I will be making custom tags by wait list only for the time being in order to limit my workload and provide the best possible customer service.
When my shop is constantly open for orders, I get more orders each day than I can fulfill in a day. I'm notoriously inaccurate when attempting to predict turnaround time when I have a big pile of orders waiting, partially because the amount of time needed to make a tag is extremely variable. Variability from waiting orders adds up and skews the turnaround time estimate for new orders, no matter how generous I try to be with the estimation. I hope that a new system will keep my customers and myself sane.
update: June 10, 2019
Wait List Status: CLOSED PERMANENTLY
The Wait List opened for one day on October 31, 2018. Over 600 names were added. My intention with the wait list was definitely not to add names to it a year before I could actually take the orders - I thought it would be a formality to avoid getting behind or having payment too far before I can actually fill an order. I will stick with the list from October 31, but I have no plans to reopen the wait list in the same fashion. I don’t want who gets a custom tag to be decided by who is willing to wait the longest, or by who has the fastest internet connection in the case of limited spots. I will try my best to figure out a fairer, faster system.
Thank you for your patience while I figure this all out!