Hello there How far we have come in such a short time!
How the hell did we get here?
Not 6 months back I was still a lowly telemarketing exchanging my hours and soul for a decent living wage. Then I threw that all away to gamble my time, money, and future on the passion that you and I both share.
For these past six months I have been scraping by selling custom battery packs to you lovely people, as well as the good folks of several other communities. I have made quite a few by now, and hearing how satisfied my customers have been has made all the many, many hours worth it
Building batteries full time has been amazing, but I came to realize (or, rather it was pointed out to me by my mentor and friend @DerelictRobot, in no uncertain terms) that I need to grow my business past one-off custom work if I ever want to make Duck Battery Systems sustainable.
There are only so many hours in the day, and only so many batteries I can build in those hours. Plus, there is only so much I can convince all you TLC-Extreme-Couponing bargain hunters to pay for the damn things Therefore I have a pretty hard limit on how much I can make just selling custom batteries. And let me tell you, it aint much. Andrew was right, it would not be sustainable long term.
So where then to go? Do we accept our fate and return to capitalist wage slavery? No, damnit!
Onwards and upwards! Today I am happy to announce the launch of my new webshop:
For the 6 of you who used my previous website, it has been closed and I am working on migrating over all the content, including my much-reviled custom battery order form Going forward www.duckbattery.com will just redirect to my webshop.
So what’s on the website, yeah?
First off, I will be selling pre-built ready to ship batteries in several sizes and configurations. Those will be coming soon, and I will do my best to keep them in stock. I’m open to hear from y’all what sizes and configurations you think would be the best to have in stock.
I will also be taking custom battery orders through this new site. Integrating my invoicing and payments through Shopify should hopefully both of our lives easier. Right now I am still building out the custom battery backend, so I have put a hold on new custom orders. If you are currently on my work queue, your order will continue as normal.
And finally, I’m sure plenty of you have been wondering at the sudden disappearance of the lovely nickel, fishpaper, PCB’s, and more from www.derelictrobot.com.
The DRI Battery kits and DIY Supply has found a new home at Duck Battery Systems
Stock is currently limited as we only have what I could stuff into my pockets while Andrew wasnt looking, but more is on the way. Lots more.
Not only will we be taking over those product offerings, we will be expanding them to fill out a comprehensive battery building catalogue, including materials and equipment. If you have any items you would like us to stock, please let us know!
Anyway, that’s all I got for now. I’m really excited about this, so please take a look and let me know what you think of the new site!
Thank you for giving me a chance to pursue this passion of ours as a career
As a thank you, get free shipping on your first order over $50 with code “GRANDOPENING”