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What's happening around town (Wed, Mar 4th - Tue, Mar 10th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Wednesday, Mar 4th

Thursday, Mar 5th

  • [email protected] High School Night (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • 🎭 Anastasia (Civic Center Music Hall - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Oklahoma City at last!
    From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out…
  • 🎨 Art Moves: Rachel Lynch (Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 12:00pm Take a break from the work week and enjoy lunch with a side of music at Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge with folk singer-songwriter Rachel Lynch. ABOUT ART MOVES Art Moves is an Arts Council OKC initiative that provides free arts events in downtown OKC each work day from Noon-1:00. Events may include artist demonstrations or musical performances…
  • 🎨 Brown Bag Lunch Series: Andy Warhol Did Western Art? (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 12:00pm Join Seth Hopkins, Executive Director, Booth Western Art Museum, as he explores Warhol and the West and the range of Western imagery Warhol produced. New scholarship will examine how Warhol’s Western work merges the artist’s ubiquitous portrayal of celebrities with his interest in cowboys, American Indians and other Western motifs. His work…
  • Champagne & Oysters (Boathouse District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm The third annual Team OKC Champagne & Oysters fundraiser will be Thursday, March 5 inside Devon Boathouse. The evening is full of champagne, fresh oysters flown in from the state of Washington, and a live auction. All proceeds benefited USRowing National High Performance Center athletes. Tickets are $45.
  • 😂 Chris Porter (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Mar 7th
  • Cody + Jess (VZD's - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:30pm Cody + Jess return to VZD's on Thursday March 5th at 8:30 pm!
  • Concert Series Benefit Night (Historic Campus Corner District - Norman) Start Time: 5:00pm Come join us for some food! Restaurants TBD.
  • Cosi fan tutte (Reynolds Performing Arts Center - Norman) Start Time: 8:00pm OU University Theatre and School of Music present Così fan tutte. Mozart’s sparkling music amplifies outrageous humor as well as the heartbreak of da Ponte’s cynical comedy. The story revolves around two wealthy, but rather innocent, young sisters and their fiancés who are enjoying a summer vacation in Venice. Their wedding plans are…
  • 🎨 deadCenter Docs + Art Moves (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 2:30pm Join us for our FREE series of deadCenter Documentaries! Screening at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. 01/24 | Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (2009 / 90 min) Director Bradley Beesley 02//28 | Beauty is Embarrassing (2012 / 88 min) Director Neil Berkeley 03//27 | Dealt (2017 / 85 min) Director Luke Korem 04//24 | Tower (2016 / 82 min) Director…
  • 🎨 Disney's The Little Mermaid (The Sooner Theatre - Norman) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award…
  • 🎨 Educators After Hours: Andy Warhol's West (Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:30pm Socialize after hours during a free K – 12 professional development session at the National Cowboy Museum. Seth Hopkins, executive director of the Booth Western Art Museum and curator of Warhol in the West, leads educators on a tour of the exhibit, featuring Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians portfolio, the last major project before his death. It…
  • The Emo Night Tour (89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Imagine going to a show and hearing Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance and many more, all only playing their best songs...all night long. Welcome to The Emo Night Tour. The Emo Night DJ’s will be spinning all the angst your teenage dirtbag heart desires all night long and make you feel like you’re at…
  • 🎭 Eurydice (Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm Join us for EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl on March 5–8, 2020 in the Black Box Theatre. Directed by Kelsey Bray. In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her…
  • 🎨 Gallery Opening: Shelly Presley (Edmond Fine Arts - Edmond) Start Time: 5:00pm I often call my world "The Dog and Pony Show" I have always loved horses and the companionship of dogs, my life would be incomplete without them. Painting beloved animals for people brings me great joy. I have shipped portraits to people all over the United States, making many friends along the way. Maybe I will see you at the next horse show.
  • 🎭 Having Our Say (Lyric at the Plaza - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Celebrate the story of a century with 103-year-old Sadie and 101-year-old Bessie, famously known as the Delany sisters. From the old Jim Crow South, to renaissance Harlem, and ultimately as a professional teacher and a dentist, respectively – their stories weave a rich tapestry of lives lived triumphantly. While making dinner (live, on stage)…
  • High School Night! (ACM @ UCO - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma presents HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT, 6 p.m. March 5 at the ACM Live Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown. Admission is free! LINEUP: • Downer • The Major Fifths • Dr. Deuss • Chloe Batson Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. [email protected] presents Metro Music…
  • 🍴 JAKE FM's Birthday Bash (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Start Time: 7:00pm The biggest birthday is back in 2020, and we’re going all out to celebrate Jake FM’s 10th birthday with Texas country legend Kevin Fowler! For more than 20 years, he’s been headlining honky tonks and beer halls all across the country, featuring hits like “Beer, Bait & Ammo,” “Long Line of Losers” and “Beach Please.” Dillon…
  • 🎓 Let's Move! Discover the Power of Dance (Norman Public Library - Norman) Start Time: 6:30pm Join us for the first session in a five-week dance series. Professional dance instructor and choreographer Juan Cabral will lead this series to help you discover the dance within you and the power of moving naturally. Cabral will help participants gain confidence and skills to get out on the dance floor at your next big event. All skill levels…
  • Lunar Ever After Tour in Oklahoma City, OK (Best of Books - Edmond) Start Time: 6:00pm Join Marissa on her Lunar Ever After Tour. See individual events for details and ticketing. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marissa-meyer-at-best-of-books-tickets-84053671795
  • Marissa Meyer (Best of Books - Edmond) Start Time: 6:00pm Join Best of Books in welcoming Marissa Meyer to our store! The Lunar Chronicles are getting new covers, reveal coming soon! Tickets are required to attend and each ticket will admit one person. Additional books will be available for sale at the event. Marissa will personalize one of the new Lunar Chronicles titles and one additional book of the…
  • Marissa Meyer: Talk & Book Signing (Memorial High School - Edmond) Start Time: 6:00pm Join Best of Books in welcoming Marissa Meyer to our store! The Lunar Chronicles are getting new covers, reveal coming soon! Tickets are required to attend and each ticket will admit one person. Additional books will be available for sale at the event. Marissa will personalize one of the new Lunar Chronicles titles and one additional book of the…
  • Oklahoma Christian University Spring Sing (Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, OK - Edmond) Start Time: 7:00pm Each year, OC's social service clubs and many other students come together to put on a musical variety show with choreography, singing, parody and friendly competition. Thursday night is dedicated to OC's faculty & staff, so come out and cheer on your students! Ticket sales will begin in February.
  • Romeo & Juliet (Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm What if your first true love was someone youd been told to hate? Two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love will risk everything to be together. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a civil war, or will division continue to tear…
  • 🍴 Uncorked: A Wine Pairing Dinner (Skirvin Hilton - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Wine and dine for a one-time Wine Pairing Dinner in our very own Park Avenue Grill! Enjoy a night out with a speciality crafted six-course meal paired with wine from the line "Locations" by David Phinney, creator of Orin Swift Cellars. "Locations" is inspired from different regions of winemaking around the world, with grapes from France, Spain…
  • When Worn: A Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition (Melton Gallery - Edmond) Start Time: 5:30pm

Friday, Mar 6th

  • 😂 Chris Porter (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • DelQuest Committee Meeting (Don's Alley - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00am
  • JOHNNYSWIM VIP Meet & Greet Upgrade (Ticket Not Included) (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm This Meet & Greet VIP upgrade package does not include a ticket to the show. You must already have purchased a ticket if you want to purchase this package. This package does not include a ticket.
  • Lauren Daigle (Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Trolls LIVE! (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Mar 8th Start Time: 6:30pm Any child who has celebrated their first birthday must have a ticket.
  • Trolls Meet & Greet (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Mar 8th Start Time: 6:30pm Upgrade to join the Trolls Live! Meet & Greet Party! The Meet & Greet includes: Post Show Meet and Greet opportunity with Poppy and Branch VIP merchandise item and souvenir lanyard Sing-a-longs, exclusive photo ops and more!
    Please note: Each adult & child (age 1 & up) must have a main event ticket plus Meet & Greet upgrade ticket to attend. …

Saturday, Mar 7th

  • 🏃 Adrenaline Run 5K & 10K (OU College of Pharmacy - Oklahoma City) Proceeds of the Adrenaline Run will benefit The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy through expansion of contemporary education, research and service. Through these funds the OU Foundation will help the college develop unique pharmacy practices, increase innovative research and encourage student development.
  • 🏃 American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb (Leadership Square - Oklahoma City) Participants will challenge themselves to climb 2 towers totaling 70 floors of stairs, in honor of those we have lost to lung disease, or those who are currently struggling to breathe. The purpose of the Climb is to bring awareness to such lung diseases and raise funds for research and our health programs. An After Party and awards ceremony to…
  • 😂 Chris Porter (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Last Day
  • 🏃 Deer Creek Classic Community Festival (Deer Creek Intermediate High School - Edmond) All proceeds and benefits will Be given as a gift to families affected by Moore accident and long time PCO coach battling ALS. $10 untimed $15 timed mile runs
    www.ohstrack.com
  • 🏃 DUCK Week 5K (Piedmont) This is a charity event to support our DUCK Week recipients who are children and families affected by a serious illness
    Online registration available or register the day of race
    https://www.duckweek.org
  • 🏆 OKC Energy FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (Taft Stadium - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Gates to Taft Stadium open 1 hour before match time.
    Children require a ticket once they've reached their 2nd birthday.
  • 🏃 Panera Beacon Run 25K, 15K, 5K (Lake Hefner East Wharf - Oklahoma City) This event is directed by the Oklahoma City Running Club. This is a great training opportunity for those planning to participate in the OKC Memorial Marathon or Half Marathon. Proceeds to promote healthy lifestyles through recreational walking and running. http://okcrunning.org
  • Trolls LIVE! (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 6:30pm Any child who has celebrated their first birthday must have a ticket.
  • Trolls Meet & Greet (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 6:30pm Upgrade to join the Trolls Live! Meet & Greet Party! The Meet & Greet includes: Post Show Meet and Greet opportunity with Poppy and Branch VIP merchandise item and souvenir lanyard Sing-a-longs, exclusive photo ops and more!
    Please note: Each adult & child (age 1 & up) must have a main event ticket plus Meet & Greet upgrade ticket to attend. …

Sunday, Mar 8th

  • Trolls LIVE! (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 6:30pm Any child who has celebrated their first birthday must have a ticket.
  • Trolls Meet & Greet (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 6:30pm Upgrade to join the Trolls Live! Meet & Greet Party! The Meet & Greet includes: Post Show Meet and Greet opportunity with Poppy and Branch VIP merchandise item and souvenir lanyard Sing-a-longs, exclusive photo ops and more!
    Please note: Each adult & child (age 1 & up) must have a main event ticket plus Meet & Greet upgrade ticket to attend. …

Monday, Mar 9th

I was unable to find any published events for Mar 9th.

Tuesday, Mar 10th

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WHO NEEDS TOENAILS, ANYWAY - Louboutin Comparison & Review - Decollete Burma Strass 100mm & Delicatissima 100mm from 2 Sellers

Hey, hotties with bodies!
Ya heard it here first. My poor, sad toenail is hanging on for dear life after a 9 hour stint in some hot sexy glitter bombs. Thanks to the review u/PublicAppearance posted on her beauts from Annie (not that Annie), these barkin’ dogs became the proud new owners of CL reps. And then a second pair from TS Emily because omg shoes.
I thought this would be a timely review for all of you ladies considering purchasing for the Marcia GB, as the Burma Strass appear to come from the same factory as hers. I also ordered Follies Strass from said factory for mother dear, which I won’t be reviewing here because this post is already longer than that one weird hair on my boyfriend’s neck. However, if any of you ladies are interested in seeing pics and/or hearing my thoughts on those guys, lemme know down below!
Now let us, much like my toenail, get cracking.

👠 Overview 👠

Christian Louboutin Decollete Burma Strass 100mm in Black, size 37

Seller: Annie
Price: ¥650 = ~$97
Payment Method: PP
Shipping: DHL ¥300 = ~$45 (2 pairs)
Timeline:

Christian Louboutin Delicatissima 100mm Lace Pumps in Black, size 37

Seller: TS Emily
Price: $115 USD
Payment Method: WU
Shipping: EMS, $40 (also shipped a wallet for ma dukes)
Timeline:

👠 Photos 👠

DECOLLETE

My Photos
PSP
Factory Photos
Authentic I - wrong color | Authentic II - ditto | Authentic III - right color, wrong style

DELICATISSIMA

My photos
PSP
Factory pictures
Authentic I - wrong color | Authentic II - wrongo again

BONUS PHOTOS

Auth Comparisons - Outsole
Auth Comparisons - Insole
Creepshots of yours truly + Decollete at a wedding

👠 Quality 👠

DECOLLETE - 8.5/10

  • These are so much comfier than any auth CL I’ve ever worn. Even their so-called “comfortable” styles like the Iriza (those tricky bitches are bedroom slippers for the first 3 hours, then suddenly unanesthetized Civil War-era amputation seems like a favorable alternative to taking another step). They are decently padded, but of course they lack some flexibility and stretch due to the Strass Attack. I didn’t reach peak Toemageddon until 8.5 hours on my feet, including hours of dancing the way Lee Ann Womack always hoped I would. My feet are now in tatters, but I’m hard pressed to think of any shoes that wouldn’t do similar, save for a few select pairs of auth Weitzman and Jimmy Choo.
  • Twice during my first wear, the heel slid between cobblestones. I didn’t loose the heel cap (or any crystals!), but the cap is now loose and freely spins on the heel (-0.5). I have put all of my auth stilettos through far more treacherous gauntlets and have never seen this happen, so I’m trying to figure out how the fuck they even attached these things to make it do that.
  • There are few strings of stray glue on the crystals throughout, but it’s really not that noticeable, especially when the kicks are on (-0.5).
  • These shipped with a protective layer on the sole, which I appreciated. Although even with the sticker on, I still immediately fucked them up by stepping on my arch-nemesis, kitty litter. They also shipped with spare crystals, which was a nice touch. Of course I promptly lost the packet and would never have bothered with replacing stones, anyway.
  • I’m sure there was some degree of factory stench, but my nose has officially become immune.
  • The toe of the left shoe is a little wonky, but not all that noticeable. It seemed to mellow slightly after wear. (-0.25).
  • The paint job on the outsole didn’t seem to make it all the way into the logo stamping in some places. (-0.25)
  • No major folding or gaps on the insole.
  • Overall, they look and feel a helluva lot nicer than a $97 shoe, I will grant them that.

