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Those Elusive Reviews

Like most writers who self publish on Amazon, Goodreads and Smashwords et al., I have difficulty in garnering reviews. It seems that readers just don’t like getting down to writing them. And, as a reader, I must confess I’m no different. Reading a book is, usually, an enjoyable, fulfilling experience, but writing a review of it, a proper one, is demanding, taxing, and can even be hard work; something to avoid, or at least put off.

I’ve just finished Elmore Leonard’s Raylan, a fine book and his last as he passed away last year. It’s a great last hurrah from a superb writer of crime thrillers.  lovepawz  I read it in paperback which, for me, will always be a little better than on screen. And a master craftsman like Leonard on top of his game is pure pleasure. Nevertheless, as much as I loved it, to sit down and craft a fitting, worthy review would take effort. Fortunately, since I bought it in a Montreal bookstore, I do not have to make that effort.

Two years ago, an Irish friend bought my book, The Iran Deception online from Amazon. She liked it and said so in emails. I thanked her and reminded her how good it would be if she wrote a review for me. “I surely will, Tony,” she told me, but the review never came. I gently pushed her on it a couple of times and then gave it up.

Audrey has a family; a husband and three children. She works. She also endured a long period of unemployment. Like the rest of us, she struggles. So, reading for her is done in snatches between chores. Writing a review would be a monumental effort that just will not happen. Bless her.

Another fellow recently bought Down and Out in the Big Mango; my book of short stories about foreigner’s adventures in Thailand. He liked it and wrote me an email full of praise:

“Just a short note to tell you how much I enjoyed your “Down and Out in the Big Mango”. I have been reading it at lunchtimes when I have been teaching at a local college. It’s was a fine collection of some charming and well crafted stories. I must confess my clear favourite was the story of Ray. It was both engaging and poignant with well developed and believable characters you cared for. I felt quite emotional about them at times and didn’t want it to end. Do let me know when you next publish.”

I’ve nudged him twice now in emails to write a review for me, but as yet it has not materialized. Maybe he will surprise me with a glowing review; more likely he won’t, but I shan’t ask him again.

And then there are the reviewers; men and women who read and review books and advertise their skills as such. I was given a long list of such reviewers and emailed each one requesting reviews. Most didn’t reply. Those that did listed conditions (such as the genres they read, or don’t read) that one had to comply with them. I complied as best I could and was placed on waiting lists (“You’re fifteenth on my reading list,” one reviewer emailed me) but I never heard from him again. The problem with “professional” reviewers is they must, inevitably, develop a sense of self importance. Like literary agents, they become gurus; experts in their field and difficult to engage, especially for the beginning writer.

In the beginning, I was advised to engage friends at my “book launch” to read my stuff and write reviews. I duly placed my book on Amazon Select which made it a freebie for five days and then I emailed a host of friends, old workmates and drinking buddies and exhorted them to read my book, my first attempt at a self published novel; the response was poor. Most didn’t give any response at all; not even a reply to my email. One replied that he just couldn’t read a book on a computer screen. “Luddites” like him tell me that, though Amazon’s Kindle and other digital readers have been available and growing in popularity for years, there is still a definite resistance to using them.

Some writers go in for a team effort; a quid pro quo arrangement whereby they review each others books; and boost each others ratings and, consequently, sales. That’s fine as long as the reviews are genuine. But I suspect that if it were overdone, Amazon’s algorithm would frown and bring the curtain down.

On a whim, I turned to my wife. Su is Thai, but unlike most Thais who don’t read, she’s an avid reader, and she loves fiction. She’s university educated, has travelled and lived overseas, and her command of English is good. And as a government officer, her work entails considerable travel, and so she packs a Kindle on her PC. Naturally, on publication, she bought from Amazon a copy of Down and Out in the Big Mango. She read it, and enjoyed it immensely. And then she posted a 5 star review.

Down And Out In The Big Mango: An Excellent Short Story Compilation

Two things attracted me to this book; the gritty, gutsy title and that it was a collection of short stories. As my work entails much travel, I carry a Kindle on my laptop for my reading, and short stories are perfect for travel reading. And as the tales are set in and about Thailand, I was even more intrigued. I was not disappointed.

These nine stories about foreigner’s experiences in the Land of Smiles are superbly crafted, well written and unique. Each story is different, yet each held me from the first sentence. They are dramatic, tense, tender, gritty, and sexy, and packed with a delightful thread of villainy and a deft touch of humor; this author writes to please his readers.

The story I liked most was Ray as it moved me so much emotionally, and I could relate and sympathize with the people in it. Another favorite was the title story, Down and Out in the Big Mango. It’s a book I recommend highly.

Amazon rejected her review; sending her a generalized piece of “boilerplate” stating it could not be published “… in its present form.”

Su modified it and made sure it satisfied all requirements. They still rejected it with the same notice. Maybe Amazon’s algorithm discovered she’s my spouse and were suspicious. They didn’t give a reason; you have to figure it out yourself. You have to read between the lines.

And yet Amazon’s algorithm allowed the following review of Jackie Collins’ “The Love Killers.”

5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous aas(sic) usual, December 19, 2012

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Jackie Collins rules:)))))))) always looking forward to reading anything she publishes. Keep them coming please. Love you Jackie xxxxxxx

That “review” in no way satisfies the Amazon review requirements. And yet, it was allowed to pass. I find it puzzling.

Do I write reviews? Yes, I do, but only good ones. If I like a book, I will write a review for it praising its virtues and recommending it. I won’t write a bad review. If I don’t like a book, or I think it’s very poor, I quit reading it and put it aside. Even if I battle on and finish it, I will not write a review for it. And the reason is this. Writing a book is an achievement. It’s hard work. The man or woman who sits down and puts heart and soul into producing a book deserves credit; a firm handshake and a solid pat on the back. “Well done,” I say. “And good luck.” But if it turns out poor wrought or badly edited, I simply stop reading. I do the same with paperbacks. To write one or two star reviews for someone who’s put in such hard, honest work would be cruel; in my view poor reviews do not encourage a writer; they discourage.

