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Welcome to the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Welcome to the web site of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The Council is a 501(c)(6) voluntary membership association for acupuncture schools and programs in the U.S. Established in 1982, the Council�s primary mission is to support member institutions to deliver educational excellence and quality patient care. The vision of the organization is to maximize opportunities available to graduates of its member schools to achieve their full potential in healthcare in the United States.

Currently the Council consists of 57 acupuncture schools. As a requirement of membership. all of the Council�s member schools have obtained either full accreditation or accreditation candidacy status with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM ), the only national organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit AOM schools and programs in the U.S.

The membership of the Council meets twice each year to engage in committee work, conduct strategic planning (approximately every two years), host special panels and workshops on topics of interest to its members, and participate in plenary business sessions. Each of these activities provides a forum for Council members to come together with their colleagues for dialogue and planning around the major issues affecting AOM education and the AOM profession. The meetings also provide additional benefits through an opportunity for Council members to hear reports from other national AOM organizations and to share information and resources among themselves in an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual support.

The Council administers a national needle safety course known as the Clean Needle Technique Course. This course is required by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM ) to obtain Diplomate status from the Commission. As an important verification of an acupuncture graduate�s safe needling technique, the CNT course contributes to the high confidence level in the safety of acupuncture by patients, regulators, and third party payors in the U.S.

CCAOM Leadership in AOM Education

As recommendations for ACAOM. the Council developed academic and clinical guidelines and core curriculum requirements for first-professional master�s level programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine. The Council also developed core curriculum recommendations to ACAOM for master�s level programs in Chinese herbology and for post-graduate doctoral programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine. The Council was also represented on ACAOM�s Doctoral Task Force for the development of standards for the first-professional doctoral degree.

CCAOM Participation in Other Organizations

The Council�s primary focus on advancing AOM by promoting educational excellence in the field is complemented by its participation in a number of other organizations whose work is consistent with that goal. Within the AOM field, the Council is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM ) and provides representation to various task forces of ACAOM. Outside the AOM field, the Council is a member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH ), National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP ), Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR ), and the International Tiger Coalition (ITC ).

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Chinese Retailers Play Poker in Empty Malls as Shoppers Go Online #retail #jobs #in #chicago


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Chinese Retailers Play Poker in Empty Malls as Shoppers Go Online

Hailong Electronics City

Hunched over the counter of his tiny, gadget filled stall in Beijing s vast Hailong Electronics City, Wang Ning bemoans a week without a single sale.

It s dying, says Wang, shaking his head as he looks out at abandoned stores and torn promotional posters in what was once the busiest market in the Zhongguancun district, known as China s silicon valley. There are more sales staff than customers around here. Everyone buys online now.

The six football-field-sized floors are dotted with shuttered shops, victims of the rise of Internet-based businesses like Jack Ma s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and billionaire Richard Qiangdong Liu s JD.com, which started out in Zhongguancun almost two decades ago.

The online revolution promises to boost productivity and could create 46 million new jobs in China by 2025, many of them higher-skilled, according to a report by New York-based McKinsey Co. in July. The losers will be as many as 31 million traditional roles, the equivalent of the entire employed population in Britain.

While such creative destruction is a global phenomenon, its speed and scale in China is unparalleled, said Cao Lei, director of the China E-Commerce Research Center, a private research agency based in Hangzhou, the hometown of Alibaba.

The Internet helps improve productivity and efficiency, but it can be quite painful for traditional businesses, Cao said. Bookstores fail first, then clothing chains, then consumer electronics stores, then air-ticket booking offices, and in the future, bank branches and other traditional services facilities may fail.

Productivity Boost

The shift online could contribute up to 22 percent of the nation s productivity growth by 2025 and make up 7 percent to 22 percent of the total increase in gross domestic product from 2013 to 2025, McKinsey found. By 2025, that could translate into as much as 14 trillion yuan ($2.2 trillion) in annual GDP.

That s no consolation for Li Feng, who has a store on the fourth floor of Kemao Electronics City, just across the street from Hailong Electronics mall.

