I know I've brought this subject up before but here we go again. Return shipping could end up the death of mail in tournament hosting for BlueLine Racing in the end.
I've committed to an awesome 2022 schedule and that will go forward but beyond that I am not sure. The reason isn't editing, videoing, or racing the actual cars. It's the return mailing.
Depending on the size of the tournament it could be as many as 64 individual cars going to 64 individual addresses. I assume this also played a huge role in why D64 departed mail in racing and some others have either quit or failed at it as well. It's actually more time consuming than racing, videoing and editing all together.
The truth is diecast racing is far more popular than even 2 years ago when I got started. I remember tournaments where 12-20 people would sign up for a drag race and now a race fills 32 spots in three days and could easily fill 50-60 spots . Unlike some other channels and race hosts I am not monetized and charge minimal shipping for returns. I have no other interest in racing cars other than love for the hobby itself. That being said chasing return addresses and $6 a person is wearing on me.
New rule for 2022...
Any car shipped without a race slip containing return address and return money is going to be assumed as a prize to the winner of the race.
I am not even going to ask if you want it back. It's just too time consuming. Also, I would highly discourage sending any plastic cases to ship cars. There are safe ways to mail cars without cases but if you do send a case please understand that you may not get it back. Especially one that has no team markings on it. I probably have 15 cases here that I have no idea who they belong to.
If these rules aren't for you that is completely understandable and no hard feelings. I don't go without blame in this. I've taken on huge numbers of entries because I don't want to leave anyone out and have let return money slide. The Bone Shaker Brawl was 57 cars. This stock tournament is over 90 cars and the F-150 tournament is probably going to be close to 64 cars. After that I will likely keep all tournaments to 32 cars. Also be aware that when you sign up for a tournament and don't show, you're likely taking a spot away from someone who really wanted to be involved so please, if you do sign up be sure you can make it. If you can't make it some notice is nice so I can give someone else a chance.
Just a little common courteousy will go a long way in ensuring everyone has a place to race in the future. I considered cancelling mail in racing this year but with so many hosts dropping out of it I didn't want to put that kind of dent in the mail in race schedule. Please help me keep it going. I'm not asking for a lot.
I want to thank the few people who always seem to put a little extra money in the box and always send a race slip. It's noticed and it has helped me make up for those who don't send anything at all. I've never made a dollar racing cars and don't intend to but I have to make this a little easier on myself or I'm doomed for hosting.
Thank you for your consideration.