Many self-published books are nakedly exploitive of the market. They are packed with gratuitous sex and violence, evil villains and vigilante justice,  ogdispensary   designed to sell and make money by appealing to the lowest common denominator; society’s crud. It is to these I would donate one or two star reviews: if I were to read them. But, of course, I would not dream of reading such stuff. And that’s one of the reasons I like Amazon’s “See inside… ” feature. You get to see at least the beginning, the first few pages, of what you’re buying. And as I like to think I possess that what Ernest Hemingway termed “a built-in, shockproof shit detector” most times I don’t buy.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there has to be a ratio between a writer’s book sales and the reviews he or she receives. A large number of book sales must include a number of readers capable of overcoming the inertia to write a review. But the catch is how to get those initial sales if potential buyers are put off by a lack of reviews? Another element to consider is the volume of works a writer has on offer. A single novel carries little weight. But if a writer has five or six or more novels and short stories in his corpus he stands a much better chance of marketing his stuff; volume of work counts. So writers seeking success need to produce; without, of course, sacrificing quality, mind. There’s much food for thought here.

So there we are, writers working hard, turning out books and needing reviews and seeking new ways of getting their readers to write them; and readers reading books and avoiding writing reviews for them. Writers and readers exist in a state of symbiosis; they need each other. Here’s Henry Miller on the subject: “… though reading may not at first blush seem like an act of creation, in a deep sense it is. Without the enthusiastic reader, who is really the author’s counterpart and very often his most secret rival, a book would die.” And with no sales, without a day job, writers would starve. All writers are also readers, but only a few readers are writers and so they do not fully comprehend the writer’s desperate need for reviews, especially now in the age of Amazon and digital books.

I’m feel sure that everyone “in the business” is aware of the recent scandal of review purchasing and sockpuppetry engaged in by some writers, so I won’t resurrect it here. But I have a sneaking hunch that someone out there is working on new ways to “beat the house.”

On Twitter the other day, I came across a Tweet from a writer offering free books in exchange for reviews.

Zero cost, my ebook at the end of the month OR another top ebook in exchange for a review.

Now, that’s a new angle on review buying. And, as no money changes hands, I have to assume it’s OK. After all, he’s simply asking for reviews, not demanding five star reviews as the unscrupulous John Locke paid for. But it does tend to open a box of tricks. Perhaps I should offer a long weekend in Bangkok in exchange for fifty reviews. What about a week in Sin City (Pattaya) for one hundred reviews. Or better still, a weekend in New York at the Waldorf Astoria, including dinner for two, for 2,000 five star reviews? No. No, I could not get into that. I guess some people have no shame, but I’ll wait awhile, continue to write to the best of my ability and try hard by fair means to develop a following, and keep hoping to get rhonest eviews. It’s just the way it is; reviews are difficult to come by.

Born in Manchester, I left England many years ago to get about and see the world. It was the best move I ever made. After much traveling and adventure in Africa, where I worked in many jobs to serve my passion for travel such as English teacher, bar tender, taxi driver, construction worker in the Transvaal goldmines and the copper mines of Zambia, I moved to Canada, basing myself in Quebec, living in Montreal for many years before moving north into the Laurentian Mountains where I built a log home in the town of Ste. Adele. I now reside in Chiang Mai, Thailand and like it a lot.

In the winter of 2012, I published my first novel, an espionage thriller, on Amazon: “The Iran Deception.” Last November I published “Down And Out In The Big Mango” a collection short fiction about foreigner’s experiences in Thailand. I also published two short stories: “A Bangkok Solution” and “A Partner in Crime.” I am presently working on a second novel: “A Bangkok Interlude.”

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Product Marketing for the 21st Century

Marketing by definition is all about reaching out to the consumers through targeted messages and by positioning the product based on the pricing, promotion, distribution elements of the marketing mix. Further, the marketers must be able to glocalize or adapt the global brands to local conditions to leverage upon the market power of the specific regions and countries.  mathey   Further, marketers have obligations towards the consumers and hence must follow ethical norms. Finally, marketers must also be in compliance with the legal and regulatory rules and procedures in vogue in the specific markets that they operate.

Pricing

Pricing affects the marketing of a product as it determines the consumer segment that is likely to buy the product. For instance, it is common for marketers to segment the market according to the price range that they are selling the product in. There can be lower priced models for the lower end of the segment, medium priced models and finally, the premium or the upper end models for the upper crust of the market. Pricing is important because it determines the discovered value of the product and can be either undervalued or overvalued leading to the product getting sold in abundance or otherwise. Finally, pricing affects the bottom line of the company since it is the direct determinant of revenues. It is for these reasons that pricing is an important variable in the marketing mix (Blois, 2007, 42).

Promotion

The way in which the product is promoted determines the extent to which the marketing campaign is successful in its scope and reach. For instance, targeted promotion at specific consumer segments means that the message that is intended to be sent because of the promotional campaign would be heard in the correct context or not. Successful advertising also impacts the bottom lines of companies since they determine the sales of the product. Finally, promotion is important because without advertising or word of mouth publicity coupled with point of sale promotions, it is difficult for marketers to get their message across and make sure that consumers absorb the message that is being conveyed. It is for these reasons that promotion is considered an important variable in the marketing mix (Egan & Johnson, 2008, 17).

