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Posts made in August, 2013

Online Deals with Online Auctions

By on Aug 13, 2013 in Online Shopping

The popularity of online shopping, combined with consumer demand for some of today’s hottest products has given rise to penny auction sites, where buyers can snag gift cards, electronics and more for just “pennies.” Although the process is a bit more complex than just paying a few cents for a MacBook Pro or a state of the art espresso maker, penny auction sites can help smart bidders save real money on high quality, legitimate products. In a traditional-style auction, the winning bidder pays the final amount that was bid for an item. But in a penny auction, you must buy the bids that you place. So, for example, you might purchase 100 bids at a fixed rate of $50. You pay for these bids upfront, and then may use them to bid on the items that you want, with the ultimate goal of being the highest bidder. Like a standard auction, the price of an item typically starts very low, and each bid placed increases the cost. A timer is usually set on an auction, and some sites may increase an auction’s length with each bid, while others may not. Although you have already purchased bids, winning the auction doesn’t mean that you automatically receive the item – you must also pay the winning amount that you bid. Essentially, you’ve won the right to buy the item. Let’s say you purchased 100 bids for $50 to bid on a digital video camera. If you used all of your 100 bids and also placed the winning bid for $10, your total spent would be $60. Although this is more than just a few pennies, this model of purchase can be a realistic way to purchase items well-below their suggest retail value. Before bidding on a penny auction site, make sure to read the fine print and understand the process before buying. The best penny auction sites are risk-free and offer Buy-It-Now options, like Deal Dash, which allows an item’s losing bidders to apply their bids placed toward buying the item at its full...

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The Gift that Keeps Giving

By on Aug 12, 2013 in Online Shopping

If you’re looking for a birthday present, why not purchase a gift that will last for the whole year. Monthly subscription clubs are available for a variety of products ranging from beauty, to food, to toys, and are a great idea for people who like to try new things, and love the element of surprise. Below are a few of our favorite services: Birchbox: Started by 2 Harvard Business School graduates, Birchbox has over 100,000 subscribers and has grown exponentially since it began in September 2010. The monthly beauty product service is priced at $10/month for women, and $20/month for men. Each month, users receive a box filled with high end beauty and lifestyle products ranging from curling gel to granola bars to perfume. Users can even fill out an online questionnaire to better tailor products to fit their interests and needs. Love with Food Box: This is the perfect gift for the foodies in your life. For $10/month food-lovers will be sent more than eight gourmet products from a variety of brands. Past samples include a Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Fig Bar from Nature’s Bakery, Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge from Sander’s Fine Chocolates, Muscat Grape Jelly from Bonne Maman, and Appleapple applesauce on the go by GoGOsqueeZ, among other products. It’s a great way to find out about new products without having to worry about buying them in bulk. The monthly subscription costs $12/month if purchased on a monthly basis, and is discounted to $11/month and $10/month if purchased semi-annually, or annually, respectively. As a bonus, for every box purchased, Love with Food also donates a meal to a hungry child. So far, they’ve donated over 50,000 meals throughout the nation. Just the Right Book: This subscription service is ideal for book lovers who want a personal librarian. Subscribers are shipped the newest and best books based on their answers to questions regarding their favorite books and reading preferences. Users can choose whether they want books shipped quarterly, bi-monthly or monthly, and prices vary accordingly. Subscriptions are segmented for kids, teens, and adults and books can easily be returned if they don’t meet customers’...

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Kenneth Cole’s High-End Collection

By on Aug 10, 2013 in Online Shopping

Kenneth Cole’s company approaches its 30 year anniversary this year. The founders of the global brand is reflecting on its heritage with a new higher-end line. The quality will be elevated and the design will urban and exotic. Kenneth Cole Collection is leaning towards the urban customer. The designer explains at the launch party the new line will be “elevated in quality of construction, materials, and styling.” The presentation at Cedar Lake featured life-sized video installations of models. Highlights included a leather bomber jacket, deep oxblood haircalf pencil skirts and peplum belts, a crocodile-print shirt, and a cobalt blue python backpack “for the sporty chic” I’m not sure an actual “sporty chic” would wear a python backpack, but maybe the trendy chic trying-to-look-sporty would. Menswear has a slight military feel, the event featured, wool parkas and lace-up leather boots. Fashion reports that Cole managed to strike the “trend-but-not-too-trendy” balance....

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