therefore, I can observe and comment more objectively than those directly involved. I'm just telling you what I'm seeing, from the perspective of a conscientious bystander. I understand if you refuse to engage me publicly here, but allow me to say this:

If adjutication were really as inconsequential as you imply then I daresay no adjutication should have been offered in the first place. When it comes to handling other people's money, you cannot be too careful about who you associate with, especially when there are no background checks beyond looking at tenure. If I were a GB member, I would want a capable adjuticator as diligent and available as the lead organizer. Unfortunately, the more outstanding your service is, the more sharply it contrasts with fknraiden's sudden absence as the days go by.

On a similar note, timestamping and announcing the wire transfer is good practice, but until the GB is completely over, every member deserves continued reassurance about the terms you put forth when this all started.  No matter how unlikely you think arbitration may be, it's a form of insurance to buyers that you effectively promised. People aren't paying $100 for just the keycaps; they paid for your service and the arbitration too. If you weren't prepared to deliver that reassurance, then again, you shouldn't have offered it.

Lastly, airing a critique of a public group buy is fair game as far as I'm concerned. You're not the only one trying to make it work and for better or for worse (I believe better), I'm always in favor of more consumer oversight.

If you've got an issue, report it to mods, don't barge into a completely unrelated thread. Have you maybe considered he's on holiday/sick leave/broken internet/act of god/watching some Olympics in Rio?

Not everyone's lives revolves around this forum. So far Manifex has been nothing but fully communicative every step of the way. We don't need hypersensitive people raising red flags everywhere when there's none. Give him some time. Now if he takes someone's money and disappear for a month or two, then there may be cause for concern. As of the moment, you're just making much ado about nothing. Keep calm and carry on.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: Art of Payce on Wed, 17 August 2016, 17:02:57
Thanks for your patience with me everyone---especially MaNiFeX. No harm intended, really and truly. All the best.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: Jokrik on Wed, 17 August 2016, 17:15:03
As the keeper of star wars faith around here, thx for making this happen :)

Can't wait
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 17:15:32
As a participant of this GB, I just want to say Thank you MaNiFeX for bringing this set to us and for all those extra effort in this so called "hobby." Unlike many of us lurking in this forum or reddit, MaNiFeX stepped up to bring something to the community and that does not go unnoticed. It is also his effort to bring the set come alive that I joined when there were open spots. From what I can tell, you have been a fantastic GB leader/organizer so thank you!

Thanks, that means a lot to me.   I've been doing my best.  It was a much bigger task than anticipated!  :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 17:17:15
Thanks for your patience with me everyone---especially MaNiFeX. No harm intended, really and truly. All the best.

I appreciate that, Art of Payce.  Everyone needs to be held accountable, even myself.  I did not know about fknRaiden's absence from the Classifieds section, so I was taken a bit by surprise by this.  I hope the best for you.  I will let you know when I hear from Raiden.  I'm sure all is good, but he's been very busy outside the forums for a bit, as he told me last time we saw each other.  I'm sure he's just late on his responses.  Thanks for holding me to my word!

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 17 August 2016, 17:18:45
Now if he takes someone's money and disappear for a month or two, then there may be cause for concern.

TRIGGERED.  ;)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: r5d on Thu, 18 August 2016, 04:49:02
As a participant of this GB, I just want to say Thank you MaNiFeX for bringing this set to us and for all those extra effort in this so called "hobby." Unlike many of us lurking in this forum or reddit, MaNiFeX stepped up to bring something to the community and that does not go unnoticed. It is also his effort to bring the set come alive that I joined when there were open spots. From what I can tell, you have been a fantastic GB leader/organizer so thank you!

Thanks, that means a lot to me.   I've been doing my best.  It was a much bigger task than anticipated!  :D

I am also impressed by your persistence in bringing this keyset to life, MaNiFeX. You could have thrown the towel when reaching MOQ took a long time, then again when a chunk of participants just didn't pay up, now there's the issue with the conversion rate, and still I am confident I will recieve my set. Your updates are always frequent and reassuring.

Trust is of course involved in every GB.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 18 August 2016, 11:30:07
I am also impressed by your persistence in bringing this keyset to life, MaNiFeX. You could have thrown the towel when reaching MOQ took a long time, then again when a chunk of participants just didn't pay up, now there's the issue with the conversion rate, and still I am confident I will recieve my set. Your updates are always frequent and reassuring.

Trust is of course involved in every GB.
Thank you for your kind words and confidence in me, r5d!  I really appreciate all the community support.  I've always done my best to live up to/exceed expectations and conduct business in a fair manner.  Any other way would reflect poorly on me!

Let me address the conversion rate, specifically.  First, I built in a little 'wiggle room' in my pricing for un-anticipated hurdles in the process, and will be eating the cost of the conversion rate, if possible.  I'm doing my best to give the community a set for the price I originally set, regardless of issues.  I set the price, and everyone will get that price.  Second, I've learned quite a bit about banking, PayPal, international shipping, business, and conversion rate fluctuation.  So, even if/when I do lose some cash on this GB, at least I've learned something.  Finally, I could have saved a hundred bucks or two by 'riding the market,' but I wanted that money over to GMK as soon as possible!

Regarding my persistence: this set needed to be made.  It was haunting me.  I kept hearing whispers of everyone's "oohs and aaaahs" at JTK Stormtrooper or HHKB Stormtrooper setups.  "I wish I could get a set of those..."  "That would look sick on my mini."  Post after post... Then a convergence of hype and May the 4th happened.  I kept hearing, "May the 4th be with you."  "May the 4th be with you." "May the 4th be with you."

"Yes, yes.  And with you, brother!  AND WITH ALL THE KEYBOARD BRETHREN!!!!"

So, I designed a 'cheap and compatible' set, contacted GMK for a render, then listed it.  Then I had a vendor kick in for a large order and a contingent from China buy in with a sizable order, too.  And about 100 other individuals.  I really, really, didn't want this to fail and have to refund everyone!  Luckily, on Monday, my last post got a number of people to buy in and push the funding to the point I could pay GMK and cover a good portion of shipping with GB funds.

Let's hope for a quick production and nice product!  Can't wait to start shipping these out!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 18 August 2016, 12:13:06
3 spots open!  Please let me know if you are interested. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Fri, 19 August 2016, 05:10:47
So glad this worked out. I was one who jumped in late, so it worked out for me very nicely.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 19 August 2016, 12:07:32
So glad this worked out. I was one who jumped in late, so it worked out for me very nicely.

Doumo arigatou gozaimasu!!!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: Ahsrahan on Mon, 22 August 2016, 03:14:40
I want to buy two or three sets

Can i now?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: romevi on Mon, 22 August 2016, 11:38:40
I want to buy two or three sets

Can i now?

 :mad:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 22 August 2016, 11:52:12
I want to buy two or three sets

Can i now?

There are two sets available.  Please PM me your PayPal address. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 22 August 2016, 11:53:53
:mad:

 :confused:  I know...  I'll take it though!  ALL ORDERS SPOKEN FOR.  CLOSED.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 22 August 2016, 11:55:56
Confirmation of receipt of our funds.  Moving to production.  :thumb:

(http://i.imgur.com/2LP67OU.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 22 August 2016, 12:36:04
:mad:

 :confused:  I know...  I'll take it though!  ALL ORDERS SPOKEN FOR.  CLOSED.

Seriously, user joined not even 24 hours ago... Just swoops in and places some orders... Missing out on the emotional roller coaster during the payment period.

I feel like somehow he shouldn't qualify to buy this fantastic set. Only if life works that way...
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Pre-Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 22 August 2016, 12:48:16
:mad:

 :confused:  I know...  I'll take it though!  ALL ORDERS SPOKEN FOR.  CLOSED.

Seriously, user joined not even 24 hours ago... Just swoops in and places some orders... Missing out on the emotional roller coaster during the payment period.

I feel like somehow he shouldn't qualify to buy this fantastic set. Only if life works that way...

You know, I tend to agree, but by joining late, the fee is a higher rate for the set and the order is last to receive shipment, so don't feel too bad!  Plus, I need the money for shipping! ;)

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Mon, 22 August 2016, 13:00:44
yes... let the keycap elitism begin!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: Ahsrahan on Mon, 22 August 2016, 13:12:38
I have sent a message. Check it. I'm sorry to MaNi and many joiners about my late join. But this keycaps set looked gorgeous. So i don't suppress my desire. I think many joiners can get my feelings.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 22 August 2016, 13:28:37
I have sent a message. Check it. I'm sorry to MaNi and many joiners about my late join. But this keycaps set looked gorgeous. So i don't suppress my desire. I think many joiners can get my feelings.

Don't sweat mate I was making a joke  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 22 August 2016, 13:29:42
I'm sorry to MaNi and many joiners about my late join. But this keycaps set looked gorgeous. So i don't suppress my desire. I think many joiners can get my feelings.

No hard feelings!  You finished the group buy, so I am very happy!  Desire is tough to suppress, indeed. :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 22 August 2016, 13:32:05
yes... let the keycap elitism begin!

Elitist Fact #01: the 'CP' color being used for the keycaps is the same as the legend color for the Dolch colorway. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Mon, 22 August 2016, 14:00:23
yes... let the keycap elitism begin!

Elitist Fact #01: the 'CP' color being used for the keycaps is the same as the legend color for the Dolch colorway.

Maybe I will pair stormtrooper mods with my Dolch alphas :P
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 23 August 2016, 11:59:53
Everyone has paid in full!  Now we wait for production.   I'll report back when I hear something.  :cool:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: polentA on Tue, 23 August 2016, 13:55:00

Everyone has paid in full!  Now we wait for production.   I'll report back when I hear something.  :cool:


Hell yes. Hopefully the production will be on target. Cause Stormtrooper.

I'll see myself out...
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 23 August 2016, 15:26:32

Everyone has paid in full!  Now we wait for production.   I'll report back when I hear something.  :cool:

Hell yes. Hopefully the production will be on target. Cause Stormtrooper.

I'll see myself out...

Oh man, that was a good one. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: Khers on Tue, 23 August 2016, 15:38:00
yes... let the keycap elitism begin!

Elitist Fact #01: the 'CP' color being used for the keycaps is the same as the legend color for the Dolch colorway.
Waiting for elitist fact #02...
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 23 August 2016, 16:30:36
yes... let the keycap elitism begin!

Elitist Fact #01: the 'CP' color being used for the keycaps is the same as the legend color for the Dolch colorway.
Waiting for elitist fact #02...

Elitist Fact #02: Barebones Stormtrooper keycaps are made on original Cherry Corp. molds, the only ones known to be still in use, by GMK.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: tuba section on Tue, 23 August 2016, 16:36:36
Would anyone like to sell their spot? (I know I missed about a million opportunities to get in on this)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 25 August 2016, 18:04:11
Would anyone like to sell their spot? (I know I missed about a million opportunities to get in on this)

tuba section took sncbrax's spot.

I've got another elitist fact coming up, but it's taking some time to compile the data.   :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 26 August 2016, 12:34:29
yes... let the keycap elitism begin!

Elitist Fact #01: the 'CP' color being used for the keycaps is the same as the legend color for the Dolch colorway.
Waiting for elitist fact #02...

Elitist Fact #02: Barebones Stormtrooper keycaps are made on original Cherry Corp. molds, the only ones known to be still in use, by GMK.

Elitist Fact #03: Barebones Stormtrooper is a worldwide effort.  International buyers*, bask in your exclusivity!!!

Group Buy Member's Nationalities

Thank you all for helping make this group buy happen!  Enjoy your weekend.

MaNiFeX

*Some Chinese buyers use US proxies, so I approximated membership numbers based on proxy orders.



Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Sat, 27 August 2016, 01:28:47
I don't think I've ever noticed any members from El Salvador before. Hi there!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 29 August 2016, 12:57:48
I don't think I've ever noticed any members from El Salvador before. Hi there!

Me neither!  I also haven't seen any Malays or Singaporeans (?) here either!  Hi all!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 06 September 2016, 10:50:19
(http://infosnacks.com/img/2012/spaceballs.jpg)

Is there an update from GMK Production Department?!?!?

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

No.

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: xondat on Tue, 06 September 2016, 10:53:04
Show Image
(http://infosnacks.com/img/2012/spaceballs.jpg)


Is there an update from GMK Production Department?!?!?

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

No.

Liar! :'(

Out of interest, how long is the set supposed to take to be made? Edit: Ignoring the time it's in the queue.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 06 September 2016, 11:15:19
Show Image
(http://infosnacks.com/img/2012/spaceballs.jpg)


Is there an update from GMK Production Department?!?!?

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

No.

Liar! :'(

Out of interest, how long is the set supposed to take to be made? Edit: Ignoring the time it's in the queue.

Christoph said, "Due to the high demand, the current lead time for incoming orders is about 12-13 weeks." on August 2nd.  Michaela got in touch with me on Agust 9th about production.  Since we paid on time, we got into the queue sometime the first week in August.  I'm hoping to be shipped the keys in late October, early November.

I don't really have any insight into how long actual production takes, as this is my first time doing business with them.  My best educated guess I have on production time for a small run like this would be 1-2 weeks, as I used standard legends (no special tooling required).

Hope that answers your question?  If you are interested in a more detailed answer, I can pass your question (and others) onto GMK?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Wed, 07 September 2016, 11:39:09
Appreciate the updates. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a smooth run from here on in.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: luckynet on Thu, 08 September 2016, 20:53:32
I don't think I've ever noticed any members from El Salvador before. Hi there!

Me neither!  I also haven't seen any Malays or Singaporeans (?) here either!  Hi all!

we malays and singaporean lurk in silence.... ever ready ever willing :P
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: Jokrik on Thu, 08 September 2016, 21:08:27
I don't think I've ever noticed any members from El Salvador before. Hi there!

Me neither!  I also haven't seen any Malays or Singaporeans (?) here either!  Hi all!

we malays and singaporean lurk in silence.... ever ready ever willing :P

Don't forget your neighbour Indonesian
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 09 September 2016, 13:29:48
I don't think I've ever noticed any members from El Salvador before. Hi there!

Me neither!  I also haven't seen any Malays or Singaporeans (?) here either!  Hi all!

we malays and singaporean lurk in silence.... ever ready ever willing :P

Don't forget your neighbour Indonesian

Pacific represent!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Fri, 09 September 2016, 13:49:26
ring of fire
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: pace8500 on Tue, 13 September 2016, 18:25:27
Any chance of joining the party this late on? I really would like to buy this set.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: polentA on Tue, 13 September 2016, 18:38:50
Any chance of joining the party this late on? I really would like to buy this set.
Where were you when we needed you!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 13 September 2016, 18:53:43
Any chance of joining the party this late on? I really would like to buy this set.

All sets are spoken for as of now.

There are some sets that a vendor has purchased, but I don't want to take the wind out of their sail (sale) by announcing it prematurely.  Otherwise, someone may be willing to sell their spot, too.

Thanks for your interest!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 13 September 2016, 19:00:14
Any chance of joining the party this late on? I really would like to buy this set.
Where were you when we needed you!

Man, your WoB and WoM will be nice with the BoW.  Black mods, white alphas, vice versa.  Magenta Enter/Esc, black mods, white alphas. The possibilities are numerous!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Tue, 13 September 2016, 19:31:30
Any chance of joining the party this late on? I really would like to buy this set.
Where were you when we needed you!

Man, your WoB and WoM will be nice with the BoW.  Black mods, white alphas, vice versa.  Magenta Enter/Esc, black mods, white alphas. The possibilities are numerous!

not to mention CMYK is back on track. cannot wait to pair these up!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: polentA on Tue, 13 September 2016, 20:06:01
Any chance of joining the party this late on? I really would like to buy this set.
Where were you when we needed you!

Man, your WoB and WoM will be nice with the BoW.  Black mods, white alphas, vice versa.  Magenta Enter/Esc, black mods, white alphas. The possibilities are numerous!

not to mention CMYK is back on track. cannot wait to pair these up!

Can't wait - WoB and BoW is so classic! After trying a variety of profiles/brands, I can confidently say GMK is my preference.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 14 September 2016, 11:50:55
Can't wait - WoB and BoW is so classic! After trying a variety of profiles/brands, I can confidently say GMK is my preference.

I've had my GMK Dolch for a year and a half or two years.  It gets even better when they start getting shiny.  Like typing on glass.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 14 September 2016, 18:17:43
pace8500 took mrkevint's place in the group buy.  Updated list.

No news from GMK.  Will post back when I hear more on production. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 14 September 2016, 18:28:26
When's the next Elitist fact?  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 14 September 2016, 18:49:51
When's the next Elitist fact?  ;D

Elitist Fact #04: None of MaNiFeX's group buys will be in this color way again.   :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 14 September 2016, 19:13:15
When's the next Elitist fact?  ;D

Elitist Fact #03: None of MaNiFeX's group buys will be in this color way again.   :thumb:

I think you already had Elitist Fact 03 so I guess that should be edited to say Elitist Fact v3.1  :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 15 September 2016, 13:36:57
When's the next Elitist fact?  ;D

Elitist Fact #04[/b}: None of MaNiFeX's group buys will be in this color way again.   :thumb:

I think you already had Elitist Fact 03 so I guess that should be edited to say Elitist Fact v3.1  :p

FIXED!  Lol!   :))
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 23 September 2016, 12:29:04
(http://65.media.tumblr.com/4fe4d93bea67165421c19c82c5f5f375/tumblr_mt985rreea1qa3o5xo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: kawasaki161 on Fri, 23 September 2016, 12:45:32
More like this ;D :
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f5/96/17/f5961738c15d67539c91f043a8da72ed.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 23 September 2016, 13:19:24
More like this ;D :

GMK's new delivery vehicle.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 28 September 2016, 11:10:40
Elitist Fact #05: While the GMK Stormtrooper key sets are clones, real stormtroopers are not!

Quote
Contrary to what many fans believed after the prequel trilogy, stormtroopers are not clone troopers. The clone soldiers that were created on Kamino aged more quickly than other humans and died prematurely, and so, the clone troopers had been replaced by Imperial stormtroopers, who were recruited and trained at Imperial Academies.

The clone troopers were in Revenge of the Sith and executed their primary mission, Order 66, but not long after, they began to be replaced. The television show Star Wars: Rebels confirms that the clone troopers were phased out before A New Hope. Many stormtroopers receive training for their role from the time that they were children.

Source: screenrant (http://screenrant.com/best-stormtrooper-facts-star-wars-movies/?view=all)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 29 September 2016, 22:56:16
SOLD

Thanks all that helped out!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Fri, 30 September 2016, 00:37:33
uh, wat? thought this thread is for Stormtrooper  ಠ_ಠ
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: xondat on Fri, 30 September 2016, 08:01:11
Yeah but he can break classified rules here ;)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: romevi on Fri, 30 September 2016, 11:02:50
  • Suited Up Bomb King R1 Trio (Topre) - $175+shipping

etf (Nightcaps) makes the Bomb King.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 30 September 2016, 11:05:41
  • Suited Up Bomb King R1 Trio (Topre) - $175+shipping

etf (Nightcaps) makes the Bomb King.

Yes, correct...  It was late, changed!  Thank you!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 30 September 2016, 11:07:51
uh, wat? thought this thread is for Stormtrooper  ಠ_ಠ

Hey!  :confused: You guys got first dibs!  I'll move it over to /r/mechmarket soon.  Classifieds here scares me a bit. ;)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Fri, 30 September 2016, 17:56:53
Sorry you had to sell your artisans to cover the GB costs  :'(
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 03 October 2016, 10:37:26
Sorry you had to sell your artisans to cover the GB costs  :'(

It's OK. I didn't let go of all of them!  I'm just playing it safe and want to make sure I'm not in a personal financial bind when the time comes around to ship.  Since the sets are arriving a month before Christmas, I want to make sure I can ship them all to GB members and provide my daughters/mom a nice holiday at the same time!

