shopping online http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/272/all en-US The 25 Best Things to Buy on Craigslist http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/reading_books.jpg" alt="Man reading books" title="Man reading books" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="149" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Craigslist continues to be one of the go-to places for people to buy and sell used (and sometimes brand-new) goods. Not only is it simple and free to use (thanks, Craigslist, for staying true to your word) but it also has a vast reach, with sites across the United States and the rest of the world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools">Get a Deal Every Time You Shop With These Tools</a>)</p> <p>There are plenty of articles out there about what to avoid on Craigslist. (The big ones are used infant seats, cell phones, and high-end electronic goods.) But there aren&rsquo;t nearly as many articles about what you <em>should</em> go to Craigslist for. Well, here (in no particular order) are the 25 best things to buy off Craigslist. You may agree, disagree, or want to add to the list. By all means, use the comments box as a way to inform our other Wise Bread readers.</p> <h2>1. Exercise Equipment</h2> <p>Why? Quite simply &mdash; human nature. Every year people make New Year&rsquo;s resolutions to lose weight, get fit, and stay in shape. And for a while, they make good on those resolutions, going out and buying some shiny new equipment to make it happen. However, most people soon realize that the infomercials and ads made this &ldquo;easy-peasy workout&rdquo; look a lot easier that it actually is. It takes effort. And soon the exercise bikes, elliptical trainers, and treadmills are gathering dust in the basement. When the time comes to sell the equipment, you can usually snap up an almost brand new piece of machinery for less than half the price. Sometimes they&rsquo;ll be almost giving it away to get it out of the house, because no one likes a reminder of a failed resolution.</p> <h2>2. Bed Frames</h2> <p>Not mattresses. Yikes. But the bed frame itself, that&rsquo;s a different story. You can pick up some terrific deals on bed frames, including four-poster beds, and all you have to do is arrange for pick up if you don&rsquo;t have a truck large enough to do the job. Craigslist actually has a section called &ldquo;services&rdquo; where you can quickly find people to help you move large items for a nominal fee. Some people <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-money-today">make good extra money</a> doing it.</p> <h2>3. Furniture</h2> <p>We just bought a new house, and it&rsquo;s twice the size of our old home. Ironically, with the market being the way it is, it cost almost the same price. But it has left us with some large, empty rooms that need to be filled. We&rsquo;re going straight to Craigslist for furniture, especially for some classic mid-century modern pieces. They are much cheaper than store-bought pieces, have more character, and were built to last the test of time.</p> <h2>4. DVDs and CDs</h2> <p>People buy DVDs and CDs. They watch them, listen to them, and get bored with them. Or they copy them to their iPods, computers, or other media devices, and then they sit and watch the original gather dust. So they sell them, and that&rsquo;s where you can come in and pick up some great bargains. I&rsquo;ve found recent movies and albums for sale on Craigslist for just a few bucks.</p> <h2>5. Video Games</h2> <p>Even more copious than movies and albums are video games. The reason is one of usefulness. Unlike DVDs and CDs, once a game has been completed, there is very little point in doing it all over again. So you will see tons of titles on Craigslist that are way cheaper than buying new. And once you&rsquo;ve bought and played the title, you can resell it or trade it in for a discount on a game (used is always cheaper and just as good&hellip;if you can wait).</p> <p><img width="605" height="402" alt="Typewriter" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/typewriter.jpg" /></p> <h2>6. Collectibles</h2> <p>Typewriters. Old cameras. Action figures. Clocks. Teapots. You name it &mdash; there is something to add your collection on Craigslist. Finding them isn&rsquo;t always easy, as sometimes people put them in rather confusing sections or don&rsquo;t know exactly how to list them. But put in the time, and you&rsquo;ll find your items way cheaper than on eBay. Plus there's no wait for shipping.</p> <h2>7. Tools</h2> <p>Have you noticed how expensive good tools are? Sure, you can buy the cheap and cheerful tools at Walmart and Target, but if you want good, solid, reliable tools that last decades, you need to pay. Craigslist is a great option for these kinds of tools, and you&rsquo;ll get them way cheaper.