Higher Paypal fees

Paypal is increasing it’s fees from 2.5% to 3.0%.

Due to PSD II regulations, we are not allowed to charge a fee associated with any one payment mechanism. So normally this would force up to increase all prices, even when paying with a credit card (1.4%), by bank transfer (0.10€/100 transactions) or in cash at events (free).
Since we already had to increase so many prices due to the EUR/USD exchange rate falling, we opted to instead only remove the Paypal express checkout button from the shopping cart for the time being. A permanent solution can hopefully wait until the current crisis is over.

Update

We checked again and while the LG Munic ruled that we can’t do that for Paypal. later the higher OLG Munic ruled (10.10.2019 Az. 29 U 4666/18) that we are allowed to charge fee for using Paypal as long as the fee is not higher then the fee Paypal charged to us.
There is also a 2001 ruling of the highest court (BGH) with the same verdict.
So starting 1st of August 2020 we may do that.

Lubes are back

For a while we intentionally didn’t restock any standard lubes while only keeping white Wolf Cum Lube and cheap Bovivet for rubber parties in stock.
Er figured that you could get them anywhere and this wasn’t why any of you would visit a specialty shop like ours.
As an experiment we have added them back in for a while to order along with any toys.

DHL increasing Crisis-Premiums

First and foremost: No prices change for EU countries and the UK.

For a long list of non-EU countries and even entire zones of countries DHL has started to drastically increase it’s crisis-premiums per kilogramm.
The premiums are on top of the regular price and range from 50ct/Kg+VAT for China to 3,7€/Kg+VAT for Australia.

The change takes effect on the 15th of April.

We will upload the new prices to the shop software next week, to ensure that all parcels shipped after we return from the TailsUp furmeet in our event-calendar have the new prices.

Furoticon playing cards discontinued

Serveral years ago we started to sell Furoticon playing cards.
We did that because we could not sell dildos in Dealers Den but wanted to be present and seen (and hand out invitations to our YiffyToys room party).

Since Eurofurence has an After Dark Dealers Den, this is no longer needed.
So we have stopped ordering new cards.

Today the last of the remaining cards has been sold and we have deactivated the category in the shop. We only have some left over mugs and mouse pads.

Corona+Brexit shipping limitations

DHL just surprised us with some updates.
More information at https://www.dhl.de/coronavirus

We will update this blog posting as we get new information.
last update: 2021-01-15 Italy and Greece, limitations lifted

For the UK please also read our Brexit and HMRC information.

Delays in Austria

Due to heavy snow fall, DHL is warning about heavy delays in parcels delivered to Austria.
(The one without any kangaroos. 😉 )
Very large parcels may not arrive before Christmas anymore.

DHL – changes in USA shipping

Due to the SARS-SoV2 most international flights are cancelled.
Up to now this ment long waiting times for a plane to carry parcels along and a small surcharge to all parcels headed for the US.


Starting 15th of September that surcharge will be lifted (and we will reduce our prices accordingly) but a lot of parcels will travel by sea. So the waiting time for a flight will be replaced by the travel time of a cargo ship slow steaming across the Atlantic.
DHL says this means 25-30 days of travel time for parcels.

Premium parcels are still flown (and still have the surcharge in addition to the already high price tag) but due to the weight of our products, we do not offer that service.

Covid 19 shipping update

General

DHL is still warning about delays due to large volumes of parcels being moved.
They have hired additional staff and shifted some work to other departments
Current limitations (such as countries we can’t ship to) can always be seen here.

Restocking toys from the US of A

The large toy delivery sent by Exotic Erotics is still on it’s way.
We expect it to arrive safely but with a significant delay.
The last one during February was delayed by an entire month. We hope that it will be less extreme this time.

Restocking toys from within Europe

Apart from some manufacturers experiencing delays in getting their Silicone,
there should be no noticable delays for us in restocking toys.

Belgium

DHL has lifted the size limitation when shipping to Belgium that we mentioned the last time.

There will still be delays and there are still some limitationt that don’t affect us.

France

There where some limitations that don’t affect us. (Parcels >20Kg that require 2 people to carry).
In addition DHL is reporting delays. These of cause do affect our orders.