Can I buy it on Amazon? What about international Shipping Costs?
To those looking for the book on Amazon:
Simply put, we can't afford to sell on Amazon. Surprised? Read on.
To sell Minimalist Tiki on Amazon, we would only receive 45% of the cover price.
Of that 45% we would get, the vast majority is taken up by the substantial cost to professionally print a 300 page, full color, hardcover book. This is not a print-on-demand book. We use the same printing companies that large scale publishing houses use. We believe people appreciate real quality.
We completely understand that people like the great discounts they get on Amazon products, including books. But ask the authors you know. Unless their book sells tens or hundreds of thousands of copies, authors make very little money.
By selling our book ourselves, we can make it economically viable for us. We're very appreciative of all our supporters who've ordered our book already.
To those ordering from outside of the U.S.:
We completely understand that the shipping charges are quite expensive, and we're sorry for that! The rates are set by the shipping companies, and we make no profit from any shipping charges. The quotes are direct from the shippers themselves, by way of our e-commerce site.
For those of you in Canada, The Modern Bartender (same folks as The Shameful Tiki Room) have copies that they can probably ship to you for less:
We ware actively looking for ways to ship internationally for less cost. We have sold some cases to a retailer in Europe to resell, but they sell out quickly, and we don't control when they reorder. We are seeking to find a retailer who can keep it in stock consistently. It's a challenge though, as our sales are low volume compared to their other inventory.
For shippers like DHL (rather than the USPS First Class International, currently the cheapest option), most of the expense comes from shipping costs on the first item. If you order two or more, the per-item rate drops a bit.
If you bundle your order with friends our others who live nearby, it brings down the per-copy costs. In fact, we recently had 20 people in England put together a single order for 20 books, which brought the individual shipping cost down to under $15 per book. Not ideal, but the cheapest way we've found.
Thank you for your understanding!