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Questions about Orders or Returns - Technically, we don't sell the trains in our buyers' guides. We review products we like and, when possible, provide links to vendors we trust. We can usually answer questions about the quality or size of the product, but we can't answer questions about orders or returns. If you have questions about an order you placed with one of our recommended suppliers, please check the links below:

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Note for Real People Who Want to Ask Questions or Sign Up Sadly, every week dozens of spammers and jokesters fill out this form thinking that somehow their unwelcome advertisements or content will show up on my site (they don't). Some of those fake request from spammers even come with real people's e-mails attached - they've harvested someone else's address book so their requests would look legit. So I'm now asking people who want to subscribe to our newsletters to supply their real full name and some information about themselves and/or their hobby so we know it's it's not just a random spam attempt. You can check off boxes that apply to you (I can tell if a real hobbyist does this), and/or you can add a comment about trains or related hobbies. Considering how much personal information I've shared over the years on these web pages, I don't think that's asking too much. Again, NONE of your personal information will every be revealed, sold, traded, or used in any way except for me to have a better idea of who my readers are.

Update for 2010 - Before this year when someone signed up with no information to speak of, I used to e-mail them back and ask them to verify the request. As often than not, they had never heard of us - some spammer had just used their e-mail address in a vain attempt to hack our site. Unfortunately, that kind of followup on our part meant that we spend hours following up on would-be hackers that we could have spent helping out real people with real questions.

So, sadly, if you attempt to sign up with no information to speak of, we will probably delete your request without even getting back to you. I heartily apologize for any inconvenience, but the fake sign-up requests have gotten out of control at our end, and we want to devote our attention to real people with real questions.

Thanks, and happy railroading,

Paul Race

Family Garden Trains

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