The day of the books

June 6, 2005 by Tim


For the past week ZeStuff has been working to prepare for the pre-sale for the new additions to the Ctrl-Alt-Del store. We have completed successful internal testing to make sure that the traffic would not stress our servers. This morning additional precautions were made and discussions took place with Paypal and our credit card processor to ensure a smooth pre-sale.

When we launched the presale at 2 p.m., we noticed that during the checkout process, we were receiving a slow server response from our queries to the Canada Post server that provides our accurate shipping rates. Upon noticing the dilemma we contacted Canada Post and unfortunately it took us four hours to speak with someone who was able to start correcting the slow response time. Once it was decided that our queries could not be handled by their main servers, they dedicated servers for us that were still not able to handle the load.

At 7:30 p.m. ZeStuff and Tim Buckley decided to close the store until tomorrow. At this time the presale is closed and offline for an undetermined amount of time. We will be making an announcement tomorrow that includes the dates and time for the new presale. We will be giving you at least 24 hours advanced notice before we open the presale to the public again. We are stopping the presale now so we can give everyone a fair chance to receive Collector Edition volumes. We currently have around 275 available copies of each volume.

Any orders that have been processed correctly will be kept and their orders will be shipped out on schedule. We will also be reviewing all orders made today to ensure that no order slipped through, processing the orders that did not fail, and refunding any multiple payments.

We apologize for any trouble or inconvenience any of you have experienced. We appreciate the support given to us during this time.

Thank you.

The ZeStuff team

I’m going to be gone for the day, so you’re getting all of your news in one lump. Read it carefully.

At 2pm EST today, the pre-order for the Ctrl+Alt+Del books will begin. When the pre-order starts, you will find the books in the store. They will be available to ship anywhere in the world. The books will begin shipping in July.

There are two versions of each of the books. The regular paperback copy which is $19.99, and the Collector’s Edition Hardcover, which comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity, and two limited edition Ctrl+Alt+Del stickers for $29.99.

We are only printing 500 hardcover copies of each volume, and we will only be making 400 of those available to purchase. These 500 are the only Collector’s Editions that will ever be printed. Once they are all sold, they will never be available again.

All of the Collector’s Editions will be signed, regardless of when they are ordered, but they are expected to sell out fast.

If you want a signed paperback copy, you have to place your pre-order before June 20th 2005.

Information about the books can be found below. All questions regarding ordering should be directed to the store. NOT TO ME.

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