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  1. Gregg added a post in a topic Barnes & Noble and MCM   

    Bob, thanks!
    Didn't know that about Dillions/Kroger grocery stores. That's real interesting.
    I appreciate the leg work.
  2. Gregg added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine Renewals   

    Dave, that's what I'm using now, but it's basic.
    I need to be able to show who got what, when, etc., changes, updates, etc. When started, and everything else.
    Much more is needed, and maybe Excel could do this, but I'm a dumb haole and puters ain't me strong point....
    Yes, I can add them by hand, but I need the reports for the mailing, the yearly USPS one, and other reports, etc.
    I really like FileMaker Pro, and I have a company that's trying to help with this.
  3. Gregg added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine Renewals   

    Thanks, Neil! I wouldn't knock Golden Bell though, without them, Plastic Fanatic would have been long gone, and then, of course, no MCM.
    It's a learning curve, that's for sure. GBP did all this with a full staff, seven or so upstairs in the office, and of course, Brian and press/bindery guys.
    So, for now, it's just grumpy me, I'm not a phone person, and emails are the best.
    If I don't respond to an email, more likely than not the reply was blocked, or not received.
    I can safely say that I respond to 99.9256% of all emails
    Even that prince guy from Nigeria gets a reply....
    I'll look at your account and see what's up.
    I am still doing this all by hand, don't have the luxury of GBP's proprietary subscription management system/software, and to get a "Real" software system runs about $6,000 a year. Yes, that's not a typo!!!!
    The cheap ones/system was a waste of money, not happy about that. They called themselves geniuses, geniuses at taking money!
  4. Gregg added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine Renewals   

    PAYPAL Disputes
    One thing, and I hope everyone reads this, if you pay by PayPal, and then since I'm habitually late, and you file a PayPal dispute claim for not receiving your sub within the three days you expect it, you lock up the PayPal account. So, I have no choice but to refund the money instantly, and then of course I delete the account, and place it in my not so nicely named list/place.
    Yes, I'm an arrogant snob, sometimes, but only when I'm trying to get this thing going.
    This is now a business, and when you mess with the business, you really start to make me look at things differently.
    I am human, well, Clark Kent-human, but I do take things personally, and I know I shouldn't.
    This is supposed to be a close knit family/ohana of model builders, and when claims are filed, it's a slap in the face.
  5. Gregg added a topic in General   

    Model Cars Magazine Renewals
    I have sent out renewal letters for readers whose subscriptions expire with issues #198 all the way up to Issue #202.
    Golden Bell use to send out those little folded envelopes, but of course, they all had the GBP address on them, and I really didn't like the way they were done. I have had more than a couple of subs sent in for the foreign amount, for US addresses, and I could see why. The foreign price is bold/highlighted.
    I have removed the reference for foreign subs, for now. I'm trying to get a handle on the costs for the foreign subs, so while we of course are honoring all foreign subs, I have to see where we stand for renewals and new ones overseas.
    It's on the list TO DO.
    It's a big list.
    I tried to set up a PayPal button for renewals, but for some reason, it's only displaying it as a standard subscription.
    If you are going to renew by PayPal, on the site Subscribe online, there is only one option right now, and I'll try and fix that tonight or morrow. Just send me a note that it's a renewal
    And, yes, some, if not all, account numbers were not included in the changeover. Why? Well, when this all first happened, the export list I got did not include the account numbers, and since I never did the renewals, or got a renewal, I didn't see, know, or realize that there should be account numbers. By the time the brain cell I have left realized this, it was too late. I had done so much changes to the list that it was literally too late.
    With over 2,300 names/accounts, to add the numbers by hand would be too much
    I know there's something like a pivot table, or other relational database thingee I could set up that would pull the account number/name, but that's above my pay grade, which of course for the past six months has been not only zero, but negative balance....
    So, it's all coming together, slowly.
    Yes, we need to get the cash flow going, to keep this baby alive and growing. The same goes for Slot Cars, which has been hit even harder, since it's not even at a break-even point yet.
    k, I pau…
    Thanks for your support, I really do mean this.
    We will get it back on track, and it will be better than ever.
    We need your support, like they say, put your money where your mouth is!
    a hui ho!
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  6. Gregg added a post in a topic Barnes & Noble and MCM   

    I hate to get all mushy, but when I see these pics of the mag in newsstands, I do get all mushy...
    Thanks, Guys!
  7. Gregg added a post in a topic Changes at Model Cars Magazine   

    Thanks, Chris. I think Magzter has the option for the links, but I have to set that up beforehand, still on that ever growing To Do List....
  8. Gregg added a post in a topic If you have been banned is it ok to sign up with a different user name?   

    If you guys see something, use the Report Post link in the thread.
    It works!
    I have it set up where I get almost instant notifications, I think the other guards do also.
    On that one person, haven't had time to dwell into this.
    Just a heads up, I keep a printed copy of all problems, and it's filled up over three file folders already, they may need their own filing cabinet, not including the screenshots of everything that went on, which is why I haven't been able to address the aforementioned incident/person. I know, da legal beagle wording.... I speek gooder...
  9. Gregg added a post in a topic Changes at Model Cars Magazine   

    Chris, was the quality of the digital version on Magzter good/adequate?
    I want it to be super high-resolution, but there is/are limits with Magzter.
    Did it take long to download?
    Overall experience?
  10. Gregg added a post in a topic Wondering about all the Forum's members...   

    I forgot about that.
    I'll try finish
  11. Gregg added a post in a topic Changes at Model Cars Magazine   

    Chris, you are going to be my self-appointed watch dog :-)
    Yell at me if the new issue isn't put up on Magzter within the week you see the news that it's printed.
    I will be grateful for the gentle push. I wish they had a gooder system for reminders, but right now, I still stay learning....
    tanks, eh brah!!!!!
    Yes, I'm BACK!!!!!
  12. Gregg added a post in a topic Wondering about all the Forum's members...   

    To add to David's comment on the account deletion, with the old version, I could run a script which not only deleted the account, content, etc., but banned the IP's, within a range, and that seemed to work fine.
    With this new one, it will only pull the direct IP, and not the range, and I have to add the range (that * thingee) (I know, all that technical talk, that's why I leave that to David).
    It will delete all content, and then we have to add by hand the range. That's a good thing for the updates to send to them. Add the range of the IP so they can reboot router and get new IP end number.
  13. Gregg added a post in a topic Changes at Model Cars Magazine   

    It's one pallet. John Oszajca and I put it all together. Well, John and the guys at GBP. I just watched..... 
    I think it's going to be a kegger, women to google over, and a rental truck. All da friends get small kine trucks!!!!
    Have to get those big steel shelves from Sam's or COSTMORE
    Maybe rent a Sole or two?
  14. Gregg added a post in a topic Changes at Model Cars Magazine   

    Yeah, we got a huge 10'x15' storage for all the issues, and of course, MODELS!!!!!!
  15. Gregg added a post in a topic So nobody has a comment?   

    I have made comments on this before, it has to do with the power of six: Six copies to readers in the same zip code drop zone will get their mags in one bag. What's a zip code drop zone? Like a big distribution center. For those copies not in da power of six, they get sent to regional post office, then distributed, then distributed, then distributed, then distributed, then distroyed (thought I was going to say distributed, didn't you?)
    Kelly and I did this as a test way-back-when, and we named it the Power Of Six. Of course, I replaced the "i" with an "e", but she didn't buy that.....