Gregg

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

    Thanks for the updates.
    Still trying to get into their data system, to see what stores get how many copies.
    Too complicated for my last brain cell.
     
     
  2. Gregg added a post in a topic Barnes & Noble and MCM   

    The Barnes & Noble order went from 500 copies under Golden Bell Press to now over 1850 copies.
    Huge jump!
    I can't get to the data yet to see what stores have it, still working on that
    Yes, asking your local hobby shop would help.
    let me know what shop it is, see if I have contact info also.
    Send me an email: gregg@modelcarsmag.com
    Thanks
  3. Gregg added a calendar event in Model Car Shows/Events   

    Lower Left Coast NNL

    Lower Left Coast NNL
    Saturday August 13, 2016
    Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad CA
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Sponsored by Model Cars Magazine
    A fund raiser for Operation Silver Star to assist disabled U.S.. military veterans
    For additional information and forms go to www.LowerLeftCoastNNL.org
    Please use the new phone number 619-284-0494 for any questions
     
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  4. Gregg added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine Renewals   

    I have asked many times NOT TO REPLY to me on the forum, SEND AN EMAIL.
    Deaf?
    nah
    Dumb?
    Yes
  5. Gregg added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine Renewals   

    Jim, the sarcasm is greatly appreciated.
    Shows great support.
    I really do appreciate it.
     
  6. Gregg added a topic in General   

    Digital Downloads
    Skip, this one is for you, finally!
    I have finally got a handle on the digital downloads for the magazine (I hope).
    If you go to Digital Download Issue #200 I have put up a copy of Issue #200.
     Let me know if there are any problems, I think I have it worked out.
    I will start uploading not only the current issues, but the recent ones as well.
    Let me know about the download speed, size of the file, loading, viewing, etc.
    I don't have the links embedded in the PDF's yet, I will try and work on that for the next things to do.
    Thanks for your support, patience, and of course, putting up with all the changes going on.
     
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  7. Gregg added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine Renewals   

    It is printed and mailed
    if anyone wants to donate $10K an issue to get it caught up, let me know.....
  8. Gregg added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine Renewals   

    thanks, Guys!
    Like I have said (many times), if you want to, contact me by EMAIL!!!!
    I don't get to the forum often, only when alerts pop up.
    For the renewals, when Denver gave me the first mailing list, they did so without renewal numbers/account numbers.
    By the time my last brain cell figured this out, after a mailing, it was too late to go back and redo the whole 2,000+ list.
    So, I have been updating my list (they used proprietary software, I use Excel), one by one.
    If you know your account number, put it down.
    If not, no worries
    Help, yes I need help
    I need over $10K an issue to print and mail the mag, just to get it out the door.
    That's just to get it out, not paying anyone.
    A software system for the subscribers is either 1K, or the good one is $6K, plus a 1K a year fee.
    Will Excel work, it does, for now, but it's limited.
    Can it be shared, yes, but it's risky.
    Will the mag continue?
    Yes. Why stop after 17+ years?
    I don't need my retirement account anymore
    Darryl loves throwing money up in the air.
    I love eating saimin, it's cheap, and tastes great!!!!
    Yes, I'm being facetious, it's part of my charm....
    If you have complaints, questions, etc. EMAIL ME.
    gregg@modelcarsmag.com  or
    modelcarsmag@yahoo.com
     
     
  9. Gregg added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine Renewals   

    Renewals are being sent out again, for the future issue expirations.
    We have also made the decision to go ahead and restart/accept the foreign subscriptions/renewals
    All current foreign subscribers were being sent their copies, of course, it's just with the change, and the insane prices/costs of the foreign mailings, we put renewals on hold until we had a better idea of what we were dealing with.
    There is still some issues with this, but we believe it will work out, so we are starting the renewals up for the foreign subs.
    But, with the cost of foreign mailings, for the renewal letters, we are asking that all of our readers who have subscriptions, that have, or will expire, to please use the online renewal link: Renewals For Model Cars Magazine.  Let me know if the link/PayPal checkout doesn't work for the foreign subs. I know I had a problem with non-US addresses before, so this may be a trial-and-error bit for a while.
    The subscribe link still works, I just set up another duplicate page with it's own url/name, to make it a bit easier.
    I will be updating the rest of the site soon also.
    Yes, I'm late, I know, not getting any better, but I am not going to give up.
    Mahalo
  10. Gregg added a post in a topic Status Update: Model Cars #201   

    Time to end this.
    Everyone will have their own opinion.
     
  11. Gregg added a post in a topic Status Update: Model Cars #201   

    Then, please, explain to me why our distributor for newsstands recorded the highest sell through for magazines in a long long time over the past holiday season?
    Don't believe everything you read.
    Digital is a tool. Not a replacement.
  12. Gregg added a post in a topic Status Update: Model Cars #201   

    Heh, no big words....
    Not allowed....
  13. Gregg added a post in a topic Status Update: Model Cars #201   

     
    Thanks, Guys!
    If I "had" to go digital, I would shut it down, or sell it.
    I don't believe in digital only mags.
    That's not a magazine.
    That's a web site.
    Big difference.
    A magazine without a print presence is nothing in my book.
    Yes, harsh words, but I'm very opinionated on this, very passionate about the print industry.
    It's not going away, and either am I.
    As for the donation setup, that was tried before, and it just creates more problems, issues, etc., than the hundred or two dollars that it brings in.
    We are talking big money here, well, at least to me.
    A few dollars here and there doesn't really do much difference to the main picture of it all.
    We're talking thousands, not hundreds, and I know, every little bit helps, but I would rather drain my wallet, and piggy banks, again and again, then give anyone false hopes.
     