Thanks for your concern, though.  It's my own lack of knowledge of the GB process that led to this.  I'm glad it's so minimal, and I planned in some wiggle room.  Since I never planned to make any money on this and wanted to keep sets below $100, I didn't feel comfortable jacking the price up.  Looking forward to getting these shipped out!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: Fictiouz on Mon, 03 October 2016, 10:40:18
Sorry you had to sell your artisans to cover the GB costs  :'(

It's OK. I didn't let go of all of them!  I'm just playing it safe and want to make sure I'm not in a personal financial bind when the time comes around to ship.  Since the sets are arriving a month before Christmas, I want to make sure I can ship them all to GB members and provide my daughters/mom a nice holiday at the same time!

Thanks for your concern, though.  It's my own lack of knowledge of the GB process that led to this.  I'm glad it's so minimal, and I planned in some wiggle room.  Since I never planned to make any money on this and wanted to keep sets below $100, I didn't feel comfortable jacking the price up.  Looking forward to getting these shipped out!  :thumb:

Sorry to hear. Hope everything works out. So excited for this set to be my first GMK set!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: priyadi on Tue, 04 October 2016, 00:39:59
It's OK. I didn't let go of all of them!  I'm just playing it safe and want to make sure I'm not in a personal financial bind when the time comes around to ship.  Since the sets are arriving a month before Christmas, I want to make sure I can ship them all to GB members and provide my daughters/mom a nice holiday at the same time!

Thanks for your concern, though.  It's my own lack of knowledge of the GB process that led to this.  I'm glad it's so minimal, and I planned in some wiggle room.  Since I never planned to make any money on this and wanted to keep sets below $100, I didn't feel comfortable jacking the price up.  Looking forward to getting these shipped out!  :thumb:

Why don't you simply disclose how much your liability is. I for one currently don't need any of your stuff, but I'm sure many would be willing to chip in. Even if you don't plan to make any profit from this, you are probably going to take a hit later, much much later, i.e. shipping for missing & damaged keys, or if (god forbid) some jackass opens a dispute on Paypal.

The proper way to handle any non profit GBs IMHO: add a 'risk fee' on top of item price + shipping cost, maybe around 10%; if everything is settled (including replacements, etc), then proportionally refund the fee, or simply donate the excess fund to red cross or smth
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 04 October 2016, 12:45:26
After my most recent sale, I have enough for initial ship (around $1k).  Any liability at this point is unknown regarding replacements, etc.  I'll keep everyone up to date.  I just want to play it safe and make sure everyone gets their sets on time.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: Fictiouz on Tue, 04 October 2016, 12:50:56
After my most recent sale, I have enough for initial ship (around $1k).  Any liability at this point is unknown regarding replacements, etc.  I'll keep everyone up to date.  I just want to play it safe and make sure everyone gets their sets on time.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX

Thanks for the update MaNiFeX. bummed you had to sell some artisans. Hope everything works out and you won't be hearing any complaints from me. Atleast GMK offers sorting and trays now for no additional charge. :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 04 October 2016, 13:24:11
After my most recent sale, I have enough for initial ship (around $1k).  Any liability at this point is unknown regarding replacements, etc.  I'll keep everyone up to date.  I just want to play it safe and make sure everyone gets their sets on time.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX

Thanks for the update MaNiFeX. bummed you had to sell some artisans. Hope everything works out and you won't be hearing any complaints from me. Atleast GMK offers sorting and trays now for no additional charge. :)

It's no biggie, I needed to get rid of some stuff anyways.  Yeah, GMK is doing sorting for me, trays were still extra, and from what I've seen, they don't ship that well.  I will be shipping double-bagged in a box with additional packing material as needed.  No update from GMK, but we should be going into production shortly.

Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Tue, 04 October 2016, 13:25:16
After my most recent sale, I have enough for initial ship (around $1k).  Any liability at this point is unknown regarding replacements, etc.  I'll keep everyone up to date.  I just want to play it safe and make sure everyone gets their sets on time.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX

Thanks for the update MaNiFeX. bummed you had to sell some artisans. Hope everything works out and you won't be hearing any complaints from me. Atleast GMK offers sorting and trays now for no additional charge. :)

It's no biggie, I needed to get rid of some stuff anyways.  Yeah, GMK is doing sorting for me, trays were still extra, and from what I've seen, they don't ship that well.  I will be shipping double-bagged in a box with additional packing material as needed.  No update from GMK, but we should be going into production shortly.

Thanks!


Thanks for the update, you will have my support for your future groupbuys!  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: HaberdasheryHRG on Thu, 06 October 2016, 15:50:52
I know the answer to this already, but I'm going to ask anyways for the hell of it;

Since I got into this GB, I have fallen in love with the Leopold FC660 line, and it's wonderful layout that also necessitates two 2.25 Shift keys instead of one.  Are there going to be any "extras" of anything, and if so, could I get one?  I'm guessing no, but I feel I have to ask.

Additionally, is there anyone who doesn't plan on using their LShift?  Again, I'm guessing the answer there is no too, but again, I have to ask.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 07 October 2016, 15:04:30
Since I got into this GB, I have fallen in love with the Leopold FC660 line, and it's wonderful layout that also necessitates two 2.25 Shift keys instead of one.  Are there going to be any "extras" of anything, and if so, could I get one?  I'm guessing no, but I feel I have to ask.

Thanks for your participation!  I really appreciate it and remember you requesting the key .  I'll see what I can do about getting an extra key from GMK.  My next buy is going to be for 65%ers and less, so I will be sure to include that key for FC660M users.

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Fri, 07 October 2016, 15:27:36
Since I got into this GB, I have fallen in love with the Leopold FC660 line, and it's wonderful layout that also necessitates two 2.25 Shift keys instead of one.  Are there going to be any "extras" of anything, and if so, could I get one?  I'm guessing no, but I feel I have to ask.

Thanks for your participation!  I really appreciate it and remember you requesting the key .  I'll see what I can do about getting an extra key from GMK.  My next buy is going to be for 65%ers and less, so I will be sure to include that key for FC660M users.

MaNiFeX

+1 for this thanks
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 11 October 2016, 15:39:48
Guys, I'm gonna be honest.  The wait is killin' me! 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: ba7777 on Tue, 11 October 2016, 21:58:26
Maybe call GMK to find out what's going on?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 12 October 2016, 11:06:28
I'll check on production, but they quoted me 12-13 weeks in mid-August, so we're probably not quite there yet. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: HaberdasheryHRG on Thu, 13 October 2016, 12:37:10
Since I got into this GB, I have fallen in love with the Leopold FC660 line, and it's wonderful layout that also necessitates two 2.25 Shift keys instead of one.  Are there going to be any "extras" of anything, and if so, could I get one?  I'm guessing no, but I feel I have to ask.

Thanks for your participation!  I really appreciate it and remember you requesting the key .  I'll see what I can do about getting an extra key from GMK.  My next buy is going to be for 65%ers and less, so I will be sure to include that key for FC660M users.

MaNiFeX

Hell yeah, let me know if there's any extra cost.  Thanks very much.

Unless it's a way strange colorway, I'm highly likely in for whatever your next buy is.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 13 October 2016, 14:37:43
Quell the Rebellion!  GET HYPE. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC9abcLLQpI)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 13 October 2016, 14:50:22
Unless it's a way strange colorway, I'm highly likely in for whatever your next buy is.

Would GMK dark gray keys with black legends work?  Thinking of limiting it to 60%ish layout to keep it cheap.  I want to do a set specifically for small-form factor boards, essentially everything but F-row and Numpad - 40%s, 60%s, FC660M/VA68M, etc.  Hoping to keep the weirdos happy and support ortho, split shift, and HHKB, too.

What do you think?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: tuba section on Thu, 13 October 2016, 15:22:34
Unless it's a way strange colorway, I'm highly likely in for whatever your next buy is.

Would GMK dark gray keys with black legends work?  Thinking of limiting it to 60%ish layout to keep it cheap.  I want to do a set specifically for small-form factor boards, essentially everything but F-row and Numpad - 40%s, 60%s, FC660M/VA68M, etc.  Hoping to keep the weirdos happy and support ortho, split shift, and HHKB, too.

What do you think?

I love this idea and would get down for sure
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: HaberdasheryHRG on Thu, 13 October 2016, 19:22:58
Unless it's a way strange colorway, I'm highly likely in for whatever your next buy is.

Would GMK dark gray keys with black legends work?  Thinking of limiting it to 60%ish layout to keep it cheap.  I want to do a set specifically for small-form factor boards, essentially everything but F-row and Numpad - 40%s, 60%s, FC660M/VA68M, etc.  Hoping to keep the weirdos happy and support ortho, split shift, and HHKB, too.

What do you think?

All the way in.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: duynguyenle on Thu, 13 October 2016, 20:03:15
I would prefer at least TKL but it's ultimately up to you as a GB runner. Maybe run an IC first to gather opinions  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: koops on Tue, 18 October 2016, 10:26:59
I want to forfeit my position in this groupbuy as I'm kind of tight on money and no longer feel that this set has a place in my collection. I want to do the right thing by finding someone to take my place rather than pulling out of the buy, taking my money and running off.

If anyone is still interested in this set, they can take the sets I ordered. I ordered 2 sets so there's 2 sets available for purchase.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 21 October 2016, 11:52:55
I want to forfeit my position in this groupbuy as I'm kind of tight on money and no longer feel that this set has a place in my collection. I want to do the right thing by finding someone to take my place rather than pulling out of the buy, taking my money and running off.

If anyone is still interested in this set, they can take the sets I ordered. I ordered 2 sets so there's 2 sets available for purchase.

Hi Koops.  Thanks for posting your open spots.  I'm sure someone will take them.  Please also post to /r/mechmarket on reddit.  There are plenty of people there that have shown interest.  I'll also change the name of the GB to reflect available spots to give you more visibility.

For future reference, GB members please note: once committed to a group buy, you are committed financially.  You already purchased your spots.  The group buy is paid for.  The money has been sent to GMK.  I have no money to refund to you!  The only funds left in the Group Buy coffer are shipping costs of other people's sets. I'm not able to use that money to refund anyone because it would jeopardize my ability to ship sets to other members.  That seems to be obvious, but I guess many don't completely grasp the concept of a Group Buy.  You prepay for a product.  Requesting a refund after the product has been paid for puts the rest of a group buy and me, personally, at financial risk. 

Thank you for understanding.

Update: I reached out to Michaela at GMK to confirm the production schedule of the set.  I'll be updating as soon as I hear from her.

Have a great weekend!  :thumb:

MaNiFeX

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production) - Two spots available.
Post by: Zeneraith on Fri, 21 October 2016, 12:10:37
I'd like to grab one of the two spots if it's still available.  :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production) - Two spots available.
Post by: finalarcadia on Sun, 23 October 2016, 21:33:59
I'm interested in a spot.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production) - Two spots available.
Post by: koops on Mon, 24 October 2016, 04:40:52
I understand how this would be an inconvenience for you MaNiFeX, but I wasn't expecting a refund until the 2 open spots were paid for. That way, you aren't at any kind of risk financially. I'm sorry for causing any kind of frustration you might have but it's a minor inconvenience at most.

@finalarcadia & @Zeneriath please get in touch with MaNiFeX with your shipping and PayPal details. He'll invoice you for your purchase. I hope you guys like your caps when they come in!

@MaNiFeX again, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for going out of your way to accommodate my request. Should I participate in your future buys, I will ensure to fully commit financially to avoid this kind of issue.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production) - Two spots available.
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 24 October 2016, 17:20:47
I understand how this would be an inconvenience for you MaNiFeX, but I wasn't expecting a refund until the 2 open spots were paid for. That way, you aren't at any kind of risk financially. I'm sorry for causing any kind of frustration you might have but it's a minor inconvenience at most.

@finalarcadia & @Zeneriath please get in touch with MaNiFeX with your shipping and PayPal details. He'll invoice you for your purchase. I hope you guys like your caps when they come in!

@MaNiFeX again, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for going out of your way to accommodate my request. Should I participate in your future buys, I will ensure to fully commit financially to avoid this kind of issue.

Not a problem!  You were kind enough to find buyers and they both contacted me.  I can invoice them and once paid, I will refund you.  Thank You.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Production)
Post by: finalarcadia on Mon, 24 October 2016, 18:22:21
Paid, thank you!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 25 October 2016, 12:57:44
Update: I reached out to Michaela at GMK to confirm the production schedule of the set.  I'll be updating as soon as I hear from her.

Production Complete!!!
(http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/09/Stormtrooper-Pumpkin-11.jpg)

GMK is sorting the caps right now and will update me as soon as they are done.  Michaela will be checking with production after the holiday this week and will update me as soon as she knows more.  Thanks members for participating!  Looking forward to getting this set out to you all!

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: luckyryan333 on Tue, 25 October 2016, 13:24:06
Update: I reached out to Michaela at GMK to confirm the production schedule of the set.  I'll be updating as soon as I hear from her.

Production Complete!!!
Show Image
(http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/09/Stormtrooper-Pumpkin-11.jpg)


GMK is sorting the caps right now and will update me as soon as they are done.  Michaela will be checking with production after the holiday this week and will update me as soon as she knows more.  Thanks members for participating!  Looking forward to getting this set out to you all!

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Thanks for the update.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: Dreamre on Tue, 25 October 2016, 15:10:38
Update: I reached out to Michaela at GMK to confirm the production schedule of the set.  I'll be updating as soon as I hear from her.

Production Complete!!!
Show Image
(http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/09/Stormtrooper-Pumpkin-11.jpg)


GMK is sorting the caps right now and will update me as soon as they are done.  Michaela will be checking with production after the holiday this week and will update me as soon as she knows more.  Thanks members for participating!  Looking forward to getting this set out to you all!

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Wow, that was fast!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: tedk on Wed, 02 November 2016, 12:47:23
where are my caps?  ;D :)) :cool:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: Fictiouz on Wed, 02 November 2016, 13:00:14
Update: I reached out to Michaela at GMK to confirm the production schedule of the set.  I'll be updating as soon as I hear from her.

Production Complete!!!
Show Image
(http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/09/Stormtrooper-Pumpkin-11.jpg)


GMK is sorting the caps right now and will update me as soon as they are done.  Michaela will be checking with production after the holiday this week and will update me as soon as she knows more.  Thanks members for participating!  Looking forward to getting this set out to you all!

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Hype is real! Can't wait to have this bad boy in hand!

Do you think there might be any interest in a custom Black on White novelties GB? Like the Empire Logo and such. Maybe a silhouette of the black parts of a scout trooper or storm troopers helmet  :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 07 November 2016, 17:53:24
Update: I reached out to Michaela at GMK to confirm the production schedule of the set.  I'll be updating as soon as I hear from her.

Production Complete!!!
Show Image
(http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/09/Stormtrooper-Pumpkin-11.jpg)


GMK is sorting the caps right now and will update me as soon as they are done.  Michaela will be checking with production after the holiday this week and will update me as soon as she knows more.  Thanks members for participating!  Looking forward to getting this set out to you all!

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Hype is real! Can't wait to have this bad boy in hand!

Do you think there might be any interest in a custom Black on White novelties GB? Like the Empire Logo and such. Maybe a silhouette of the black parts of a scout trooper or storm troopers helmet  :p

I was thinking of that, actually.  Maybe I'll do an IC after this ships.  It's gonna be a busy few weeks for me once they land...  And I don't even know if I have to pay any sort of import tax, either ATM.  Anyone know?  Based in US.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: Damonskv on Thu, 10 November 2016, 07:17:44
Hi, is there any status updates?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 10 November 2016, 11:33:26
Hi, is there any status updates?

Just checked yesterday, Michaela is on vacation until the 14th.  I know they are sorting, but haven't heard about completion or packaging, yet.  I'll update you as soon as I know more.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 10 November 2016, 11:37:32
All hail our new leader!

(http://i1.wp.com/www.towleroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/trump2.png?w=975)





>:D He gets along with everybody! >:D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (GMK Sorting)
Post by: duynguyenle on Thu, 10 November 2016, 11:48:48

>:D He gets along with everybody! >:D

Obviously, the ones he didn't get along with have all perished via natural causes, only people left are the one who gets along
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Clearing Customs)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 11 November 2016, 16:11:54
Update:
Just received tracking information and customs clearance forms.  Key sets are sitting in Memphis now awaiting clearance.  Check back for updates in the next few days!  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Clearing Customs)
Post by: feediko on Fri, 11 November 2016, 16:33:42
post some pictures when you get them!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Clearing Customs)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 11 November 2016, 17:14:32
post some pictures when you get them!

Oh, you know it!  It's time for me to prepare for shipping.  Lord, what did I get myself into? 

Domestic won't be an issue, I expect many will start to receive sets before the 1st.  I need to find an appropriate box size for international shipments... and pray I saved up enough to ship all of these out without costing me too much!  Wish me luck.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Clearing Customs)
Post by: duynguyenle on Fri, 11 November 2016, 19:29:37
Update:
Just received tracking information and customs clearance forms.  Key sets are sitting in Memphis now awaiting clearance.  Check back for updates in the next few days!  ;D

It's like Christmas!

Also ManiFex if you have issues with overly expensive postage from USPS or DHL, you should try Parcel Monkey, they are a pretty good freight company (at least the UK branch is really good, I don't live in America so I have not had the chance to utilise their US-specific service. But price-wise, they're pretty hard to beat.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Clearing Customs)
Post by: busgamer7394 on Tue, 15 November 2016, 06:34:49
post some pictures when you get them!

Oh, you know it!  It's time for me to prepare for shipping.  Lord, what did I get myself into? 

Domestic won't be an issue, I expect many will start to receive sets before the 1st.  I need to find an appropriate box size for international shipments... and pray I saved up enough to ship all of these out without costing me too much!  Wish me luck.

Hey this would be more work but when I ship overseas I use padded envelopes with 1 layer of keycaps (I normally put them on painters tape so they dont move and bunch up), they stay under the (Max. length 15", height 12" or thickness 3/4") limit and it cost like like 1/4-1/3 of what a package would cost. I think the whole set might fit into 2. You can get the envelopes on amazon in bulk pretty cheap.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 15 November 2016, 12:36:01
Keycaps delivered.  Wow, 150 sets is a lot!  I hope to start shipping out starting Monday.  Will post some pics soon.   :thumb:

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Tue, 15 November 2016, 12:48:26
o ****! better get to work on my VE.A
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: luckyryan333 on Tue, 15 November 2016, 12:50:16
Can't wait for pics!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: Fictiouz on Tue, 15 November 2016, 13:02:46
Keycaps delivered.  Wow, 150 sets is a lot!  I hope to start shipping out starting Monday.  Will post some pics soon.   :thumb:

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

WOOOOOO! Question are the sets in bags or tray, I don't remember if this was discussed previously. Also, PICSSSSSSSS :))
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 15 November 2016, 15:24:07
Keycaps delivered.  Wow, 150 sets is a lot!  I hope to start shipping out starting Monday.  Will post some pics soon.   :thumb:

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

WOOOOOO! Question are the sets in bags or tray, I don't remember if this was discussed previously. Also, PICSSSSSSSS :))

Here's a sneak peak that answers both your questions.  Snapped it last night while taking over my kids' play area.  That's 35 sets in stacks.  Now all 150 are!  I'll post the set later tonight. 

(http://i.imgur.com/VSWFHLG.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: Fictiouz on Wed, 16 November 2016, 06:24:38
Keycaps delivered.  Wow, 150 sets is a lot!  I hope to start shipping out starting Monday.  Will post some pics soon.   :thumb:

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

WOOOOOO! Question are the sets in bags or tray, I don't remember if this was discussed previously. Also, PICSSSSSSSS :))

Here's a sneak peak that answers both your questions.  Snapped it last night while taking over my kids' play area.  That's 35 sets in stacks.  Now all 150 are!  I'll post the set later tonight. 

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/VSWFHLG.jpg)


Hubba Hubba! This is going to look so good on my Mech27-TKL or X60 when they are in.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: Khers on Wed, 16 November 2016, 06:45:59
Here's a sneak peak that answers both your questions.  Snapped it last night while taking over my kids' play area.  That's 35 sets in stacks.  Now all 150 are!  I'll post the set later tonight. 

