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Optimizing Your Workspace

When selecting storage shelves for your office or workspace, open book shelves are plentiful and come in many styles and shapes and therefore, are often quite tempting to buy. However, any kind of open book shelf means that everything stacked upon it or within it will be under close scrutiny by house guests, and in this case, there’s no hiding a messy pile of papers. Here are a few tips for optimizing your workspace:

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Use One Great Masking System

Choosing a closed door cabinet system, enables you to hide-store your messy ‘to do’ piles for another time. The closed doors will enable the room to appear more organized, and oftentimes, when one feels organized, one tends to actually become more productive, ironic as that sounds.

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A glass desk actually allows the eye to see through to the whole room, which often gives the illusion of more room space. By choosing a 3 piece L shaped desk unit, you have the option of separating the pieces and thus, you have the option to redecorate every few months. Glass desks are relatively lightweight and easy to move around, when separated. Look for ones that allow you to flip the L part to either side. Or choose a glass table that can double as a dining set.

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Consider The Importance of the Office Chair

Let’s face it – if you’re not comfortable, you won’t stay seated for very long. Choose a roomy, supportive chair that offers a selection of chair positions and heights. Choose something you won’t sweat in, won’t slip in, and won’t slouch in. Be sure that the chairs wheels move easily and glide into several directions effortlessly.

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Add an Easy to Clean Touch of Color, Area Rug

A great way to take the boredom out standard office furniture, especially when you are working with closed cabinets  is to enhance the room with a bright and contemporary styled area rug.  Not only are area rugs easy to remove and clean, they can be laid out on a variable of diagonals to create an off symmetry look – just for fun. Selecting a busier pattern with many colors will help hide the traffic dirt.

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Accent Pieces Double as Storage

It’s always lovely to have a few accent pieces in the room, but who says they should just be adornments? Choose decorative nested boxes or covered vases that will hold additional items, such as pens, paper clips, etc. There will be plenty of additional places to organize your office goods, if you select wisely and use several sets in a room.

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Super Summer Deals!

Summer sales are GREAT and everyone loves super summer deals! You can get a lot of new things for the house and great deals can make even the most reluctant drag-his-heels-thru-the-store husband or partner feel the ‘fun’ of shopping. It’s always a thrill to get those items into the house, unpacked and first used – whether it’s a new outfit, a new computer gadget or a simple bathroom throw rug. Unless it’s something hubby has to assemble. But even then, there’s a kind of excited thrill in ‘assembling things’ because almost everyone has experienced the huge sense of relief felt from having ‘completed’ the dreaded task.  As soon as the product has been freed from the can’t-for-the-life-of-me-break-this-plastic-package-wrapping issue; one can immediately begin to enjoy the product. Here are a few fun items that require little or no assembly:

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SAGE Water Coolers
Sku#: SAGECBLK
Price: $649.99

The SAGE water cooler filters and removes 99.99% of all contaminants and bacteria and comes in 9 super-cool & bright countertop colors: black, silver, blue, green, orange, purple, white, red metallic and red! It has an advanced Programmable LCD interface for programming of hot, cold and room temp water temperature from 41 degrees F – 208 degrees F, Programmable Child Safety, Date, Time, and Energy Saver/Sleep Time Functions. LCD Screen alerts when UV Lamp or Filters need replacing.

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Kichler Lighting 65424 Mini Pendant 1Lt Berkley Collection

Sku#: 65424
$217.80

The fanciful bounty of this 1 light mini pendant from the Berkley collection is a playfully inspired art glass revelation. With bold patterns and warm colors it is sure to delight any home. Size: 8 x 10 x 4.75”/Incandescent 100W.

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Yosemite Home Décor ‘Colored Roses’ Original Hand Painted Wall Art
Sku#: FCK8353-2
Price: 169.10

Brighten your living area with a rainbow of roses. Hand painted roses in a variety of vivid colors on a neutral beige painted canvas. This painting is hand stretched on canvas and ready for wall mounting. Overall dimensions: 40”W x 40”H

  • Original hand painted
  • acrylic painting
  • Wall mounted
  • Ready to hang out of the box

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make us happy. A warm, soothing bath. A bottle of wine shared on a summer eve with a few friends. A kitty cat on one’s lap. Sometimes just one new purchase for the house is enough to make a slow smile last almost forever.