The market was packed with people when it first opened in 2004, said Li, looking up from the TV drama he was watching, for want of customers. Business has gone from bad to worse in the last five years. The impact from online sales is huge.

Li has shut down the retail side of his business and now tries to eke out a living providing IT services to existing corporate customers, he said, as fellow shopkeepers played poker in the otherwise empty stall next door.

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JD.Com s Liu started renting a booth in Zhongguancun in 1998 with an initial investment of 20,000 yuan.

Back then, China had 2.1 million users connected to the web via 747,000 computers, according to China Internet Network Information Center. the government body tasked with managing online resources. By the end of June 2014, the number of users had jumped to 632 million, with 83.4 percent of them able to access the Internet via smartphones.

JD.com s Liu is now worth an estimated $7.3 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires.

U.S. traditional retail networks are strong, but Chinese consumers long faced an archaic, inefficient brick-and-mortar network, Josh Gartner, a Beijing-based spokesman for JD.com, said in a Feb. 3 phone interview. Consumers flock to superior service.

More Servers

Alibaba has created 14 million jobs directly and indirectly, Ma said in an interview with Charlie Rose at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month. Ma is China s wealthiest man and the world s 13th richest person with an estimated $35 billion fortune.

Explaining his company s sales growth versus traditional retailers, Ma said. If you want to have 10,000 new customers, you have to build a new warehouse, this and that. For me, two servers. He s aiming for 2 billion customers around the world.

The industry has made it easier and cheaper for merchants to reach consumers and has supported the development of logistics infrastructure, a Hong Kong-based Alibaba spokeswoman wrote in an email yesterday.

With an under-developed and fragmented retail sector, more consumers are going online to find what they need and at the same time stimulating consumption in China s economy, she wrote.

Premier Li Keqiang is cheering the new economy. On Jan. 4, he pressed the enter key on a keyboard for WeBank, a private bank funded by Tencent Holdings Ltd. granting a 35,000 yuan loan to a local truck driver.

Online Future

Without the cost of bullet-proof glass, uniformed tellers and branch outlets, services such as WeBank s may be the future, said Cao. Ma s Alibaba also has approval to set up an online lender.

The expansion of Internet-related businesses is where our hope lies, Ma Jiantang, the head of the National Bureau of Statistics, said at a press conference in Beijing on Jan. 20 after releasing GDP data that showed the slowest annual expansion since 1990.

A primary reason for the economy s slowdown, weakness in the property market, isn t helped by the move online.

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Property developer Dalian Wanda, owned by China s second-richest man Wang Jianlin, plans to close 10 malls across the country and redesign another 25 to cut retail space, China Business News reported last month. Zong Qinghou, China s fifth-richest man with a beverage and chain-store conglomerate, said at a forum in August that online shopping businesses are affecting China s economic security by suffocating stores that have to pay rents.

Stores Close

Li Ning Co. a sports-clothing maker, is expected to post losses for the third consecutive year and has closed more than a thousand retail outlets since 2012. Anta Sports Products Ltd. a maker of shoes, has also been shutting down stores partly due to competition from online shopping.

At least 300 wholesale markets in Guangzhou are teetering on the edge of survival, especially cloth and garment markets, the Guangzhou Daily reported in December. The biggest of those can house hundreds of outlets and thousands of staff.

Online shops are virtual, and if they kill all the real economy, what business can they do? What products can they sell? Zong said in comments published on the official People s Daily s website in August. He said the government should enhance supervision on virtual shops.

Old Vs New

Alibaba has a credibility crisis fueled by a failure to crack down on shady merchants, counterfeit goods, bribery and misleading promotions using its online malls, a Chinese government regulator said last week. It later eased away from confrontation, saying the report didn t have judicial effect and that Ma had met with regulators promising to step up anti-piracy spending.

Clashes between the old and new economies will intensify, said Ouyang Rihui, the deputy dean at the Academy of Internet Economy, a research agency within the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. He said the loss of retailers is just the beginning of the effect of technology on jobs.

