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    Jenson deals - Too good to be ture?

    What the catch here? These prices seem too good to be true...

    Shimano XT M752 Crankset - $89.
    SHIMANO XT® M750 REAR DERAILLEUR - $39

    Are these 'standard' XT level components? Derailleur is not the "RapidRise" variety is it?
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    Avid BB7 160mm $75...something weird here to me the cheapest i can get one of these in canada is 150 twice as much...i don't know
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    you could maybe

    get the Jenson deal, they FedEx to Canada, it might come in a bit less. Or try a price match at performance bikes. They ship USPS, so you avoid all the FedEx fees. Make sure they mark it "Made in USA - bike parts" to avoid any duty also (Nafta). Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM
    What the catch here? These prices seem too good to be true...
    Shimano XT M752 Crankset - $89.
    SHIMANO XT® M750 REAR DERAILLEUR - $39
    Are these 'standard' XT level components? Derailleur is not the "RapidRise" variety is it?
    Jenson buys alot of manufacture close out items. They must have a very good buying team out there looking for every deal, but they have to buy the volume to get the deal. It's amazing how cheap it is to manufacture a product after the design, tool set up, production is done. How many years have they Shimano been selling the same product? Thats called Bank!

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    Could be OE leftovers

    Quote Originally Posted by GCM
    What the catch here? These prices seem too good to be true...

    Shimano XT M752 Crankset - $89.
    SHIMANO XT® M750 REAR DERAILLEUR - $39

    Are these 'standard' XT level components? Derailleur is not the "RapidRise" variety is it?

    Nothing wrong with that...

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    Buy in bulk....sell cheap.

    That seems to be what Jenson does a lot of the time. Of course, a lot of these end up being loss leaders since you inevitably order more stuff than just the sale items.

    BTW, I've had good success with them.

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    :Yep, I ordered that M752 XT crank for my bike. Should be here today.

    Keep in mind that it's the older Octalink style splined (but still Hollowtech) crank and does not come with an integrated BB and outboard bearings like the newer version. Still a great crank at a great price. You can't even get three new chain rings for that.

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    Why don't ya call them and find out, then report back. =)

    I've had nothing but good experiences with Jenson. $75 for Avids aren't that cheap really though. They used to sell for $69ish a while back. But because they are so popular, the price has risen due to demand.


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    If it feels too good to be true - buy it! If they happen to be the wrong part or wrong price, take it up with Jenson and I'm sure they'll exchange or refund.

    I think I overheard somebody that bought that $40 dollar xt rear though and was happy.
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    Jenson wasn't the only one with the $39 XT M750 rear derailleur recently, Cambria had it too.
    The crankset is being blown out in a couple of places too. Usually happens as they're phasing out the product...stock up now if you like these components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM
    What the catch here? These prices seem too good to be true...

    Shimano XT M752 Crankset - $89.
    SHIMANO XT® M750 REAR DERAILLEUR - $39

    Are these 'standard' XT level components? Derailleur is not the "RapidRise" variety is it?
    ... but still a good solid deal on both. I have those cranks, and they are noting but good... apart from the rings wearing out pretty fast, but that is true of all alloy shimano rings. Good thing there are cheap 104mm 4 arm replacements from other brands. The other downside is that there is only one bottom bracket in the world that works with them, the shimano Octalink V2 BB which is a tad heavy, but pretty durable. I'm 200# battle weight, ride a thousand or two miles a year and seem to kill mine every two years. THey can be had for $30 if you look around, so no biggie when they go. Much better than annual or less replacements on ISIS bottom brackets to the tune of $50 or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM
    What the catch here? These prices seem too good to be true...

    Shimano XT M752 Crankset - $89.
    SHIMANO XT® M750 REAR DERAILLEUR - $39

    Are these 'standard' XT level components? Derailleur is not the "RapidRise" variety is it?
    Nope! Not too good to be true.

    I ordered the XT rear derailleur and LX shifters, and both arrived in original boxes and packaging.

    I'd get 'em while they last!

