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Yes! Custom design is a service we offer. Once Spider agrees to make your design, he will give you an estimate for how much time it would take. Custom designs are $30 an hour, with a half hour minimum, paid upfront via Paypal. This includes a digital proof and one set of any tweaks or changes. Turnaround time for designs is 7-10 business days from the payment date of the invoice, with a 25% upcharge for rush designs completed within 48 hours of payment (subject to approval - we cannot guarantee that we can take rush items). The item in question will remain in perpetuity on the store, and can be applied to any other item created in the same way; so you won't have to pay for the design again should you want it on something else.
We reserve the right to refuse any custom item commission at our sole discretion. We will not complete commissions using any homophobic/transphobic/queerphobic/biphobic/acephobic messaging, anything antisemitic, ableist or racist in message or implication, or containing the lipstick lesbian flag or sunset lesbian flag, due to their exclusionist origins. Please don’t ask. As a lesbian, Spider chooses to use the Inclusive Lesbian Flag based on a poem by Sappho, the variant created by Maya Kern.
We will not complete any commissions which replicate another artist’s work or violate copyright. This is for our legal protection.
In the exceedingly rare circumstance where a customer’s tweaks or changes would violate the above, we can and will decline to complete the commission; we do not refund commission fees.
There are two different reasons why this may be:
If it’s a pin, it is possible that the pin in those colors have already sold out. As we have to buy pins in bulk, we restock periodically. Follow us on Kickstarter to get first crack at new pins.
For other items that are printed on demand, we try to keep the most common flags in stock, but for some other less often requested flags. If you would like one of our items in a flag that it isn’t already in, contact us about scheduling some custom design time so we can figure out a way to make those colors look great on the item you would like!
You should receive an email with the tracking number(s) of your item(s) when they have shipped, however issues do happen. For items like patches that we make ourselves, the turnaround time on them is up to two weeks, not counting the time it would take to get them to you. For the items that we get printed from our collaborators in other countries like Hong Kong, the U.K., or China, it may take up to three weeks for these items to print and ship. If your items are still not around in time, we can definitely follow up with our printer!
One of our printers no longer offers a tracking number with their items: the maker of the canvas boots. Yes, this stinks, and if we had another source for those boots, we’d switch, but we don’t, and those boots are so comfy. We have never had a pair of them go missing in 4 years, so don’t sweat it. (Even if they do go missing in the mail, we’ll get ‘em replaced.)
Sometimes your items will come from different printers, some in the states and some overseas in China. Regardless of where they are, if they are made by separate companies, they will be shipped to you separately. Make sure to check if your items are still in the shipping window, and if they aren’t, please do contact us to look into it.
We don’t have control over which items come in which sizes: we’re not actually manufacturing a bunch of these things, and we’re a tiny company which doesn’t have the capital to demand that massive manufacturing companies make things the way we want. If we did, everything would come in XS-7X at least and would have pockets. Everything, even the shoes.
Speaking of shoes, they can be some of the most difficult things to find in extended sizes. Boots specifically, since we do have some sneakers that come in up to a US Men’s 15 (EU 49.5).
If the question is ‘do we plan to carry larger sizes?’, the answer is ‘we’re always looking for sources.’
Spider spends a lot of time searching for new print companies, consistently and on an ongoing basis. We add only companies we can verify to the best of our ability aren’t sweatshops, and those companies which will allow us to buy items one at a time. NerdyKeppie cannot afford and does not have the space to store stock. Trying to keep stock would prevent us from offering the wide variety of items and flag options that we do. So we need that intersection of products we can buy one at a time and products which are size-inclusive, and that’s pretty hard to find: even within the same company you’ll sometimes find items that go up to 2X and items that go up to 5X. So if we have to pick between not offering a long skirt at all (for example), or only offering it if it goes up to 5X, either we’re just not offering options for those who require modest dress at all or we’re offering the most we can right now and continuing to look for other options. We choose the latter.
Yeah, we know. And we're working on equalizing that in 2022. Our most popular items have already been converted to a single price model, and we're working through fixing everything that comes in different sizes. Some sizes will go up in cost, some will go down, and meet somewhere close to the middle based on the sizes of that item ordered in the past.
Starting wage at NerdyKeppie is $22/hr. Right now we can only afford to give people a few hours a week. Our 5 year plan includes at least one full-time employee, but we’re not going to ask people for a full-time commitment until we can give them the benefits and pay they deserve. In the meantime, we keep our hours flexible so our people can do the other things they want and need to do with our time, and pay well for the time we ask for.
Spider & Steve make well under minimum wage, because they’re the ones who decided to take on the risk.
Not currently or for the foreseeable future. We owe our current employees at least part-time status with insurance before we could even think about adding anyone else.