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DRAGON'S BREATH
The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons
http://www.heroesanddragons.com
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From: [email protected]
v.7.47:  January 6, 2003 - Some Reminders
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CONTENTS:
 >>  Win Passes to the FX Toy Show This Weekend
         ... We Will Announce Winners Tomorrow, January 7
 >>  New Hours Start Today
 >>  Comics Schedule Returns to Normal
         ... New Comics Arriving Wednesday, January 8
 >>  New Year's Clearance Sale 2003 Continues
         ... Ends This Friday, January 10
 >>  A Note About DRAGON'S BREATH and AOL 8.0
         ... Check This Out Before You Upgrade
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 >>  WIN PASSES TO THE FX TOY SHOW THIS WEEKEND
          ... WE WILL ANNOUNCE WINNERS TOMORROW, JANUARY 7
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As I mentioned last time, we're giving away two FREE passes to this
weekend's FX Toy Show in Orlando -- the country's largest single
toy show!
To win these tickets, all you have to do is answer ten "Really Trivial
Trivia" questions -- and yes, you can cheat by using the internet search 
engines.  (You cheater, you!)
The questions are here:
  http://www.heroesanddragons.com/DragonsBreath/FXQuiz.htm
Plenty of people have played "just for fun," and I hope to get some
consolation prizes out to a few of you -- but only a couple of folks
have entered who will actually be able to attend FX.  So if you live
near the Orlando area, or if you'll be able to make the trip this weekend,
ENTER THE CONTEST!  Because of the time crunch here, YOU STAND 
A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING!
Go ahead -- Enter to WIN FREE PASSES TO FX:
  http://www.heroesanddragons.com/DragonsBreath/FXQuiz.htm
(Thanks again to LAURA ZALKIN of Marz Productions for supplying
the free passes!)
 >>  NEW HOURS START TODAY
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Our new hours at the Mega-Store begin today.  The new schedule is:
  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
View the new hours on the web:
  http://www.heroesanddragons.com/AboutUs/BUSINESS_HOURS.htm
 >>  COMICS SCHEDULE RETURNS TO NORMAL
          ... NEW COMICS ARRIVING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
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After the craziness of the Christmas and New Year holidays, our new
comics shipment schedule is returning to normal.
New comics will arrive on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8.
I have cover scans for this week's Marvel and DC books and will be 
posting them to the web site as soon as I finish sending this newsletter.
Here's where you'll find them (along with a list of what's coming out):
  http://www.heroesanddragons.com/NewThisWeek
Regular visitors to "New This Week" will notice a new pop-up
window on the page.  This is a disclaimer and reminder of how our
ordering system works; it's got a couple of simple (but highly 
effective) tips on how to make sure we get the books you want
into the store.  Check it out.
 >>  NEW YEAR'S CLEARANCE SALE 2003 CONTINUES
          ... ENDS THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
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As if you didn't already know:
WE ARE HOLDING OUR BIGGEST SALE *EVER* -- 50% OFF *EVERYTHING*
in the store except new comics.
The sale started on FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, with tremendous response.
(We were packed with customers from the time we opened until the
time we closed!)
If you didn't make it here on Friday, you can still save -- this
incredible "we don't wanna count a bunch of stuff when we do
inventory" sale runs all week, ending on FRIDAY, JANUARY 10.
For full 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
Even if you don't live near the Mega-Store, you can take
advantage of the savings by mail order (and plenty of customers
have done just that over the weekend!).  Just use this link to send
us your want list:
  mailto:[email protected]?subject=NewYearSale-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.
Orders are due by MIDNIGHT on JANUARY 10.  Please allow us 48 hours
to pull and process your order.
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.
 >>  A NOTE ABOUT "DRAGON'S BREATH" AND AOL 8.0
          ... CHECK THIS OUT BEFORE YOU UPGRADE
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America OnLine (AOL) has released the newest version of their software
(v8.0), which boasts improved spam protection, better parental controls,
and a more powerful e-mail client.  However, the "guts" of the program
that make these improvements possible could cause trouble with your
e-mail subscriptions -- including your subscription to the DRAGON'S BREATH
newsletter!
If you're an AOL user, please take a moment to read through this
paragraph.  Even if you're receiving DRAGON'S BREATH with no problems,
you may be missing out on other e-mail newsletters without knowing it.
This section should show you how to fix the problem and continue
receiving your favorite newsletters -- without opening the floodgates
on spam and e-mail marketing that AOL 8.0 is designed to keep out.
Here's the deal:
In order to cut down on spam and unsolicited messages, AOL 8.0 is 
very careful about which addresses it accepts messages from.  The
program maintains a list of e-mail addresses with "trusted priority" 
status -- addresses that the program has determined to belong to 
safe and desirable senders of e-mail.
AOL 8.0 builds the "trusted priority" list based on messages that you
send using the program.  Whenever you e-mail someone -- or reply 
to a message from someone -- the new AOL adds that person's 
e-mail address to the "trusted priority" list.
E-mail from addresses that *do not* appear on the "trusted priority"
list often gets placed in an "unsolicited low priority inbox folder" (AOL's
words) where you may never see it.  This folder could be your trashcan
or spam folder.
To be sure you don't miss messages from your favorite mailing
list, you have to get their e-mail address onto your "trusted
priority" list -- and the easiest way to do that is by sending them
an e-mail!
So if you're an AOL user who hasn't yet switched over to AOL 8.0,
here's a handy link you can use to get us on your "trusted priority"
list before you upgrade:
  mailto:[email protected]?subject=AOL8.0-Verification
Clicking the link will send our listserv a little e-mail (which will
promptly be deleted without being read, so please don't include
a message!) and get the sending address for DRAGON'S BREATH
into your "trusted priority" list.
A big thanks to PAUL SOLTOFF of iFactz for his great article
on AOL 8.0 filtering as it relates to targeted and opt-in e-mail.
    *** BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2003! ***
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