DELICATISSIMA - 9.5/10

  • In person, these look like an expensive shoe overall, thanks to the sharp and precisely pointed toe, the elegantly thin tapering heel, and general delicate feel. Upon closer inspection, the stiff bow leaves something to be desired and takes away from the $$$ effect, as does the Victoria’s Secret quality lace. (-0.5)
  • These are even more comfortable than the Decollete. This shouldn’t be totally surprising, considering the difference of material, but it also has a lot to do with the more generous padding, shape of the shoe, and dramatically tapered toe box (vs. more uniformly narrow from ball to toe). The back of the Decollete cuts into my heel a tad, as does the inner portion of the vamp — not an issue of sizing, but the way the shoe is formed — and these don’t do that at all. I also am less prone to rolling my arch outwards in them vs. the Decollete. I haven’t worn them for an extended of period of time — just a few hours — so maybe I’ll someday find out that they become medieval torture chambers like the Iriza. I’ll update my review if that day comes.
  • There was no protective layer on the sole for these, but they were more heartily packaged and arrived unscathed.
  • The way the insole has been cut out on the right shoe is a tad bizarre, but I don’t care.
  • The stitching all looks good, and there’s no stray thread or glue.
  • The satin is very nice and not too shiny.

👠 Accuracy 👠

DECOLLETE - 7.75/10

Shape, Material & Stitching:
  • The crystals are super sparkly. There is good variation in size and they are packed pretty tightly.
  • It seems the vamp comes up a little too high, especially at the first metatarsal (-0.5). There is decent toe cleavage, however.
  • The heel cap is shaped correctly.
  • The color of the insole is true to auth, but the logo embossing is slightly too thick and too gold. Not docking them because who the fuck is looking that closely at the inside of my shoe. PERVS, that’s who.
  • The overall shape seems off, but frankly I don’t know how to put it into words. (-1)
Sizing & Fit:
  • These (or at least this specific pair) ran TTS. I wear 37 in auth CL, SW, Jimmy Choo, SLP, Balenciaga, Aquazzura — you name it — and these fit similarly.
  • It’s important to note that I have narrow feet, freakishly tapered toes, and I prefer a snug fit. I’m a former ballet dancer and feel most at ease when I can feel my shoes giving me an ingrown nail in real time.
Sole:
  • The sole bevel is good. They are pretty glossy, but there is a very slight orange peel texture
  • The shade of red is a bit off from my auths. It’s cooler and more muted (-0.5). Not sure if it’s a call-out — from what I‘ve read, there is some variation between authentics, so it’s possible it’s within the range.
  • The logo stamping is too deep and larger than auth in overall size. The “made in” and “37” fonts are slightly different than auth. (-0.25)

DELICATISSIMA - 7.5/10

Shape, Material & Stitching:
  • The biggest mark against them is that they are very likely fantasy reps. Despite my valiant efforts to prove their existence through master-level Google Fu, I can only find auth in champagne/beige. I’m hoping someone proves me wrong, so I’m only docking (-1) for this.
  • The lace pattern is incorrect (-0.5).
  • The lace bow was created using the lazy dog method. The auth bow is cut along the edges of the floral shapes in the lace. For the reps, however, the fabric was just punched out in vaguely leafy shapes, regardless of the pattern within the lace. It also lacks the feeling of fluffy, floaty lightness seen in auth. Granted, they were $115, so I wasn’t expecting anything more. (-0.5)
  • The toe box is lined with an opaque ivory fabric, but should be unlined and sheer throughout. Fortunately I’m Irish as Patty’s pig and never can be fucked to get a pedi, so it’s not horribly noticeable against my ghostly pallor and unpainted man toes. (-0.25)
  • The insole color is a touch more yellow than auth. The logo embossing is the correct thickness and the “Paris” typography is spot on.
  • Nice low, cleavagey vamp on these.
  • Heel cap is shaped correctly.
  • Lovin’ the shape of the toe box. Super duper pointy and dainty and gorgeous.
  • The heel is appropriately thin, but bows in more than auth. (-0.25)
Sizing & Fit:
  • These ran a bit bigger than the Decollete, probably due to the give in the fabric. They slip off my heel with the same (in)frequency as my auth size 37.
Sole:
  • The sole is beautifully beveled. It’s got a nice gloss and smoothness. The shade of red is close to auth.
  • The logo stamping on the sole isn’t as deep as on the the Decollete. The “made in” and “37” fonts are on point, although very slightly larger than auth.

👠 Satisfaction 👠

DECOLLETE - 9/10

These are fun shoes, guys. I did have call-out nightmares after wearing them around wedding guests who all were flexing Chanel and Hermes (even the preteens), but I can’t let my paranoid sleep states get the best of me.

DELICATISSIMA - 10/10

I love ‘em. They are so stinking pretty. They are wrong for 99% of occasions but I do not care. They are the most ladylike whore shoes I’ve ever seen.

👠 Seller Communication and Service 👠

Heads up: I’m going into quite a bit more detail on Annie than Emily, as the former is not a TS and I believe she has only been reviewed on here once before. As always, feel free to bail if the wall of text is too daunting. My delicate ego will be none the wiser.

ANNIE - 9/10

Let me preface this all by saying I was straight up fucking ANNOYING and sent her 10 billion questions during her CNY vacation. She was consistently super quick to respond — and in full freaking sentences, no less — never leaving me hanging for more than an hour (usually much, much less). Total Johnny-on-the-spot. What’s more, she never made me feel like what I actually am, the most obnoxious person alive. She still sent me a kiss-blowing sticker at the end, for Pete’s sake. Basically she’s a saint, is what I’m saying. Or she should at least be beatified.
The communication was as smooth as you could hope for, considering the language barrier and her lack of experience with US buyers (the latter is pure speculation, fyi). We both freely asked and answered clarifying questions to be on the safe side. I initially messaged her in Chinese (using the Microsoft Translator app) in an effort to be somewhat polite as I intruded on her holiday, and she replied in kind. We went on like this for a day or so until I sent what must have been a particularly wonky translation, to which she just responded in English, “what?”. So I gave up at that point and we each wrote in our native tongues, relying on the WeChat in-app translator. Much better that way, for your reference.
She was helpful with questions regarding materials and heel height. She provided a size chart, and when I asked what size she would recommend for a specific pair based on foot length (my mom is in between sizes), she promptly replied with an answer. Unfortunately the shoe ended up being a smidge too big, but I can’t necessarily pin that on Annie, as who the hell knows how mommie dearest took her own measurements.
There was a little bit of confusion about PP G&S fees that I won’t bore you with, because it really wasn’t a big deal. There was a little bit of a mixup regarding pricing, as well, but this too was resolved quickly and painlessly. I initially ordered 3 pairs, and was quoted ¥1600: ¥400 per pair, plus ¥400 shipping. After I paid, I sent her a screenshot of the PP confirmation, as well as shoe photos confirming sizes, etc. She said she mistakenly thought the 3 pairs I wanted were all CNY sale shoes, but 2 of the 3 weren’t actually on sale so it would cost a bit more (I had inquired about few other styles early on, so to me the confusion was understandable). She apologized for the misunderstanding, and I sent her another ¥160 to make up the difference. Even without the sale, I found her pricing to be significantly cheaper than TS for the same product — even GB pricing. Compared to others, her DHL shipping is basically free, as well.
The transaction turned into somewhat of a clusterfuck once everyone got back to work following CNY. She told me that 2 of the shoes I paid for during the holiday were now out of stock (So Kate 120mm and a spiked lace pair). She was quick to show me alternatives, but unfortunately I didn’t much care for them. I asked her about several other styles/colors I would take instead, but every single one was likewise OOS. Lots of 1am back and forth. I ultimately asked for a refund and, within literal seconds, the money was back in my PayPal account, along with boatloads of apologies from her. Unfortunately I did get dinged on the HKD conversion, but I appreciated all of her efforts to accommodate me in addition to her sincere apologies.
Long story long, I ended up doing another transaction with her after the refund, because my mom doesn’t mind waiting for her shoes to be made to order and I finally found a pair in stock that I liked. I followed up with her a couple times while the Follies were in production, and she always replied within the hour with an update — whether it was 4am or 11pm her time. The PSP I received were sort of lame, but, in fairness to her, I didn’t ask for more.
All in all, I think she is a trustworthy seller who provides very good CS. Although it got a bit messy, I think that can be chalked up to post-CNY catchup, stock issues, and an apparent influx of international orders following the u/PublicAppearance review.

EMILY - 10/10

This was my first time shopping with Emily, and I can totally see why she’s on the TS list! Her English is very good, she offers several options for payment and shipping, lists prices on her site, and has multiple platforms on which to browse her wares. She is not as lightening-quick to respond as Annie, but still very responsive, and I do understand she’s a busy seller. Her prices are also higher, but seem within the normal TS range, and the products received were of good quality and value for money. I could see her as the perfect choice for a first timer, as she really holds your hand, gives detailed instructions without prompting, and doesn’t require a translator.
What impressed me most was her response to my timeline concerns. I asked when she thought she might be able to ship my items, as I was hoping to receive them before going away on vacation. She immediately replied to ask when I was leaving. When I told her the (fast approaching) date and that I knew she couldn’t make any guarantees, she gave me multiple shipping options with estimated delivery ranges, recommended the fastest one, and told me she would ship in 2 days. I hadn’t even received PSPs yet! I don’t know if she actually expedited anything to get the package to me sooner, but, either way, it arrived with time to spare.
CCW

👠 FIN 👠

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NEW Dive App by Scuba Bookings - 2020 LAUNCH

NEW Dive App by Scuba Bookings - 2020 LAUNCH

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Describe both the business and technology aspects of your startup?
ScubaBookings.com has been working on making diving something that more people can explore.
The company was initially founded to provide users with global diving resources and information whilst focusing on a more sustainable Dive Travel platform into the industry of professionals
The site will help support and fund conservational efforts through our partnering company The Ocean Planet.
This platform will boast more than 45,000 members, once completed.
Earlier this year, Scuba Bookings launched a new booking feature and dive booking app, which allows users to instantly view, compare and review dive operators internationally and to arrange a dive trip directly from the platform.
Scuba Bookings positions itself as the "Airbnb & Booking.com for Diving", a marketplace where dive businesses can list their services on the platform and users can find their next dive vacation with confidence and surety.
What inspired you to create this company?
Marchell Ellis, the founder and CEO, was on a dive vacation in Southeast Asia and Mozambique, it took him almost a whole month to plan and book everything.
In that time, there was no centralized dive-database on the internet, and the options had very limited visibility, reviews, insights and all dive-related bookings and accommodation bookings and decisions will require email back-and-forth to accomplish basic enquiries and information.
Since then, we realized this could be a huge opportunity and solution for the Scuba Diving Industry, thus Scuba Bookings was born.
Give us your SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of the company?
Strengths
· Compared to our biggest competitors Padi, DiveBooker etc. ScubaBookings.com does not just provide a limited selection of expensive liveaboard packages but all kinds of diving experiences such as wreck diving, shark diving, cave diving and even dive experiences for physically challenged divers.
· Scuba Bookings community and Network and Online and IT Analytical Capabilities and AI's
· Marketing Experts
· Lower take and industry commissions increasing operator revenues.
· Less commissions paid for enquiries to industry professionals
Weaknesses
· Young startup building and programing a new disruptive business model from the ground up.
Opportunities:
· Wide open untapped market of next generation divers looking for FIT type online dive trip planning and booking scuba trips with Liveaboards, Dive Resorts and Dive Centers.
· China is the fastest growing region in terms of new divers with Asia and Europe having an explosive growth. Scuba Bookings Executive partners and Directors are positioned to tap into this high growth market by being based out of multiple regions across the world.
Threats:
· Competing in the same space as Padi Travel, whose parent company is the most dominant player in Scuba training and certification.
· Recently seeing more and more scuba oriented online travel agency services being created.
What are the travel pain points you are trying to alleviate from both the customer and the industry perspective?
Customers:
ScubaBookings.com want to solve a big problem for the diving community. This includes people who are new to diving and want to participate in the activity, with trip planning and booking and choosing the right fit for their next dive trip.
Though a niche market, diving has a lot of financial potential. There are currently about six to eight million active divers (defined as people who make three or more diving sessions each year), and dive trips are big investments.
Divers spend an average of $1,000 on equipment and certification, and then even more money on dive shops (businesses run by dive pros who provide training and tours), Visas, flights and accommodation.
However, information about diving whether it’s destinations or about the quality of dive operators are all very fragmented online with no central location to assist divers with their trip planning process.
The Scuba Booking platform and App will accumulated hundreds of thousands of items of content shared by its users and operators about dive destinations including dive data, dive spot reviews, photos and videos covering over 10,000 dive sites around the globe.
With the launch of Scuba Bookings, users can now discover, view and instantly book local Dive Shops, Centres, Liveaboards, Dive Resorts and the dive experiences offered by these businesses while planning for their next scuba adventure.
They can also directly contact the dive operators through the in-platform messaging and communication features to learn more about their services and book their trip with confidence and surety.
Dive businesses:
Traditionally, dive shops and operators have usually been small scaled mom and pop-type businesses with limited resource and know-how to market themselves in the digital age.
This is especially a challenge for destination-based dive operators as their customers are all tourists, resulting in the source of most of their inbound clients being heavily relied upon wholesalers and travel agents charging large sum commissions to direct business to local operators. Not only degreasing revenues and profits for the operators, lining their own pockets. Scuba Bookings Will provide and convert Dive travel into a more sustainable approach together with the help of its partnering company THE OCEAN PLANET, whilst charging a fraction of industry cost and agent charges to our operators. Reducing that value service cost and commissions from between Industry norm of 20% - @25% to 1% - 5%, Amazing right?
Scuba Bookings social platform offers dive operators immediate access to a community of divers and ocean enthusiasts to engage with in terms of social media, while Scuba Bookings and The Ocean Planet puts these dive business on the map for dive trip planners to discover more options.