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/VSWFHLG.jpg)

(http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/42/4266c634657917c478869b4ad421c378b91162ac16d15aaa901621f201692a7d.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 16 November 2016, 12:33:35
GMK Barebones Stormtrooper
The Money Shots*:
(http://i.imgur.com/sNfQe3r.jpg)
Natural and Fluorescent Light

(http://i.imgur.com/jch9bgo.jpg)
On Desk - Natural and Fluorescent Light

Full Set:
(http://i.imgur.com/y0GPhzK.jpg)
Indoor Lighting at Night - M/N Flipped Because It Was Late

Color Comparison:
(http://i.imgur.com/Fv3vDcw.jpg)
Indoor Lighting - OG Beige/Grey

(http://i.imgur.com/EDkZm4r.jpg)
Indoor Lighting - Dolch and Cyan Legend Color

Stacks and Stacks:
(http://i.imgur.com/2vcroyy.jpg)
150 Sets Counted - Quick QA - All 20,700 Keys Intact

Shipping Begins Monday




*Quality of said shots are still POE-TAY-TOE.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 16 November 2016, 12:40:31
Manifex for president 2020!  :thumb:

At least he really delivers unlike the 2016 candidates!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: smart5088 on Wed, 16 November 2016, 12:51:41
GOOD NEWS.!

looks like awesome keycaps.!

send pm, check please.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: ideus on Wed, 16 November 2016, 12:51:49
Manifex for president 2020!  :thumb:

At least he really delivers unlike the 2016 candidates!


A GMK key cap wall?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: Fictiouz on Wed, 16 November 2016, 12:54:43
Manifex, I think I love you. This is exactly what I need in a keyset. You should do a GB for imperial modifiers :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: kawasaki161 on Wed, 16 November 2016, 12:58:05
150 Sets Counted - Quick QA - All 20,700 Keys Intact[/center]

Yeah, just "quickly" checked 20,700 keys. No biggie.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 16 November 2016, 13:14:49
GOOD NEWS.!

looks like awesome keycaps.!

send pm, check please.

Thanks! PM Responded!  Can't wait to ship out.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 16 November 2016, 13:17:31
Manifex for president 2020!  :thumb:

At least he really delivers unlike the 2016 candidates!

Well, I haven't started shipping... yet!  Please understand I have to do this next part very carefully!  Please be patient, but I am doing my best to ship to everyone ASAP. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 16 November 2016, 13:18:51
Manifex for president 2020!  :thumb:

At least he really delivers unlike the 2016 candidates!


A GMK key cap wall?

WE WILL CREATE TENS OF JOBS MAKING KEYCAPS TO BUILD THAT WALL!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 16 November 2016, 13:20:01
Manifex, I think I love you. This is exactly what I need in a keyset. You should do a GB for imperial modifiers :p

Black on Red.   :eek:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 16 November 2016, 13:22:36
150 Sets Counted - Quick QA - All 20,700 Keys Intact[/center]

Yeah, just "quickly" checked 20,700 keys. No biggie.

To be fair, they are all in bags of 138 keys with the two biggest at the bottom.  All the bags except one had no pokes/holes in them, and that one was just a slight puncture hole from the sharp-ass space bar.  I was worried when I saw the box at FedEx from Germany - International Shipping really messes up heavy boxes, but they looked good.  I won't ship out any without doing another look over, too.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: polentA on Wed, 16 November 2016, 14:16:39
I tried my best to "forget" about this set due to my impatience :p but these new pictures got me really excited! Thank you so much for your hard work and communication during the process MaNiFeX! Much appreciated!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: Fictiouz on Wed, 16 November 2016, 14:23:58
Manifex, I think I love you. This is exactly what I need in a keyset. You should do a GB for imperial modifiers :p

Black on Red.   :eek:

I was thinking black on white with the imperial logo, stormtrooper mask silhouettes, blaster, or lightsaber hilts :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 16 November 2016, 15:05:06
I tried my best to "forget" about this set due to my impatience :p but these new pictures got me really excited! Thank you so much for your hard work and communication during the process MaNiFeX! Much appreciated!

That means a lot, thank you.  These next few weeks are going to be fun/busy.   :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: maximm on Thu, 17 November 2016, 13:14:28
Will you mark international shipments as gift and $10 value?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 17 November 2016, 15:09:24
Will you mark international shipments as gift and $10 value?

I'll be marking these as $25 value and computer parts.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: kawasaki161 on Thu, 17 November 2016, 15:24:00
Will you mark international shipments as gift and $10 value?

I'll be marking these as $25 value and computer parts.  Thoughts?

Not a participant, but for orders that go to germany $25 is just enough to trigger customs (and the delay that they cause). Everything I ever ordered that was declared as $20 went through without any problem though. There are probably countries where this is limit even lower I guess.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: maximm on Thu, 17 November 2016, 15:35:26
Same here as shipping also is accounted for. I would love. $12 value :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 17 November 2016, 15:42:02
Will you mark international shipments as gift and $10 value?

I'll be marking these as $25 value and computer parts.  Thoughts?

Not a participant, but for orders that go to germany $25 is just enough to trigger customs (and the delay that they cause). Everything I ever ordered that was declared as $20 went through without any problem though. There are probably countries where this is limit even lower I guess.

$20 sounds fine, but I am not interested in committing export shipping fraud.  Not sure if I can go much lower than that regarding value.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: duynguyenle on Fri, 18 November 2016, 03:34:22
Will you mark international shipments as gift and $10 value?

I'll be marking these as $25 value and computer parts.  Thoughts?

Not a participant, but for orders that go to germany $25 is just enough to trigger customs (and the delay that they cause). Everything I ever ordered that was declared as $20 went through without any problem though. There are probably countries where this is limit even lower I guess.

$20 sounds fine, but I am not interested in committing export shipping fraud.  Not sure if I can go much lower than that regarding value.

Just an anectdote, I was a participant in keyclack's recent PS2AVRGB keyboard kits, and asked jchan to mark the parcel as $20.50 value (I am UK-based). Due to the currency deterioration post-Brexit, even that amount is too high and it triggers the customs tax threshold. I ended up having to pay £13 on a package that was marked $20.5 (£17). I would prefer trying to avoid this if at all possible.

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 18 November 2016, 15:09:16
Will you mark international shipments as gift and $10 value?

I'll be marking these as $25 value and computer parts.  Thoughts?

Not a participant, but for orders that go to germany $25 is just enough to trigger customs (and the delay that they cause). Everything I ever ordered that was declared as $20 went through without any problem though. There are probably countries where this is limit even lower I guess.

$20 sounds fine, but I am not interested in committing export shipping fraud.  Not sure if I can go much lower than that regarding value.

Just an anectdote, I was a participant in keyclack's recent PS2AVRGB keyboard kits, and asked jchan to mark the parcel as $20.50 value (I am UK-based). Due to the currency deterioration post-Brexit, even that amount is too high and it triggers the customs tax threshold. I ended up having to pay £13 on a package that was marked $20.5 (£17). I would prefer trying to avoid this if at all possible.

Interesting.  This is where running a group but really exposes some of the international commerce issues.  Why do you all pay such a high tax on something sent to you?   The value of this product is around $100USD. Would you have to pay approx. another $100 to get it?  That seems absurd. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: maximm on Fri, 18 November 2016, 16:05:18
Not really, but $15 + 25% of the total inc shipping.
Sub $30 (inc shp) usually goes unnoticed.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: padath on Fri, 18 November 2016, 16:12:53
Interesting.  This is where running a group but really exposes some of the international commerce issues.  Why do you all pay such a high tax on something sent to you?   The value of this product is around $100USD. Would you have to pay approx. another $100 to get it?  That seems absurd.

In the UK we have to pay 20% VAT on anything that has a value over £15. Once the value of the item is over £15 then you pay the VAT on the value plus the shipping cost. On top of that the Royal Mail charge £8 just to collect the fee.

So, for an item worth £15.01 with shipping £10, the total extra charge is £13. For an item worth £15 there is no charge.

I think the limit is supposed to be £34 rather than £15 if the item is a gift between individuals.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: r5d on Fri, 18 November 2016, 16:22:59
In Germany, there is no tax whatsoever for an item value under 22 EUR. There is 19% import turnover tax for item value between 22 EUR and 150 EUR and there may be additional import taxes for values above that depending on the type of wares. There usually isn't any addidtional charge for items related to computers/computer parts, at least I've never paid more than the 19% import turnover. Customs officials usually have no idea what computer keycaps cost or assume them to be low in value.

But the most annoying thing about customs is the additional delay in recieving shipments. Sometimes the damn customs processing takes weeks.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 22 November 2016, 12:25:58
Sent out my first round of shipping yesterday.  I underestimated the amount of work it is going to be to ship out all these sets.  Please bear with me as I continue to get these sets out.  My life has a lot of responsibilities: full time job, divorced father of two, and hosting family for the holidays.  You'll get your sets!

Please check the main page for status updates.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: soilheart on Tue, 22 November 2016, 14:31:04
No rush, we can wait a little longer.

At least after you have gotten the ... 25 first orders out =D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Tue, 22 November 2016, 15:07:43
whaaat. airs gets his in the first round? he'll have it sold before the rest of us get to see our sets  :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: ba7777 on Tue, 22 November 2016, 22:37:01
Kind sir will we get the tracking number once you ship the package? I actually leave you my US proxy address. So I need to inform them the tracking number then they can get ready to receive the items.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 23 November 2016, 11:43:10
Kind sir will we get the tracking number once you ship the package? I actually leave you my US proxy address. So I need to inform them the tracking number then they can get ready to receive the items.

Hello ba7777!

Yes.  Paypal will notify you of your USPS Tracking Number as soon as I ship all domestic packages.  I will be sure to send yours manually as well.  Have a good day, sir!

Thank You,

Matthew
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 23 November 2016, 11:45:13
whaaat. airs gets his in the first round? he'll have it sold before the rest of us get to see our sets  :p

lulz.  skiwithpete also was shipped a dozen sets, so lets see what he does with those! 

I think you will be shipped right after Thanksgiving.  Depends on whether or not my GF drags me along to Black Friday-Sunday events...  I hope not.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Wed, 23 November 2016, 12:03:49
hah. well, when you throw a set on your own board, i would love to see what it looks like with backlight. i'm interested to see how much bleed there is on these white caps
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: kawasaki161 on Wed, 23 November 2016, 12:27:54
hah. well, when you throw a set on your own board, i would love to see what it looks like with backlight. i'm interested to see how much bleed there is on these white caps

My humble guess is none, unless you have the key depressed. At least that's what I experienced with Hyperfuse. If I use my phone flashlight and put a cap on it it only shines through the legends and not the white part.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: jeffbolton on Wed, 23 November 2016, 12:47:07
hah. well, when you throw a set on your own board, i would love to see what it looks like with backlight. i'm interested to see how much bleed there is on these white caps

My humble guess is none, unless you have the key depressed. At least that's what I experienced with Hyperfuse. If I use my phone flashlight and put a cap on it it only shines through the legends and not the white part.


My R1 Hyperfuse has no shine through.  With R2 some of the legends glow. Go figure.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 23 November 2016, 14:15:08
hah. well, when you throw a set on your own board, i would love to see what it looks like with backlight. i'm interested to see how much bleed there is on these white caps

(http://i.imgur.com/Scxrt5w.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MH2GfU0.jpg)

I used diffused green instead of normal green LEDs on this build, so they are not as bright as some LEDs.  Saw a small amount of shine through on the F/J caps because they are scooped and thinner.

Wanted this to look light-saberish. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: Fictiouz on Wed, 23 November 2016, 14:21:47
hah. well, when you throw a set on your own board, i would love to see what it looks like with backlight. i'm interested to see how much bleed there is on these white caps

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/Scxrt5w.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/MH2GfU0.jpg)


I used diffused green instead of normal green LEDs on this build, so they are not as bright as some LEDs.  Saw a small amount of shine through on the F/J caps because they are scooped and thinner.

Wanted this to look light-saberish.

Can't wait to have this in my hands. Looks great manifex  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 23 November 2016, 14:26:13
hah. well, when you throw a set on your own board, i would love to see what it looks like with backlight. i'm interested to see how much bleed there is on these white caps

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/Scxrt5w.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/MH2GfU0.jpg)


I used diffused green instead of normal green LEDs on this build, so they are not as bright as some LEDs.  Saw a small amount of shine through on the F/J caps because they are scooped and thinner.

Wanted this to look light-saberish.

Can't wait to have this in my hands. Looks great manifex  :thumb:

Thanks!  Its milky fresh.  Hope to get these off to you before Christmas!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: breusch91 on Wed, 23 November 2016, 20:27:39
Really angry I missed this buy but any of you that purchased extra sets or  don't like theirs ill be happy to buy it from you!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Wed, 23 November 2016, 21:07:34
hah. well, when you throw a set on your own board, i would love to see what it looks like with backlight. i'm interested to see how much bleed there is on these white caps

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/Scxrt5w.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/MH2GfU0.jpg)


I used diffused green instead of normal green LEDs on this build, so they are not as bright as some LEDs.  Saw a small amount of shine through on the F/J caps because they are scooped and thinner.

Wanted this to look light-saberish. 

hot damn, that looks good!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 24 November 2016, 11:15:57
Thanks guys!  Got 15 more packages (Domestic) packaged, going to do some international over the weekend as well.  Question for international shipments: the post office told me they only do by weight, not size.  I've shipped to Japan, will be shipping to Europe and Asia next.  So let's see how pricing works out there.  I might have to change my packaging.  If international shipping prices exceed what you paid, I may ask for a tip to help make up the difference.   Until then...

(https://static.squarespace.com/static/51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de/51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79/51ce61c4e4b0d911b44a0072/1322161722267/1000w/hayfordthanksgiving2010.jpeg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: airs on Thu, 24 November 2016, 16:00:06
(http://i.imgur.com/5l7DgHp.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/XXvCmju.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JycoYap.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Sc3iRh0.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/QlBPk48.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/z4SiyMT.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/XltNwMB.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: Damonskv on Thu, 24 November 2016, 16:17:14
Thanks guys!  Got 15 more packages (Domestic) packaged, going to do some international over the weekend as well.  Question for international shipments: the post office told me they only do by weight, not size.  I've shipped to Japan, will be shipping to Europe and Asia next.  So let's see how pricing works out there.  I might have to change my packaging.  If international shipping prices exceed what you paid, I may ask for a tip to help make up the difference.   Until then...

Show Image
(https://static.squarespace.com/static/51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de/51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79/51ce61c4e4b0d911b44a0072/1322161722267/1000w/hayfordthanksgiving2010.jpeg)

If you need some additional, shot an invoice to me. ;)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 28 November 2016, 14:39:53
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/5l7DgHp.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/XXvCmju.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/JycoYap.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/Sc3iRh0.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/QlBPk48.jpg)

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(http://i.imgur.com/z4SiyMT.jpg)

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(http://i.imgur.com/XltNwMB.jpg)


Wow.  Great shots!  I hope you like your set!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Mon, 28 November 2016, 16:08:24
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/5l7DgHp.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/XXvCmju.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/JycoYap.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/Sc3iRh0.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/QlBPk48.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/z4SiyMT.jpg)

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/XltNwMB.jpg)


Wow.  Great shots!  I hope you like your set!

lol he sold it already! i told you
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: airs on Mon, 28 November 2016, 16:17:07
Yeah, it is a nice set but I am trying to cut down my collection. Sold it for cost + shipping.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Mon, 28 November 2016, 16:50:04
Yeah, it is a nice set but I am trying to cut down my collection. Sold it for cost + shipping.

yeah, you did let it go for a great price. not trying to accuse you of just flipping it, sorry! i've just seen a lot of your GMK on the market early
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: dadoduk on Mon, 28 November 2016, 19:51:46
When will shipping begin?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: oatsbagotes on Mon, 28 November 2016, 20:10:05
When will shipping begin?
Shipping has already begun, look at the first page
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: breusch91 on Mon, 28 November 2016, 20:19:56
Yeah, it is a nice set but I am trying to cut down my collection. Sold it for cost + shipping.

Yeah, it is a nice set but I am trying to cut down my collection. Sold it for cost + shipping.

yeah, you did let it go for a great price. not trying to accuse you of just flipping it, sorry! i've just seen a lot of your GMK on the market early

Wanted that set so bad, missed out to someone else over literally seconds lol. But yea good price on it
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Tue, 29 November 2016, 03:37:23
Got my goods today. I should build that TX boards that used living under my bed and put these on.

Thank you!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: Fictiouz on Tue, 29 November 2016, 05:17:40
Hearing people are receiving packages is getting me excited. Can't wait to have this set in hand!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: busgamer7394 on Wed, 30 November 2016, 06:32:06
Manifex, I think I love you. This is exactly what I need in a keyset. You should do a GB for imperial modifiers :p

I can make some dye sub mods would these https://goo.gl/tLcYaD (https://goo.gl/tLcYaD) match?

Some of my work is attached
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 30 November 2016, 11:00:29
Got my goods today. I should build that TX boards that used living under my bed and put these on.

Thank you!

Wow, that was quick!  How was packaging?  Any recommendations?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: WolfTickets on Wed, 30 November 2016, 15:52:51
Got my set today.  Laid them out already.  All keys were there, no extras, none missing.  The lettering looks super crisp.  I felt the original planned schedule was more than reasonable, and for these to start being sent out ahead of schedule shows more than just due diligence on your part.  This has been a very well organized group buy, and mad props to Manifex.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Wed, 30 November 2016, 16:15:26
hey manny, got mine yesterday too! just been too busy to pull them out and inspect them. guess i need to finish the VE.A this weekend and deck it out for the rebels premier
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Wed, 30 November 2016, 17:39:37
Everything was fine and for me the packing was adequate. I built my TX-CP last night and put these keys on. The CP layout is a bit weird and had me scratching my head as to what keys to put on the top two rows of the numpad. I plan to take some photos tonight.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: neon_tom on Wed, 30 November 2016, 18:18:10
Seeing a lot of people getting their sets that aren't marked as Shipped on the list so I assume it's not up to date (which is no big deal). MaNiFeX, any update on how far down the list you are for shipping?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 30 November 2016, 18:36:26
Seeing a lot of people getting their sets that aren't marked as Shipped on the list so I assume it's not up to date (which is no big deal). MaNiFeX, any update on how far down the list you are for shipping?

I've got a busy month ahead of me.  My daughter's birthday, my mom is visiting for Christmas, and I've got the kids for Christmas.  I'll do my best to update the list.  I'm catching up with International orders, but I'll update the list ASAP.  Sorry, guys, I underestimated the effort it would take to ship these out.  I'm doing my best. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: neon_tom on Wed, 30 November 2016, 20:16:24
Seeing a lot of people getting their sets that aren't marked as Shipped on the list so I assume it's not up to date (which is no big deal). MaNiFeX, any update on how far down the list you are for shipping?

I've got a busy month ahead of me.  My daughter's birthday, my mom is visiting for Christmas, and I've got the kids for Christmas.  I'll do my best to update the list.  I'm catching up with International orders, but I'll update the list ASAP.  Sorry, guys, I underestimated the effort it would take to ship these out.  I'm doing my best.

Man, you're doing great! I definitely wasn't complaining. If anything, it's the opposite. You're actually shipping within your scheduled shipping time and that's better than the majority of GBs!

