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A Little Reasearch Saved Me $267

I love my video camera. It’s a Sony that is 5 years old. I’ve made lots of videos. I’ve even posted some.
Check some of them out here.
(FYI: Here’s a YouTube video I made with my camera: with 50,000 views by the time you read this!)

I recently noticed that there was something wrong with the camera. A yellow band of blur was showing up in my videos. I had video camera issues, no doubt about it.

I immediately checked different websites to see what kind of support I could get to fix my sick camera. The Sony website explained there was a minimum charge of $267 to fix my camera. I figured after 5 years, it was definitley out of warranty.

Wow, I thought $267? Was it worth it? I was unsure…

I decided to google my camera model number. I found several forums that were discussing issues with my camera.

As I read the posts, I was gettng more depressed by the minute. All of the posts said the same thing: there were bugs with the camera, and there was little that could be done about it. Oh well…

One person suggested calling Sony directly. They said they had been successful in getting their camera fixed for no charge. They even gave a phone number.

Long story short: I called Sony and gave the model number. The support guy said “No problem. We’ll fix it for free and we’ll pay all shipping.”

Obviously, I thought, there have been a number of issues with this camera….

My shippinng label was emailed to me. I put it in a box and took it to the UPS store. I’m as happy as a clam…hopefully, I’ll get my camera back soon and I can start making some more videos. And best of all it didn’t cost me a dime.

So a simple web search saved me over $267.00 and I got my camera fixed, free of charge! Yeah!

Afterthought: I always fill out a registration form everytime I buy anything. I certainly did this when I bought my video camera.
How come if Sony knew there were isssues with this camera, they never contacted me… I’ll still fill out that product registration card next time I make a purchase, even though it’s probably just a waste of time.

Not making videos, yet…


P.S. Here are some sites that are definitely not a waste of time. As a matter of fact you can find lots of valuable stuff:

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Eva Cassidy: The Most Incredible Singer You Never Heard

What can I say about Eva Cassidy?

Eva lived an all to brief life. She was a singer who was just starting to come out to national and International recognition when she tragically died at the tender age of 33 in 1996.

She did a few tours but mostly she played the folk club circuit in her home area near Washington, D.C.

Eva may have faded into obscurity if it were not for an English DJ who happened to hear one of her albums. He began to play her stirring rendition of “Over the Rainbow”, and immediately listeners began to respond. Eva was famous two years after her death, in England.

I first heard of her through Ted Koppel, when he featured the story of her posthumous success on “Nightline”.  That was around 2001. 

She is someone who deserves recognition. She has a sweet, voice. An angelic delivery. An amazing presence.

You can listen to some of her music, right here. Check out Eva Cassidy:


Amnesty International: Music for Human Rights

Every once in while you need to take a stand. You need to stand up and be counted. You have to give your support to those less fortunate than you.

Please make a stand for those whose rights are being violated. One organization who is making a difference is:

Music For Human Rights

“Music for Human Rights is your place at Amnesty International and on the web to learn about the issues and to take action to protect your rights and the rights of others. Find out what your favorite musicians are doing to spread the word and then join them in the fight for human rights. “

You can make a difference. You can help those whose rights have been violated.

Here is where you can go to help. Click Here.

Get up, Stand Up. Stand Up for their Rights…


Bloggers Unite

Albert Grande

The Secret of the Planet Earth

Discover the views of our own planet from a different perspective. You will marvel at the the scenes, the wildlife, and outer space.

 I watched this video and frankly, I was blown away. Experience it, feel it, share it.

At times, we need to step back and realize the wonders of our life, the wonders of planet earth.

The following clip helps us rediscover and appreciate our own world. Feel the vibration.

Rhonda Byrne, who created this film  had the following to say:

“Every good thought, every good word, every good emotion, and every act of kindness, is lifting the vibration of your being to new heights.  And as you begin to raise your vibration, a new life and a new world will reveal itself to you. ”

Rhonda exlains this clip will give off positive energy and vibrations. This is an uplifting and spiritual experience.

The music was composed by Jo Blankenburg. Discover the Secret, here.

Be well. Stay well. Onward and upward.

Albert Grande

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The Day Starbucks Ran Out of Coffee…

True story:

I like Starbucks. I like to drink coffee. Not the double latte, triple shot espresso with caramel and whipped cream. Just straight coffee with half and half.

Yesterday, I walked into Starbucks, and stepped right up to the counter. There was no line. I handed the guy behind the counter my traveling coffee cup.

“House coffee” I said.

“No coffee” he replied. I was shocked. I stumbled. I couldn’t believe it.

“Just wait a few moments, sir, and I’ll brew some more” he quickly added.

He was right, it was just a couple of minutes and the brew was finished. I reached in my pocket.

“No charge” he said. “The coffee is on me”.

“Thanks”, I smiled. “I really appreciate that”.

I started to tell him, “you know, I wrote an ebook, exactly about what you just did called “The Law of Reciprocity: When You Give you Get”. 

But I didn’t. I just waved and walked out.

Here’s the point. That free cup of coffee just cemented my relationships with Starbucks. I will definitely go back, again and again. It’s all about The Reciprocity.

There are a couple of Internet Marketers who are practicing this important law right now. Check out these giveaways based on reciprocity:

The Viral Marketing Giveaway.

and my friend Lady Angel is up to it again at:

The Lady Angel Giveaway

Please visit and grab some valuable resources. You will find tools, ebooks, videos, courses and everything else an Internet Marketer could want. And you will discover: when you do business on-line or off-line: it’s all about The Reciprocity.

All the Best,
Albert Grande


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and my friend Lady Angel is up to it again at:

The Lady Angel Giveaway