Welcome to the September ’19 Cuddly Octopus update!
September is a big month for us. We’ve got a mixture of some good and less good news for you, so let’s dig right into it.
In terms of the backlog, as of this month, we are beginning partial production through our newly subjugated factory. The workers there have been skillfully trained by our octopus army to assist in the coming Octopocalypse, whereby all octopi will emerge from the ocean to invade humanity. As such, the backlog should finally start to shrink on us. Some 160cm July orders will be printed through the new factory, along with the majority of 160cm August orders and all future 160cm orders. All in all, this dual/split production should allow us to catch up on the order backlog, and ensure that orders are shipped more timely in the future.
In addition to this, the octopus army has also deemed it necessary to subjugate facilities for the storage of additional printed covers. Thus, in the coming months, many 160cm variants of popular designs should start to fill our warehouse for much more efficient “in-stock” shipping. As an extra bonus to our new warehouse, we can now start offering ePacket shipping—the benefits of which allow us to offer greatly reduced shipping costs. As of now, all orders, regardless of quantity or mix of items, will ship for $7 flat-rate, worldwide. Those of you acquainted with our old shipping costs will know how much of an improvement this is.
As mentioned previously, however, these changes to our processes necessitated a bit of a price restructuring. So as of yesterday, you’ll have noticed the price of all of our covers increased to $70. This is an overall price decrease for a majority of orders, but certain high quantity orders might see their overall cart price increase moderately. Since this is a trial run for us, we might need to adjust prices more in the near future. We ask that you bear with us while we try to stabilize things on our end.
Finally, one last bit of bad news… as of this month, we are formally ending the ability to mix-and-match covers. While awesome from a consumer-facing perspective, the mixing-and-matching of designs has too great an error rate, often costing us greatly more than our margins on a given order to rectify. Up to this point, we’ve simply been eating the costs of mistakes made by our factory, but given the high throughput we’ve been needing them to push, the error rate has increased to an unsustainable point. We’re sorry that we had to make this change and hope you understand the logistical nightmare it made for us. We will perhaps try to evaluate if there is any possible way for us to reintroduce this feature in the future, but as of now, consider it gone for good.
With the good (and bad) administrative news out of the way… let’s get into the product announcements! And this month has loads of new product announcements…
Coming with the September ’19 update, we are launching 18 new dakimakura cover designs, 25 keychains, 2 new tapestries, and some glorious Plushtopi to invade the surface world. And as an added bonus, our keychains have a promo where if you buy any combination of 3, you get $5 off your order! Also, if you adopt both Plushtopi, you can get $10 off! What a steal!
So without further adieu, here is the list of updates this month!
- Megumin (Konosuba!) by KyuriTizu
- Senko (The Helpful Fox Senko-san) by Nyatrix
- Javelin (Azur Lane) by Nyatrix
- Kyaru (Princess Connect) by Brora
- Lillith & Mary Ann (Original) by Amo
- Laffey (Azur Lane) by Amo
- Cavalla (Azur Lane) by Amo
- Shirley (Cuddly Octopus) by Bean Sprout
- Shuten (Fate Series) by Krokobyaka
- Asuka (Evangelion) by Shadowgrave
- Sakuya (iDOLM@STER) by Tony Guisado
- Yuisis (Granblue Fantasy) by Kanopan
- Louise (Original) by Solru
- Zooey (Granblue Fantasy) by SNM
- Clevelad (Azur Lane) by Ikazu
- Mystia Lorelei (Touhou Project) by Tsukimaru
- Camilla (Fire Emblem) by Megatama
- Erika (Original) by Anonymous
- Summer Marriage (2019) by KyuriTizu
- Spring 2019 by KyuriTizu
- Syrene (Swimsuit 2018)
- Kisero (Swimsuit 2018)
- Syrene (Halloween 2018)
- Kisero (New Years 2019)
- Dog & Octopus
- Syrene & Octopus
- Mary Ann
As usual, the premium P80 2-Way Silkette versions of most of our new designs will be available on Sakura-Palace.
Currently, we can announce the following work is currently in progress:
- KyuriTizu is working on a cute bird.
- Nyatrix is drawing a loli elf.
- Solru is making a small mouse.
- Here are some cute in-progress octopus stickers.
As always, thank you for your continued support of Cuddly Octopus!
– The Cuddly Octopus Team