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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2003-11-23 02:00 am   Permalink

I had a blast. I got there just as the line had kicked out the door. Looked up two minutes later, and it was around the corner.

Yeah the line was long, and the Shag print thing was screwey. BUT, the Dynatones kicked ass, the product was the utmost, and the Mai Tais are still wearing off. I guess the few I consumed made the delays seem less delaying.

Plus meeting more TC'ers was great.

Oh and the Mrs buying me the outrigger might have colored my interpretation of the event.

La Luz's layout doesn't seem to lend itself to a huge turnout. And this was a seemingly huge one.

I have a feeling they weren't expecting the size crowd that thet got.

But that might be the Mai Tais talking.

Did I mention the Mai Tais?

TG
http://www.exotic-tiki-gardens.com


Edited for Mai Tai induced spelling corrections.


[ This Message was edited by: TikiGardener on 2003-11-23 02:02 ]

As to the line, the wait, etc, I wasn't surprised in the least. In fact knowing about the Disney debacle, I was completley expecting to not be able to purchase anything I wanted. With a starting time of 8:00pm and an actual arrival time of 8:15, I was ure I was going to be concoling myself with some stock mugs from the shelves of Wacko while watching the lucky early birds walkng out with their treasures.

Given that Iwas with a group of fellow cynical friends, we had a blast. Long line? BAHHH! Let cynicism ease your pain.

Next time we all get together and sing Cumbaya ( death metal version! )



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Atomicchick
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Posted: 2003-11-23 12:03 pm   Permalink

Hummm, that's strange. There is an auction on ebay for the set of three shag mugs. They said they were one of the first in line at "It's All About the Tiki" where they got the mugs. Now how is that possible when they did not have the mugs at the event? An insider selling the mugs perhaps? Just food for thought.

 
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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2003-11-23 12:27 pm   Permalink

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On 2003-11-23 12:03, Atomicchick wrote:
Hummm, that's strange. There is an auction on ebay for the set of three shag mugs. They said they were one of the first in line at "It's All About the Tiki" where they got the mugs. Now how is that possible when they did not have the mugs at the event? An insider selling the mugs perhaps? Just food for thought.



Always possible, and completely expected. Maybe somebody nicked the dislpay copies.
Can't wait to see the amount of stuff on ebay. It'll probably be epic.
And depressing.

I still think the idea of an alternate unlimited glaze would be very cool for Shag stuff.

TG


 
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Atomicchick
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Posted: 2003-11-23 2:43 pm   Permalink

The listing for the mugs is # 10. The mugs displayed at the event were # 12. The seller must have gotten them someother way. How sad, the people (like me) that truly want these items to add to our collection have to wait in line and are extremely lucky if we are able to make a purchase. But the people that want these items just to sell on ebay always seem to have a grip of them. I just find it odd...a little discouraging too.

 
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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2003-11-23 7:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2003-11-23 14:43, Atomicchick wrote:
The listing for the mugs is # 10. The mugs displayed at the event were # 12. The seller must have gotten them someother way. How sad, the people (like me) that truly want these items to add to our collection have to wait in line and are extremely lucky if we are able to make a purchase. But the people that want these items just to sell on ebay always seem to have a grip of them. I just find it odd...a little discouraging too.



Yeah I know. I do know that there were some of the Pizz Outriggers on hand. I saw two people carrying the huge box. By the time I got to the head of the line, it was; "we'll ship it to you" city.
Again, it would be nice if there were an alternate run so that people could get this stuff. I understand the clamour of the limited run, and how it is good marketing, but...

Since the event is moving on to palm springs, would it have been so difficult to have half the run of each iten on hand? Thereby ensuring that the folks in Palm Springs get some. But those who make it under the limit should be able to walk home with the product in hand.

I want recourse if the baffoons at the post office break that Outrigger, or the Shag three set I bought.

If I buy it, and drop it on the way home, I can live with that. But if I open up a box of ceramic shards, that will truly suck.

TG



 
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Mrs. B
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Posted: 2003-11-23 9:01 pm   Permalink

Atomicchick, can you post the link to the mugs, cause I can't find them. I only see that someone has a signed postcard for 40 or so bucks. Dunno.
All I do know is I had a blast, Ben had a blast and a well deserved release/relax time and I thought the show was killer.
Really cool meeting some new faces (to me) here on TC.
Aloha,
Mrs. Bamboo


 
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DawnTiki
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Posted: 2003-11-23 9:21 pm   Permalink

Mrs. B I think this is it... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3255866362&category=29460

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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2003-11-23 10:15 pm   Permalink

Hey Holden,

Howsabout instead of shipping the mugs and outrigger to me, I swing by and pick 'em up?

