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2006\02\04@030233 by Pic

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Does anyone know if glitchbuster.com is still in business?

I've ordered from Randy a few times but not in the past year.  I need some
new pics so I went over there and I noticed the site hasn't been updated
since last April.  I sent him an email a few days ago but I didn't get a
reply.

I know a lot of people on the list shop there, so I thought I'd ask here
before looking for a new source.


2006\02\04@101455 by Howard Winter

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On Sat, 4 Feb 2006 00:01:52 -0800, spam_OUTpicTakeThisOuTspamcanadaspeaks.com wrote:

> Does anyone know if glitchbuster.com is still in business?
>
> I've ordered from Randy a few times but not in the past year.  I need some
> new pics so I went over there and I noticed the site hasn't been updated
> since last April.  I sent him an email a few days ago but I didn't get a
> reply.
>
> I know a lot of people on the list shop there, so I thought I'd ask here
> before looking for a new source.

I bought some stuff from him a month or so ago - he is very busy and doesn't get much time to reply to emails
(or update his web site!) but he certainly processed my order in his usual helpful and efficient way.

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2006\02\04@141026 by VULCAN20

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Just placed an order Feb. 1, and got an email feb 2 that they were in
the mail.

H mentioned he teaches classes and is gone sometimes.

His prices seem to be the best around that I have found.  A decent
assortment of PICS (although not all PICS)  and pic related parts.  
Shipping is great also.

I will give you an up date when I receive the order about packing ETC.

John

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2006\02\04@141959 by Kevin

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On Sat, 4 Feb 2006, Howard Winter wrote:

> On Sat, 4 Feb 2006 00:01:52 -0800, picspamKILLspamcanadaspeaks.com wrote:
>
> > Does anyone know if glitchbuster.com is still in business?
> >
> > I've ordered from Randy a few times but not in the past year.  I need some
> > new pics so I went over there and I noticed the site hasn't been updated
> > since last April.  I sent him an email a few days ago but I didn't get a
> > reply.
> >
> > I know a lot of people on the list shop there, so I thought I'd ask here
> > before looking for a new source.
>
> I bought some stuff from him a month or so ago - he is very busy and doesn't get much time to reply to emails
> (or update his web site!) but he certainly processed my order in his usual helpful and efficient way.
>
> Howard Winter

Yes, that was the way it was for me the last time I ordered.
I use to chat with him through email when I was ordering,
but I guess business is booming. My last order was a little
slow, but he had to wait for some part to come in.

~Kevin

2006\02\04@160813 by Dave Lag
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pic@canadaspeaks.com wrote:
> Does anyone know if glitchbuster.com is still in business?
>
> I've ordered from Randy a few times but not in the past year.  I need some
> new pics so I went over there and I noticed the site hasn't been updated
> since last April.  I sent him an email a few days ago but I didn't get a
> reply.
>
> I know a lot of people on the list shop there, so I thought I'd ask here
> before looking for a new source.
>
>
Ordered recently too, no issues, under a week to cross the border.
You can assume it on its way unless you hear otherwise.
Can't beat those prices on small quantities, shipping is cheaper than
public transit or parking.
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2006\02\04@164912 by Pic

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Thanks for all your replies.  I'll definately be ordering with him again
then.  I also used to chat with him by email, and I always found the service
to be fantastic (as well has having the cheapest prices and shipping
around).


2006\02\06@153029 by VULCAN20

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I received my order today (FEB. 06)  everything as described and in good
condition.
I had placed the order on  Feb. 1, He shipped FEB. 2. good delivery from
Nevada to Wisconsin.
S&H only $4.85.
http://glitchbuster.com/
John Nelson



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>Thanks for all your replies.  I'll definately be ordering with him again
>then.  I also used to chat with him by email, and I always found the service
>to be fantastic (as well has having the cheapest prices and shipping
>around).
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2006\02\07@110732 by Howard Winter

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John,

On Mon, 06 Feb 2006 14:30:22 -0600, VULCAN20 wrote:

> I received my order today (FEB. 06)  everything as described and in good
> condition.
> I had placed the order on  Feb. 1, He shipped FEB. 2. good delivery from
> Nevada to Wisconsin.
> S&H only $4.85.

It must have been something heavy - for ordinary components he usually charges $1.85 within the US (and as
little as possible extra for us foreigners! :-)  And using Global Priority it often takes no longer to cross
the pond than you described above.

> http://glitchbuster.com/

I have only praise for his standard of service, it's just a shame he hasn't got time to update the web site,
and produce the newsletter that he announced a couple of years ago :-)

Cheers,



Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2006\02\07@142926 by Randy Jones

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Hi Everyone!

Yes, he had requested USPS Priority Mail rather than my standard 1.95
shipping.  ...And, yep, I had to bump my normal shipping 10 cents due to the
recent postal rate increase (I left it unchanged at 1.85 a couple years ago
after that postage increase, but enough is enough -- heh, heh!)

