Friday, March 11, 2016

More Goodies from Papertrey Ink (PTI)

Upper left:
Papertrey Ink (PTI) Watercooler Talk
Bottom left:
Papertrey Ink (PTI) Memory Clips Die
Papertrey Ink (PTI) Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die
The annual event of Papertrey Ink (PTI) I been anxiously waiting for is finally here! On 15 February 2016, I received PTI newsletter announcing their 9th anniversary and to celebrate their anniversary, like previous year, they are offering special 9th anniversary discount. All the orders placed between 10PM ET on 15 February 2016 through 11:59PM ET on 16 February 2016 will automatically receive 9% off the entire order. There is no minimum order but the discount exclude gift bags and gift certificates. Not even coupon code is needed.

PTI 9th anniversary discount newsletter
To be frank, as per my PTI account records, I only bought once a year from PTI when they have this anniversary discount. Only once in 2013, I bought outside their anniversary discount day. That year was my first time purchase with PTI.

Actually, I am still not over on the last incident of import GST. However, since PTI products only sold exclusively on their website and no any online sellers carry their products, I have no choice but to buy from their website directly. I did did some research if there is an alternative ways for me to get the item from oversea cheaper, I mean in term of shipping cost. I come across vPost, a service by Singapore Post. The concept looks interesting and appealing and perhaps I can try it someday. I even ask my relative that live in Singapore if the package they received from oversea will be imposed with import GST. My relative reverts that as far as she knows and encounter before, none. In the end, I decided to give a last try and stick to USPS First Class Package as shipping method.

Papertrey Ink (PTI) Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die
For the longest time, I wanted to get the Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die as I have some great ideas to use the dies to make some notebooks which are great as gifts or daily use. However, it is out of stock during the sale period. But I subscribed to the 'Notify Me When Product Available' so that when Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die is available, I can plan my budget to buy this dies. Due to that, I have no choice but to go for second option which is the Moments Inked: Divided Die. At least I still can make use of the full page and tall scalloped dies for my ideas. Perhaps when the Moments Inked: Basic Pages Die is re-stocked, I will purchase it even there is no sales period.

Papertrey Ink (PTI) Watercooler Talk - Front
Second item goes into my cart is of course the Watercooler Talk stamp set! I really like this stamp set when I first saw it in the introduction post and even want it more in my collection after its full reveal. The sentiments are just great for someone promotion, change role and newcomer who happens in working environment. I especially like the 'Administrative Professionals Day' sentiment as I make cards for my fellow administrative colleagues on this day as a gesture of appreciation for all the assistance they provided to me. 'From all of us' is also a sentiment I need as I did not have this sentiment in my collection. Sometimes I do make cards or projects for many people sign or pen down a message.
Papertrey Ink (PTI) Watercooler Talk - Back

Finally, I squeeze in another small dies, Memory Clips Die as I like to make some cute bookmarks out of it. There is a matching stamp set, Clip Tips that coordinate with the Memory Clips Die but due to my budget is at its limits (thanks for my in-laws Chinese New Year angpau), I did not include the matching stamp set. Furthermore, the sentiments in the matching stamp set do not really suit my needs.
I make my order and payment on 16 February 2016, Malaysia time to quickly secure my order items. I select USPS First Class Package as shipping method which costs me USD$24.25, more than half of my total items price. I know that PTI stamp set come with the clear plastic case in which PTI will most probably ship my items in a box. Due to that, I leave a message to PTI saying that if the stamp set have the clear plastic case, I want it to be removed because I want to have a flat package and indicate do not use box. I also inform PTI that I am fine using bubble envelope to ship my items. I even ask PTI to contact me if they want to clarify my message. This is to ensure that my package will not or have less chances be taxed with import GST.

I did not login to PTI account to check the status of my order or shipping details until 28 February 2016 because I know the volume of orders PTI generated due to the 9th anniversary is huge and it will takes longer to fulfill the shipment. When I key in the tracking number to check the package delivery status, it shows that it was delivered on 27 February 2016 and in transit to Malaysia.

Finally, today, the package arrived but in a box! Thanks for my dearly hubby for getting home in time after having lunch with me. If not, he have to go to the post office to collect the package later and I have to wait at least a day to receive my PTI goodies. Well, I must say that the message I leave for PTI is being ignored as I can see the message in my invoice but still I receive my items in a box.

Nevertheless, I am glad that this package did not get taxed with import GST. ~phew~ Hopefully I can start to make some cards and projects soon with these PTI goodies soon especially cards for Administrative Professionals Day for my fellow administrative colleagues!

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