I'm super eager to get my set but I'm not worried that you'll deliver and I'm in no real rush. Take time for yourself and we'll get things when we get them. :-)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Thu, 01 December 2016, 08:16:10
You're already doing better than some just by taking time to say that you're on it, but it may take time. It goes a long way to reassure people.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: polentA on Thu, 01 December 2016, 16:26:33
Set received! Thanks for all your work MaNi. Temporarily have the set on my Filco MJ2 at work for a "white Christmas" board, but this set will eventually end up on a different board after the holidays. I was previously typing on GMK Cyan, but Stormtrooper feels so much better. Don't know what the difference is exactly, but I am thoroughly satisfied with everything! :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 01 December 2016, 16:33:56
Set received! Thanks for all your work MaNi. Temporarily have the set on my Filco MJ2 at work for a "white Christmas" board, but this set will eventually end up on a different board after the holidays. I was previously typing on GMK Cyan, but Stormtrooper feels so much better. Don't know what the difference is exactly, but I am thoroughly satisfied with everything! :thumb:

It feels like the finish is almost like PBT...  a bit of texture.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Fri, 02 December 2016, 05:21:18
Right where they belong.
(http://i.imgur.com/dzk4NXg.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: breusch91 on Fri, 02 December 2016, 09:12:38
For anyone that missed out on this the set is now up on 1upkeyboards.com . I already purchased mine in advance from them before it was listed, just letting the rest of you guys that ended up missing out know !
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: Slash Emperor on Fri, 02 December 2016, 09:24:04
Woo, looking forward to shipping!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: smittysteve on Fri, 02 December 2016, 12:04:58
Pics are looking great... can't wait to get my set! Very impressive GB execution here, MaNiFeX!!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: honeynugget on Fri, 02 December 2016, 20:32:32
My set arrived yesterday in pristine condition. Thanks for a smooth group buy, Manifex  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: gnarlsagan on Sat, 03 December 2016, 05:48:43
Right where they belong.
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/dzk4NXg.jpg)


Wow that board looks great. That purple looks made for Skeletor through.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: boo on Sun, 04 December 2016, 00:07:56
Checking what order number has been shipped so far. I'm in 140s


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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: axtran on Sun, 04 December 2016, 01:58:32
I'm still waiting too! :(
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: breusch91 on Sun, 04 December 2016, 09:48:45
Ordered from 1upkeyboards and mine was estimed to arrive yesterday, got really excited, anddd now the delivery date is monday. Longest day waiting for these
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: korrelate on Sun, 04 December 2016, 11:11:20
I love manifex's documentation of this GB: clean, concise, frequently updated. Very non-nonsense.

Cheers,

K.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 05 December 2016, 15:56:23
Right where they belong.
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/dzk4NXg.jpg)


Wow, love that this set fits the layout.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 05 December 2016, 15:58:02
I love manifex's documentation of this GB: clean, concise, frequently updated. Very non-nonsense.

Cheers,

K.

Thanks.  I've been trying.  Been a busy two weeks for me.  I'll be sending some more out tomorrow or Wednesday.  Doing my best to send out in order, but the international ones are way more labor intensive than domestic.  Bear with me as I get through the shipping.  Glad to hear that they are received unscathed.

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 05 December 2016, 16:14:15
Seeing a lot of people getting their sets that aren't marked as Shipped on the list so I assume it's not up to date (which is no big deal). MaNiFeX, any update on how far down the list you are for shipping?

It's been updated!  More to ship out soon!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 05 December 2016, 16:18:14
Pics are looking great... can't wait to get my set! Very impressive GB execution here, MaNiFeX!!

Thank you.  I've been stressing about not getting these out quick enough.  I appreciate all of your support and patience as I get through this initial group of international orders. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: breusch91 on Mon, 05 December 2016, 20:49:20
Got my set in from 1upkeyboards and it looks amazing! Will upload some pics tomorrow.  Just need to get my gmk white on black icon mod pack to arrive, and finish my custom cable and i'll be done with my stormtrooper board!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 05 December 2016, 21:56:08
Got my set in from 1upkeyboards and it looks amazing! Will upload some pics tomorrow.  Just need to get my gmk white on black icon mod pack to arrive, and finish my custom cable and i'll be done with my stormtrooper board!

Glad you like it!  What would you call the white?  White, bone, off-white?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: breusch91 on Mon, 05 December 2016, 23:29:33
Got my set in from 1upkeyboards and it looks amazing! Will upload some pics tomorrow.  Just need to get my gmk white on black icon mod pack to arrive, and finish my custom cable and i'll be done with my stormtrooper board!

Glad you like it!  What would you call the white?  White, bone, off-white?

Definitely white, as white as you could get i think. Doesn't seem to have any creamish color to it at all which im happy about. I have a high-gloss white desk and it matches that perfectly (except its not shiny obviously).  Someone mentioned some backlight bleed through on the F and J since theyre scooped but I think that might vary from person to person. I have no bleed through on my F, and very minimal bleedthrough on the J (i hate bleed through and its good for me and my rgb is on red and the highest brightness for the pok3r.)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 06 December 2016, 12:46:37
Got my set in from 1upkeyboards and it looks amazing! Will upload some pics tomorrow.  Just need to get my gmk white on black icon mod pack to arrive, and finish my custom cable and i'll be done with my stormtrooper board!

Glad you like it!  What would you call the white?  White, bone, off-white?

Definitely white, as white as you could get i think. Doesn't seem to have any creamish color to it at all which im happy about. I have a high-gloss white desk and it matches that perfectly (except its not shiny obviously).  Someone mentioned some backlight bleed through on the F and J since theyre scooped but I think that might vary from person to person. I have no bleed through on my F, and very minimal bleedthrough on the J (i hate bleed through and its good for me and my rgb is on red and the highest brightness for the pok3r.)

Thanks for the feedback!  More shipping out today.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: Fictiouz on Tue, 06 December 2016, 12:48:51
Can't wait the hype is real!!  :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 06 December 2016, 13:24:57
Can't wait the hype is real!!  :D

Wait until you feel the texture of a brand new GMK set.  OMG, much nicer than my Dolch set was for some reason. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: Fictiouz on Tue, 06 December 2016, 13:28:35
Can't wait the hype is real!!  :D

Wait until you feel the texture of a brand new GMK set.  OMG, much nicer than my Dolch set was for some reason.

WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS. IT'S MAKING ME SAD

Side note: this will be my first GMK set.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: duynguyenle on Tue, 06 December 2016, 13:55:24
Can't wait the hype is real!!  :D

Wait until you feel the texture of a brand new GMK set.  OMG, much nicer than my Dolch set was for some reason.

I concur, my recently received GMK Carbon feels completely different to the GMK Dolch set I own, even though they are both pretty much brand new. It seems GMK has tweaked their moulds recently or something, the caps have a much 'grippier' texture for lack of a better word.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 06 December 2016, 14:13:52
Can't wait the hype is real!!  :D

Wait until you feel the texture of a brand new GMK set.  OMG, much nicer than my Dolch set was for some reason.

I concur, my recently received GMK Carbon feels completely different to the GMK Dolch set I own, even though they are both pretty much brand new. It seems GMK has tweaked their moulds recently or something, the caps have a much 'grippier' texture for lack of a better word.

OK, good.  Glad it wasn't just me.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 06 December 2016, 16:56:47
Hi All,

I just sent out another group of packages, most international.  The international shipping is costing more than I anticipated.  I set a price and stand by it, so I'm going to go ahead and ship everyone's, but I'm following up with a request to help pay the difference, if possible. 

I should have charged $25 for international shipping instead of $15 because I'm sending it boxed overseas.  I hope this isn't an issue for anyone.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Sorting and Packing)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 06 December 2016, 16:57:09
Manifex, I think I love you. This is exactly what I need in a keyset. You should do a GB for imperial modifiers :p

I can make some dye sub mods would these https://goo.gl/tLcYaD (https://goo.gl/tLcYaD) match?

Some of my work is attached

They appear that they will match!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: duynguyenle on Tue, 06 December 2016, 17:51:23
Hi All,

I just sent out another group of packages, most international.  The international shipping is costing more than I anticipated.  I set a price and stand by it, so I'm going to go ahead and ship everyone's, but I'm following up with a request to help pay the difference, if possible. 

I should have charged $25 for international shipping instead of $15 because I'm sending it boxed overseas.  I hope this isn't an issue for anyone.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Send me the invoice fam  :-*
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: neon_tom on Tue, 06 December 2016, 21:43:55
Hi All,

I just sent out another group of packages, most international.  The international shipping is costing more than I anticipated.  I set a price and stand by it, so I'm going to go ahead and ship everyone's, but I'm following up with a request to help pay the difference, if possible. 

I should have charged $25 for international shipping instead of $15 because I'm sending it boxed overseas.  I hope this isn't an issue for anyone.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

I'm in Canada, not overseas, but if it's going to cost more to ship here, I'm happy to pay the extra.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: jal on Tue, 06 December 2016, 22:07:59
Got mine today. They are so very white.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: r5d on Wed, 07 December 2016, 03:09:45
Hi All,

I just sent out another group of packages, most international.  The international shipping is costing more than I anticipated.  I set a price and stand by it, so I'm going to go ahead and ship everyone's, but I'm following up with a request to help pay the difference, if possible. 

I should have charged $25 for international shipping instead of $15 because I'm sending it boxed overseas.  I hope this isn't an issue for anyone.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

I'll pay the extra cost in a few days. What did you declare as customs value?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: dsaf on Wed, 07 December 2016, 06:08:21
When I saw this http://1upkeyboards.com/product_info.php?products_id=349 I assumed that it really can be purchased - yet did not receive any reply to my email/PMs. Am I correct to understand that everyone is busy processing the group buy backlog of orders? So anyone buying from the site will have to pay extra to receive it after everyone else - way after Christmas? Maybe it's fair, but worth clarifying on the store page - to avoid misleading people...
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: breusch91 on Wed, 07 December 2016, 07:31:56
When I saw this http://1upkeyboards.com/product_info.php?products_id=349 I assumed that it really can be purchased - yet did not receive any reply to my email/PMs. Am I correct to understand that everyone is busy processing the group buy backlog of orders? So anyone buying from the site will have to pay extra to receive it after everyone else - way after Christmas? Maybe it's fair, but worth clarifying on the store page - to avoid misleading people...

Didn't completely understand what you wrote here but 1upkeyboards received 10 sets to sell aftermarket. It's a higher price because it's aftermarket prices and not group buy prices since you missed it. They are ready to ship though, I bought one last Thursday night, shipped Friday, and had it Monday
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: dsaf on Wed, 07 December 2016, 07:52:00
They are ready to ship though, I bought one last Thursday night, shipped Friday, and had it Monday

The price is fine, I will wait for a reply then. Just assumed there is a lot of orders to go out hence no reply to my order email - not even an automatic acknowledgement response (other shops reply within few hours). Thanks.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: breusch91 on Wed, 07 December 2016, 07:54:31
MaNiFeX is the organizer of this group buy and is shipping all the group buy orders by himself. 1upkeyboards is a different entity that bought 10 or so sets, already received them, and is now selling/shipping their sets. The updates you see above from MaNiFeX about shipping times has nothing to do with them.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: dsaf on Wed, 07 December 2016, 09:48:04
MaNiFeX is the organizer of this group buy and is shipping all the group buy orders by himself. 1upkeyboards is a different entity that bought 10 or so sets, already received them, and is now selling/shipping their sets. The updates you see above from MaNiFeX about shipping times has nothing to do with them.

Makes sense, thanks.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 07 December 2016, 10:14:56
They are ready to ship though, I bought one last Thursday night, shipped Friday, and had it Monday

The price is fine, I will wait for a reply then. Just assumed there is a lot of orders to go out hence no reply to my order email - not even an automatic acknowledgement response (other shops reply within few hours). Thanks.

Not sure what you're on about, Manifex has nothing to do with 1upkeyboard, that site is run by skiwithpete
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: breusch91 on Wed, 07 December 2016, 10:33:01
Got around to taking some pictures from the potato camera on my iphone!
It looks even whiter in person. Now I just have to wait for my gmk white on black icon mods to come in, and the hopes that I find a way to snag a Jelly key- black final frontier spacebar in the aftermarket!

Imgur album for those that prefer (pics got rotated with attached to this post for some reason) : http://imgur.com/a/OyGtI (http://imgur.com/a/OyGtI)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 07 December 2016, 11:46:21
Hi All,

I just sent out another group of packages, most international.  The international shipping is costing more than I anticipated.  I set a price and stand by it, so I'm going to go ahead and ship everyone's, but I'm following up with a request to help pay the difference, if possible. 

I should have charged $25 for international shipping instead of $15 because I'm sending it boxed overseas.  I hope this isn't an issue for anyone.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

I'm in Canada, not overseas, but if it's going to cost more to ship here, I'm happy to pay the extra.

I based my prices off of shipping to Canada (which was a mistake).  It costs $15.50 to send to Canada, so I'm not asking extra from my northern brethren.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 07 December 2016, 11:57:05
MaNiFeX is the organizer of this group buy and is shipping all the group buy orders by himself. 1upkeyboards is a different entity that bought 10 or so sets, already received them, and is now selling/shipping their sets. The updates you see above from MaNiFeX about shipping times has nothing to do with them.

Makes sense, thanks.

That is correct. skiwithpete ordered sets early (and helped get the group buy going!) and got his in the first round of shipping.  Since he runs a store, he bought at group buy prices and sold to others with after-market prices.  He's probably the only one making money off this.  :D  I'm doing this at a loss and am getting through shipping as I can.  One person sending out 150 sets takes some time, especially since this is a hobby for me.  I'm also a single dad of two young girls, work full time, and have the holidays to prepare for.

I'm doing my best, and apologize to those that have to wait a little bit to get theirs.  Just know that you got them at cost, so waiting is the price for that.  This is also my first group buy and is why I'm being very transparent with the process.  Please know that you will get your set.  I'm hoping to do another round of domestic shipping this week.  It took me over an hour at the post office to send out 5 international packages (I have to fill out a customs form that the post office then has to type out), so those are taking me a little longer to get through.

Thanks to all members for making this set a reality.  I appreciate your patience as I continue to process, pack, and ship all the orders.  My goal is to have everyone shipped by the end of January and close out the Group Buy in February.

Take Care,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: Khers on Wed, 07 December 2016, 13:07:55
Hi All,

I just sent out another group of packages, most international.  The international shipping is costing more than I anticipated.  I set a price and stand by it, so I'm going to go ahead and ship everyone's, but I'm following up with a request to help pay the difference, if possible. 

I should have charged $25 for international shipping instead of $15 because I'm sending it boxed overseas.  I hope this isn't an issue for anyone.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Transfered some money to cover my shipping, wouldn't feel right if you had to pay for a large part of my shipping.

A lot of GB runners should learn a thing or two about your way of keeping us updated. Well done!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: geniekid on Wed, 07 December 2016, 14:06:26
I sent $5 to help.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 07 December 2016, 14:13:20
Thank you all.

I've received some amazing messages of support and I can't thank the community enough.  I've put all my keyboard stuff on hold for this project and am really glad you all appreciate the work I'm doing.  I don't mean to get too personal here, but the past 5/6 years have been a big struggle for me, in general.  Please don't see this as some sort of plea for anything; I just want to give you some context for what brought me to the community and do the group buy. 

My life was good.  Despite my parents divorcing at 16, I made it into and graduated from a competitive college (Macalester) and left with a fiancée. I moved across the country to Portland, got married at 22, bought my first house at 24, had kids at 25 and 28.  Things were going well until my kid's mom decided being married to me wasn't what she wanted anymore.  I did my best to save the marriage, but it didn't work out.  I went through a divorce 5 years ago (I'm 36 now) and was asked to leave my home on Christmas while celebrating with my wife and girls. We were separated for six months and I thought my ex was moving in to the home to work on our relationship, but she just wanted the house, apparently.  That's life, though.  I didn't want to be a guest in my own home, so I left, went through mental breakdown, and almost lost my job on top of it all.

It destroyed me, both emotionally and financially.  I sold my home at a big loss - lost all my equity, went through a year-long divorce, lived in a 750sq ft. apartment for a year (with kids), supported my kids financially, and had to rebuild my life.  I'm still in debt and living month-to-month and renting a place, but I'm paying my debts down, doubled my income in 3 years, have an awesome girlfriend, get my kids 1/3rd the time, gave up smoking weed recently (like last week!), and am continuing to make progress on my life.  That doesn't make this time of year any easier on me, though, as you can imagine...

Finding the community on /r/mechanicalkeyboards and geek hack gave me something to enjoy again.  The hobby is a really cool one and has gotten me interested in something healthy and not destructive.  After getting burned by to the tune of $250 last year on Ivan's buy, this group buy was my way of trying to give back to the community and restore faith in the group buy process.  That's why I set the prices so low and did my best to see this come to fruition.

I can't thank everyone enough.  Despite shipping 150 sets being a bit stressful, every time I ship out, I feel that much better.  I can't wait to feel the accomplishment of finishing this group buy.  Thank you all for participating and giving me something to feel good about.  It means the world to me.  I'll keep shipping and posting.  Let's finish off 2016 on the positive, OK?

Thanks again for all your support.  You all rock!  :thumb: :-* :thumb:

Best wishes to all,

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: dsaf on Wed, 07 December 2016, 14:32:17
That is correct. skiwithpete ordered sets early (and helped get the group buy going!) and got his in the first round of shipping.  Since he runs a store, he bought at group buy prices and sold to others with after-market prices.

I managed to secure the last remaining one :). So my whiny spamming paid off!

Though I did not participate in the original GB, thank you for organising it! This set should be easily combinable with most mod/add-on packs like CMY*/RGB* which makes it quite awesome for me.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 07 December 2016, 14:34:31
That is correct. skiwithpete ordered sets early (and helped get the group buy going!) and got his in the first round of shipping.  Since he runs a store, he bought at group buy prices and sold to others with after-market prices.

I managed to secure the last remaining one :). So my whiny spamming paid off!

Niiiiiiiice! 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: dsaf on Wed, 07 December 2016, 14:54:47
Despite shipping 150 sets being a bit stressful, every time I ship out, I feel that much better.

That's 150 people across the country/world using something you made happen!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 07 December 2016, 15:33:42
Despite shipping 150 sets being a bit stressful, every time I ship out, I feel that much better.

That's 150 people across the country/world using something you made happen!

Thank you!  It will feel good.  I did see the first version of your post.  ;)  I want to say, that even though I went through a tough divorce, I still can love/trust someone else and try not to harbor ill-will towards my kids' mom - she has a right to live her own life.  I wouldn't be the person I am today without going through my struggles and I am a better person because of it.  Yes it hurts, yes I lost a lot, but I'm persevering and rebuilding bit by bit. 

I was just trying to illustrate how the community gave me something when I had very little to be happy about and that I wanted to give back.  Thanks all for your support and patience as I work on the group buy. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: polentA on Wed, 07 December 2016, 18:14:37
Damn MaNiFeX, you were pretty NICE this year...
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 07 December 2016, 21:47:40
Damn MaNiFeX, you were pretty NICE this year...

Hopefully, it got me off the naughty list.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: thatmiddleway on Thu, 08 December 2016, 11:10:32
Thank you all.

I've received some amazing messages of support and I can't thank the community enough.  I've put all my keyboard stuff on hold for this project and am really glad you all appreciate the work I'm doing.  I don't mean to get too personal here, but the past 5/6 years have been a big struggle for me, in general.  Please don't see this as some sort of plea for anything; I just want to give you some context for what brought me to the community and do the group buy. 

My life was good.  Despite my parents divorcing at 16, I made it into and graduated from a competitive college (Macalester) and left with a fiancée. I moved across the country to Portland, got married at 22, bought my first house at 24, had kids at 25 and 28.  Things were going well until my kid's mom decided being married to me wasn't what she wanted anymore.  I did my best to save the marriage, but it didn't work out.  I went through a divorce 5 years ago (I'm 36 now) and was asked to leave my home on Christmas while celebrating with my wife and girls. We were separated for six months and I thought my ex was moving in to the home to work on our relationship, but she just wanted the house, apparently.  That's life, though.  I didn't want to be a guest in my own home, so I left, went through mental breakdown, and almost lost my job on top of it all.

It destroyed me, both emotionally and financially.  I sold my home at a big loss - lost all my equity, went through a year-long divorce, lived in a 750sq ft. apartment for a year (with kids), supported my kids financially, and had to rebuild my life.  I'm still in debt and living month-to-month and renting a place, but I'm paying my debts down, doubled my income in 3 years, have an awesome girlfriend, get my kids 1/3rd the time, gave up smoking weed recently (like last week!), and am continuing to make progress on my life.  That doesn't make this time of year any easier on me, though, as you can imagine...

Finding the community on /r/mechanicalkeyboards and geek hack gave me something to enjoy again.  The hobby is a really cool one and has gotten me interested in something healthy and not destructive.  After getting burned by to the tune of $250 last year on Ivan's buy, this group buy was my way of trying to give back to the community and restore faith in the group buy process.  That's why I set the prices so low and did my best to see this come to fruition.

I can't thank everyone enough.  Despite shipping 150 sets being a bit stressful, every time I ship out, I feel that much better.  I can't wait to feel the accomplishment of finishing this group buy.  Thank you all for participating and giving me something to feel good about.  It means the world to me.  I'll keep shipping and posting.  Let's finish off 2016 on the positive, OK?

Thanks again for all your support.  You all rock!  :thumb: :-* :thumb:

Best wishes to all,

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

As a Star Wars guy first and foremost, I was so excited when I heard about this set. I've been slowly collecting appropriate artisans for a while, and seeing a Star Wars themed key set sent me into a tizzy :D

Thanks for making it happen! All your hard work is going to pay off when you ship that last package. May the force be with you!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: polentA on Thu, 08 December 2016, 12:09:31
Damn MaNiFeX, you were pretty NICE this year...

Hopefully, it got me off the naughty list.

I sure hope so! ;) 

Rockin this set at work... sort of a "white Christmas" theme with some red and green artisans. Can't say it enough: thanks for your efforts and especially your communication throughout the whole process. Looking forward to the 2017 GB you organize :D :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 08 December 2016, 12:15:20
Thank you all.

I've received some amazing messages of support and I can't thank the community enough.  I've put all my keyboard stuff on hold for this project and am really glad you all appreciate the work I'm doing.  I don't mean to get too personal here, but the past 5/6 years have been a big struggle for me, in general.  Please don't see this as some sort of plea for anything; I just want to give you some context for what brought me to the community and do the group buy. 

My life was good.  Despite my parents divorcing at 16, I made it into and graduated from a competitive college (Macalester) and left with a fiancée. I moved across the country to Portland, got married at 22, bought my first house at 24, had kids at 25 and 28.  Things were going well until my kid's mom decided being married to me wasn't what she wanted anymore.  I did my best to save the marriage, but it didn't work out.  I went through a divorce 5 years ago (I'm 36 now) and was asked to leave my home on Christmas while celebrating with my wife and girls. We were separated for six months and I thought my ex was moving in to the home to work on our relationship, but she just wanted the house, apparently.  That's life, though.  I didn't want to be a guest in my own home, so I left, went through mental breakdown, and almost lost my job on top of it all.

It destroyed me, both emotionally and financially.  I sold my home at a big loss - lost all my equity, went through a year-long divorce, lived in a 750sq ft. apartment for a year (with kids), supported my kids financially, and had to rebuild my life.  I'm still in debt and living month-to-month and renting a place, but I'm paying my debts down, doubled my income in 3 years, have an awesome girlfriend, get my kids 1/3rd the time, gave up smoking weed recently (like last week!), and am continuing to make progress on my life.  That doesn't make this time of year any easier on me, though, as you can imagine...

Finding the community on /r/mechanicalkeyboards and geek hack gave me something to enjoy again.  The hobby is a really cool one and has gotten me interested in something healthy and not destructive.  After getting burned by to the tune of $250 last year on Ivan's buy, this group buy was my way of trying to give back to the community and restore faith in the group buy process.  That's why I set the prices so low and did my best to see this come to fruition.

I can't thank everyone enough.  Despite shipping 150 sets being a bit stressful, every time I ship out, I feel that much better.  I can't wait to feel the accomplishment of finishing this group buy.  Thank you all for participating and giving me something to feel good about.  It means the world to me.  I'll keep shipping and posting.  Let's finish off 2016 on the positive, OK?

Thanks again for all your support.  You all rock!  :thumb: :-* :thumb:

Best wishes to all,

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

As a Star Wars guy first and foremost, I was so excited when I heard about this set. I've been slowly collecting appropriate artisans for a while, and seeing a Star Wars themed key set sent me into a tizzy :D

Thanks for making it happen! All your hard work is going to pay off when you ship that last package. May the force be with you!

You bet!  To be fair, the color-way was named by the community, I just went with the theme.  I'm a big Star Wars guy, too, so I figured why not?!  ;)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 08 December 2016, 12:20:56
Damn MaNiFeX, you were pretty NICE this year...

Hopefully, it got me off the naughty list.

I sure hope so! ;) 

Rockin this set at work... sort of a "white Christmas" theme with some red and green artisans. Can't say it enough: thanks for your efforts and especially your communication throughout the whole process. Looking forward to the 2017 GB you organize :D :thumb:

You guys are awesome.  It's going to be a snow day here in Portland, so I will probably have some time to pack up another round for shipping.

Per another GB:  :))  Haha haha...  ha.  We'll see.  This is a lot of work and I'm not sure I'm up for a second round.  I have a design in mind though.  Little preview of what I'm thinking:

"GMK Dark68" - 68% and less.  Dark grey mods, light grey alphas, black legends.  Supports 68% and less (no F-Row or numpad but has nav cluster), including: ortho, split space, win keyless/HHKB.  Trying to keep my sets around or under $100, still.  Might have to team up with originative/massdrop/1up/keyclack/etc. for shipping.  What do you think?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: geniekid on Thu, 08 December 2016, 13:13:45
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Damn MaNiFeX, you were pretty NICE this year...

Hopefully, it got me off the naughty list.

I sure hope so! ;) 

Rockin this set at work... sort of a "white Christmas" theme with some red and green artisans. Can't say it enough: thanks for your efforts and especially your communication throughout the whole process. Looking forward to the 2017 GB you organize :D :thumb:

You guys are awesome.  It's going to be a snow day here in Portland, so I will probably have some time to pack up another round for shipping.

Per another GB:  :))  Haha haha...  ha.  We'll see.  This is a lot of work and I'm not sure I'm up for a second round.  I have a design in mind though.  Little preview of what I'm thinking:

"GMK Dark68" - 68% and less.  Dark grey mods, light grey alphas, black legends.  Supports 68% and less (no F-Row or numpad but has nav cluster), including: ortho, split space, win keyless/HHKB.  Trying to keep my sets around or under $100, still.  Might have to team up with originative/massdrop/1up/keyclack/etc. for shipping.  What do you think?

Definitely depends on the shades of grey.  Also, if the alphas were dark enough, we could mix it with Stormtrooper and recreate the Commodore PC-10. :D

[attachimg=1]
Image from Deskthority and originally posted by Findecanor.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: Fictiouz on Thu, 08 December 2016, 13:19:12
Damn MaNiFeX, you were pretty NICE this year...

Hopefully, it got me off the naughty list.

I sure hope so! ;) 

Rockin this set at work... sort of a "white Christmas" theme with some red and green artisans. Can't say it enough: thanks for your efforts and especially your communication throughout the whole process. Looking forward to the 2017 GB you organize :D :thumb:

You guys are awesome.  It's going to be a snow day here in Portland, so I will probably have some time to pack up another round for shipping.

Per another GB:  :))  Haha haha...  ha.  We'll see.  This is a lot of work and I'm not sure I'm up for a second round.  I have a design in mind though.  Little preview of what I'm thinking:

"GMK Dark68" - 68% and less.  Dark grey mods, light grey alphas, black legends.  Supports 68% and less (no F-Row or numpad but has nav cluster), including: ortho, split space, win keyless/HHKB.  Trying to keep my sets around or under $100, still.  Might have to team up with originative/massdrop/1up/keyclack/etc. for shipping.  What do you think?

You killed it, Mathew. You had little to no mark up on these sets and have put so much time and effort in to this. The least we can do is chip in a little to help the cause :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 08 December 2016, 16:06:34
You killed it, Mathew. You had little to no mark up on these sets and have put so much time and effort in to this. The least we can do is chip in a little to help the cause :)

Was definitely intentional, I wanted this to be a good deal/experience after losing so much on Miami Nights.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: cswanic on Thu, 08 December 2016, 23:05:31
You are an incredible dude MaNiFeX.  I've been with GH for quite a while, read a ton of nasty ass sh!t.  The work you see through in all this, to get something done, to give it your best, thats amazing.  Any lesser man would have done 4uckd this up.  Keep doin you man, you make your girls and our community proud.  We'll be seeing you around next year I'm sure.  Happy holidays to you and your family.  Peace
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 09 December 2016, 11:58:19
You are an incredible dude MaNiFeX.  I've been with GH for quite a while, read a ton of nasty ass sh!t.  The work you see through in all this, to get something done, to give it your best, thats amazing.  Any lesser man would have done 4uckd this up.  Keep doin you man, you make your girls and our community proud.  We'll be seeing you around next year I'm sure.  Happy holidays to you and your family.  Peace

Thank you so much.  It means the world to me.  Maybe I'm too hard on myself, but I don't feel like I'm keeping up.  I'm juggling a lot this time of year.

Your guys' support is really great for the buy.  Despite working from home yesterday, work was very busy, but I'm going to put in some time this weekend to ship out the next batch.  Thanks for being patient, all!

Best Wishes,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: swimmingbird on Fri, 09 December 2016, 19:38:22
MaNiFeX you are ****ing awesome

Thank you
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: jal on Sun, 11 December 2016, 15:01:30
Just another chimer-inner: You rock, MaNiFeX.



fin.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 11 December 2016, 15:58:52
Gosh guys.  Wow.  I didn't realize I'd have this much support!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 11 December 2016, 16:00:47
More
Damn MaNiFeX, you were pretty NICE this year...

Hopefully, it got me off the naughty list.

I sure hope so! ;) 

Rockin this set at work... sort of a "white Christmas" theme with some red and green artisans. Can't say it enough: thanks for your efforts and especially your communication throughout the whole process. Looking forward to the 2017 GB you organize :D :thumb:

You guys are awesome.  It's going to be a snow day here in Portland, so I will probably have some time to pack up another round for shipping.

Per another GB:  :))  Haha haha...  ha.  We'll see.  This is a lot of work and I'm not sure I'm up for a second round.  I have a design in mind though.  Little preview of what I'm thinking:

"GMK Dark68" - 68% and less.  Dark grey mods, light grey alphas, black legends.  Supports 68% and less (no F-Row or numpad but has nav cluster), including: ortho, split space, win keyless/HHKB.  Trying to keep my sets around or under $100, still.  Might have to team up with originative/massdrop/1up/keyclack/etc. for shipping.  What do you think?

Definitely depends on the shades of grey.  Also, if the alphas were dark enough, we could mix it with Stormtrooper and recreate the Commodore PC-10. :D

(Attachment Link)
Image from Deskthority and originally posted by Findecanor.

That's exactly what I was going for, but I want the mods to be Dolch Dark with black legends instead of white.  OK, got all my christmas shopping done (WHAAAAAT?!).  My girlfriend must be a good influence on me.  Going to pack up some more tonight and ship out tomorrow.

If anyone had any issues with shipment, please let me know, I want to make sure my processing is solid.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: duynguyenle on Sun, 11 December 2016, 18:48:36
More
Damn MaNiFeX, you were pretty NICE this year...

Hopefully, it got me off the naughty list.

I sure hope so! ;) 

Rockin this set at work... sort of a "white Christmas" theme with some red and green artisans. Can't say it enough: thanks for your efforts and especially your communication throughout the whole process. Looking forward to the 2017 GB you organize :D :thumb:

You guys are awesome.  It's going to be a snow day here in Portland, so I will probably have some time to pack up another round for shipping.

Per another GB:  :))  Haha haha...  ha.  We'll see.  This is a lot of work and I'm not sure I'm up for a second round.  I have a design in mind though.  Little preview of what I'm thinking:

"GMK Dark68" - 68% and less.  Dark grey mods, light grey alphas, black legends.  Supports 68% and less (no F-Row or numpad but has nav cluster), including: ortho, split space, win keyless/HHKB.  Trying to keep my sets around or under $100, still.  Might have to team up with originative/massdrop/1up/keyclack/etc. for shipping.  What do you think?

Definitely depends on the shades of grey.  Also, if the alphas were dark enough, we could mix it with Stormtrooper and recreate the Commodore PC-10. :D

(Attachment Link)
Image from Deskthority and originally posted by Findecanor.

That's exactly what I was going for, but I want the mods to be Dolch Dark with black legends instead of white.  OK, got all my christmas shopping done (WHAAAAAT?!).  My girlfriend must be a good influence on me.  Going to pack up some more tonight and ship out tomorrow.

If anyone had any issues with shipment, please let me know, I want to make sure my processing is solid.

I'm a bit afraid that Dolch modifier colours (N9) might be a little too dark to effectively use with black legends. I think maybe something like light grey on N9 would be better? There are a lot of sets coming on the horizon that also uses N9 mods (Sky Dolch, Terminal), so having something neutral enables very exciting opportunities for mixing and matching.

Also, just to join in the chorus, I think you've been doing an exemplar job with this GB in terms of overall communication, and you have my total support for future GBs.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 16 December 2016, 15:38:33
Also, just to join in the chorus, I think you've been doing an exemplar job with this GB in terms of overall communication, and you have my total support for future GBs.

Thanks guys.  Got my Christmas shopping done.  Hope to get a good batch out Monday.  Sorry I didn't make it before Rogue One for you all!

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: brizzzle on Fri, 16 December 2016, 21:12:36
Thanks guys.  Got my Christmas shopping done.  Hope to get a good batch out Monday.  Sorry I didn't make it before Rogue One for you all!

MaNiFeX

No worries here, got my stormtrooper fix this morning seeing it in IMAX. Thanks for putting this whole thing together!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 21 December 2016, 12:03:00
(http://geekologie.com/2008/12/25/merry-christmas.jpg)

Phwew!  Work week is done, my mom made it into town, I've got my two elves to help out!  Santa is going into his workshop.  More progress on the shipping to come.  Happy Holidays!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: dsaf on Wed, 21 December 2016, 15:43:04
Received mine (via 1UP) - thanks!

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 22 December 2016, 15:06:03
Received mine (via 1UP) - thanks!

(Attachment Link)

Ho Ho Ho My!  What a great look with the RGB!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: luckynet on Fri, 23 December 2016, 06:18:44
I would honestly not mind if you didn't spend time shipping it over the holiday season and spend time with your family and resume in January instead. :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: smittysteve on Fri, 23 December 2016, 14:36:21
I would honestly not mind if you didn't spend time shipping it over the holiday season and spend time with your family and resume in January instead. :)

Seconded on that. Enjoy the important things. Us nerds will be happy to get more GMK caps any time of the year. :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: ba7777 on Fri, 23 December 2016, 17:44:00
Merry Christmas Matthew and you all!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 23 December 2016, 18:59:21
I would honestly not mind if you didn't spend time shipping it over the holiday season and spend time with your family and resume in January instead. :)

Seconded on that. Enjoy the important things. Us nerds will be happy to get more GMK caps any time of the year. :)

OK, my kids go to their mom's on the 26th and my mom leaves the 28th.  I'll start packing and shipping after that.  I ended up getting some extra vacation time this year, so I might take a day or two off after that to just finish everything off!

Thanks for understanding, I really wanted to get these out to you before the new year, but work, life, family, etc. can get in the way of our hobby.  Thank you for understanding!!!

Peace and Love to All!

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: maximm on Wed, 28 December 2016, 04:41:10
(http://imgur.com/CD8rW04.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: aznreaper on Wed, 28 December 2016, 08:51:21
Nice set, let me know if anyone is interested in letting go of their set. I would love to get my hands on one
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: r5d on Wed, 28 December 2016, 17:33:32
Show Image
(http://imgur.com/CD8rW04.jpg)


now THAT is classy!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: axtran on Thu, 29 December 2016, 01:23:10

OK, my kids go to their mom's on the 26th and my mom leaves the 28th.  I'll start packing and shipping after that.  I ended up getting some extra vacation time this year, so I might take a day or two off after that to just finish everything off!

Thanks for understanding, I really wanted to get these out to you before the new year, but work, life, family, etc. can get in the way of our hobby.  Thank you for understanding!!!

Peace and Love to All!

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

Thanks for the update! :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 30 December 2016, 15:09:21
Show Image
(http://imgur.com/CD8rW04.jpg)


Hot damn that looks nice.  Doing some packing this weekend.  Will be shipping out Tue/Wed next week, most likely.  Enjoy the new year!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: asym on Sat, 31 December 2016, 01:38:22
(http://i.imgur.com/il4PU8A.jpg)

Mimicking the stock whitefox colorways with sky dolch accents.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: neon_tom on Sat, 31 December 2016, 12:09:45
Show Image
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161231/6af5fea594c266cad227e1f5fcc419df.jpg)


Mimicking the stock whitefox colorways with sky dolch accents.

Damn that's lovely. I love the clean look of the default Whitefox but this is even nicer.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: agHalides on Sat, 31 December 2016, 20:42:55
Is it still possible to grab a set?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: Khylnn on Sun, 01 January 2017, 18:19:03
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/il4PU8A.jpg)


Mimicking the stock whitefox colorways with sky dolch accents.

Way better than the centered legends on the original set IMO. :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: roostrc0gburn on Tue, 03 January 2017, 17:55:03
here's the VE.A i just finished. stormtrooper provided quite a stark contrast to the accent keys. more color than i typically have on my boards, but its fun!

(http://i.imgur.com/T2Ri9UR.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: berry3000 on Wed, 04 January 2017, 00:28:05
Can you send me a invoice about extra shipping cost
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: brizzzle on Thu, 05 January 2017, 18:47:39
here's the VE.A i just finished. stormtrooper provided quite a stark contrast to the accent keys. more color than i typically have on my boards, but its fun!

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/T2Ri9UR.jpg)


Looks great on the VE.A
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 06 January 2017, 13:12:16
Can you send me a invoice about extra shipping cost

I will as I ship.  I'm going to be shipping more out soon.  Sorry for the delay, my daughters started their ski season and I'm just getting back to the project.  Thank you all for your patience, I promise you will get your caps sooner than later!  Hoping to finish this up in the next few weeks/month.

In other news, I'm going to ask my girlfriend to marry me.  She's amazingly awesome and loves my kids.  My kids love her back.  Despite some of my personal struggles in the past, I'm really looking forward to spending my life with her.  Thank you all for supporting me.  I've felt really bad about not shipping recently, but life happens. 

Thanks,

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: geniekid on Fri, 06 January 2017, 13:19:18
Can you send me a invoice about extra shipping cost

I will as I ship.  I'm going to be shipping more out soon.  Sorry for the delay, my daughters started their ski season and I'm just getting back to the project.  Thank you all for your patience, I promise you will get your caps sooner than later!  Hoping to finish this up in the next few weeks/month.

In other news, I'm going to ask my girlfriend to marry me.  She's amazingly awesome and loves my kids.  My kids love her back.  Despite some of my personal struggles in the past, I'm really looking forward to spending my life with her.  Thank you all for supporting me.  I've felt really bad about not shipping recently, but life happens. 

Thanks,

MaNi

Hope she says yes!  Ideally, she would say yes contingent on you shipping out the rest of the caps.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: smittysteve on Fri, 06 January 2017, 13:19:51
Can you send me a invoice about extra shipping cost

I will as I ship.  I'm going to be shipping more out soon.  Sorry for the delay, my daughters started their ski season and I'm just getting back to the project.  Thank you all for your patience, I promise you will get your caps sooner than later!  Hoping to finish this up in the next few weeks/month.

In other news, I'm going to ask my girlfriend to marry me.  She's amazingly awesome and loves my kids.  My kids love her back.  Despite some of my personal struggles in the past, I'm really looking forward to spending my life with her.  Thank you all for supporting me.  I've felt really bad about not shipping recently, but life happens. 

Thanks,

MaNi

Dude, this is awesome, congratulations!! Diamonds >> white plastic... always! :)

When you find that one who can put up with your various neuroses and past transgressions and all that, it's truly awesome. I always cringe when I hear people talk about their "ball and chain," etc. I am coming up on nine years married (+ three kids) and it's been by FAR the best thing ever to happen to me. When it's right, it's so so good and I'm happy for you both for finding each other!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: thatmiddleway on Fri, 06 January 2017, 16:56:23
Can you send me a invoice about extra shipping cost

I will as I ship.  I'm going to be shipping more out soon.  Sorry for the delay, my daughters started their ski season and I'm just getting back to the project.  Thank you all for your patience, I promise you will get your caps sooner than later!  Hoping to finish this up in the next few weeks/month.

