Ever since we’ve switched to the our payment processor in April, we’ve been struggling with the minimum order value limit (we’ve discussed that previously in our back in action post). Basically, you couldn’t make a credit card purchase on our site if the value of your purchase didn’t exceed 2.95€. Since the majority of the books on our site are priced between 2€ and 2.5€, this meant you had to put at least two books in your cart before being able to checkout with a credit card.
We’ve been pondering the solution that would alleviate this problem. Simply raising the prices of all books to 3€ seemed like the easiest way, but it was the one we absolutely wanted to avoid. Keeping the books in our web shop as affordable as possible is one of our guiding principles, and ramping up the prices obviously went directly against this.
After some brainstorming, we agreed on the solution that would hopefully work out for everyone. Without further ado, we’d like to announce that we’ve added a points (e-wallet) system to our site.
To elaborate, this is a completely optional system that complements our current payment model. If everything worked for you so far (basically, if you’ve always been buying several books at once or paying exclusively with Bitcoins), nothing will change.
The most obvious way to use these “2D Market points”, as we’ve, in our infinite dullness, come to call them, is to buy them in bulk and later exchange them for doujinshi.
However, the far more useful way is to “pad” your cart order with a few points to get just above the order value limit. We’ve added a convenient button to your cart that you can use to do just that:
A few purchases later and you’ll end up with enough points to exchange them for a brand new book.
Now, we’re aware that the worst part of these e-wallet point systems is that you always end up a few leftover points that you can’t spend on anything. Because of that, we’ve also added the ability to use points to reduce the value of your cart order. That way, you can easily spend every last point and not feel agitated whenever you think about those 3 points that just sit on your account. Minimum order limit will still apply, so you can’t reduce your order to less than 2.95€ if you want to checkout with your credit card.
We’ve also updated our Term of Service to accommodate the point system.
Note that the points system is still in its infancy and might experience some growing pains. If you notice something weird happening, email us at info @ 2d-market.com or nag us on twitter and we’ll get right on it.
With that out of the way, let us get back on track doing what we should have been doing all this time instead of dealing with this nonsense: publishing uncensored doujinshi!