</p> <h2>8. Books</h2> <p>Personally, I love the library for books. But sometimes it&rsquo;s not an option, especially if you want to highlight sections and write notes in the margin. Or if you want books for the kids that you don&rsquo;t have to worry about them destroying. There is a whole category on Craigslist devoted to books, and the prices are rock-bottom as always.</p> <h2>9. Toys</h2> <p>Kids have this habit of wanting toys, playing with them for 20 minutes, and then throwing them in the corner. If they&rsquo;re not forgotten about, they played with so much and so hard that they&rsquo;re destroyed. So why pay full price? You can pick up some of the latest toys on Craigslist for pennies, and you won&rsquo;t have to contend with that annoying packaging that would challenge the patience of a saint.</p> <h2>10. Bicycles</h2> <p>You have to be careful on this one, but if you know what you want and what to look for, you can scoop up some major bargains. Kids bikes are a great option here, as are cruiser bikes. Just be wary of bikes that look too good to be true; they may have been rode hard and repaired often, or they could be stolen.</p> <h2>11. Framed Art</h2> <p>I was in Target yesterday and saw some nice art, albeit mass-produced, and it was $100. I saw the same piece on Craigslist for $20. Chances are you won&rsquo;t be as lucky finding the exact piece you want, but if you just want to browse and pick up something decorative for a few bucks, you&rsquo;ll do well. You may even find original art for a bargain, or a long lost masterpiece!</p> <h2>12. Office Supplies</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m not just talking about pens and pencils here, but chairs, cubicles, shredders, printers, whiteboards, and so much more. Sadly, the poor economy means that a lot of businesses have gone into liquidation, and when that happens, the supplies have to be sold off for pennies on the dollar. I bought a white board for $20 that retails for over $180.</p> <h2>13. Refrigerators and Other Appliances</h2> <p>When we decided to rent out our old home, we didn&rsquo;t want to leave the stainless steel appliances behind. We wanted them for the new home, but didn&rsquo;t want to pay another small fortune to get replacements. We searched Craigslist and found a one-year-old, black, side-by-side refrigerator for just $200. The cheapest we could find it used in an appliance store was $600. When people want their old appliances gone, they will take much less money. Take advantage of that.</p> <h2>14. Antiques</h2> <p>You really need to know your stuff, and I don&rsquo;t. I would love to browse the listings, see an old item for a few bucks, and sell it for thousands. But I know plenty of people who have made some big money buying antiques for profit.</p> <h2>15. Sports Equipment for Kids</h2> <p>When you have kids, you soon discover that they grow quickly. They outgrow their sports uniforms in no time, and the uniforms are often in amazing condition. Parents will sell these to make cash for the next size up, and you can pick up bargains for your kids. Adults can also find great deals on golf clubs, fishing gear, and lots of other sporty stuff.</p> <p><img width="605" height="402" alt="Guitar" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/guitar.jpg" /></p> <h2>16. Musical Instruments</h2> <p>So many guitars. So many pianos. So many drum kits. Take a look at the musical instruments section of your local Craigslist, and you&rsquo;ll soon see how many instruments, often barely used, are up for grabs. Again, it&rsquo;s a mix of unrealized dreams (wow, playing guitar isn&rsquo;t easy), kids who aren&rsquo;t interested, and people who are moving up to bigger and better equipment. Whatever the reason, you make out.</p> <h2>17. Barbeque Grills</h2> <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love a brand new barbeque grill? Well, some people don&rsquo;t, because they&rsquo;re really expensive these days. But you can find bargains on Craigslist, if you don&rsquo;t mind a little grease and smoke from someone else&rsquo;s cookouts. Trust me, they all look that way after a few weeks anyway, and you can save hundreds of dollars going used.</p> <h2>18. Sinks, Tubs, Toilets, and Showers</h2> <p>One word for you &mdash; remodel. When people decide to upgrade their bathrooms, they want the old fixtures and fittings gone quickly. But quite often, these upgrades are about style and modernization, not function. One man&rsquo;s trash is another man&rsquo;s treasure, and you can find some wonderful old sinks, tubs, toilets, and showers units for almost nothing.</p> <h2>19. Lawn Mowers</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m in the market for a bigger mower now that I&rsquo;ve moved. I don&rsquo;t want to pay a bigger price though, so I&rsquo;m trawling the Craigslist ads for a self-propelled model. The stores sell these for upwards of $300, but one look at Craigslist and you&rsquo;ll see models, almost new, for half that price. Now is a great time to buy too, because winter is a tough time to sell a mower. Just test drive it first.</p> <h2>20. Pack &lsquo;n&rsquo; Plays, High Chairs, and Rockers</h2> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot of baby <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-and-family-items-to-avoid-buying-used">stuff I&rsquo;ll avoid on Craigslist</a>, purely because of safety concerns. No infant seats, no cribs, no strollers. I just don&rsquo;t know where they&rsquo;ve been, what they&rsquo;ve endured, and how well they were taken care of. But things like Pack &lsquo;n&rsquo; Plays, high chairs, and rockers, well, they&rsquo;re much less likely to have any problems. When baby grows up, the parents want to make room for new furniture, and you can pick up items for 75% less than retail.</p> <h2>21. Dog Kennels</h2> <p>Our 120-pound dog needed a big kennel. The price of Dogloo in her size, new, was about $300. We picked up a barely used one for $50. All it needed was a quick hose down to remove some grass and dirt, and it looked brand new. Now the bigger challenge is getting her to actually use it.</p> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/swingset.jpg" alt="Swingset" /></p> <h2>22. Playsets</h2> <p>You will see lots of listings for these on Craigslist, and you need to use good judgment and inspect the items carefully. Some of them have been played with hard and left unattended, and could be too rickety for children of any age. But some are pristine, with parents selling them because the kids don&rsquo;t play on them, or they want to make room for one of those huge trampolines. If you do your due diligence, you can spend hundreds instead of thousands. But you will need to dismantle it and reassemble, so take plenty of pictures before you start!</p> <h2>23. Outdoor Furniture</h2> <p>Just like with lawn mowers, this is a good time of year to pick up outdoor furniture. Who wants to be sat outside in the cold when the warmth of the fireplace beckons? But summer will be back, and you can pick up some real steals. A lot of people buy outdoor furniture and realize they&rsquo;re not actually using it, so they&rsquo;ll sell it off really cheap.</p> <h2>24. Landscaping Supplies</h2> <p>When homeowners landscape their yards, they will invariably be left with overages. They may also have removed some things to make way for new shrubs, benches, pathways, and so on. You can find cheap or free landscaping rock, stones, concrete, and all sorts of other backyard goodies on Craigslist for a fraction of the price you&rsquo;ll pay at a hardware store. Just remember&hellip;you haul.</p> <h2>25. Crockery and Silverware</h2> <p>How are your plates and dishes looking? If it&rsquo;s time for replacements, Craigslist is a phenomenal resource. For a start, a lot of newlyweds will get crockery and silverware as gifts, and they can&rsquo;t use it all. So, they sell it. Also, people looking to clear out space in the kitchen will sell off their older sets for almost nothing. It&rsquo;s a good way to spruce up your kitchen on a budget.</p> <p>So, do you have any &ldquo;must buy on Craigslist&rdquo; tips to share? Please let us know.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-that-arent">8 &quot;Free&quot; Things That Aren&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-household-items-that-are-better-second-hand">7 Household Items That Are Better Second-Hand</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying used craigslist shopping online Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:36:32 +0000 Paul Michael 780293 at http://www.wisebread.com Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fashion_show.jpg" alt="Woman on runway" title="Woman on runway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="152" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've always been a bit of a clothes horse and madly in love with all things fashion. When I began writing, my first ever magazine article covered Valentino's retirement. Lucky for me, I'm also frugal and would never, ever pay full price for designer clothing even in my dizziest daydreams. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-for-scoring-discount-designer-handbags">5 Tips for Scoring Discount Designer Handbags</a>)</p> <p>So, what's a fashion-forward starving writer to do but ferret out all the places that designer duds can be had for a penny and a song? Below you'll find my top-secret list of places online where you can go to get your fashion fix without signing over your first born.</p> <h2>1. 6pm.com</h2> <p><a href="http://www.6pm.com/">6pm.com</a>&nbsp;features designer brands like BCBGeneration, Max Azria, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Calvin &amp; Anne Klein, 7 for All Mankind, True Religion, and more. They list daily and weekly sales with designer items discounted up to 70% off. Shipping is flat rate at $6.95. This site comes with a warning: It's entirely too easy to spend money here. Be careful and be frugal.