Distribution

This variable is usually not given the importance that it ought to be accorded by marketers. The point about distribution being important is that availability and accessibility of the product determine to a great extent how successful it would be in the real world market. For instance, when the latest version of the Apple iPhone 4S debuted recently, the outlets were not stocked with enough products leading to wait times by the consumers making them switch over to substitutes or alternatives. It is for this reason that many marketers design the distribution channels first and then plan their marketing strategies so as to leverage upon the synergies that would accrue from the combination of distribution channels and advertising. Further, many marketers test the products’ applicability and desirability in the market by rolling out test launches in select regions which would ensure that the products and their relevance to the market can be gauged by measuring the response (Kotler & Armstrong, 2010, 80).

Marketing in International Markets

Among the pricing, promotion and distribution elements to be considered for international markets, the following specific elements must be taken into consideration: The pricing must be done based on the local purchasing power determined according to the PPP or Purchasing Power Parity. Next, the promotion must be done in such a way that it is a combination of global brand appeal tailored to local conditions or “Glocal” in approach.  roll-up-profis  Finally, the distribution must take into account the varying needs of the global supply chain and its success would depend on how well the company taps into the specifics of the local market. The point here is that when marketing to international markets, attention must be paid to the fact that there is a need to understand the local conditions and hence blind application of global strategies must be avoided. This means that a “Glocal” approach where the global strategies are adapted to local conditions must be followed so that the product is successful in the local markets.

Ethical Considerations

The primary ethical consideration that marketers ought to consider is whether the product being marketed or advertised is according to the normative rules of conduct like not targeting inappropriate advertising at children or using props or visuals that might be offensive to certain groups. The point here is that marketing by definition is all about winning the hearts and minds of consumers and to achieve this, the ethical norms must not be sacrificed. Given the fact that many marketers use messages that use stereotypes, they must be considerate towards minorities, disadvantaged sections and other groups when designing their marketing strategies (Constantinides, 2006, 418).

Effect of Legal and Regulatory Requirements

The legal or regulatory requirements that affect the marketing function include compliance with local labor laws and policies dealing with specific conditions under which the marketers operate in a given market. The fact that each country and region has separate laws for marketers to obey means that they should not only be cognizant of these laws and regulations but also be in compliance with them. It needs to be remembered that punitive action by the regulators impacts the product’s brand value apart from entailing costs that might have to be borne by the companies in marketing the product (Hassan & Submission, 2003, 140).

References

Blois, K. (2007). `Business Customers’ Behavior – A Challenge for the Relationship Marketing Concept?’ Journal of Business Market Management 1(1):41-58.

Egan & John (2008). `A century of marketing’. The Marketing Review 8(1):3-23.

Kotler, P. & Armstrong, G. (2010). Principles of Marketing (12th Edition) (Principles of Marketing). Prentice Hall.

Hassan, S. S. & Submission, H. C. (2003). `Global marketing eviews’. Journal of Global Marketing 6(3):139-142.

Constantinides, E. (2006). `The Marketing Mix Revisited: Towards the 21st Century Marketing’. Journal of Marketing Management 22(3):407-438.

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New Year: Facts and Resolutions

‘New Year’ means diverse things to various segments of the society. For a layman, it’s the commencement of another year. An office-goer feels it as one more holiday to relax. Rich people get a chance to spend lavishly, and display their status. The elders hope for their dreams to materialize. Manufacturers of calendars, diaries, gifts, etc., seize this occasion to spruce up their profits. Whatever the prospects a New Year holds, its basics never change.

Our Earth takes 365 days to complete one revolution around the Sun. To achieve this task, it works hard and rotates on its axis uninterrupted for 8760 hours,  innotechreviews  and proceeds on its endless journey. Just when the Earth has finished one revolution, we say one year is over. The moment it starts another trip the next year begins. It’s a Happy New Year, thanks to the Mother Planet. Going by the same logic, we can also wish a person ‘Happy New Year’ in addition to the traditional ‘Happy Birth Day’ on completing one year from his last birthday.

New year described above pertains to the Gregorian calendar accepted all over the world. However, several parts of the world and diverse cultures within a territory have their own calendars and New years. For instance, different states of India celebrate it on distinct dates. It starts in Chithirai month (April) for the people of Tamilnadu while it falls on the first day of Chaitra month (March) in Maharashtra. Jews have their New year day in September. To Muslims, the same comes in October. Chinese New year date falls between January, 21 and February, 20.

People celebrate this special occasion in a variety of ways, but exchange of greetings, online and offline, remains to be the simplest and easiest. One interesting greeting received through SMS reads as ‘December, 31,of the calendar says, ‘Turn me.’ Time says, ‘Plan me.’ Future says, ‘Win me.’ Money says, ‘Earn me.’ God says, ‘Remember Me.’

Making a resolution for the forthcoming year is a customary practice, but it aims for a personal benefit. However, the following resolutions will definitely produce contentment and happiness to all.

Never harm others in any manner.

Exchange, even the negativism, in a positive way.

Work hard to benefit self and others.

Yearn for peaceful and happy life.

Eliminate anything that spoils and affects the environment.

Always help others though in a small way, and

Review the progress and take action to improve.

Why don’t we make it a habit to celebrate every day as New Year to have an inspiration and a sense of positivism? Just think of how the whole world will be if each one of us is bubbling with cheers and happiness all through the year. The pomp and spirit of New year celebrations should not end on the first day itself. New Year is the only event celebrated on a grand scale all over the world, though it is not a festival. We can call it as a Secular festival. The United Nations can think of naming First January as Unity Day.

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Post Wedding Flower Bouquets Pursuits

For many couples, the wedding is not over once the reception is. Designed to be personal the location of the marriage ceremony and the couple’s relationship with their families, often there are other pursuits that follow the chief occasion.

One of the obvious is a breakfast the day following the marriage ceremony. This is a period for everyone to touch base with each other, check in on how everyone did and perhaps share memories of the night before. This morning meal activity can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Many years love to have this breakfast at a relatives house because that’s friendly and familiar Market Harborough florist  and more conducive to everyone hanging out and enjoying by themselves. It can be potluck style or catered. You can likewise meet up at a eating place.