In other news, I'm going to ask my girlfriend to marry me.  She's amazingly awesome and loves my kids.  My kids love her back.  Despite some of my personal struggles in the past, I'm really looking forward to spending my life with her.  Thank you all for supporting me.  I've felt really bad about not shipping recently, but life happens. 

Thanks,

MaNi

Marriage is awesome. I dated my wife for 6 years before we got married, and things are just as amazing as ever. Locking things down is always a smart move. Congratulations!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: duynguyenle on Fri, 06 January 2017, 17:21:30
Can you send me a invoice about extra shipping cost

I will as I ship.  I'm going to be shipping more out soon.  Sorry for the delay, my daughters started their ski season and I'm just getting back to the project.  Thank you all for your patience, I promise you will get your caps sooner than later!  Hoping to finish this up in the next few weeks/month.

In other news, I'm going to ask my girlfriend to marry me.  She's amazingly awesome and loves my kids.  My kids love her back.  Despite some of my personal struggles in the past, I'm really looking forward to spending my life with her.  Thank you all for supporting me.  I've felt really bad about not shipping recently, but life happens. 

Thanks,

MaNi

We're all crossing our fingers for you (You are one with the Force and the Force is with you  :thumb:)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: feediko on Thu, 12 January 2017, 17:20:45
any news on the shipping status?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: smittysteve on Fri, 13 January 2017, 00:34:01
any news on the shipping status?

And/ or the engagement status?  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 13 January 2017, 13:41:33
any news on the shipping status?

Yes, packing more today.  Shipping either today or Monday.  Portland was slammed with a snow storm and I've been stuck at home since Tuesday.  Will be back on track shortly.  I'm going to try and grab some more shipping supplies tomorrow and do the majority of the packing this weekend, as I'll most likely be stuck at home for a couple days.

Some good news, I've got the shipping process down (PayPal pre-paid shipping labels) and will be adding the international packages to PayPal shipping, which should cut down the time to ship internationally significantly.  As usual, I'll update the shipping list on the front page and will post when I've shipped.  You will also get a notification via Paypal of your tracking number.

Please note, I've also had a key replacement to deal with and GMK has been great.  Apologies to those still waiting, I'll get to you soon.  I hope to have this concluded so that I can move on with my mech life (I've made a pact not to purchase or trade/sell anything until I'm done shipping this GB).

I'll update you all Monday with how much I've shipped.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX/Matthew

PS - Training my GF to help me pack.  I'm hoping to get them all packed, then ship out, rather than pack, ship, pack, ship.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 13 January 2017, 13:43:20
any news on the shipping status?

And/ or the engagement status?  :thumb:

I've been snowed in for the past few days and I need to go pick up the ring.  Still trying to figure out when/where to do it?  I want it to be 'romantic.'  And a surprise...  Hmmmm.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: pace8500 on Fri, 13 January 2017, 13:51:46
any news on the shipping status?

Yes, packing more today.  Shipping either today or Monday.  Portland was slammed with a snow storm and I've been stuck at home since Tuesday.  Will be back on track shortly.  I'm going to try and grab some more shipping supplies tomorrow and do the majority of the packing this weekend, as I'll most likely be stuck at home for a couple days.

Some good news, I've got the shipping process down (PayPal pre-paid shipping labels) and will be adding the international packages to PayPal shipping, which should cut down the time to ship internationally significantly.  As usual, I'll update the shipping list on the front page and will post when I've shipped.  You will also get a notification via Paypal of your tracking number.

Please note, I've also had a key replacement to deal with and GMK has been great.  Apologies to those still waiting, I'll get to you soon.  I hope to have this concluded so that I can move on with my mech life (I've made a pact not to purchase or trade/sell anything until I'm done shipping this GB).

I'll update you all Monday with how much I've shipped.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX/Matthew

PS - Training my GF to help me pack.  I'm hoping to get them all packed, then ship out, rather than pack, ship, pack, ship.

Just a heads up. You won't be able to print my label via PayPal as I bought the spot off someone else and didn't pay you direct. I've sent you a PM to confirm delivery address for my order to make sure it's correct.

Thanks again for the hard work as well. The caps look great and I can't wait to get them!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: smittysteve on Fri, 13 January 2017, 14:29:19
any news on the shipping status?

And/ or the engagement status?  :thumb:

I've been snowed in for the past few days and I need to go pick up the ring.  Still trying to figure out when/where to do it?  I want it to be 'romantic.'  And a surprise...  Hmmmm.

Ok, please keep us posted. We are emotionally invested in both your keycaps and your romantic future!!  :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 13 January 2017, 17:52:59
Just a heads up. You won't be able to print my label via PayPal as I bought the spot off someone else and didn't pay you direct. I've sent you a PM to confirm delivery address for my order to make sure it's correct.

Thanks again for the hard work as well. The caps look great and I can't wait to get them!

OK, thank you!  I made a note of it on my master spreadsheet.  PMed you shipping info I have.

Thanks,

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 13 January 2017, 17:57:03
Shipped out some more today and packed about 25 more boxes.  I will be packing most the weekend so I can start shipping regularly.  I am still aiming to be done by the end of January! 

Next shipment will be Tuesday, as Monday is MLK day. 

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

PS - I hit 25% of packages shipped.  By the end of next week I hope to be 50-60% complete.  I'm still going down the list in order.  International shipping isn't any harder than domestic at this point, so it shouldn't slow me down.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 25% done)
Post by: brizzzle on Fri, 13 January 2017, 18:09:55
 Got a board almost finished waiting for this set. Thanks for the update and best wishes to your engagement! 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 25% done)
Post by: tedk on Sun, 15 January 2017, 14:15:47
Please dont forget to (under)value the packages, especially the ones shipping to europe. thanks man :-)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 25% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 17 January 2017, 12:44:29
Please dont forget to (under)value the packages, especially the ones shipping to europe. thanks man :-)

I've been using $20/gift for all international shipments, as requested by pretty much everyone. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 17 January 2017, 17:11:13
Update: OK!  Shipped some more packages out today!  Check the list on the main page of this post.  You should have received tracking numbers.  Please let me know if you have not!

This pushed me up over 1/3rd of packages shipped.  Getting some momentum, as I've streamlined the shipping process. I'm aiming to be done shipping by late January/Early February.  A little later than I planned initially, but still not bad considering some GBs take years. Ours should complete in about 6-7 months from payment to delivery.  Not too bad considering this is a one-man operation.

Thanks for all your patience and support!

MaNiFeX/Matthew
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: polentA on Tue, 17 January 2017, 17:43:02
Not too bad considering this is a one-man operation.

Does a god-like job.
Refers to himself as man.

 ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 17 January 2017, 17:57:49
Not too bad considering this is a one-man operation.

Does a god-like job.
Refers to himself as man.

 ;D

LOL!  Thanks, Polenta.  Does that mean I'm the Jesus of Group Buys?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: polentA on Tue, 17 January 2017, 19:02:57
Not too bad considering this is a one-man operation.

Does a god-like job.
Refers to himself as man.

 ;D

LOL!  Thanks, Polenta.  Does that mean I'm the Jesus of Group Buys?

As far as I can see, yes, definitely a GB Guru!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: balotelli00 on Wed, 18 January 2017, 10:08:27
Is there any extras?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 18 January 2017, 10:51:31
Is there any extras?

Not at the moment.

Thanks,

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: geniekid on Wed, 18 January 2017, 11:56:40
Received my set.  Thank you MaNiFeX.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 18 January 2017, 14:02:42
Received my set.  Thank you MaNiFeX.

You bet!  Glad it arrived safely. Was packaging OK?

Thanks,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 18 January 2017, 14:04:37
ATTENTION

I had my first shipping mistake.  Sorry swimming bird!!!  I am now confirming addresses for anyone who has a different Paypal address from the one I have on file to ensure proper shipping.

If you see some skipped people in the status list (on the original post - Pg. 1), it's because I need to confirm your address, not because I didn't want to send to you!

Thanks,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 18 January 2017, 19:32:50
Update: 9 more packages went out today.  42% done! 

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: geniekid on Wed, 18 January 2017, 21:38:35
Received my set.  Thank you MaNiFeX.

You bet!  Glad it arrived safely. Was packaging OK?

Thanks,

MaNiFeX

Yes.  I'll throw these on a keyboard in the near future and post pictures.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: tedk on Thu, 19 January 2017, 11:11:27
Update: 9 more packages went out today.  42% done! 

MaNi

9 to gooooo :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 35% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 19 January 2017, 14:03:45
Received my set.  Thank you MaNiFeX.

You bet!  Glad it arrived safely. Was packaging OK?

Thanks,

MaNiFeX

Yes.  I'll throw these on a keyboard in the near future and post pictures.

Good.  Keeping it 'barebones' but want to make sure it's sufficient.  No complaints so far for packaging, though there have been a few caps that weren't manufactured correctly (bad legends, warped post, etc.).

Thanks!

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 19 January 2017, 14:06:45
Update: 9 more packages went out today.  42% done! 

MaNi

9 to gooooo :D

Woot!  You will either be heading out tomorrow or early next week depending on my home life/schedule.  Got the kiddos this week, so it's a bit up in the air.  Since you are abroad, it might take up to two weeks to get there First Class.  Please let me know when you get them!

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: Fictiouz on Thu, 19 January 2017, 18:24:45
Update: 9 more packages went out today.  42% done! 

MaNi

9 to gooooo :D

Woot!  You will either be heading out tomorrow or early next week depending on my home life/schedule.  Got the kiddos this week, so it's a bit up in the air.  Since you are abroad, it might take up to two weeks to get there First Class.  Please let me know when you get them!

MaNiFeX

Can't wait to see these in person. Hope they are here in time for my Mech27. Need some glory shots.  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 19 January 2017, 18:25:31
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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 19 January 2017, 18:29:47
Update: 9 more packages went out today.  42% done! 

MaNi

9 to gooooo :D

Woot!  You will either be heading out tomorrow or early next week depending on my home life/schedule.  Got the kiddos this week, so it's a bit up in the air.  Since you are abroad, it might take up to two weeks to get there First Class.  Please let me know when you get them!

MaNiFeX

Can't wait to see these in person. Hope they are here in time for my Mech27. Need some glory shots.  :thumb:

I don't see why you wouldn't get them in January.  Early February at the latest.  I'm not sure how fast US/Canada post is at customs?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 20 January 2017, 16:56:41
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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: Dreamre on Sat, 21 January 2017, 20:57:41
I just wanted to thank you Manifex for running such a great and smooth GB. Out of all GBs I've participated, he's been the most responsive and resolved my concerns immediately. Thanks again!!!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 22 January 2017, 11:17:55
I just wanted to thank you Manifex for running such a great and smooth GB. Out of all GBs I've participated, he's been the most responsive and resolved my concerns immediately. Thanks again!!!

This makes my day!  Thank you!  I'm doing my best.  It's a lot of work (more than I anticipated) and despite taking a break during the holidays, I really hope to conclude this in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you everyone for your support.  The main reason I did this was to restore some faith in the GB process after getting burned by Ivan...  Looks like I'm almost to my goal.

Have a great day!

MaNi
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: Fictiouz on Sun, 22 January 2017, 11:45:45
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MANNNN where do you find all these awesome pics. Can't wait for the set and love how even when you don't have stuff to update about the GB you keep the thread lively  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 22 January 2017, 12:23:56
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MANNNN where do you find all these awesome pics. Can't wait for the set and love how even when you don't have stuff to update about the GB you keep the thread lively  :thumb:

MWAHAHAHAHAHA!  My Google-fu is finally paying off.   ;D  Glad you are happy I'm keeping it moving.  I was hoping people didn't mind the spammy stuff. 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: renne on Tue, 24 January 2017, 22:25:21
Just received my set. Everything looks great except two keys...
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 25 January 2017, 13:01:36
Just received my set. Everything looks great except two keys...

Bummer.  I'm sorry.  I've had one other report of scratched keys.  I believe this happened when shipped from Germany to me, as I've done a decent job of packing them myself.  I'll PM you my e-mail address and forward it onto GMK.  They have been responsive to these issues.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: brizzzle on Wed, 25 January 2017, 19:24:27
YAS, got me some tracking! Thanks again for running such a smooth GB.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 25 January 2017, 20:33:39
YAS, got me some tracking! Thanks again for running such a smooth GB.

 ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 53% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 25 January 2017, 20:34:48
Halfway done with shipping!  Woot!  I will be out of town until Sunday night, so I won't ship out again until Monday next week.  Check status of GB and e-mail for more information!

Thanks all,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: renne on Wed, 25 January 2017, 21:11:16
Just received my set. Everything looks great except two keys...

Bummer.  I'm sorry.  I've had one other report of scratched keys.  I believe this happened when shipped from Germany to me, as I've done a decent job of packing them myself.  I'll PM you my e-mail address and forward it onto GMK.  They have been responsive to these issues.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX
Thank you for the reply. It is definitely not your fault!
Do you have any extras? If you have, it will save me from waiting two keys shipping from Germany.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 25 January 2017, 21:17:06
Just received my set. Everything looks great except two keys...

Bummer.  I'm sorry.  I've had one other report of scratched keys.  I believe this happened when shipped from Germany to me, as I've done a decent job of packing them myself.  I'll PM you my e-mail address and forward it onto GMK.  They have been responsive to these issues.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX
Thank you for the reply. It is definitely not your fault!
Do you have any extras? If you have, it will save me from waiting two keys shipping from Germany.

Unfortunately, not at the moment.  This was a really tight group buy and I was unable to secure multiple sets for replacement, financially.  I submitted a support request to GMK for you and I hope that they are able to fulfill the support ticket quickly. 

Thank you for understanding.  I'll make sure to push this through.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 42% done)
Post by: renne on Wed, 25 January 2017, 21:43:31
Just received my set. Everything looks great except two keys...

Bummer.  I'm sorry.  I've had one other report of scratched keys.  I believe this happened when shipped from Germany to me, as I've done a decent job of packing them myself.  I'll PM you my e-mail address and forward it onto GMK.  They have been responsive to these issues.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX
Thank you for the reply. It is definitely not your fault!
Do you have any extras? If you have, it will save me from waiting two keys shipping from Germany.

Unfortunately, not at the moment.  This was a really tight group buy and I was unable to secure multiple sets for replacement, financially.  I submitted a support request to GMK for you and I hope that they are able to fulfill the support ticket quickly. 

Thank you for understanding.  I'll make sure to push this through.

Thank you for the explanation. Totally understand your situation as an individual GB leader.
Again, thanks for your effort!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 53% done)
Post by: smart5088 on Mon, 30 January 2017, 11:24:11
delivery problem, send pm check please.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 53% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 30 January 2017, 12:01:12
delivery problem, send pm check please.

Replied.  Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 53% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 31 January 2017, 17:33:42
Shipping some more international packages after work today.  Can anyone confirm they received an international package using pre-paid postage and customs forms? Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 53% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 31 January 2017, 18:07:54
Shipping some more international packages after work today.  Can anyone confirm they received an international package using pre-paid postage and customs forms? Thanks!

OK, due to the large amount of international shipments and that I based shipping charges on my only previous international shipment charges to Canada (less than global shipping), I am out of group buy funds now.

I will continue shipping all orders, but if any international members haven't sent an extra $10 to me, please do so if you can at matthew_t_west@yahoo [dot] com.  I don't mind spending a little extra on this GB from my own personal funds, but it looks like it's going to be on the order of $400-$500 and I'd like to recoup any of that cost that I can.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 53% done)
Post by: duynguyenle on Tue, 31 January 2017, 18:22:53
Shipping some more international packages after work today.  Can anyone confirm they received an international package using pre-paid postage and customs forms? Thanks!

OK, due to the large amount of international shipments and that I based shipping charges on my only previous international shipment charges to Canada (less than global shipping), I am out of group buy funds now.

I will continue shipping all orders, but if any international members haven't sent an extra $10 to me, please do so if you can at matthew_t_west@yahoo [dot] com.  I don't mind spending a little extra on this GB from my own personal funds, but it looks like it's going to be on the order of $400-$500 and I'd like to recoup any of that cost that I can.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Sent!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 53% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 31 January 2017, 18:28:11
Shipping some more international packages after work today.  Can anyone confirm they received an international package using pre-paid postage and customs forms? Thanks!

OK, due to the large amount of international shipments and that I based shipping charges on my only previous international shipment charges to Canada (less than global shipping), I am out of group buy funds now.

I will continue shipping all orders, but if any international members haven't sent an extra $10 to me, please do so if you can at matthew_t_west@yahoo [dot] com.  I don't mind spending a little extra on this GB from my own personal funds, but it looks like it's going to be on the order of $400-$500 and I'd like to recoup any of that cost that I can.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Sent!

Much appreciated!  Heading to the post office now! Do you mind confirming when you receive?  I want to make sure my prepaid shipping labels make its through customs (I suspect they do, haven't heard a problem, yet).

EDIT: I just tracked a package that went to Spain using prepaid postage.  Seems to be good to go.  Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 53% done)
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 01 February 2017, 04:50:05
Shipping some more international packages after work today.  Can anyone confirm they received an international package using pre-paid postage and customs forms? Thanks!

OK, due to the large amount of international shipments and that I based shipping charges on my only previous international shipment charges to Canada (less than global shipping), I am out of group buy funds now.

I will continue shipping all orders, but if any international members haven't sent an extra $10 to me, please do so if you can at matthew_t_west@yahoo [dot] com.  I don't mind spending a little extra on this GB from my own personal funds, but it looks like it's going to be on the order of $400-$500 and I'd like to recoup any of that cost that I can.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX

Sent!

Much appreciated!  Heading to the post office now! Do you mind confirming when you receive?  I want to make sure my prepaid shipping labels make its through customs (I suspect they do, haven't heard a problem, yet).

EDIT: I just tracked a package that went to Spain using prepaid postage.  Seems to be good to go.  Thanks!

USPS usually takes a while but it always gets here eventually. I'll ping back once I get it in a week or two :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: Khers on Wed, 01 February 2017, 05:14:05

091   Shipped   smart5088
092   Shipped   seblove
093   Shipped   -pineapple- @GH
094   Shipped   priyadi

095   Paid   Khers
098   Shipped   ipee9932cd
099   Paid   kubiedo
100   Paid   Asbrodeus
So close...
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 01 February 2017, 08:47:11

091   Shipped   smart5088
092   Shipped   seblove
093   Shipped   -pineapple- @GH
094   Shipped   priyadi

095   Paid   Khers
098   Shipped   ipee9932cd
099   Paid   kubiedo
100   Paid   Asbrodeus
So close...

Yet so far :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 01 February 2017, 12:17:21

091   Shipped   smart5088
092   Shipped   seblove
093   Shipped   -pineapple- @GH
094   Shipped   priyadi

095   Paid   Khers
098   Shipped   ipee9932cd
099   Paid   kubiedo
100   Paid   Asbrodeus
So close...

Sorry!!! I ran out of international shipping supplies and need to go and get more boxes.  I hope to do that tonight and ship yours out tomorrow!  I felt bad when I was just one international package away from catching up with domestic!  Doing my best!

Matthew
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: wodan on Wed, 01 February 2017, 12:35:46
Got mine :)

Thanks manifex, took a while but you stayed responsive and delivered. Would participate again.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 01 February 2017, 12:41:59
Got mine :)

Thanks manifex, took a while but you stayed responsive and delivered. Would participate again.

