Have you ever wished you could get free worldwide shipping on Go equipment?
But since nobody was offering it, we decided to do it ourselves!
It doesn’t matter whether it gets there by truck, by plane or by camel.
How can they offer free shipping?
You might be wondering why nobody else has done this yet, or… whether we’re crazy.
I’m fairly sure we’re not – at least I hope so.
Over the past two years we’ve been gradually setting up distribution of Go products with the aim of making them more widely available, and affordable, globally.
We started off with Go books, because they’re cheaper, lighter and generally more forgiving when you make mistakes.
And now we’re ready to do Go equipment too.
As of today, we have affordable Go equipment ready to ship in four convenient locations around the world.
We’ve distributed it geographically closer to you and already shipped it for the majority of the distance using (cheaper, but slower) sea freight.
Because of that, we can minimize the overall cost and time involved in getting it to your house when you order.
That means the shipping cost is reduced (and we pay it for you anyway) and you get your order faster!
This strategy is called ‘forward deployment’ and it’s thought to have been invented by Alexander the Great around the same time when Go might have been invented.
He always ensured his troops had adequate supplies at a new location and made arrangements where necessary, before moving them.
A wide range of Go boards
In addition, we have luxury Go boards and other equipment in our store that we’ll work with factories to ship directly from Asia to your door. And the shipping is still free.
This way we can we can offer a wider range of products for people who are interested in them and make them easier to get.
Highlights from the new Go equipment
Here are a few of our favorites from the new Go equipment we have in store…
1. The Go Bento Box
When you think about it, storing
lunch Go stones in a compact and portable way just makes sense.
How many times have you been taking a Go set somewhere to play a game and had to juggle a board and two bowls?
I have countless memories of doing that and this clever design solves that problem, which is why it scored the number 1 place.
Read more about the Go Bento Box here.
2. Shin Kaya Go Board with Pro Grade Stones
Here are three products that go well together:
- a 2.4” Shin Kaya Go Board, with
- Professional Standard Size 36 Glass Go Stones,
- and Size 15 Ash Go Bowls.
These are the exact make and size of stones used in professional Go tournaments in Korea, which is why they come in at number 2.
All of the products so far are ready to ship from all four of our locations and will arrive very quickly within the US, UK and Australia.
3. Lee Changho Signature Go Board
Last but not least, the Lee Changho Signature Go board.
This beautiful floor Go board was made from an exceptionally rare, high quality piece of kaya.
And the finished product was signed by, the Stone Buddha himself, Lee Changho 9 dan.
I’d love to buy this one for myself, but I can’t afford it.
But even if the asking price puts it out of most people’s price range, the photos are still a pleasure to look at, which is why this one came in 3rd.
You can click here to see all these products and more. Which one’s your favorite?
So this has been a really busy year and I’m glad that this is all up and up and running before the end of the end of December (even if not really in time for Christmas).
We want to gradually reduce costs by shipping more products and pass those savings on to the Go community.
Coming in 2013: The Dirt Cheap Go Set
Some time ago, some friends told me a story about how the unique combination of very cheap Go sets and beginners manuals, and some good teachers, resulted in a generation of strong Go players in Romania (including Catalin Taranu 5p).
We don’t know if trying to reproduce those conditions will produce the same results (there were, of course, many other factors involved), but we want to try anyway.
So we’ve come up with a product we’re calling the ‘Dirt Cheap Go Set’, and we’re aiming for a target price of $10, for a Go board, stones and bowls.
At the moment we’re thinking the best thing for promoting Go would be a portable set with a foldable board made of vinyl (or perhaps silicone), but we’re open to suggestions and I’d like to hear what you think about it.
Over to you
You can share your ideas by leaving a comment below.
How would you make a dirt cheap Go set?