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Old 07-19-2017, 07:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CSUSA July 2017 Group Buy

Welcome to the July 2017 CSUSA Group Buy.

Please read this post in its entirety.

First and foremost you must:
• Post to this thread and pm me if you would like to participate.
• Order and entry will be based on posting to this thread first

This group buy is limited to the first 20 or so, by the cutoff midnight CST, on the 20th to complete the above and fulfill the above and below.


This buy is focused on obtaining the maximum kit quantity discount of 25% plus the CSUSA “club” discount which is now 10%. I have spoken with Craft Supplies and they are willing to offer the PSI quantity discount on those kits they stock and if we meet the separate qualifications for the PSI discounts (generally limited to 10% of a quantity purchased). We will get the “club” discount on those kits for sure. Because we will not know if we meet the PSI limit the spreadsheet does not reflect a discount on PSI products. I will do those discounts retro and issue a refund if your order qualified for the additional discount. Please order the PSI products based on the “club” only discount prices and be happy if we get those PSI quantity discounts also.


The goal is to have everything done and ordered by August 1st, 2017. I will do my best to use USPS Medium Flat Rate Box (online USA postage price of $13.45 – non-commercial). Depending on what you order, we'll adjust up or down as necessary (for example, if your items will fit in a Small Flat Rate Box, I will return the difference). This postal rate is open to only USA shipping addresses only. International postal rates depend on country and I will figure and request the difference at mailing to be sent by PayPal.

$50 of insurance is now included with Priority Mail. YOU are responsible for any additional insurance you want.

**New IAP guideline** Insurance will be included unless you specifically decline!
For reference:
$100 of insurance costs $2.65, 200= $3.35, 300= $4.35, 400=$5.50, 500= $6.65. Please refer to the USPS website if you need insurance above $500. Please put the exact amount in the excel sheet when you submit your order. I recommend insurance. Please remember that I am responsible for shipping your merchandise, but I cannot be held responsible for its delivery!


If you do not make the top 20 do not hesitate to say you would like to be wait listed – follow the rules above about name and insurance. In the rare occurrence that someone drops out, I will try my best to bring in someone waiting. With the size of this order, if possible, when you indicate that you would like to be wait listed please indicate the number of products you would like to order (not the quantity – simply the number of products) – this will simply give me an idea of what I can do with the last minute drop out.


This buy is open to the first 20 (or so, by the cutoff of the 20th, midnight CST) respondents to this thread


I will post in this thread when the participant limit is reached.


There is a minimum purchase of 10 Artisan kits AND you must be willing to work with the restrictions listed below.
• 1. PM me to get in – first 20 plus in are in by dead line
• 2. Must have a valid shipping address
• 3. Also, reply to this thread so others know when the 20 is met
• 4. New: In your reply in this thread you must state that you either want to "Insure for retail value" or "No additional insurance on my shipment." Additionally, on the spreadsheet, you must indicate the same.

Please indicate your NAME and IAP USERNAME on all payments and correspondence. I will PM you if you are one of the first 20 plus to respond “I am in and will buy at least 10 kits” and your insurance selection.

I will give you my email address to return the spreadsheet too. Please note, download the spreadsheet at the bottom of this thread.

In the Excel document, there is a block at the top of the spreadsheets. It requires:

Your IAP screen name
Your “real” name
Your email address
Your mailing address
Whether or not you want insurance (Yes/No)
The sheet automatically calculates the PayPal fee – zero it out if “Friends and Family”

If these fields are not filled out accurately, the spreadsheet will be returned to you!

• First 20 plus respondents with at least 10 Artisan kits
• Spreadsheet must be returned by Friday, July 28, 2017 (Midnight – CST)
• PayPal (only payment option) by Sunday, July 30 (Midnight – CST)

I will be placing the order by Tuesday, Aug 1st, 2017. If you have not made the PayPal payment by the deadline scheduled above you will be removed from the buy. I will confirm your total via PM as well as my PayPal information once I receive your order back.

