We are happy to announce that PayPal is up and running and we can start raising money through the BloggerAid initiative for the World Food Programme! For more details about this initiative, click here.
There are currently 3 products on the left sidebar of the blog.
1. Angel Keychain - $5.00
2. Cell Phone accessory - $8.00
3. Bookmark - $12.00
For purchases being shipped to North America, shipping charges are $3.00 for the 1st item and $0.25 for each additional item. For purchases being shipped outside of North America, shipping charges are $5.00 for the 1st item and $0.25 for each additional item.
When you decide to purchase, just click on the relevant "Add to Cart" button and a screen will pop up where you have selections to make. The program will guide you through quantities and whether you want to continue shopping or check out. The price of your purchases can be provided to you in your own currency through PayPal.
We should mention that the reason for the delay in getting the PayPal account operating is that we ran into some challenges with ensuring appropriate shipping charges. The current system available to merchants using PayPal outside of the USA is limited. As a result, we're having to find some creative ways to work around these limitations. For the full details about the limitations, scroll to the bottom of this post. But, the short story is that if you're ordering different products (e.g., both an angel and a bookmark), you will be overcharged on shipping. This does not occur if you are ordering multiples of the same product (e.g., 2 angels). Not to worry though. We will refund the appropriate amount so that you will not be overcharged on shipping.
When you order say 3 of one item, the shipping calculator works fine. If you order 3 of one item and say 3 of another item, the calculator doubles up on the shipping and charges an additional base price ($3 or $5) again rather than the additional item charge ($0.25). The only way we can get around it is:
1. Purchaser places order
2. If multiple product types have been purchased, Giz will refund the overcharges. This will appear as a credit on your credit card or PayPal account (depending on how you pay for the product).
It's not the best solution but it's the best PayPal can offer and we want to make sure you have a secure shopping environment.
The good news is that PayPal is currently beta testing a more efficient system and have added us as one of the first (outside of the USA) to implement it once it's available. It won't be tomorrow, but since we're now on practically first name basis with our friends at PayPal, they know we're not going away and we have their number.
If you would like a clarification of any of this or have other questions, please feel free to email Giz at bloggeraidgiz(at)gmail(dot)com. You should be able to leave a colour preference message. If not, please just send Giz an email and your wish is my command :).