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    Default Re: Beta testers needed for new MSQC Shipping program

    Thank you, Al, for coming up with this idea. As my stash is ELE (Exceeds Life Expectancy), I won't be signing up for one of these programs. I'm only chiming in to say that I hope you keep your $5 flat rate option. From a business perspective, that is a really attractive option to prospective customers. It certainly drew me in!
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    I, too, would prefer to stick to the $5 flat fee. Thanks for listening to our opinions.
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    Al, I applaud you for giving so much effort, I also have empathy for your withstanding all the criticisms over shipping. just like death & taxes, your not going to please some of these ladies no matter what you do! The current shipping program is very fair, it's not your (MSQ's) fault someone lives out of the country. Their gripping should be at the country they live in. The extra 2 bucks is not really above what you regularly pay at other places. I like the extra bonus points you give occasionally, or a free charm pack now and then or buy 1 get 1 free?? It's time to end all this grief over shipping. It's time to say "This is our shipping program, so if it doesn't work for some of you, we're sorry.
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    Default Re: Beta testers needed for new MSQC Shipping program

    So, does the older version of shipping go away? Maybe someone asked this question.
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    Default Re: Beta testers needed for new MSQC Shipping program

    Al,

    I wanted to add my thanks for trying to help with the shipping. In general I think your new expanded options go a long way toward helping out. We use you $2 upgrade now because frankly FedEx smart post is terrible but ground works well enough. I also, being from a rural area, understand the issues you have getting a shipper interested in helping you out. Maybe you need to load up your own trucks and drop them off at the shipper near Kansas City? Anyway as for this beta, I agree with several other that the $50 toward quilting does nothing for us. I did like the suggestion of maybe making a Block subscription an optional replacement for the $50 quilting. I’d honestly go for the FedEx ground option with an annual Block membership right now. By the way we do have an Amazon Prime membership so the idea of prepaying for better shipping is nothing new for us. Another thought I had. Which will be harder to implement I fear, is maybe a take on Amazon’s new Prime Shipping Day, but with a twist. I understand the $25 minimum as you don’t want to ship a $1 item and eat all that cost, but what about maybe once every week or maybe better for you every 2 weeks allow the option (option not forced) for shipping club members to have small items they bought over the last week or 2 shipped? There are many a time we see a daily deal and think we would like it but it’s not worth the shipping for us or you and we aren’t looking at more stuff either. That said if we buy it but it goes into a hold box for us and then ships a couple weeks later when either we have bought a few more things or we just hit our 2 week ship day, great. I can see this causing some serious logistics problems for you guys though but it would be nice. Anyway again thanks for the work on the shipping options and if you do the shipping club thing, please make options other than the quilting credit an option.

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    Default Re: Beta testers needed for new MSQC Shipping program

    I use a local LAQer, so the offer doesn't appeal to me. I can see where it will be a good deal for many of us. Would there still be an occasional Free Shipping Daily Deal for those of us who don't participate in the new program?
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    I too am appreciative of the effort you've put into the shipping problems. I'm happy with things the way they are now. If I need something quickly, I'll pay extra for it. I'm an Amazon Prime member but re-thinking it as it's gotten so expensive. Being in a rural area, we use Amazon for our general shopping of stuff. I don't use your quilting service, mainly because the turn around time is so long, and if even more people take advantage of the offer, it will be even longer. The one time I used it, the quilting was good, but there were hundreds of holes where the quilting had been started and then ripped out. And it took weeks before anyone could verify that my quilt had arrived. That was very scary. I sincerely hope you leave some cheap options that don't make me pay to get something I won't use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristler View Post
    Al,

    I wanted to add my thanks for trying to help with the shipping. In general I think your new expanded options go a long way toward helping out. We use you $2 upgrade now because frankly FedEx smart post is terrible but ground works well enough. I also, being from a rural area, understand the issues you have getting a shipper interested in helping you out. Maybe you need to load up your own trucks and drop them off at the shipper near Kansas City? Anyway as for this beta, I agree with several other that the $50 toward quilting does nothing for us. I did like the suggestion of maybe making a Block subscription an optional replacement for the $50 quilting. I’d honestly go for the FedEx ground option with an annual Block membership right now. By the way we do have an Amazon Prime membership so the idea of prepaying for better shipping is nothing new for us. Another thought I had. Which will be harder to implement I fear, is maybe a take on Amazon’s new Prime Shipping Day, but with a twist. I understand the $25 minimum as you don’t want to ship a $1 item and eat all that cost, but what about maybe once every week or maybe better for you every 2 weeks allow the option (option not forced) for shipping club members to have small items they bought over the last week or 2 shipped? There are many a time we see a daily deal and think we would like it but it’s not worth the shipping for us or you and we aren’t looking at more stuff either. That said if we buy it but it goes into a hold box for us and then ships a couple weeks later when either we have bought a few more things or we just hit our 2 week ship day, great. I can see this causing some serious logistics problems for you guys though but it would be nice. Anyway again thanks for the work on the shipping options and if you do the shipping club thing, please make options other than the quilting credit an option.

    Thanks
    I recommended the shipping from Kansas City a long time ago....I quilt my own quilts and I have never sent a quilt to be quilted to M*. This beta testing would not work for me either.....
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    Default Re: Beta testers needed for new MSQC Shipping program

    I certainly wish you luck with the testers. I do hope that this will not be the only option to ship. Delivery is good to Canada, once it has crosses the border and stops its tour of the U.S. I quilt my own or have done by LAQ so I would not be using this service. I'm certain this would raise issues with Customs. I also don't shop Amazon, and don't shop online generally except for MSQC and a few quilt sites.

    I have long wondered why shipments aren't loaded on your own trucks and brought to major city where shipping is better.

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    Default Re: Beta testers needed for new MSQC Shipping program

    Quote Originally Posted by K. McEuen View Post
    Since a lot of the people here aren't interested in the machine quilting credit, how about making it equal amount of Quilter's Cash? It still ends up being something that would be spent at M* and might grab more interest to those that do their own quilting.

    Another question is, are the quilting credits a "use it or lose it" type deal or can your credit roll over and be combined with your credit the following year. If it accumulates, again, maybe more of an incentive is someone can work toward getting a larger quilt done on credits.
    That's a good idea Karen, it's an interesting spot to try and navigate, I don't think we could do a quilters cash swap for dollars, we can trade services though, I'll keep working on some other perks that could get folded in here.

    The quilting credits would roll over, honestly, my expected use of them is for the quilts that get made that go in a stack in the closet because you'll get around to getting them quilted later. My thinking was if we can help finish those, turn those tops into quilts easily, it'd be a really helpful perk. Most of your quilts will likely go to a quilter, but like a quilt mom makes for Josh for his birthday, she just needs it done, she'd send it to machine quilting if there was $50 off in there sort of thing.

    I'll keep working on it

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