Pre-orders Now Open for "Mourn"
Today was a whirlwind of activity getting together a new web shop for the site. More on why that was necessary later. But in the meantime, I felt so accomplished at the end of the day, I decided to open pre-orders a day early. Pre-orders will open up on Bandcamp and Metropolis-Records on Friday (tomorrow), with other retailers following closer to the release date. The album is scheduled to be released on September 11th. Pre-orders will ship at the beginning of September, so you should recieve it ahead of the formal release date. If you are a contributor to the crowdfunding campaign, those orders will start shipping at the beginning of August. Please keep in mind that I've got something like 800 orders to fill, so it will take some time, but I expect to have everything done before the end of August. I'll have help this time, so the shipping will be much faster and smoother. Place your pre-order now! So, about why I had to re-do the store...
No More International Shipping Costs for Our Fans in Europe and Russia
I am happy to announce that I've teamed up with partners in Europe to handle the shipping of all of our online merch sales for Europe and the Russian Federation. What this means for you if you live in that part of the the world, is that you will pay only domestic postage fees on your orders. As you are no doubt aware, international shipping from the United States has become incredibly expensive in the past 5-7 years. It's become so bad that when you are shipping low-cost items like shirts, CDs, and vinyl, the shipping cost more than the items themselves. So, I hope this will make it more affordable and avoid that problem. It did, however, create a problem for me this morning when I began updating the web shop. I realized the service I was using at the time only allowed you to designate shipments to the US or "international". This doesn't make much sense since it costs a lot less to send a package to Canada from here than it would to Australia, for example. So, I set up a new Big Cartel shop which allowed me to make the new special rates to Europe and Russia possible. It definitely looks a lot cleaner than the old one and also offers a wider variety of payment options. Everything seems to be running pretty smoothly with the shop, but if you find a problem, just click the "contact" link at the top of the shop page and let me know.