DiveBooking App by Scuba Bookings
Scuba Bookings provide the operators on our site with relevant traffic to their dive experiences, site information and product pages for potential bookings
Industry:
Scuba Bookings is also gradually changing the dive industry. The largest age group of scuba divers are aging into their sixties, but their kids aren't following them into the sport.
Instead, young people are turning to surfing and extreme sports. However, the average dive booking platform users are between 22-42 years old.
The launch of the ScubaBookings.com booking feature caters to all diving generations whom are accustomed to the FIT type online trip booking. In emerging markets, scuba diving is perceived as a trendy sport amongst young professionals and a great way to explore the world or even start your scuba diving career.
So you've got the product, now how will you get lots of customers?
First and foremost is our existing user base from the Scuba Bookings and The Ocean Planet community whom are all avid divers and ocean enthusiasts which could benefit from our new travel platform.
In terms of user acquisition, our growth team’s mission is to map out the life cycle funnel and design a engagement strategy around it.
The funnel is broken down into:
· TOTF (top-of-the-funnel)
· mid-funnel
· bottom-funnel
The TOTF is where we acquire new users, mid-funnel is where we convert leads into customers, and bot-funnel is where we maintain user relationship and boost retention.
In the initial stage, we will be focusing on TOTF and spend most of our marketing dollars (digital ads to be specific) in here to test the water.
Making sure everything is trackable is extremely important as a startup, so avoid as much unknown offline and online spending as possible is critical.
Once we established a flow of base traffic, before proceeding to explore more growth projects, it’s extremely important to optimize our platform extensively based on the data and feedbacks we collected from our users to improve the platform’s usability and conversion velocity.
Because at the end of the day, it’s still all about the product and data made available to users. Building a product and platform that can live up to the promise and keep users coming back is absolute key to growth of any business.
Tell us what process you've gone through to establish a genuine need for your company and the size of the addressable market?
Establishing genuine need: Personal experience as a recreational diver and through discussions concerns with fellow divers over a span of six to seven years prior to founding the company.
Assessing size of addressable market: WWW, provides good industry and marketing reports published over the years.
How and when will you make money?
We’ve recently launched ScubaBookings.com Social media pages, our signup process has already started and our website will launch in 2020
By utilizing all the reviews, operators, clients and dive site information provided by divers from all around the world, we created a marketplace where dive businesses can list their services and dive experiences on the platform and users can discover their next dive destination, find the ideal local dive operator and book dive trips instantly placing the client needs with the correct operator, dive expert and location.
We are not charging any fees for the transactions in the growth stage but our business model will be based on a reasonable commission from the booking transactions and enquiries when the platform is mature and brings value to both users and dive businesses.
Scuba Bookings will be the world’s first dive platform charging 80-90% less than your standard agents and affiliate platforms within the dive industry. The standards are set at around 20% - 25% whilst ScubaBookings.com is set at a remarkable 1% - 5% to our Operators with a much higher online presence based on our site algorithms and marketing strategies we enforce into the dive community and scuba industry.
We also plan to expand to a wider audience as the platform matures by also moving into Conservation and Education programs, by integrating The Ocean Planet NGO into our global operations and primary business funding local communities and ocean clean-up projects. Through every booking enquiry processed through Scuba Bookings, we contribute a small fee towards conservation and those who work on the forefront.

The Ocean Planet - Scuba Bookings
What are the backgrounds and previous achievements of the founding team, and why do you have what it takes to succeed with this business?
Our Founder & CEO's background has been working on multiple projects within the tourism industry since 2004
Most of our team (from our engineers to designers and Executive Partners) are certified divers and passionate about diving.
I believe this is a crucial factor to success, as diving is not nearly just business for us but a lifestyle which everyone in our team lives and breathes.
What's been the most difficult part of founding the business so far?
Making the necessary pivots at the right time to finding the right growth ratio and developers fit.
Generally, travel and dive start-ups face a fairly tough time making an impact - so why are you going to be one of lucky ones?
Unless you bring something to the industry that solves a mayor problem. And provide the correct needs for the Dive Community. I believe we executed the secret Ingredient needed to perfectly run and operate our system into the Scuba Diving Industry.
3 Years of ongoing research, challenges, losses, trail and errors, late nights blended with many countless hours on call and online skype meetings followed by a substantial amount of investment we needed to build the perfect scuba booking platform.
It surely has been a long time coming that’s for sure. #ScubaBooking #ScubaBookings
Thanks
Scuba Bookings Team
Liveaboards - Dive Resorts - Dive Centers
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Data points on Westin Timeshare Deal?

I got an email recently for a Westin timeshare stay. It's similar to ones I've received in the past but I've never done it. This offer is 5 days/4 nights Westin Cancun, free breakfast and evening cocktails daily, plus 15k MR points or $75 hotel credit, in exchange for sitting through a two hour timeshare presentation. Has anyone done one of these ? They say elite benefits "may" not be recognized and it seems the nights don't count toward status. Wondering if anyone has had experience with these. Did the stay/nights count for status? Did you get any elite benefits?

The t&c I got are below. Thanks!


This special invitation is presented to you by Vistana Aventuras, Inc.

Eligibility - Only the person whose name appears on this invitation may redeem this offer. An annual household income of $75,000 or more is required. Offer is not transferable. Your name will be verified with our Guest roster. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Groups (two or more affiliated couples traveling together), previous participants in a Sheraton Vacations or Westin Vacations getaway within the past year, all employees of ILG, LLC, all employees and their immediate family members of VistanaTM Signature Experiences, Inc. and Marriott International, Inc. and their affiliates, and Owners at any Sheraton Vacation Club or Westin Vacation Club villa resort are not eligible for this offer. One offer per family.

Presentation - Attendance of the preview and sales presentation (lasting approximately 90 to 120 minutes) is required to receive this special offer, or you will be charged the seasonal rate for accommodations and will not receive the Marriott BonvoyTM Points or Resort Certificate. If married, cohabitating or in a life partnership, both parties must attend together to receive this special offer.

Offer - Not valid in conjunction with any other promotion. Offer cannot be modified. Travel must be completed within 12 months of package purchase date. All currency mentions are U.S. dollars.

Due to the special pricing of this vacation package, we are unable to offer select Marriott BonvoyTM member benefits including upgrades, Suite Night Awards, 4PM late check-out and Your24. In addition, some Elite welcome amenities may not be available. The nights and charges for this package are not considered an eligible rate or stay under the Marriott BonvoyTM program terms and conditions. For more information, please visit marriottbonvoy.com.

Cancellations - Cancellations must be made in writing within 15 days of package purchase date or package purchase price is not refundable. A refund will be issued within 15 days of receipt of notice of cancellation. Cancellation notices must be sent to Westin Vacation Club cancellations, 9002 San Marco Court, Orlando, FL 32819.

Breakfast & Cocktails - Daily breakfast includes an American-style buffet for two adults. Breakfast is served daily from 7AM to 11:30AM local time. Nightly cocktails and hors d’oeuvres includes a pre-selected variety of canapés, cocktails, beer and wine (no substitutions) for two adults. Times vary, please visit the Concierge Desk upon arrival for details. Breakfast Buffet and Nightly Cocktail are not redeemable for cash, nontransferable and cannot be exchanged for other goods or services.

Marriott Bonvoy Points - If selected, points will be issued during the preview and sales presentation. Allow 4-6 weeks for posting of points. Redemption of points is subject to the Marriott Bonvoy program terms and conditions, which are subject to change without notice. Terms and conditions can be viewed at marriottbonvoy.com. Approximate retail value is $187.50.

Resort Certificate - If selected, Resort Certificate will be issued during the preview and sales presentation. Retail value of Resort Certificate is face value and is redeemable for spa services, dining, shopping or activities. Applicable sales taxes and gratuities not included. Resort Certificate is not redeemable for cash and is not transferable.

Room Reservations - Room reservations must be made at least 60 days in advance and are on a space-available basis. Availability is limited. Holiday and special-event periods are excluded. Do not purchase airfare until your arrival dates are confirmed. Accommodations are for a maximum of two adults and up to two children under the age of 18 at The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancún. Accommodations will be in a Royal Beach Club Room with a king-size bed or two double beds. Each additional person for breakfast or cocktails will be charged $45 plus tax, per night. Stay must be consecutive nights. After scheduling room reservations, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you and must be presented at check-in. Once reservations are made, any changes or revisions are subject to a $75 nonrefundable fee. Purchase price must be paid using a major credit card. A credit card is also required at check-in. Reschedule requests within 45 days of arrival will forfeit package and package price. You may also incur other incidental fees that are not included in your package cost, such as telephone charges, transportation, meals, tickets, taxes, tips, housekeeping and other charges of a personal nature if you request these services. Retail value is based on high-season rates.

Furnishings may vary.
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Study in USA: Education System

US colleges and universities incorporate in themselves a large amount of flexibility. You are at the liberty to study your area of interest as a specialization. The education system in the USA is not centralized therefore each institution is at the liberty to create their program and admission standard. You can also undertake horizontal movement during the duration of the course whenever you wish to do so.
Once you decide to study in USA you get to participate in a global edge community that gives immense impetus to technology and research development. Few of the top best colleges in the US are recognized internationally because they undertake a professional approach towards education.
Heard a great many things about the education system in the USA? But still want detailed information regarding the same? Look no further, this article will cover all the facts covering the education system in the USA.
Classification of Degrees
Summer Program
Lasting from six to ten weeks, these are programs conducted during summer vacations. A wide range of courses are offered, so if you wish to explore a course outside your major or kickstart your degree, summer programs are the way to go. To attend one you may be required to give a TOEFL or IELTS or PTE.
Associate Degree
Awarded by Community, Junior and Business Colleges, these programs last for two years. An associate degree is analogous to the initial two years of a four year university or college Bachelor degree. To study the said course you need to appear for either a TOEFL or IELTS or PTE.
Bachelor’s Degree
Equivalent to an undergraduate degree, the duration of the same is four years. These can be obtained in two types, B.A or B.S. The entry requirement for the said degree includes SAT or ACT along with TOEFL or IELTS or PTE. If you have completed a part of your undergraduate studies and look to study in USA, you can make an application as a transfer student.
Master’s Degree
To study a Master’s program, 16 years of education becomes mandatory. The duration is variable from one to two years, depending upon university and specialization. Apart from those who have attained their under-graduation in engineering, students will have to complete one year of Master’s. Certain entry requirements such as those of postgraduate diploma or 3 years of Bachelor’s degree have been made by a few US colleges and universities.
Doctorate/ PhD
The duration of the same ranges from 3-5 years. To make an application for the said programme, not only do you have to complete your Master’s program but also submit a research proposal. Along with this you are required to appear for GRE/GMAT or TOEFL/IELTS/PTE.

Classification of Universities
Community Colleges
Its an institution that provides higher education along with lower level tertiary education. Granting Certificates, Diplomas and Associate Degrees also fall within its ambit. They are also known as County or City College.
Small Liberal Arts Colleges
Usually old and private, these focus on arts and science disciplines. They are highly rated due to certain features that include small class size, individual attention, student faculty ratio and many other features.
Public Universities
Large state affiliated institutions, they receive funds through public taxes. They are usually economical when compared to private universities and offer all levels of degrees along with a diverse range of study options.
Private Institutes
World renowned, these run without government command.
Technical Institutes
These institutes specialize in science and engineering programs. They have received eminence for their research and graduate facilities.
Ivy League
Old and renowned, these focus on undergraduate liberal arts education. However, they also have in their ambit, graduate and professional schools. The quality of education offered at these institutions are high, thus entry is extremely competitive in nature.

