UPDATES: January 30, 2018: Weekly Updates

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UPDATES: January 30, 2018: Weekly Updates

Blythe Klipple



WEEKLY UPDATES

January 30, 2018

NEW THIS WEEK





Sale-A-Bration Second Release Coming Soon

Sale-A-Bration is still going strong and we’ve got even more excitement to come! We’ll be spilling the beans about the second release of new preorder products February 1, so make sure to check back then.

Five Questions about OnStage

During each OnStage registration period, we get questions about how Stampin’ Up! chooses OnStage locations and venues. These questions and more were answered in a previous Five Questions video, which can be found here.

You can also find any of our other Five Questions videos on the demonstrator website by going to Happening Now>The Inside Story, and then selecting the Five Questions playlist.

2019 Incentive Trip to Greece: Updated Trip Dates

Love your family? We do too! And we want to make sure the people you love are able to join you on the 2019 Incentive Trip with our additional guest buy-in options. Unfortunately, when Royal Carribean Cruise Line recently altered our sailing dates, we later discovered that the new sailing date wouldn’t allow for you to bring additional guests. So we worked with the cruise line to find a sailing date that will better accommodate your guests.

The new sailing dates are July 7–14, 2019.

Use this tracker to help keep you on the path to Greece. Learn more about the trip here.

Last Day to Qualify for OnStage Recognition is February 28

Have questions about recognition taking place at OnStage? We have answers! In April we’ll recognize the following categories: Career-to-Date Sales Milestone, Title Advancement, Stampin’ Up! Anniversary, and Quick Start. As a reminder, the final date to qualify for recognition in these categories is February 28. We look forward to seeing you at OnStage!

Is the OnStage Event You Want Sold Out?

If you were hoping to attend OnStage and the event you’d like is sold out, make sure to contact Demonstrator Support and get on the waitlist. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to increase the capacity at any of the events, but as we receive cancellations, demonstrators on the waitlist will be invited to register for the event.

Recruiting Policy Reminder

Recruiting a new demonstrator without their knowledge is strictly prohibited. Manipulation of Stampin’ Up! recruiting policies to achieve gain that would not otherwise be received will result in loss of earnings and awards and may also potentially lead to the termination of a demonstrator’s demonstratorship. As demonstrators recruit, they must also avoid the following unethical behaviors (and others as may be defined by the company): 

  • Demonstrators may not ask for a customer’s Social Security or Social Insurance number with their order in an effort to sign them up as a demonstrator without their knowledge.
  • Demonstrators may not sign up individuals without the new recruit personally accepting and agreeing to the IDA. They must personally choose to be a demonstrator and willingly be bound by all agreements.
  • Demonstrators must only sign up new recruits who have expressed an intention to participate in the Stampin’ Up! experience.
  • New recruits must purchase the Starter Kit themselves, and an active demonstrator may not purchase it for them.

Once a demonstrator has recruited a new team member, they must follow these guidelines: 

  • Demonstrators may not place and pay for orders for a team member. Once new recruits have signed up as demonstrators, they must place and pay for their own orders. Although a demonstrator may be an occasional customer of their new recruit, they, as the team leader (or other members of the demonstrator’s team), cannot place their own workshop, customer, or significant personal orders with the new recruit for the purpose of helping them to advance or otherwise get gain. 
  • Demonstrators may not enter their payment information in a new recruit’s Payment Profile. The new team member must enter their own payment information in their Payment Profile. Abiding by this guideline protects both parties from any possible fraud, identity theft, or tax liability issues. Payment information includes any credit card, direct deposit, and checking account information. If the new recruit is unable to provide direct deposit, credit card, or checking account information, they should contact Demonstrator Support. 
  • Demonstrators may not enter their own contact information in their recruit’s profile. The recruit should provide accurate contact information (including their own address, email, and phone number) in their profile. If the recruit is unable to provide contact information when they are signing up, such as an email address, they should contact Demonstrator Support in order to join.

Stamparatus Magnets

As many of you may know, high-quality magnets are included with the Stamparatus and enable you to securely anchor your paper to the Stamparatus platform. While we include information about these special magnets in the tool packaging, we wanted to provide you with additional context regarding their use.

Neodymium magnets (also known as rare earth magnets) are very brittle; they are also the strongest magnets available for papercrafting and are therefore standard stamp placement tool accessories in the papercrafting industry. When placed on your paper, they attract the thin, magnetic plate inside the stamping tool and prevent your paper from slipping. 

Rare earth magnets must be handled with care. Lower quality magnets can snap together without effect, but all rare earth magnets (though strong) can shatter, crack, or chip regardless of shape or size. This does not indicate a manufacturing defect. Stamparatus magnets are safe when they are used as intended. 

Here are some tips to follow when using Stamparatus magnets. 

  • Individual magnets are extremely strong; most projects should only require one magnet.
  • Store the magnets under the base when they are not in use so they are always separated.
  • When using both magnets on a project, be mindful of their placement on the base; the further apart they are, the better.
  • If your magnets do snap together, twisting them apart is the easiest way to separate them. 
  • Handle the magnets with care to avoid injury. If they snap together, Stamparatus magnets can pinch fingers or shatter.
  • Children should not play with, touch, or use Stamparatus magnets. Please store the magnets in their storage compartment when they are not in use.
  • Magnets can interfere with pacemakers; if this is a concern, please consult your physician for more information.
  • Magnets can damage electronic devices, e.g. computer hard drives, magnetized credit and debit cards, etc.
  • Magnets are a choking hazard; they should not be placed inside the mouth.
  • If the magnets do crack, chip, or shatter, we will be unable to replace them; they are not under warranty and cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • If the magnets do crack, chip, or shatter, we do not recommend using them as they may have sharp edges.

