When are the first kickstarter TidByt’s expected to ship?
Hey Brad! For Kickstarter fulfillment we’re expecting delivery in June or July.
We’ve been doing small batches up to this point but now we’re doing a large batch at a production manufacturer, so we get a large number off the line at once. The flip-side of that is that it takes a few months to run the whole batch and then ship it out.
I’m looking at trying to speed up the process by purchasing more components and materials in advance, so I’ll keep you posted if this timeline changes.
Is this the same for those who bought the $1 down for $149 deal?
My bad if this is a dumb question. Ill be however patient if I need to be!
Not a dumb question at all! I’m working on our communication to make things clearer.
But yup it’s the same deal and the same timeline (just you’ve locked in the discounted price by reserving now).
Epic. Excited for it!
Just wanted to post an update here. Prior to launching the Kickstarter, we updated our delivery estimate to September. A few things went into this:
Our woodshop is reporting a huge backlog on getting North American walnut from their lumber supplier. Like on the order of 1-2 months. I guess now that the economy is picking back up, everybody is trying to make furniture or something?
Our manufacturing adviser is reporting a huge delay in shipping. Apparently getting goods from the factory in Shenzhen to the fulfillment center could take as long as two months now. It’s actually kind of completely insane: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/business/global-shipping.html
We just decided to be more conservative in communicating these things. I’m ever an optimist, but we decided to communicate a date that we can definitely hit and try to beat— rather than a date that we believe we can hit but then might leave people disappointed.
Still looking into options for moving up the timeline, like using air freight. I’ll keep posting here as we have updates.
That’s a good approach
rohan, do these ship dates (estimates) apply to those who who ordered from your site (rather than kickstarter)? I preordered from the Tidbyt site in April (#3287) and was curious when to guestimate.
Hey Adam, thanks for the pre-order and great question.
You should’ve seen a pre-order delivery estimate at checkout. We’re shipping everything in the order that we received the orders, so Kickstarter units first. Aiming for October for the first batch of post-Kickstarter orders.
As always, will keep you posted if that changes.