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    actually ordered them from Blueskysycling.com got the 185mm for 75 and they have the 160 for 70 looks like i'll be riding disks in a few weeks when i get back on the bike...sweet
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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM
    What the catch here? These prices seem too good to be true...
    I have ordered lots of stuff from them in the past, nothing but good experiences. They tend to "blow out" stuff from time to time, and I typically jump on it.

    I got Avid Juicy 5s for $89 each from them a while back, and was then told by a bike shop that was below the wholesale price on them.

    I wish I would have jumped on one of those Jenson Chameleons when I had the chance....

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    Jenson Is For Real...

    The OP and first responder obviously haven't heard of or dealt with Jenson before. Jenson is for real! Great deals and great customer service have always been Jenson's strong points. If you see a good deal at Jenson, go for it. They inform you if the product is oem or seconds, unlike Price Point sometimes. No worries with Jenson.
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    Pretty good

    I picked up some 6" El Camino brakes for $151 and some Bontrager rims for $25 along with some HT Rhino Light wheels for $89 so they have some great prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM
    What the catch here? These prices seem too good to be true...

    Shimano XT M752 Crankset - $89.
    SHIMANO XT® M750 REAR DERAILLEUR - $39

    Are these 'standard' XT level components? Derailleur is not the "RapidRise" variety is it?
    I actually picked both of those a couple weeks ago from jenson. Not too good to be true just not the 'newest and greatest' so they're selling for less. The derailleur isn't rapid rise, which in my opinion is a good thing. The new M760 rear is rapid rise.

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    i think alot of jensons pricing comes from blueskycycling their prices we're less than jenson is at least a couple of the things that i looked at and blue sky ships USPS and thats a deal maker for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMR For Life
    i think alot of jensons pricing comes from blueskycycling their prices we're less than jenson is at least a couple of the things that i looked at and blue sky ships USPS and thats a deal maker for me
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    That is a issue i have had with Jenson in the past, their shipping & handeling is out of this world, UPS is way expensive.

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    ... but still a good solid deal on both. I have those cranks, and they are noting but good... apart from the rings wearing out pretty fast, but that is true of all alloy shimano rings. Good thing there are cheap 104mm 4 arm replacements from other brands. The other downside is that there is only one bottom bracket in the world that works with them, the shimano Octalink V2 BB which is a tad heavy, but pretty durable. I'm 200# battle weight, ride a thousand or two miles a year and seem to kill mine every two years. THey can be had for $30 if you look around, so no biggie when they go. Much better than annual or less replacements on ISIS bottom brackets to the tune of $50 or more.
    wait, isn't this what I paid for them 3 years ago on sale?

    Still a good deal.

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    Think Of The Whole Transaction...

    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    That is a issue i have had with Jenson in the past, their shipping & handeling is out of this world, UPS is way expensive.
    Do you mean that Jenson's shipping charges are good or bad? They ship mostly via FedEx Ground, and from my experience their shipping charge is very reasonable.

    My last order was just under $100 and the shipping was $9. It would have been $10 if my total exceeded $100. Some might think that $10 is too much for shipping. But how much would you pay to drive to a shop that had Jenson's deals? Think roundtrip with today's gas prices. I'm in SoCal in the OC and Jenson is also in SoCal in Ontario in the Inland Empire. It would cost me more to drive to and fro Ontario to pick up the goods than to pay Jenson to FedEx it to me. And what about the time and stress spent driving and shopping in the store? Their shipping charges are incredibly reasonable when you factor that into the whole transaction.

    Is the USPS cheaper than FedEx Ground and UPS Ground? Surely, most of the time, but not by much. Do you get the tracking and service of FedEx with the USPS (mostly no) or UPS (mostly yes)? Think about the entire process and their charges are not so outrageous. Some places charge a lot more cuz they make money on the shipping charges. I would not put Jenson in this category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prexus2005
    Why don't ya call them and find out, then report back. =)

    I've had nothing but good experiences with Jenson. $75 for Avids aren't that cheap really though. They used to sell for $69ish a while back. But because they are so popular, the price has risen due to demand.


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    Or due to inflation caused by increased energy costs.