Grading System
US colleges and universities utilize the Grade Point Average System to judge your performance. Graded between 0-4, with 0 being at the lower end and 4 being on the higher end.

Intakes
Major intake of US colleges and universities is in Fall during August and September, whilst some also have a Spring intake in January/February/March. Summer and Winter intakes are also available.

Fees
The fees you will have to pay are determined by the course and university of your choice. Approximately undergraduate programs range between $15000-$30000. Similarly postgraduate programs range approximately between $15000-$35000.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid will be awarded to you on the basis of merit or need. If you have strong academics, good grades in standardized exams and extra-curricular achievements your chances for availing financial aid increases. To attain the same, make sure you adhere to all the deadlines and present your application package in an alluring manner.
The education system in USA is often regarded as class-part and students consider themselves to be lucky when they receive an opportunity to do the same.

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Edwise Overseas Education Consultant
We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 725 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.
Start your education overseas with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding the best suited program for you.

For Complete Information About Study in USA, Contact Edwise Overseas Education Consultants, on 1-800-102-0336 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

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$20k/mo keeping backpackers organized.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Chez Brungraber of Gobi Gear, a brand that sells outdoor gear.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hi guys! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Chez, the founder of Gobi Gear. I started Gobi Gear about 4 years ago to make organization easier and more fun, specifically focusing on the outdoor adventure and travel markets. Rummage less, explore more!
Our gear bags are designed to make staying organized easy, no matter where the adventure takes you. We take pride in selling high quality gear - expecting our items to last. We are a 1% For the Planet partner, and we use no plastic in our packaging - having saved over 70,000 plastic bags (and counting)!
Our first product was known as the Hoboroll - a super cool bag that works as a stuff sack or a day bag, with 5 inner organizational compartments and a secret stash pocket. Made of ultralight, water-resistant nylon, this bag fits in the palm of your hand but is ready for adventure at the drop of a hat.
Even though we design our gear for the outdoor adventurer, our fans also use our bags in everyday use, from the gym to their kids soccer games. Thus we are launching a brand new line of every-day bags! Ready to serve anyone with an active lifestyle, from mom’s needing diaper bag organization to gym-goers and kite-boarders alike!
The best measure of success for isn’t just the bottom line, but rather walking through an airport and seeing a stranger with a Gobi Gear backpack on. Or learning that the owner of other, big brand name outdoor gear companies have heard of you. The idea of outfitting all kinds of people with our gear, all across the world, and putting smiles on their faces - that is what success is to us!
A better organized sack

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

I started Gobi Gear just before my big trip through Asia. My husband and I had a 3 month trip planned - also known as “travel until the money runs out”, and we were starting out with a 100-mile trek in the Nepali Himalaya. We had already decided we wouldn’t use porters and instead carry our own gear.
I had also committed to collecting botanical specimens, as part of my volunteering for the local University in Kathmandu. Never collected plants before? It’s waaaay slow. Ever the impatient hiker, I had to come up with an idea to still be able to cover a lot of ground even while collecting. I realized that the slowest part of the day would be packing/unpacking every morning/evening, and looked for a solution to make this go faster.
When I was not satisfied with the solutions out there (stuff sacks mean scattered gear, plastic bags rip and = trash later) I decided to just make my own. I thought a stuff sack with inner dividers would be great - all my gear in ONE place, yet still separated. I got after it on my sewing machine, using leftover curtain fabric, and made the world’s heaviest stuff sack. But it worked!
Thanks to my nifty divided stuff sack, I was always ready to go, knowing where my gear was. Packing was a non-event. I was ready to go each day before everyone else! Lots of time for flowers.
I showed the bag to other trekkers, who immediately wanted their own. Shortly after our trip I decided to put the idea to work, and created a version that could sell to other folks who also wanted to stay organized while on-the-go.
Soon Gobi Gear was born, and I embarked into a crazy world that I had never know - branding, marketing, web design, graphic design - whoa! I have a dual degree in Biology and Economics, and thus knew nothing of how to grow a company. My full-time job at the time was botanical work (and still is). Gobi Gear has been an incredible journey of learning and being pushed outside comfort zones.

Describe the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing the product.

Turns out… manufacturing is one of the hardest parts of running a business. Not only does inventory mean you are cash poor (or vice versa), but any delays or issues with manufacturing can drastically hurt your bottom line.
Gobi Gear started slowly, very slowly, as I was limited to a small initial investment ($20K), meaning a small quantity order to begin (3000 units). In retrospect this was good for us - it allowed us to not overextend early, and maneuvering to meet customer wishes was easy.
We found our first China factory on Alibaba, through months of research and prototype samples. We have also worked with agents, local to China and the USA, and in the end, decided it best to just work directly with the factories.
Manufacturing is a complex thing, especially for our ultralight product line - we have to specify everything down to the type of thread, and lead-times on fabrics can be up to 9 months. This complexity, however, is why we found it best to ditch the agent - things got lost in translation, and the questions were still just as numerous, only filtered through the agent and thus adding to the complications.
A manufacturing disaster
In fact, we had an agent out of Boston that turned from great into total disaster, from one thing to the next. They were late on a very important order of 25,000 bags - meaning they had to air freight the goods instead of ocean freight them.
Then they messed up our packaging for 5000 units: a hole had to be cut into a cardboard tube to allow for a hang-tag, and the samples we received had burn marks and ash stains.
I brought this up as a concern and the agent assured me it was only for sampling; the final product would not use that technique. But of course, when we finally received the goods, what do we have? Burn and ash... And not just the packaging, but it damaged the bags inside, rendering them unsellable. It was a huge waste of time and money.
Later we then found that all of the products in one color scheme had the cord-lock and drawstring mis-threaded, so we had to pay USA labor costs to get those fixed, too. To be fair, the agent did pay for a lot of these issues, but wasted no time in pointing out “errors on both parties”, implying a lot of this was our fault. All we did was place an order…
Playing the waiting game
When Gobi Gear gets ready to place an order, we now work directly with the factory, and hold the production spot 6 months in advance with a down payment, even if we aren’t sure exactly what we are making! Then we start sourcing as many of the product parts as possible, such as gray drawcord and cord lock, leaving the other details for later.
Word of advice: The factories are just about always late on big orders - if they quote you August, you count on September. Just the way it is. Never have a promise date of early March if you’re EXW-China - their Chinese New Year is not only several weeks long, but there can also be a lot of employee turnover, meaning upon vacation return, there aren’t enough workers to finish the job in time.
Once production is done, and 166 emails have changed hands, the goods get shipped! And then the real fun begins.

Describe the process of launching the business.

Just launch it! So many people want it to be perfect the first time - and it probably won’t be. Once on the market, your customers will have ideas or thoughts that you’ll want to add to the next production round - so just get started! That is for us what helped - we dove it!
Launching Gobi Gear was a moment of excitement and trepidation - as well as one full of opportunity to learn. We built our first site on Dreamweaver, long before Shopify. And here is the thing - it could always “be better”, but honestly, it’s probably good enough! I fussed and tinkered so many times I finally broke the site, and had to just go back to basics. *New rule: if it is too hard, we don’t do it. *
The first orders that come in are so exciting! Even if it is friends and family… and then the one dude whose name you don’t know. Who is this hero??!
Over time we re-launched our website on Shopify, but eventually left that for WooCommerce and WordPress, as they allow much more flexibility in design (and hey, gotta put all of my coding skills to work now, right?). Might go back to Shopify. TBD :-)
We also love Amazon - first we sold as “seller fulfilled”, but I still recall the day we got approved for Prime. What a difference! Now we ship boxes of 100s of units to Amazon and they do the rest (okay, not that easy, as they make errors too, but it is still awesome). Amazon is a huge marketplace, and who doesn’t live Prime?
To get started, I financed the business with my savings. As the business grew, we sold our inventory (recovered our cash), but then needed more inventory, and thus more cash. The best platform was Kickstarter! We launched in July of 2014, and raised over $80,000! This was great cash as it allowed the funding of a new inventory order, as well as other things such as a new patent, a website redesign, and paid for a good PR team for a year.
From the beginning, Gobi Gear has always been very good at paying its own bills from its sales; but pushing growth forward is where the extra cash comes in - always finding that next customer.
So we learned three important things about launching and money spent:
1 - Do it as cheaply as possible.
It is so easy to spend it big to get started, but you don’t need to! Word-of-mouth, referral campaigns, and 5-star reviews are great ways to get new customers. Good customer service keeps the previous ones coming back for more.
2 - Have multiple products or colors.
As long as they are curated and not just any old thing. It really helps sales, as customers like choices.
3 - Get your brand out there from the start!
We did not know this, and didn’t have a logo that was prominent or even have our website on our packaging! How do you find us? We now have a backpack with our logo on the outside - this is huge.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Google, Facebook Ads
Marketing used to be far outside my comfort zone, but I am getting a lot better at it. And we really have tried it all - Google Ads, Facebook, YouTube, paid PR and social media teams to do it for you.
In general, I have not seen a good ROI on most paid advertising. It could be that my ad graphics and messaging are not spot-on, so they don’t convert as well, or that our products are not super photogenic.
It could also be that our average product sale is $20 - not a lot of meat on that bone. Our ad spend hit $16k/mo at one point, and barely moved the needle. Bummer. At least we tried!
Amazon Ads
We have had success with Amazon ads, as well as with retargeting ads on Google. We spend about $200-600/mo now, and get and ROI of 1.5-6x, depending on the season. Advertising on Amazon is so much easier than Facebook or Google.
You don’t add graphics or copy. You can only bid on keywords, and they do the rest. Either it works, or it doesn’t. I actually love the simplicity. I find better than changing keywords is changing the time of year that you run the ads - some months, like September, are just quiet, so we don’t bother running ads anymore.
Amazon Sales
Amazon itself is a fascinating sales channel - they do a lot of the work for you, and you get in front of a huge marketplace.
But there are knock-offs, and Amazon has mixed up our inventory more than once, then shut down our account because customers were receiving products “not as described” - well, yea, because they mixed them up!
Detangling these issues can cause a lot of headaches. Overall? Worth it.
Editorials
But our biggest success for attracting new customers has been bloggers and editorial reviews of our product - we’ve had some as big as the Chicago Tribune, Men’s Journal (print edition), and Cheap Flights work with us! That brings the product to new eyes.
Pop-ups
Another huge marketing tactic that turned a corner for us was pop-ups on the website. By not having a pop-up, visitors who aren’t ready to purchase are lost forever.
This may seem “duh” now, but years ago it wasn’t so. Sumome made it very easy to get your own pop-ups that integrate directly with automatic email campaigns.
SEO
There are other things that I feel are necessary but harder to quantify: SEO is something you always need, and could spend thousands if you aren’t careful - or you can download Yoast (Wordpress sites) and do it yourself. Better than nothing yea? After obtaining numerous quotes on SEO, and deciding it was unaffordable, I went with Yoast and took it upon myself to learn all about it.
Moving forward, I think Google, with its overly complex platforms and too many ways to track tiny variations of the same thing, will be losing ground to Amazon and Facebook - which are much easier to advertise on. So, I did the SEO myself, and didn’t worry about the rest. I am focusing my energy instead on easier platforms. If it’s too hard, I don’t pull my hair out trying to make it work - I just move on.
Viral Contest
When launching a new product we have found that viral campaigns or giveaways really help get a solid email list. Before our last Kickstarter we gained 2500 new email addresses through a viral campaign & landing page we made through KickoffLabs. We sent out an initial eblast to 5000 people, and got 2500 new email addresses - so a 50% increase!
Email List
Once grown, our email list has been the best for sales. We cherish it, nurture it, offer special discounts and sales, and encourage social sharing and referrals to friends.
Customer Service
Taking good care of customers is important to us and helps our sales - many times I personally reply to customers, and not just about their particular issue, but I ask for pictures of their last vacation or find out what adventure they’re looking forward to. Gobi Gear is a company, but it is also an extension of me, and I am just another adventurer like you :-)

