We have been working diligently over the last several months to revamp how our website works. Most changes affect the “behind the scenes” aspect of B3, but there are some front-end changes you are going to notice as of Thursday night (May 17th.)
Most notably, we have a new shopping cart and checkout system! This new system largely eliminates interactions with PayPal, although not completely (more below) – but it should DEFINITELY eliminate disappearing shopping carts. (Those of you have experienced this are surely breathing a sigh of relief right now!)
In addition to the new shopping cart and checkout process, there are some other neat changes including a new Mix ‘n’ Match discount and a whole new look to the our “Kits + Instructions” section now call “Projects”.
There are more tweaks and features on the horizon for us for sure, but we hope this initial burst of upgrades improves your shopping experience as much as we think it will. As always, we welcome your feedback and will do our best to answer all your questions and concerns about the changes. Please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Ultimately, we will move away from PayPal completely. For now, we’ve moved MOSTLY away. You shopping cart will now be housed right on our site until you decide you’re ready to proceed to payment. Payments will still be handled through PayPal (as always, you don’t need a PayPal account to pay – just a credit card.) Basically, our cart will handle all your items and PayPal just handles the final total and your payment information. It’s not a complete escape from PayPal, but it’s very close and we think it will eliminate many of the PayPal related headaches some of you have experienced in the past.
Whether you’re placing an order that qualifies for our new Mix ‘n’ Match discount (click the link below for more details on this!) or you have a coupon code you’d like to use, Blue Buddha’s new shopping cart will be able to calculate and apply your savings as you shop – displaying them in your cart as you go along. No more waiting for refunds – you’ll get your deal right away. There is also a handy little notification that will appear at the top of your cart page letting you know when you are close to receiving a discount so you can decide if buying more now might save you more later.
Our new “Projects” section now houses all of our B3 Instructions. These instructions are organized by level so you can be sure to get a project that will work perfectly for you. Clicking on one of the projects will give you a big, beautiful image, information about the project and a picture of the project’s designer. Many projects still offer the same kits you are used with cool new dropdowns that show swatches of color right in the menu! For projects that do not have kits, we have created handy shopping lists at the bottom of the page where you can get everything you need to complete the project or just stock up on the parts that you don’t already have in your stash.