Sorry about the delay, production time (12 weeks) was out of my control, and I received them right around the holidays.  If I am to do this again, I'd try and get the keys delivered in the summer instead so that my holiday plans don't affect shipping.  This was my first GB and also didn't really conceive of the amount of work this takes!  Glad you like them.  Did they arrive safely?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: Khers on Wed, 01 February 2017, 13:36:32

091   Shipped   smart5088
092   Shipped   seblove
093   Shipped   -pineapple- @GH
094   Shipped   priyadi

095   Paid   Khers
098   Shipped   ipee9932cd
099   Paid   kubiedo
100   Paid   Asbrodeus
So close...

Sorry!!! I ran out of international shipping supplies and need to go and get more boxes.  I hope to do that tonight and ship yours out tomorrow!  I felt bad when I was just one international package away from catching up with domestic!  Doing my best!

Matthew
No worries mate! I just thought it was kind of funny ;)

You're doing very well indeed. The constant stream of updates – even if they are something along the lines of "I've got to deal with real life stuff right now" – are very much appreciated!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: wodan on Wed, 01 February 2017, 14:00:21
Got mine :)

Thanks manifex, took a while but you stayed responsive and delivered. Would participate again.

Sorry about the delay, production time (12 weeks) was out of my control, and I received them right around the holidays.  If I am to do this again, I'd try and get the keys delivered in the summer instead so that my holiday plans don't affect shipping.  This was my first GB and also didn't really conceive of the amount of work this takes!  Glad you like them.  Did they arrive safely?

No worries, it's all good. Staying responsive and making reliable statements is all I need.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 01 February 2017, 16:44:22
Got mine :)

Thanks manifex, took a while but you stayed responsive and delivered. Would participate again.

Sorry about the delay, production time (12 weeks) was out of my control, and I received them right around the holidays.  If I am to do this again, I'd try and get the keys delivered in the summer instead so that my holiday plans don't affect shipping.  This was my first GB and also didn't really conceive of the amount of work this takes!  Glad you like them.  Did they arrive safely?

No worries, it's all good. Staying responsive and making reliable statements is all I need.

And don't forget those beautiful shaped pieces of colored plastic!  Thanks for your support!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: Aqoush on Fri, 03 February 2017, 16:42:25
Hey Manifex,

Thanks for running the GB!

I received my set today and ran through all my keys and unfortunately there are some defects with my "Y" and "U" key (see attached photo).

They keys don't have scuffs, rather it seems like a problem with the doubleshot process.

Is there a way to remedy this problem (ticket to GMK I assume)?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: tuba section on Fri, 03 February 2017, 18:05:23
Was pleasantly surprised to get my set today! Doubly so since my name wasn't crossed out on the front page. Thanks a ton Manifex, I'll get some pictures up soon
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 03 February 2017, 18:50:40
Hey Manifex,

Thanks for running the GB!

I received my set today and ran through all my keys and unfortunately there are some defects with my "Y" and "U" key (see attached photo).

They keys don't have scuffs, rather it seems like a problem with the doubleshot process.

Is there a way to remedy this problem (ticket to GMK I assume)?

Yes, I'll PM you my e-mail address and we will get this taken care of with GMK.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 60% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 03 February 2017, 18:56:11
Was pleasantly surprised to get my set today! Doubly so since my name wasn't crossed out on the front page. Thanks a ton Manifex, I'll get some pictures up soon

It is now!  Just shipped out another group of sets.  The store ran out of my international boxes, so I could only ship out 4 more international orders.  I most likely will do two or three more shipments to finish up.  76% done!  Wooooot!   :p
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: padath on Sat, 04 February 2017, 14:18:47
Received my set yesterday. Amazingly well packaged - the best packaging of any group buy I've participated in :thumb:

A heartfelt thank-you MaNiFeX for running such a great group buy. You've kept everybody informed throughout with constant updates - no disappearances or lame excuses. If only all group buys were run so well.

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sat, 04 February 2017, 22:26:52
Received my set yesterday. Amazingly well packaged - the best packaging of any group buy I've participated in :thumb:

A heartfelt thank-you MaNiFeX for running such a great group buy. You've kept everybody informed throughout with constant updates - no disappearances or lame excuses. If only all group buys were run so well.

Awesome!  I thought my packaging was pretty 'barebones,' but I wanted it to be effective.  Glad to hear the group buy lived up to standards.  I wanted this to be the opposite of Miami Nights...  and with $15,000 of other people's money, the least I can do is be communicative. 

Thank you for participating!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: luckynet on Sun, 05 February 2017, 10:02:59
Received my set yesterday. Amazingly well packaged - the best packaging of any group buy I've participated in :thumb:

A heartfelt thank-you MaNiFeX for running such a great group buy. You've kept everybody informed throughout with constant updates - no disappearances or lame excuses. If only all group buys were run so well.



the packaging man, the ****ing packaging man, is amazeballs! i was like, sweet jebus

also, great group buy!

thanks manifex! I pray many good things happen to you for making this GB buttery smooth.

grats on the new wifey as well. hope your kids are doing well!! they've got a great dad
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 06 February 2017, 11:47:17
Received my set yesterday. Amazingly well packaged - the best packaging of any group buy I've participated in :thumb:

A heartfelt thank-you MaNiFeX for running such a great group buy. You've kept everybody informed throughout with constant updates - no disappearances or lame excuses. If only all group buys were run so well.



the packaging man, the ****ing packaging man, is amazeballs! i was like, sweet jebus

also, great group buy!

thanks manifex! I pray many good things happen to you for making this GB buttery smooth.

grats on the new wifey as well. hope your kids are doing well!! they've got a great dad

Aww, thanks.  I'm definitely blushing.   :-*

If my packaging keeps a set safe going all the way to Malaysia, I'm pretty sure I did OK!  For any of you interested, I used 'packing paper' to wrap the set similarly to a butcher wrap (see below).  I then filled the remaining space with bundled packing paper to keep the set tight in box.  For domestic, I was able to do a butcher wrap the approximate size of a small flat rate box in order to keep the set from moving/getting damaged.

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: Fictiouz on Mon, 06 February 2017, 11:58:13

112   Shipped   Proyoyo
113   Shipped   lovestream1989

114   Paid   Gajible
115   Shipped   gamer179
116   Shipped   luckyryan333@GH

117   Paid   koops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 06 February 2017, 12:17:49

112   Shipped   Proyoyo
113   Shipped   lovestream1989

114   Paid   Gajible
115   Shipped   gamer179
116   Shipped   luckyryan333@GH

117   Paid   koops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.

Going out soon!  My store ran out of the supplies I use.  F Gabe's L.   :-[
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: Gajible on Mon, 06 February 2017, 12:28:48

112   Shipped   Proyoyo
113   Shipped   lovestream1989

114   Paid   Gajible
115   Shipped   gamer179
116   Shipped   luckyryan333@GH

117   Paid   koops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.

Going out soon!  My store ran out of the supplies I use.  F Gabe's L.   :-[

I see how it is! Top skam! Report. You'll be b& m8.

In all seriousness though, thanks for running such a smooth GB  MaNiFeX! I can tell you that Fictiouz and I appreciate the **** out of you.  :thumb:

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 06 February 2017, 12:35:27

112   Shipped   Proyoyo
113   Shipped   lovestream1989

114   Paid   Gajible
115   Shipped   gamer179
116   Shipped   luckyryan333@GH

117   Paid   koops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.

Going out soon!  My store ran out of the supplies I use.  F Gabe's L.   :-[

I see how it is! Top skam! Report. You'll be b& m8.

In all seriousness though, thanks for running such a smooth GB  MaNiFeX! I can tell you that Fictiouz and I appreciate the **** out of you.  :thumb:

Thanks gajible.  It's my first GB, had to really push for it to hit MOQ.  I didn't want to mess it up.  Lots of logistics.  Had a couple mis-shipments, a few QC issues that I've had to resolve, but for the most part, it's gone well on my end, too.  Looking forward to finishing up shipments this week and maybe into next week. I haven't bought/modded/played with keebs during the GB to keep myself focused.  Looking forward to getting back in the game.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 08 February 2017, 11:56:22
Finally restocked my boxes at the store.  Will ship out more tomorrow.  Hope to finish the rest of packing over the weekend and finish shipping on Monday!  OMG, it's happening!!!  :eek:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 09 February 2017, 18:55:18

112   Shipped   Proyoyo
113   Shipped   lovestream1989

114   Paid   Gajible
115   Shipped   gamer179
116   Shipped   luckyryan333@GH

117   Paid   koops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.

Going out soon!  My store ran out of the supplies I use.  F Gabe's L.   :-[

I see how it is! Top skam! Report. You'll be b& m8.

In all seriousness though, thanks for running such a smooth GB  MaNiFeX! I can tell you that Fictiouz and I appreciate the **** out of you.  :thumb:

Alright!  Got some more packages shipped out.  I will most definitely be done next week at this rate.  Thanks for all who have been patient.  It was my goal to be done with this within 6-9 months.  Looks like we are going to make it.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: Fictiouz on Thu, 09 February 2017, 19:09:46

112   Shipped   Proyoyo
113   Shipped   lovestream1989

114   Paid   Gajible
115   Shipped   gamer179
116   Shipped   luckyryan333@GH

117   Paid   koops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.

Going out soon!  My store ran out of the supplies I use.  F Gabe's L.   :-[

I see how it is! Top skam! Report. You'll be b& m8.

In all seriousness though, thanks for running such a smooth GB  MaNiFeX! I can tell you that Fictiouz and I appreciate the **** out of you.  :thumb:

Alright!  Got some more packages shipped out.  I will most definitely be done next week at this rate.  Thanks for all who have been patient.  It was my goal to be done with this within 6-9 months.  Looks like we are going to make it.

Gajible does not lie, you're the man! Also mine's only a day away, but there's a big storm coming so fingers crossed it shows up tomorrow :))
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 76% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 09 February 2017, 20:08:43

112   Shipped   Proyoyo
113   Shipped   lovestream1989

114   Paid   Gajible
115   Shipped   gamer179
116   Shipped   luckyryan333@GH

117   Paid   koops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.

Going out soon!  My store ran out of the supplies I use.  F Gabe's L.   :-[

I see how it is! Top skam! Report. You'll be b& m8.

In all seriousness though, thanks for running such a smooth GB  MaNiFeX! I can tell you that Fictiouz and I appreciate the **** out of you.  :thumb:

Alright!  Got some more packages shipped out.  I will most definitely be done next week at this rate.  Thanks for all who have been patient.  It was my goal to be done with this within 6-9 months.  Looks like we are going to make it.

Gajible does not lie, you're the man! Also mine's only a day away, but there's a big storm coming so fingers crossed it shows up tomorrow :))

Thanks Fictiouz!  Only 25 more left.  Hoping to get all packed this weekend and shipped next week.  :thumb:

 Unfortunately, it looks like I'm going have to use $300-500 of my own funds to finish shipping due to my international shipping miscalculation.  I based it on shipping to Canada which is $10 cheaper than overseas shipping.

Any International Buyers that can pay me an extra $10, it would really help out! 
Send funds to matthew_t_west [at] yahoo [dot] com!  Thanks all that have done so already!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: Fictiouz on Fri, 10 February 2017, 12:06:59

112ShippedProyoyo
113Shippedlovestream1989

114PaidGajible
115Shippedgamer179
116Shippedluckyryan333@GH

117Paidkoops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.

Going out soon!  My store ran out of the supplies I use.  F Gabe's L.   :-[

I see how it is! Top skam! Report. You'll be b& m8.

In all seriousness though, thanks for running such a smooth GB  MaNiFeX! I can tell you that Fictiouz and I appreciate the **** out of you.  :thumb:

Alright!  Got some more packages shipped out.  I will most definitely be done next week at this rate.  Thanks for all who have been patient.  It was my goal to be done with this within 6-9 months.  Looks like we are going to make it.

Gajible does not lie, you're the man! Also mine's only a day away, but there's a big storm coming so fingers crossed it shows up tomorrow :))

Thanks Fictiouz!  Only 25 more left.  Hoping to get all packed this weekend and shipped next week.  :thumb:

 Unfortunately, it looks like I'm going have to use $300-500 of my own funds to finish shipping due to my international shipping miscalculation.  I based it on shipping to Canada which is $10 cheaper than overseas shipping.

Any International Buyers that can pay me an extra $10, it would really help out! 
Send funds to matthew_t_west [at] yahoo [dot] com!  Thanks all that have done so already!
I already sent 20 and am in Canada. If I wasn't so tight for cash I would send another 20 more!

My package is on the truck and going to the post office as we speak. Can't wait to see the set in person!

Thanks again for hosting a kick ass group buy, Matthew! Next GB should be a novelties pack. ;)

Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 10 February 2017, 14:28:46

112ShippedProyoyo
113Shippedlovestream1989

114PaidGajible
115Shippedgamer179
116Shippedluckyryan333@GH

117Paidkoops finalarcadia and Zeneraith

RIP Gabe.

Going out soon!  My store ran out of the supplies I use.  F Gabe's L.   :-[

I see how it is! Top skam! Report. You'll be b& m8.

In all seriousness though, thanks for running such a smooth GB  MaNiFeX! I can tell you that Fictiouz and I appreciate the **** out of you.  :thumb:

Alright!  Got some more packages shipped out.  I will most definitely be done next week at this rate.  Thanks for all who have been patient.  It was my goal to be done with this within 6-9 months.  Looks like we are going to make it.

Gajible does not lie, you're the man! Also mine's only a day away, but there's a big storm coming so fingers crossed it shows up tomorrow :))

Thanks Fictiouz!  Only 25 more left.  Hoping to get all packed this weekend and shipped next week.  :thumb:

 Unfortunately, it looks like I'm going have to use $300-500 of my own funds to finish shipping due to my international shipping miscalculation.  I based it on shipping to Canada which is $10 cheaper than overseas shipping.

Any International Buyers that can pay me an extra $10, it would really help out! 
Send funds to matthew_t_west [at] yahoo [dot] com!  Thanks all that have done so already!
I already sent 20 and am in Canada. If I wasn't so tight for cash I would send another 20 more!

My package is on the truck and going to the post office as we speak. Can't wait to see the set in person!

Thanks again for hosting a kick ass group buy, Matthew! Next GB should be a novelties pack. ;)

Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk

Dude, you didn't need to do that!  You are one of the few that I didn't need that from!  Appreciate it so much!  Per the next GB, I really got to think about leading another!  I wanted to do something a little smaller, but shipping to 150 people (or more) is challenging!  Maybe if I had a European/Asian proxy, it would make it a little less daunting.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: Khers on Sat, 11 February 2017, 09:21:47
Sent you another $10, MaNiFeX

Thanks for the GB!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sat, 11 February 2017, 13:03:17
Sent you another $10, MaNiFeX

Thanks for the GB!

You guys are awesome.  I'm packing up the rest of the sets this weekend.  Will post progress!  Hoping to be 100% shipped by either the 13th or 15th.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: renne on Sat, 11 February 2017, 20:18:37
Just received the replacement of my broken '5' and 'H' keys. Thanks a lot!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: Tally810 on Sat, 11 February 2017, 22:02:50
I'm not even part of this gb but I sent you a ten spot to help see you through the end of this one.  Too many group buy leaders end up stalling the buys when they run out of funds to ship and won't admit a miscalculation on their part.  I assume with how shipping costs change its an easy mistake to make.  Good luck!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: smittysteve on Sat, 11 February 2017, 22:05:32
I'm not even part of this gb but I sent you a ten spot to help see you through the end of this one.  Too many group buy leaders end up stalling the buys when they run out of funds to ship and won't admit a miscalculation on their part.  I assume with how shipping costs change its an easy mistake to make.  Good luck!

That's freaking awesome, brother.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 12 February 2017, 12:43:42
I'm not even part of this gb but I sent you a ten spot to help see you through the end of this one.  Too many group buy leaders end up stalling the buys when they run out of funds to ship and won't admit a miscalculation on their part.  I assume with how shipping costs change its an easy mistake to make.  Good luck!

That's really dope of you.  ****in' diamonds and hot chicks, RiFf RaFF style!  Thanks for your support!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: Tally810 on Sun, 12 February 2017, 12:49:31
I'm not even part of this gb but I sent you a ten spot to help see you through the end of this one.  Too many group buy leaders end up stalling the buys when they run out of funds to ship and won't admit a miscalculation on their part.  I assume with how shipping costs change its an easy mistake to make.  Good luck!

That's really dope of you.  ****in' diamonds and hot chicks, RiFf RaFF style!  Thanks for your support!
:thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 12 February 2017, 13:00:21
Just received the replacement of my broken '5' and 'H' keys. Thanks a lot!

Fantastic!  Glad to hear.
Title: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: neon_tom on Sun, 12 February 2017, 13:52:35
Got my set the other day and I'm super impressed. Packaging was fantastic and the caps look even better than I expected.

I have one tiny issue with one cap that I'll PM you about MaNiFeX but otherwise, I couldn't be happier with this GB. :-)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 82% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Sun, 12 February 2017, 22:55:21
All orders packed. I hope to get them all shipped tomorrow.  Thanks for those that threw in the extra cash for the group buy.  I really appreciate it.

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 99% done)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 13 February 2017, 15:35:17
OK!  All but one packaged shipped (awaiting address confirmation)!!!   :eek:

After shipping the last package, I will be keeping the thread open for replacement needs.  Looks like I'm only about $150 in the hole for the project, so pretty happy about that!  Thanks to all that helped make this happen.

MaNiFeX

(http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/luke-skywalker-ocd.jpg?x20462)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping - 99% done)
Post by: PerniciousPony on Mon, 13 February 2017, 16:26:07
Just got my shipping info this morning  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 February 2017, 12:59:52
100% Shipped
(https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/6796559/stormtroopers.gif)

OK, everyone.  You should be getting your keycaps soon if you haven't already!  Pending some replacements, this group buy is over!  Thank you all who made this possible. 

"These aren't the droids we're looking for."
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: duynguyenle on Tue, 14 February 2017, 15:47:28
Picked up my set today and did a quick check. No scratches or damage. Very good packaging job, 10/10 would buy again (please please please would you consider adding 1800 support for your future GBs please please please :) )

These may not be the droids I'm looking for, but it's definitely the keyset I am looking for :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 February 2017, 16:20:11
Picked up my set today and did a quick check. No scratches or damage. Very good packaging job, 10/10 would buy again (please please please would you consider adding 1800 support for your future GBs please please please :) )

These may not be the droids I'm looking for, but it's definitely the keyset I am looking for :D

Yes, that was my one realization after launching this: I should have included 1800 support.  :rolleyes:  Glad you got your set and like it!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: duynguyenle on Tue, 14 February 2017, 18:16:44
Picked up my set today and did a quick check. No scratches or damage. Very good packaging job, 10/10 would buy again (please please please would you consider adding 1800 support for your future GBs please please please :) )

These may not be the droids I'm looking for, but it's definitely the keyset I am looking for :D

Yes, that was my one realization after launching this: I should have included 1800 support.  :rolleyes:  Glad you got your set and like it!

The set already includes most of the major pieces for 1800 layout: small right shift, 1u Numpad '0' and the split numpad +/- keys, really the only things missing are the 3x1u keys for the cluster at the top.

In any case, I now face the difficult decision of what board to actually put these caps on or build a new board just for this set :-|
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 14 February 2017, 23:45:37
Picked up my set today and did a quick check. No scratches or damage. Very good packaging job, 10/10 would buy again (please please please would you consider adding 1800 support for your future GBs please please please :) )

These may not be the droids I'm looking for, but it's definitely the keyset I am looking for :D

Yes, that was my one realization after launching this: I should have included 1800 support.  :rolleyes:  Glad you got your set and like it!

The set already includes most of the major pieces for 1800 layout: small right shift, 1u Numpad '0' and the split numpad +/- keys, really the only things missing are the 3x1u keys for the cluster at the top.

In any case, I now face the difficult decision of what board to actually put these caps on or build a new board just for this set :-|

Hmmm.  Your QFR would display them nicely.  I have mine on a Leandren R5 HHKB right now, but might put them on the Exent or my VA68M.  Tough decisions!!!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: neon_tom on Wed, 15 February 2017, 06:02:39
Picked up my set today and did a quick check. No scratches or damage. Very good packaging job, 10/10 would buy again (please please please would you consider adding 1800 support for your future GBs please please please :) )

These may not be the droids I'm looking for, but it's definitely the keyset I am looking for :D

Yes, that was my one realization after launching this: I should have included 1800 support.  :rolleyes:  Glad you got your set and like it!

