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Hello everyone,

Things have been a bit quiet around here for the past few months and there are a number of reasons why.

First, I've been busy with client work. This is a good thing. The economy seems to be headed on a positive course and it's been filling my hours with opportunity.

Secondly, the State of Minnesota has enacted a new Internet taxation policy that effectively shuts me and any other affiliate income funded blogs and websites down. I could move I suppose, but there are too many things to love in this state. If you don't already live here, it's a cold, horrible place to live, you'd be much happier in Wisconsin. ;-)

I'm not against internet taxation, I just hope that the Federal government can come up with a tenable plan that works for states and internet retailers. I'm not optimistic this will happen soon.

So where does that take us? I'm not shutting things down at this point -- expenses are paid for the rest of the year. I am potentially looking for a buyer in a state that has no personal income taxes -- this is the safest bet long term.

I'll look into the possibility of adding traditional advertising to help offset costs. The effect of that is likely to be more posts and broader content to justify and increase the value of the simpler flat-rate ads.

I'm still wearing glasses and am still excited about the market shift that has happened in this field over the past nearly seven years. I talk to more and more people wearing affordable, online, eyeglasses. They're enthusiastic and so am I.

Hope you're having a wonderful summer -- don't forget the sunglasses!

- Ira

The EyeBuyDirect BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE Sale is back!

Effective Monday, February 18th and running through Thursday, February 28th, you can find high quality prescription eyeglasses starting at $14.95, lenses included, and get 2 FOR THE PRICE of 1.

Use code: 'B1G1

Ed. Note: Yes, they have better looking glasses than in the ad above.

Only three days left in EyeBuyDirect's Buy One Get One sale. Check out the new lines they're carrying and get your Spring started right with a new look.

Use code "B1G1" to get the deal.

Ends January 31st.

EyeBuyDirect makes a habit of the Buy One Get Free sale and it's a good thing. They've updated their selection with some very trendy, retro styles which should entice many of you to order up a couple pairs for a low, low price.

Use code 'B1G1' to take advantage of this sale.

As always conditions apply so check out the site for details.

Ends January 31st.

I'll be on the Colin McEnroe show this afternoon on Connecticut Public Radio WNPR talking about the eyeglasses industry and how online options have begun to change it. You should be able to listen online here:

 We'll probably also hit on Luxottica -- a hot topic since Leslie Stahl's lazy (and late to the party) report on 60 Minutes at the beginning of the month.

Take a look at that here: