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NWN PROD



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:57 pm    Post subject: Raising Money To Buy A Warehouse! Reply with quote

To NWN customers and supporters:

Over the course of the past 15 years NWN has gone from a one man operation working out of a corner of the garage in an apartment in South San Francisco, to taking over nearly 1/3 of my current home plus two storage spaces in Oakland. Needless to say, the growth has come at the expense of personal space and efficiency. Storage for the label consumes the garage level and lower level of my home. I spend a great deal of time running up and down the stairs to pull records for orders, and records are often lost or misplaced resulting in them being listed as out of stock, when, in fact, they are still available. At this time, there is literally no more room to expand in my current home, and I need to look elsewhere. Also, storage in the garage level is concerning because, although it has never happened, weather conditions may arise that could lead to damage of the inventory.

The answer, of course, is to get more space. Geographic limitations make it impossible to add on to the house, especially given the amount of space that is required to make the operation more manageable. The only workable solution is to buy or rent a warehouse in Oakland. As anyone living in the Bay Area knows, rent prices are unreasonably high right now while mortgage interest rates remain very low, therefore making this a great time to invest in a warehouse. To this end, I’ve teamed up with two other Oakland-based businesses to buy a 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Oakland. The plan is to combine our resources and buy a bigger space to get “economy of scale” on our side. We will subdivide the space into three sections and run our businesses independently.

In the next coming weeks and months, I will be listing a lot of personal records, NWN test presses, and other rarities in order to raise the necessary funding for the project. After assessing the needs of each of our businesses, the other investors and I arrived at the conclusion that we need a 10,000 sq. ft. space in order to accommodate the storage and equipment needs of each business. The cost for such a space is about $800K. This means, each of the three investors must raise $60,000 for the down payment, and we set the deadline for spring 2016.

I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who has supported NWN over the past 15 years. I hope to continue this label for years to come, but need your help once again to obtain more space so I can start a new chapter of NWN.

Never Surrender,
YK
NWN Productions LLC
Oakland California
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOTAL SUPPORT
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of luck! Will be interesting to see what records you will put up for sale.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn, good luck dude.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Freelance Fiend wrote:
Damn, good luck dude.


You know the stairs kill. I hate them.
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Fettered-Redwoods



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it may seem a bit "tacky" but maybe a Donate option worked into the store to quicken the pace. I could definitely throw an extra 10$ per order just to help out. The way things go with you that could mean a lot by the end of the year!

I'd offer hands and arms to help move you too, but I'm sure you got that taken care of. Total Support from the North Bay!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
Freelance Fiend wrote:
Damn, good luck dude.


You know the stairs kill. I hate them.


Yeah, seriously fuck that shit. Let me know if you guys need help moving or whatever.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really appreciate everyone's support on this project. I have my heart set on moving by early 2016 even if I have to sell blood and organs to make ends meet. I'm completely determined to make this happen.

I'm looking into this kickstarter site as another way to raise funds. I have no idea how it works so if anyone has experience let me know.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

svpport. i'll try and make more than one non-sale order this year.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be sure to buy more shit than I normally would for a good cause.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You got my support.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amazing determination. Total support, indeed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes...support, success is a sure thing...option as a donation to orders being placed is a great idea...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Support for the cause!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Kickstarter thing... there, you could offed the said LP's or bundles of LP's and whatnot, and hope people will buy them in the set period of time.

Offering certain "perks/rewards" in exchange for different amounts of money, and it's a good idea but that company charges you 5% if the project is funded in due time. Not to mention the payments are credit card only and are processed by the Amazon financial corp.


SO

Why not ditch the third parties, and make a separate section on your distro or even a separate webpage of your own to fund this thing, and put up the items for sale there. Think of other stuff you could sell like stock bundles, or store giftcards (just like a kickstarter page) .

The Donate button is a great idea, while it won't be huge, it will add up (Edit: this sometimes turns out unexpectedly in amazing amounts, as I've seen with other campaigns).

Just like with a crowd-funding campaign, spread the word as much as you can. Social media is unavoidable but it works. Other labels and distro owners can help spread that shit with a few periodical messages via FB and even in their newsletters.

Just saying, I think at this point, shit like Kickstarter and Pledge can be avoided.
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