    Right now, funding is in place for this next issue, #201, but then, again, the next two issues are ready, and then that's another $25K give or take. It takes time, but it will happen. 
    Plus, I get accused of "ripping" people off, with the other mag, and I don't want that to be an issue (pardon the pun) here.
    It will work out.
    Need to get off my back, haha, and get up and do more of what can be done.
    Someone said to delegate, but problem is, with the way everything is set up, I can't afford the $6,000+ software that would be needed to handle delegation of the system/database/subscriber/dealer lists. It's all done in simple Excel, and it just wouldn't work. Something will slip through the cracks.
    Just look at the changeover from GBP to MCM,LLC. When they sent the subscriber list, they didn't include the account numbers for the subscribers.
    I didn't realize it until after I had set it up for the way I could do it (they had proprietary software, which I could not get) and did it all in Excel.
    After all the conversion, I noticed the account numbers from an old list, but it was too late by then.
    Yes, a programer could probably do a pivot table, or dupe find, and combine it all, but then, again, that's another grand or two.
    So, these are the cards I'm dealt with.
    I appreciate the offers of help, but there has to be a system set up and in place that would allow the sharing of the data, in real time, so that nothing gets missed.
    I'm not a control freak, I just don't want to lose anything, and have to start over, again.
    wow, that's a lot of mumbo jumbo....
    Maybe that guy in New Jersey who won the lottery likes to build  model cars and has a soft spot for the underdog?
    :-)
    a hui ho!
     
     
     
  14. Gregg added a topic in General   

    Status Update: Model Cars #201
    I know, it's May, 2016, and no new Model Cars Magazine issue, yet!
    In a nutshell, it's about money. When Golden Bell Press printed the mag, everything was done in house, and thus, at cost. 
    The costs to print the mag are huge, and getting huger (I know, there he goes again, those spelling misteaks).
    I sent out the renewals recently, yes, I should have done them a lot earlier. It's called cash flow. I also sent out dealer/shop invoices, and those are starting to come in. What comes in barely covers what it costs for the production of the magazine, and that's just production. I have not received any salary, payment, or even reimbursement for the emptied out retirement account that I have poured into this. Either has anyone else, and that's bad, I know. I sent out an email to all writers, asking for their support, patience, and delay in sending in default judgements for payment of articles, and that has helped, a bit.
    So, what's the problem?
    Well, it costs about more than $10K to produce, print, mail, ship, bill, and everything else, just to get the magazine out of Denver. WHAT? That's nutz! I know it is. When I took this over, I was told it would be $X amount, and guess what, that $X amount is if you print it yourself. So, the option is simple. Shut it down, or, rob a bank, and go for broke. Or something like that.... I am putting in $XXX amount each month of my own monies, and I'm running out of piggy banks.
     
    Issue #201 (let's stay away from the month of each mag/issue for now) is on the way to the printer. The check's in the mail, as they say, and hopefully it will be enough. It seems every time I send a check in, another bill/invoice shows up, with another charge or cost. 
     
    No, I'm not going to quit. Not going to shut down. Yes, I'm really bad at business, they don't make a kit for it, and of course, there's no instructions...
     
    So, with my cents of humor intact, or lack thereof, I am moving forward as bestest as I can. 
    Will we get caught up?
    Yes, of course!
    Am I better? Well, yes, kinda, sort of, maybe... I still am in bed a lot, but at least I can walk, move, and yes, I have travelled already. Is it fixed? Yes and no. The debilitating (i think I messed that word up) part is gone, where any movement would send me to my knees, the floor, or worse, look for a towel (if you know what I mean) and Kelly and I have started walking again. But, it's best to describe, if you remember the old days, the pre-2009 days, I would still have to lay down at shows, or just fall apart, but I do feel stronger. And with time, I know it will get better. It's only been six months since the surgery, and the doctors can't believe the difference, but heh, they see me for 15 minutes, not all day. So, that's my story, and I'm sticking with it.
    I'm doing all the bookkeeping, accounting, banking, taxes, etc myself, learning as I go. Yes, I'm terrible on the phone, 93.25% of the time I don't answer. Not because I don't want to, I'm either laying down, out cold, or not by the computer. Most calls would be about subs, and if I don't have puter in front of me, I can't answer the question. And, still yet, when I hang up, two minutes later, I won't remember the call. Emails are best, you can text also, to that main 808 number, I do respond to texts, since I can see them and refer back to them.
    I'm trying to get someone set up to do the customer service, but with no money to pay, that's really hard to do, right now. 
    Also trying to get other help, and it's moving along slowly.
     
    As for the back issue catastrophe, all I can say is catastrophe aborted! The 2,000 pound pallet finally showed up this past week. Everything was intact, but I think there may be some boxes missing, since the pallet isn't the same one I remember packing up in Denver with John O. It will take a while to go through everything, when I can. 
     
    So, that's it for now.
    #201 is on the cloud to the printer, we have the next three issues ready to go, just need to get more funding in place.  
    #201 should be printed and mailed within the next week, and I'll get all the biz side of that issue going to get the monies back in, hopefully. 
     
    Thanks for your patience, support, words of encouragement, and being part of this ohana we started over 17 years ago, if not longer. 
    Mahalo nui loa
     
     
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  15. 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.