The real challenge for China will be at the front end of production — imagine a day when most manufacturing is automated, said Ouyang, who helped the government draw up plans to develop the Internet economy. At the end of the day, the new economy will win.

With assistance by Xin Zhou

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Chinese Retailers Listed In Top 100 Retailers Worldwide #retail #analytics


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Chinese Retailers Listed In Top 100 Retailers Worldwide

After rated among the world’s top 250 retailers in 2008, Chinese retailers, including Gome, Bailian Group, Suning, and Dashang, were again entered on the list this year, with their average ratings up 71 places.

Published by one of the world’s largest accounting firms Deloitte and the authoritative U.S. retail magazine Stores, the list provided the 2009 edition of the top 250 retailers in the world. According to the list, the worldwide retail industry was affected by the global financial crisis, with the impact on the United States, Britain, and Japan being the most obvious. But retail markets in Russia, South Korea, and China still had good performances, with two Russian retailers and four Chinese retailers climbing rapidly in the list.

Statistics showed that four Chinese retailers were included in the top 250 retailers in 2008. Apart from the Shanghai-based Bailian Group which sat at the 101 place, the other three, Gome, Suning, and Dalian Dashang Group, were all out of the top 200.

In the 2009 edition, Chinese electronics retailer Gome was up 155 places from 218th to the 63rd; Chinese electronics retailer Suning up 63 places from 216th to 152nd; Shanghai Bailian Group up 10 places to the 91st; and Dalian Dashang Group up 57 places to 167th.

In addition, the U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart still held the first place in the list, followed by French Carrefour, and the in third to the fifth places were Tesco from Britain, Metro from Germany, and Home Depot from the United States.


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Chinese retailers target London for new stores

Overseas retailers are eyeing London as springboard to grow in Europe, according to predictions for the year ahead from property agent Jones Lang LaSalle.

London remains the most attractive retail location in Europe based on the presence of the top 250 international retailers, JLL says, ahead of Paris and Moscow.

Chinese fashion retailer Bosideng has already a opened store on South Molton Street in Mayfair and now other retailers are eyeing locations on London s premier shopping streets, including Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street

Guy Grainger, head of retail at Jones Lang LaSalle, said: The size, maturity and transparency of the retail market, the large pool of tourist shoppers, in addition to the track record of retailers which have successfully opened in London, all combine to make London the perfect market for testing European expansion for international retailers.

Looking forward, we therefore expect further international retailer expansion into London, in particular from US and Chinese brands, following the likes of American retailers Victoria s Secret and Rag and Bone, and the first Chinese entrant into the market, Bosideng.

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JLL also warns that 2013 will see a widening gap between the best and worst performing retail locations after a challenging 2012 for high streets in towns across the country.

The impact of the polarisation will be exacerbated by an increase in lease expiries for retailers in the next few years, meaning businesses will be free to abandon struggling high streets.

Mr Grainger added: When this polarised outlook is viewed in conjunction with the impending lease events, change, for better or for worse, is inevitable.

The divergence between winners and losers will only increase. Resilient locations, with strong retail sales growth outlooks, will strengthen as a result of the lease events. For locations at the other end of the spectrum, however, the lease events could be a trigger for terminal decline.

The pressure on retailers in 2012 is highlighted by a 6pc increase in the number of companies that collapsed into administration during the year.

According to accountancy firm Deloitte, which was appointed the administrator to Comet, 194 retailers fell into administration last year. This compares to 183 in 2011 and is an 18pc rise on the 165 in 2010.

The retail failures in 2012 included high-profile high street names such as Comet, Clinton Cards, Game and JJB Sports.

Lee Manning, restructuring services partner at Deloitte, said: These figures are a stark reminder of the difficulties which continue to face the high street.

Constrained household budgets and the structural challenges facing the sector mean it is certain that we will see further distress next year.

Christmas trading appears to have been reasonable, though not spectacular and not enough to prevent insolvencies in the first quarter of 2013.

