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    New AEBike.com feature: Daily Deal

    Hello folks,
    Hopefully this isn't inappropriate to post here, just trying to get the word out.
    We at AEBike.com have started a new feature, the daily deal. Roughly every weekday we will pick a popular product from our catalog and offer it at an extremely low price, even far below our normally low prices. At the moment we have a killer price on a Cateye Astrale cycle-computer.
    The deal can always be accessed at this link: http://www.aebike.com/get/deal/
    Happy shopping!
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    Great idea

    Very nice bonus from a company that already has good prices and excellent customer service.

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    They do have good deals and located close to me, however I find their website to be cumbersome sometimes. Wouldn't stop me from buying, just some feedback.
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    Great idea, the $7.50 shipping to me will probably kill the deal most of the time for me though.
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    It's 7.50 for the first item, 75cents for each additional item. So just buy lots!
    Check back in a couple hours for a great deal on some 26" studded tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelluk42
    It's 7.50 for the first item, 75cents for each additional item. So just buy lots!
    Check back in a couple hours for a great deal on some 26" studded tires.
    Good to here about the shipping if I buy multiples. Thanks for the heads up on the studded tires, I'm gonna have to pick some of those up.

    Man, this is not going to be good for my bank account.
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    Get a RSS feed. That way it'll be easy for us to find out what deal is going on.

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    Post deleted - no longer relevant
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    RSS Feed now active

    Thanks to your suggestion I have now implemented an RSS feed for the daily deal. You can find the link to it at the deal page, http://www.aebike.com/get/deal/

    Thanks!
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    The RSS link doesn't seem to be working?

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    Hmm, thanks for the feedback. Could you do me a favor and tell me what browser and operating system you are using? I'd appreciate it so I can get this dialed in.
    Thanks!

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    It works for me. I'm using Firefox. Great!

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    I'm using Firefox as well. When I click on the RSS icon I get a page that has this on the top:

    "
    This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. "

    Then there is bunch of stuff below that that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Hope that helps, I really want to get the RSS feed so I don't forget to check everyday.

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    Hmm, you're probably using Firefox 1.5. A couple of suggestions:
    1 - Upgrade to Firefox 2.0, which was released last week (getfirefox.com). FF2 has much more robust RSS support and should 'just work'
    2 - Install a feed reader plugin to your firefox. I use Wiz RSS ( http://www.wizzcomputers.com/Welcome.php ). Viewing the feed should work fine on that, and it'll work better than what firefox comes with for your other feeds.

    I think I know how to make my feed work with 1.5 but i'm not sure if its feasible for me to do, I'll investigate a little.

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    Use the best browser!


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    Thanks, I've been meaning to upgrade to FF2. That's what I'll do!

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    Hope this works for everyone else. Make sure you check todays deal, which I think is our best yet.
    A package of six 700x23-25c presta road tubes, only $8 ($12.25 shipped if you don't buy anything else)

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    The "Daily Deal" is a misnomer. It should be called the "Twice Weekly Deal". I notice they only put something new up once or maybe twice a week.

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    This is not true at all. I have put up a new deal every week day since we started. They usually go up around 1:30pm EST, I'm working on the next one now, which will be our 14th deal since we started.
    Are you checking it via the RSS feed? If so, let me know and I'll investigate and see if it is not updating.

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    Yes, I have been checking your RSS feed. Everyday I check Woot, SAC, and aebike. Woot changes everyday. SAC changes multiple times a day. And aebike changes once or twice a week.

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    Can you let me know what you use as your RSS reader?

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    IE version 6. Windows XP.

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    hey, nelluk42/aebike! Could you tell me what model year is the Shimano Hone crankset (both 170 and 175mm) you have in your web store? How come it cannot be purchased online? Also, is it really darl gray and not black? Thanks.

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    Hi djork
    Please email us at the main email address on our site and I will try to answer your questions.


    Also, can anyone else confirm whether or not the RSS feed works consistently for them? I have tried it using three different readers, and only one of them is having problems updating it frequently, and I'm having trouble finding any tech support for this on the web, posted in all the RSS forums I can find.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Nelluk42....i've added the RSS and I would gladly buy whatever the daily special is IF you can get me a Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.35 UST tire!!!! Just say you have one and I'll call you in 5 minutes

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    Heh, someone called me looking for that tire yesterday, was it you? But no, no sign of the Fat Albert at our supplier.
    Keep checking that Deal though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelluk42
    Heh, someone called me looking for that tire yesterday, was it you? But no, no sign of the Fat Albert at our supplier.
    Keep checking that Deal though!
    yeah, that was probably me. I've called a dozen shops all across this country! I even emailed Schwalbe. They said they expect to see them in January......JANUARY!!! Argggh!

    thks.

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    OK guys, I tracked down the source of the RSS problem. Some RSS readers were checking the file's modification date on our server, which won't report it, and it wouldn't get updated. Technically the reader isn't supposed to do this, it's kind of a short cut.
    As a solution, I have changed the address for the feed. This should work much better for everyone. Here is the new address:
    http://www.kazookayaks.com/dailydeal.xml
    That's our alternate server for our local kayak business, the page of which is still under development.

