Our Crowdfunding & Pre-Sale FAQs
Over the last 18 months we’ve seen the sky-rocketing costs of manufacturing, importing and warehousing have a huge negative impact on the toy industry with many brands and shops closing down entirely. But we’ve found a way to fight back and after months of hard work and research, we’ve got a new system in place for ordering and shipping which means we can keep making great products at the best prices possible.
We love providing top quality play dolls, costumes and accessories for our customers and we are excited about building a better brand for you in 2019 and beyond.
Why are we crowdfunding?
The answer is simple.
Crowdfunding saves you money. The price of a product is usually calculated by adding up the costs of manufacturing, importing, marketing, advertising and long term storage. Purchasing during a Crowdfunding campaign means we don't incur marketing, advertising and long term storage costs so we can pass those savings directly onto YOU, giving you the best price possible for your purchase.
- Crowdfunding means no one is disappointed because an item is ‘sold out‘. Knowing how many units we need to manufacture before we place the order at our factory means that no one loses out. As long as we meet our campaign's Funding Goal, every person who buys through our crowdfunding campaign will be guaranteed a doll.
What is the difference between Crowdfunding, Pre-sale and full Retail Price?
Crowdfunding or Tier 1 pricing: Put simply, crowdfunding is a way for businesses to raise money from customers in order to manufacture a new product. In return, everyone who helps Crowdfund the campaign gets a 'reward' - in this case, a deep discount off the item's retail price. The more people who commit at the Crowdfunding stage, the better chance we have of manufacturing the items. Crowdfunding prices are available only for a limited time and won't be available after the campaign ends.
Pre-sale or Tier 2 pricing: Pre-sale prices are available only once a campaign successfully crowdfunds and ends. This pricing is higher then the crowdfunding price but less expensive than the full retail price.
Crowdfunding is a great way for you to get the best price possible on the items we manufacture, and i
Full Retail or Tier 3 pricing. Full retail prices will be charged once pre-sales are closed.
t helps us determine how popular an item is going to be. If we get a lot of people who participate in a campaign, we know we need to place a large order with the factory. If not many people participate, then we know that we have to wait until there is more interest.
If we don't meet our minimum number required for the campaign, then everyone who has pledged will be refunded.
We are now in our 7th year of business at A Girl for All Time® and have successfully produced over 45 items including 9 award-winning dolls and dozens of costumes and accessories, so we are very confident in our manufacturing and shipping processes.
However, there are always risks and challenges with the production of anything. There can be delays at the manufacturing facilities if the factory falls behind schedule, or shipping time tables can be delayed due to weather, equipment, carriers or simply human error. Exporting product over any holiday season can also add unforeseen delays and there is always the risk that items make it all the way to it's destination and they get held up in customs for some unknown reason!
Having said all that, after 7 successful manufacturing seasons, we have a good idea of how to manage the hundreds of processes it takes to get our items from concept to production and into your homes.
We can't wait to see you on our Crowdfunding campaigns -