Changes at Christopherus

Dear Friends,

As some of you know, Christopherus has gone through an interesting transition period. The combination of new technologies and different consumer expectations has 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 have had to stream-line our business, laying off staff and making severe cuts in the services we used to provide.

We now sell ALL our materials via a 3-tiered pricing system. We 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. The low income choice also helps those friends abroad facing exorbitant international shipping fees. Please note that the break even option is the option that fits our budget projections–we do hope that those who choose low income only do so because they truly do have financial challenges as this option puts a burden on us. We greatly thank those who can pay the supporting price as this helps ensure that Christopherus survives into the future, continuing to provide the Waldorf homeschool materials which people want and need.

By offering this 3-tired pricing, we hope to encourage a real spirit of community between Christopherus, provider of homeschooling materials, and those homeschoolers wishing to work with us. I am very excited about this!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LOW INCOME OPTION IS ONLY FOR FAMILIES.

TEACHERS, GROUPS AND SCHOOLS (INCLUDING CHARTER SCHOOLS) MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN BREAK EVEN AND SUPPORTING.

We also now ask that people consider making a donation to support our work, whether this be our free discussion forum, our extensive website with many free videos and talks, or upcoming publications which need extra funding. We also ask that those who intend on sharing their purchases from Christopherus or who need to re-sell their curriculum materials consider making a donation in acknowledgement of our work. Please click here to read more about our new ‘Community Supported Homeschooling’ initiative!

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. The question for 2019 will be: will enough customers and friends pay the higher price or make donations to enable Christopherus to not only survive, but to be able to plan new resources and projects and to move with confidence into the future, providing the resources so many of you value so highly.

Please note:

  • 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. We are happy to sell to charter schools if they place their orders like everyone else, paying at check-out.

Full details of how things unfold will be shared in our newsletter and through our facebook group.

Blessings on your homeschool journey,

-Donna

© 2019 Donna Simmons

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