For some great deals, check out our summer closeouts!

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Dining vs. Foyer Chandeliers

The world of chandelier shopping can be daunting when homeowners begin to shop for their very first one. A chandelier purchase will not only enhance a room aesthetically, but when properly fit to the dimensions of a room, it is an efficient way to illuminate a large area. Let’s look at the most typical aspects of choosing a chandelier that most confuses customers; by examining the difference between dining and foyer chandeliers. Is there a difference between them?

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Foyer chandeliers, like dining lights can range in size. However, manufacturers often craft their large chandeliers, stretching them to over-sized versions in order to properly accommodate grand-style foyer entrances. Some foyers, especially the ones found in mini mansions can tower height-wise past two floors; thus requiring a fixture size large enough to be able to shower the area with the appropriate light.

With dining lighting, consideration is also given to over-the-table height, including the value of overall room lighting. Since lighting is an important element in any room, a little bit of time spent deciding on a fixture for a room and where to place it, is never time wasted. Chandeliers are a great addition to just about any room. They will provide excellent light coverage and can add decorative flavor to a well designed room. However, the rules of where to hang a chandelier vary by room and for novices; that can be a tricky thing to try to figure out. The truth of the matter is that there is no hard-defining difference between dining and foyer chandeliers, except for sizing and many of today’s chandelier styles can be utilized for either room.

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Foyer Chandeliers

The entryway or foyer is your guest’s first impression of your home. One initial and important consideration should be the fixture styling, especially if it is the very last item you place in your foyer. The fixture should not only blend well with the home décor overall, but should help to open up the entry space via its ability to illuminate. There are several fixture styles to choose from, such as: Asian, art deco, contemporary, country, industrial, rustic, transitional, urban and traditional, just to mention a few. If you’re not sure what style your home actually is, since now-a-days, many different types of styles are purposefully mixed to create a look; then choose by color. What would look great overhead? Would a light colored, airy chandelier or a darker, more Mediterranean type chandelier work? What finishes are the room’s doorknobs, picture frames, window sills and light switches in? Perhaps you’ll want to choose a similar chandelier finish.

How does one properly size a foyer chandelier? The rule of thumb is to accommodate between 2.5 and 3 inches of chandelier height for every foot of ceiling height. So for instance, a 10 foot ceiling would require a chandelier in the 25 – 30 height range. Once you have estimated the height range, add your room’s height and width together. If the room is 20 x 16, your room’s sum would be 36 ft total. Then the correct diameter of the room’s chandelier would be approximately 36 inches. So your chandelier could range between 25 – 30 H and 36 W and you’d be in a safe zone, size wise.

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Maxim Chandeliers

Dining Chandeliers

When choosing dining chandeliers, since family members or house guests will be noticeably closer to the light source, especially if the fixture is placed directly over the table; other considerations must come to mind. No guest wants to head-bang a light when they lean forward to get up from the table. A general rule of thumb is to make sure the fixture’s width should be narrower than the table by at least 1 foot. There are other choices to consider as well, such as up lighting and down lighting. Uplight chandeliers direct the light source upward toward a ceiling. Deflecting light upward in this way can allow for a softer and more dimly lit room aesthetic. Downlight chandeliers are often used in dining rooms, so as to create a greater light source directly upon one’s table-top meal.

Generally speaking, chandeliers should be well centered over the dining table. A creative exception would be to hang two smaller chandeliers side by side over the table, in lieu of one large one. Overall, all light fixtures should hang approximately 30-34 inches above a dining table. Keep in mind that no chandelier, no matter what room it hangs in, should hang less than 7 feet from the ground. This is to allow clearance for even the tallest of human guests. Knowing a few pointers such as a few finish and measurement tips mentioned above can turn a chandelier shopping experience into a really fun one – because all the confusion’s been cleared away!

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EliteFixtures Awarded Google Trusted Stores Badge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Hillsborough, NJ – EliteFixtures.com, which offers home décor fixtures from home appliances, lighting, bathroom & kitchen faucets to range hoods, vanities and more, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program and awarded the Trusted Stores Badge. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the EliteFixtures.com website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

We realized that partnering with Google.com and gaining their acceptance reinforces our commitment to serving each and every customer as if it was our only customer!  We will do our very best to make every buying experience through EliteFixtures.com enjoyable, easy and stress-free!

