Saturday, December 27, 2014

Big News, and a Pattern Sale

I have some big news. In case you haven't heard, new regulations that take effect January 1st require anyone who sells digital products to customers in the EU to pay VAT on those sales, regardless of what county the seller resides in. I currently sell automatic downloads of my quilt patterns on both Craftsy and Etsy, and like many other small businesses, I am unable to deal with the paperwork that would be involved in cooperating with this regulation. Therefore, as of January 1st, the following changes will take place:

1. My Crafsy pattern store will be closed completely

2. My Etsy store PDF patterns will no longer be available as instant downloads, and will only be available to customers in the US, Australia and Canada.

After December 31st, PDF patterns bought on Etsy will be emailed within 24 hours of purchase (usually much sooner). The reason I am limiting sales to the US, Canada and Australia is because I have found that most of my pattern sales come from these countries, and because of the time it would take to customize shipping profiles on all of my Etsy pattern listings to include every country except those in the EU.

I am really sad about losing the instant download feature -- I loved the idea that someone halfway around the world could purchase my pattern while I was sleeping, download it immediately, and possibly finish making the quilt top before I woke up! Etsy announced recently that it is working on some seller tools to deal with this VAT issue, so I am hopeful that in the not-too-distant future, I will be able to offer automatic downloads to all non-EU countries.

Because of all of these changes, I am offering a sale on all of my PDF patterns in both my Etsy and Craftsy shops (from now thru around 11 PM EST on December 31st!). If you are in the EU, or if you prefer the instant download feature, please take advantage of this sale before everything goes away on January 1st! No coupon code required -- patterns are already marked down!


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