I've received many kind inquiries from people interested in purchasing one of our tankards as a Christmas present, and folks are wondering when we'll have a retail page up and running.
Well my goodness, opening a retail page is turning into a big fat hairy deal. eBay is a logical place to list tankards, but costs a whole lotta money (everyone has their hand out, wanting a cut), so eBay is out. We can open a free webpage using PayPal, but the big issue is the fact that each and every one of our pieces is different.
This fact - that all our pieces are unique - is apparently something PayPal isn't equipped to deal with. For instance, let's say we list fifty tankards. Customer A wants tankard #23, so he orders it. That's fine, but then PayPal would not indicate that tankard #23 is gone. So when Customer B decides he wants that exact same tankard, PayPal would process his order and take his money for a product that doesn't exist. Grrr.
There are programs available that will indicate when an item is out of stock, but between the specialized program and the cost of PayPal, we're looking at something like $60 a month to run a "free" webpage. Grrr.
So what we've decided to do for the moment (since we have limited time to figure this stuff out before Christmas) is put up a temporary retail page and operate it on a first-come, first-served basis. If three people want the same tankard, then the person whose email we receive first will get it. Awkward, yes, but as I said we're running out of time.
After Christmas, when we have a bit of a breather, we'll get this whole thing figured out on a more permanent basis. LOL, this is why we're a wholesale business, not a retail business. It's a whole lot easier!
That said, I can't tell you how flattered we are at the interest shown by readers who want to obtain one of our pieces. Thank you!