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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Back To School Supplies!

For quite a while, I was on vacation from blogging. Now I’m back to blogging again!

To transition from vacation to reality check, there are some people who may need some help.  And here I am trying to give some free suggestions and possible tips.

There is a group of people who just came out of vacation too.  It is back to school again for students, and that means back to school supplies again as well!

People do rush again to the stores and hustle their way among the crowd. And sometimes, what they are looking for is no longer available! Stress, stress, stress….. ugh…. Parents don’t want their kids to be disappointed and students don’t want to miss out on something important for school, anything else? You ask, “Where else could I go?”

Well there’s still one more option for you. If you have a computer or a smart phone and you have internet connection, you can always go to the biggest online shopping site these days! Amazon.
Amazon is so big that it has almost everything you are looking for. And if you have a prime account, you can get your orders in as little as two days with free shipment! Your order is delivered right to where you want it shipped.

So, if you’re looking for a new school backpack  for your child, maybe that hard to find scientific calculator, other school supplies , or anything else in between, just visit your Amazon account and you can get it in as little as two days!


That’s how nice modern technology is these days and I love it as long as you have the money! J

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sneezing or Rhinitis - Found a relief?

Have you or any of your family members been sneezing a lot? Probably to some people this is not a big issue. But to others, it is uncomfortable and may sometimes be embarassing especially when you are in a big crowd or doing a very important activity. Some people may think you are ill like having colds and you may be spreading some germs.

But, finally, I have found a solution to the case of my son. After several medications, Xango worked out well for my son. Would you say it was just psychological or placebo effect? Well, years of having rhinitis was no joke. And years of taking different kinds of antihistaminics is not placebo.

Find my testimonial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imyhc87Lv1k. And Xango juice is available at www.healthdrinks.mymangosteen.com

No doubt about it, this juice drink has a great potential to allergic rhinitis and seasonal rhinitis.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Buyer’s Guide to Shopping for the Right Knife

Before you start shopping, it’s good to remind yourself what a knife is for – cutting things. It’s not a tool to be used to put in or take out screws, pry a lid open, hammer something down, and etcetera. It’s also not used for cutting glass, wires, steel and the likes. Although a knife is an excellent tool, it’s not an all-in-one tool. If that is what you are looking for, then what you need is a multi-tool and not a knife.

With that cleared up, here are the different types of knives to give you an idea of your choices:

*Fixed Blade

A fixed blade knife is the most common type of knife. It’s what comes to mind when you think of a knife – a single blade that is fixed to a handle. The length of the knife blade varies greatly. This type breaks into several subtypes. For example, for slicing, and ripping, what’s generally used is a tactical knife. Another type of fixed blade knife is the hunting knife. In general, you have the hunting knives for general use and a Skinning Knife. The length of hunting knives also varies from very small to that of a mini sword.

For basic camping use, the ideal knife is a fixed blade type about 5” long. If you will be using to chop off some dense undergrowth, then choose a fixed knife with a large blade, the larger the better. Other important considerations are the sharpness of the knife and how well it can hold an edge, how often you will be using it and if you will be using it mainly for outdoors or indoors.

*Folding Knife

A folding knife can have one or more blades. One type of folding knife is a pocket knife, the blades of which fold into the knife’s handle and is small enough to be kept inside a pocket. Another type of folding knife is a slip-joint type, which is a light duty knife makes use of pressure to keep the blade open.

*Locking Knife

This is a medium to heavy-duty knife that is similar to a slip joint knife except, for strength and safety purposes, it has a device that locks the blade in position when you open the knife. The lock is disengaged by pushing a release mechanism on the knife’s back strap. Locking knives typically have a single blade.

Many clichés in shopping are true when shopping for knives, especially about getting what you pay for. So, always go for quality instead of the price. This doesn’t mean you have to make an outrageously expensive purchase. There are reasonably-priced knives in the market. More than the price, though, the important thing is to do your research first to find out which knife is the right one for your use.
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VMT Singuillo is a freelance writer. Some of his articles may also involve samurai sword, daggers, collectible knives, medieval helmets, medieval shields, and more.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

When Locked Out of Your Home

What would you do if you have been locked out of your home? No sweat, you can just simply call a family member to come home and open the house for you, right?

But suppose you are living alone in your house, or maybe you are alone for the week because your spouse is out of town for a business trip or for whatever reason, and you come home late at night and you found out you couldn't find your key to your house. What would you do?

Here are some possible things you could do:

  • Break the door of your house.
  • Simply sleep outside the door of your house.
  • Go to a motel to sleep and pay somewhere from $20.00 - $100 or more.
  • Call a friend to stay at your friends house for the night.
  • Call a locksmith and pay at least $50.00 for opening your door.

These suggestions doesn't seem to be good at all because either the outcome would be too expensive, and/or your time will be wasted, or you have to disturb some people.

Here's another scenario. You are one hour away from your house, or you are in a very, very, very important meeting. Your spouse or your child calls you that they cannot come in to the house because they lost or misplaced their key. You are the only one now who has the key to the house. What will you do?