</p> <h2>2. Amazon</h2> <p>Every now and then you can score a surprising find at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/clothing-accessories-men-women-kids/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=1036592&amp;ref_=sa_menu_apr10">Amazon</a>. Your best bet here is accessories. Designer purses and glasses can be found up to 70% off. Most of them are the previous season's finds, so depending on where you live, this may not work for you. I live in Kentucky, where people are more likely to say &quot;Who is Marc Jacobs?&quot; than &quot;Those are SO last season!&quot; Amazon offers free shipping on most orders over $25.</p> <h2>3. Fraction Price</h2> <p>This is another great place to find bags and glasses at &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; a fraction of the normal price. <a href="http://www.fractionprice.com/cust/dailydealsteal.asp?d=0&amp;rid=g519OIyP0is-h.NDcn3_o_NC7VTA5DniXw">Fraction Price</a>'s brands include Cartier, Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli, and more. They offer a daily deal that is usually marked down between 50% and 90% off.</p> <h2>4. Beyond the Rack</h2> <p><a href="http://www.beyondtherack.com/member/affiliate/SPRING2011/event-calendar/siteID/g519OIyP0is-pd3RXL64X0G2EqGV6JL2Cw">Beyond the Rack</a> is an invitation-only site. (Which is a polite way of saying they want you to give them your email/mailing address before they let you view the deals.) If you want to view the current BtR offerings you can use the code SPRING2011 to sign up. It's totally free. Beyond the Rack offers some truly fashionable finds. Discounts average 30% to 50% off, with occasional items up to 70% off.</p> <h2>5. eBay</h2> <p>Yes, you really can find fashion on <a href="http://www.ebay.com/">eBay</a>. Be careful though, knock-offs abound, and sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the real thing and the faux.</p> <p>So there you are, my hidden cache of shoppable sites featuring fashionable steals. Keep it secret; keep it safe. And the next time one of your friends jealously wonders how you managed to afford all those incredible <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-discounted-designer-shoes-without-using-ebay">designer shoes</a>, just smile.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brooke-kaelin">Brooke Kaelin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-snag-budget-friendly-business-clothes">5 Ways to Snag Budget-Friendly Business Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style clothes designer clothing discount designer handbags shopping online Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:00:06 +0000 Brooke Kaelin 504816 at http://www.wisebread.com An ING Direct Online Retail Store? It's not a joke. http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-the-ing-direct-store-its-not-a-joke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/shopping-at-the-ing-direct-store-its-not-a-joke" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping_1.jpg" alt="Shopping Spree" title="Shopping Spree" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="111" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It was my birthday last week.&nbsp; I was up early checking email and the first birthday email I received was from ING Direct.&nbsp; I&nbsp;had received plenty of birthday emails from companies earlier in the week and they always contained some sort of coupon:&nbsp; &quot;Happy Birthday, come celebrate [by spending your money] with us.&quot;&nbsp; No company ever just emailed to say &quot;Happy Birthday!&quot;.</p> <p>When I received an email from ING Direct, I assumed it would be just that, birthday wishes.&nbsp; I use ING Direct for both savings and checking accounts and am a big fan of the company. Generally, they have good marketing and so I was especially curious to see what their birthday wishes looked like.&nbsp;</p> <p>I opened the email and to my astonishment guess what it contained?</p> <p>A link to the ING Direct Store.&nbsp; With a 15% off coupon.&nbsp;</p> <p>At first I thought it must be some sort of joke.&nbsp; After all, ING&nbsp;Direct prides itself on encouraging savers.&nbsp; So why would it encourage them to spend?</p> <p>But, I clicked through to the link and discovered that the <a href="http://shop.ingdirect.com">ING Direct Shop</a> is no joke.&nbsp; ING actually sells products like books, water bottle, messenger bags and flashlights.</p> <p>At first I was annoyed and enraged. Why is my bank trying to sell me more stuff?</p> <p>But, after looking around the store I was amused.&nbsp; The products they sell are (for the most part) practical and trendy.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Some of the products are eco-friendly such as 100% recycled reusable shopping bags, biodegradable coffee tumblers, and BPA-free water bottles.&nbsp; </p> <p>Other products, like a safe, shredder, and home emergency kit, promote safety and security.&nbsp; There are several books about financial literacy.</p> <p>And, if you really want to show your ING love you can buy ING Direct bright orange apparel.</p> <p>The prices listed are generally competitive.