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Alright, Alright, here’s the 411 on the Hatch.

Everything is set. Thanks so much for ordering. I wish there was more to go around, but it is what it is. I appreciate everyone following the procedures and helping me help you. I really hope that those of you who didn’t get one that wanted one can find a way to get one without getting too screwed over.

While going through orders, I noticed that some of you live eerily close to me. I would like to offer you a chance to pick up the posters that you ordered if you prefer. If you ordered a poster and prefer to pick it up (faster, safer, sure fire) we will work out a shipping refund, please email me at colt83 at gmail dot com with “I would like to arrange a pickup” in the title. Please do so by about this time tomorrow. If not, shipping is totally fine too.

As for American orders, I will refund you the $5 extra (see the previous updates), please be patient as there are many orders to sift through. I plan to do it in a few days.

I’ll have a special surprise for any Hatch fans on this blog later this week (sorry, it’s not “The Hatch”, those are seriously gone). Thanks again. Thanks, thanks, thanks. Please keep an eye out for future interviews and posts (there’s a new one at LostBlog right now)
take care, and all the best.

UPDATE: Please check your email (the one associated with your paypal account/transaction). If you do not see a refund email, THEN YOU ARE SAFE! Several refunds had to be made because despite setting the inventory, paypal let a few slip by before capping it off. Which orders got refunds was determined by who came after the first 45 orders. I am really sorry for those of you who got refunds or didn’t make it in time. I will be adding more updates tonight, so please check back in here.

UPDATE: Thanks for everyone who jumped in to buy a print. I am sorry that some of you missed it. I have been getting a flood of emails about this sale and I need everyone to just relax while I work out the numbers. The less emails I have to read, the faster I can have answers for you all. Please check this blog post before emailing/messaging me. Thanks again.

UPDATE: The poster will appear on the far left of the side scrolling store. There is no link other than the one mentioned below. Don’t bother with back end stuff (cheaters!), the code will not exist until the moment of the sale.

UPDATE: It seems almost unanimous, I will change the option to $215, no shipping cost. If you live in the US and managed to get a poster, I will offer you a $5 refund, please just give me some time after (like a week or two). When you see “The Hatch” appear in my store, just buy it straight up. Thanks again for all the support. Here’s a message from me and Olly Moss:

UPDATE:After some consideration and comments/emails sent to me, I do realize that with every second making or breaking a sale, having a drop down menu can be a downer. Sorry this is so late in the game. I can consider just making everything $215, regardless of where you are. All you do is click BUY. Please post if the comments if you are for or against this, obviously before 12 pm PST. Just trying to be as helpful as I can be.

UPDATE: I strongly suggest that once you have the item in your cart that you check out and make the purchase immediately. I am not sure if adding it to your cart will hold it, but purchasing it is a surefire way to secure your copy of “The Hatch”.

UPDATE: I have had some inquiries about the shipping cost. If you do not select the proper cost for where you live ($210 USA, $215 everywhere else), I WILL cancel the order and return the item to the inventory. I will not adjust or take later payments. PLEASE do not try to order more than one poster, the order will be canceled. If you successfully ordered a poster and do not get a refund email in two hours, then you are good to go, just sit back and relax. Before emailing me with questions, please refer to this blog post as I will issue updates.

UPDATE: I have heard from other artists selling their Lost Posters that the high demand can compromise the inventory control. There is a possibility of overselling and refunds will be issued in that eventuality.

UPDATE: Since this item is going to be fully insured, I will need to declare the full value ($200) on this item on the customs form. If you are an international buyer, it will mean that you need to pay taxes on it. Normally I try to help you guys out, but in this case, every step needs to be taken to ensure the security of these prints.

I have been getting about five emails per hour since the new year began asking when I’m going to sell “The Hatch”. I appreciate the support, I have been really busy with work and moving, so I haven’t been as quick to the draw as other artists.
Well. . . . . .

THE HATCH WILL GO UP FOR SALE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2010 at NOON, PACIFIC STANDARD TIME.
It will be sold at MY ONLINE STORE at www.tragicsunshine.com/storevarious.htm

Here are the details:
The price is $200 each. Upon purchasing, please use the drop down box to select international or domestic shipping. Domestic Shipping is $10 and International Shipping is $15. This specific price increase in shipping is because “The Hatch” will be shipped with extra steps to ensure the print’s protection and shipping insurance will be added to all packages. Only 45 will be sold.

Only one print per customer. Any order for more than one poster will be canceled and returned to the inventory. Please allow for up to ten days for your poster to ship. Once it ships, a confirmation email will be sent to the email associated with your paypal account. Posters will not be held or reserved for anyone. Only payments will be accepted. eChecks and unconfirmed payments will be canceled.

My goal is to make this as fair for everyone as possible.

Here are some things you can do to make sure your purchase goes off without a hitch.

1. Make sure you have the right time zone figured out.

2. Make sure the credit card or bank account associated with your paypal is good (right info and sufficient balance). The best way is to have the amount needed in your paypal account, so the purchase will go over smoothly.