You're socal based, correct?

Lemme know, I've had to much stuff destroyed or lost by the usps.

TG


 
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paranoid123
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Posted: 2003-11-23 11:57 pm   Permalink

Hey TikiGardener! Congrats on getting the outrigger. It was seriously calling my name, but I just couldn't afford it after the load of crap I already picked out. That thing is too cool looking!

Anyway, let me tell you about those guys at La Luz de Jesus. As some of you know, much of the Shag mugs (perhaps other things) were not in the store. So they wrote up separate tickets one for stuff they had in stock, and another for things that wasn't in stock. After they wrote you up, you were to proceed to the cashier (another line) to pay for you stuff, then go back to the first line (you could be expressed to the front by showing the receipt) and show them your receipt again. If they had what you wanted, they handed it to you. Sounds simple enough.

When I brought the receipt back, they guy looked at it and started giving me mugs I didn't buy. Being the honest guy I am, I said, "hey that's not what I ordered". He gave it a double take, and asked me what I ordered. I sighed and told him, and he gave me my stuff. He told me everything else would be shipped to me.

Then still being the nice honest person, I told him that their purchasing/paying system was flawed. People who asked for stuff that wasn't in stock could easily rip off the store by simply not paying after getting the order ticket written. The store had already written down the items and address, but wasn't noting whether or not the customer had paid. They were making the problem even worse by separating into two order forms for stuff they had on hand and stuff they didn't have on hand. The cashier recipts didn't correlate the order form, and it simply listed the items as "merchandise". I told him I could have walked out of the store without paying, no one would be the wiser, and the mugs would still come to me in the mail. My friend and I had to explain to the gentleman several time, while he had a vacant look on his face. After the fourth time, he showed some signs of life asking me in a confused voice, "what should I do?" I was a bit shocked that he was asking me how do his job. But I told him, "well if it were me, I'd just note on your copy of the order form that it was paid." By now, the others at the table were taking orders at full force, and could not be bothered going back to old orders to write paid. So the guy sheepishly gave up.

I'm not sure if anyone took advantage of this, or if La Luz de Jesus fixed their flaw before the end of the evening.
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mmoderntiki
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Posted: 2003-11-24 12:20 am   Permalink

The event last night at Le Luz De Jesus was packed! It can be very difficult to anticipate the crowd for an event like this and to create a smooth flow. We went to their event to learn how to work our upcoming "It's All About the Tiki" show on Saturday. Since we had the advantage of learning from their show; hopefully, we can accommodate people in a fast and efficient way when the madness strikes. A few things to keep in mind about our event at M Modern Gallery:

-There is going to be a lot of parking in the lot right before you hit the gallery. If you miss the parking lot simply round the block and try again.
-We will have just one line with two cashiers that will write-up the order, take payment (all major credit cards and cash) and then hand you your merchandise.
-Once you purchase your merchandise you can take it over to the Pizz, Shag and Von Franco to get it signed.
-TikiFarm has said that all of the items at our show will be available that night! (this means no waiting for a delivery later).
-Serigraphs at the show (including the Green Wahine) will be placed in "Stay Flat" mailiers. Stay Flats mailers are pretty sturdy (suitable for storage) but we don't recommend shipping these.
-Get there early as our allotment of merchandise is about 1/2 of what La Luz De Jesus had available at their show.
-There are plenty of other cool shops, restaurants and salons within walking distance of the gallery as we are located on the main drag of DOWNTOWN Palm Canyon Drive.

-If you are coming in from out of town from the west (LA, Riverside, etc.) take the Hwy. 111 exit off of Hwy. 10 and follow it to Downtown (Hwy. 111 becomes North Palm Canyon Drive) and we are located at 448 N. Palm Canyon Drive (beginning of the Downtown area).

-Call the gallery if you need directions coming in from the East (ie. Arizona, NM, etc.) at 416-3611 prior to the night of the event as phones will be difficult to answer that evening.

-PLEASE DRIVE SAFE!

Wow, that's probably more than you wanted to read. Anyway, we hope to see all of you there!


