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* I used to charge $79.95 for just the videos and another $19.95 for the Super Disk (DVD) so together they used to cost $99.90 but I am now using a larger capacity USB drive and putting both products onto one USB drive and keeping the price at $79.95 -- (lucky you!). It would still be a bargain at twice the price for how much content you get. What can I say -- I'm a philanthropist at heart.
Question: What is on the "Super USB?"
Answer: I keep adding to it so really, "Who knows?" -- it's like this overflowing warehouse of cool ASL content -- but since you asked, at the moment here's what I can tell you:
I used to sell a "course-pack" consisting of 11 different CDs covering all of ASL 1 and ASL 2. I used to charge around $100 just for that set and it was rather popular. Then DVDs came out I found that I could pack all of those CDs onto a single DVD. So I stopped selling the course-pack and instead sold the "Superdisk" (DVD). It was a "computer DVD" (It wasn't for a TV-type DVD player) and was accessed using your computer's web browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.) but doesn't need an internet connection. It contains a "frozen" copy of my Lifeprint.com website from back before I started streaming YouTube videos. It includes quizzes for lessons 1 - 30 (which covers ASL 1 and ASL 2). The Superdisk was a collection of resources that has thousands of files (not kidding). It is far from perfect but has enough content to justify keeping it up for sale -- until now. Now the Superdisk has been transferred to the Super USB.
I also used to sell the instructional videos from Lessons 1 - 60 as the "Super USB" but decided to buy higher capacity USB blanks and put both the Super Disk and the former Super USB content all onto the same.
I also put my Fingerspelling tool onto the USB as well as a collection of fingerseeks (think "word search" puzzles but with fingerspelling).
I included my original e-report on "How to make a decent living teaching ASL." It is from a zillion years ago but is still sort of useful in a historically amusing sort of way.
Oh hey, I've also put level 1 of the Baby Signing curriculum onto the Super USB -- (that's as far as I've developed that curriculum but it is still really cool. (Yes, I do know that I'm very humble, thanks.) That particular curriculum so far has 10 lessons, around 300 sentences.
The Super USB includes a local version of the "ASL.bz" website -- the one with the ASL numbers practice.
Also there's a bunch of other stuff on it like my PowerPoints, a pretty good ASL dictionary, 600 or more vocabulary pages and a huge number of practice sentences with video clips, etc.
Let me put it this way. If you order the USB and you don't like it just let me know and I'll refund your money since you are obviously confused and you probably could better use the money for some type of therapy.
The rest of you -- self-study ASL students, home-schoolers, parents of Deaf children, etc. -- will certainly love the thing.
Question: Do I have to set up a Paypal account just to buy the "Super USB"?
Answer: Absolutely not. That payment link doesn't require setting up a Paypal account. When you get to the payment page just look for the link that says "Pay with a debit or Credit card." Click on that and you can get the USB without setting up a Paypal account.
You can use any of these other payment options to buy the Super USB. Just pay me $85 (that's $79.95 for the product and about five bucks for shipping expenses) and then email me afterward at BillVicars@AOL.com and let me know that the payment was for the Super USB and include your mailing address.
Cash App: https://cash.me/$Lifeprint
Check: Make the check out to Lifeprint in the amount of $85 (that's $79.95 for the product and about five bucks for shipping expenses) and then use your phone to take a picture of the front (the back is not needed) of the check and email the picture to BillVicars@aol.com and let me know it is for the "Super USB" (include your mailing address!) -- I will scan the picture and electronically deposit the amount. I actually prefer this method because it avoids credit card processing fees -- but whichever method you use to pay me with is fine.
Question: How secure is your site?
Answer: My site isn't very secure. I probably wouldn't order from my site.
BUT...I don't actually sell from my site. Instead I use Paypal. Their site is extremely secure. When you click on the "buy" link it takes you to their website. They use 128 bit encryption and "Hacker Safe" technology. Paypal is very, very safe. Just ask them, they'll tell you.
Question: How soon will the item be shipped out after payment is made?