Several members and organizers have asked PayPal regarding the use of "Friends and Family" payment option. And it is OK in their eyes and has been each time they were contacted. The "Friends and Family" payment method has no fees for the recipient, thus saving you money. If you choose NOT to use the send money to Friends and Family option, the spreadsheet has already added 4% PayPal goods and services fee. If you use F&F option - follow the guide on the spreadsheet and zero out the PayPal fee.
I will issue PayPal refunds for any overpayments. l try to get as close to even as possible – anything less than $1.00 will not be refunded.

Will be defaulted to published USPS Medium Flat Rate Box for online postage price of $13.45. It will include tracking and delivery confirmation. For smaller orders that will fit the small priority box, I will refund the difference in shipping. Likewise, if you have very large orders, it may not be able to fit into one regional rate box. I'll give you my best estimate on shipping once I try to fulfill the order and we'll go from there.

I do not require that you pay for insurance but I highly recommend it. I cannot and will not be responsible for what happens to your order after it leaves my control. You will receive confirmation of shipping, but once it has left my hands I am not responsible for it. If you desire insurance then add it to your spreadsheet. I recommend insuring your shipment for the FULL RETAIL value of your order.

For the 25% discount, we need to reach a 100 kit minimum from the Artisan kits only. Apprentice kits follow a different discount pattern and will not be included in this buy. You are limited to the kits specified in the spreadsheet. (The extra 10% discount is based on the total order dollar amount.) Prices and availability of kits are updated as of this posting, but you may want to check your items online to be sure.

Only items listed on the spreadsheet will be included in the buy, no other items will be added.

There will be NO back orders. Out of stock items will be refunded without any questions.

There will be NO CLOSEOUT ORDERS. Items will be refunded without any questions.


The attached spreadsheet July 2017 Group Buy will calculate your total cost for pens including both the 25% and the 10% discount from CSUSA. The total cost of the buy must exceed $1000 after the 25% discount is applied in order to qualify for the additional 10%.

I have also rounded up the PayPal fee to 4.0% (only applicable if you’re NOT using the Friends and Family option in Paypal). Your PayPal fee may be less than what you pay, and this difference will be refunded. Once all payments are received and account settled to my satisfaction, I will issue PayPal refunds for any over payments. I’ll try to get as close to even as possible – anything less than $1.00 will not be refunded.

All refunds or settlements will be in the form of a check included in your order.

Please complete your order within the spreadsheet. Before you return the spreadsheet to me by email – change the excel file name as follows:

I hope these terms are acceptable to everyone, and please feel free to PM me with any questions or concerns.

email: handcraftedpens2012.@gmail.com
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File Type: xls CSUSA_July_2017_Group_Final.xls (92.0 KB, 161 views)
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Count me in for at least 10 Artisan kits

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Old 07-19-2017, 07:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I am in. No additional insurance required.

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Old 07-19-2017, 07:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Current members for Group Buy

This is a current listing of those that have posted to the previous GB Research post and are in the buy, others are still welcome till 20 July 2017 at 11:59 CST.

1. gt64155
2. TonyL
3. tdsmart
4. Silverado
5. firewhatfire
6. magpens
7. VotTak
8. napagibb
9. socdad
10. Indiana_Parrothead
11. Talltim
13. scotian12
14. bedangerous
15. wwneko
16. vtgaryw
17. Chopit
18. ajollydds
19. zig613

Room for more to sign up!
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm in. PM on its way. Insure for retail value.


Wade (Zig)

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Old 07-19-2017, 07:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am in as originally posted. PM on the way. Thank you for organizing!
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I am in Email sent

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Old 07-19-2017, 07:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Default CSUSA July 2017 Group Buy

I am in. 20 artisan kits as posted in previous. Insure for retail value. Thanks again!

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Old 07-19-2017, 07:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I am in as originally posted. PM after I get back from work.
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