6 October 2012 | 20 Comments
Why hello there, Kickstarter backers. Last night you saw the new stretch goals, including one in particular that has demanded a lot of attention: the metal coins.
Currently we’re not on pace to reach the $70k necessary for me to financially justify providing the metal coins in every pre-ordered game (you’ll see why in a minute). However, a number of you have asked if you could pay for the coins as an add-on.
The answer: Maybe. That answer is not “yes” because the coins don’t work like the other add-ons. For my manufacturer to make them, they need to order a minimum of 500 sets. However, the answer is also not “no,” because if enough of you are willing to pay for your metal coins, I can run a mini-campaign immediately following the current Kickstarter campaign to reach that tipping point.
Expense breakdown: To order 60 coins (30 bronze 1-lira coins, 18 silver 2-lira coins, and 12 gold 5-lira coins) with the 22 different engravings on the back (for the “immortal coin” backers), it costs a one-time tooling fee of $300/tooling (total: $6,600) and then $2.00/set for materials and labor.
Thus for the minimum order of coins ($7,600), it’s a total of $15.20/set. The coins will increase the weight of each game by a pound, so with increase in shipping cost, it’s closer to $17 for domestic shipments, $18 or $19 for international shipments. There’s also the 10% Kickstarter/Amazon processing fee (or 2.9% if we somehow did this on PayPal).
The cost I’ve come up with us $20 for one set, $35 for two sets, or $52 for three sets. I hope it’s clear that I’m not trying to profit from this. I’m just trying to meet the demand for the coins if the demand is there.
That brings us to the poll. This poll isn’t a commitment, but I’m trying to gauge if it’s worth pursuing. Perhaps it’s only a few of you who would be a willing to pay for the coins and a lot of you who only want them if they’re free, which I totally understand. If the results of this poll add up to close to the $7,600 needed to pull this off, I’ll pursue a mini-campaign immediately after the Viticulture campaign ends. Thanks!