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Audi 4 rings keychains--UPDATE, 03 Oct, morning

Updating the Audi 4 rings keychain story:

Seems a whole lot of interest has been generated here!  Thus far, I have
responses asking to reserve over 30 of these.  That is really good, because
it seems I misunderstood my friend (the jeweler) when I thought he said he
needed to make at least 15 to make it economical.  He actually said 50.
OOPS!  That's OK, because interest is so strong I think I'll give him the
go-ahead to start making a batch of 50.  I expect he can turn them out in
the next couple of weeks.

He will be using metal mold die-casing, which is much better than rubber
mold casting.  The 4 ring design will be cut using a pentagraph.  The rings
will be nice and heavy, and the ring structure will be approximately 2
inches long and 5/8 to 3/4 inches in width.  If you have the 1996 Audi
brochure, look on page 34 (at the very top), and you will see our model for
the keychain.  The proportions with respect to the key will be the same.
The rings and the small chain will be of sterling silver, while the actual
key holder will be nickel plated steel for strength.  Overall, I think it
will be really nice!

Time to discuss the pricing, shipping and payment.  The price will be, as we
estimated, $30 each plus shipping.  Shipping within the continental US will
be by UPS insured ground service and will run a flat $6.50, no matter how
many of the keychains you want.  This just makes things easier for all of
us.  Some of you may lose $0.50 in the shipping, some of you may gain $0.50.
The shipping price includes the approximated standard UPS 1.0 pound (and
under) shipping cost  with insurance ($5.00), the box I have to buy to put
the key chain(s) in ($0.50), and the $1.00 fee that my UPS Authorized
Shipping Outlet charges me above the UPS fee for shipping.  UPS was so kind
as to close their office here in my town about 1.5 years ago and now I am
stuck with having to use Authorized Shipping Outlets (sarcasm....).

Though I know it may inconvenience many of you, we do not have the ability
to accept credit cards.  Thus, payment must be made by check, cashier's
check or money order.  As I have assumed responsibility for distribution and
shipping, the checks would be made out and sent to me.  The keychain(s) will
be sent out the day the check is received.  If any of you would like, I will
be more than happy to supply numerous (satisfied) references from another
news-group where I routinely conduct a lot of business.  (Anyone who can
guess the name of the newsgroup from my signature gets a cookie!).  Those of
you wishing to do COD orders, add $4.75 to the total (the standard UPS COD
charge).  In this case, I will e-mail you with the final total and tracking
number when I send the package out.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to voice them.
I will be sending this message to the mailing list as well to all those who
have given me responses, so please pardon the repeats.  Thanks again.  Below
is the original posting.

Achille Riviello
83 4000s, 200+k miles,
96 A4Q, 204 miles,
HK P7M13
"In a world of compromise, some don't"--HK


At 08:24 PM 10/1/96 CDT, Achille Riviello wrote:

>A while back, a lot of people were clamouring about not being able to find
>the Audi symbol key ring like is pictured on page 34 of the "Audi for 1996"
>brochure.  Briefly, the key chain is just 4 interlocking rings on a chain.
>Really cool looking.  
>I have a friend who is a custom jeweler and asked him if he could make the
>key chain out of sterling silver and what the price would be.  He said he
>could probably make and sell them for about $30 each (give or take a couple
>of $$), if he produced them in some sort of quantity.  A single one would
>run about $150 because he has to cut the dies for the casting, etc., etc.
>He does it all by hand and does nice work.  He did my custom engagement ring
>for my fiancee.  The symbols and chain would be sterling while the actual
>key holder would probably be nickel plated because of the softness of silver.
>Anyone interested in getting one of these sterling silver key chains at the
>mentioned price?  If I get enough responses, I will tell him to go ahead and
>make up a batch.  I'll post this a couple of times over the next couple of
>days to make sure everyone gets a shot at it.
>Thanks in advance, and let me know what you think.
>Achille Riviello
>83 4000s, 200+k miles,
>96 A4Q, 156 miles,
>HK USP45,
>HK P7M13
>"In a world of compromise, some don't"--HK