Despite the increase in retail collapses, the total number of businesses that fell into administration in the UK last year fell by 9pc to 2,010.


Chinese Tires tests: Not a bargin – Consumer Reports News #samsung #retailers


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Consumer Reports finds Chinese tire brands are no bargain

With prices starting at just $89, less than half the cost of better-known models, tires from China may seem like an irresistible deal. That’s why, for the first time, Consumer Reports included a few Chinese brands in our latest tests: Geostar, Pegasus, and Sunny.

These were included in the recently published the results of testing 20 all-weather and all-season tires for light-duty pickups and SUVs. A fourth brand, from Aeolus, was tested but not reported when we couldn’t find a ready supply of tires for consumers. This supply issue seems to be a problem when buying “off brand” tires, because you don’t know whether the tires will be around for any length of time should you need a replacement.

Tires are a global commodity, and many of the major brand names that Consumer Reports tests are manufactured in China. But those tires are designed and manufactured to quality standards dictated by the original manufacturers. Chinese tire brands don’t have that oversight, and some may not have the marketing foresight to design products well-suited to the specific requirements of the U.S. consumer. While we can’t address specific tire build quality, our all-weather tests show that these tires simply don’t measure-up to most of the well-known brands. The tested tires from Geostar, Sunny, and Pegasus finished at the bottom of our ratings.

(Update. American Pacific Industries (API) told us that the tested Pegasus tire was not produced or distributed by an authorized Pegasus vendor. See note below.)

The Geostar GS716 was the most well-rounded of the three, offering excellent dry braking, very good handling, and average tread life. But wet stopping performance was just average, and snow traction and stopping on ice was only fair. At $114 in our 265/70R17 test size, the Geostar tire might appeal to a cost-conscious buyer. Better known brand-name tires average about $150. The cost savings is attractive, but we’d caution you to not gloss over the performance shortfalls, as the Geostar mustered only an 18th place finish out of 20 models tested. The cheaper Sunny SN3606 ($89) and the unauthorized Pegasus Advanta SUV ($95) came in a dismal 19th and 20th, respectively. These tires stop reasonably well on pavement and offer impressive hydroplaning resistance, but they have poor snow traction and just fair ability to stop on icy roads. Both models have a stiff and noisy ride, plus they wear quickly, too.

Aside from the performance lows, if value is a high priority, consider that the Pegasus cost about half as much as a top-scoring tire, the Michelin LTX M/S2. But keep in mind that the Michelin will last almost three times longer. Factor in the cost of buying two additional sets of tires, plus mounting and balancing, and you could save hundreds of dollars, not to mention get a better all-weather performing tire, if you choose the Michelin.

Certainly if you are on tight budget, and who isn’t nowadays, buying a cheap tire is better than riding on worn-out tires. But as our tests show, buying bargain-priced tires such as these Chinese models isn’t the right choice for the long haul.


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Chinese retailers hijack the Ikea experience

Customers walk along stairs at the 11 Furniture Store in Kunming, southwest China s Yunnan province, July 28, 2011. The store, which resembles an outlet of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, is one of a number of Chinese businesses replicating the look, feel and service of successful Western retail concepts.

By Melanie Lee | KUNMING, China

KUNMING, China Nestled in a sleepy southern district of Kunming city in southwest China, is a 10,000 square meter, four-story building that could make Swedish furniture giant Ikea uneasy.

11 Furniture, as the store is known, copies Ikea’s blue and yellow color scheme, mock-up rooms, miniature pencils, signage and even its rocking chair designs. Its cafeteria-style restaurant, complete with minimalist wooden tables, has a familiar look, although the menu features Chinese-style braised minced pork and eggs instead of Ikea’s Swedish meatballs and salmon.

This knock-off Ikea store is emblematic of a new wave of piracy sweeping through China. Increasingly sophisticated counterfeiters no longer just pump out fake luxury handbags, DVDs and sports shoes but replicate the look, feel and service of successful Western retail concepts — in essence, pirating the entire brand experience.

