Oh my goodness what a hectic last few days this has been!!! So much research and prayer, and sounding out ideas, and more research and LOTS more prayer and listening for God's will in this. But long story short, we have found a way to keep the shop OPEN!!! The bottom line is this: the new VAT tax laws only apply to downloads. The EU government buried it deep within obscure documentation, but we were able to confirm, finally, that digi files that are emailed to customers are NOT subject to the taxes!
SO...here's what needs to happen for this to work. Within our main shop there will need to be two mini shops -- one for our European Union customers, and one for our non-EU customers. The EU shop will contain all the same products as the non-EU shop, but they will be labeled as "EU Version" in the listings, and as "Physical" products behind-the-scenes. This means that EU customers will still be able to shop with us, but your digis will have to be emailed to you. Our non-EU customers will still be able to download digis directly.
This change will require some patience on the part of our non-EU customers, but I hope you will feel it is worth it to still have the digis available to you. Simply put, I won't always be able to email you the files immediately upon purchase. As a busy wife and mom, I do sometimes have to be away from my desk -- LOL! But I do promise -- barring true emergencies -- to get them to you within 24 hours of purchase, OK? Even if I have to be away, I will make arrangements so that happens.
Getting the shop to work this way is going to take a lot of rebuilding, so please expect the shop to be under construction for a bit. Like I said, I need to have two duplicate shops inside the one, and from the bit of fiddling I did last night, there is just no low-time way to accomplish this. To that end, I probably won't have any new digis available until next month, save the February Digi of the Month. And yes -- there will be a February Challenge complete with a new set!
Now I'm sure some of you are wondering, so I'll answer: yes, the 75% off sale will still continue thru the end of January. I made that offer and will stick by it. Prices will go back to normal February 1st. Likewise, the January Digi of the Month will remain free to everyone, and those of you who join our January "Digi of the Month Challenge" will still receive a $10 gift code to the shop for playing. But you'll also get a new digi set at the end of the month, and how cool is that?
Before I close, I want to say a huge, heart-felt thanks to all of you who sent up prayers on my behalf to find a way to stay open, and to the many of you who were so kind and encouraging these last couple weeks. God heard you, and He made a way, and I'm so grateful.
Wishing you all a very happy New Year!