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Offline roguesystem087

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - GB Starts May 16th! (check post for times)
« Reply #50 on: Sun, 17 May 2020, 00:30:30 »
CABERNET GANG RISE UP

Ah I see you're a man of culture as well XD

Offline SLPNick

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #51 on: Sun, 17 May 2020, 01:05:24 »
I appreciate everyone's passion for this board. I just wanted to clear things up since it seems like there are some assumptions that I don't believe to be true.

The limit of 75 boards for both US and Int'l is not to keep the board exclusive. If you compare this round to round 1, we are delivering 4x more boards in total once GB and extras are done. If I am trying to make an exclusive board, I would have kept it the same number or less than R1.

Most GBs run by GB runner not sponsored by a full time vendor are limited groupbuys. Novelkeys has been around for a few years now and have enough manpower and capital to run an unlimited GB. Even if I did have more money, that does not reduce the amount of effort it takes to run a GB, not to mention my full time job that I still have.

As a one man crew, I am only comfortable handling up to 75 boards at this moment in time. If I become more efficient and adding more boards would not cause the quality to lower, I might consider doing more at that time.

For those who think running unlimited groupbuys means that the cost of materials essentially become zero, I would like to disagree. The design changes for this round actually made cost of materials higher than round 1 even with the increase in units. However, I felt that the changes were beneficial and made the decision to take that risk. So even though I am ordering what I consider to be a lot more than the first round, the costs from the manufacturer is more per unit than what I paid the first round. I can only do this because of the faith and support I had from R1 participants.

Thanks for your understanding and patience. I'm trying to push as many boards as I can to whoever is interested. I'm really grateful there are so many people interested. Hopefully I can strive to do more in future rounds.

Totally understand, thanks for increasing the units even though I missed it, you did say there will be R3 right?

Offline whinmeister

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #52 on: Sun, 17 May 2020, 19:29:10 »
Congrats to everyone that was successful. I didn't have a chance as they were all gone by the time I was entering CC info lol. Next time.

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #53 on: Mon, 18 May 2020, 05:53:37 »
It would be nice to appreciate everyone next time (not only those with the right tools) and run a raffle instead.  :blank:

Offline driftingbunnies

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #54 on: Mon, 18 May 2020, 06:42:09 »
It would be nice to appreciate everyone next time (not only those with the right tools) and run a raffle instead.  :blank:

Thanks for the feedback, I'll consider doing that for the extras.

Offline chits

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #55 on: Mon, 18 May 2020, 15:43:31 »
not only those with the right tools

what're the right tools?

Offline r4bbl3d4bbl3

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #56 on: Mon, 18 May 2020, 15:44:39 »
not only those with the right tools

what're the right tools?

Apple Pay, that was the only way I could score one, just double clicked my side button and boom done, didn't have to enter anything.

Offline DukeEsquire

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #57 on: Mon, 18 May 2020, 16:24:22 »
not only those with the right tools

what're the right tools?

Apple Pay, that was the only way I could score one, just double clicked my side button and boom done, didn't have to enter anything.

If you've used Shopify before, then your information was already autopopulated.

My friend and I did ours together on FaceTime and he used Apple Pay.while I used Shopify. Mine checked out about 10 seconds before his.

Offline toanta

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #58 on: Mon, 18 May 2020, 18:05:13 »
not only those with the right tools

what're the right tools?

Apple Pay, that was the only way I could score one, just double clicked my side button and boom done, didn't have to enter anything.

If you've used Shopify before, then your information was already autopopulated.

My friend and I did ours together on FaceTime and he used Apple Pay.while I used Shopify. Mine checked out about 10 seconds before his.

I always use google wallet. Apple pay is definitely the fastest solution though as google wallet requires your 3 digit code and apple pay doesnt.

Offline DukeEsquire

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #59 on: Mon, 18 May 2020, 19:55:35 »
not only those with the right tools

what're the right tools?

Apple Pay, that was the only way I could score one, just double clicked my side button and boom done, didn't have to enter anything.

If you've used Shopify before, then your information was already autopopulated.

My friend and I did ours together on FaceTime and he used Apple Pay.while I used Shopify. Mine checked out about 10 seconds before his.

I always use google wallet. Apple pay is definitely the fastest solution though as google wallet requires your 3 digit code and apple pay doesnt.

Doesn't everything ultimately still need to go through Shopify?

Wouldn't it make sense that the fastest checkout option would be to use Shopify?

Offline prangano

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #60 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 02:49:45 »
No chance for foam as an extra before the boards are delivered?

Offline quadrotiles

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #61 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 07:25:01 »
I liked ilumkb's system of using a google form and then being emailed invoices later. It allowed for a wait list if people weren't paying and helped prevent people buying to flip their spot.
(I may be biased because I did get in via the waitlist lol). It also means no one has to rush to enter payment details faster than everyone else.

Offline driftingbunnies

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #62 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 07:36:45 »
I liked ilumkb's system of using a google form and then being emailed invoices later. It allowed for a wait list if people weren't paying and helped prevent people buying to flip their spot.
(I may be biased because I did get in via the waitlist lol). It also means no one has to rush to enter payment details faster than everyone else.

I agree that there are some pros there but the cons would be how much more time ilumkb has had to spend due to this situation. All invoices need to be sent manually, chased manually, and checked manually. I did this for R1 and while it was manageable for 40 units, it prevents you from growing any larger. It also delays the time when you can pay the manufacturers to start work which just adds to the wait time on a GB.

No chance for foam as an extra before the boards are delivered?

Sorry, foam would be too difficult to coordinate with ilumkb. You can ask in the discord if R1 owners feel like they really needed foam between plate and pcb. If you're talking about form between pcb and bottom piece, any foam will do.
« Last Edit: Wed, 20 May 2020, 07:45:12 by driftingbunnies »

Offline DukeEsquire

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #63 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 11:45:44 »
I liked ilumkb's system of using a google form and then being emailed invoices later. It allowed for a wait list if people weren't paying and helped prevent people buying to flip their spot.
(I may be biased because I did get in via the waitlist lol). It also means no one has to rush to enter payment details faster than everyone else.

Why do you need a waitlist at all if people pay at checkout?

Offline eniigma

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #64 on: Wed, 20 May 2020, 12:01:43 »
I liked ilumkb's system of using a google form and then being emailed invoices later. It allowed for a wait list if people weren't paying and helped prevent people buying to flip their spot.
(I may be biased because I did get in via the waitlist lol). It also means no one has to rush to enter payment details faster than everyone else.

Why do you need a waitlist at all if people pay at checkout?
I agree with this sentiment. I think just paying upfront for the group buy is the way to go.

Offline roguesystem087

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Re: [GB] Austin R2 - Orders closed! See second post for updates
« Reply #65 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 02:51:42 »
well db's group buy worked really well for r1, and i think most people on ilmkb also liked the idea of the google form,
it seems like with the google form adding/changes/cancellation and transfers went pretty smoothly.
Whatever people may prefer, it works reliably and i think that's what matters in the end.