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Our gross margins are 58%, on average. This is after cost of goods, shipping and fulfillment costs, and include a blend of B2C and B2B sales.
Most of our business is B2C (direct to customers), through our website and Amazon. While we do have retailers and work with subscription boxes from time to time, we enjoy the higher margins of direct sales.
One variable for us is ad-spend, which as mentioned before is usually relatively low, but can increase during holidays or during a Kickstarter event.
We have a new website visitor rate of about 85%, and they usually browse for over 90 seconds, with a bounce rate just under 50%. Monthly traffic averages 2500 users.
Once we get new customers to our website, we do the following:
1. Obtaining their email
We use SumoMe to offer various discounts or sales in the form of a pop-up. We have an average of 4% opt-in during most of the year, and 15% during Black Friday and Christmas sale events. Even if the customer doesn’t convert right away, we can follow up later with emails, offering incentives.
2. Upsell
As the customer adds goods to their shopping cart, we have little messages that appear letting them know they “only need to add $15 more to get free shipping”. This helps us sell more goods in each order, keeping fulfilment costs down.
3. Follow-through
After the customer makes a purchase, we send them follow-up emails to ensure they are happy with what they received and suggest uses for the product they just purchased. We feel this helps them make a more meaningful connection to the company they just made a purchase from.
Email marketing is huge
I mentioned it already, but our email list is our biggest converter! We use ActiveCampaign to enter customers and potential customers into email funnels, sending them various messages based on their behaviour - we can get more targeted this way, instead of sending out a generic message to everyone over and over.
Our daily routine involves checking new orders and getting them shipped out, replying to customer service messages (if any), some social media posting, outreach to a few key retailers/checking in on current ones, PR outreach, and planning for the release of our new product line in 2019. Perhaps a little accounting if I need a nap (just kidding).
New Product Line
Gobi Gear will be entering the lifestyles marketplace - taking the high-quality, durable gear to the everyday consumer, with a new line of affordable, multi-purpose organizational day bags and tote bags.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

You know your brand better than anyone
In the beginning, it is easy to outsource, thinking that other people will be better than you are at various tasks. But in the early stages it behooved me to do those things myself. Outsourcing costs money, which is tight for a start-up. And they’ll never be quite as good at selling your brand as you are. I know because I tried it both ways. Others might seem more professional or have all the “tricks”, but everything more genuine when it comes from you - and early on, that is what customers want, to connect with you and your brand.
It also helps you really dive in and understand what your value proposition is and what you are providing to people. And it allows you to be a better manager later, having some understanding of the task you have just assigned.
Resisting outsider money
To this day, I am still resisting the offers of investor money, and instead keeping it all in-house and in family. That is really hard on the bank account sometimes, and we are strapped for cash more oft than not, but, you learn to get scrappy, get clever, and get by. No one owns us - I have no one to answer to, and that freedom is worth a lot!
This might not be the best path for everyone; we are a small family business and I am happy to keep it that way. Aggressive growth would be very hard without extra inputs from investors.
Manufacturing is always going to be a headache
It seems that no matter how on top of it we are, things always come up. Whether it is hiring the wrong agent, or having the factory deliver an entire month late (and missing your subscription box deadline and losing the entire sale - eek!), these things are out of your control sometimes and the best you can do is damage control. And that in itself can be very important. How you respond to issues can make or break your business.
We have learned over the years to 1) work with the factory directly for as long as possible; 2) add in 2 months cushion; and 3) have a contingency plan!
Don’t try to do everything perfectly
When I first got started, I would get paralyzed sending out a MailChimp eblast to my 146 subscribers, because I didn’t love the font, or the border color, or maybe “this image could be brighter”. In the end, what mattered was that I sent the email in the first place.
Fretting over the details - from emails to product features - wastes time. Just get it out there. Don’t overextend yourself on your first product production. Just go for it! Your customers will tell you what they think. Then you can make necessary changes.
Helpful Skills
I taught myself web coding and design, graphic design, marketing, branding, and how to automate as many processes as I could. These skills have greatly helped me because I do not need to outsource, and now that I’ve given up on perfection, I am very happy with where the company stands today and the lack of cash burn.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

We have tried both Shopify and WooCommerce. I prefer Woo as it is more flexible and you host your own domain, which is better for SEO.
When you are on Shopify, your site is actually “website.my-shopify.com” - meaning Shopify gets a lot of your SEO. That being said, Shopify is way easier to use as everything is all part of the package deal.
With Woo, you need to download plugins and connect the dots. We are considering a homepage in Wordpress and a checkout cart in Shopify.

What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

I really like books that pull out my creative flow. There are of course books that were great for me as it directly relates to business, Poorly Made in China is one, but in general I find it more valuable to get lost into books about the botanical explorations of the Amazon, or journies by motorbike through the Congo. These type of books allow me to relax and step outside of my world, and then later I find it easier to focus on the creative flow of Gobi Gear.
I also dive deeply into daily meditation, yoga, and exercise. These activities help me clear my mind and give me the ability to tackle issues that may arise, as well as have the right perspective going forward.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

Just go for it! The products you see today are not the first iteration - but you have to start somewhere.
Listen to others, but in the end, remember to hear your own voice. You will know deep down what is best for your company. At least for me, it seemed that everyone had an opinion. Some were right, some not. And be wary of those just trying to sell you their services. Their advice may be skewed (naturally).
Don’t worry about the mistakes - and use it as a chance to bond with customers. Some of our biggest fans today were our angriest customers - good service and old fashioned caring turned them around.

Are you looking to hire for certain positions right now?

We are not looking to hire, but anyone who is interested in marketing/branding and has clever ideas for us - we’d hear you out, and possibly work out a gear-for-work exchange.
Liked this text interview? Check out the full interview with photos.
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Bang Buck Box is back with another [GiveAway]! Sample packs are HERE and we've implemented other changes that ECR wants to see! Check us inside.

Hey ECR! Hows it going?
Andrew here with Bang Buck Box - the unique e-liquid subscription company that launched on reddit last month. We have been working hard communicating with both actual and potential customers, taking down notes on what you would like to see our service become. I'm happy to announce our 5 - 10ml Sampe Pack is now here! This is a sample pack that is intended to be a way to provide samples of our flavors to customers who would like to gain confidence in our quality of product before subscribing.
Details on the 5 pack of 10mls:
Also:
GiveAway Time
We are giving away one $29.99 Bronze Box to one lucky redditor! All you have to do is simply comment below what your favorite general flavor profile is.
You have to be of legal age to enter this giveaway, and you must be in the USA. A winner will be selected on Friday afternoon. Good luck everybody!
If you have not heard of Bang Buck Box, here is some information:
Each box will include a large quantity of our brand of e-liquid, alongside with samples from both established and up and coming vendors, such as Charlie's Chalk Dust, Feghali Vapor, and 63Maui. This business model allows us to be able to provide you with a huge quantity of flavorful e-juice while also helping you discover new flavors from other companies.
Our cheapest e-liquid box is $29.99 and will include:
  • (1) 100mL bottle of Bang Buck Box's brand of e-juice
  • (2) 50mL bottles of Bang Buck Box's brand of e-juice
  • (2) Samplers from other vendors
  • One menu providing all information you need to know about the brands and flavors in your package
  • Cotton
Our mid-level box costs $39.99 and includes:
  • (2) 100mL bottle of Bang Buck Box's brand of e-juice
  • (2) 50mL bottles of Bang Buck Box's brand of e-juice
  • (2) Samplers from other vendors
  • One menu providing all information you need to know about the brands and flavors in your package
  • Cotton
Our largest box costs $46.99 and will include:
  • (3) 100mL bottle of Bang Buck Box's brand of e-juice
  • (2) 50mL bottles of Bang Buck Box's brand of e-juice
  • (3) Samplers from other vendors
  • One menu providing all information you need to know about the brands and flavors in your package
  • Cotton
You can also Earn Money with our business model. Our affiliate program is simple. You can contact us to receive your own unique code that you can give out to friends and family so that when they sign up, you receive 10% of the cost of their purchase, each month. That can really add up if you bring over 4-5 people as you will receive a check from us each month. There are further details on our website
Ok that's it for now!
-Andrew
I'd like to also thank the amazing sponsors and supporters of our business, 63Maui, Feghali Vapor, Habu Vapor, Cosmic Fog, World Label, Vape Vacations, Charlies Chalk Dust and to the ones we are currently in talks to as well! Thanks from Andrew & Brandon!
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Guide to a Cheap Vacation for Newbies

Guide to a Cheap Vacation for Newbies
Introduction
The landscape of this game has changed a lot since the February version came out. Official wording of 5/24, Citi's 1/24, Amex MR clawback, CS(R) release, and the SPG/Marriott merger just to name a handful. As a result it is time to do an update.
Update: Factoring in lower CS(R) sign up bonus.
Thanks to LumpyLump76 for the previous updates.
Please keep in mind that I am not a personal financial adviser. Just an individual who enjoys this hobby and wants to share some of the knowledge I've accumulated over the past couple of years in a fairly straightforward way.
There are a number of cards that people really should get up front. Remember, the goal here is not to maximize your points, but just get a mostly free vacation paid using credit card bonuses. You'll still have to pay for the miscellaneous travel expenses like visiting museums, shopping, dining, etc., so be sure to factor that in when planning your vacation.
A lot of this guide mirrors my own personal preference and may not mesh with yours and definitely not with the general credit card using public. I don't apply for more than a couple of cards at a time, I don't do manufactured spending, I try and maintain a state of equilibrium with the banks, and I've paid more than my fair share of annual fees. You, the reader, are free to disagree and I encourage healthy discussion in the comments section below.
Important Note: You don't have to follow this calendar exactly. The only reason I'm spacing out by 3 months is so that most people can meet the minimum spend without overextending themselves. Of course you can expedite the process or even apply for 2-3 cards at the same time as long as you can comfortably meet the minimum spend. From a personal perspective I apply for a new card around every 1-2 months depending upon the minimum spend and I've resigned myself to the fact I'll never be able to get another 5/24 Chase card.
Required reading before you start:
Goal
The goal is to get a cheap vacation in the continental United states, with flight and hotels paid for entirely with points and bonuses with perspective for some international trips. If you follow the guide, you should end up with a better credit score, larger credit line, and the freedom to take advantage of limited time offers.
I'm sure you know this, but cheap vacation in the continental US is super broad and that most of you are also planning international travel. Before you jump in please have a particular plan or destination and use resources like Awardhacker and Awardmapper to help guide your credit card strategy. What is below is a catch all because it factors in the highest sign up bonuses and also includes the largest airline alliance (United and the Star Alliance) and the largest hotel group (Marriott+SPG) as transfer partners.
Your credit scores will likely drop 3-5 points after each application due to the hard inquiry and decreased average age of account, but you could feasibly break even with your decreased utilization (increased credit limit) and increase in number of accounts. If you handle credit correctly, the score will improve steady over time. If your credit score drops significantly more, stop and figure out what you are doing wrong. You can find out more information at Annual Credit Report and CreditKarma among others. Do not start on this plan if you plan to get a mortgage in the next 12 months and/or a car loan in the next 6 months.
Pre-requisite
Like all things in life, you have to meet some requirements before you start.
The Plan
This plan is current as of December 2016. This plan will have to be modified as CC offers comes and goes. When applying for cards, always try to see if there are referrals or better deals on this sub. Please be so kind as to use one of the referrals from the community or PM a member who helped you out if you do in fact jump in. It definitely helps us out and one less referral to bloggers that push certain cards without consideration of the person on the other side of the screen the better.
Day 0
To start on this plan you need to do some prep work. You should go to the following websites, and sign up for each companies Frequent Customer program. Note down your Program ID, username, and password and do not recycle passwords (I personally recommend using a password manager of some type like 1Password or LastPass). You will need this information as you apply for affiliated credit cards, or when you want to transfer points to these programs. The most common method of keeping track is AwardWallet (they don't cover United, Delta, or Southwest as a heads up), but you can do it manually as well.
One benefit about signing up these programs, is that they often will email invitation to various deals, but be sure to do your due diligence because it sometimes isn't always the best one. Double check in this sub and the Current credit card offers before applying.
Day 1 : Chase Sapphire Reserve (CS(R)) You can find the 100K UR offer in a physical Chase branch, since the current online offer has been lowered to 50K. Only offer is 50K, but still an excellent sign up bonus. There might be targeted 100K offers in the future, but it's too soon to say.
After meeting the minimum spend of $4,000 over 3 months you will have 54,000 UR points. This is worth:
This card is the the first card you should get due to Chase's 5/24, which is explained in the Chase Megathread. We are going to move onto more Chase cards soon, so make sure you keep putting some spend on the CS(R), and pay it off monthly. This card does have an AF of $450, comes with $300 travel credit every calendar year (includes taxis, public transit, and plane tickets among others), GE/TSA application reimbursement, and lounge access with no guest limits.
The things you should pay with the CS(R):
Always pay off your statement balance in full each month. You should never pay less than the full statement balance. If you can't pay the full statement balance for whatever reason you should stop immediately, since you aren't ready for this hobby. If you are spending more than you typically do, then slow down and reconsider before jumping in.
Day 91: Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP)
Apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred second and add an authorized user. After meeting the minimum spend of $4,000 over 3 months (and one authorized user purchase) you will have 59,000 UR points. This is worth:
Keep in mind that the CS(R) and CSP have the exact same bonus categories, but the CS(R) has a better earn rate at 3x instead of 2x, so you'll find yourself never using the CSP after meeting the minimum spend. At the end of the first year feel free to product convert to a no annual fee card like the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited.
Day 181: Chase United MileagePlus Explorer (MPE)
Apply for the Chase MPE and add an authorized user. After meeting the minimum spend of $2,000 over 3 months (and one authorized user purchase) you will have 57,000 United miles. It has an annual fee of $95 that is waived the first year, but it comes with free checked bag, more saver award availability, and early boarding.
The 57,000 miles are worth 2 RT domestic tickets and only 3,000 short of a RT to Europe. They also have interesting award chart possibilities with open-jaws.
You can find the 50,000 offer through dummy bookings on the United site, United MPX purchase, in a physical Chase branch, or as a targeted mailer. It does show up as a public offer from time to time, but it's not consistent.
Day 271: Chase Marriott
Apply for the Chase Marriott card and add an authorized user. After meeting the minimum spend of $3,000 over 3 months (and one authorized user purchase) you will have 90,500 Marriott points. It does have an annual fee of $85 that is not waived, but it does come with a 1-night certificate every anniversary, but is more limited as you can only use it in a category 1-5 Marriott property. This certificate is less valuable as Marriott continues to devalue their program, but for domestic traveling and a bit of flexibility, you should still be able to get decent value out of the $85.
The 90,500 points are worth:
Day 361: Amex Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)
Apply for the Amex SPG card if you can find the 25,000 or higher offer. After meeting the minimum spend of $3,000 over 3 months you will have 28,000 SPG points. It has an annual fee of $95 that is waived the first year. The interesting change to this card is with the recent SPG/Marriott merger 1 SPG point = 3 Marriott points and vice versa.
The 28,000 points are worth:
There is a Megathread on the Southwest Companion pass. If you fly or plan on flying Southwest frequently and will have at least 1 other person with you, the Companion Pass (CP) is a phenomenal deal. However, due to Chase's new rules, getting the CP would mean you have to forgo 2-3 cards. If the CP is your top priority, apply to those first, but you might not be able to get some of the other cards.
What you have so far.
At this point, you should have accumulated the following:
You can be highly creative with this point balance, since Chase UR (when you hold the CS(R) or CSP) can be transferred 1:1 to United and Marriott among others. You also have access to both Marriott's and SPG's flights and nights program, which can make for interesting redemptions.
Important to note. If you value the Southwest Companion Pass (110K RR points in a calendar year) you can also acquire it through the Marriott Flights and Nights Hotel+Air Package 3. 270K Marriott points for 7 nights at a category 1-5 hotel and 120K RR points. With the points acquired in the guide above you can easily meet that point requirement with change to spare. No longer an option
Note that the plan calls for a new card every 3 months, plenty of time to meet your minimum spend. You shouldn't have to do MS to try to meet the minimum spend. This plan also gives you flexibility to change. For example, if an Amex, Barclay, or Citi card pops up with a great offer, you can jump without worrying about too many hard inquiries or new accounts. Just note that if you add a card into the mix, delay the rest of the plan appropriately so you keep the hard inquiries and spacing in place. Note that once you've been approved for 5 cards overall in the last 24 months, you would be locked out of several Chase products (list here) until the approval date for the most recent card falls outside of 24 months.
Keep in mind that you can speed up this time frame if you can spend or MS the minimum spend before the 3 month mark or supplant one or two of the cards for those that is better suited for your needs. It's entirely possible that you can get 12+ cards in a calendar year and your plans as a result will change.
After you meet the minimum spend on each card, spread the remaining spends across all your active cards to the bonus categories that make sense. Also be sure to not neglect the cards you've collected, since banks can and will shutdown accounts that don't have activity. The general recommendation is to put a small purchase (pack of gum, cup of coffee, or loading $1 onto your Amazon gift balance all work) on it every 6-12 months or so just in case.
What do you do with all these cards after you get the bonus?
Hotel cards like IHG, Marriott, and Hyatt typically have good annual benefits (1 annual free night certificate) and is generally worth keeping and paying the AF. The United MPE is a good product if you fly United frequently, otherwise product convert to the no annual fee MileagePlus and save yourself $95. Both the CS(R) and CSP have some great benefits outside of earnings (both offer the valuable 1:1 transfer ratio), but there is no point holding both so it is up to you which one you want to keep. I am keeping my CS(R) with it's $300 annual travel credit + lounge access and have already product changed my CSP to the Freedom Unlimited which has no annual fee.
I'm done with the the plan. Now What?
You are probably hooked as many of the subscribers are and are free to join us. Continue to read the wiki and sidebar. Please read the rules before submitting posts (speaking as a mod and a long standing member of the community we're pretty strict and not always the friendliest to newbies).
The following cards are worth looking into for benefits and sign up bonuses:
Important notes:
Edit: Thanks for the gold kind stranger :)
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The Starting Point For Earning Money Online Without Investment


