Kickstarter states their mission as “help bring creative projects to life.” They describe the process as “backers pledge to projects to help them come to life and support a creative process. To thank their backers for their support, project creators offer unique rewards that speak to the spirit of what they’re hoping to create.” I have launched many of my new art photography projects via Kickstarter. Here is some general information that applies to these projects:
I have a retail license in Charleston South Carolina. South Carolina customers add 6% sales tax. City of Charleston customers add 9% sales tax; Daniel Island customers add 8%. Kickstarter doesn’t add tax automatically, you must use the “adjust pledge” feature. After the project end, I can send a tax invoice if needed. This can be paid within 30 days. Outside South Carolina, including international, there is no Charleston or South Carolina sales tax.
If you live outside the United States, your purchase is likely subject to VAT and possibly import duties collected by your government. VAT is not included in the reward prices. Some countries have a lower VAT rate for photography and books. I’ve done a lot of international shipping, and can research specific situations if you’re curious. Shipments are accompanied by import documents with all the required information. I can use your FedEx or UPS account to greatly expedite the process right to your door. Please inquire for details.
Limitations of Liability and other Rants
Kindly claim your physical rewards by completing the reward survey within 30 days after it is issued. Missing information in the reward survey may result in delivery delays. Surveys that are not completed within 90 days will be considered abandonment of your reward; any refund will be at my discretion. I understand things happen, no need to give me details, just get in touch when you can. I can likely still send your reward based on circumstances but I reserve the right not to.
Please make sure your shipping address is correct, accessible, and someone available to sign if applicable. Shipping can be expensive, especially internationally. Reshipping returned packages due to customer errors will typically require additional payment.
Please claim your digital rewards by creating an account on my site and downloading the file(s) within six months. I pay AWS hosting and transfer costs for fast downloads worldwide. I may keep the files up for as long as a year, but I reserve the right not to. If you do contact me a year later about the reward you forgot to download, understand I can’t drop everything to accommodate this, it may take time, especially if I’m traveling. Keep digital rewards on your device(s) and back them up.
Some rewards are exclusive to Kickstarter backers. That means you can only buy them during the funding period. You can’t buy exclusive rewards after a Kickstarter ends.
Message me on Kickstarter for a custom reward for combinations over $300. This can often save you on shipping cost versus doing add-ons, and help you get exactly what you’re looking for.