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    I can practically hear my credit card groaning.


    If you guys could just get Shimano's most holy permission to sell stuff online, I pretty much wouldn't shop anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolverineGator
    Try Opera. It seems significantly faster than Firefox (don't know about IE, since I gave up on that long ago), especially on the MTBR website. It handles RSS feeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules
    I can practically hear my credit card groaning.


    If you guys could just get Shimano's most holy permission to sell stuff online, I pretty much wouldn't shop anywhere else.
    Who can't buy Shimano online? Perhaps you meant Specialized?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride
    Who can't buy Shimano online? Perhaps you meant Specialized?
    I can buy shimano online, AEBike can't sell shimano online. I'd rather buy from them than any of the shimano authorized internet sellers.

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    If you guys could give me feedback as to how the RSS feed is working now I would really appreciate it. It's my first experience authoring a feed and I'm doing it all manually. One of my browsers is still cacheing the RSS file so it isn't updating as frequently as it should, not sure if this is a problem for typical users.
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    This is all I get from that link

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    - <rss version="2.0">
    - <channel>
    <title>AEBike.com Daily Deal</title>
    <link>http://www.aebike.com/get/deal/</link>
    <description>Updated several times per week with our current "Daily Deal", one item at a temporary low price.</description>
    <lastBuildDate>Mon, 13 Nov 2006 19:17:00 GMT</lastBuildDate>
    <language>en-us</language>
    - <item>
    <title>11/13 Deal: Selle San Marco Glamour Women's Race Saddle</title>
    <link>http://aebike.com/itemdetails.cfm?catalogId=39&id=706&guid=AEBIKE-DD-17-317</link>
    <guid isPermaLink="false">AEBIKE-DD-17-317</guid>
    <pubDate>Mon, 13 Nov 2006 19:17:00 GMT</pubDate>
    <description>It seems as though most of our customers these days are men. And with Mother's Day a scant 24 weeks away, there's no better time than today to encourage equal demographics in the peloton than a great women's racing saddle.- Features: Manufacturer part number: 530M001 - MSRP: $100.00 - Made in Italy - Rail material: CroMoly - Gel padding - Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic shell - Performance women-specific design - Length: 276mm - Width: 124mm - Weight: 210g (approx)</description>
    </item>
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    </rss>
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    That's today's deal, the saddle. Using an RSS Reader you can subscribe to that link and it will notify you every time a new deal has posted. Most newer browsers (IE7, Firefox 2) have this built in. If you are using other RSS feeds currently but ours doesn't work for you, it'd help me if you let me know what browser/program you use.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules
    I can buy shimano online, AEBike can't sell shimano online. I'd rather buy from them than any of the shimano authorized internet sellers.
    ...ahhhh. I see.

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    Well it's been about 6 weeks since we started doing the Daily Deal, and I feel it's been successful. I was wondering if anyone had any feedback or suggestions, or input on what type of items to list.
    Thanks to those of you who have participated!

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    I have sent you guys multiple emails about a problem with a recent order (10242006055242896) and have not heard anything back. I am wondering if mail from you ends up in my Spam box and I just don't see it, or if you never responded. Please email me at tscheezy AT yahoo DOT com because I want to see if your replies actually get through or what. If you PM me to verify that it was sent then I can be sure of what happened. I got the email confirmation of my original order from you guys just fine, so it does not seem like you are being filtered. I am a little annoyed at the lack of response...

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    Could you have an option to combine the shipping of daily deals during a week? Personally, I would like to pick up a few of the daily deals, but dread paying shipping charges over and over again for small items that I usually don't need right away. I don't mind paying for the item at the time I purchase it.

    I imagine it could be a logistic nightmare, but never hurts to ask.

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    Hi There

    I'm sorry if no one replied to your message, or if there was a miscommunication. I found your message in my spam box. I will address the issue on Monday.

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    Trying to nail down fair shipping costs has been a concern of mine. My hope had been that people would just order enough other stuff that they need so that the shipping was negligible, but of course theres only so much you can buy on a regular basis. I was thinking about making the daily deals have free shipping, but of course that would involve raising the price on the deals to compensate.

    Your idea is interesting. I'll mull it over to see if there is an efficient way to make it work.

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    Ok.........

    Quote Originally Posted by nelluk42
    Well it's been about 6 weeks since we started doing the Daily Deal, and I feel it's been successful. I was wondering if anyone had any feedback or suggestions, or input on what type of items to list.
    Thanks to those of you who have participated!
    How many yellow drinking bottles can anybody really want, and how many days does anyone want to find them as the daily deal? Seriously, too much cheap boring and/or useless stuff. Mix it up more, you guys carry about everything....

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    The TDF bottles were our most popular deal, and we had requests to bring it back, so we did. Can't please all of the people all of the time.
    As I said, when I post items that are less generic/cheap, such as a specialty component, often none of them will sell.
    I am always trying new types of items to see what works, its you guys that ultimately decide what is put up by requests and purchase history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelluk42
    If you guys could give me feedback as to how the RSS feed is working now I would really appreciate it. It's my first experience authoring a feed and I'm doing it all manually. One of my browsers is still cacheing the RSS file so it isn't updating as frequently as it should, not sure if this is a problem for typical users.
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    I'm using Safari--will try it in firefox later.