Many thousands like to have the the happy couple open presents the day after the wedding. There might be many who believe the bride and bridegroom are essential to open presents in the presence of family for good luck. In that case, building in the opening of presents is essential. This can be an easy gathering of friends and relations or you can turn the present opening into an all-out activity, where each item is opened, demonstrated or displayed and discussed in great detail.

Opening gifts doesn’t need to a dry activity. You can purchase some silly fun. How about starting with the smallest and relocating to the largest gifts? Or working in the reverse order? You even may create a game. Everyone has to guess what’s in each gift prior to its being opened. (Supplying first, people can’t guess on their on gifts.) Someone can be in charge of keeping a tally and whoever gets the most right, wins a tiny prize.

The females in the bride’s family may wish to aid her pack up her gown (or send it to the dry cleansing agents) and preserve her wedding bouquet. This can simply be done at your home and the females (particularly those who are crafty) may wish to get started on preserving the flowers as well.

In the crafty light, some brides may wish to plan a scrapbook party for after the wedding. You won’t have photos back from the photographer, but you can scrapbook a number of wedding events, like pre-occasions like manicures, various parties and the candid photos take by wedding guests the night before. More than being focused on the photos, this activity gives the women an opportunity to contemplate the occurrences of the marriage ceremony, laugh at all the fun ties and journal and preserve memories before some are lost. It will in addition help the bride feel as though she’s partly in control of all those photos before she leaves on her honeymoon and takes yet more photos.

If gifts were opened on this “day following on from the wedding”, crafty groups may wish to produce thank you cards. Classes as well a design long prior to the wedding day, perhaps even making a prototype as well. There are lots of things all the supplies available and give everyone good ideas about how the cards should be made. Even the men can get on this act, helping to fold the cards, perhaps handling any computer work and even getting their fingers on glue and scissors. Send the bride and groom off with these homemade cards so when they get back from their honeymoon, all they have to do is jot off a quick note.

Some brides and grooms plan activities the day after the marriage ceremony that are created to aid everyone calm down, relax and unwind after what has likely been a busy weekend. In this light, you can plan a picnic at the park and bring along games to play. You realize pack a football, a volleyball net or items to play baseball. You realize bring along water guns or a dartboard. Whatever it is, the belief here’s to have some fun and blow off steam. Make your individual rules when playing the games. It would make more sense doesn’t matter. Talk about is about relaxing, unwinding and spending some quality time with friends and family before the special weekend has finished.

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Buying Silver Bars – 5 Tips for the First Time Investor

In a volatile market, investors tend to look to precious metals for their investments. With rising oil and a weak dollar and ever rising inflation the metals market is starting to look good for all kinds of investors.

Silver bullion or coin is likely to be of interest to the big investor looking to buy large quantities of physical metal and also the small investor with a smaller budget.  mathey  It is important to price silver per ounce.

It is difficult to predict where the silver prices will be six months from now but it does seem that it is hovering around $20 per ounce at the moment, (as of Autumn 2013), and it has had a year on year improvement.

Who knows what will happen next?

Interestingly, silver mining is secondary to other mining because:

A) The bulk of silver mines are in obscure and volatile parts of the world so the US is not mining enough.

B) Most countries (like the US and UK) keep a other precious metals reserves but do not keep silver bullion.

Surprisingly though, there is an increase in the industrial use of silver.

So, what should the average investor do?

In my opinion, investing in some silver is a great idea.

If you do decide to invest in silver, it’s worth remembering that silver bullion coins, such as the U.S. Eagle or the Canadian Maple Leaf, will always get you a few dollars above the spot prices. Silver rounds and silver bars usually sell for around the spot prices.

Why I believe that the price of silver is still low?

Because of Manipulation.

The silver price is  roll-up-profis   determined by the volume of purchases. At the moment London is trading at about 130 million oz per day. The physical silver market is about 850 million oz per year in (figures from 2008). Thus in 6 trading days the amount of silver traded is equivalent to 1 year of the supply from World mining. Most of the silver trading done is not for physical silver buyers but for paper trading and even gambling. So at the moment the existing stocks are still able to fulfill the physical silver demand. But I believe, once these stocks dry up, the silver price will go up.

Knowing this, I believe it is sensible to add some silver to your portfolio for investment purposes or as a future insurance policy. Please do your own homework first before you buy. So assuming silver is a good investment, what next?

What type of physical silver should you buy?

1.) In my opinion, those who are new to silver investment should start with common bullion coin first. This is the most liquid form of silver available. It is much easier to sell a Silver Maple leaf compared to a 100 oz silver bar or silver ingot.

In additional to that, if you just want a term of reference, having a few coins is good enough. The Canadian Maple Leaf and the American Silver Eagle looks the exactly same except for the printed year of the coin.

A good collection would be all the years? Not an easy task as some years are harder to find than others, but fun though!

2.) It would be good to get some premium bullion coin with limited yearly mintage such as China Silver Panda, Australia Perth Mint Silver Koala, Silver Kookaburra, Silver Lunar and Silver Kangaroo. These coins have a lower yearly mintage and one side of the coin changes every year.

This is a bit of a naughty ploy by the mint because they can get more sales from the customer and they can up the price. Since the price is so high, it is not wise to buy so many coins for investment but rather more to add to a collection. I will expect people not to want to pay extra for numismatic value, I believe, as money is short, they will be more interested in the silver content of the coin.

3.) Common silver rounds such as A-mark, Pan AM Round and Buffalo Round. I don’t buy common rounds unless from a reputable dealer as they are very easy to fake.