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with EliteFixtures.com and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like EliteFixtures.com attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on the website.

Aside from providing exceptional customer service, EliteFixtures.com is filled with lighting and home decor fixtures to suit any style and price point. EliteFixtures.com offers free shipping on all orders over $39, along with free returns. If you happen to find a product for a lower price by any other authorized dealer site, we will match it, no questions asked. There are hundreds of e-tailers on the web, but putting the customer first has separated us from the pack, and allowed us to satisfy thousands of customers since 2005.

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Hillsborough, NJ 08844
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Why shop at www.elitefixtures.com?

Shopping on the internet is a multi-billion dollar industry with a sophisticated highway of automated processes that occur between overseas product shops,  US manufacturers, factory warehouses, super-sized e-sellers such as Amazon and smaller sized retail e-commerce stores.  The industry is constantly changing and streamlining processes, which makes it extremely hard for consumers to understand exactly where their product is actually coming from once they’ve ordered it. Anyone who has received an incorrect or broken product from any of these super-sized e-stores has experienced the frustration of either not remembering their order number when they need to produce it, not remembering the store they ordered from, or worse yet; they learn that the store they ordered from is not even the actual seller. Getting a return, exchange or replacement item can become an automated e-mail nightmare; as most of the e-conglomerates force shoppers to use strictly an automated process to get product resolution.

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Just what is Factory direct pricing?

Let’s view EliteFixtures vs. competitors to see just what the differences are, and how consumers can get a little smarter about their shopping choices before they make an online purchase. Knowing where and whom to shop from can make a huge difference in terms of customer satisfaction – especially when it comes to needing additional assistance with a purchase. Let’s look at DirectBuy vs. EliteFixtures, for example:

According to Consumer Reports, “With DirectBuy, it will cost you a lot to save”.  This trusted reporting agency points out the fine print of the DirectBuy contract, which states “you cannot return items, cancel orders, or terminate your membership.”  Consumer Reports further states that, “Tacked onto the cost of merchandise—which you select from catalogs since DirectBuy has limited showrooms—are a 6 percent handling fee, shipping fees, and tax. Goods are typically shipped only to your local center, so you might pay additional fees to actually get your new stuff home.” At EliteFixtures.com, our return policies couldn’t be any clearer with absolutely no fine print!  Click here to see our returns policy. 

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Why would you join DirectBuy when you can get wholesale prices direct at EliteFixtures.com?

Compared to many big name retailers, EliteFixtures does not charge a restocking fee.  Let’s look at an e-commerce giant like Amazon.com as another example.  Consumers love shopping on Amazon for sheer convenience but most customers don’t realize that Amazon charges restocking fees for returned items!  On non-media items, Amazon can charge anywhere from 20-50% in restocking fees!  Compare that to EliteFixtures 0% restocking fees and it becomes a no-brainer! In addition, when you buy from an authorized dealer, you are protected by the warranty whether it’s a 1, 2 3, 5 or lifetime warranty!  EliteFixtures.com is the authorized dealer of every single top brand manufacturer that it represents. When you shop at Amazon or other marketplaces, you have sellers that are not always authorized dealers and should you have an issue with your item down the road, your warranty will not be honored!

Lastly, where can you go these days and NOT have to punch through several automated phone options in order to get live help? Most people know the agony of waiting on hold forever for a real-live human agent. At EliteFixtures, you can phone or chat in and immediately a specialized team is there waiting to help you with your order! Sometimes….smaller is better. Remember David and Goliath.  Sometimes BIG conglomerate e-stores are NOT all they’re cracked up to be. Shop safe and with confidence at www.EliteFixtures.com….always!

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Products that Protect Backyard Wildlife

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Consider Running Water Fountains

One most important and yet, usually overlooked way of protecting backyard wildlife, is to maintain a flowing outdoor water fountain, year-round. Most people consider only placing a birdbath in a garden as a way of enhancing it visually. Though the thought of attracting pretty birds ranks as a high second reason that people purchase them; there are other, more important reasons to place one in the yard. Purchasing products that protect backyard wildlife, also protects and stabilizes the neighborhood environment.

