While we have Drop community members across the world, I am choosing the American holiday of Thanksgiving as a moment to share some gratitude for all of your support, engagement, and insight this year.
One of my biggest reasons for joining the company a little over a year ago was Drop’s historical community-driven approach to what we design, make and curate for you—either by ourselves, with community designers, or in collaboration with some of the best brands in the world. But, even then, I did not fully appreciate how valuable an engaged, knowledgeable community can be.
We’ve brought you a pretty steady stream of product launches this year: Holy Panda X Switches; a whole new premium keycap profile in DCX and more than ten colorways launched in just a few months; some beautiful keycap and keyboard designs done with community artists; our take on gasket-mount 75% keyboards with the SENSE75; more features and value for Drop Keyboard Club members; plus, a series of collaborations...
Switch Marketing Terms: What to Know and What to Ignore
If you’re just now stepping into the world of custom mechanical keyboards, or trying to expand your switch catalogue for upcoming builds, all of the phrases you may see on a switch sales page can be confusing. Where more seasoned keyboard veterans might scoff at me for making a claim like this, I can assure you that even after having purchased thousands of switches myself I still come across new, strange ways of vendors trying to sell me switches. While I don’t have the space here to go through every single one of the quirky selling gimmicks I’ve seen over the years, I figure it might be worthwhile to give a loose guide to help people out. So, in this article I’m going to cover the things that you need to both look for and ignore when buying your next set of switches!
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While this may seem an incredibly obvious suggestion to be made as something to look out for it, it isn’t entirely without merit. To new people coming into the...
I don't think I'll do one of these mystery boxes again, or order from Drop at all after what I just went through. I knew going in that the Marvel stuff was going to be in here, but I also knew that I could always trade/sell those off. Well, not really. One of my boxes had the Black Panther base kit in it. "Okay, I'll sell/trade this one on", I thought. Nope. Thankfully I had the foresight to check it closely and noticed that the seal on the box had been slit. Took it out to inspect it, and sure enough, contrary to the promise that this stuff wasn't B-stock/old unsold stock/etc, I got a base kit that someone at the warehouse had stolen the alphas and space bars out of and inserted an second set of numpad/right column caps in place of the alphas. This is worse than worthless, nobody is going to want to trade or buy this, and on top of that, customer support basically skimmed my ticket and just said "sorry, no refunds or replacements. But we're super serious about this so here's a $15 credit towards a future order". Are you kidding me? Haven't heard anything back from the rep because this is obviously not okay, but after this, I am absolutely done with Drop. Either replace the base kit with one that's complete, or just partially refund me since this was the only "premium" kit in that particular box.
Looks like I got the emo worker's box, black panther mat, two tone grey skylight, and black on white DCX. Oh, and the kicker was some sorry blue switches...Ouch man. Hopefully I got the worst and everyone gets something better. Would it have killed them to put some color in there???