That was a very nice way to ask about it
…I’m not sure if Glowforge can do anything to help, but there has been talk in the past of setting up some kind of an exchange that lets local customers here in the US buy the credits off of the international users, at least for the Instructables gift certificates. I believe those use a code that can be transferred.
The problem that I think Glowforge is going to have doing the same thing has to do with how their store setup works (which they are probably leasing). I’ve seen how purchases and credits work through it, from having a PRU, and the credits are automatically assigned to the account of the purchaser, and there wouldn’t be any way to transfer them. They show up only when you place an order and are applied automatically to reduce the total. It’s obviously been programmed in.
I’m not sure if the credits can be transferred through a program, so it would be asking Glowforge to assign personnel to manually make adjustments, and they would have to do that specifically on a case by case basis, since they wouldn’t know who bought someone else’s credits.
Glowforge would probably have to hire more people to deal with it. They would have to be paid a salary and benefits. And that would likely cost Glowforge a lot more than the amount they’re already paying in international goodwill refunds.
Glowforge is already spending more on the internationals than on the locals, because of the research into shipping methods, legal restrictions and certifications in an attempt to get the units to international customers. International customers are asked to pay for shipping costs, but not all of the costs of compliance.
They’re a new company, not an established one that has all of these things worked out over years of research, and they’re running very lean. The large discounts we’re getting through pre-ordering mean they don’t have a lot of extra money to hand out to us by way of apology for the delays. It probably costs just about what they asked us to pay for the machines to have them manufactured.
I’ve been a little concerned that they’ve been as generous as they have. And it’s unfortunate from the customers’ standpoint that it looks like the international customers are getting a raw deal, but in reality, they are spending much more on the international customers just to try to get them the machines.
So anyway…that’s my take on what’s going on. I know it looks unfair to the internationals, but I don’t know if they will be able to do anything else.