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    Jensons' for real and they do a very good job, I've ordered from them a few times this year and everything has been spot on. Ordered one of the older XT FD for $19.50 and it came in an original box and everything. Remember these are the older model stuff most of the times, so the manufacturers are prob trying to unload them and phase them out and as such if you have Jenson type buying power you can get great deals. Oh and as for shipping don't *****, I have to use Fed Ex International which starts at $35 US and pay about 25-30% duty on bikes parts and worse get raped on anything clothing - try almost 90% :O
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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM
    What the catch here? These prices seem too good to be true...

    Shimano XT M752 Crankset - $89.
    SHIMANO XT® M750 REAR DERAILLEUR - $39

    Are these 'standard' XT level components? Derailleur is not the "RapidRise" variety is it?
    Nothing special with those prices. Yes they are cheap but thats EXACTLY what those parts sold for 2-3 years ago when they were the current models. When the new generation stuff came out and the whole issue with not being able to sell for under MSRP that meant the old stuff had to sell for MSRP as well so prices went up.
    Oh and yes, that is the older model XT derrailleur, the 750 series.

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    the problem with shipping from Jenson is that shipping Fedex or UPS to Canada you end up paying brokerage fees which basically null any savings you might have had
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdang
    Do you mean that Jenson's shipping charges are good or bad? They ship mostly via FedEx Ground, and from my experience their shipping charge is very reasonable.
    I will still order from them if the pricing works out. Just that there were times when i was going to make a purchase & the total price after shipping added on exceded the price i was able to buy local even with my driving time & gas. Buying on line is awsome you can just sit & click few days later open the big box . I do also enjoy going to my LBS to kick it with the bros have a brew & enjoy good bs .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    I will still order from them if the pricing works out. Just that there were times when i was going to make a purchase & the total price after shipping added on exceded the price i was able to buy local even with my driving time & gas. Buying on line is awsome you can just sit & click few days later open the big box . I do also enjoy going to my LBS to kick it with the bros have a brew & enjoy good bs .
    Yeh, but the prob with the local shop is you can end up spending so much time there BSing and it really digs into your day. You don't want to be rude/rush out although you do enjoy the BS, you have stuff to do
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    You could not find those components for those prices when they were current. Get real. When did you see a $39 XT Derailer when it was new? Now is the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    Jensons' for real and they do a very good job, I've ordered from them a few times this year and everything has been spot on. Ordered one of the older XT FD for $19.50 and it came in an original box and everything. Remember these are the older model stuff most of the times, so the manufacturers are prob trying to unload them and phase them out and as such if you have Jenson type buying power you can get great deals. Oh and as for shipping don't *****, I have to use Fed Ex International which starts at $35 US and pay about 25-30% duty on bikes parts and worse get raped on anything clothing - try almost 90% :O
    I share your pain Lynx... Mexico's kind of the same.

    You only save on deals on expensive stuff... With duties and shipping a Fox Vanilla at close to 450 bucks at my LBS is a good deal... I would have to buy it at close to 300 bucks to justify any saving buying it from the US. Shimano stuff is closely priced here.

    Weird as it seems, some Canadian brands like Race Face have outrageous prices here and I can't explain why as they're NAFTA goods.

    Yeah... clothing sucks. Duties on clothing can be outrageous. If something is labeled "Made in China" you can expect duties up to 300% or so. Luckily, US stores mark everythign as "US Origin" and we pay 17% duties (basically to cover VAT or Sale Taxes as we're on the NAFTA) on goods and 22% on shipping (considered as a service provided in/from the US). The final figure gets above 18/20% percent depending on shipping as we get ripped on that regard. Shipping the same item from California to Newfoundland, CA is way, way cheaper than shipping it to any point into Mexico... and Newfoundland is no closer to California than Tijuana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    I share your pain Lynx... Mexico's kind of the same.