Excessive Heat – with the climate change issues we have been experiencing in the last few years, all areas of the world are experiencing weird weather. Winter storms and winds are stronger, and long standing heat waves are causing droughts. Birds and other small animals are subject to these harsh new changes just like we are – sans protective houses. In times of excessive heat, water becomes a highly sought after life property that is absolutely necessary to survival. When natural resources that animals are used to using suddenly dry up – they are stressed and forced to find water anywhere they can. This can mean crossing dangerous highways or traveling for miles before they even find relief. It can also mean drinking from tainted water sources such as gasoline puddles and chemical sprayed garden trough’s.

Excessive Cold – If water just sits in a fountain bowl in the winter, chances are it will freeze solid and become a completely useless offering. By choosing a running water fountain, it will be much less likely to freeze solid, which will enable the wildlife to survive through the cold and frigid weather. It also enables the fountain to offer water year-round. Neighborhoods that offer small relief stations for birds and other small animals help keep the environment ecologically sound. In purchasing an outdoor water fountain or bird bath, one may be doing more for the Earth and its animals than one might think.

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Use Fully Enclosed Backyard Fire pits

Most homeowners at some point, invest in a backyard barbeque grill, chimenea, or back yard fire pit. These items are not only ideal for entertaining guests all throughout the spring and summer seasons, the entire family can actually make use of them year-round. Yet many people don’t even think about the wildlife, when it comes to making a smart grill purchase. Many chimenea’s and fire pits are often left to burn down at the end of an evening, long after the owners have gone inside. These open holed ovens are a disaster-in-waiting for the night oriented wildlife that might have been attracted to the remnants of burger on an open grill. Slowly dying embers don’t always put off a soft glow, and can appear like natural stone or wood material – until stepped on. Seared little feet can’t rinse off under icy cold water at the kitchen sink to get relief. Foot injuries for four legged critters can be fatal. By purchasing gated, mesh covered fire pits and grills – one can help to protect wildlife from unnecessary injuries.

It’s not always the wildlife that traverses your yard space. Your child’s friends, the pet dog, a neighbor’s open wandering cat all utilize the same space to romp about and play. Eliminating dangerous products from the yard such as folding chairs when it storms, and closing garbage can lids to prevent hungry critters from becoming trapped can help save a life, even when you are not aware of it. Just today, yours-truly-blog-writer took the office trash out back only to find a juvenile raccoon crouched in 90 degree heat, head down in absolute desperation while trapped at the bottom of the dumpster. One look in his beautiful beady little eyes told his entire story of final resignation and utter hopelessness. A happy ending ensued. Co-workers and I released him from the dumpster and restored his sense of freedom.

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EF’s Acclaim Lighting on HGTV!

Copy the Curb Appeal: Providence, Rhode Island

HGTV Magazine took a spin through Providence to round up eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.  Christine chose Arts and Crafts–style lanterns, which were popular when the house was built. Acclaim Lighting Outer Banks 6 ½”W x 8 ½”D x 16″H plastic outdoor light in matte black, $60, elitefixtures.com

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Read the full article here: http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/copy-the-curb-appeal–providence–rhode-island-pictures

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Re-Defining Twine

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 Elk Lighting 15902/5 Pearce 5 Light Chandelier

As a proud planetary guardian of several indoor cats, I can with absolute certainty declare that the feline species has taught me many things no human could. One message in particular that stands out when viewing the new twist Elk has put on the Pearce Collection – is the importance of simplicity. Lighting manufacturers are heavily challenged to constantly produce new styles, so as to keep up with yearly fashion trends in home decor. In some years, there is definitely a flood of fresh new styles, which can often spark a home design buying frenzy. In other years, fixture designs can be ho-hum boring – as if we’re seeing the same old ‘same olds’, coated in different finishes or colors, in a weak effort to mask ‘designer’s block’.

Similar to the many times I’ve attempted to keep the household kitties entertained – some toys that I truly thought would entice them – completely bored them. Yet one year, when the funds for kitty entertainment was somewhat low, I took to finding things around the house. Feeling somewhat an incompetent fur nurturer, I tossed down some cut up toilet paper rolls and dribbly twine and tried to coax them to play. To my utter amazement, no coaxing was needed. The kitties entertained themselves for hours – winging the TP rolls up in the air and grabbing the twine by mouth and running about – which caused a trail of followers who dappled at the bouncing tail-end as if a live mouse were about. It’s as though my furry friends were telling me to nix the harmful plastic human creations and stick to the more ‘natural’ things in life – the simple stuff.

