Great Places To Find Good Deals

e-commerce-402822_960_720If you are like me, then you are a bargain hunter. You don’t mind scouring various places to find deals on things, new or used. Actually, you never really need the newest or latest thing because you know that there are fantastic deals to be found on older items that work just fine and would still be considered modern.

So then this article is for you! Keep reading because I’m going to list out some of the places that I’ve found to be great sources for various deals on all kinds of items.

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way: the internet. There are so many sites where literally anything can be found as a reduced price. Places like Craigslist and eBay are chock full of used and discounted merchandise, so don’t ever overlook the internet as a place to find a deal.

Garage and yard sales are often hit or miss, but they can be great for knick-knacks and other odds and ends like small pieces of furniture, books, electronics, toys, clothes, tools and others types of items. If you ever see a listing for a garage sale, then try to check it out early as if the person went through the trouble of promoting it, then they may actually have some good stuff.

Flea markets are another great location. They are essentially like big garage sales. You can find furniture, craft items, clothes, media, electronics, and pretty much anything else. So the next time one is open, have yourself a little weekend visit and see what you can find.

A pawn shop in Ft Lauderdale are another good resource. Usually the items will be things like power tools, vehicles, jewelry, watches, electronics, etc. You will typically find a better selection at a pawn shop but prices will probably be a bit higher than at the aforementioned options, but still way cheaper than at regular retail.

Getting The Most For Your Money

credit-squeeze-522549_960_720In recent times, money is tight, so people need to figure out how to get theirs to go as far as possible. Between needing to pay bills and buy food, there is often little left for anything else. So when there is some left over, we want it to cover as much ground as it can.

This is why we’ve compiled the following list of tips to help people like you save money on various items.

Let’s start with food. Sure, coupon clipping at the local supermarket can help, but the real savings comes from buying in bulk. No matter if you have a large family or are living on your own, buying in bulk is the way to go. Things like meat and cheese can be frozen and last quite a long time. You can even freeze bread!

Electronics are another thing that can be saved on. Mostly by buying used. There’s usually no need for the absolute latest TV or computer. You can scour the internet and a pawn shop in Hollywood alike for secondhand electronics that work great and will last years for much, much less.

Furniture is another one to go secondhand. This one usually require a bit more digging as you want to find pieces that are in good shape, but with a keen eye and a little patience, you can easily find things that suit your home for a fraction less.

Baby clothes are something that I feel should NEVER be bought new. Your baby will outgrow most everything in a couple of months, so why spend the money? Thrift stores and places like Goodwill sell baby and toddler clothes quite cheaply, so you don’t have to spend a lot on very temporary clothing. Best part is that when you’re done, you can just donate them right back.

How To Get The Best Deals

buying-15810_960_720Buying and selling as a business is actually a little bit of an art form. Knowing how to talk to people so as to get the best price (either for the least when buying or the most when selling). So those who are skilled in this art will generally have more success in business and sales. So to help you out on this, here are a few fundamentals to keep in mind and apply when buying or selling.

Buying: Obviously you want to get the lowest price possible, but to do that, you’ll need to know a bit of haggling. You can start with asking the sales clerk if they can do any better and just leaving the ball in their court to see if they make you an offer. You can also try getting two items together for less than their individual prices. The prospect of selling two may make them budge. If all else fails, you can just make them a final offer and try your luck (be prepared to have your resolve tested).

Selling: Make the item you are selling look as new and clean as possible. See what other items are selling for that are similar to see what the market is actually like (notice that I said “selling” for, not “listed” for). Displaying a sign saying that all prices are final will avoid hagglers but may cost you a sale that you may only need to budge a few bucks on.

These techniques will help you whether you are selling in a garage sale, buying from a flea market, or doing either in a Hollywood pawn shop. Whether small business or big business, you can actually make all of these pointers apply.

What To Do With Older Video Game Consoles

xbox-1200296_960_720We are entering an age where the console is trying its hardest to compete with the PC in terms of performance. In the days long since passed, a console would be released, and that was it. There were no software updates, changes to UI, upgrades to it. Nothing. What you originally bought was what you had until you got with the next console generation. It was a total simplicity (which is one of the bigger arguments for console gaming vs PC gaming).

Now, things have changed. It started with console addons which first appeared in the mid 90’s (well, not if you count the NES Japan-only disk drive), and has worked its way to software updates, and now we are seeing upgraded versions of consoles halfway through a single generation. Not just an aesthetic upgrade or a smaller version, but consoles that are beefier and more powerful than their predecessors (while still being in the same generation).

So this will leave a lot of early adopters with their older console plus the newer one. So what do you do with the older one? Well, pretty much anything except taking it to a local games store. These stores pay only a fraction of what you could get selling it on your own, or even taking it to a pawn shop in Ft. Lauderdale. Usually they only offer credit on other purchases, and the cash value is very little.

So here is a little list of things that would be more worthwhile to do with your old console than trading it in:

  1. Give it to a friend or younger sibling.
  2. Keep it hooked up for expanded local multiplayer.
  3. Use it as a media center for another room.
  4. Sell it privately.
  5. Pawn it at a local pawn shop.
  6. Give it to charity.
  7. Use it as a paperweight.
  8. Make it your “portable” gaming machine (the one you take to a party).
  9. Use it as a paperweight.

See? Plenty of other options.