4.) Silver BAR, Perth Mint, Johnson Mathey Bar, PAN-AM, NWT bar. These silver bars come in sizes from 1 oz up to as much as 20oz even a kilobar or 100oz and 1000 oz. Make sure the silver bar has a vendor hall-mark with it such as Perth Mint, Johnson Mathey etc. If the silver bar does not have a popular hall-mark then people may doubt the silver content of the silver bar. The only way to be absolutely sure of the silver content is to melt it down.

5.) Kilobar and 100 oz bar. This large silver bar I would hold for about 10 years and then sell it on. Be careful as the buyer will pay the exact price for the exact weight and some of the bars especially the big ones do not have the exact weight on them.

At the moment, it is still too early to know which silver investment will give the best yield. My opinion is that you should diversify and buy a little bit of each to reduce your risk.

The price of silver and how long should you hold silver?

In early 2013 the demand for both gold and silver coins was record-breaking. This lead to the US Mint running out of silver eagles and they had to suspend sales. I believe that that would have been a good time to sell, when there is a shortage. But generally, unless there is a massive World event then I see silver going up little by little year on year.

Author – Pat Sutton

A silver investor and professional blogger.

Did you know that for the first time in OVER 30 YEARS countries and central banks are BUYING Precious Metals such as Gold and Silver and the demand only continues to rise. Read why here

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Why Getting a Sight Test Is Important

Having difficulty seeing even the bigger things up close or from afar prior to a sight test? This probably means you need to get one as soon as possible. Fear not the sight test – it is quite, painless and it can be done in a matter of thirty minutes if there are no complications. All that one needs now would be a realization of the importance of getting one. If you are keenly aware of the difference between your present visual acuity and how it was five years ago, then you have probably have already had one or schedule one in the near future. Still, here are ten reasons as to why it is very important to get one.

Early Diagnosis is Still Best

One, eyesight can get on the  Polycarbonate Gauge Glass road of deterioration quickly. If you have problems in seeing – even the slightest of problems, mind you – it is best to get an eye sight test right away. This is important, even if just to assure yourself that your vision is still working properly and that you need no correction. Two, there are lots of vision and eye conditions (take glaucoma, for example) which can be given fast treatment if they are diagnosed at an early stage. If you do not get a sight test, you might lose out on this precious margin of time.

Three, eye problems have no other obvious symptoms aside from blurring – but can still be detected with a sight test. Only an optician and his or her tools will be able to pinpoint if there are existing medical conditions and how one should act on these. Four, there are also some other medical conditions like diabetes which you can diagnose with a simple sight test. Again, your optician will know if there is something amiss and clue you in right away.

Five, you should definitely get a sight test if your family has a history of eye disease. Even if your eyes are fine now, there might be a chance that they will get blurry or problematic in a matter of months or years. Six, those who are diagnoses with high blood pressure and diabetes ought to go out and get a sight test – for the mere reason that it is required. Seven, blurry vision and the struggle to read is more common as one gets older. You might end up needing reason glasses or you might have to wear glasses at all times. You need to have the go-signal of an eye doctor, so a sight test is in order.

Eight, having an eye test is the surest way to know what your exact grade of visual acuity is. There are reading glasses that you can purchase at a department store, but nothing beats a customized grading especially if the left and right eyes have different grades. Ninth, children also need to get eye tests – and on a yearly basis at that! Eye test are required for their developing eyes to know if there is something that needs to be corrected at this early age so the problem will not worsen. And finally, number ten is getting an eye sight test is important if you want to know if you can move from glasses to contact lenses. Many people find that they get headaches from glasses, but switching to the easier solution of contact lenses also requires a go-signal from your doctor. You might find yourself agreeing with some, or all of these reasons to get a sight test!

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What’s the Number 9 Reason You Can’t Find Love?

Number 9 is difficult to escape because we all engage in this activity. In fact, we are taught to use this skill even if it works against us. We all judge and assess others to protect self or to find pleasure. The problem is you can only judge to the extinct your environment allows you to judge. In https://thetrademagazine.com/ other other words, you can only see what your environment taught you to see.

If your environment was dangerous, you may be fearful of most things, even if you disguise that fear as toughness. If your environment taught you that everything is difficult, you will look for difficulties in everything, including relationships. When you find yourself in a relationship that is not difficult, you may become suspicious and start looking for problems. That in itself can cause problems. Instead of enjoying yourself, you are being paranoid. When the paranoid behavior causes problems, you will feel relieved that you found one. While that mindset sounds insane, it’s happens every day.

Imagine attempting to judge something you have never seen or heard of. You can only assess it by comparing it to something similar. This is what happens every time you meet someone new. And this is why people misjudge one another so often.

There was an interesting study. A group of female psychologists and sociologists wanted to prove men are more shallow than women.

What I am really saying is your judgment is based on what you already know. There is so much you don’t know that being judgmental is a waste of time. It’s much better to discover than to judge. Discovery allows you to explore things you have not encountered in your environment.

For the record, your family is one environment. Your neighborhood is another. Your school, media and books are another. Your country is an environment and so is planet earth. Be honest about the limits of all environments. That could help you to be less judgmental.

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Nice scale and great customer support

The item description looked good. The product reviews looked good. How could I go wrong? Unfortunately the scale did not work correctly. The weight was off by about 20-30 pounds and not even repeatable. Needless to say, I was disappointed and returned the scale.

