Based on what Becket listed, it doesn't appear that I've received anything extra for purchasing the Diamond Bespoke level. If I give the MPC the benefit of the doubt, I have to assume that they are either saving the "several additional documents and artifacts" for the last mailing or they have sent me the regular Diamond level experience by accident. I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt, so if several additional items do not come with the next mailing, I'll assume they mistakenly sent me the wrong order and kindly ask for a refund for the difference.
Post by jamieconrad on Jun 10, 2016 16:09:04 GMT -5
I finally received a response, and it was not really what I hoped to hear. He admits that my description of what I received sounds "non-bespoke," but in the next breath, he states I have indeed received everything bespoke thus far. See below if you want to read his response. Even if the last mailings have a couple extra things, the experience altogether has felt anything but bespoke. Oh well.
"My dearest Jamie,
I must sincerely apologize for the tardy response to this particular query - it came in while I was away from the office, and I am mortified to see it was not answered in a more timely fashion!
Your concern is understandable, and I would not rule out the possibility of a human error resulting in the kind of non-bespoke experience you describe! As soon as I digested what you were surmising I ran over to our fulfilment team to verify that they had you listed as a Diamond Bespoke member (they do), and that they had your Bespoke questionnaire and all information and photos necessary to make this a special experience, as promised (they do!)
Your customized elements to date would involve handwritten notes, using information you supplied to us in your questionnaire, but as the experience is not yet complete, I would ask you to hold off on any final judgment until it has indeed run its course. I am confirming that you have been receiving the Diamond Bespoke experience for which you so generously pledged last year. When all is said and done I do hope to hear what you thought of the overall mystery!
I hope this finds you well, and am wishing you a fine weekend. As always, should you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me forthwith.
Jamie, I received an identical email from the Curator today. The message implies that some of the notes we've received (I assume the couple that have been addressed to us by name) are hand-written and personalized. I wonder if we compared them would we notice any differences? It might be interesting to observe the degree of personalization here. I certainly don't remember reading any notes that would suggest that they took anything in my survey into account, but maybe we would see the "bespoke" notes in a new light if we compared them.
Are your notes and envelopes all actually handwritten? I know for the rest of us, all the "handwriting" is actually just a font, and is easily discernible as such. While I don't know if that is equal in value to you as what you paid, I know it would probably have been a nice touch for some of us with suspicious recipients. (My fiance was immediately concerned by the fake handwriting when he received the prologue.)
If I may interject, some of the more recent notes in my brother's (non-bespoke) Experience looked suprisingly handwritten, especially in the way the ink was visible on the back side of the paper. I will have a closer look.
The printing for the prologue and many of the earlier items were obviously printed (the fake sharpie on the post-it note being the most egregious offender), but I'll need to look back through some of the more recent items to see which ones look handwritten. I assume only the couple notes on which my name is included are the hand-written ones.
Beckett, I also noted the "show-through" of the marker on the back side of the note. I'm willing to bet that if we compare our notes side by side, the show-through would be an exact match. This means that both sides of the note are printed, even the seemingly blank side, to create a greater degree of verisimilitude.
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