I have always expected to have the first issue of the newsletter out "pretty
soon now" but life has thrown a few unexpected curve balls over the last
couple years -- in addition to taking on a full-time teaching position in
electronics at our local community college.  Actually my teaching load is
more than the normal full-time number of credits, and I'm also working like
crazy to update the classes -- including using PICs instead of 6800s in the
microprocessor classes.  Kind of a one-man band, trying to keep yet another
electronics technology program from biting the dust, as so many others have.

I've been packing orders and emails this morning, and will soon switch hats
and begin grading papers and getting ready for the classes later today.
Then I'll come home and begin answering emails again.

Email has become very unreliable in recent years, mostly due to insanely
aggressive filters -- that many users aren't even aware of.  Just this
morning I've been trying all my tricks to get an email through to a high
school teacher in Wisconsin who wants to order some stuff.  Any words that
suggest a transaction, and sometimes even the presence of my normal email
address, seems to be grounds for that system to bounce or vaporize my
replies.  I've had some folks downright hostile when they don't get my
replies, and it's very frustrating when I keep sending reply after reply
that they aren't seeing.

Certain days of the week are busier than others, and the beginning of the
week (Mondays) is generally busiest in terms of emails and shipping
packages.  It tends to taper off as the week progresses.  So when
glitchbuster is very busy and the teaching load is heavy, I sometimes get a
bit behind with things like shipping notification emails.  A friend who
teaches the soldering classes for me is interested in helping with the biz
and we may get that going soon.

Thanks to all of you for your support, and kind comments.  Maybe the website
will get updated this summer, and the first issue of the newsletter will
definitely be out....  real soon now.  ;^)

-Randy





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2006\02\07@154044 by Byron A Jeff

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On Tue, Feb 07, 2006 at 11:38:50AM -0800, Randy Jones wrote:
> Hi Everyone!

[Snippage on Randy's very busy life.]

> Email has become very unreliable in recent years, mostly due to insanely
> aggressive filters -- that many users aren't even aware of.  Just this
> morning I've been trying all my tricks to get an email through to a high
> school teacher in Wisconsin who wants to order some stuff.  Any words that
> suggest a transaction, and sometimes even the presence of my normal email
> address, seems to be grounds for that system to bounce or vaporize my
> replies.  I've had some folks downright hostile when they don't get my
> replies, and it's very frustrating when I keep sending reply after reply
> that they aren't seeing.

The unfortunate consequence of SPAM! Does your web host have any type of
database web service that you can use? I may be time to build a tracking
database that can be accessed by using an E-mail address and some other
piece of info about the order (total cost, date, item in the order).

Just a thought.

BAJ

2006\02\07@165146 by Howard Winter

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Hi Randy,

Good thing I didn't say anything nasty about you!  :-)))

On Tue, 7 Feb 2006 11:38:50 -0800, Randy Jones wrote:

>...
> Email has become very unreliable in recent years, mostly due to insanely
> aggressive filters -- that many users aren't even aware of.  Just this
> morning I've been trying all my tricks to get an email through to a high
> school teacher in Wisconsin who wants to order some stuff.  Any words that
> suggest a transaction, and sometimes even the presence of my normal email
> address, seems to be grounds for that system to bounce or vaporize my
> replies.

I wonder why this is?  As far as I know, I've *never* had an email I wanted filtered out before I got it, and
one of my ISPs does use one of the common spam-filters (I forget which).  I wonder why you are hit so hard?

> I've had some folks downright hostile when they don't get my
> replies, and it's very frustrating when I keep sending reply after reply
> that they aren't seeing.

I know it would be something of a pain to do, but have you considered the technique that Peter Anderson uses?  
(Sorry to mention the competition - let's give Wouter a name-check too, to be even-handed :-)  He posts a list
on his web site each day of the towns he has despatched to, so people can check for themselves.

Keep up the good work!  :-)

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2006\02\07@173344 by VULCAN20

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Howard Winter wrote:

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I asked for priority mail which costs more but takes afew days less to
arrive.  Normal shipping would have been $1.95 I believe.

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I think he still beats the major parts houses on the things he carries.
Fast responce  too.

>Cheers,
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>Howard Winter
>St.Albans, England
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>  
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2006\02\08@093455 by Kevin

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On Tue, 7 Feb 2006, Byron A Jeff wrote:

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Why not something simple like this oage from Peter Anderson
http://www.phanderson.com/o_stats.html

~Kevin

2006\02\08@095139 by alan smith

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Wonder if he zipped the file, or put into an attached PDF...if it would get thru the filters?
 
 Also, just read that yahoo and aol are going to have a paid email service now, where it will supposed help with this issue.  Who knows....



[Snippage on Randy's very busy life.]

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2006\02\08@105310 by Alan B. Pearce

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>Also, just read that yahoo and aol are going to have
>a paid email service now, where it will supposed help
>with this issue.  Who knows....

Well, until the spammers work out how to get around it. I suspect that it
will be a long row to hoe to get that approved, as it relies on being able
to ID the sender properly. Shucks, they can do that now by matching the
@domain_name with correct ones they receive. It is obvious from the error
messages I get when Yahoo blocks my emails that spamhaus has had a bunch of
emails claiming to come from me, but the IP address is totally wrong.

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