Own Your Stigma - Part 2

Own Your Stigma - Part 2

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The Snarky Company


Hey! I’m Liz, the creator and artist behind The Snarky Company. I've been making enamel pins since 2018 and have designed and produced more than 200 pin designs. I've also run four successful pin Kickstarters. The Own Your Stigma - Part 2 collection will be The Snarky Company's fifth crowdfunded pin collection.
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The Story

I started designing and making enamel pins in 2018 and haven't stopped since. In 2019 I launched the first Own Your Stigma pin collection on Kickstarter. As an artist, I use many of my own life experiences as inspiration for my work. As a person with ADHD and comorbid depression and anxiety, I started designing pins based off of those experiences. This is how the Own your Stigma pin collection was born. 

When I launched the first OYS campaign, I didn't expect it to blow up the way it did. I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who related to my pins and my story. I got to meet so many amazing people who shared their own stories with me. At that time, the first OYS campaign became the most funded, most backed, enamel pin Kickstarter. It has since been surpassed, but it still remains one of the most funded pin kickstarters to date. Since the end of that campaign I've had many requests to bring back popular designs from the campaign, or to run a second OYS campaign. I'm happy to say that the time has come!

Own Your Stigma - Part 2 is a continuation of the first campaign. OYS 2 will bring back some popular designs from the first campaign, as well as new designs. The goal is to continue the conversation about mental health and stigma. If you'd like to hear more about my origin story with mental health, check out the first Own Your Stigma campaign page

OYS 2 is the 5th crowdfunded pin collection by The Snarky Company. 
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The Pins


*A sand blasted technique consists of translucent enamel/epoxy over a metal backing. This technique produces enamel colors that are not completely opaque. If you'd like to see a real life example of sand blasted enamel, please contact us.













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How It Works

During the campaign you can pledge into any of the open pledge levels. Your money won't be withdrawn from your payment method until the end of the campaign. 

Once the campaign ends you will be charged for the cost of your pledge level only (shipping costs are paid later within your survey). Roughly two weeks after the campaign ends, you will then receive a BackerKit survey to choose your designs, pay shipping fees, and add your shipping address. In your survey, there will be an add-ons section where you can add extra items, such as sticker packs, locking metal backs, or additional pins. Add-ons are entirely optional.

Once the campaign is over you will have a three week window to fill out your survey. After the three week window, we will collect design quantities and send them to the manufacturer. You can still fill out your survey outside of the three week window, but any surveys submitted after the deadline, are not guaranteed to receive their design choices. Pledges are fulfilled in the order that surveys are submitted. We will keep in contact and post updates about when to expect your survey, how to find it, and the submission deadline.

Even if you are familiar with pledging to a crowdfunded campaign please read the "Important information to know" section. 
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Shipping

IMPORTANT INFO - Shipping costs will be charged to you AFTER the campaign and SEPARATELY through your BackerKit survey.

Below is a graphic with the shipping rates for different regions. These flat rates apply only to your pledge level, and are subject to changes depending upon shipping rates when the campaign ends. If there is a shipping increase it will only be between $1-$2.

Add On Item Shipping Fees - You will have the opportunity to add on extra items in your post campaign survey. Add on items may come with additional shipping costs depending on the final weight of your order.

All orders are shipped through USPS and come with tracking. International backers are responsible for their own countries VAT or import taxes/fees.

When shipping internationally we will make every effort to properly fill out customs forms. We will abide by your countries customs and shipping laws, which means we will denote the package value as the cost of your order, and mark this as merchandise. Please do not ask us to change the value of your package, or mark it as a gift. We are not responsible if your country holds your package and requires extra payment to release it.

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Timeline

Below you can find the campaign and fulfillment timeline. Please note that timelines are not set in stone and are subject to change, due to unforeseen circumstances or delays.

March 14th - Campaign Starts
April 14th - Campaign Ends and backers are charged
April 24th - BackerKit surveys sent out
May 15th - BackerKit surveys locked down and charged for shipping costs
May 30th - Final quantities and drafts are sent to the manufacturer
8-10 Weeks - Pin and merchandise manufacturing period
Mid to late September - Fulfillment and shipping begins.

Please note that we expect shipping to begin in September but this does not mean you will receive your package immediately  after shipping begins. Depending upon the total amount of backers, shipping carriers, and available staff, the fulfillment period can last anywhere from one month to nine months (it averages between 1-3 months). We make every attempt to ship out your packages asap. There is also the possibility that shipping could begin before September. 
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Important Information to Know

Early Bird Pledge Levels
Early Bird pledge levels are only available for the first 48 hours of the campaign! Early bird discounted prices only apply to the pledge level, these discounts do not extend to add-on items. Add-on items will be at full price regardless of your pledge tier.