Yes really...As you have probably noticed on the internet Affiliate Bots Review especially, top marketers are giving away valuable email courses and video courses at no cost. This approach makes the prospect feel more comfortable with the marketer after all they may think 'If they are giving all this away for free, the real product must be truly exceptional.' The trust factor is crucial to relationship building for the long term. Unless you are just after a one off sale, building a positive and trusting connection to your prospects will lead to fewer buyers remorse and increased future sales. Adding an instructional email course to your autoresponder messages or giving away free marketing tips on your website will dramatically increase the positive perception others will have about you.
Fully automated systems work well for affiliate programs and virtual products. The higher the cost of the product, the more the potential buyer needs to feel comfortable that he/she is making the right decision. Contacting the prospect with a phone call, emailing a personalized video, leaving a message on the recorder places a voice and or face with your messages. Posture for the sake of it, only works with certain personality types. The majority of people do not wish to be approached with hard selling tactics.
A basic understanding of your product is necessary. However the Coastal Vacations memberships are so vast in scope that I fear most do not know everything about the various packages and their contents. However knowing where to get the answers to questions you may receive is essential. Using your product and being a personal testimonial is the best thing you can do to build trust in your product for yourself and your potential customers.We have come to expect to receive bonuses with almost everything we purchase online.
Value added bonuses complementing the Coastal Vacations packages will make you stand out from other directors who offer none. Adding websites, leads and proven marketing materials that can translate into faster and easier sales for your new member will add to the value. Bonuses like free e-books that are readily available on the internet detract from the overall bonus concept and may lessen your reputation. Choosing your bonuses wisely is the key.

https://healthreviewfactory.com/affiliate-bots-review/
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[TD Canada Trust] TD Aeroplan Infinite Visa Aeroplan - FYF and 35k w/ $1000 spend, targeted

Deal Link
Expiry: May 17, 2019
Retailer: TD Canada Trust
Saw this as an ad in Promotions folder in Gmail. Maybe try sending a few emails with Aeroplan in the subject line and body to get it if you don't see it already? Up 5k from current offer for everyone.
Legal
Annual interest rates, fees and features are current as of March 1, 2019 unless otherwise indicated and subject to change.
The Aeroplan Program is a coalition loyalty marketing program owned and operated by Aeroplan® Inc. Visit aeroplan.com for complete terms and conditions of the Aeroplan Program. The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its affiliates are not responsible for the Aeroplan Program.
1 Applies to new TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card Accounts (“Account”) only. We reserve the right at any time, without notice, to withdraw or reduce the credit limit if adverse credit information is obtained. Must apply online by May 17, 2019. Existing TD Aeroplan Visa InfiniteCardholders are not eligible for this offer. Offer may be changed, withdrawn or extended at any time and cannot be combined with any other offer unless otherwise indicated. This offer is not transferable.
2 Must apply online by May 17, 2019. Welcome Bonus of 15,000 Aeroplan Miles will be awarded to the Aeroplan Member account associated with the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite* Card Account (“Account”) only after the first Purchase is made on the Account. To receive the additional 20,000 Aeroplan Miles, you must make $1,000 in Purchases on your Account, including your first Purchase, within 90 days of Account opening. If you have opened an Account in the last 6 months, you will not be eligible for these offers. We reserve the right to limit the number of Accounts opened by and the number of miles awarded to any one person. Rebate of the Annual Fee for the first year for the Primary Cardholder will occur when you have applied for an Account by May 17, 2019. Rebate will be applied within 2 monthly statements from the date of Account opening. The Annual Fee for any Authorized User Cards added to the Account continues to apply. Your Account must be in good standing at the time bonus miles are awarded. Please allow 8 weeks after the conditions for each offer are fulfilled for the miles to be credited to your Aeroplan Member account. Offers may be changed, withdrawn or extended at any time and cannot be combined with any other offer unless otherwise specified. These miles are not eligible for Aeroplan status. The number of Aeroplan Miles required for the destination is accurate as of Feb 14, 2019 and is subject to change at any time by Aeroplan Inc. According to Aeroplan's current reward chart, destinations reflect a roundtrip Fixed Mileage Flight Reward® in Economy Class departing from within Canada or the continental US (plus applicable fees and taxes). Fixed Mileage Flight Reward availability is capacity controlled and is subject to availability at time of booking as well as seasonality of demand. Aeroplan Flight Rewards are subject to taxes, landing and departure fees, and other charges and surcharges may apply. Aeroplan Partners, rules and regulations are subject to change without notice. For full details on Aeroplan's current reward chart, please visit aeroplan.com.
3 Primary Cardholder remains liable for all charges to the Account, including those made by an Authorized User.
4 All Air Canada benefits are fulfilled in whole or in part by Air Canada, or its designated affiliates or other third parties, and are subject to change at any time. The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its affiliates are not responsible for fulfilling these benefits. For more details about these benefits, please contact Air Canada directly. Air Canada Benefit Eligibility – Priority Travel Services: With the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card, Air Canada benefits (the complimentary first checked bag, priority check-in and priority boarding) apply whenever the Primary Cardholder travels using an Aeroplan flight reward, only, on a flight operated by Air Canada, Air Canada rouge or under the Air Canada express banner. Flights operated by other airlines are not eligible. To access these benefits, the Primary Cardholder must redeem their Aeroplan flight reward (defined as Fixed Mileage Flight Rewards® or Market Fare Flight Rewards®) with miles from their Aeroplan account. To access these benefits, the Primary Cardholder must also ensure that the name on the Air Canada flight booking is identical to the name on the Aeroplan account profile of the traveler. Where zonal boarding is available, the priority boarding status will be recognized by a Zone 2 descriptor for the Primary Cardholder and companions travelling on the same reservation checking-in at the same time, which will be displayed on the Air Canada issued boarding pass. Priority check-in may also be extended to companions travelling on the same reservation checking-in at the same time as the Primary Cardholder. To access priority check-in and priority boarding, the Primary Cardholder may be required to show their TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card to the Air Canada agent. Please allow two weeks from receiving your Card for these Air Canada benefits to be activated. The complimentary first checked bag, up to 23kg (50 lb), applies whenever the Primary Cardholder travels using an Aeroplan flight reward, only, on a flight operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge or under the Air Canada express banner. Flights operated by other airlines are not eligible. To access this benefit, the Primary Cardholder must redeem their Aeroplan flight reward (defined as Fixed Mileage Flight Rewards or Market Fare Flight Rewards) with miles from their Aeroplan account. To access this benefit, the Primary Cardholder must also ensure that the name on the Air Canada flight booking is identical to the name on the Aeroplan account profile of the traveler. The complimentary first checked bag applies solely to the Primary Cardholder, and service charges for additional/oversized/overweight baggage may apply. Applicable on flights that do not already offer a complimentary first checked bag. To access this benefit, the Primary Cardholder may be required to show their TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite * Card to the Air Canada agent. Please allow two (2) weeks from receiving your Card for these Air Canada benefits to be activated.
Air Canada Benefit Eligibility – Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge One-Time Guest Access Benefit: With the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite * Card, the Primary Cardholder will receive one Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge One-Time Guest Access Benefit once every calendar year (January 1- December 31). The Primary Cardholder may access an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, where available, upon presentation of an active TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card with a valid, same-day boarding pass for travel using an Aeroplan flight reward, only, on a flight operated by Air Canada, Air Canada rouge or under the Air Canada express banner. To access this benefit, the Primary Cardholder must redeem their Aeroplan flight reward (defined as Fixed Mileage Flight Rewards® or Market Fare Flight Rewards®) with miles from their Aeroplan account. Each Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge One-Time Guest Access Benefit applies for a single entry during the calendar year for which it was provided by the Primary Cardholder only and cannot be carried forward to the next calendar year or transferred to another person. Additional conditions may apply and are outlined on aircanada.com/tdbenefits . Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge access is subject to availability and all other then-current terms and conditions located here that are subject to change at Air Canada’s sole discretion from time to time. Please allow two weeks from receiving your Card for these Air Canada benefits to be in effect.
5 1.5 Bonus Aeroplan Miles (“Bonus Rate") are earned on each $1.00 in Purchases of eligible gas, groceries, drugstore, and aircanada.com products and services (excluding Air Canada Vacations packages, car rentals, hotel bookings, and other third party partner products and services that can be purchased through aircanada.com) charged to your TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card Account (“Account”). Any returned items, refunds, rebates or other similar credits will reduce or cancel the Aeroplan Miles earned on the original Purchase. To earn this Bonus Rate, Purchases of gas, groceries, drugstore and aircanada.com products and services must be made at merchants classified through the Visa network with a Merchant Category Code (“MCC”) that identifies them in the "gas", "grocery" or "drugstore" category and on aircanada.com. Some merchants may sell gas, groceries or drugstore products/services, or have separate merchants located on their premises that also sell gas, groceries or drugstore products/services, but may not be classified with a gas, grocery or drugstore MCC and such Purchases will not earn this Bonus Rate. If you have questions about the MCC that applies to a Purchase, contact TD at 1-800-983-8472. Bonus Rate is only available on the first $80,000 in net annual Purchases of gas, groceries, drugstore products/services and on aircanada.com made from January 1 to December 31 each year on your Account. Once the maximum net annual amount has been reached, Purchases of gas, groceries or drugstore products/services on the Account will not earn the Bonus Rate but will only earn Aeroplan Miles at the standard rate that applies to all other Purchases on the Account. This Bonus Rate offer is in place of and not in addition to the standard rate earned on all other Purchases made on your Account. Offer may be changed, withdrawn or extended at any time and cannot be combined with any other offer.
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Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Sept. 4, 1995