    Nice idea, BTW.

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    I'm hoping to see some Ergon Race Grips come up on the daily deal soon.
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    Your wish is my command. I've got a cool triathlon watch about set to go for today, but check back tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelluk42
    The TDF bottles were our most popular deal, and we had requests to bring it back, so we did. Can't please all of the people all of the time.
    As I said, when I post items that are less generic/cheap, such as a specialty component, often none of them will sell.
    I am always trying new types of items to see what works, its you guys that ultimately decide what is put up by requests and purchase history.
    Well then, keep the studded tires and business cards (or what ever they were) coming.

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    Also, as you'll see from nepbug's post at the bottom and my reply, I'm always open to suggestions as to what to put on the deal. There are some brands that I can't really discount this heavily, but if I can do it and there's a good supply of the item, usually I'll be more than happy to get the suggestion.

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    Thx AE Bike for listening and trying to accommodate picky and demanding bikers who shops via internet. I have been checking it almost daily. I like the idea of shipping cost saving via being able to store different daily deal (say over a week or two) into a cart but not ship until buyer is done shopping. That way only one shipping charge for multiple daily deal item. Is that possible now?
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    I'm always happy to listen to suggestions from customers.

    Currently there is no GOOD way to save multiple daily deals. I'm pretty sure if you left one in your cart and came back the next day and added it, the old one would be gone.

    What you can do is this: Place an order for a daily deal. For payment method, select "will call with credit card number." On the screen where it lets you type in order instructions, put something like "Please hold this order until I complete it later this week.".

    If you do a second order, you could put in the instructions, "please add this to order number ######## which i placed on tuesday."

    In your final order you could include the Credit card number and put in the notes to combine and ship your outstanding orders

    Obviously this is cumbersome for both you guys and me, but if only a few people are doing this, I don't mind at all. A better solution may be forthcoming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelluk42
    What you can do is this...
    That works. I wish I could have done that for couple orders I made over a week. First order was just shipped today. I am assuming 2nd order will be shipped within next five days. Uh well...
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    As requested, Ergon Race grips just went up for our deal, lasting until Friday at around 1pm EST.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelluk42
    As requested, Ergon Race grips just went up for our deal, lasting until Friday at around 1pm EST.
    That's Sweet! Thanks a ton, ordering now. I didn't even specify the Mags and those were the ones I was looking at.

    I did a variation on the combined shipping that I hope works, I tried to combine it with the order I placed yesterday if it hasn't already been shipped.
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    how bout a cloud 9?

    Can you do a daily deal on the CaneCreek Cloud9? Would definitely get one for my Mk3.
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    I'll put it on the list of "maybe" items in the future. Our supplier doesn't have enough inventory to run a screaming deal on them right now.
    .... But haven't you noticed our everyday low price on them?!

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    yup, pretty good price

    but tis the season for giving.
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    I know some like more variety, but a deals that run longer than a single day would be nice. I don't think to check every day, and even when I do remember, I'm not always in a position to buy right then. For instance, I was going to purchase the Ergon grips when I saw them, but got pulled away at work and never got them ordered.

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    I might add a feature where the last, say, 7 daily deals will be listed on a page, and you can still buy them at a decent price, but not at the same insane discount on the deal itself. The deal is purely designed to drive traffic to the site, not to make money.

    Regarding shipping, talked about in a few other posts, I have been adjusting the shipping a little bit, and right now most items i put in as the Deal have a flat shipping rate of $3.50, which does not increase if you buy more items. So for example right now I have some wool socks on sale at $5.99, and it would be $3.50 shipping for the order whether you buy one pair or ten.

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    Feed address updated and new options

    Hi All!
    It's been a while since this thread has been updated, but the Daily Deal has been going strong. We have been consistently doing 5 deals a week, and recently passed 100 unique deals.

    Thanks to all of you for participating, and also subscribing to the RSS Feed, which is why I'm posting.
    I recently moved our RSS feed to be hosted by the Feedburner service, which makes it much more robust, compatible, and has all sorts of neat features.

    The original RSS address will still work, since that is where Feedburner looks for information, but we would appreciate it if everyone could update their RSS feed address to the new URL. It will save us bandwidth, help us get an idea of how many people are looking at the feed, and will make future transitions easier.
    The new address is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/aebike_dailydeal
    As always it is linked from our daily deal page, http://aebike.com/get/deal/

    In addition, two more changes:
    There is no an option to sign up to get the Deal Feed automatically emailed to you when it changes once a day. This service is also provided by Feedburner. The sign up form is on the Deal page on our site.

    It has been a long time since we've used a site-wide coupon code, and one of the reasons it I've never had an efficient way to get it to customers. I think the RSS/Email feed is a great way to do that, so when we do coupon codes in the future, they will likely ONLY be distributed via that feed. Another great reason to sign up!

    Thanks again guys, and keep the comments and suggestions coming!
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