Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ain't Nobody Got Time for VAT

What is VAT?  It's a tax.

And it's a hassle for small crafters who have automatically downloadable PDF patterns for sale on platforms like Craftsy.

Beginning today, January 1, 2015, any entrepreneur who sells online digital services (including downloadable PDFs) to someone in the EU must charge a VAT tax.  It's more complicated than that, in ways I won't go into here.  If you're interested, you can Google, though I'd advise having a couple of Tylenol handy for the headache which may result.

What it means for me is that I have, at this time, removed my Thoroughly Modern Lily quilt pattern from Craftsy.  I apologize for any inconvenience which may result for those who have wish-listed the pattern on Craftsy, pinned it on Pinterest, or were otherwise thinking about buying it some day.  

There is good news, however, if you read on!

Some digital pattern sellers are migrating to other platforms which sites have assured them they will handle the VAT for EU sales on their behalf.  I don't know if I will do that or not at some point.  I only have the one pattern right now, and I need to explore and weigh the options.

In the interim, while I decide whether, how, and/or where to make the digitally downloadable pattern available again, here is what it means for you, dear reader.

For a limited time, my Thoroughly Modern Lily quilt pattern is available by email FREE!

All you need to do is email me and request it as follows: 
  • Please put "TML" (Thoroughly Modern Lily) in the subject line of your email.  
  • Include your full name and mailing address, so I know you're a legitimate consumer, not a spammer, and what country you live in.  This is only for my own records and is the same basic information you would be providing if you purchased the pattern on Craftsy using Paypal.  
  • You can find a link to my email address in my Blogger profile, but here it is too:  thewayisewit {at} gmail {dot} com.  Substitute the normal symbols for the stuff in brackets and you're all set.

As always, if you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to ask.  If you make the quilt, or even just one block, I would love to see a photo!  (I know someone who is making this quilt right now and she's sent me a sneak peak—it's gorgeous, and I can't wait until she posts about her finish! I'll be sure to share the link when she does.  Edited:  HERE is the link to Elizabeth's version of Thoroughly Modern Lily!  Awesomeness!!)

If you missed the original post about the Thoroughly Modern Lily quilt pattern, you can find it HERE

I also did a tutorial on making a Four-Lily block, which is the basis for this quilt, which you can find on the Tutorials tab of the blog.  You can also search the labels for Thoroughly Modern Lily and see all the posts relating to it, including the quilt of my grandmother which inspired it.

With all the best wishes for 2015!



MomWaldsPlace said...

You Go Girl!

Hazel said...

That VAT is a real nusience! Thanks for the free pattern. I was not remembering the craftsy pattern sales! Hope you get the whole thing sorted out.

I wondered if you could sell to only USA at Craftsy, but refer Non USA customers to another platform for sales.

Jittina said...

Thank you for your generosity. The quilt is just beautiful. I just sent you an email.

Greetings from Sweden, Jittina

Sharlene said...

I have just started following your blog and so haven't taken the time to look at all of your tutorials. This pattern looks so wonderfully vintage - like my 'Nan' would have done in applique. I'd love to get a copy of it - thank you.