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DRAGON'S BREATH The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons http://www.heroesanddragons.com ________________________________________________________________ From: [email protected] v.7.46: January 1, 2003 - HUGE NEW YEAR'S SALE (& Other Exciting News)! ________________________________________________________________ CONTENTS: >> The "Big Announcement" Is Here ... Eight Days of Our *Biggest Sale Ever*! >> Mail-Order Customers: Take Advantage of the Savings ... This Section Tells You How >> New Hours at the Mega-Store ... Starting Monday, January 6 >> New Year's Day Hours ... We're Closing at 6:00pm Tonight >> This Week's Comics Are Late ... Arriving Friday, January 3 >> January PREVIEWS & Subscriber Tools Available Online ... Customer Orders Due on Thursday, January 16 >> A Glimpse of the Future ... "In the Year Two Thousand Threeee-eee ..." >> Another Goofy DRAGON'S BREATH Contest ... Win Two Passes to FX 2003 in Orlando! ________________________________________________________________ >> THE "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT" IS HERE ... EIGHT DAYS OF OUR *BIGGEST SALE EVER*! ________________________________________________________________ The cat's out of the bag! Our ad appears in this week's edition of FREE TIMES here in Columbia, and the big announcement is now greeting you in a pop-up ad on the front page of our web site, www.heroesanddragons.com. So let's make it official: WE ARE HOLDING OUR BIGGEST SALE *EVER* -- 50% OFF *EVERYTHING* in the store except new comics. And WE'RE RUNNING IT FOR A FULL WEEK. Is that great news, or what? Here's the scoop: We're preparing for a massive in-store inventory, and just like car dealerships, we don't really want to count all this merchandise. It's not that we're lazy; it's just that we have other jobs that take precedence over counting things. So we're doing everything possible to reduce the number of items we have to count. What's the best way to do that? Having a sale, of course. A *big* sale. Normally I'd say "a sale so big it makes the owner nervous," but this was Chris's idea. The sale starts this FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, when our doors open at 11:00am -- and runs for a full week, until we close up shop at 7:00pm on FRIDAY, JANUARY 10. (Yes, eagle-eyed reader -- I *did* say we will close at 7:00pm next Friday. Keep reading for details.) As always, this sale does *not* apply to items sold on eBay, at conventions, or through our convention division. Nor does it apply to any item placed on hold or purchased through special order. For more details, visit: http://www.heroesanddragons.com/ComingEvents Or check out the pop-up window on the front page of our web site: http://www.heroesanddragons.com/Start/PopUps/NewYearSale.htm >> MAIL-ORDER CUSTOMERS: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SAVINGS ... THIS SECTION TELLS YOU HOW ________________________________________________________________ Mail-order customers are encouraged to participate in the sale, too! Just use this link to send us your want lists before midnight on the last day of the sale (January 10): mailto:[email protected]?subject=New%20Year%20Sale%20(ORDER) Please include: - your name - complete shipping address - telephone number - e-mail address I'll process your order, calculate your discount, and send you an electronic invoice with the total amount due. You can pay by personal check or money order, or you can call in a credit card payment over the phone. I'll send complete payment instructions with your electronic invoice. The key is to get your order in before the sale is over. We'll honor all sale prices, even if it takes a couple of days to fill your order. (Please allow 48 hours to process your order, a little longer over the weekend.) ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. I'll fill mail-order requests as quickly as possible in the order they are received. If we are sold out of an item, I may be able to special-order it for you -- but you will not be able to use the sale discount on special-ordered items. :( Remember: DO NOT REPLY to the DRAGON'S BREATH with your sale orders. If your e-mail goes to [email protected], it will be placed in an "unknown mail" folder and may go unseen for several weeks. That link again: mailto:[email protected]?subject=New%20Year%20Sale%20(ORDER) Orders are due by MIDNIGHT, JANUARY 10. >> NEW HOURS AT THE MEGA-STORE ... STARTING MONDAY, JANUARY 6 ________________________________________________________________ Starting on MONDAY, JANUARY 6, we will be adjusting our hours for 2003. Our new hours are: Monday-Friday * 11:00am - 7:00pm * We will be open until 9:00pm on New Comics Days. Normally this is Wednesday, but in the event of holiday schedules or delayed shipments, we will move our late-night hours to coincide with the arrival of new books. Saturday 11:00am - 9:00pm Sunday NOON - 7:00pm The biggest change is that we are eliminating our 7:00pm - 9:00pm hours through the week. We will still keep late-night hours on Saturday for the gaming crowd and on New Comics Days (usually Wednesday) for comic shoppers. Also, we're no longer opening early (at 10:00am) on Saturday morning. Instead, we will open at 11:00am. Lastly, we'll be open one hour earlier on Sundays, at 12:00 noon. For the complete lowdown on new hours, visit: http://www.heroesanddragons.com/AboutUs/BUSINESS_HOURS.htm >> NEW YEAR'S DAY HOURS ... WE'RE CLOSING AT 6:00PM TONIGHT ________________________________________________________________ Just in case anyone is headed to the Mega-Store today, we will be keeping abbreviated hours this afternoon. THE MEGA-STORE CLOSES AT 6:00PM ON JANUARY 1 (NEW YEAR'S DAY). We usually close at 6:00 on New Year's Eve, and this year we're extending the tradition to New Year's Day. We wish you all a very happy New Year! >> THIS WEEK'S COMICS ARE LATE ... ARRIVING FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 ________________________________________________________________ New comics are late again this week, due to the New Year's holiday. Expect new books to arrive on FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 -- the first day of the big sale! (New comics won't be discounted, but you can pick up some great back issues, RPGs, miniatures, t-shirts, collecting supplies, videos, models, posters, statues, and toys while you're here and save 50%!) As always, new comics should be out for sale and subscriptions filled by 3:30pm. For a complete list of comics we expect to arrive Friday (and a preview of this week's Marvel and DC Comics covers), visit: http://www.heroesanddragons.com/NewThisWeek >> JANUARY "PREVIEWS" & SUBSCRIBER TOOLS AVAILABLE ONLINE ... CUSTOMER ORDERS DUE ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 ________________________________________________________________ I've said before, and I'll keep saying it: If you're a Heroes and Dragons subscriber, YOU SHOULD BE USING OUR "SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM" PAGE ON THE WEB! Here's a link: http://www.heroesanddragons.com/SubscriptionProgram On this page, you'll find all sorts of useful tools -- including: - the complete text of the current PREVIEWS catalog - a list of all STAR System items that we can special order for you - a monthly update on cancelled items - a link to the PREVIEWS Update home page, with all sorts of items that *do not* appear in the regular PREVIEWS catalog - the text of the current PREVIEWS Adults-Only catalog (no images or dirty language) and most importantly: - a form to add or drop items from your H&D subscription - a form to submit your monthly PREVIEWS order The new PREVIEWS catalog (January 2003, for items arriving in March 2003) is online now and ready to be perused: http://www.heroesanddragons.com/SubscriptionProgram/Files/previews.txt Check it out and submit your order now: http://www.heroesanddragons.com/SubscriptionProgram/PREVIEWS-ORDER.htm This month's orders are due by midnight on THURSDAY, JANUARY 16! Don't be late, or you'll miss tons of great stuff in March! >> A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE ... "IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND THREEEE-EEE ..." ________________________________________________________________ 2003 holds big things for the ol' Dragon! It's early in the year and tough to say what will or won't happen in the next 12 months, but we've already got our planning hats on. I won't make any promises, and I can't give out a single detail beyond what I'm going to say here -- got it? BUT, since you've been such great customers this year, I'm going to play "whistle-blower" and let you in on some of the buzz circulating at H&D right now. Hints and allegations of what you can expect in 2003: - the return of "Comic Books for Sale" to the web site -- with new pricing and a new interface - big changes to the look and feel of our back-issue department - continued clearance items from our "miscellaneous" categories (especially statues and toys from the past couple of years) - a massive clean-out of oddball items from the eBay vault (Tug and I are already working on this one for later in January.) - a spring barbecue, if my plans go well - Sunday game tournaments - a new look for the web site, with more new features - improvements to the DRAGON'S BREATH - H&D Comic Book Club - I might even get 2002's Halloween pictures posted to the web site! Excited yet? I know I am. >> ANOTHER GOOFY "DRAGON'S BREATH" CONTEST ... WIN TWO PASSES TO FX 2003 IN ORLANDO! ________________________________________________________________ The Florida Extravaganza (affectionately known as "FX") is America's largest single-room toy show. If you love new or old toys, it's an absolutely amazing sight -- and an event you don't want to miss. And we're giving away two free passes to the show! This year's FX Show is being held JANUARY 11 and 12 in Orlando. If you can make it, we're offering you a chance to win two free passes, courtesy of LAURA ZALKIN at Marz Productions. (Thanks, Laura!) Go to this URL to answer ten "Really Trivial Trivia" questions, and you'll be entered to win the passes: http://www.heroesanddragons.com/DragonsBreath/FXQuiz.htm (If you can't attend, you can still play for fun. However, we do ask that you tell us if you won't be able to use the passes. We want them to go to someone who'll be able to attend.) *** BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2003! *** ABOUT THIS MAILING LIST ________________________________________________________________ DRAGON'S BREATH is written and administered by Scott Simmons for Heroes and Dragons. Send inquiries, corrections, suggestions, or comments to [email protected]. 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