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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I'm a little late today because real-life got in the way for a second and also because I had to format the Vince AOL chat for Reddit. Holy shit that took a lot of work to clean up and make it look halfway readable. There's probably still some formatting errors, but you'll figure it out. It's worth the read, even though it's long as hell.
  • UWFI has formed a working relationship with New Japan, which will lead to several cross-promotional events. It's a plus for both sides. NJPW gets several months of guaranteed sellouts for major stadium shows, while UWFI gets a new lease on life, since they were close to financial ruin. The rise of Pancrase and popularity of UFC, both more realistic looking than UWFI, ruined the credibility of the promotion. And UWFI wrestler Yojo Anjyo flying to the U.S. to challenge Rickson Gracie, only to get his ass kicked, didn't help either. Until this deal, there had been legitimate concern that UWFI wouldn't last the rest of the year, when just 2 years ago, they were selling out stadiums. As for NJPW, they have repeatedly shown a willingness to check their ego at the door in the interest of making money, which Dave says American promotions could learn a lesson from. Everyone knows that if, say, WWF and WCW could put aside their differences and promote an inter-promotional angle and do a PPV together, both companies would make huge money, but it'll never happen because neither company would be willing to do it. For example, WWF had Ric Flair handed to them on a silver platter in 1991 and squandered it because they refused to play up Flair's past accomplishments or present him as an outsider, and instead made him just another WWF guy. But anyway, Dave expects NJPW to be better than that with this UWFI feud (not exactly. Also, fun fact for those who don't know: UWFI vs. NJPW is the storyline that Eric Bischoff reportedly got the idea for NWO vs. WCW from).
  • There's no doubt who the best performer in American wrestling is anymore. For the 3rd PPV this year, Shawn Michaels stole the show at Summerslam. Dave says you can call him the Ric Flair of the 90s or the most talented American worker of all-time, but you should be calling him WWF champion and Dave thinks it's ridiculous that WWF isn't building the company around him instead of Diesel. Dave debates who is the best between Shawn or Flair, and goes back and forth, but says that, even on his best day, Ric Flair could not have had a performance better than Shawn did at Summerslam. Dave says the Shawn/Razor ladder match wasn't quite as good as the WM10 one, but was different enough and is still one of the top 5 WWF matches he has ever seen. He gives it 4.75 stars.
WATCH: Highlights from Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Ladder Match) - Summerslam, 1995
  • Other Summerslam notes: the commentary was bad and Vince McMahon apparently doesn't know the name of any wrestling move invented after 1975, which led to half of Hakushi's offense just being called "a great move." Skip vs. Barry Horowitz was very entertaining and the crowd was super into the story. The Alundra Blayze/Bertha Faye match was awful. Isaac Yankem (Glenn Jacobs) wasn't very good and isn't ready for the big stage yet, probably needs another year or two on the indies. And the Diesel/Mabel main event was just as bad as you'd expect.
  • ECW had one of their hottest shows ever and it included Paul Heyman openly declaring war on WCW. Heyman gave a long speech to the crowd, talking about WCW, Eric Bischoff, and even Ted Turner and inciting the crowd to chant lots of horrible things about them. It was acknowledged that several guys were leaving for WCW, but Heyman made it sound like NJPW had coerced them in order to help the guys save face with the fans. Heyman and everyone else was respectful to the wrestlers leaving, with Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Dean Malenko all getting standing ovations and giving speeches about how much they loved being in ECW and hoped to return one day. After the Guerrero/Malenko match, both men were carried back to the locker room on the shoulders of the other wrestlers. Heyman announced that they had reached a deal with AAA and that Rey Misterio Jr. will face Psicosis at the next ECW show, as well as Konnan appearing.
  • Lots of mainstream media stories about WCW Monday Nitro, which is scheduled to premiere this week. At a press conference, Eric Bischoff said, "Why did I want to go up against the competition? Because I like kicking butt...At the end of three years, I'll be standing alone. The first month, I realize I'm going against a product that has been well-branded, and I don't expect to take over immediately. No great war has ever been won without a long battle."
  • WCW has reached a deal with All Japan Women for 4 of their stars to appear on an upcoming WCW PPV and the following Nitro. Dave doesn't know who it will be, but he's heard Manami Toyota and Bull Nakano will likely be 2 of them.
  • Konnan was arrested last week after getting involved in a brawl with some fans at a show. Konnan is known to have a temper and this isn't the first time he's fought with fans in the stands, which has led to him being banned from wrestling in certain cities. This happened in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and now Konnan is suspended from wrestling there for 4 months.
  • New Japan paid for the entire promotion (wrestlers, crew, etc.) to go on vacation in the Saipan Islands last week.
  • The Roadie (Brian Armstrong) returned to SMW this week, after walking out on WWF last month. He's going by the name Brian Jesse James.
  • ECW introduced a guy dressed as one of the Dudley brothers doing a sign gimmick, where he holds up signs at ringside for all the heels. That would be the debut of Sign Guy Dudley.
  • At an NWC indie show in Las Vegas, they've been running an angle where a guy named The Thug, wearing a KKK outfit, has been feuding with Virgil. At the latest show, a second KKK guy came out and attacked Virgil, and then unmasked to reveal that it was Jim Neidhart. Then they hung Virgil with the sheet.
WATCH: Jim "The Klansman" Neidhart hangs Virgil
  • Sabu debuted for WCW in dark matches, working against Chris Kanyon. The matches won't air, but footage of them will be used in a montage for his debut on the 2nd Nitro episode. Sabu tried to break a table but it was one of the well-built ones and wouldn't break, and something happened at ringside that resulted in him taking a swing at a fan. But overall, he was said to be impressive.
  • Ron Simmons reportedly gave notice to ECW that he's leaving (they haven't used him in months anyway) and said he and Butch Reed are returning to WCW to reform Doom.
  • Latest on The Eliminators tryout at the WWF tapings: When they arrived, none of the WWF wrestlers would let them in the dressing room and they had to dress in the boiler room area. All the wrestlers also told them not to do any high spots. The only wrestler who gave them the time of day was Owen Hart, who told them not to listen to everyone else and just do their best. Good guy Owen. Anyway, during the match, all the guys were watching from the back and yelling at them from the curtain, harassing them. At one point, one of them did a superkick and Shawn Michaels "joked" that they should fire them immediately. After the match, Rene Goulet told them that they did pretty good for a couple of "nobodies" which upset them since they've been working indies and Japan for a couple of years now and have made a decent name for themselves.
  • Vince McMahon took part in a Q&A on "America On Line" after the latest Raw show. He tried to be funny and was mostly dishonest in answering questions and talked down to people. He also knocked ECW as being too violent and said that WWF would be inducting Bruno Sammartino into the Hall of Fame. BEHOLD!
AOLSports7: Welcome to the premiere of the World Wrestling Federation live online.
AOLSports7: For the first time ever, Vince McMahon is affording fans the opportunity to ask him questions directly.
AOLSports7: And now, ladies and gentlemen ... Vince McMahon!
VinceMcM: Hello, World Wrestling Federation fans, and welcome to the World Wrestling Federation Online. It is with great honor and privilege that I take this opportunity to answer your questions here tonight. As I have stated many times before, the fans of the World Wrestling Federation are the MOST loyal fans in the world. Without you, there would be no "us." So without further ado, let the Cyberspace Chat begin!
Question: What happened to Double J and The Roadie?
VinceMcM: They breached their contract.
VinceMcM: We still may be able to resolve the issues, however.
Question: why did you ban WCW from running a house show at MSG earlier on.
VinceMcM: It's not within my power to ban WCW from playing Madison Square Garden.
Question: vince what were you thinking of when you created the golddust character
VinceMcM: I hadn't had any sleep for 48 hours...
VinceMcM: and had extra doses of caffeine, and it came to me in a vision.
VinceMcM: Gold is also one of my favorite colors.
Question: Will there be any new wrestlers, besides Gold Dust, cpoming to the WWF within the coming months.
VinceMcM: There are always new superstars coming in and out of the WWF at all times.
VinceMcM: It's important that our fans receive a constant flow of new performers at all times.
Question: Mr. McMahon: Have you ever talked to Ted Turner about a supercard with WWF and WCW wrestlers, wrestling each other? You could call it WrestleFest
VinceMcM: No, I've never talked to Ted Turner about a super card, but Bill Shaw has talked about it with me.
VinceMcM: In addition, Mr. Shaw saidwould be a moron if I did not accept his invitation.
VinceMcM: Since that time, I often sit in the corner with a dunce hat on babbling to myself.
Question: Vince, have you thought of going "international" with the WWF?
VinceMcM: Where do you live?
VinceMcM: We often mention of WWF live events all over the world. We are truly global in nature.
VinceMcM: However, we also play local neighborhood clubs.
VinceMcM: We're in over 85 countries, in eight different languages.
VinceMcM: Check in our online area for more information.
VinceMcM: Even fans in Hoboken understand what the World Wrestling Federation is all about.
VinceMcM: For those of you who don't know, Hoboken is in Lithuania.
Question: Vince,first I have to say GREAT job! WWF is the BEST! now my question, how do you feel about Ted turner and the WCW... do you think Monday Night Nitro will hurt ot help the WWF?
VinceMcM: That's a good question.
VinceMcM: I really don't have an answer.
VinceMcM: I question the motives of those at WCW who made this decision.
VinceMcM: It's obvious that those at WCW are attempting to hurt the WWF and its fans.
VinceMcM: They are not content on attempting to help themselves but rather hurt a competitor.
VinceMcM: A very poor marketing philosophy, in my view.
VinceMcM: However, we always welcome comparisons.
VinceMcM: We don't wish to be considered in the same category as the WCW in many respects.
Question: What role does Bill Watts play in the WWF now stinks now in the wwf?
VinceMcM: Bill Watts has just joined our creative staff and his first task is to set up the wrestling ring
VinceMcM: in Madison Square Garden and to make sure the ring ropes are tight at all times.
VinceMcM: Wow.
AOLSports7: >Question: Why don't we have a deal with the Japanese Federation?
VinceMcM: We have an unofficial working agreement with Mr. Tenryu.
VinceMcM: However, since our marketing philosophy would include performing live events in all countries,
VinceMcM: including Japan, I would suggest that the Japanese promotions would not look forward to a working
VinceMcM: agreement for that reason.
VinceMcM: Nonetheless, I'm open for discussion.
Question: How come Monday Night Raw isn't in the Manhattan Center anymore?
VinceMcM: Geographic proximity is extremely important for all of our remote television venues.
Question: How do you intend to get the popularity of wrestling to the level it was in the early and mid 80's?
VinceMcM: I'm not concerned with the popularity of wrestling, I'm only concerned with the popularity of the WWF. THere is a huge philosophical difference in the standard of ethics and non-violent action on
VinceMcM: television as well as marketing philosphy between anything we do in the WWF and anything we do in
VinceMcM: the broad stroke category of what pro wrestling is.
Question: VINCE, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR
VinceMcM: The Ultimate Warrior was left heard of baying at the moon, at the desert at approximately 3:30am
VinceMcM: Rumor has it that he subsequently grew hair all over his face and became the Wolfman.
VinceMcM: As far as I know, the Warrior is still pumping iron in Arizona.
Question: Vince: when are we going to see Dustin, Al Snow and Douglas actually WRESTLING!
VinceMcM: These are three stellar new WWF superstars that can't get to the ring fast enough, as far as I am
VinceMcM: concerned. The answer is as quickly as possible.
Question: VINCE, DID YOU ENJOY THE CROWD AT WORCESTER FOR RAW LAST WEEK?
VinceMcM: I enjoyed the crowd at Worcester immensely. I especially enjoyed the chants, that I heard,
VinceMcM: loud and clear. Especially, "Kill the clown."
VinceMcM: I always enjoy fan interaction at any level, but especially at a LIVE WWF event.
AOLSports7: >Question: What is the Raw Main Event against Nitro on Sept. 11
VinceMcM: Psycho Sid will meet the winner of the latter match.
VinceMcM: At Summerslam. Ladder match - sorry.
VinceMcM: Between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon.
VinceMcM: Plus other superstars to be announced.
Question: WHY ISN'T THERE A TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH AT SUMMER SLAM
VinceMcM: This is the rice-eating season for Yoko Zuna.
VinceMcM: However, Owen Hart is ready willing, and able to perform at Summerslam and will actually be online
VinceMcM: with AOL as well as many other superstars during and after the Summerslam event.
AOLSports7: >Question:Personally, which do you think was the most memorable PPV event in WWF history?
VinceMcM: I don't have any one most memorable PPV event. Clearly the match in London at Wembley Stadium
VinceMcM: with Bret Hart and the British Bulldog stands out as one of the greatest. I would like to think,
VinceMcM: however, that my most memorable, more importantly, the fans' most memorable, PPV event is yet to come.