&nbsp; For instance, the ShredderShark is $20 cheaper on <a href="https://shop.ingdirect.com/Product_Details.asp?prodID=368&amp;CatID=3&amp;ParentCatID=0&amp;guid=F0C161EEB0EA47E98886A10FD029C224">ING</a> than <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F41WSA?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=adailyscoop-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F41WSA">Amazon</a>.&nbsp; And the Wrap-n-Mat (an awesome product I've <a href="http://gogreentravelgreen.com/green-environmentally-friendly-products-travel-gear/wrap-n-mat-review-a-must-for-every-green-traveler/">reviewed on another blog</a>) is about a dollar cheaper on <a href="https://shop.ingdirect.com/Product_Details.asp?prodID=460&amp;CatID=1&amp;ParentCatID=0&amp;guid=F0C161EEB0EA47E98886A10FD029C224">ING</a> than on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001C4POJU?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=adailyscoop-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001C4POJU&quot;&gt;Harold Import Company Wrap and Mat&lt;/a&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=adailyscoop-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B001C4POJU">Amazon</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But, the Honeywell Safe is over $30 more on <a href="https://shop.ingdirect.com/Product_Details.asp?prodID=432&amp;CatID=3&amp;ParentCatID=0&amp;guid=F0C161EEB0EA47E98886A10FD029C224">ING</a> than on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GAYUR8?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=adailyscoop-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GAYUR8">Amazon</a>.&nbsp; </p> <p>It appears that shipping is free.&nbsp; No where on the site are shipping costs explicitly stated, but when I added items to my cart and started the checkout process ground shipping was free.&nbsp; Sales tax is charged for products shipping to NY, PA, CA, and MN.</p> <p>The biggest downside is they have a no returns policy (except for items that arrive damaged.)</p> <p>It's an interesting online store to browse.&nbsp; Although I'm still conflicted about whether a bank should be selling anything besides financial products/services.&nbsp; If you do find something to buy you can use the 15% off coupon of &quot;MARBD1509&quot; which expires April 30.&nbsp; (Coupons are also posted at <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/view/shop.ingdirect.com">Retail Me Not</a>.)&nbsp; </p> <p>I wonder if the ING Store the beginning of a banking trend or will remain unique to ING.</p> <p><em>(Disclosure Notice:&nbsp;I have no financial stake in ING other than the fact that I use them for checking/savings accounts.)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-the-ing-direct-store-its-not-a-joke">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-and-trading-on-etsy">Buying (and Trading) on Etsy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-deal-tracker">Make Your Own Deal Tracker</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-you-can-buy-that-make-the-world-a-better-place">19 Things You Can Buy That Make the World a Better Place</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping ing direct shopping shopping online Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:20:01 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 2969 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Your Own Deal Tracker http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-deal-tracker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-own-deal-tracker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yahoo-pipes.png" alt="working in Yahoo! Pipes photo" title="working in Yahoo! Pipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="193" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are not already familiar with them, websites like <a href="http://www.woot.com/">Woot!</a> and <a href="http://www.steepandcheap.com/">Steep and Cheap</a> offer a single item at a time, often at huge discount, but only until their limited stocks run out. If you need a new piece of travel gear or gadget, these sites can be a great way to find it for cheap. However, they also encourage frequent refreshing, procrastination, and impulse buying.</p> <p>What if there was a way to filter the results so that you were only notified of items you were most interested in?</p> <p>Well, I am going to show you an easy way to do just that.</p> <p><strong>Introduction: RSS and Yahoo! Pipes</strong></p> <p><a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2006/02/23_real_simple_.html">Real Simple Syndication</a>, commonly known as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rss">RSS</a>, is just an easy way for readers to stay up-to-date with new content on their favorite websites. Using RSS is commonly refered to as &quot;subscribing&quot; because new content is delivered to the reader&#39;s browser or email, eliminating the need for them to visit the site themselves. The major difference between an RSS subscription and most magazine subscriptions is that the former is totally free to use.