GroundStrike Collectibles Newsletter
Vol. 3 No. 1
I apologize profusely
for taking so long to send out our newsletter. This is, in fact, the
first one we’ve sent this year and it is nearly 3 months overdue. What
can I say? I promised I wouldn’t overuse your email address! Speaking
of which, the removal instructions are at the bottom of this note if you
would like to remove yourself from our newsletter distribution.
Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day. As I write this, Mother’s Day is only
14 days away. A lot of Moms would love a new Limoges box to add to
their collection… or to start one! Check out some of the newest boxes
we’ve added to our collection in the past 30 days, at:
With prices ranging
from $45 to over $350, there’s sure to be a perfect gift for Mom in your
Rochard Crystal Boxes
many of you may know by now, Rochard has retired their beautiful series
of crystal Limoges boxes, and they are no longer available from
Rochard. We are sad about this, because they are very unique and
exquisite, and are a wonderful addition to an advanced collector’s
collection. When the word got out that they were being retired, some
pieces on the Internet auctions went to very high prices (see the story
below) despite the fact that they were still available from us! We
purchased a number of Rochard’s remaining pieces, and are making them
available to our customers at their pre-retirement prices. Some are
pictured on our web site at:
We also have the
following still available: sitting cat, rabbit, cherries, snowman, and
witch. These are not pictured on our web site because we are down to
our last one or two of each piece (write us at
you’d like a picture and price). If you are interested in these unusual
boxes, we urge you to act quickly as they will disappear forever any day
Are You A Limoges Lover?
probably know we have a discount club for our customers who have spent
over $1000 with us over the years. We call them our Limoges Lovers and
they get, among other benefits, an automatic 10% discount on all their
Now, we are adding
free shipping to the Limoges Lovers benefits! Any Limoges Lover order
of $50 or more will receive free shipping.
Could you be a
Limoges Lover? We urge you to contact us at
you think you are, or are getting close. We have to use a manual
process to scan our database to qualify customers, due to variations in
names and email addresses, but we don’t want our customers to miss out
on benefits that they have earned! In fact, if we find that you have
passed the $1000 mark, we will issue you an immediate credit for any
discounts due. See our Limoges Lovers web page at:
Don’t Get Auction Fever!
can get some great deals on items in the internet auctions. We
participate as both buyers and sellers in the various auctions (our user
ID is "groundstrike"). We've made some great deals and great friends
through the auction process.
But you can also get
taken! As I've warned in past newsletters, there are some unscrupulous
sellers that sell fake Limoges boxes as authentic because they have the
word "Limoges" on them. We've complained to the auctions many times
about this practice, and even though they seem to be vigilant about
removing fake "Louis Vuitton" and other unauthorized knockoffs of
trademarked items, they have not taken action against sellers of fake
Limoges boxes. This may be due to the legal gray area surrounding the
Can you be taken by
legitimate Limoges box dealers? Yes, you can, if you let yourself get
caught up in "auction fever" and don't use common sense. We've seen
hundreds of examples where people were carried away in a bidding war and
ended up paying much more than the retail price for boxes. What's even
more surprising is that some of the high bidders are our regular
customers! We have no idea why they didn't comparison-shop with us
before placing such high bids.
Here are some
examples that we've seen over the past few months:
- Rochard Tang
Dynasty Horse sold for $165; our price is $150; buyer overpaid by $15.
- Paris Newsstand
box for $165; our price $145; overpaid by $20.
- Artoria World
Trade Center box for $269; our price $230; overpaid by $39.
- Chamart Green
Parrot box for $312; our price $235; overpaid by $77.
- Mother and Baby
Koala Bear for $205; our price $120; overpaid by $85
Champagne Bucket box for $200; our price $110; overpaid by $90.
- Rochard Crystal
Horse box for $410; our price $300; overpaid by $110.
- Rochard Crystal
Lion box for $510; our price $260; overpaid by $250!
- Rochard Red
Amaryllis Flower box for $635, our price $150; overpaid by a whopping
And of course this is
compared to our standard prices. If the buyers were Limoges Lovers,
they'd have saved an additional 10%! The point is that it's easy
to get swept up in the excitement of winning an auction, but you can
easily overpay... sometimes by a LOT! It's up to you to exercise due
diligence and compare prices before you bid.
As usual, for
those of you that made it to here, here’s the “You Made it to Here”
reward! From now through midnight Friday, May 3, you will get a FIFTEEN
percent (15%) discount on all purchases if you use the code: news04 in
our shopping cart where it asks “Enter gift certificate number, then
click Apply”. No other discounts apply, and it is not valid on items
that are already on sale, but the code IS transferable so you can send
it to anyone you like!
Thanks for being our
customer! Take care.
Sam and Susan Juliano
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