The legislation was designed to stop the big boys (such as Amazon) from setting up shop in low tax countries and circumnavigating higher taxes in other countries. Unfortunately, at the moment it would seem that those who are hardest hit are those of us with teeny tiny businesses. No matter where in the world we live or how small our income, we are being forced to either agree to a lot more bureaucracy, stop selling to EU countries or to shut up shop completely.
I have been patiently waiting to see how this legislation will affect me and to see if Etsy and Craftsy will do anything to help those of us who sell through their platforms. Although both Etsy and Craftsy are taking steps to help in the collection of these taxes, their solutions are just not workable for me. I have neither the time, the energy, the inclination nor the resources to deal with these tax returns myself. As a result, I am reluctantly shutting my Etsy Shop and will only stock a few free patterns in my Craftsy store. I remain hopeful that this will be a temporary measure, but only time will tell how this all pans out.
I feel a great deal of frustration as I have spent a lot of time and energy building up my stores and was beginning to see pattern selling as a realistic way for me to gather income while still remaining at home where I can be available for my children. Now I just don't know what is going to happen.
BUT there is good news, I am not shutting up shop completely. For the time being I am moving my patterns onto a different platform called payhip.com and I am looking into other options. If you look at the top of my blog, you will see a new tab called "My Store". This is where you will now be able to buy my (VAT compliant) patterns. I will keep you posted as to when and if my patterns become available from other platforms.
Please bear with me, it will take some time until I have uploaded everything. It is the Summer/ Christmas holidays over here, the whole family is on holiday, I have family visiting from Europe and I am also trying to put the finishing touches on the patterns for the In Flight Quilt-Along so patterns will not be uploaded overnight.
Talking of the In Flight Quilt-Along. That is DEFINITELY still going ahead. I can't wait to tell you about all of the prizes and to start sharing the patterns. I must admit that I was hoping to kick things off on 1st January. Unfortunately, this may need to be delayed for one or two weeks, as reading up on this VAT problem and finding a workable solution has cost me a lot of time and energy over the last month. This was time that should have been spent on finishing the In Flight patterns.
No matter what, the QAL will start in January as promised and I will keep you up to date regarding dates and details.
Sorry for this long business type post, but I felt it was important to keep you all up to date with where I stand.
For those of you who have stuck with me till the end of the post, I have some good news. I am holding a closing down sale at both of my stores.
Until the end of 2014, I have reduced the price of all patterns in my Craftsy store.
Use the code VATMOSS in my Etsy store for a 40% discount.
Wishing I had a more cheerful post at this time of year.