If you use PayPal buttons on your website, you’ll want to read this.
Once upon a time, emilysculpts set up some PayPal buttons on her website to sell some items. Since then, when she wanted to run discount sales, she opted to update the buttons via PayPal’s interface instead of creating new ones. This allowed her to simply update the prices in one place instead of creating new entirely new ones and then having to update the HTML in various places. All seemed well. Or so we thought.
Over the last month, Emily has been cleaning out some stock on these items. She started by changing the price to a super-low price and then gradually increasing the price back to the original price over time. Again, she opted to update the buttons via PayPal’s interface.
Then we noticed something odd. Emily updated the price just before bed. When we awoke, she found that a customer had somehow purchased an item at the previous lower price. We theorized that the customer must have added the item to their cart and simply waited a while (hours, at the very least, according to the time stamp on the order), and somehow still got the old price. Not a huge deal, as it was just a few dollars and only one instance.
Then it happened again. This time, the customer somehow purchased the item at a price from weeks ago. She honored the price, of course, but this was still very curious. Surely, PayPal’s system wouldn’t be so incredibly stupid as to hold an item and its price in its cart for weeks. Right?
Tonight, Emily was updating her website and the PayPal buttons. She asked me to test the updated buttons. I added the item to the cart and that’s when we noticed it: items that I had added into my cart 17 months ago were still in the cart. These items have not been valid or for sale for 17 months. They are the raffle ticket and the pre-order seen in the attached image.
Emily went to PayPal’s website and finally noticed a note saying that deleting an existing button would delete any instances of that item in anyone’s cart. Apparently, this is the only way to ensure that unpurchased items are ever cleared out of shopping carts. There is no expiration on items.
Emily went ahead and deleted the old buttons, created new ones, and updated the HTML as necessary. Upon clicking the new buttons to add items to my shopping cart, we saw that the old, invalid items had finally been removed.
The moral of this story is: DO NOT SIMPLY UPDATE YOUR PAYPAL BUTTONS. ALWAYS DELETE THEM AND CREATE NEW ONES EVERY TIME.
I’ve been slowly chipping away at these. I know a lot of you have been asking about these and waiting to see casts. I am getting really close now! The photos above are the first pulls from the molds so they aren’t perfect. I use these first pulls to determine where I need better vents in my molds so that air can properly flow and allow resin to fill all cavities. I mostly had issues with the tips of the ears, but all is easily remedied!
I’ve been upgrading my molding and casting process. I just bought a vacuum pump and chamber to remove air bubbles from my silicone molds. I am also using methods described in the book, Pop Sculpture, which has streamlined my process so much. I have switched to Mold Max 25 silicone on the recommendation of many of my established toy/collectible industry friends. It is fantastic! Very strong and measuring by weight is SO much easier than by volume.
I also finally put together my own pressure pot, with the help of this Instructables article. This is for removing air bubbles from the casts. Holy COW, I can’t believe the difference. As you can see in the photos about, the casts are flawless (aside from some venting issues I need to fix on the ears). I am blown away and so so so happy! This is going to cut down on my clean up time so much.
Smooth-On recently release Glow Worm additive powders, including a glow-in-the-dark blue. I will be using this stuff on the two angry busts; it should look super cool!
To those interested in purchasing these busts, I will have full information available once I have a final sample to show. These will ONLY be available as full sets of 5. They will be fully painted, mounted, and signed/numbered. Right now, I am planning on a limited edition of 10 sets. I will NOT be selling these as single busts nor will I be selling paint-your-own. This is a fan-art piece and I will not be producing these in a large amount for that very reason. Thank you so much for your understanding on this.