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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
In case many of you are not aware already, Yahoo's (yes the YAHOO!) Secure Shopping Cart was down for more than 5 hours on Cyber Monday (yesterday), the BUSIEST shopping day of the year for online buyers.

And of course it affected more than a million small businesses, not to mention countless numbers of online shoppers, whose anxiety is already quite high during this stressful and chaotic shopping time of the year.

So, any compensation? Not yet? How about an apology? Well, the company did make an attempt at apologizing but it does not seem enough to many whose lost sales may not be recovered.

Well, there are positive notes on this issue, if we look at it a little closely (don't yell at me because I DON'T work for Yahoo):

1) We have been hosting our store on the Yahoo platform for more than 7 years, and this type of major problem is the first of its kind in our experience. Now, the fact that it came on arguably the worst possible time is another issue.

2) Yahoo, being big and mighty and at times forgetting (almost) their humble beginnings, underestimated, it seems, the power of small giants like CLC and our fellow small businesses that are hosted on the Yahoo Small Business platform, able to attract such online traffic that would exceed even high expectations.

I think that this shakeup will cause Yahoo to rethink their strategy for providing the Small and Medium size businesses a proper venue to speak their cause and move forward their claims, lest they, the businesses, seek other hosts for their growing businesses.

Happy Shopping (and yes we have increased our 20% off holiday sale for another 2 days to make up for any inconvenience caused to our existing customers),

Adam from CLC

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Thursday, November 22, 2007
If we utilize Thanksgiving day correctly, we might just find a few lessons hidden behind the big meal at the large dinner table.

Some time ago, Robert Emmons, a professor at the University of California, Davis,
showed through a set of experiments that if you wish to "sleep better, feel better, and motivate yourself" to take better care of your health, regular "Thanksgiving" sessions work wonders.

Once a month, once a week, once a day.

Right now we (in the US) celebrate Thanksgiving once a year and truthfully it can be stressful more than thankful for some people.

But what if we had a Day of Thanks once a month? [Because taking time out to be thankful for the numerous bounties around us would just be IMPRACTICAL once a day right? Let's take a walk to any cancer ward at a nearby hospital to answer this question...]

Anna Quindlen writes a wonderful piece in Newsweek (second to last page in the issue dated November 26th, 2007) entitled "Blessed is the Full Plate," in which she eloquently argues that we as a nation should be focusing on collective generosity and doing more for the (less fortunate) fellow human being, irrespective of race and creed.

And what if we defined "Thanksgiving Day" to mean spending an entire day (or a large portion of it) with people that really mean the most in our lives, resting and playing and being mostly free from worries of the everyday?

Enjoy your Turkey and comment on this post please...

Adam from CLC

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Saturday, November 17, 2007
This video, through humor, helps us to appreciate quick file downloads and hi speed online browsing, especially if there is an urgent matter that needs to be attended to.

Watch it and post comments below.

Let us know what you think.

-Adam from CLC Leather

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Thursday, November 15, 2007
So that it is easier for our loyal clients to shop earlier every year for the holidays, we always extend our 30 day returns / exchange window during this time of the year.

Plus, we have also posted the last days to purchase gifts this year without paying too much for expedited shipping so take a look at these dates please.

If you receive a CLC gift that you did not like or want to exchange for something else, please send it back by or before January 31st, 2008 and we will oblige on your request.

Of course, if your gift is monogrammed with initials or personalized with a logo, we are unable to accept it back; sorry (tell them to get you something better next year)!

Happy Holiday Shopping,

Adam from CLC

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

So many people have been looking for men's leather wallets that are slim and thin but also hold a great deal.

So what to do? Well, we finally came up with a solution with our flat fold men's leather slim bifold wallet, available in brown and black. It's made of top grain cowhide leather and adds elegance to any wardrobe, formal or casual.

More deals, shipping information and product news are coming your way in the next few days, so stay tuned and thanks for reading.

Adam from CLC

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

After selling out of two of our most popular leather briefcases right BEFORE the holiday rush, we thought it was only fair to quickly substitute two new leather briefbags that are both trendy and practical.

So, we just added our distressed leather briefcase and Metro messenger bag to our holiday lineup. Each bag has some unique features.

For example, the distressed leather flap over brief has an "aged" or "worn" look that will make it comfortable in any home or office. With other new leather items, you have to "break it in," like a good baseball mitt. This bag, if you will, is already broken in (but it's still new, nevertheless). It has a rugged look that is simple yet attractive.

Our Metro leather messenger bag has a detachable shoulder strap that opens and closes through the use of sturdy Velcro and NO clips! It hangs comfortably on your shoulder and the slim design allows ease of travel to and from work. We like this bag a lot.

Happy Shopping,

Adam from CLC

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