</p> <p><a href="http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/">Yahoo! Pipes</a> is a fun, straight forward, way to manipulate the information carried by the RSS subscription. I say it is fun because really it is a lot like playing with blocks. Here are five simple steps to creating a custom deal finder with Yahoo! Pipes.</p> <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-one.png" alt="step one image" title="blank yahoo! pipes workspace" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step One: Grab your sources</strong> </p> <p>The first thing we need to do is insert the RSS links into Yahoo! Pipes. The links themselves can be found on each deal site, marked by either a text link labeled &quot;RSS&quot; or a square, orange, icon. Copy the link from you favorite deal site and head over to Yahoo! Pipes.</p> <p>To create a deal tracking machine, we are going to link several modules together with &quot;pipes.&quot; The first module we want is under &quot;Sources&quot; in the left column and called &quot;Fetch Feed.&quot; Drag the module from the left column into the working area to add it to our machine.</p> <p>In the dialog box on the Fetch Feed module, add the RSS link from your favorite deal site. I did this twice, once for Woot! and once for Steep and Cheap.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-two.png" alt="step two photo" title="yahoo! pipes step two" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step Two: Sort the results</strong></p> <p>The next thing we want to do, is sort the results from the two sites, so that the newest deals will always be at the top of the list. This is easy with the use of the &quot;Sort&quot; module, found under &quot;Operators&quot; on the left side.</p> <p>Connect this module to the first one by clicking the little circle at the bottom of the Fetch Feed module and dragging it to the top ofSort. You should see a &quot;pipe&quot; appear between the two. It&#39;s kind of like connecting the dots.</p> <p>Under the &quot;Sort by&quot; drop-down menu on the Sort module, select, &quot;item.pubDate&quot; and then set it to &quot;descending.&quot; Once that is finished, click the plus sign on the module to create another sort option.</p> <p>Set the second sort option to &quot;item.y:published&quot; and, again, descending.</p> <p>I did this twice, once for each of my RSS links.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-three.png" alt="step three photo" title="yahoo pipes step three" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step Three: Combine the feeds</strong></p> <p><em>Note: If you have only a single Fetch Feed module than you can skip this step.</em></p> <p>If you have been working with the RSS links from two sites like I have, we can now combine them into one. We do this using the &quot;Union&quot; module located under Operators in the left column. After dragging it into the work area, you will see that the module has several input circles but only a single output.</p> <p>Click and drag between the output circle of the Sort module to one of the input circles on the Union module. Do this for each differentSort module you have created.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-four.png" alt="step four photo" title="yahoo! pipes step four" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step Four: Filter the results</strong></p> <p>The goal of this process is to filter the many deals that will appear for things you do not need, from those that you do. We can do this using the &quot;Filter&quot; module, located under Operators in the left column.</p> <p>Once you have dragged the Filter module over from the left column, you will see that you have the option of either blocking or permitting certain items. The easiest thing to do is to permit only the items you are interested in.</p> <p>As an example, lets say I am interested in buying a new winter jacket. I would set the Filter to &quot;permit items that contain all of the following.&quot; For the rule, I would select &quot;item.description&quot; from the first dialog box, leave &quot;Contains&quot; selected in the second, and type &quot;jackets&quot; into theword box at the end. That&#39;s it.</p> <p>We are almost done, but I like to do one more thing to limit the results I recieve. Drag the &quot;Truncate&quot; module from the Operators section in the left column and connect it below the Filter module. Set this to however many results you want to see. Something like two, five, ten, so on.</p> <p>Now is also the time to connect a pipe between the bottom of the Truncate module to the &quot;Pipe Output&quot; module.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u767/yahoo-pipes-five.png" alt="step five photo" title="yahoo! pipes step five" width="500" height="271" /> </p> <p><strong>Step Five: Grab your feed</strong></p> <p>Once you have connected to the Pipe Output module, click save and name your new feed.