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paul sessel

LED Group Buy from Creative Displays

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As for the LED group buy. I will be putting up the pricing at http://www.creativedisplays.com/SiteResources/Data/Templates/templateb.asp?docid=552&DocName=Announcementswithin about 10 days. I'm still waiting for the mini pricing. The retro fit lamps are already up. Won't be taking any orders yet, so hold on. The rules for the order program will all be laid out when the prices come in. Hope everyone weathered the winds!

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:shock: I just started a spread sheet for my 2008 light display, and I'm already up to 13 cases of LED lights!!! And that doesn't even include a mega tree!:tree: Guess that will have to wait for next year's group buy!

I'd really like to see the 100ct LED's too, of the cases mentioned above, only about 4 of them are the 50 count.

I'm also going to need enough icicle lights to do about 200 feet of a house outline...

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Ok - I've heard your requests. C-6 & M-5, 50 light strings, 70 light strings, 100 light strings and Icicles in blue and warm white (C-6 stlyes - no snow flakes) will be offered!!! Also, NO WHINING :cryingdevil: :cryingsong: As a side note, we can also make up C-7 and C-9 light strings with the mini style base that are totally dimable just like the C6 and M5 styles if there is enough interest.

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So $1k worth of LED lights is going to cost $100-$150 to ship? That seems a bit high, especially if they are shipped pretty much in bulk packaging... I was thinking about 11 cases, which I guess is a little over 13k lights.

I guess we'll see. If the discounts are good enough, that can offset some of the shipping costs. But I would think you could ship something that weighed over 200lbs for that kind of money.

I'm not trying to be negative, I just want to get a good idea how much shipping should cost. I can see if you're only ordering a couple cases how 10% wouldn't be that much.

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That is just a good number to use for budgeting. Actually, the more product you purchase, the lower the PERCENTAGE goes down. If someone were to buy one case of lights for, lets say $70 and it cost $12 to ship it - well you can see what I'm talking about . . . Already starting the whining :laughing::laughing::laughing:

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paul sessel wrote:

Ok - I've heard your requests. C-6 & M-5, 50 light strings, 70 light strings, 100 light strings and Icicles in blue and warm white (C-6 stlyes - no snow flakes) will be offered!!! Also, NO WHINING :cryingdevil: :cryingsong: As a side note, we can also make up C-7 and C-9 light strings with the mini style base that are totally dimable just like the C6 and M5 styles if there is enough interest.

Paul, I was wondering if there is going to be a minimum order for the 70 light sets. I remember in the other one about the LED group buy you said that you might have a minimum order for the 70 sets. Are you still going to do this or do you not know now?

I'm just trying to think about finances and how many cases I can buy and if I can do multiple colors or not.

I know for sure I need the C6 70's for the mega tree, one case, but wasn't sure if I would be able to get M5 blue's or if I'd have to get more then 1 case since I need the 70's.

Thanks again for the sale, can't wait to see the prices!

Rob

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Paul,

I would be very interested in the C7 stings on 12" spacing. I need about 500' of Red, Warm White and Multi.

I'm using 4800 C6 LEDs, from last year's buy, for my mega tree and they have survived all of the ice storms, wind storms and snow/rain we've had this season. I'm a very satisfied customer.

Thank you for offering this.

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paul sessel wrote:

As a side note, we can also make up C-7 and C-9 light strings with the mini style base that are totally dimable just like the C6 and M5 styles if there is enough interest.

I was interested in the C9 retrofits until I found out they do not take to animating very well.... I have Ooodles of C9 strings I could have repopulated..... Bummer.

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paul sessel wrote:

Icicles in blue and warm white (C-6 stlyes - no snow flakes) will be offered!!!

No snowflakes? :(I was hoping to buy a few more cases of each color. I got some from you earlier this year and I love them.

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