Like I said in the last post, it took a while to get the Help Knitivity page assembled, with the PayPal selection buttons and so forth.
Over the weekend I ordered a cone of Primo Lace, and they charged $93.39 for the cone plus shipping, so I felt ‘safe’ posting the price at $95.00 to buy me a cone of the Primo Lace base. Well, I just got notice that it has shipped (YAYYY) and my PayPal account was dinged for $104.37!!! Holy Crap! Apparently UPS has increased rates as well. Or they are sending one supremely overweight cone (or one hellaciously sturdy cardboard box!). Either way, I’ve adjusted the costs that I originally posted on the Help Knitivity page; not a lot, but enough to cover my backside in case there’s not enough money in my account to cover the difference.
O’course, it IS slightly less expensive ordering multiple cones at once, and I will do that whenever possible. And, when I can I’ll be ordering cones on my own otherwise, but right now I’m behind on both electric and cable/internet and in danger of being cut off.
I may have to increase prices, since ultimately I will need to be paying shipping on future yarns that don’t come through the Help Knitivity page. I really do not want to raise prices, but I may end up having to lean more heavily on the 100% Merino Lace (tentatively to be called “Knitivity’s House Lace“) instead of the Merino/Silk Primo Lace.
So far, nobody’s ordered a cone, but if someone has looked and taken time to think about it and then discovered the costs have gone up in the last few hours, I do feel pretty stupid for not triple-checking the rates, but when I go through the check-out, the supplier estimates shipping costs and that’s what I was using, instead of the final actual charges. It’s always something, isn’t it?
Added: One knitter just asked about about “going halfsies” since she can’t afford a cone on her own. I don’t have the means to do matchings and partnerships like that, but if you have a local knitting club and want to chip in together to buy a cone, that would be fine. Just make it clear (by email or in the Special Instructions) that it is a group donation so that the Two Thank You Skeins belong to the group; that will prevent putting me in a situation where 6 or 8 people might be expecting 2 skeins apiece from the same cone. What the group does with the skeins is their concern — perhaps have a raffle drawing among their club members, or use them for a contest or drawing later on. At my end, or for my purpose, here needs to be a single cone order, just make sure I know it is for a group.