</p> <p>Once created, there are many ways you can view the results of your new deal-tracker feed. If you click &quot;Run Pipe,&quot; you will notice that you can view the results on that page, add them to a Yahoo! or Google homepage, get them sent to your phone or email, or view them through any other RSS reader. How you view the results is up to you.</p> <p>Once you find that great deal on a winter jacket, simply go back in, edit you Filter to permit a different item, and save the Pipe again.</p> <p>Deal-a-day sites can be a great way to find discounts on items you do not urgently need. To beat their impulse buying trap, try using the free and powerful Yahoo! Pipes tool to create your own deal tracker.</p> <p><em>What is your experience with Yahoo! Pipes? What are your favorite deal-a-day websites? Let us know in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-defranza">David DeFranza</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-deal-tracker">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-the-ing-direct-store-its-not-a-joke">An ING Direct Online Retail Store? It&#039;s not a joke.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-and-trading-on-etsy">Buying (and Trading) on Etsy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-you-can-buy-that-make-the-world-a-better-place">19 Things You Can Buy That Make the World a Better Place</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping shopping shopping online shopping tips yahoo Wed, 01 Oct 2008 13:08:51 +0000 David DeFranza 2478 at http://www.wisebread.com Buying (and Trading) on Etsy http://www.wisebread.com/buying-and-trading-on-etsy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buying-and-trading-on-etsy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/logo_0.gif" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="154" height="80" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Positively one of my favorite places to shop online when I need a present is <a href="http://www.etsy.com" title="www.etsy.com">www.etsy.com</a>. And I have to say, most of the time when I go to buy a present from this site, I have no idea beforehand what I&#39;m actually going to buy. I just browse endlessly by random criteria. My favorite is by color. I want to see something blue and voila! Everything from buttons to yarn to pillows and barrettes in blue.</p> <p>Etsy only lets vendors who are selling handmade items post their wares on Etsy. They are pretty strict about this. If a vendor even tries to post something not created , other shoppers and artisans will flag it immediately. When they say handmade they mean it---but there&#39;s such a broad interpretation of that. The t-shirts a friend of mine silk screens are on there, my old zines are on there, and restrung jewelry made with vintage beads are there too. </p> <p>If you want to set up shop, etsy boasts some of the lowest cost fees around and the percentage cut is tiny. It doesn&#39;t have the traffic of eBay yet, but it doesn&#39;t have the high cost either and stuff can sit in your store for three months straight from one posting. A girlfriend of mine who dyes her own yarn has sold about $500 worth so far with not that much effort put into it. You can go in with a few artists in your area and have one store between you. </p> <p>On the flip side, since artisans and artists make up this site and ususally can&#39;t help themselves when they see something fun, clever or beautiful, you can bet that other artists and artisans are looking around their fellow etsy sites. You can totally work out trades of merchandise and can post on your site that you are up for such things (there I go again with the trading). I traded a few books for some earrings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maggie-wells">Maggie Wells</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-and-trading-on-etsy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-the-ing-direct-store-its-not-a-joke">An ING Direct Online Retail Store? It&#039;s not a joke.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-deal-tracker">Make Your Own Deal Tracker</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-you-can-buy-that-make-the-world-a-better-place">19 Things You Can Buy That Make the World a Better Place</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping art artisans Handmade crafts shopping shopping online trading Mon, 26 May 2008 04:35:48 +0000 Maggie Wells 2126 at http://www.wisebread.com Bidding wisely on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/bidding-wisely-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bidding-wisely-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000025460645_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="excited woman computer" title="excited woman computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">eBay can be the discount shopper&rsquo;s paradise.<span> </span>It&rsquo;s where you can find like-new electronics, brand new designer clothes and accessories, and anything else your heart might desire, most of the time for a fraction of their retail price.<span> </span>Well, that&rsquo;s the idea anyway.