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[GB] GMK Merlin - GB Ended 09/08/19
« on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 10:41:23 »
GMK Merlin GB 08/08/19 - 09/08/19 ENDED

Featuring stock GMK Colors TU1, N6, and CP, I present to you my first keyset design. For those who don't know me, I've been part of the community since around 2013/2014 (lurking primarily). Since then, I have created a YouTube channel where I review keyboards and feature meetups https://www.youtube.com/mechmerlin and I'm also the QMK Community Ambassador. If you're ever at a meetup and see someone with a wizard hat, that is most likely me.

This set is inspired by two of my favorite sets, GMK Triumph Adler and GMK Nautilus. I've included novelty kits for all your magical needs featuring my wizard hat, a crystal ball, and for the first time ever a QMK logo officially endorsed by QMK. (If other keyset designers wish to use this, simply ask QMK). My favorite novelty though is the "SUMMON" key. Disclaimer: Pressing the "SUMMON" key will not actually summon me.  ;)

But Merlin wait, didn't this set come out on August 8th, 2019? Well yes, we've had some difficulties in terms of renders but through the help of the community I've managed to remedy most of those issues. =). Anyway without further ado.......... *cue magical music

Kits

Base Kit (MOQ 150):
224597-0

Wizardry Kit (MOQ 100):
224644-1

Ortho/40s Kit (MOQ 100):
224646-2

Keyboard Renders:
224648-3
224650-4
224652-5
224654-6

Where to Purchase?

US: https://kono.store/products/gmk-merlin-keycap-set
EU: https://mykeyboard.eu/catalogue/category/group-buys/gmk-merlin_178/
Asia: https://ilumkb.com/collections/groupbuy/products/groubuygmk-merlin


Projected Timeline

GB Ends September 6th, 2019
Shipping to customers begins December 2019

Other Info:

I will be posting updates on this thread from here on out. You can see the IC thread on: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=95019.0

For even more updates or if you just want to directly ask about GMK Merlin, feel free to join the gmk-merlin channel on my Discord Server: https://discord.gg/ZThNMBx

Thank you to everyone for all their support in this set. From all the encouragement, to the novelty design and even to the renderings. Thank you all so much. Let's get this set to MOQ!
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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 12:49:19 »
Current GB Progress. The following statistics comprise total sales of each kit from kono, mykeyboard, and ilumkb. It will be in the format of sales/MOQ.

09/08/19 - FINAL CUSTOMER GROUP BUY SALES NUMBERS - numbers do not reflect vendor extras.
Base Kit: 203/150
Ortho/40s: 33/100
Wizardry: 137/100


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09/07/19
Base Kit: 187/150
Ortho/40s: 31/100
Wizardry: 125/100


09/06/19
Base Kit: 178/150
Ortho/40s: 30/100
Wizardry: 123/100


09/05/19 - MOQ for Base and Wizardry Hit!
Base Kit: 166/150
Ortho/40s: 27/100
Wizardry: 112/100


09/04/19
Base Kit: 140/150
Ortho/40s: 23/100
Wizardry: 89/100


09/03/19
Base Kit: 119/150
Ortho/40s: 19/100
Wizardry: 74/100


09/02/19
Base Kit: 114/150
Ortho/40s: 18/100
Wizardry: 70/100


08/30/19
Base Kit: 88/150
Ortho/40s: 14/100
Wizardry: 56/100


08/23/19
Base Kit: 64/150
Ortho/40s: 9/100
Wizardry: 29/100


08/16/19
Base Kit: 39/150
Ortho/40s: 9/100
Wizardry: 23/100


08/08/19
Base Kit: 07/150
Ortho/40s: 00/100
Wizardry: 00/100

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 16 August 2019, 12:49:45 »

09/19/19 - GMK makes their own renders

226615-0
226617-1

09/16/19 - Order submitted to GMK
09/08/19 - GROUP BUY ENDS
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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 08:25:44 »
Approved!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 23 August 2019, 11:32:16 »
Folks, I updated the current GB progress! We still have a ways to go to meet MOQ!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 23 August 2019, 22:14:44 »
Current GB Progress. The following statistics comprise total sales of each kit from kono, mykeyboard, and ilumkb. It will be in the format of sales/MOQ.

08/23/19
Base Kit: 64/150
Ortho/40s: 9/100
Wizardry: 29/100


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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 09:18:24 »
Thanks dvorcal for the neat graph!

