If you sell pdf patterns online, this will probably be old - and very annoying - news to you. Actually, it is a debacle. But, in the spirt of the new year, let's not go into details. The gist, as I understand it: if you, as a vendor, sell e-goods to buyers in the EU (excluding UK), regardless of how much or little they cost, those buyers have to pay the VAT of their respective European country and you have to charge for it - and they're all different rates for different countries - and register yourself and then pay those taxes to some Whosit, which is nightmarish in itself, but then you also have to find a way to collect at least two separate proofs of those buyers' addresses (assuming they're not lying), which you must then keep for x number of years (where, unless I'm misinformed, x = 10).
The point is not just the petitions that are being signed against this law (which is rumored to eventually extend beyond e-goods to also physical goods), or the impassioned defence of small independent businesses that are marginalized in this move to call the Bigwig Megaconglomerates to account. The point is that, come 1 Jan 2015, these small businesses have to decide what they can do to work with this law.
And so, it is with much regret and sadness that until we (as in The Whole World) figure out what else can be done with this law, I can no longer sell my pdf patterns to buyers in the EU. What does this mean for everyone?
- If you are from anywhere else but the EU countries in question (including the UK), please continue buying my patterns as before. Nothing has changed for you.
- If you are from the EU countries in question, do not buy my pdf patterns after Dec 31 2014 (that's tomorrow!!!). If you want my pdf patterns, email me (my email address is in my blog sidebar) and I will do the following:
- sell you a physical CD containing the pdf pattern you want;
- list it in my etsy store, plus postage, as a reserved listing for you to buy;
- upon receiving your payment, also send you a free digital copy of that pdf pattern to your email address as an instant download (so you still get it immediately);
- post out the CD containing your softcopy to your mailing address.
If the ludicrousness of this does not escape you, let us all shake our heads together. One does what has to be done, after all. Especially when one values one's customers, no matter what country (or planet) they hail from.
Two links FYI on this issue:
This one is very informative and has lots of links to other useful resources.
This one is much needed humor in these uncertain times.
If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to work with this new law, or any comments, really, feel free to share them in the comments. I'd love to hear your strategies and thoughts.
And now, let us look ahead to the new year with anticipation and gladness - may yours be full of gracious encounters, enriching relationships, good fabric and even better cardboard. Amen.
P.S. Dart Drafting Part III is on the way!