After I posted this, I was immediately contacted my the people from Innotech. The were genuinely concerned that the product didn’t function properly. They sent me a new scale within a few days and it looks great and is accurate. Maybe my original experience was a fluke? However, their customer support was first rate! My new scale is work innotechreviews  I revised my rating and felt that my review needed to be reflective of the entire process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The display is very crisp and easy to read
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
I was on the fence about what scale to buy. After shuffling back and forth between about 4 pages I finally settled on this one. I went two different doctors offices and got weight measurements there and compared it to the scale on the same day, all three had the same number. The display is very crisp and easy to read. It even stays up for a bit after you step off the scale if you need to bend down to look at the numbers.The batteries are a little different than a lot of battery scales, using button batteries. I suggest adding some to your cart before you check out so that you don’t have to track them down at the store.  seikatsusuidosos  There is a button on the back that will change the scale from lb/kg/st. which is nifty. I don’t think I’ve come across any scales here in the states that do stones. This scale is pretty light and easy to move. I’m glad I bought it. I could stand on my old scale five different times and get five different weights. Not so with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is just as accurate as my docotor’s scale
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
Super sleek modern gorgeous scale! I have tried many of the different types of digital scales, but was disappointed with most of them.  f2art.net   Some have buttons to push, remember your previous weight, check your BMI etc. Lot’s can and does go wrong with those. I wanted a good quality scale that you simply step on, get your weight and go. This one fit the bill, it uses standard c2032 batteries instead of big AAA. It turns itself off after a few seconds to save battery life. It’s as accurate as my doctor’s scale and easy to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTION!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
I’m psychotic about weighing myself. I have a full-size doctor’s scale in my home and a $75 scale in my forest cabin. The problem is that they don’t agree. Unacceptable. My quest for the perfect scale continued.

Then I stumbled onto alesco  Innotech, a small flat bathroom scale that does weight and nothing else. It got 4.5 stars on Amazon from 1,000+ reviews and only cost $25 bucks. Amazon reviewers raved about its accuracy. I immediately ordered it.

The scale arrived. Its white, thin and sleek, as if designed by Apple. It weighs a ton, which hints at a quality product.

The moment of truth came. I stepped on my doctor’s scale and measured my weight to the microgram. I then stepped on the Innotech. Three pounds off! Damn! Then I read the instructions which said that you have to press the scale to zero it before stepping on it. I zeroed it and stepped on it. The weight was…PERFECT. I stepped off and on two more times and each time the weight was exactly the same. happy-suger  Folks, this is the perfect scale. When I die and get cremated I want this scale with me.
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Gillian
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It! Love It! Love It!
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
This is by far the best value scale I’ve ever owned! I think many brand scales in the market have overpriced, and doesn’t look good as well. This Innotech scale not only has a reasonable price, but also a trendy minimalist style that can easily fit in any place! Besides, the white glass really keeps neat and clean, very easy to maintain. I’m also impressed by its great quality!

Quality:
– Accurate and consistence. The gym I go to has a professional Omron scale, I found this this scale is very accurate every time compared to Omron one (but you pay only half of the price of Omron scale, and get nicer design, wow!)
– Light weight but very sturdy. I stamp on it by accident many times, it still remains in perfect condition.
– Numbers easy to read.  kk-leap.co  My dad often complains his scale is hard to read and too many functions that distract him. This scale is simple but readable, I think it is friendly for elder people or pregnant women.

Heads-up:
I found it’s most accurate if you activate it (tap on the scale and let it zero out), before you step on. If you don’t do so, its result may be a little off (1 or 2 times out of 10). As long as you activate it before, you will be fine.

Honestly, for the price, design and quality, I am 100% satisfied and plan to buy another one for my parents. Very happy customer!!! I can’t recommend this more.
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Stephanie G
4.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Scale is Great – First one was terrible
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2018
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
UPDATE: about six weeks after I wrote this review I received a box in the mail. I hadn’t ordered anything so wasn’t sure what it was and lo and behold the seller of this scale must have seen my review and sent me a new scale. It has been in the box for months because honestly I just didn’t bother with it, the bathroom where it went was under construction and I forgot about it. I pulled it out of the box last week and it is perfect. It doesn’t have any of the problems that the first one has. The displayed weight is accurate and it holds so you can actually see the number. It does not fluctuate when you shift weight and it working great.

So here is the thing, the scale is great for a basic scale with no bells and whistles if you get one that works properly and is calibrated properly.

Not Accurate. I have had the flu for the last week, the last time I got on the scale was 4 days ago. I have not eaten since then, only fluids and some saltines. According to the scale this morning I have gained almost 7 pounds. That makes no sense got on again and lost 10 pounds. Ridiculous and that will drive me insane. I am glad it was cheap, but what is that saying about you get what you pay for. Gonna go and buy myself a nice Tanita and move on
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not accurate
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
I had read such positive reviews on this scale. They were much better than all the other scales I researched. However; I just got this scale today and am getting different readings when moving my scale throughout the home. They are off by as much as 5 pounds. I have no idea how much I weigh which defeats the purpose of this purchase. This will most likely be getting returned. What a disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SCALE…PRICE IS RIGHT!
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
Great scale and the price is right! My scale was very, very old and my eyes are failing, lol! I recently went on a diet and I wanted an easy scale to read. Lost 6 lbs. and am lighter and happier! 🙂 I bought the white one and it is very nice looking too.
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Mary H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Once batteries were done it didn’t work again with new replacements.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
I purchased this last December. We liked it very much. We had issues in September with low light on and changed the batteries and it still didn’t work effectively. When you step on it, it doesn’t light up. When you push on the batteries on the back with the protective cover off, it lights up. I called the company and they truely have the best customer service I’ve ever had! I had already ordered a new one, because we did like the size and easy to read. The new one was shipped and I was told to throw the one that doesn’t work and would be refunded. AMAZING SERVICE! The new scale uses different batteries. 3 AAA, maybe the battery type was the issue. They were small circle ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scale So Far!
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
The scale is brand new and just arrived, but so far I love it. It’s easy to read the large lit numbers, the scale itself has plenty of space to stand on, it has a very nice modern and clean design which was important to me, the batteries come with the product, the instructions are super clear on how to operate it (insert batteries, place on a flat surface, push one button on the back to change from pounds to a different measurement of weight) and then step on it). So far, I am very pleased with this purchase. It also appears from other reviews that this company has great customer service. They emailed me as soon as my Amazon package was delivered with the phone number to their customer service department.