“This is a new phenomenon,” said Adam Xu, retail analyst with Booz Co. “Typically there are a lot of fake products, now we see more fakes in the service aspect in terms of (faking) the retail formats.”

Brands are much more than a logo on a handbag or some half-eaten pipfruit on a computer.

Many of the most successful consumer companies have invested millions in promoting and building brands which encapsulate ideals, values and aspirations, creating valuable and loyal customer bases that sometimes border on cults.

Last month, an American blogger set off a media storm after she posted pictures of an elaborate fake Apple Store in Kunming, selling genuine if unauthorized iPhones, Macbooks and other widely popular Apple products.

The presence of the fake stores in Kunming highlights China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for western brands in some consumer segments that have not been tapped, particularly in smaller cities far from the affluent eastern seaboard.

“What these fake stores indicate is that there is demand for the types of products and concepts that these brands sell,” said Hong Kong-based Torsten Stocker, a China retail analyst with Monitor Group.

The problem for companies that have been faked is that even if the fake stores sell genuine products, the brands have no control over how customers experience their brands.

Zhang Yunping, 22, a customer service representative at 11 Furniture, is used to the questions about Ikea.

“If two people are wearing the same clothes, you are bound to say that one copied the other,” Zhang said, shrugging her shoulders.

“Customers have told me we look like Ikea. But for me that’s not my problem. I just look after customers’ welfare. Things like copyrights, that is for the big bosses to manage,” she said.

11 Furniture’s owner could not be reached for comment.

Ikea said it has teams working at both the country and global level to handle intellectual property protection issues.

“Ikea as one of the biggest home furnishing companies in the world, protecting Ikea’s intellectual property rights is crucial,” Ikea China said in a statement to Reuters.

At 11 Furniture — its Chinese name “Shi Yi Jia Ju” sounds very much like Ikea’s Chinese name “Yi Jia Jia Ju” — furniture is made to order, not flat-packed as it is at Ikea.

Customers also notice other differences.

Ikea has nine stores in China, most of them in the wealthier coastal and southern cities. Xiao Lee, a Kunming resident who was shopping at 11 Furniture for a bedroom wardrobe with her husband, had visited Ikea stores in Beijing and Shanghai.

“I thought of shipping their products from the real Ikea store by cargo, but I thought that would be too troublesome so I came here,” Lee said.

“At the real Ikea, the layout is much neater and the decorations are laid out properly, you really can’t compare them,” she said.

LOVING MICKEY, COURTING NIKE

Sometimes telling the difference between fake and real is not so easy.

“My favorite character is Mickey Mouse,” said Ling Xiao, a six year-old girl walking out of a Disney Store along Kunming’s popular pedestrian-only shopping street Zhengyi Road.

Ling Xiao and her mother shop at the Disney store about once a month and they have been going there for the past few years to browse for Mickey Mouse handbags and accessories.

“It should be real; it has been here a long time. I prefer coming to this store because it sells a big variety of toys,” said Ling Xiao’s mother, who declined to be named. Apart from Disney products, the store sells poorly made Angry Bird soft toys of dubious origin.

A Walt Disney spokeswoman said there are over 6,000 points of sale for Disney branded goods in China. Disney confirmed the store is legitimate, declining to elaborate further.

Outside a Nike store on the same retail strip, Han Zhimei, a 17 year-old student, looks longingly at a “Help Wanted” sign posted in the store’s window.

“I feel their stores have a spirit of teamwork and I really like the Nike brand,” said Han, who sports a trendy asymmetrical haircut. Han stopped by to apply for a job at Nike.

When asked how she knows the store is a legitimate reseller and that the goods are real, she pauses before answering.

“Well, it’s a Nike store, so the things in there should be real. I think people will be honest about these things and we should have brand loyalty,” Han said.

On Zhengyi Road alone, there are four Nike stores, all claiming to be legitimate. A check with Nike’s store locator brought up three stores in that street, meaning at least one is fake.