 
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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2003-11-24 12:54 am   Permalink

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On 2003-11-23 23:57, paranoid123 wrote:

When I brought the receipt back, they guy looked at it and started giving me mugs I didn't buy. Being the honest guy I am, I said, "hey that's not what I ordered". He gave it a double take, and asked me what I ordered. I sighed and told him, and he gave me my stuff. He told me everything else would be shipped to me.



If I hadn't had the presence of mind to ask why I had two receipts and one didn't have an address on it, I would have walked out thinking the process was done. I would've missed out on my Martin and Lewis mugs, and possibly on the three set I got, and the outrigger my wife bought for me. Which are still just notes on receipt paper. I hope they arrive safely.

Given what you've said, I hope I get them.

I had a great time, don't get me wrong. BUT, is it to much to ask to have the product on hand for the show?

I mean they had this big ass sign up stating that the artists would only sign items purchased in house on that night.

AND EXACTLY HOW IS THE PIZZ SIGNING MY OUTRIGGER?!? Maybe I could have gotten him to sign the receipt, and then taped it to the outrigger.

I saw people ( at least two ) with outrigger boxes. So some were there, and at least one set of Night Of The Tiki mugs were there, as we now see them on EBAY.

The more I think about it, the more I think the sales side of the night was screwed.

The atmosphere, the art, the music, and the drinks were great. But damn it, there has got to be a better way, simply have the product on hand at time of sale/show.

I really want my memories to remain good ones. But the more the Mai Tais wear off...

TG

Post script---- I must have hit the return line to get my product after you did, because the kid I dealt with was writing in very bold pen "PAID!" on my receipt.

Just have some registers back there, or at least a couple cash drawers. None of this back and forth crap.




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Atomicchick
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Posted: 2003-11-24 01:16 am   Permalink

Did I mention I was charged for an extra Martin mug? Yea, an extra $30 for nothing. Since the gallery isn't going to do anything about it, I sure hope that Holden makes this right and sends me the extra one. I have both my sales slips and my credit card receipt if there is any doubt.

 
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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2003-11-24 01:20 am   Permalink

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On 2003-11-24 01:16, Atomicchick wrote:
Did I mention I was charged for an extra Martin mug? Yea, an extra $30 for nothing. Since the gallery isn't going to do anything about it, I sure hope that Holden makes this right and sends me the extra one. I have both my sales slips and my credit card receipt if there is any doubt.



KEEEEEEEE-RICED ON A BIKE.

TG


 
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Kittydoo
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Posted: 2003-11-24 01:33 am   Permalink

I was there and I gotta say I feel all your pain. I am not a TCer, but maybe I will become one. I went to this event for my friend in Washington (oh, what's your TC name again, Riff, I don't remember) to pick up a Shag print and wanted one for myself too since I had to drive all the way from Pasadena to be there. But they wouldn't sell me two, citing it was policy because too many people wanted to sell them on eBay. Soooooo, I had to get the bracelet instead, boo hoo, but the whole thing was so badly organized, I agree with you all. Funny thing is, it being in L.A., I was not surprised. Still it was an adventure. I would have liked to get my print signed for my friend but after I paid at the cash register, I then had to go back to the back to pick up my bracelet and they would not let me take my print back there....they said it would get crushed (that was probably true), but really, I did not even see Shag back there at that time anymore, how could I possibly have gotten him to sign it? I saw the big ass signs (there were more than one) too! Anyway, it was nice to share the evening with you all. I am a newbie tikicat, and I just love my bracelet!

Kittydoo


 
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Exoticat
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Posted: 2003-11-24 02:20 am   Permalink

Welcome, Kittydoo! My first real recruit! Ok, ok....she posted on her own completely as a surprise to me, but I gave her the link, so partially responsible. There probably wasn't a lot of competition securing your name, eh? ::: snicker ::: Kdoo, you are now TC member #1448 whether you like it or not! ha ha! Now assimilate quietly. Did I tell you about Initiation? Yes, you are required to read every message that I've posted here (closing in on 100). Sorry. Tell us when you're done so we can proceed Phase II of Inititation. he he

Seriously though, many, MANY thanks to Kittydoo for going through what she did to get Green Wahine for me and my Tiki Room. This was a true act of kindness of her behalf, and I'm very excited to be getting my first-ever Shag serigraph! I'm so glad she found herself something while she was there...I love the highly-coveted Shag charm bracelet and it would have been #2 on my list had the wallet allowed for it.

Mahalo Tikicat--and again, welcome to Tiki Central!



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