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Nice scale and great customer support

The item description looked good. The product reviews looked good. How could I go wrong? Unfortunately the scale did not work correctly. The weight was off by about 20-30 pounds and not even repeatable. Needless to say, I was disappointed and returned the scale.

After I posted this, I was immediately contacted my the people from Innotech. The were genuinely concerned that the product didn’t function properly. They sent me a new scale within a few days and it looks great and is accurate. Maybe my original experience was a fluke? However, their customer support was first rate! My new scale is work innotechreviews  I revised my rating and felt that my review needed to be reflective of the entire process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The display is very crisp and easy to read
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
I was on the fence about what scale to buy. After shuffling back and forth between about 4 pages I finally settled on this one. I went two different doctors offices and got weight measurements there and compared it to the scale on the same day, all three had the same number. The display is very crisp and easy to read. It even stays up for a bit after you step off the scale if you need to bend down to look at the numbers.The batteries are a little different than a lot of battery scales, using button batteries. I suggest adding some to your cart before you check out so that you don’t have to track them down at the store.  seikatsusuidosos  There is a button on the back that will change the scale from lb/kg/st. which is nifty. I don’t think I’ve come across any scales here in the states that do stones. This scale is pretty light and easy to move. I’m glad I bought it. I could stand on my old scale five different times and get five different weights. Not so with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is just as accurate as my docotor’s scale
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
Super sleek modern gorgeous scale! I have tried many of the different types of digital scales, but was disappointed with most of them.  f2art.net   Some have buttons to push, remember your previous weight, check your BMI etc. Lot’s can and does go wrong with those. I wanted a good quality scale that you simply step on, get your weight and go. This one fit the bill, it uses standard c2032 batteries instead of big AAA. It turns itself off after a few seconds to save battery life. It’s as accurate as my doctor’s scale and easy to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTION!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
I’m psychotic about weighing myself. I have a full-size doctor’s scale in my home and a $75 scale in my forest cabin. The problem is that they don’t agree. Unacceptable. My quest for the perfect scale continued.

Then I stumbled onto alesco  Innotech, a small flat bathroom scale that does weight and nothing else. It got 4.5 stars on Amazon from 1,000+ reviews and only cost $25 bucks. Amazon reviewers raved about its accuracy. I immediately ordered it.

The scale arrived. Its white, thin and sleek, as if designed by Apple. It weighs a ton, which hints at a quality product.

The moment of truth came. I stepped on my doctor’s scale and measured my weight to the microgram. I then stepped on the Innotech. Three pounds off! Damn! Then I read the instructions which said that you have to press the scale to zero it before stepping on it. I zeroed it and stepped on it. The weight was…PERFECT. I stepped off and on two more times and each time the weight was exactly the same. happy-suger  Folks, this is the perfect scale. When I die and get cremated I want this scale with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It! Love It! Love It!
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
This is by far the best value scale I’ve ever owned! I think many brand scales in the market have overpriced, and doesn’t look good as well. This Innotech scale not only has a reasonable price, but also a trendy minimalist style that can easily fit in any place! Besides, the white glass really keeps neat and clean, very easy to maintain. I’m also impressed by its great quality!

Quality:
– Accurate and consistence. The gym I go to has a professional Omron scale, I found this this scale is very accurate every time compared to Omron one (but you pay only half of the price of Omron scale, and get nicer design, wow!)
– Light weight but very sturdy. I stamp on it by accident many times, it still remains in perfect condition.
– Numbers easy to read.  kk-leap.co  My dad often complains his scale is hard to read and too many functions that distract him. This scale is simple but readable, I think it is friendly for elder people or pregnant women.

Heads-up:
I found it’s most accurate if you activate it (tap on the scale and let it zero out), before you step on. If you don’t do so, its result may be a little off (1 or 2 times out of 10). As long as you activate it before, you will be fine.

Honestly, for the price, design and quality, I am 100% satisfied and plan to buy another one for my parents. Very happy customer!!! I can’t recommend this more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Scale is Great – First one was terrible
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2018
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
UPDATE: about six weeks after I wrote this review I received a box in the mail. I hadn’t ordered anything so wasn’t sure what it was and lo and behold the seller of this scale must have seen my review and sent me a new scale. It has been in the box for months because honestly I just didn’t bother with it, the bathroom where it went was under construction and I forgot about it. I pulled it out of the box last week and it is perfect. It doesn’t have any of the problems that the first one has. The displayed weight is accurate and it holds so you can actually see the number. It does not fluctuate when you shift weight and it working great.

So here is the thing, the scale is great for a basic scale with no bells and whistles if you get one that works properly and is calibrated properly.

Not Accurate. I have had the flu for the last week, the last time I got on the scale was 4 days ago. I have not eaten since then, only fluids and some saltines. According to the scale this morning I have gained almost 7 pounds. That makes no sense got on again and lost 10 pounds. Ridiculous and that will drive me insane. I am glad it was cheap, but what is that saying about you get what you pay for. Gonna go and buy myself a nice Tanita and move on
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not accurate
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
I had read such positive reviews on this scale. They were much better than all the other scales I researched. However; I just got this scale today and am getting different readings when moving my scale throughout the home. They are off by as much as 5 pounds. I have no idea how much I weigh which defeats the purpose of this purchase. This will most likely be getting returned. What a disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SCALE…PRICE IS RIGHT!
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
Great scale and the price is right! My scale was very, very old and my eyes are failing, lol! I recently went on a diet and I wanted an easy scale to read. Lost 6 lbs. and am lighter and happier! 🙂 I bought the white one and it is very nice looking too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once batteries were done it didn’t work again with new replacements.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
I purchased this last December. We liked it very much. We had issues in September with low light on and changed the batteries and it still didn’t work effectively. When you step on it, it doesn’t light up. When you push on the batteries on the back with the protective cover off, it lights up. I called the company and they truely have the best customer service I’ve ever had! I had already ordered a new one, because we did like the size and easy to read. The new one was shipped and I was told to throw the one that doesn’t work and would be refunded. AMAZING SERVICE! The new scale uses different batteries. 3 AAA, maybe the battery type was the issue. They were small circle ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scale So Far!
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
Color: WhiteVerified Purchase
The scale is brand new and just arrived, but so far I love it. It’s easy to read the large lit numbers, the scale itself has plenty of space to stand on, it has a very nice modern and clean design which was important to me, the batteries come with the product, the instructions are super clear on how to operate it (insert batteries, place on a flat surface, push one button on the back to change from pounds to a different measurement of weight) and then step on it). So far, I am very pleased with this purchase. It also appears from other reviews that this company has great customer service. They emailed me as soon as my Amazon package was delivered with the phone number to their customer service department.