A Nike NIKE.N spokesman said the issue of unlicensed stores was part of the broader challenge of combating counterfeiting in China.

“We take the protection of our brand very seriously and have a variety of protocols in place,” a Nike spokesman said.

The jumble of real and fake stores in lower tier cities across China makes it hard for companies such as Apple, Disney, Nike and more so Ikea, which are closely identified with their outlets, to exert control over their brand image.

Companies such as Starbucks Corp ( SBUX.O ) have long battled copycats in China, but the shift to imitations of the likes of Ikea presents a new set of challenges.

“The store is a key element of the brand, so faking it, in particular in a way that consumers don’t recognize as a fake, is impacting the brand image and reputation,” said Stocker.

Apple, which had its brand valued at more than $150 billion earlier this year, declined to comment.

WHO PROTECTS YOUR IPR?

For those setting up the fake, unauthorized or pirated goods stores, the attraction is obvious.

“We don’t need to advertise, everyone has heard of Disney,” said Dong, a 23-year-old store supervisor at a Walt Disney retail store a stone’s throw from where Ling Xiao and her mother were shopping.

That brand recognition has far outstripped the ability of companies to expand fast enough to tap demand exploding in inland China.

Sportswear brands such as Nike, Adidas and Li Ning, which have been in China for many years, are the leading fashion choice for those residing in less wealthy cities like Kunming, said a Boston Consulting Group report last month.

As the world’s second-largest economy races forward, the number of middle-class affluent households is expected to hit 130 million by 2020 from 50 million in 2010, BCG said.

These factors are fueling the race for brands like Nike and Adidas to open stores in less wealthy Chinese cities. Ikea has said it will open an average of one to two stores a year in China.

“Many foreign brands are already aware of the importance of lower tier cities but they are trying to figure out a way to go to market in these cities,” said Xu of Booz Co.

In some cases, beating them to the punch are the Chinese pirates who, once established, may be hard for foreign companies to get shut.

Chinese law prohibits firms from copying the “look and feel” of other companies’ stores, but foreign companies must register their trademarks with China and enforcement is often spotty.

The United States and other Western countries have often complained China is woefully behind in its effort to stamp out intellectual property (IP) theft.

“Foreign companies often expect the Chinese government to handle their enforcement for them and though they sometimes will, they also sometimes will not,” said Dan Harris, a lawyer with Harris Moure and co-author of China Law Blog.

“The problems often arise from the fact that the damages are often quite low and the Chinese courts do not have a lot of power to make sure their own judgments are enforced,” Harris said.

Back at 11 Furniture, it is apparent that copying Ikea’s ideas may not be enough to win over all consumers.

Examining cushion covers at 11 Furniture, Ms. Zhang, a woman in her fifties, sniffs derisively.

“The designs don’t look like typical Chinese designs. It’s not what everyday Chinese people would use,” Zhang said, pointing to a checkered cushion cover.

“It looks too fancy.”

(Additional reporting by Jane Lee in SHANGHAI and Alistair Barr in SAN FRANCISCO; Editing by Lincoln Feast)


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Chinese online shopping websites are attractive for shoppers from all over the world for great variety and constantly updated product list. The costs of shipping in China is very cheap. Even products priced for 1$ are shipped and delivered for as little as 1$. Usually the free shipping method is offered and the costs of shipping are already calculated into the products price. Therefore the purchases from China are delivered free of charge anywhere in the world.
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Most often customers can make a quit good bargains when buying a discounted product or purchasing during the sales. Furthermore some of the online shopping websites from China can provide a quit good discount for a customer while offering wholesale offers.

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Everbuying should NOT be on this list. Very suspicious site with almost all reviews sounding like written by same person. My order was NOT as advertised and I was ignored when I complained. I even tried (Twice) to write a review but it never got published. Be warned.

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I was lucky to have a friend recommend some sites. You could find some price differences between them but in overall I believe that Focalprice offers competitive prices and most important thing for me is Customer service-I had few problems but they reacted promptly and solved issues to my satisfaction. They often have discounts and promotions.