Changes at Christopherus
As some of you know, Christopherus Homeschool Resources is going through a difficult transition period. The combination of new technologies and different consumer expectations have brought huge challenges. The last straw is the huge growth in the re-sell, swap and share habits of our customers. While all of this is, of course, understandable, it means we are no longer a viable business. Shrinking back the business, including laying off staff and leaving our office, has been the result.This means that we are not the full-service business we used to be–there is no customer service as there is no longer staff to assist. As I figure out ways to move forward, I ask for your patience and understanding during this transition. I have read rumors claiming we have shut up shop–this is simply not true and I would ask that friends do what they can to dispel such false information.
From 20 October until mid January 2018, our Bookstore will be completely closed as we recreate and reconfigure our materials. The plan is to offer the first through fifth grade syllabuses as well as a few other titles as printed materials. A number of our titles will be available as pdfs. There will be several teaching videos and newly updated versions of older books. Our new earth science materials will also (finally!) be available.
A number of things had to happen to enable Christopherus to continue–one of these things is a new partnership with another small online business which will now sell the books written by other authors which we formerly sold. We have had to figure out the challenges posed by storage of stock as well since we no longer have an office.
The most exciting change, though, as far as I’m concerned, is that we will be selling ALL our materials via a 3-tiered pricing system. As I said before, we simply are too small a business to absorb the loss of sales from re-selling and sharing–however, we also recognize the financial challenges many homeschoolers have. So…we will now ask people to choose whether to pay the low income, break even or supporting fees for our materials. Thus those struggling can pay less and those who can, will be enabled to help ensure Christopherus remains viable by paying more. This will also help those friends abroad facing exhorbitant international shipping fees.
I am very excited to see how our friends and customers respond to this innovative way of paying for homeschooling materials and supporting both homeschoolers and Christopherus.
- All sales are final – no refunds, exchanges or returns.
- There is no customer service, no one to answer questions.
- Processing and shipping are likely to be slower.
- We no longer accept purchase orders from charter schools as they are too cumbersome to administer. Too many do not pay their bills and a number have broken their agreement not to sell on our materials.
Full details of how things unfold will be shared in our newsletter and through our facebook group.
Blessings on your homeschool journey,