Both circumstances will certainly give you stress, isn't it? Here's a simple solution that I have discovered. Would it be a good idea to keep a spare key somewhere outside of your house that is hidden and unknown to anybody except you and your immediate family members?

Check out these items where you can safely hide a spare key to your house:

Discrete sprinkler head
Realistic rock outdoor key holder

I have not yet found these items in nearby stores. But there are limited quantities available online. Visit the As Seen on TV products of http://www.xxgamesnsports.com/.


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About the Author

VMT Singuillo is a freelance writer. Some of his subjects include home care, Native American flutes, Holy Bibles and more.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How Not To Lose Thousands Of Dollars From Your Ebay Business As A Merchant

Did you know that there are winners and loosers at Ebay? These include both buyers and sellers! If you'd like to make money at Ebay and you are new to Ebay, yes you can make money at Ebay. And of course, you can also loose money at Ebay as a seller!

In this article, let me share with you some facts and strategies that you need to be aware as a seller. If you are not aware of these things, remember you could loose a lot of money at Ebay too!

FACT #1: POSTING AN ITEM FOR SALE AT EBAY WILL COST YOU MONEY!

This is certainly true. For every item that you post at Ebay whether as auction or as a fixed price "Buy Now" item, you will pay for the posting costs. Whether the item you have posted will be sold or not, you still have to pay for posting such item at Ebay!

Example, suppose you bought some discounted fantasy knives from a store that went on a closing sale. You have decided to sell these items at Ebay to make money because you thought you bought them at a very low price thus you can make money. When you post each item for sale at Ebay, be sure you have an idea how much it will cost you to post that knife at Ebay plus your capital expense for each knife.

Let us suppose your posting expense will cost you $0.85 and your capital expense for each knife is $15.00. What if you posted that knife with a starting bid of $15.00 and only one customer made a bid at $15.00, definitely you loose on your posting costs!

Remember, it is possible that nobody would bid on your item or probably only one may bid on your item especially if it is not in great demand. So if you have ten fantasy knives to sell at Ebay, and perhaps only 3 of it got sold, while there are seven that did not sell, you will still be required to pay the posting costs even for the seven unsold knives!

Be sure to know the costs and expenses for posting either as an auction or "Buy Now" at Ebay. This includes the final sale charges. You can either integrate these costs into the initial bidding price or to the "Buy Now" price of your item.

FACT #2: CREDIT CARD PROCESSING WITH PAYPAL IS NOT FREE!

Please remember that when you opened an account with Paypal, Paypal will charge you a certain percentage from the total cost of your item sold. Based on the example I have presented at fact #1, if your knife was sold only for $15.00 based on only one bid made, you will also have to pay credit card processing with Paypal which will be based on the final price of the final bid.

Thus, in this example, you will loose money not just on your posting cost, but also on your Paypal credit card processing. Therefore, it is very important that you will also have an idea how much money you also need to recover and integrate into the price of your item.

FACT #3: NOT ALL STARTING LOW BIDS WILL CREATE A BIDDING FRENZY

Yes, you heard it right. Not all starting low bids will create a frenzy of bidding especially if the item you are selling is not in great demand. Let me show you another illustration.

Suppose you bought some very cheap pool cues to be sold at Ebay at a super low prices. Normally, you know these pool cues could sell for $25.00 each at retail stores and you bought each for $10.00 only. But then, they are very cheap that they are not very popular nor in demand. Hoping to create a bidding frenzy, you offered a starting bid of 99 cents.

What if the final price for each auction bid on your pool cues reached no more than $5.00 each, then you loose almost $5.00 on each item. What if you have bought 100 pieces of pool cues to be sold at Ebay, are you willing to loose $500 on those 100 items? Remember, you are here at Ebay to make business, not to gamble. Consider your starting bid appropriately.

FACT #4: SHIPPING AND HANDLING COSTS ARE EXPENSIVE

After the bidding is done, your next step after receiving the payment for the winning bid is to ship the item to your customer. Unless you have received shipping supplies for free, did you consider the price you have to pay for these supplies? How about the shipping expense, did you offer a "Free Shipping" or a reasonable cost of shipping and handling charge?

If you are NOT getting free shipping supplies, remember even the cost of a box to package your sold item can make your profit even a lot smaller. From the example of the pool cue which you bought for $10.00 each, what if one got a final bid of $13.00 and you had to buy a shipping box worth $1.50 for each, would you be content of your profit of $1.50 only? Remember, you still have to pay for the posting costs, Paypal charges, and lastly, the shipping expense.

Please be aware that you can also get some shipping materials for free. UPS and the US Postal Service does provide some FREE shipping boxes. However, you need to buy the bubble wrap and the other packaging materials separately. Take advantage of the free shippping boxes to save on your losses and charge the other shipping and handling costs at reasonable prices.

Unless you are sure to have a very big profit margin on your sale, do not offer FREE SHIPPING if you cannot afford it.

FACT #5: A $1 PROFIT GOAL MAY NOT ALWAYS BE SUFFICIENT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Some business people would say, "If you made a profit of $1, you are richer by $1". In essense, it is true. But will it be sufficient for your business needs? Let us try to consider something here.
Suppose your goal is only to make a $1 profit on each item that you need to sell (irregardless how small or big they are, or whether they are low priced or high priced item). To be able to reach a sizable $200.00 profit for a one day work would mean that you need to sell 200 pieces of items, right?