Anyway, updates for this week. Doing a little better but still haven't hit MOQ.

We've got 1 more week to go!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 11:45:11 »
Current GB Progress. The following statistics comprise total sales of each kit from kono, mykeyboard, and ilumkb. It will be in the format of sales/MOQ.

08/30/19
Base Kit: 88/150
Ortho/40s: 14/100
Wizardry: 56/100


08/23/19
Base Kit: 64/150
Ortho/40s: 9/100
Wizardry: 29/100



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Thanks dvorcal for the neat graph!

Anyway, updates for this week. Doing a little better but still haven't hit MOQ.

We've got 1 more week to go!

You're welcome!

Best of luck with this GB.  August was a highly competitive month, but it looks like Merlin sales are picking up.
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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 5 Days
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 02 September 2019, 22:47:13 »
How close is this to hitting MOQ?

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 5 Days
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 02 September 2019, 22:49:57 »
How close is this to hitting MOQ?

Pretty sure they're now past the point that it will get produced once you include the extras being purchased by vendors. So if you were thinking of hopping on board, this is happening!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 5 Days
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 03 September 2019, 00:46:29 »
How close is this to hitting MOQ?

The second post in this thread contains up to date info on latest numbers. For more up to date info as I receive them you can look at my discord channel.

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 03 September 2019, 07:04:47 »
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Current GB Progress. The following statistics comprise total sales of each kit from kono, mykeyboard, and ilumkb. It will be in the format of sales/MOQ.

09/02/19
Base Kit: 114/150
Ortho/40s: 18/100
Wizardry: 70/100




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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 5 Days
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 03 September 2019, 10:37:51 »
Thanks dvorcol, I've looked back and tried to piece together metrics from conversations to backfill the earlier stats. =)

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 4 Days
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 03 September 2019, 13:28:11 »
As some of you may know, I also have a Twitch stream where I build boards and port boards into QMK.

I'll be doing a giveaway tonight 09/03 of a GMK Merlin base set during my Porting with Ports stream. Tune in at 7:30 PM PST on https://www.twitch.tv/mechmerlin to learn about the QMK porting process and to have a chance at the most magical set of the year!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 5 Days
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 03 September 2019, 14:20:09 »
Thanks dvorcol, I've looked back and tried to piece together metrics from conversations to backfill the earlier stats. =)

Thanks, I updated the history graph -->
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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 3 Days
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 04 September 2019, 19:57:38 »
Good news! We are extending the GB end day by another day! Couple people have expressed that Friday is pay day, and would be able to better afford the set on Friday rather than Thursday.

Another bit of good news, vendors have assured me that even if we don't hit MOQ, we are at the point where vendor extras will allow us to hit MOQ for both the base and novelty sets. Ortho/40s is still trailing far behind so there is little chance of that pulling through unless 60 people sign up all of a sudden!
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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 3 Days
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 04 September 2019, 21:58:18 »
Good news! We are extending the GB end day by another day! Couple people have expressed that Friday is pay day, and would be able to better afford the set on Friday rather than Thursday.

Another bit of good news, vendors have assured me that even if we don't hit MOQ, we are at the point where vendor extras will allow us to hit MOQ for both the base and novelty sets. Ortho/40s is still trailing far behind so there is little chance of that pulling through unless 60 people sign up all of a sudden!



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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 3 Days
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 04 September 2019, 23:41:47 »
Getting closer!!!
Metrics updated with 09/04 stats

09/04/19
Base Kit: 139/150
Ortho/40s: 23/100
Wizardry: 89/100

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 3 Days
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 05 September 2019, 00:29:35 »
Getting closer!!!
Metrics updated with 09/04 stats

09/04/19
Base Kit: 139/150
Ortho/40s: 23/100
Wizardry: 89/100



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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 2 Days
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 05 September 2019, 21:15:18 »
Wooohoooo! Folks, we finally hit MOQ, and that's before any vendor extras!

Thank you everyone who has purchased a set so far! We still got one more day to go!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 2 Days
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 05 September 2019, 21:48:22 »
Current GB Progress. The following statistics comprise total sales of each kit from kono, mykeyboard, and ilumkb. It will be in the format of sales/MOQ.

MOQs have been hit for Base and Wizardry. These do not include vendor extras for replacement or instock sales.