<span> </span>eBay is <em>supposed</em> to be the place to get great bargains.<span> </span>As a seller though, I&rsquo;ve seen some crazy buyer activities that make me wonder if some think they&rsquo;re at Sotheby&rsquo;s bidding on an original Picasso. <span> </span>eBay is a tourist trap for the impulsive, competitive, and impatient shopper.<span> </span>But if you follow a few simple rules, eBay can be a gold mine of saved dollars.<span> </span>Keep in mind that I&rsquo;m referring to things that are easily accessible in stores or online for retail price.<span> </span>Sold out or rare items is of course a different animal and can very well be compared to an auction at Sotheby&rsquo;s.<span> </span></p> <h2>1. Don&rsquo;t Pay More Than It Costs on Amazon</h2> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span>It seems obvious, but believe me, some go to eBay before they go to Amazon&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">and end up paying more than retail price from some random dude on eBay.</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;"> </span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">It&rsquo;s not a given that things sold on eBay are cheaper than anywhere else.</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;"> </span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">Do a quick search on Amazon to find the price you are trying to stay under.</span></p> <h2>2. Don&rsquo;t Get Drawn Into a Bidding War</h2> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span> </span></strong>Most of the time, the listings that sell at an unusually high price are due to bidding wars between two people rather than a bunch of people bidding on it.<span> </span>Maybe it&rsquo;s the competitiveness, maybe it&rsquo;s the fact that the bidder has already invested time and energy into that listing, maybe it&rsquo;s the &ldquo;just a few more dollars&rdquo; mentality.<span> </span>Whatever the case, don&rsquo;t get caught in a bidding war.<span> </span>If you see someone aggressively trying to outbid you, just step away from the computer. <span> </span>Move on to the next listing.<span> </span>It&rsquo;s the guy who wins that bidding war who will feel more foolish in the end.</p> <h2>3. Don&rsquo;t Bid Until the Last Minute (Otherwise Known as sniping)</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Keep refreshing until it&rsquo;s down to 10&ndash;30 seconds (depending on how confident you are at your speed).<span> </span>Then place your bid.<span> </span>A lot of times people are hesitant to put their maximum bid price because they want to wait and see if anyone else is going to bid.<span> </span>So by putting the bid in at the very last second, you can avoid a bidding war and more likely be able to get the price you want.<span> </span>Also, it gives you little time to add &ldquo;just a few more dollars&rdquo; to your bid.<span> </span>Bid the maximum you're willing to pay and see if you win. This is by far the most effective way to buy on eBay.<span> </span>There is no reason to place your bid early.<span> </span>You don&rsquo;t need to advertise your interest.</p> <h2>4. Look at Other Sellers&rsquo; &quot;Buy It Now&quot; Price &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</h2> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span> </span></strong>A lot of times sellers underprice their items.<span> </span>Maybe they want to get rid of it earlier or they haven&rsquo;t done their research.<span> </span>If you see a few auctions that ended recently go above a Buy It Now price that a seller currently has it for, that&rsquo;s probably a good price to buy it at.<span> </span>Only do that if you see auctions that ended recently sell at a higher price.<span> </span>Otherwise, it&rsquo;s better to follow a few auctions and try to bid.</p> <h2>5. Pay Attention to Peak Times</h2> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> </strong>The time the auction ends matters. If it's pretty late or very early in the day, chances are there will be less people trying to bid at the last minute.</p> <h2>6. Read, Read, Read</h2> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span> </span></strong>Take some time to carefully read the description of the item you are bidding on.<span> </span>People will sell empty boxes, dead electronics, and damaged goods.<span> </span>Some will also hide their price in outrageous shipping fees. Read their description, ask questions, check their feedback, and really feel comfortable about the seller before bidding.<span> </span>There is no shortage of sellers, so be picky.</p> <p>Hopefully these basic rules will allow you to get bigger and better bargains, making shopping a guilt-free experience at the world's online marketplace.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lin">Amy Lin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bidding-wisely-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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