3. Make sure the address associated with your paypal account is current.

4. Make sure you add colt83 at gmail to your contact list. That way, the shipping confirmation email will not get spammed.

Good luck and thanks for all the support. I hope this is all manageable for everyone. Please post questions in the comments so the answers can be seen by anyone who might have the same questions.

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  • Davide

    January 7, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Hi Kevin,
    sorry if i bothered you with all my emails :D
    Now I know what a pain in the ass i’ve been for you. :D
    I won’t try to buy it, ’cause my wallet is a 22yo student boy one, but I want to renew my congratulations to you.

    Good luck to everyone who’ll try to buy it.
    Get prepared to the War. :D

  • admin

    January 7, 2010 at 2:44 am

    No one was a pain in the ass. I am appreciate of that support. I only said that thing about five emails per hour to illustrate how seriously people want it, so no one misses out due to not being prepared. Thanks for the congratulations.

  • Rebecca

    January 7, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Thanks Kevin and ditto the congrats!

    just curious…..does the colt in your email happen to be associated with a high school mascot? just wondering.

  • admin

    January 7, 2010 at 3:32 am

    For a while, I was convinced that being a cowboy was the life I wanted to live (I was in middle school, give me a break). I seriously wanted to change my first name to Colt (no known last name) and I would ride a colt, and use a colt .45 (revolver) to rob trains. I didn’t really fulfill those dreams, so having an email with colt in it was the best I could do.

    The most school spirit I ever had was getting to first and a half base with a cheerleader!

  • Rebecca

    January 7, 2010 at 3:34 am

    oh forgot to double check just to make sure……pst right?

  • admin

    January 7, 2010 at 3:38 am

    ooooooffff, totally forgot, you are a life saver. Yes, I live in LA, so PST. I updated the post too.

    Thanks.

  • Rebecca

    January 7, 2010 at 3:44 am

    no worries, anytime!

    *gets out lawn chair and starts to camp out as if at Best Buy before Black Friday*

  • thorsten

    January 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Hi Kevin, thanks a lot for the info and detailed instructions!

    /t

  • Wes

    January 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Kevin I just wanted to thank you for the amazing print. Not only is it my favorite of the series, but it’s the only one I managed to get. It looks great hanging on my wall and I think you did a great job.

  • Rebecca

    January 11, 2010 at 12:39 am

    12 more hours to go!

  • Chris

    January 11, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Love your stuff Kevin, have bought a few prints from you and no doubt will continue to do so, but have to say that for anyone outside of the US, the chance of being successful at this when we have to go through the drop down territory menu is severely limited. Clearly you’ve given it all a great deal of thought and put so much effort in to helping everyone through and that’s appreciated, however, a last minute re-think on the shipping would give your International fans a chance at least. Either way, congratulations on the success of this excellent print.

  • James

    January 11, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Awesome idea, Kevin. Gives everyone the best possible chance for the print!

    So glad I picked this up the first time round on DCAAPB, I haven’t had much luck going for these second chances and this print is my fav.

  • KJ

    January 11, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Great print Kevin! I vote for making all the prints $215 and eliminating the drop down for shipping. It’s hard enough to fumble through PayPal without adding options. Though in the USA if lucky enough to “win” I for one will not whine about having to pay an extra five bucks!

  • Chris

    January 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

    That would be awesome Kevin. Thanks for the consideration.

  • Ben

    January 11, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I think the one price thing is a good idea, and will save time. But it will also mean you’ll be doing more refunding, as more will slip through in the three seconds this puppy is going to take to sell out…

  • Lottery Ticket

    January 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Kevin, helping our overseas fans bypassing pull down for the extra $ is a very kind gesture and one I support. Colt for “The Hatch” I like it. Good luck to all trying. LT

  • Eddy

    January 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

    $215 is fine. Did I just buy one?

  • Josh

    January 11, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Regarding the pull-down menu, won’t the domestic people have to use it as well to select domestic shipping? I don’t see how this disadvantages anyone.

    Kevin, it’s great that you care so much, but I think you should sell them however it’s easiest for you. Good luck.

  • Muls

    January 11, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I vote to leave it as is with $10 US and $15 Intl.

  • The Blot

    January 11, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Kevin, I just wanted to reiterate what some of the previous comments have said and thank you for going to all this trouble for your fans and the fans of Lost! All of this back and forth really shows how much you care about your fans.

    I really love your print and I hope the sale goes well today,

    Blot

  • Rebecca

    January 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    here’s to hoping i don’t receive a refund email!

  • kini

    January 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Hey Kevin, any word on refunds?

  • Rebecca

    January 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    i got my email. no dice for me. it was my favorite poster too.

    still do no have a single one and i’ve been following since the beginning.

  • ChrisL

    January 12, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Kevin, thanks so much for giving the internationals a chance. I was fortunate enough to get a copy but am sorry for those that weren’t so lucky.

    You ran this drop superbly proving yourself to be not only a great artist but one hell of a good guy.

    Thanks again.

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