When I normally write for the company blog, I typically don’t interject personal experience into the pieces. But when I saw this twine-version fixture by Elk Lighting, I half wondered if the designer of that particular fixture had a cat. Sometimes, a little bit of rope can go along way. And though the fixture design itself might be something I’ve seen before – bravo to Elk for re-defining twine and coming up with something other than just another coating of color.

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Shopping for a new home? Consider this….

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Outdoor Fixtures by Maxim Lighting

Shopping for a new home? There are many things to consider when shopping for your new home. However, finding the right neighborhood is equally as important, if not more important, than finding the right home! Think of it this way; you can always update any part of your home, but you cannot remodel your community.  You are just a small component of what makes your community! Consider this….

  1. Homeowners Association (HOA)
    A homeowners association regulates the rules of the neighborhood, monitors crime and can be a great asset to your neighborhood.
  2. Neighborhood schools
    If you have children, it is critical to have good schools (elementary, middle and high schools) in your neighborhood.
  3. Surrounding amenities
    Does the neighborhood have a nice park? Is there a grocery store just a couple blocks away? What about a nearby gym or rec center? Does the community provide services and functions for everyone?  Good amenities can make a huge difference!
  4. Future development
    It’s important to check with your city planning office on the community’s plans for road expansion, property development and construction. Future construction can really add to or take away from your ideal setting.
  5. Good record
    Crime rates, school tests scores and diversity are all statistics that may help you decide on your next community.

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EliteFixtures Protects Customers Against Fraud!

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit card fraud is serious business. The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses could be the most vulnerable.

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Online fraud in the U.S. is expected to nearly double to $19 billion by 2018 from $10 billion in 2014, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, a consulting company based in Pleasanton, California. In Britain, which began shifting to chip cards in 2001, online fraud rose 55 percent from 2005 to 2008, according to the UK Cards Association, an industry group. “It’s inevitable it will happen,” says Steve Platt, an executive vice president at Experian, the credit reporting company.

Banks and other card issuers are sending consumers the new cards because the chips embedded in them are harder to counterfeit than magnetic stripes. Issuers began sending replacement cards in the last year because, as of Oct. 1, merchants are responsible for financial losses from fraud committed with chip cards if they don’t use new equipment to process chip card payments.

Small businesses are likely to be most vulnerable because many can’t afford the sophisticated software big retailers use to quickly determine whether transactions are fraudulent. Banks no longer have the liability in such cases. And there’s another wrinkle that could make operating difficult for businesses that experience a lot of online fraud: Companies that exceed a limit on fraudulent transactions — usually 1 percent of their total transactions — may be barred from accepting credit cards. People attempting to commit fraud online buy card numbers and other information from hackers who invaded computers systems at companies such as Target Corp. and Home Depot Corp. Then they use the stolen card numbers to make online purchases.

To stop the criminals, Allen Walton examines orders at his surveillance equipment company, SpyGuy Security, one by one. “We manually scan all orders for anything suspicious, like fake names, requests for overnight delivery, and high-ticket orders,” says Walton, whose company is based in Dallas. He finds fraudulent orders several times a month.

The increase in online fraud is likely to happen over time, partly because the switch to chip cards is ongoing and expected to continue into 2016. “The crooks tend to go where there’s less security,” says Ken Paterson, a vice president at the consulting firm Mercator Advisory Group in Maynard, Massachusetts.

Technology can help companies root out fraud with software that analyzes a number of factors in a transaction: whether shipping and billing addresses match, whether the order is placed from an unfamiliar computer or device and whether the email address associated with the order is unfamiliar. A high number of transactions in a short time is another red flag, says Tom Donlea, director of e-commerce at Whitepages, a Seattle-based company whose services include address verification for online businesses. When several suspicious factors are present, the software flags a transaction so a retailer can investigate.

EliteFixtures.com, a retailer of lighting fixtures, plumbing and home decor products in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Elitefixtures protects customers against fraud. It has built a fraud detection system that it says has almost completely eliminated fraudulent transactions. “If someone is ordering a $10,000 chandelier and it’s going to a ZIP code where the median home price is $130,000,” says owner Steven Annese, “that doesn’t make sense.”

Courtesy of AP News: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/61273ab8ccd04c4a993c28339731f187/expect-more-online-fraud-new-credit-cards-arrive

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