AOLSports7: >Question: Do you feel a big loss, losing Hulk Hogan to WCW?
VinceMcM: As far as Hulk Hogan is concerned, as a youngster, my mother told me
VinceMcM: that if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all.
VinceMcM: In this case, silence is golden.
Question: Where do you recruit most of your new talent from?
VinceMcM: Generally speaking, new WWF superstars come from all areas.
VinceMcM: Such as Mars, Pluto, and on occasion, Uranus.
Question: What wrestlers will be online in the future
VinceMcM: We'll put on whomever you'd like to see. Any suggestions are appreciated.
VinceMcM: At some point, all WWF superstars will be online with AOL.
VinceMcM: Including Barry Didinsky.
Question: How come there are never any matches that are 'good guy' vs. 'good guy' and visa-versa?
VinceMcM: Razor vs Shawn are two notable stellar performers who would qualify for that.
VinceMcM: I would suggest that with the interim presidency of Gorilla Monsoon,
VinceMcM: and a fired-up creative staff, that you're likely to see and hear about matches that you thought
VinceMcM: would never take place.
Question: The WWF desperately needs more tag team talent-what can we expect in the near future?
VinceMcM: Who knows who is going to team up in the future here in the WWF?
VinceMcM: Howard Finkel is looking for a new tag-team partner.
VinceMcM: Anyone out there who would like to team up with Howard, please let us know.
VinceMcM: This excludes you, Harvey Whippleman, 'cause I know you're online.
Question: Hi Vince, I think you put out a quality product. I've been following wrestling for 30
Question: years. What has been the biggest change you have seen as CEO of Titan?
VinceMcM: I think the biggest changes are yet to come in the WWF.
VinceMcM: New marketing techniques, new vistas, new talent, new attitude, new generation
VinceMcM: etc.
Question: Vince, what do you think about Andre the Giant's "son"??
VinceMcM: Andre the Giant never had a son.
VinceMcM: This just seems to be one more fraud perpetuated by the WCW.
VinceMcM: Shamelessly.
Question: Waylon Mercy(Danny Spivey) is one of the most popular wrestlers discussed on the Net. What
Question: are your plans for him?
VinceMcM: Big plans, if you know what I mean. ; )
Question: Hi Vince ! What do u think about The British Bulldog doing that to Diesel ?
VinceMcM: I would suggest that the British Bulldog must be terribly frustrated over the fact that he
VinceMcM: never, ever received an opportunity to become World Wrestling Federation champion.
VinceMcM: However, we all will find out hopefully soon, from the British Bulldog or from Jim Cornett,
VinceMcM: as far as their explanation is concerned. Stay tuned.
VinceMcM: and stay logged online.
Question: Do you feel that elements that make ECW a succesful TV program and live event to attend
Question: could be incorparated into WWF's style? What do you think of ECW's style in general?
VinceMcM: I believe the ECW style in general is deplorable, where their use of violence is concerned.
VinceMcM: That's not to say that some things aren't done well at ECW, and not that the WWF could learn from
VinceMcM: everyone, but the WWF deplores violence that is typical of ECW.
Question: can a wrestler hold two titles at once?
VinceMcM: Yes. That has happened on several occasions.
VinceMcM: The last of which I believe was Diesel, who was Intecontinental and Tag Team Champion.
VinceMcM: This, however, has occurred on numerous occasions at the WWF.
AOLSports7: >Question: Is Shawn a better athlete than Hitman Hart?
VinceMcM: It would all depend on how you would classify someone as an athlete.
VinceMcM: They are both extraordinary in every respect and both individuals typify the direction in which
VinceMcM: the WWF is moving.
Question: Vince, during your career, who have been the wrestlers that you have enjoyed solid working
Question: relationships with, and why?
VinceMcM: Andre the Giant, because he always did what he wanted.
VinceMcM: Big Daddy Cool Diesel - because he's so eager to learn and to please.
VinceMcM: and to interact with you WWF fans.
VinceMcM: Bret Hart because he's Bret Hart - and there have been many others.
Question: Vince, the greatest promoter of ALL time....I ordered the SummerSlam Package from Travel
Question: Strategies & I would like to know if you will be on the Boat Cruise or at the Hyaat Regency
Question: because I really would like to meet you!!!
VinceMcM: I am scheduled to be at the tug of war
VinceMcM: which means that I'm likely to be in the water in Pittsburgh.
VinceMcM: I'm not sure if it's the Allegheny, the Monangahela, and the Ohio
VinceMcM: It doesn't matter, I can swim.
VinceMcM: I'm looking forward to seeing and interacting with as many WWF fans as possible.
Question: one straight out question Is Wrestling real or fake?
VinceMcM: Where have you been?
VinceMcM: Titan Sports was the first promotional organization that stated that we were not a traditional sport,
VinceMcM: in the sense of baseball, football, etc. but that our athletes are the most extraordinarily talented
VinceMcM: in the world today.
VinceMcM: We in the WWF coined the phrase "Sports entertainment"
VinceMcM: We are a hybrid of Hollywood, sports, Broadway, and Mickey Mouse.
VinceMcM: Some combination, huh?
AOLSports7: >Question: Do you laugh when WCW copies the WWF of the 80's?
VinceMcM: I don't often have an opportunity to watch much of the WCW product.
VinceMcM: When I do, it does seem as though they are attempting to reinvent the wheel.
VinceMcM: The reason for the pause at this moment, is that I have just nodded off.
VinceMcM: I turn, 50 years old on Thursday.
VinceMcM: Senility is setting in.
VinceMcM: : )
Question: On what terms did you and Savage leave on
VinceMcM: I've had no communication whatsoever with Randy Savage since he elected to leave the WWF.
VinceMcM: I do, however, believe that it was a very poor business decision on Mr. Savage's part.
Question: Mr. McMahon- What is the status of Lex Luger in the WWF? We have heard many reports that
Question: he has left, and then some conflicting reports to that.
VinceMcM: Lex Luger is currently negotiating a new contract with the WWF.
AOLSports7: >Question: Is it true that Luger, Atom Bomb and Owen Hart quit recently??
VinceMcM: Of the three individuals mentioned, Adam Bomb apparently has elected to stay at home
VinceMcM: and support his fiance.
VinceMcM: in opening a chiropractic business.
VinceMcM: The other two remain in good standing in the WWF.
VinceMcM: Nr. Bomb's desire apparently has fizzled.
Question: Will you ever induct any past champions into the Hall Of Fame?
VinceMcM: Yes. Regardless of a political non-affiliation with the WWf, we intend to honor all those individuals
VinceMcM: who have made stellar contributions to the WWF.
VinceMcM: We just honored Pedro Morales, even though he is affiliated with WCW.
VinceMcM: And we intend to honor in the future Bruno Samartino and other former champions who
VinceMcM: contributed greatly to the success of the WWF in the past.
AOLSports7: >Question: Do any of the wrestlers have an online account so we could send them questions?
VinceMcM: They don't yet.
VinceMcM: But they certainly will in the future. Keep checking Keyword WWF for the best in wrestling
VinceMcM: online.
Question: Vince, I am a long time fan of Classy Freddie Blassie. I heard that he had some health
Question: problems. How is he doing?
VinceMcM: Freddy is doing great. Thanks for asking. He's one of my all-time favorites as well.
VinceMcM: He recently underwent triple bypass surgery and was driving the doctors and nurses up the wall by the
VinceMcM: time he left the hospital. Same old Freddy.
Question: What are the details of the new Fall season. Aree you going to be on Fox every sunday
Question: after football? Or just specials every so often?
VinceMcM: More information will be forthcoming about the new fall season, including when Wrestlemania the
VinceMcM: special will air on the Fox network.
VinceMcM: More information will be forthcoming on the new formats for current WWF titles, such as Action
VinceMcM: Zone, Raw, and Superstars.
VinceMcM: Also check the WWF Events Calendar online.
Question: Will we see a regular WWF area on AOL soon?
VinceMcM: Yes, you will see much more detailed information on WWF in the middle of September.
VinceMcM: We've already seen a lot of action in our message boards today - thank you for your participation.
VinceMcM: We are looking forward to hearing from you about what you would like to see in this area.
Question: Vince, when will Shawn Michaels get a World Title shot?
VinceMcM: Shawn Michaels faced the then WWF champion at Wrestlemania XI in Hartford last April the 2nd
VinceMcM: this match will be seen again, which was mentioned before, during Wrestlemania the Special on the
VinceMcM: Fox network.
Question: Vince, any plans to hold more "Fanfests" at other events besides WM?...It was Superb!!!
VinceMcM: Not at this juncture. However, we're always looking for new ways to please our fans.
VinceMcM: I have time for one more question...
Question: You seem to be in pretty good shape; have you tried wrestling yourself?
VinceMcM: Since I turn 50 on Thursday, perhaps my age would be more suitable for wrestling in WCW
VinceMcM: as opposed to the WWF.
VinceMcM: However, seriously, I have an amateur background
VinceMcM: not a professional one. I've never been big enough or bad enough to be a WWF superstar.
VinceMcM: Thank you, everyone, for coming. This was great - I really enjoyed it and I will be back.
VinceMcM: Check the WWF area to see our coverage of SummerSlam - we'll be live from Pittsburgh
VinceMcM: with all your favorites.
Question: Vince, do you get any time to yourself?
VinceMcM: I spend most of my time doing what I enjoy most, which is participating in WWF activities.
VinceMcM: One way or another.
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VinceMcM: Who is Beth and why does she want me to stop talking? Let's do this again. I've enjoyed it
VinceMcM: immensely.
  • Despite reports that Bill Watts was only hired as a scriptwriter and wouldn't be associating with talent, Watts was backstage at the latest TV tapings, working with the wrestlers.
  • Mr. Fuji, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Undertaker, Paul Bearer, Yokozuna and King Kong Bundy did some promos for ESPN SportsCenter. The idea is they're all trying to bribe ESPN for more wrestling coverage. They also had Diesel and Shawn Michaels co-host an episode of Baseball Tonight.
WATCH: WWF/ESPN SportsCenter promo
  • WWF has moved some announcer jobs around. Dox Hendrix is replacing Jerry Lawler on Raw so Lawler can work more often for USWA in Memphis. Jim Ross is out completely and was joking backstage about Vince saying he was too regional. Yeah. "Joking."
  • More ECW drama in the letters section. Some other guy writes in to talk about how ECW owes him money and tells his story. Once again, why not, let's reprint it. And tomorrow, Heyman will respond:
After seeing how Paul Heyman made Rob Feinstein out to be the heel in the mess amazes me. I knew Feinstein's story was true because I was once in the same predicament with ECW. After Feinstein informed me he was writing a letter in response to Heyman's accusations in the Observer, I too decided to write a letter exposing ECW for what it truly is--an "extremely" unprofessional organization that doesn't believe in paying bills. Let me tell my story on how ECW screwed me.
In May 1994, I wroe a shirt that I designed to an ECW show, which caught the attention of both Paul Heyman and Tod Gordon, along with many of the fans. We quickly came up with an arrangement that I would become the official t-shirt printer and designer of all merchandise that used the ECW logo. I came up with each and every shirt that ECW has sold since that time. The arrangement was very profitable for myself and ECW, not to mention that since I had been a wrestling fan for as long as I can remember, it was a great opportunity. The deal ran smoothly through such changes including the infamous change to Extreme Championship Wrestling and steadily increasing crowds. In December, Gordon introduced me to Richard Freedberg, who had just joined the company as marketing specialist. At this point, everything started to change. I no longer received the same percentage on my sales. ECW now purchased the shirts from me just as any other customer would do in my business. They no longer needed me to physically sell the shirts at the shows. My company, J.P. Tee's, gave ECW 30 days to pay on invoice. The first order they purchased from me took more than 45 days to collect. On March 17, ECW placed an order totalling $2,543.70, which is still outstanding. On March 31, I got a call from Gordon informing me that he had just struck up a deal with Victor Quinones of IWA in Japan. We sent him an order totalling $3,196.80, plus shipping to Japan which cost $467.76. This total invoice came to $3,664.56 which is also still outstanding. Gordon told me this would be paid as soon as he received the check from Quinones. I believe Gordon received the check but never came through. On April 13, I received another order of $584.00 in hats, which is yet another outstanding invoice. In total, ECW owes my business $6,792.26. The only reason I let them get this far ahead of me was because I trusted Gordon and Heyman, not to mention that at heart I guess I'm stick a mark for being involved in the wrestling business.
After calling Richard Freedberg about my payment, he insulted me and told me a bullshit story of how ECW was bankrupt. In his words he told that that I wasn't getting my money. After this story reached Heyman, he called and told me he would straighten this out and told me that nobody would get f***ed in a company he was involved in. Well, Paul fucked me, Rob Feinstein and I'm sure many others. To all you fans who buy tapes and merchandise, attend the shows and rave about how great ECW is, I hope you also get an opportunity to do business with Heyman, Gordon and Freedburg so you too can join the list of those who have gotten fucked. As this is being written, papers have been filed against ECW, so hopefully I and everyone else will get paid the money we are owed. In closing, please stop funding this low life promotion just because of some chair shots and blood in almost every match.
Jason Petaccio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TOMORROW: Nitro debuts, Lex Luger appears, Vader and Paul Orndorff get into a backstage fight, and more...
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