The set already includes most of the major pieces for 1800 layout: small right shift, 1u Numpad '0' and the split numpad +/- keys, really the only things missing are the 3x1u keys for the cluster at the top.

In any case, I now face the difficult decision of what board to actually put these caps on or build a new board just for this set :-|

Hmmm.  Your QFR would display them nicely.  I have mine on a Leandren R5 HHKB right now, but might put them on the Exent or my VA68M.  Tough decisions!!!

They'd look super clean on a black Exent. Actually any Exent for that matter...
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: finalarcadia on Wed, 15 February 2017, 13:07:28
Received them and everything looks great, thanks Manifex  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: smittysteve on Wed, 15 February 2017, 13:17:53
One beautiful set of keys just made it to the desert SW... Will look through them tonight, but thanks again Manifex for a smooth and fun GB. Very nicely done all the way through!!  :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 15 February 2017, 13:40:57
Received them and everything looks great, thanks Manifex  :thumb:

One beautiful set of keys just made it to the desert SW... Will look through them tonight, but thanks again Manifex for a smooth and fun GB. Very nicely done all the way through!!  :thumb: :thumb:

Woooohoooo!  Glad to hear it, guys!  I'm so glad everyone is getting their sets and is happy.  Makes the whole process worthwhile.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: duynguyenle on Wed, 15 February 2017, 13:50:05
Picked up my set today and did a quick check. No scratches or damage. Very good packaging job, 10/10 would buy again (please please please would you consider adding 1800 support for your future GBs please please please :) )

These may not be the droids I'm looking for, but it's definitely the keyset I am looking for :D

Yes, that was my one realization after launching this: I should have included 1800 support.  :rolleyes:  Glad you got your set and like it!

The set already includes most of the major pieces for 1800 layout: small right shift, 1u Numpad '0' and the split numpad +/- keys, really the only things missing are the 3x1u keys for the cluster at the top.

In any case, I now face the difficult decision of what board to actually put these caps on or build a new board just for this set :-|

Hmmm.  Your QFR would display them nicely.  I have mine on a Leandren R5 HHKB right now, but might put them on the Exent or my VA68M.  Tough decisions!!!

I'm thinking I should build a new White themed 60% just for this :D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 15 February 2017, 13:53:08
Picked up my set today and did a quick check. No scratches or damage. Very good packaging job, 10/10 would buy again (please please please would you consider adding 1800 support for your future GBs please please please :) )

These may not be the droids I'm looking for, but it's definitely the keyset I am looking for :D

Yes, that was my one realization after launching this: I should have included 1800 support.  :rolleyes:  Glad you got your set and like it!

The set already includes most of the major pieces for 1800 layout: small right shift, 1u Numpad '0' and the split numpad +/- keys, really the only things missing are the 3x1u keys for the cluster at the top.

In any case, I now face the difficult decision of what board to actually put these caps on or build a new board just for this set :-|

Hmmm.  Your QFR would display them nicely.  I have mine on a Leandren R5 HHKB right now, but might put them on the Exent or my VA68M.  Tough decisions!!!

I'm thinking I should build a new White themed 60% just for this :D

Please post if you do!!!

Let the pictures of people's setup commence!!!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: luumii on Wed, 15 February 2017, 13:56:02
Such a shame that I missed out on this  :(

If there ever is another run of this I'll be super interested!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 15 February 2017, 16:42:21
Such a shame that I missed out on this  :(

If there ever is another run of this I'll be super interested!

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this will be my only run of this set.  Someone else is welcome to do another run, as it's just two colors: CR on CP.  Since this barely made MOQ and I want to keep this set special for the people that did back this, I agreed to not run this color way again.  Maybe someone else can give it a go? 
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 20 February 2017, 12:01:16
OK, GMK is shipping me the rest of the replacement caps that have been requested.  Please let me know if there are any issues remaining out there.  Looking forward to calling this complete!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: Zeneraith on Tue, 21 February 2017, 08:56:11
[attach=1]

Reporting in: all keys accounted for, no anomalies whatsoever.

Thank you very much for the group buy, Manifex.  :thumb:

(Don't mind the photo too much - a power outage happened while I was fitting the caps onto the board, so instead of bumming out while waiting for the power to return, I made do with alternative lighting :p)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: cyberpigg on Tue, 21 February 2017, 10:04:50
Ordered thru my reddit name, blacknosebear. No issues here, beautiful set.

Now waiting on another group buy board to put this one....
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 21 February 2017, 13:10:38
(Attachment Link)

Reporting in: all keys accounted for, no anomalies whatsoever.

Thank you very much for the group buy, Manifex.  :thumb:

(Don't mind the photo too much - a power outage happened while I was fitting the caps onto the board, so instead of bumming out while waiting for the power to return, I made do with alternative lighting :p)

Wow.  Beautiful!  I really like that it compliments your Mistel!   :thumb:

I thought it might be a Stormtrooper shrine!  lol  ;D
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: PerniciousPony on Wed, 22 February 2017, 16:28:35
Received my set.  A few caps have issues, but they seem too minor to warrant replacement.  Overall awesome set and GB, thanks for running things so smoothly and amazing communication through MaNiFeX  :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 23 February 2017, 13:43:20
Received my set.  A few caps have issues, but they seem too minor to warrant replacement.  Overall awesome set and GB, thanks for running things so smoothly and amazing communication through MaNiFeX  :thumb:

Please feel free to photograph and send me images. I can get GMK to replace.  FYI, I've noticed one issue (have had 4 replacement requests) that there is a black dot on a key or two.  One key had a mis-shot legend.  None of the issues were due to my shipments, so this is just part of the process.  GMK has assured me that they are using the photographs to better their QA process.

Thank you!

Matthew
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 02 March 2017, 16:56:48
Hi Everyone.  Just checking in.  Any issues?  Seems like all packages should be delivered by now?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: Fictiouz on Tue, 07 March 2017, 20:43:12
Finally got the board deserving of this set. I give you, Stomrtrooper MK-0027.

(http://i.imgur.com/nJ1dJQm.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: wodan on Wed, 08 March 2017, 02:02:51
Love a contrasty 96-keyboard so this is my ZZ96:
(http://i.imgur.com/NrFwANq.jpg)
Aka the Half-a-Trooper
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: Chronnoisseur on Wed, 08 March 2017, 20:36:37
Love a contrasty 96-keyboard so this is my ZZ96:
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/NrFwANq.jpg)

Aka the Half-a-Trooper

Nice board  :thumb:  Would you sell me the aplhas? ;)

I missed this gb and am looking for a set if anyone has one they would be willing to sell
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: feediko on Sat, 11 March 2017, 15:20:37
Hi Everyone.  Just checking in.  Any issues?  Seems like all packages should be delivered by now?

Finally got around finishing my build:
- White Ducky One TKL
- Metallic Red Plate
- Red LEDs
- GMK Stormtrooper


The set looks good but the left ISO shift-key looks a bit crooked compared to the other keys and other ISO shift-keys in my other GMK sets...
Any chance to get it replaced? See attachment.

Also please PM me your Paypal so i can send you the missing $10 for shipping!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 13 March 2017, 14:07:04
Hi Everyone.  Just checking in.  Any issues?  Seems like all packages should be delivered by now?

Finally got around finishing my build:
- White Ducky One TKL
- Metallic Red Plate
- Red LEDs
- GMK Stormtrooper


The set looks good but the left ISO shift-key looks a bit crooked compared to the other keys and other ISO shift-keys in my other GMK sets...
Any chance to get it replaced? See attachment.

Also please PM me your Paypal so i can send you the missing $10 for shipping!

Will do.  I will include the process I've been using for replacements as well. 

Thanks!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 13 March 2017, 14:07:36
Finally got the board deserving of this set. I give you, Stomrtrooper MK-0027.

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/nJ1dJQm.jpg)


Wow!  I wanna see that nav cluster up close!!!  So dope.   :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 13 March 2017, 14:10:11
Hi All,

I just started a new job on Thursday and have been super busy and probably will be for a couple week, so please be patient with my response time for a bit.

Updates: I just received the replacements for the first round of people who requested them.  I will be shipping them out sometime this week.  For those more recently requesting a replacement, I will be able to deal with those on an individual basis.  Just PM if you are having an issue with any of the keys.

Thanks,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: loph12 on Tue, 14 March 2017, 17:24:06
Love it!

(https://i.imgur.com/MS995GZ.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: Prelim on Thu, 16 March 2017, 08:00:59
Hi guys,

I'm looking for just 2 caps from this, does anyone have a 1u Win and Fn that might spare?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 16 March 2017, 12:10:01
Love it!

Show Image
(https://i.imgur.com/MS995GZ.jpg)


Very nice!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 29 March 2017, 10:59:00
I received shipment of replacement keys from GMK a week or two ago.  Since starting my new job, I've had a bit of a time crunch.  I'll be packing up tonight or tomorrow and shipping out on Friday.  Thanks for your patience as I wrap up the buy.

Take Care,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: neon_tom on Wed, 29 March 2017, 12:10:08
I received shipment of replacement keys from GMK a week or two ago.  Since starting my new job, I've had a bit of a time crunch.  I'll be packing up tonight or tomorrow and shipping out on Friday.  Thanks for your patience as I wrap up the buy.

Take Care,

MaNiFeX

This is awesome to hear. I'm waiting on replacement caps in another keycap GB as well and the communication there has been abysmal. So I really appreciate the transparency here. Easily one of the best GBs I've been a part of. :-)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Wed, 29 March 2017, 13:56:14
I received shipment of replacement keys from GMK a week or two ago.  Since starting my new job, I've had a bit of a time crunch.  I'll be packing up tonight or tomorrow and shipping out on Friday.  Thanks for your patience as I wrap up the buy.

Take Care,

MaNiFeX

This is awesome to hear. I'm waiting on replacement caps in another keycap GB as well and the communication there has been abysmal. So I really appreciate the transparency here. Easily one of the best GBs I've been a part of. :-)

I appreciate that.  Before starting the group buy, I promised that I would be transparent and fully close a GB before starting another...  Looks like sticking to that has paid off.  The amount of work that goes into a group buy after its inception is much greater than that of setting the buy up.  So much so, I don't know if I can pull another off!  Let's hope so!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: Dreamre on Wed, 29 March 2017, 21:42:47
I received shipment of replacement keys from GMK a week or two ago.  Since starting my new job, I've had a bit of a time crunch.  I'll be packing up tonight or tomorrow and shipping out on Friday.  Thanks for your patience as I wrap up the buy.

Take Care,

MaNiFeX

This is awesome to hear. I'm waiting on replacement caps in another keycap GB as well and the communication there has been abysmal. So I really appreciate the transparency here. Easily one of the best GBs I've been a part of. :-)

I appreciate that.  Before starting the group buy, I promised that I would be transparent and fully close a GB before starting another...  Looks like sticking to that has paid off.  The amount of work that goes into a group buy after its inception is much greater than that of setting the buy up.  So much so, I don't know if I can pull another off!  Let's hope so!

He's the best GB leader I've encountered! Quickest replies too.

Here's a picture of my board with this set  ;).

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Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: Tally810 on Wed, 29 March 2017, 22:40:00
Thinking about trying to snag a set for a board coming.  Anyone have a set they want to get rid of?  If not I'll be off the the market.  Thanks

Sent from my SM-G928V using Tapatalk

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 30 March 2017, 12:08:01
I received shipment of replacement keys from GMK a week or two ago.  Since starting my new job, I've had a bit of a time crunch.  I'll be packing up tonight or tomorrow and shipping out on Friday.  Thanks for your patience as I wrap up the buy.

Take Care,

MaNiFeX

This is awesome to hear. I'm waiting on replacement caps in another keycap GB as well and the communication there has been abysmal. So I really appreciate the transparency here. Easily one of the best GBs I've been a part of. :-)

I appreciate that.  Before starting the group buy, I promised that I would be transparent and fully close a GB before starting another...  Looks like sticking to that has paid off.  The amount of work that goes into a group buy after its inception is much greater than that of setting the buy up.  So much so, I don't know if I can pull another off!  Let's hope so!

He's the best GB leader I've encountered! Quickest replies too.

Here's a picture of my board with this set  ;).

(Attachment Link)

Goddamn.  Is that a Viper?!  Looks so sweet.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: PerniciousPony on Thu, 30 March 2017, 16:48:50
(http://i.imgur.com/6TxW7kr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jCi9bqK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RxRAyBZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3FrLVZF.jpg)

Just finished my build with the set  :thumb:

Here's my post about the board if anyone is interested:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=88485.0
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: poolside on Thu, 30 March 2017, 16:57:39
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/6TxW7kr.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/jCi9bqK.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/RxRAyBZ.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/3FrLVZF.jpg)


Just finished my build with the set  :thumb:

Here's my post about the board if anyone is interested:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=88485.0

This is one beautiful winkeyless Realforce! :cool:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: neon_tom on Thu, 30 March 2017, 17:11:05
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/6TxW7kr.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/jCi9bqK.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/RxRAyBZ.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/3FrLVZF.jpg)


Just finished my build with the set  :thumb:

Here's my post about the board if anyone is interested:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=88485.0

Great looking board! That proper 7u space bar support is so nice. Literally the one thing that stops me from pulling the trigger on a topre board.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: Dreamre on Thu, 30 March 2017, 21:38:36
I received shipment of replacement keys from GMK a week or two ago.  Since starting my new job, I've had a bit of a time crunch.  I'll be packing up tonight or tomorrow and shipping out on Friday.  Thanks for your patience as I wrap up the buy.

Take Care,

MaNiFeX

This is awesome to hear. I'm waiting on replacement caps in another keycap GB as well and the communication there has been abysmal. So I really appreciate the transparency here. Easily one of the best GBs I've been a part of. :-)

I appreciate that.  Before starting the group buy, I promised that I would be transparent and fully close a GB before starting another...  Looks like sticking to that has paid off.  The amount of work that goes into a group buy after its inception is much greater than that of setting the buy up.  So much so, I don't know if I can pull another off!  Let's hope so!

He's the best GB leader I've encountered! Quickest replies too.

Here's a picture of my board with this set  ;).

(Attachment Link)

Goddamn.  Is that a Viper?!  Looks so sweet.

Yes sir! Thanks again for running the gb!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 31 March 2017, 13:28:14
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/6TxW7kr.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/jCi9bqK.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/RxRAyBZ.jpg)


Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/3FrLVZF.jpg)


Just finished my build with the set  :thumb:

Here's my post about the board if anyone is interested:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=88485.0

Holy ****.  That looks amazing.  Great build!  What do you think of the Alt Gr on the right 1.5 Alt?
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Shipping Replacements)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 31 March 2017, 13:31:35
I received shipment of replacement keys from GMK a week or two ago.  Since starting my new job, I've had a bit of a time crunch.  I'll be packing up tonight or tomorrow and shipping out on Friday.  Thanks for your patience as I wrap up the buy.

Take Care,

MaNiFeX

This is awesome to hear. I'm waiting on replacement caps in another keycap GB as well and the communication there has been abysmal. So I really appreciate the transparency here. Easily one of the best GBs I've been a part of. :-)

I appreciate that.  Before starting the group buy, I promised that I would be transparent and fully close a GB before starting another...  Looks like sticking to that has paid off.  The amount of work that goes into a group buy after its inception is much greater than that of setting the buy up.  So much so, I don't know if I can pull another off!  Let's hope so!

He's the best GB leader I've encountered! Quickest replies too.

Here's a picture of my board with this set  ;).

(Attachment Link)

Goddamn.  Is that a Viper?!  Looks so sweet.

Yes sir! Thanks again for running the gb!

That's a beautiful board.  One of the few I want to acquire, actually.  Hoping to pick up an R2.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (100% Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 07 April 2017, 19:39:38
Love a contrasty 96-keyboard so this is my ZZ96:
Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/NrFwANq.jpg)

Aka the Half-a-Trooper

That's sick.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Replacements Shipped)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 07 April 2017, 19:44:59
Hi All,

I sent out the first round of replacements and am doing a second/final round of replacements.  If you don't see your name here, I must have missed you!  Please resubmit!


I have no extra sets or replacement keys to sell.  I may do another group buy in the future, but will not be doing this colorway any time soon.

Thank You,

MaNiFeX
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 24 April 2017, 11:00:51
The second round of replacements is complete.  Feediko, I'm waiting on news from GMK.

The thread will be left open for any inquiries/pictures people want to post.  I had a great time running this group buy!  See you next time.

MaNiFeX

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RsCP1zQV7Xs/UW4i-bncjDI/AAAAAAAAL6E/pUYWsYGNu5k/s1600/Stormtrooper.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: neon_tom on Mon, 24 April 2017, 11:53:40
I totally forgot to post but I got my replacement cap about a week and a half ago. Thanks for a great GB MaNiFeX!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: Unforgivable on Mon, 24 April 2017, 14:05:34
I totally forgot to post but I got my replacement cap about a week and a half ago. Thanks for a great GB MaNiFeX!

I just wanted to echo this, MaNiFex has been nothing but pleasant to deal with! 20/10!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: stoic-lemon on Mon, 24 April 2017, 22:48:42
It was cool to see the man himself on MechMerlin's video from the Portland meetup :) I jumped out of my seat.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 25 April 2017, 11:42:15
It was cool to see the man himself on MechMerlin's video from the Portland meetup :) I jumped out of my seat.

Haha!  I was half drunk during that interview, but had a blast that night.  I was surprised more people weren't drinking the pitchers I bought for everyone, so I ended finishing one.  Then Merlin asked me to do it on my last beer.  :p

It's great to get some exposure on a channel like his!  If you're ever in Portland, hit me up.  There's a lot of us here, actually!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: feediko on Tue, 25 April 2017, 16:54:30
Thanks for trying to get them directly shipped by GMK and also running this GB. Will probably save us both some hassle.

I will do a proper photoshoot once I get the replacements/find time. :)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: smart5088 on Thu, 27 April 2017, 15:19:10
Hi.

Good delivery received.


For a long time was looking for gmk color code "CP" "CR"

My favorite best color!


Thank you for kindness response. ~  :D

Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Fri, 28 April 2017, 10:34:56
Hi.

Good delivery received.


For a long time was looking for gmk color code "CP" "CR"

My favorite best color!


Thank you for kindness response. ~  :D

Awesome, I'm glad you got them!  I love the colors of GMK caps that you are using (I see you got the blue/orange one, too!).  So fun to see all the different Stormtrooper pictures.

Enjoy,

MaNiFeX   :thumb:
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: duynguyenle on Sat, 29 April 2017, 07:16:46
Sittin' pretty on my TX84  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/oTuCJTk.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Mon, 01 May 2017, 12:44:35
Sittin' pretty on my TX84  ;D

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/oTuCJTk.jpg)


Super clean WKL/TKL!!!  I love seeing the 1u Fn key in use.  I'll post some of my builds soon.  Thanks for a great group buy, guys!
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Thu, 04 May 2017, 14:52:31
It has been a year since the inception of this key set and the GB is over!   :thumb:  Thanks everyone!

May the 4th be with you!
(https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/media/disneyparks_v0100/2/media/let-the-memories-begin/star-wars-4th.jpg)
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: Khers on Tue, 09 May 2017, 13:10:09
After having had them on hand for far too long, I put BBST on a board today, and, they look ace! Thanks for one of my fav GBs, MaNiFeX!

(http://i.imgur.com/VfB6880.jpg)

Originally, I had intended for their premiere to be on May the 4th, but life happens and whatever.
Title: Re: [GB] GMK Barebones Stormtrooper (Complete)
Post by: MaNiFeX on Tue, 09 May 2017, 13:25:06
After having had them on hand for far too long, I put BBST on a board today, and, they look ace! Thanks for one of my fav GBs, MaNiFeX!

Show Image
(http://i.imgur.com/VfB6880.jpg)


Originally, I had intended for their premiere to be on May the 4th, but life happens and whatever.

Super clean.  Love it!