Thursday, December 26, 2019

New SD and Burr puzzle, 15th Auction Results

We have started selling the new puzzles on 26th December at 07:00 Brisbane time.

Ring Case is a sequential discovery puzzle that contains a finger ring inside. The goal of this puzzle is taking out the ring from the case.

Unbalanced 6 Board Burr looks somehow a bit odd and unbalanced because it has pieces of different thickness.
The burr has a level 16 unique solution that the ordinary 6 board burrs cannot achieve.

These puzzles are the last puzzles we produced in 2019. We will continue to make fun, original puzzles so please look forward to our next year's work!

We held an eBay auction and it ended on 23rd December.
This time, we had put 2 kinds of puzzles for 3 puzzles;
2nd grade of "Ring Case", also 2nd grade of "Unbalanced 6 Board Burr" and miniature "Unbalanced 6 Board Burr."
The sales results are as follows:

Ring Case: AUD $212.50
Unbalanced 6 Board Burr: AUD $67.00
Miniature Unbalanced 6 Board Burr: AUD $66.00

The total sales amount was AUD $345.50 and as we promised, we have donated half of the total sales amount. It was AUD $172.75, so we rounded it up and donated AUD $173.00 to AWLQ on Monday. Here is the receipt.

Our little pleasure is seeing fluffy friends at AWLQ after the donation, but there were only four cats. In a sense it is good that not many cats are waiting for a foster family.

Warm wishes for the glorious coming year!


Thursday, December 19, 2019

15th puzzle auction and next puzzle release

We have put three puzzles, Ring Case (2nd grade), miniature version and 2nd grade Unbalanced 6 Board Burr up for auction on eBay! A half of the sales of the puzzle will be donated to the AWLQ (Animal Welfare League Queensland) to save stray and surrendered pets.

We initially planned to release Ring Case in early December because its production had been almost completed. Why we have changed our mind is that if we release our puzzle product in this season before Christmas, often delivery takes a lot longer than usual and occasionally the parcel can go missing. Those parcels are usually found at a customs office or your neighbor's door, though. We don't want to have such problems and issues especially when we release puzzle products that can attract many puzzle enthusiasts.

Yes, one of our new products is a sequential discovery puzzle box that is intended to hold a finger ring inside. We will release product versions of Ring Case and Unbalanced 6 Board Burr on the morning of 26th December at 07:00 Brisbane time. Then we can dispatch the majority of the parcels on Friday 27th and Monday 30th. The parcels will definitely be delivered to you before Valentine's day and you can use Ring Case as a gift to your beloved person. We don't mind if you keep the container by just offering its contents.

Unbalanced 6 Board Burr is a level 16 burr that has unique features thanks to the two different combined thickness pieces. The contrast of the color of our original plywood is nice as well.

The total packaging weight of the two new puzzles fits in a 500 g bracket and since we always give an AU $5.00 discount per parcel for international shipments, the shipping cost would be reasonably cheap. (There is usually a big jump in shipping costs between 500 g and 1 kg and two 500 g parcels can be cheaper than one 1 kg parcel depending on the destination country and region.)

We hope you enjoy our last puzzle products of 2019.
May this wonderful time of Christmas and New Year fill your life with happiness and puzzles.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The 14th Auction Results and the site issue

Hi everyone!

We had put up four Grooved 6 Board Burr #4; two second grades and two test pine versions on eBay auction. The results are as follows.

Grooved 6 Board Burr #4 (Pine, test version, 1 of 2) AUD 71.00
Grooved 6 Board Burr #4 (Pine, test version, 2 of 2) AUD 81.00
Grooved 6 Board Burr #4 (2nd grade, 1 of 2) AUD 67.00
Grooved 6 Board Burr #4 (2nd grade, 2 of 2) AUD 71.00

The total sales amount was AUD 290.00.
As we promised, we donated AUD 145.00 to Save The Bilby Fund yesterday morning. Here is the receipt.

Probably, bilbies are not well known like kangaroos or koalas, so I will write a little about them. The bilby is a nocturnal, long-eared marsupial and is native to Australia. The non-native species like foxes and cats threaten bilbies and they are endangered animals. I will paste the video of bilbies below.

By the way, we have released two of our new products soon after the auction. But one of the plugins that was installed on our web shopping system caused conflict and made our customers' orders impossible. Lots of emails came in telling that they couldn't place orders on our website. It was too late when we recognized the issue and we needed to solve the issue as soon as possible.

Juno re-installed the troublesome plugin, but it was no luck. He gave up using the existing plugin and looked for an alternative one, installed it to the system and re-entered the configuration for the shipping zones and shipping boxes one by one.

It took about 74 minutes to fix the issue and we believe that some European customers who were waiting for the release might have shortened their sleep. So, we have learned something, and we will be more careful when we release our next puzzle products.