To address the reservation issue:
* While I understand the appeal of reservations, I no longer take reservations for a number of reasons. 1.) I honestly don't have the time that reservations require. 2.) I've been burned a couple of times and I really don't want to have to deal with those situations. 3.) I have the webstore and that was to help relieve me of the time constraints and make for a quicker transaction (much to the dismay of some). 4.) I just don't want to go backwards and I really want to enjoy some free time.
*Now having said all that, please know this; I am currently working with a company to redesign my website/webstore. I have invested and continue to invest alot of time and $$$ in this. Everything will be converted into 1 site. I have spent several hours with the company owner addressing 'cart' issues and my needs for this store. This is my #1 priority to make a smoother and less frustrating process for everyone who orders and in turn less frustrations for me. Next is addressing minting numbers; I really am trying find an even balance here. I need to produce an amount of coins that is within my ability to ship in a timely manner. In the past I have spent an entire weekend having done reservations, invoicing, printing invoices shipping labels, packaging, addressing customs forms and then hauling packages to the Post Office. That's alot for 1 person to take on and my weekend is pretty much shot. So, this is why I have gone to more remints because it allows me to handle the amount of orders, still have some free time, get other designs moving, etc. make sense? I definitely don't like having frustrated customers but I know that it is going to happen no matter what I do but I'm trying to lessen the blow here. Once my new website is up and running (very late March to early April), I intend to do things a bit differently that should benefit everyone. There will be more remints (explained in a newsletter) and I do plan on trying to have "in stock" coins
I think for the most part customers will won't need to feel so rushed if they are willing to be patient. This whole geocoin thing has been a major learning experience for me and it has grown faster than I ever anticipated. I'm trying to adjust to all of this as fast as I can within my means. I think you (everyone) will see some very positive changes this year and less frustrations. I will have more details in a future newsletter but for now that is the best I can tell you. Just try and be patient while I address issues and know that I always listen but it isn't always possible to give everyone what they need. I have learned that I need to take care of me in order to take care of you
The only exception to large, first round of minting editions will be for the Earth Turtle Oceania, I do realize the magnitude in popularity these little guys bring, so I will be minting 1,000 right off the bat (and i can tell you I'm not looking forward to shipping after that sale
Ok, hope that helps alleviate some anxiety/frustration for now. As the sale time nears and samples get published and depending on where I'm at with my web designers; I will post all necessary information and hopefully have addressed the amount needed for a "happy" sale.