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September GroundStrike Collectibles Newsletter

This is the September 2003 edition of the Newsletter.  To get the full newsletter regularly, sign up now!  If you received this newsletter but it appeared to be "scrambled" and unreadable, contact us and we'll correct it.

GroundStrike Collectibles Newsletter
Vol. 4 No. 2
September 2003

Hi Limoges Lovers!
I know many of you thought we'd abandoned you... after all, the last newsletter or Flash we sent was back in FEBRUARY! My apologies for this and I do have an excuse...

AOL Customers: The Shopping Cart is FIXED!
Our shopping cart system on our web site has had a problem since early this year with certain AOL customers. AOL had made a change to their system that caused our shopping cart to fail in some instances (my AOL customers who have experienced the "shopping cart is empty" message know what I'm talking about!). Well, after months of investigation our tech people finally figured out the problem and fixed it once and for all. Needless to say we're very excited about this!

So that is my excuse... I didn't want to send out a newsletter while we were having a problem and cause frustration for a significant number of my customers. But now it's FIXED and I promise to resume regular Flash and newsletter emails!

NEW Rochard Catalog
I think this is my most exciting news of this newsletter... the new Rochard Catalog is online! It is their 2003 catalog although it just came out recently. Compared to the 2002 catalog, the pictures are brighter, bigger, and I think the pages are easier to navigate. When you're ready to drool, get comfortable and start surfing all 120 pages! Almost 25% of the boxes are new to the 2003 catalog (over 240 new boxes). Of the returning boxes that have increased in price, the average price increase is under $8. Some have even declined in price... a few by as much as $20! When you're ready for a treat, click here to get started:

http://www.groundstrike.com/limoges/catalogs/rochard/1cat_index.htm

The Summer "Kick Off" Sale
Over the years that GroundStrike has been in business, we've carried boxes that have since been retired by the suppliers and are no longer available to restock. The pictures of many of these boxes were taken before we began using a professional photographer for our photos. Since we can't restock the boxes it doesn't make sense to retake the photos, so we're "kicking them off" at significantly reduced prices - often less than we paid for them. They're selling out fast and of course once they're gone, they're gone forever. Check out our "Summer Sale" at:

http://www.groundstrike.com/sale.htm

Authorized Dealer!
GroundStrike Collectibles is an authorized dealer for all of the top lines of Limoges boxes, including Rochard, Artoria, Chamart, Dubarry, Chanille, and Chateau. What that means is that we carry only the first quality boxes provided directly by the importer. On the Internet you'll find unauthorized dealers selling boxes bearing the major importer names. Beware! These are often boxes that have been rejected by the importer for quality reasons and were sold "on the sly" by the manufacturer.  They were supposed to be destroyed.

The Memories Collection
A favorite customer of ours purchases personalized boxes for her two daughters. The personalizations are along the lines of "Samantha's First Birthday, 9/3/2003" and "Carolyn's First Halloween, 10/31/2002", and they're always done on boxes that are appropriate for the occasion. She has built up quite a collection of memories for her girls and I must say I think that's a fabulous way to collect. What a great way to remember significant events in your life and in the lives of your children. Limoges boxes are often passed from generation to generation so even many years from now the events will be remembered. Most of our Limoges boxes can be personalized very quickly with a process that our customers have been very enthusiastic about (we don't just write on the box with a Magic Marker like I've seen done by others!). For more information, see our web page on "Personalization" at:

http://www.groundstrike.com/info/personalization.htm

Yuck... Price Increases...
It was inevitable. The Euro has soared against the dollar and all of our Limoges suppliers are facing increased costs both due to the currency conversion and because the boxes themselves are getting more expensive. That means you'll see price increases on several lines of Limoges boxes eventually.

But there's some good news. We've decided not to increase our prices on our boxes until we run out of stock and have to reorder them. This will apply to ALL lines we carry in stock. If you're thinking of purchasing gifts later in the year, you might want to consider buying them sooner instead of later as many inevitably will go up. And be forewarned: the price increases we're seeing are from $10 to over $80 on some boxes!

There's some more good news... Chamart, one of our favorite suppliers, has decided to hold their prices despite their increased costs! I don't know how they're doing it but I'm not going to argue!!! We're working to add their complete catalog to our web site and we'll let you know as soon as that is ready. They have an incredible line of Limoges boxes, so it's going to be exciting to have their catalog online.

The "You've Made It to Here" Reward!
If they can remember back that far, my regular newsletter readers know this is the place to look for the "goodie". We're so excited about the new Rochard Catalog that we're going to make a very special, very limited time offer... all Rochard Catalog items ordered between now and midnight Central Time on Sunday, September 14 will receive a 20% (that's TWENTY percent) discount! To get the discount, just type "Rochard Sale" in the "Special Instructions" box in the shopping cart (at the bottom where you enter shipping and billing addresses). This discount applies only to items in the online Rochard Catalog with item numbers beginning with "RS", and is available only to newsletter subscribers.  These are special orders which means they may take from 2-4 weeks for delivery;  other boxes ordered at the same time will be shipped with the special order boxes. The discount will NOT be shown in the shopping cart or your confirmation email, but will be shown on the paper invoice included with your order.

Thanks for being our loyal customer.  We appreciate it!

Sam Juliano
GroundStrike Collectibles
http://www.groundstrike.com

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