09/05/19
Base Kit: 166/150
Ortho/40s: 27/100
Wizardry: 112/100


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09/04/19
Base Kit: 140/150
Ortho/40s: 23/100
Wizardry: 89/100


09/03/19
Base Kit: 119/150
Ortho/40s: 19/100
Wizardry: 74/100


09/02/19
Base Kit: 114/150
Ortho/40s: 18/100
Wizardry: 70/100


08/30/19
Base Kit: 88/150
Ortho/40s: 14/100
Wizardry: 56/100


08/23/19
Base Kit: 64/150
Ortho/40s: 9/100
Wizardry: 29/100


08/16/19
Base Kit: 39/150
Ortho/40s: 9/100
Wizardry: 23/100


08/08/19
Base Kit: 07/150
Ortho/40s: 00/100
Wizardry: 00/100


Wooohoooo! Folks, we finally hit MOQ, and that's before any vendor extras!

Thank you everyone who has purchased a set so far! We still got one more day to go!




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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 2 Days
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 06 September 2019, 06:43:29 »
Wooohoooo! Folks, we finally hit MOQ, and that's before any vendor extras!

Thank you everyone who has purchased a set so far! We still got one more day to go!

Congrats  :D

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final Day (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 06 September 2019, 10:34:36 »
Folks, we have entered our FINAL DAY! As mentioned yesterday I am pleased to announce that MOQs for base and wizardry have been hit!

As of this posting, we got roughly 15 hours and 25 minutes left!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Ending 09/08 (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 06 September 2019, 20:17:34 »
Hello everyone. Kono has informed me that since they can't submit the order until Monday 09/08 anyway they might as well keep the GB open until then.

Hence, GMK Merlin will continue to be on sale until Sunday 09/08!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Ending 09/08 (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 09:03:46 »
Updated Sales

09/06/19
Base Kit: 178/150
Ortho/40s: 30/100
Wizardry: 123/100

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Ending 09/08 (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 09:26:07 »
Man I wish I had the money to get in on a set, really love this colorway, but didn't know it was even running till a few days ago. Hopefully they'll be some extras cause I have a feeling this is gonna be one of those sets that skyrockets in price on the second hand market!
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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Ending 09/08 (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 10:37:28 »
Updated Sales

09/06/19
Base Kit: 178/150
Ortho/40s: 30/100
Wizardry: 123/100



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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Ending 09/08 (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 21:51:39 »
Updated Sales

09/07/19
Base Kit: 187/150
Ortho/40s: 31/100
Wizardry: 125/100

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Ending 09/08 (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 00:57:16 »
Updated Sales

09/07/19
Base Kit: 187/150
Ortho/40s: 31/100
Wizardry: 125/100



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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Ends TODAY 09/08 (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 10:40:37 »
It's the FINAl DAY 09/08! Get your orders in!!!!

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - Final 4 hours (Base, Novelty MOQ have been HIT!)
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 21:51:19 »
We are down to the FINAL 4 hours! Get your orders in!

I'll provide a final total once everything has been accounted for.

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - GB Ended 09/08/19
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 13:05:16 »
The Group Buy for GMK Merlin has officially ended! Thank you to everyone who has joined. It was quite the ride, and I appreciate all the support you guys all so graciously provided.

Final Customer Sales Numbers for GMK Merlin
Base Kit: 203/150
Ortho/40s: 33/100
Wizardry: 137/100

These numbers omit any vendor extras.

Once again thank you guys for all your support. I'll be updating the second reserved post for any future announcements and shipping updates.

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - GB Ended 09/08/19
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 18:14:04 »
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The Group Buy for GMK Merlin has officially ended! Thank you to everyone who has joined. It was quite the ride, and I appreciate all the support you guys all so graciously provided.

Final Customer Sales Numbers for GMK Merlin
Base Kit: 203/150
Ortho/40s: 33/100
Wizardry: 137/100

These numbers omit any vendor extras.

Once again thank you guys for all your support. I'll be updating the second reserved post for any future announcements and shipping updates.




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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - GB Ended 09/08/19
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 13:45:29 »
09/19/19 Updates: GMK has made their own renders of the set! Not sure what this means on how close or how far they are on production though.

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Re: [GB] GMK Merlin - GB Ended 09/08/19
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 13:48:34 »
09/19/19 Updates: GMK has made their own renders of the set! Not sure what this means on how close or how far they are on production though.

They do it pre-production so that the designer can accept the final keys. They do it before quoting you, and before heading into production. Basically, the order is in the confirmation stage. :)