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paul sessel

CDI Pre Order Teaser

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Just starting to get some PM's about the pre order sale. This is what I'm telling people:

The pre sale will be announced in about 30 days. Prices are discounted 25% - 35% off of our 2011 regular season pricing. We require a 50% deposit and the balance when we ship your order around June.

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Yay! I will be ordering a "few" things this year.

My parents and a few neighbors are interested but don't need cases full of lights. I think I'll be able to make a few $$$ in the process.

Yes, I can be a weasel. ;)

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Paul,

Would love to see some red and green 70ct LED icicles. And both 75' and 150' spools of LED rope light. Hope my wish list is not to big.

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I got lots of Warm White and Blue last year.... And I have to say I love them both but that Blue is YEAH so much more than I expected. My 2 or 3 year old incandescent blue bulbs were no comparison. I'll be in for more this year as well... Great product and great service is hard to find these days...

Thank Paul..

-Patrick Chartrand

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I was hoping you would have an incandescent trade in program. :)

Will the incandescent bulbs be eliminated in a couple years?

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Thanks Paul! I can see exactly where my CDI lights are compared with everything else. I will be ordering all of my new light needs from you in your pre-order sale!

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I have a few people here interested in Snowfall lights or blizzard lights or dripping icicles.....whatever names they are going by these days...... any chance of getting those in PURE white this year? (not warm or cool white)

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If there is an opportunity for white wire mini sized LEDs (LED colors- green, in my case) I think quite a few of us could use some, in addition to the usuals..

Greg

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I got myself signed up... With the poor availability of certian colors of LED's locally, and sometimes the poor quality, and the same with Incandecents, I need to find a reliable source for specific colors I need. Planning ahead and ordering in advance may save me a lot in the long run. Hard to decide to add something in green and every store in town is either sold out of them or didn't have any to begin with!

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Paul,

Would love to see some red and green 70ct LED icicles. And both 75' and 150' spools of LED rope light. Hope my wish list is not to big.

The red and green icicles are in stock! 150' spools of LED rope light will be part of the pre sale.

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I was hoping you would have an incandescent trade in program. :)

Will the incandescent bulbs be eliminated in a couple years?

I don't think so. There is legislation to eliminate incandescent lights but I think it is for 40 watts and higher.

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I have a few people here interested in Snowfall lights or blizzard lights or dripping icicles.....whatever names they are going by these days...... any chance of getting those in PURE white this year? (not warm or cool white)

The pure white is more terminoligy than anything. Pure white and cool white are essentially the same.

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How does one get in on the preorder sale?

Can you write a check? (smileyface) I will post an announcement right after Christmas and anyone is invited to participate.

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If there is an opportunity for white wire mini sized LEDs (LED colors- green, in my case) I think quite a few of us could use some, in addition to the usuals..

Greg

I'm going to say no on that. Just too many SKU's to keep up with. Sorry.

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