    You only save on deals on expensive stuff... With duties and shipping a Fox Vanilla at close to 450 bucks at my LBS is a good deal... I would have to buy it at close to 300 bucks to justify any saving buying it from the US. Shimano stuff is closely priced here.
    Only partially though Warp....At least you can find that sort of stuff at a bike shop in Mexico, we've only got 1 real Bike Shop which sells stuff and the best fork you might find in there is a JUDY at around $550 BDS / $275 US. I recently brought in an XT hub which landed here w/ duties, shipping at roughly 1/2 what the local shop has them at. For me it's definitely worth shipping bike stuff in since we don't have anything more than tubes really available to us.

    To me most of the time it's worth buying stuff off Jenson and shipping it in since our selection here isn't even what you could call marginal, I don't seem to catch anyone when they're going away to get stuff and I normally get it within 4 days from placement of order to delivery at my door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky Wiz
    You could not find those components for those prices when they were current. Get real. When did you see a $39 XT Derailer when it was new? Now is the time.
    I can belive it would be very close 2-3 years ago. I belive i payed 45.00 for mine maybe 3+ years ago.

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    there are some killer deals to be had! They had a Fox 36 fork up on pricepoint, ****ers were gone in no time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky Wiz
    You could not find those components for those prices when they were current. Get real. When did you see a $39 XT Derailer when it was new? Now is the time.
    Parts were a LOT cheaper 3-5 years ago. Once the 2003 XTR group showed up shimano jacked the prices up on EVERYTHING. Some components as much as tripled in price overnight. Even old generation parts. XTR parts back then were equivalently cheaper than todays XT. A new XTR crankest was $219. I still have the reciepts for most of those parts from Jenson. I bought so many of those parts from them for myself and friends that I can literally quote you the prices for most of them at the time. The XT 750 derailleurs fluctuated between 38-42 dollars depending on the cage model. XTR ones were 65-69 also depending on the cage. Octalink XT cranks always sold for ~$89 (750/751/752). XT was ridiculously cheap back then compared to todays prices regardless of the generation. Jenson is actually selling closeout parts once again for what their old prices used to be before they were forced to sell at msrp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hecubus
    Parts were a LOT cheaper 3-5 years ago. Once the 2003 XTR group showed up shimano jacked the prices up on EVERYTHING. Some components as much as tripled in price overnight. Even old generation parts. XTR parts back then were equivalently cheaper than todays XT. A new XTR crankest was $219. I still have the reciepts for most of those parts from Jenson. I bought so many of those parts from them for myself and friends that I can literally quote you the prices for most of them at the time. The XT 750 derailleurs fluctuated between 38-42 dollars depending on the cage model. XTR ones were 65-69 also depending on the cage. Octalink XT cranks always sold for ~$89 (750/751/752). XT was ridiculously cheap back then compared to todays prices regardless of the generation. Jenson is actually selling closeout parts once again for what their old prices used to be before they were forced to sell at msrp.
    I agree. Bike parts in general, and Shimano in particular, went way up 2-3 years ago. When I upgraded my GT Zaskar to 9 speed XT in 2001, I bought a whole kit with derailleurs, shifters/levers, cassette and chain for under $200. Now, just the shifters alone are over $200 msrp. Sure the technology has changed to dual-control and rapid-rise (which both suck imho), but the price has gone up disproportionately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirkrameroy
    I agree. Bike parts in general, and Shimano in particular, went way up 2-3 years ago. When I upgraded my GT Zaskar to 9 speed XT in 2001, I bought a whole kit with derailleurs, shifters/levers, cassette and chain for under $200. Now, just the shifters alone are over $200 msrp. Sure the technology has changed to dual-control and rapid-rise (which both suck imho), but the price has gone up disproportionately.
    Yep, a FULL XT drivetrain group back then was about $450-500. Now you can barely get more than a crankset and maybe some shifters for that. Even the XT trigger shifter pods now cost more than the XTR pods did back then which was about $99. That same exact 750 XT shifter pod set that sold for $65 in late 2002 is now $119. This is the only industry were old part prices actually go UP with time.

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    No catch. Jenson routinely clears out old stuff for hard to beat prices. That XT crank is old news compared to Shimano's new combo crank/BB offerings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hecubus
    Parts were a LOT cheaper 3-5 years ago. Once the 2003 XTR group showed up shimano jacked the prices up on EVERYTHING.
    Yep. Plus account for inflation, price of raw goods increases, etc. and you can easily see how prices have really gotten high on parts.

