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Re: Aqua Journal, Vectrapoint & Credit Cards Online


>Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 13:01:59 +0800
>To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com (3rd Sending)
>From: Vectrapoint Publishing <aquajournal at vectrapoint_com>
>Subject: Re: Aqua Journal, Vectrapoint & Credit Cards Online
>Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 19:42:56 EDT
>From: Aquatect2 at aol_com
>Subject: Aqua Journal, Vectrapoint & Credit Cards Online
>Hi All,
>I visited the Vectrapoint website (http://www.vectrapoint.com) who are the
>English language publishers for the Aqua Journal and, although it looks
>promising, it left me a little uneasy about ordering the Journal with a credit
>card through their server.  Major portions of the site are under construction
>and indicated that it would be finished in February of 1998.  Not really
>complaining mind you, these things take time, but it just doesn't look well
>managed.  And why Singapore?  I know this is just my American chauvinism
>showing, but being lumped into the "All foreign country" category is a little
>weird.  Anyway, has anybody used their online server for credit card orders
>and were you satisfied with the service?


I know I will take up a little bandwidth here, and I will try to keep it snappy
to assure you. In regards to the security of Our Secured Online Ordering of
Aqua Journal Magazine, we have gone great length to evaluate the integrity of systems available.  Our Online ordering forms are encripted by a 128 bit encription code with certificate issued by RCA authority of USA.  To date, my understand, there have been no reports of security leak.  In fact, it is definitely much safer
than to hand your credit card to waiting staff at a restaurant, who disappears out of sight; swipe the card thru a card reader and have it returned to you. In worst case
scenario, a staff with photographic memory could have easily pass on your credit card information to anyone.  I hope that answers your question.

Secondly, pertaining to our website, it does required a fair bit of time to put up something smashing, but to be honest, during this interim period while we have just put out the English edition of of Takashi Amano Aqua Journal, we have been so overwhelmed by enquiries and orders from the world over, thousands have even written to us in some languages that sound even alien than our local dialects
(pls only write to us in English), though we are trying our best to cope.  Besides, with a host of our other immediate priorities like exibition at the InterZoo 98 in Germany etc, etc. that have kept us up to the neck but, But! we will  be doing our best to get it updated soonest possible.

And why Singapore??? Because we are not denying that Singapore boost and
still is the world's most competitive economy (Source : SWISS BASED WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 4/6/98) despite Asia's recession. In Singapore, due to our lack of natural resources, we harness all available technologies and experties to produce the highest quality products like Amano's Aqua Journal magazine - (which I believe many of whom have received and will agree) Mind you, our joint venture partner, Mr Amano does have a foresight in business besides creating stunning aquascapes. Another point here is the postal efficency, though I dare not vouch for such, in entry ports and 'Pony express' used in some other countries we ship to.

As for being lumped into "All foreign country", we simply couldn't think of
a better method to list all other nations. I think most of us will die of old age before we could find under our individual country, if it was set up that way. We gladly welcome your suggestions if any to satisfy yourAmerican chauvinism?

James Lim
Publisher of the Aqua Journal ( International Edition)

Vectrapoint Publishing Pte Ltd
Email : aquajournal at vectrapoint_com
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