Manufacturing
I'll be using trusted manufacturers that i've worked with before, but occasionally things happen and there are minor delays in manufacturing.

I will always be upfront with backers along the way. I will disclose any setbacks, delays, and any other pertinent updates.

It's important to understand that this is a crowdfunded campaign. Crowdfunded campaigns are often subject to delays due to unforeseen circumstances. Please also understand that money pledged to a crowdfunded campaign is a donation or investment. This is not an online store and you will not immediately receive your rewards after pledging.

Please note that minor changes may occur in production, and that the images presented here are my mock up designs. There is a possibility of slight changes in color and size in the physical item.

Pin Grades
The Snarky Company offers two grades of pins, First Grade, and B Grade. First Grade pins are the only pins offered in crowdfunded campaigns. Our pins are handmade and may have minor cosmetic imperfections.
Examples of First Grade imperfections are as follows, but not limited to:
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Small buff marks, scuffs, or scratches on metal/enamel
- Small specks, pores, or bubbles anywhere on the pin
- Slightly low or uneven fills
- Slightly misaligned screenprinted details (for pins with screenprinting)
- Slight variations in the distribution of glitter
- Slight defects in text (this is usually only in pins with small text)
We want to make you aware that these First Grade pins may have small imperfections, but 99% of the time, these imperfections are non-existent or not noticeable.

An important note about color and size.
It is crucial to understand that while we have made pins before, the pins in this Kickstarter have not yet been manufactured. The designs you see on this page are mockups, which means the final product may vary in color and size. From our experience, the majority of our pins turn out looking like the mockup design.

Different computers, phones, and other devices have different screen settings which means coloration may vary between screens. We use a Pantone Solid Coated book to choose the colors for our designs. The manufacturers use those Pantone numbers to know which colors to mix and apply where, however, looking at a Pantone swatch on paper, is different than looking at a Pantone color in enamel.
Each mockup has a rough estimate of what the size will be. Our sizes are either specifying the general height or width of the pin. The actual size of the physical product may vary.

Glitters, translucent enamel, sand blasted enamel, pearl enamel, and metal plating colors may vary on the physical product.

Refunds or Exchanges
After the campaign has ended, you will have ample time to make your design selections in your BackerKit survey. You will be notified before surveys are locked down and any add-ons are charged. Once your order is locked down, we have a no refunds or exchanges policy. The only time we will issue a refund or replacement, is in extenuating circumstances, or if your pin arrives damaged (please read the section on pin grades to determine if your pin is damaged). If you believe your pin was damaged in transit, please reach out to us and attach photos of the damaged pin.

Forfeiture of Rewards
Once project shipping is completed backers will be notified via a campaign update. This campaign update with have a final survey completion date. If your survey is not completed, and your shipping costs not paid by the completion date, you will forfeit your pledge payment and rewards. We will not fulfill forfeited rewards and pledge levels after the completion date. 

Rubber Backs vs. Locking Backs
Each pin from our campaign will come with rubber backs, but we highly recommend purchasing locking backs. If you choose to adhere your pin to a jacket, bag, or other item, with a rubber back, and it falls off, we will not replace the missing pin. We do offer locking backs through our add-ons section in your survey.

Shipping Policies
Please visit the shipping section to read about these policies.

Lost or never received packages
We make every attempt to get your package from our facility to your home. Packages for this campaign will come with a tracking number. Regardless of tracking numbers, sometimes packages are lost in the mail. We will notify backers with an update when the project is near completion. If you have not received your package by the completion of the shipping process, you will have an extended period of time to contact us about a missing package.
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For more pins check out our Etsy Shop! Use coupon code OYS2023 to get 30% off your total order of $15 or more.

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Previous crowdfunded campaigns by The Snarky Company

The Pretty Petty Pin Collection
- Launched in 2022, The Pretty Petty Pin collection is a series of pins all about breakups and bad exes.
Own Your Stigma Kickstarter - Launched in 2019, The Own Your Stigma collection is still one of the most funded and most backed pin campaigns in the history of Kickstarter.
The Snarky Pin Collection - The Snarky Pin collection was our first campaign. It launched in 2018 and helped to start The Snarky Company that exists today. 

The Snarky Company is a small business located in the greater Raleigh, NC area.
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