    Look at forks! The Fox 36 (even the Talas TT for that matter) MSRPs are getting dangerously close to the grand mark. Ugh.

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    I just bought an 06 carbon easton riser bar from them for 79 bucks usually 130. I guess they are running a promo or something. I'll let you know if it turns out to be too good to be true when it comes in.

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    Jensen rocks

    I ordered that same crankset and matching bb. It's sitting in my garage waiting for my next build. Too good to be true...but true! It behooves all of us bikers to do business with a company like Jensen (there are others, as well--they all deserve our business). Jensen is NOT going to try to pull something on us. Trust 'em. If you have a question, call them.

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    Funny thing is the ebay retards are bidding badly used one up like there's no tomorrow.

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    A new design is usually featured in higher end models, then the manufacturer has a reasonable time to recoupe the investment cost. Then they can put the design into lower model products. Gosh, look at electronics today. Still, XT isn't lower end, but then there is the way products are bought up by warehouses and such. Manufactures sell at volume too, to these warehouses that are nothing more than a plain building. Some mail order bike companies may not even buy directly from the manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hecubus
    Nothing special with those prices. Yes they are cheap but thats EXACTLY what those parts sold for 2-3 years ago when they were the current models.
    Gunna have to disagree also here also; M752 cranks sold for about $150 usually, a little more at more expensive shops, and a little less at cheaper shops. The derailer never went for less than ~45 online usually, and was around ~$60 in a shop. Yes, once in a blue moon they cleared em out at $39, but that wasn't forever, it was a pretty short duration of time.

    I have noticed in QBP that some of the intial prices on the "new" shimano stuff were a little higher than they are now. Things like M760 series is now a bit cheaper than when it first came out, which is nice.

    When the M752 cranks came out, I got the M751 cranks for $79 at jenson. This was a while back, but it's just a cycle. Older stuff will get real cheap once something new comes out. The cool part is that the "older" shimano derailers are still great, and the "older" M752 cranks are also great, so if you can stand not having the latest gadgets, you can still have some great performing stuff at 2/3rds to half the cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prexus2005
    Why don't ya call them and find out, then report back. =)
    I've had nothing but good experiences with Jenson. $75 for Avids aren't that cheap really though. They used to sell for $69ish a while back. But because they are so popular, the price has risen due to demand.
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    That is pretty reasonable. I price matched the 185mm locally ones for ~$89. There has to be a good markup there if they knock 33% off of list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    Gunna have to disagree also here also; M752 cranks sold for about $150 usually, a little more at more expensive shops, and a little less at cheaper shops. The derailer never went for less than ~45 online usually, and was around ~$60 in a shop. Yes, once in a blue moon they cleared em out at $39, but that wasn't forever, it was a pretty short duration of time.

    I have noticed in QBP that some of the intial prices on the "new" shimano stuff were a little higher than they are now. Things like M760 series is now a bit cheaper than when it first came out, which is nice.

    When the M752 cranks came out, I got the M751 cranks for $79 at jenson. This was a while back, but it's just a cycle. Older stuff will get real cheap once something new comes out. The cool part is that the "older" shimano derailers are still great, and the "older" M752 cranks are also great, so if you can stand not having the latest gadgets, you can still have some great performing stuff at 2/3rds to half the cost.
    You're right the 752 was more expensive for a while. But I still remember them at Jenson going down in price eventually to around the $100 mark, ocassionally I think less. The 750 cranks always sold for $89. I remember because I bought so many of them to build and upgrade friends bikes. The same with the 750 derailleur. While prices generally fluctuated by a few dollars I don't remember ever seeing them for over $45 at Jenson. I have reciepts from 2001-2003 from them. Of about 4 I bought the most expensive one was $42 and the cheapest was $39. The point I'm trying to make is that these prices while they are great are only indicative of how much prices have inflated in the last 3 years. These are closeout parts that are selling for almost the same cost as when they were current generation parts.

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