These magnets are great tools when used in conjunction with the Stamparatus. Simply use them with care and follow the tips outlined above, and you will ensure a great stamping experience for you and your customers. 

We invite you to share the information above with fellow demonstrators and customers. Note: Stamparatus magnets will be sold separately in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.

This Week’s Succeed Weekly

If you missed it in your inbox, take a look at this week’s Succeed Weekly email here!


PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

30-Year Specialty Logos

Stampin’ Up!’s specialty 30-year celebration logos are now available for demonstrators to use. Please carefully read the logo usage guidelines linked here and make sure your logo use complies with the guidelines. Please note that all use of the 30-year logos must be discontinued on or before December 31, 2018.

New Stamparatus Marketing Tools 

New Stamparatus marketing tools are now available on the Stamparatus page. Check them out here!

Artisan Design Team Blog Links

Whoops! When we announced our new Artisan Design Team, we neglected to include their blog URLs. That has since been corrected. Check them out here, with our apologies!

Updated Logo Products

As you may know, we’ve been in the process of updating the look and feel of our brand. The latest area to receive a refresh is our Logo Products page (Ordering>Logo Products). All of the items have been updated with our new logo and are available to purchase through our logo vendor, Xpressdocs. In addition to updating logo products, we’ve also updated the designs; you’ve now got several options to choose from. Perhaps the greatest news of all is that, as part of this update, we’ve been able to reduce the prices on all logo products by 20% or more!

While we’re on the subject of logo products, we thought this would be a good time to remind you about demonstrator policies. You don’t have to use our approved vendor (i.e., Xpressdocs). If you do decide to use them, you don’t need to get approval. If you decide to use the Stampin’ Up! logo on business cards and don’t go through Xpressdocs, you must email Demonstrator Support for permission.

Here are some reminders:

  • Our approved logo vendor policy with Xpressdocs applies only to North America.
  • (Canada Only): Pricing is in US dollars. Any currency conversion that happens with the credit card provided occurs after the order is placed.
  • (Canada Only): This weekly update will be posted again in Canadian French on January 30.

Visit the Logo Products page to check out the updates.


US Form 1099 Information

Stampin’ Up! does not provide tax advice and recommends that demonstrators contact a knowledgeable advisor with any questions they may have in this regard. However, the company is providing the following information as a help to understand what is being reported on Form 1099.

Form 1099 is required to be issued to each demonstrator whose business is run as a sole proprietorship (taxed as an individual) or organized as a partnership or limited liability company that has not elected to be treated as a corporation for income tax purposes. Form 1099 is not issued to demonstrator businesses that are organized as corporations or limited liability companies that have elected to be treated as corporations for income tax purposes.

More information about income taxes and demonstrator businesses can be found in the Income Tax section of the Demonstrator Handbook.

  • Form 1099 Box 7 – Nonemployee Compensation
    • The amount shown in Box 7 reports the combination of cash paid and non-cash values awarded to demonstrators during the 2017 calendar year, but only if the combined total of these is $600.00 or more. Amounts earned during 2016, but paid or awarded in 2017, are included. Amounts earned during 2017, but paid or awarded in 2018 or a later year, are not included. The total includes amounts for team commissions, various types of bonuses, event related compensation, Flex Points redemptions, and incentive travel awards. Amounts of Instant Income and volume rebates are not included in Box 7, as these are considered to be purchase price discounts, which reduce the cost of acquired products, rather than income. The values used for Flex Points redemptions and incentive travel awards match the amounts shown on the demonstrator Miscellaneous Income report.
  • Form 1099 Box 9 – Payer Made Direct Sales of Consumer Products to a Buyer
    • The small box inside Box 9 is checked for demonstrator businesses that paid for customer and workshop orders during 2017 totaling $5,000.00 or more, net of Instant Income discounts and volume rebates. A Form 1099 is required to be issued if this box needs to be checked. This is the case even if no nonemployee compensation is reported in Box 7 because it is less than $600.00.
 

Canada Form T4A Information

Stampin’ Up! does not provide tax advice and recommends that demonstrators contact a knowledgeable advisor with any questions they may have in this regard. However, the company is providing the following information as a help to understand what is being reported on Form T4A.

Form T4A is required to be issued to each demonstrator whose business is run as a sole proprietorship (taxed as an individual) or organized as a partnership or corporation. The form is only prepared when the combined total of all amounts reported is $500.00 or more.

More information about income taxes and demonstrator businesses can be found in the Income Tax section of the Demonstrator Handbook.

  • Form T4A Box 020 – Self-employed Commissions
    • The amount shown in Box 020 reports a combination of cash paid and some non-cash values given to demonstrators during the 2017 calendar year. Amounts earned during 2016, but paid or given in 2017, are included. Amounts earned during 2017, but paid or given in 2018 or a later year, are not included. The total includes amounts for team commissions, various types of bonuses, event related compensation, and travel vouchers. Amounts of Instant Income and volume rebates are not included in Box 020 as these are considered purchase price discounts, which reduce the cost of acquired products, rather than income.
  • Form T4A Box 154 – Cash Awards or Prizes
    • The amount shown in Box 154 reports a combination of cash and non-cash awards or prizes given to demonstrators during the 2017 calendar year. Amounts earned during 2016, but paid or given in 2017, are included. Amounts earned during 2017, but paid or given in 2018 or a later year, are not included. The total includes the value of incentive travel and Flex Points redemptions. The values for these items match the amounts shown on the demonstrator Miscellaneous Income report.


Blythe Klipple,
Updates Coordinator



Blythe Klipple, UPDATES/FAQ COORDINATOR