Answer: Generally once per week. What happens is: People place an order. It shows up in my email box. I forward it to my "shipping department," (heh, that's Bee). Note: Bee is my lovely wife, not a postal employee; sometimes she does "go postal"--but that is a different story and only amusing for those of you old enough to recall that phrase. Then the "shipping department," packs it up and sticks it in the mail box for the next pickup. Orders generally go out once a week. I tell people if they don't have their order within a couple weeks, email me so I can check into it. For my contact info see: "contact"
If I've screwed up (very rare since it doesn't take much brain power to click the forward button) I want to know about it so I can make it right.
(Update: These days Bee just downloads the incoming orders directly from Paypal.)
Question: Where are the materials being shipped from?
Answer: From our mailbox which is about a foot-and-a-half to the left of the front door. Note: If the mail-carrier person has already come and I or Bee (my lovely wife) are running errands then we ship "the materials" from the Post Office that is closest to our home in Sacramento. (I don't know the address of the Post Office -- I just know how to get there.)
Question: Julia writes:Love your web site. I ordered your USB. When can I expect delivery?
Generally within 14 days.
Often in 10 days.
Three weeks at the outside.
Sometimes as quick as four or five days.
Once it took a month.
- Dr. Bill
p.s. The United States Postal Service (at normal shipping rates) varies quite a bit in their shipping times and thus "the Lifeprint Shipping Department" can only do so much. More precision and speediness in the shipping process necessitates more work and effort.
Notes: At most places, if you want speediness in shipping you generally have to pay much more in fees (consider how much more things cost if you send them "overnight delivery" via Federal Express). Thus if you are patient regarding shipping times that translates to considerably lower shipping charges for you. But that isn't the reason why I don't strive to promise any particular "quick" shipping time. The reason is: I care about my "shipping department." Trying to be "precise and definite" creates stress. So I ask the "shipping manager" to simply get orders out within a reasonably decent period of time. In the old days mail order companies used to always say: 6 to 8 weeks. Wow. Then things became more competitive and companies started adding fees and trying to outdo each other with faster and faster shipping times. The wife and I have been doing this for over many years and plan on being in it 'till we retire. If someone doesn't like my shipping times they are welcome (encouraged actually) to ask for a full refund and go shop elsewhere. I'm not interested in competing with Amazon. Bee strives to get orders out once or twice a week and that is good enough for me.
(But as interested as I am in having a happy wife, I do of course want to make raving fans out of my customers, so if you honestly think your order got lost, I want to know about it. A few times (very rare) out of a thousand or so it never arrived and the people had to email me and ask what the heck happened to their product. At which point I forwarded their email to the "Complaint Department" (Bee) so they (she) could check to make sure the customer is taken care of.
Question: Could you tell me--on the USB are the signs all animated?Answer: There are many hundreds of sentences and hundreds of signs in "animated" format (or in other words they are videos). If you have a fast internet connection I encourage you to just use the Lifeprint.com website where you can find many MORE videos via embedded YouTube videos.
Question: Do you do international shipping outside the U.S.?
Answer: Please, please, please don't ask me to do that. It is horrible, expensive, and takes a special trip to the "post office" to fill out forms. If you live outside of the U.S, and want to learn ASL just email me and arrange for me to come visit your country in person and have me teach you one-on-one for a week.
Question: Do you have a physical address?
Answer: No. I am a spirit and I exist in-between dimensions.
(Heh). Yes, of course I have an address (although teachers don't earn much I'm not homeless -- yet).
However, to be clear, ASL University is not a "place" -- we don't have buildings. It is an online ASL resource.
I used to list my address for those who wanted to send me a donation check to support ASLU (thanks!). These days I encourage people to instead just take a picture of the front of the check and email me the picture -- which I can deposit electronically. Cool eh? So if you want to send me a picture of a check to donate or to order something you can find my email address on my "contact" page.
Question: Is there an office?
Answer: Does a home office count? If so, then yes -- but it is not a place you can visit. We used to do that sort of stuff (teach classes here at the home studio) but my cat has decided it is his office (so I tend to play along just to keep him happy).
Question: How can I donate?
Answer: See https://lifeprint.com/donate.htm
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