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Summer has come to an end

Well summer is done and with it we welcome the colorful hues of autumn. This also means that tens of thousands of cadets and midshipmen return to school. This is going to be a good year for us, I can feel it. Since we launched the new domain and moved our cart to Shopify, we have seen an explosion in traffic. In fact we are now receiving more hits than 88% of Shopify stores that launched the same week as ours! Exciting!

 

New things, I have added the 230th Marine Corps Anniversary Silver Dollar to our catalog. It is a great coin and we will have a hard time keeping it in stock! 

 

Additionally, I added other new coins and variants to the site. Took all new high rez photos and got them all scaled nicely to play well with each other for the most part.

Stall classy

 

Andy

Summer is moving along

Well in the depths of summer and we have had a nice reprieve from the blistering hot weather in both Washington and Oregon. It is a forgiving overcast and quite nice really.

We are awaiting more information on the Shopify Build a Business competition to see how we placed. i suspect a good showing all things considered. I built this website while deployed to Afghanistan so it was not without its challenges, but every bit worth it.

 

As ever, 

 

Andy

Eisenhower and Korean War Commemorative Silver Dollars and Google Wallet

Well the title pretty much says it all.

Have added two new items, real nice Eisenhower Commemorative Silver dollars in a striking and large green velveteen mint case and the Korean War Commemorative Dollars in a nice blue velveteen mint case.

Additionally, Google Wallet has now been activated too allow Android users to make even quicker and easier purchases using their mobile devices.

 

As ever, 

 

Andy

New products, new capsules and two scoops of Hooah

Well, things are just moving right along into graduation season and you all certainly are keeping us busy!

We have added a number of new products to the site to include the Eisenhower Commemorative Silver dollar which comes in an impressive and large green velveteen case. We have also added the Disabled for Life Commemorative Silver Dollar as well as a few others that will round out our offering to our discriminating clientele'.

Finally, most of thew silver dollars we sell are 38.10mm in diameter, for instance most of the commemorative silver dollars. However all the Silver Eagles are 40MM in diameter and it was beginning to be a real hassle in dealing with the black foam ring sizes for the different type of coins. Because of this we are immediately transitioning to a direct-fit capsule for all Silver Eagles. They look very sharp and still fit perfectly on their matching Air-Tites easel.   

Shipping delayed till 25 March

Hello folks, just wanted to let you know that shipping on most orders placed 22MAR-25 March will ship on the 26th. We apologize for this inconvenience but I am out of town and so is Lisa. We will make every effort to get your order out by COB Wednesday if possible, Thursday, the 26th at the latest.

 

Best regards, 

 

And

Early Return from Afghanistan

As some of you might know, I was recently evaced from Afghanistan for non combat injuries. We were pretty close to wrapping things up anyways but I must admit I feel bad about leaving the team even a bit early!  At any rate I am not quite home yet but can already focus on this endeavor a bit more to include our big spring marketing push.

 

Have made some small changes; customers when reaching the check outs screen will be greeted by what is essentially a google map showing where the last twenty orders have came from.

Well that's it for now!

 

Andy

2015 Silver Eagles have Landed!

After quite a wait from our pre-order date, we are pleased to announce that 2015 Silver Eagles have arrived. Additionally we have a small amount of Hologram Silver Eagles stocked as well, they look awesome.

Along with that we have made a few changes to the website to include;

*Added a round up charity app

*Improved mobile layout

That is all for now!

 

Andy

Motivated

Well it has been about 15 days since the new site went live and so far things have been moving along quite nicely! I have had an opportunity to provide many coins for new Lieutenants about to earn their commission and have had a chance to speak with a number of them. These motivated young leaders are about to embark on an adventure, not without it's pitfalls but well worth it regardless.

 

So here is to these young warriors, I salute you!

This new site is live!

 Firstsalute.com offers a better experience for the customer and will streamline operations in creating new products, inventory management and tracking shipping for both I and the customer.

 

It was not too arduous of a task setting up the website, even from my room while here in Kabul. Shopify turned out to be a very simple shopping cart platform to use. They handle the hosting and one does not need a third party credit card processor and all the hassle they are in dealing with. I did get to relearn photoshop and GIMP, an opensource graphics editor.

 

If you think you have something to display or a product to sell I would highly recommend you give Shopify a try. Just copy and paste the referral code below to get started.

 

http://www.shopify.com/?ref=silver-dollar-salute

 

So that is about it for now

 

 

Andy

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