Question: Could you package all 200 items alone by yourself throughout the 8-hour period of your day's work? Remember, aside from posting your goods for sale at Ebay which may take some time, packaging 200 items will be a lot of work for you. This would be equivalent to 25 packages to package per hour by you alone. Thus you may not be able to finish your work on time. Plus, you need to bring these items to the post office and perhaps wait in line too!

Would you agree that with the 200 items to package, you may need an extra help as well? To hire an extra help, you will need to pay at least the minimum wage (depending on your state's requirments). Suppose the minimum wage is $7.50 per hour x 8 hours, this will cost you $60 expense per day for labor. That leaves you $140.00 per day.

$60 per day on labor x 5 days work for a week = $300 per week of labor expense.

$300 per week on labor x 4 weeks = $1,200 per month of expense.

What about your other overhead costs such as storage cost or office rent? Don't forget you also have to pay the state and/or federal taxes for your business. Will this strategy of business be sufficient for you? Perhaps this may work for a big company that's doing business at Ebay, but not for a single person doing this business.

On the other hand, what if you have a profit margin of $10 on a medium sized item that you will sell at Ebay. To earn a sizable profit of $200 per day, you need to sell only 20 items for your 8-hour day work period. This translates to packaging only about 2-3 items per hour, therefore you will not need extra help to accomplish your goal. Thus, no extra expense on labor. This avoids you paying $1,200 per month on labor based on the above example.

WHAT TO SELL AT EBAY:

Don't just sell anything at Ebay if you want to be serious in making money. Learn to research which items sell good at Ebay; or which items are in demand. Observe the items that have been sold at Ebay. I have seen certain items that people almost always bid on, such as certain high end antique watches.

If you can identify what those items are, and you know where and how to get those high demand items to be sold at Ebay, this will certainly give you a good business.
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About the Author
VMT Singuillo is a freelance writer. Some of his subjects include home care, Native American flutes, board games and more.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Native American Collectibles

Native American Collectibles

For those who love and admire the Native American culture, I have found that there are people who have made a collection of anything Native American. Some of the favorite things that they collect are kachina dolls, Native American Indian artifacts which may include Indian tomahawk, Indian peace pipe, plus the expensive Native American pottery.

On the other hand, there are also those who love to wear and collect smaller items like the Navajo bolo ties, the Navajo silver belt buckles, a Native American Indian bracelet or some other Indian jewelry items. Perhaps this could be attributed to their cultural connections or simply for the admiration of the Native American culture.

To those who love to collect musical instruments, I'd like to challenge you. Perhaps you can also add some Native American flutes as part of your collections. Some people love the unique sound of these musical instruments. Plus they may come in different colors and attached to it may be a totem which may differ from one Native American flute to another.

Today, as you travel from one state to another in the U.S. or if you happen to pass by New Mexico, you may find some stores that sell Native American products as souvenir items such as an Indian dream catcher, Indian mandela, or the beautiful and colorful Indian headdress.

It is worth collecting these items especially if you are a tourist in the US. After all, Native Americans are a unique culture belonging to America. To promote, preserve and protect the Native American culture, the Department of Interior in the US has even made statutes to protect Native American arts as there are already imitations that have also flooded the market today. So beware of imitations too especially those made from China.

By the way, when I write the word "Indian" in this article, I am simply referring to the Native Americans. I am not referring to the people of India.

With the advancement of technology today, you do not need to be present in the US to be able to purchase Native American collectibles. Some online stores are also available today which include www.nativeamericanindians.net that can readily ship these items to you if you are not able to visit the United States of America or if you are in the US but are not able to find and visit some of these local stores that promote Native American products.

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Some other Native American products that are available today include:

Monday, March 09, 2009

Birthday Gifts For Men

Birthday Gifts For Men

I was searching some malls in the Los Angeles area hoping to see something unique as a birthday gift for a teen nephew of mine.

But somehow, I saw many fascinating things too that I never thought existed. I thought perhaps I might look for some of the classic board games that might interest teens. Thus, I came upon a store that sells chess sets. What amazed me is that there are an assorted variety of chess now-a-days.

Aside from the usual wooden chess sets that I have known since I was in my younger years, there is now what is called themed chess sets! This is a very unusual thing I thought! But I was told that usually collectors buy them.

For example, a long time fan of Elvis Presley may buy an Elvis Presley chess set as part of his collection. I know my dad loves some memorabilia about Elvis but I just never realized that some company would come up with an idea of an Elvis Presley chess set.

Another unique chess set I have seen is a golf chess set. Can you really imagine a golf player to be playing chess? Or perhaps because of his love for golf, a golf player may also collect a golf themed chess set.

Good news for people who love dogs, there is also a dog chess set. For those who love basketball, there is also a basketball chess set. While for those who love sailing, there is also such a thing as nautical chess set. Aren't these things amazing?

It's really worth looking around to see what's new out there. I'm still thinking if I should purchase a civil war chess set as a gift.
Birthday gifts for men