What’s with the 42?
It’s a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, my absolute favourite 5-book trilogy ever. Like 42, custom mechanical keyboards can sometimes be the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Which leads us nicely to the next question.
Why open a shop?
The cost of entry to this wonderful and weird rabbit hole of a hobby can be quite high, and availability of many parts in Europe is limited. That is why I, u/piit79 a.k.a. u/42Keebs, after running several rounds of Mill Max socket group buys decided to open a small on-line shop.
The main focus of the shop is to offer a wide range of in-stock budget through-hole kits (almost) anyone can build without having to stop eating for a month. Plus many other parts and accessories, like switches, components and even some tools.
Where are you located?
The full shop address is 42. Keebs, Lucemburska 1492, Praha 3, 13000, Czech Republic.
Aren’t you just selling other people’s work?
In essence, I am. However, 1) I always make sure I’m allowed to do that by the kit’s license, and if not, I contact the designer to obtain permission in exchange for a share of the profits, and 2) even if I am free to do that within the license terms, I still contact the designer and offer them a share of the profits from every sale. And last (but hopefully not least), I have made quite a few modifications and improvements to various kits, and even designed some from scratch. These are always open-sourced – see my GitHub repositories.
Why are your prices quite a bit lower than elsewhere?
The shop started as a fun side-project in December 2020 while working full time at Evil Corp. It eventually turned into a small family business in June 2022 and is now our main source of income. However, me and my wife run the shop from home, which means low overheads – we try to pass those savings on to you, members of the wonderful mechanical keyboard community!
Where do you ship? How? And how much is it?
tl;dr: We ship worldwide (with a couple of exceptions). Please see the Shipping page for all the details.
What payment methods do you accept?
- Credit/debit cards via Stripe – no card information is sent to the shop
- Google Pay (via Stripe)
- SEPA bank transfer in the EU – currently attracting a 2% discount!
- Cryptocurrencies via CoinPayments
- PayPal – the most expensive option for the shop. Please use a different one if you can. Carries a 5% surcharge due to the high fees and necessary currency conversion