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Ultimate Wealth Pacakge – Does It Work?

Have you heard about Ultimate Gynemax before? Big chances that you have heard about it and you also understand that Ultimate Gynemax is a supplement made to reduce breast chest or chest fat. In order to deepen your insight about it especially if you were planning to lose your chest fat, below are 6 details or explanations that you want to know more about Ultimate Gynemax.

#1 Detail- Ultimate Gynemax and Weight Loss

Ultimate Gynemax is not a kind of weight loss supplement and it will not help you lose weight or pounds. Some people purchased Ultimate Gynemax with false understanding in their mind and finally disappointed them.

#2 Detail- Ultimate Gynemax Is Chest Fat Loss

Ultimate Gynemax is chest fat loss  ultim8cleaning supplement that made specially to reduce man boobs. That is why it is only intended for men. Ultimate Gynemax never tested before to women who want to reduce their breast size.

#3 Detail- Ultimate Gynemax and Exercises

Although Ultimate Gynemax can help you reduce chest fat but you must understand that it will not work fast if without a proper exercise along with the consumption. We can say that this is the Ultimate Gynemax’s drawback.

#4 Detail- Find The Right Exercises that adhere with Ultimate Gynemax

You will want to follow some instructional exercises while taking Ultimate Gynemax in addition to your campaign against chest fat. These exercises not always work but if you found the right one you are in mission. How important these exercises are? It will determine how fast or late the result is. Of course if you lazy nothing will work for you.

#5 Detail- Ultimate Gynemax Ingredients

Ultimate Gynemax contain natural herbal and safe to consume. However, if you have still perform another treatment that started before Ultimate Gynemax than you will want to consider it carefully before taking it. Not every natural herbal created equal, some really beneficial but not all of them. Knowing the ingredients of Ultimate Gynemax will easier you to discuss it with your doctor.

#6 Detail- Ultimate Gynemax and Demographics

There is another drawback of Ultimate Gynemax, while for most of men this is not the thing they should worry about but for all men who live at the demographic areas that not included in the list of countries where Ultimate Gynemax can ship to this is a big problem especially if they are desperate buyers who want to lose their man boobs. These countries are not in the Ultimate Gynemax manufacturer list: Antilles Netherland, and British Virgin Islands.

These are the details and facts that I found during my research relating to lose man boobs products, I am sure not all the details suited your needs but I do hope these articles will help you to have more understanding about Ultimate Gynemax.

Freddie Lasso is a researcher who writes reviews related to various self improvement products. Freddie also invites you to visit his site at where the site are full with valuable tips that will equipped you with more insight about Ultimate Gynemax especially if you want to buy it.

Actually, a better way of asking that is — are you committed to making the Ultimate Wealth Package work? You’re not going to make any money if you don’t apply yourself, no matter how much content and direction a program may provide you. With this being said, if you are ready to put forth a bit of dedication and perseverance, then yes… the Ultimate Wealth Package will work for you beyond your wildest dreams and is probably the best “Make Money Online” book on the market today.

Mark Warren, the author of the Ultimate Wealth Package, is quite a powerhouse of an Internet Marketer. Such a powerhouse that he is proving earnings of over $50,000 in less than a month. You can take a look at them by clicking on the Ultimate Wealth package link at the bottom and then clicking “Click Here for Proof of my Earnings.” So we know that this guy knows what he’s doing, but does he present it in the Ultimate Wealth Package in a way that anyone can understand? Again, yes. What you will find that is so great about Mark Warren & the Ultimate Wealth Package is that he is not another one of these Internet Marketing “gurus” and he didn’t write the Ultimate Wealth Package like a “guru” would. No, no.. far from that. Mark Warren is just a baby (OK, 23 years old) who doesn’t claim to “know it all,” but rather that he’s just a kid who stumbled upon quite a few methods to make a great deal of money online, which he outlines in the Ultimate Wealth Package. That is a refreshing approach to this industry, and it proves to be quite comforting to know you’re learning from an average Joe.. like you or I.

Moving on from Mr. Warren, let’s take a little bit more of an in-depth look at the Ultimate Wealth Package.

One of the great things I really liked about the methods he teaches in the Ultimate Wealth Package is that he pays special attention getting things up and running as quickly and as efficiently as possible. These methods are always great for newcomers and advanced users alike because they keep you constantly involved and producing results, rather than waiting around forever for a possible result (like many of the other products on the market offer). You can start laying the foundation for your automated stream of income within an hour of opening the book. Not only does Mark Warren guarantee that the Ultimate Wealth Package will teach you to do that, but I can attest to it.

Also, because of his vast knowledge of Internet Marketing, in the Ultimate Wealth Package he outlines product by product, which product is worth the money, and which to avoid. He doesn’t profit from endorsing or demeaning any of these products (as far as I know), and to be able to get a direct opinion from a multi-millionaire is quite a valuable thing. And that is exactly what every page of the Ultimate Wealth Package offers.