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XmasBoy

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  1. I went to Walgreens and they had christmas stuff left (all at 50% off), but 0 lights. I have been hearing from various stores that somebody in my town called and put all of their white minis on hold and went around and just picked them up one night, so that's lowering my finds.
  2. I went to Lowes and had them try 244441 and 244442 in their computer and they said it didn't match anything in their system. I did find a 244440 on the shelves though, but it was very expensive SPT2.
  3. I don't get why they don't come with the plugs.
  4. Holdman's video says they came from Home Depot. (I watched that video a few too many times lol)
  5. Are these 500' rolls for that price? I may run by Lowe's soon and check this out with the Item #.
  6. Can someone explain what the VU Wizard does? I tried figuring it out and I don't get it.
  7. I'm a musician too (I play trumpet) and keep beats really well, but could never get the tapper wizard to work for me for some reason. I've always had to use the beat wizard so far or go with shared sequences. I'm just now venturing into fixed grid.
  8. XmasBoy

    RGB lights??????

    You can start right now by downloading the LOR software demo. You can sequence your lights and create a channel layout in the demo. Just about the only thing you can't do with a demo is control lights.
  9. My Target has a sign saying if you're returning clearance merchandise for any reason other than it being defective you can only be refunded the current clearance price, even if you have the recipt and paid more.
  10. Will Target refund the difference if it goes on sale higher? I thought I saw a sign saying they wouldn't do that if it was clearance.
  11. Well I stopped at another Rite Aid today and unlike the last one which was running low on lights, this one had the shelves fully stocked with lights, mostly white though. There had to be at least 150 boxes. I thought about waiting a little while to see if they went to 75% off when a store clerk told me to get as many as I wanted. She said she just got off the phone with a customer who was on their way to buy all of their lights up to 400 boxes and she had to pull them all off the shelves! Now I know some people on here get pretty extreme, but 40,000 lights?!? Alright, somebody fess up. Who's trying to take all the lights? lol
  12. Well seeing that you have a background in DMX/Animation, music, and electronics, you are well above where most people are when they first start. Once you have your software, you can upgrade it for the difference in price on LOR's website. You may want to look at some of the other features to see if you want them though. The beat wizard can be very handy at times. LOR basically has 2 lines of controllers, PC and Showtime. The PC controllers are designed for people like us in mind; they are cheaper, you can assemble them yourself, and they come in a plastic case. The showtime controllers are designed for commercial use and are housed in metal enclosures, making them much more durable. Given your electronics bacckground, I would reccomend soldering your own board on a PC controller. I found this relatively easy to do. The only reason I would see to consider buying a board assembled controller is if you don't have a lot of time. Soldering the card is a fairly time consuming process. LOR has 2 sales a year, one in February and one in July. The one in February has better prices, but they also have limited quantities and sell out faster. The card assembled PC controller sold out in about 10 minutes last year. In February, they don't have everything on sale, but they have most of the controllers on sale. The sale in July has slightly higher prices, but everything but software and starter packages is included and the quantities are unlimited. This sale goes on for 3 weeks. They also have a contest in that sale where you can opt for delayed shipping in exchange for being entered in a drawing to be one of several to get your order for free. Also, don't forget sound. You will need either outdoor speakers or an FM Transmitter to get the music to your visitors. Don't underestimate the time it will take to sequence. As soon as you get the software, start sequencing and get as much done as you can. Once the summer rolls around, you may lose motivation and it will be harder to sequence when it's so far from Christmas. Last year, I planned to do most of my sequencing over the summer and some things came up and I ended up doing most of my sequencing over thanksgiving weekend. Welcome and have fun!
  13. That would be such a cool feature if it actually worked... I checked Lowes' website last week and it said they had over 40 boxes of minis in stock, and I was in the store earlier that day and they had 0 minis in stock.
  14. All of the major big box stores have been out of minis for a while. I found that Rite Aid had quite a few in stock at $1.49 a box. I bought 30 boxes from my Rite Aid this morning. Drug stores are often overlooked, so you may want to consider Rite Aid.
  15. Ok, I'm going to go try to pick one up now. I saw those videos and thought there was no way it really works how they say it does, so I made this thread.
  16. XmasBoy

    Lowes

    That's weird that they changed the policy, but my Lowes said just Holiday Living extention cords are on sale.
  17. Well first of all, Merry Christmas everyone! As the Christmas Festivities are coming to a close, I'm working on finishing my sale plan for tommorrow. I've been scoping out where to go for sales, and I saw that Target has a rather large supply of Light Keeper Pros. They sell for $18.99 full price and I was hoping to get one half off. I don't really understand how it works, but if it does what it says it does, I definately want one. Does anyone have any past experience or reviews on this product and if it will be a good investment? Thanks!
  18. XmasBoy

    Lowes

    Were they the Holiday Living brand?
  19. XmasBoy

    Lowes

    ^Very jealous right now! My Lowes has been out of mini incandesants for a couple weeks now. Today I checked some stores in a bad part of town that had tons of stuff after christmas last year, and found almost nothing of interest. I sure hope inventory improves next year.
  20. That's weird, my Target has always done 30% off a week before, 50% after christmas, 75% a week after, and 90% a few days after that.
  21. Sorry to hear about that, but you have really good pictures. It shouldn't be too hard to find them.
  22. My Target had everything christmas 30% off and all lawn ornaments 50% off. They had a relatively high stock. They also had lots of LED snowflakes on sale for $12.50. I have 3 of these, and they fade very well. They are a great product if anyone is working on some sort of snowflake project for next year.
  23. My Wal Mart is pretty much out of all mini incandescants except blue, but they still had lots of LEDs. I went to Target and their LED section didn't look much different than it did in November.
  24. I'm sorry that happened. With how long it took me to plug all my cords into the controllers, I would be furious if I had to do it again. Don't let them win though! Did they do it already tonight? I can't believe they would be so stupid to do that so early!
  25. At first, my LOR show almost never started when it was supposed to, but now that I've figured out all my errors, it all goes off without a hitch. It's kind of weird for me. This is my first LOR year and I had LASOC for 3 years before and I did static for as long as I can remember. With static and LASOC, I was always outside working on something. This is the first year I haven't really changed much outside once it was ready. I'm constantly sequencing and adding new songs, but it's just a weird feeling having nothing I think I can improve right now outside.
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