Entries from May 25, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Friday
May302014

Oreo Cake

 

Find out how to make this yummy Oreo cake, from Sally's Baking Addiction!

 

Friday
May302014

What State You Live In...

Right.on. 

Woooo...go New York! (my home state!)
“People actually from New York always make it a point to tell you they were born and raised there.”
“They spend most of their time eating cider donuts and apple picking.”
“And, of course, eating Stewarts ice cream.”

And can't forget OH!
“Everyone who lives in Ohio always talks about leaving Ohio, but they never do.”
“Everyone is from or will be from Ohio at one point in their lives.”

 

Are these true for your state??  

Friday
May302014

Special Gifts for Dad from Ebay #eBayDad

Here is one of my favorite photos of my dad and me. Father's Day was always a special day for us. My sister Em and I would make him breakfast and give him a special homemade card. We'd usually spend the day going to the park or having a cook-out.

These days, I live 10 hours away and we make the trip out once a year to see Dad.Things have changed a lot, but we always celebrate the good times. 

Father's Day is June 15 this year. Are you ready?  Ebay wants to help when you visit their gift guide.

Ebay asked me to create two special gift collections of items I would buy for my dad. My first gift guide includes must-haves for any dad who is handy around the house! See the items here. I honestly don't know a lot about tools but this ebay guide made it much easier to find what I was looking for!

My next collection is all things photo. My Dad loves photography. I remember when he got his camcorder he was so excited, taking home movies almost everyday! The camcorder went everywhere with him. He still loves photography and loves to mail me photos. If you have a dad who loves photography too, you will definitely want to check out thiscollection of photo goodies.

Create your own #eBayDad collection and enter for a chance to win $500 to shop on eBay. Sweeps ends June 1, enter today!

My blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay.

Friday
May302014

Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Prize Pack Sweeps

The Summer of Sauce has begun! Enter to get started down the path of true Grill Master, and you could WIN a year’s supply of Sweet Baby Ray’s. Enter to win here, good luck!
Friday
May302014

7 Secrets to Scoring the Best Price When Buying on eBay

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Everybody loves a good online bargain, and eBay is one of those places where you can find great deals...or you could be totally ripped off. Here are the secrets to getting the best price on eBay. (See also: 5 Things You Can Resell on eBay That Still Make Money)

1. Search for Misspelled Items

You know what you want: a Tiffany's silver bracelet. Like everybody else you're going to type "tiffany silver bracelet" in the search box and start browsing sellers. The problem with this approach is that you may get in bidding wars with other people because you're looking where everybody is looking.

Instead, start your search with misspelled variations from your desired item. For example, "tifany silver bracelet," "tifanny silver bracelet," or "tiffanny silver bracelet." If you are stumped for misspelling ideas, use an eBay typo search generator. Focusing on misspelled items is like hiding your item at a store before the sale — there will be fewer people finding it or entering bids on it.

2. Search for Items at Night

Another way to minimize your competition is to do your shopping at night. eBay is a site available around the world, so while it may still be a couple of hours before bedtime for you, others may be sound asleep.

Take advantage of your time zone and filter those items by "ending soonest." You may be able to get away with closing on bids while the competition is sleeping. A variation of this technique is to do searches during business hours. Just don't let the boss catch you.

3. Buy From Sellers With 20-49 Ratings

The more stars a seller has, the better. However, even those amazing sellers had to start somewhere. As an eBay seller with over 210 ratings, I can tell you that eBay does a good job at continuously motivating us to get to 50 stars. Any seller that has between 10 to 49 stars has a yellow star. Once a seller reaches 50 ratings, the star changes to blue.

While this may sound trivial, it is a big deal for a seller. "Going blue" is a big boost for position of items on search results and a major way to provide confidence to buyers. Sellers with 20 to 49 ratings work harder for buyer business and are more willing to accommodate your requests, such as asking for a discount or negotiating shipping charges. Just make sure to be polite when contacting them. Nobody likes a rude customer.

The longer that you stick with an eBay seller on the journey to the 50 ratings marks, the more perks the seller may provide you.

4. Check Price at Amazon

It is not unusual for eBay sellers to either sell at Amazon or keep a close eye of similar items at Amazon. If you are able to find the exact same item on Amazon, contact the buyer, provide the URL, and ask if the seller would be willing to match the price. Just make sure that you are comparing "apples to apples," and that the total price, including shipping, is indeed lower.

This strategy is a good one because you are showing the seller that you're ready to buy. Few sellers can resist closing on a sale. After all, a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Even if the seller cannot match the price, they may be able to knock off a couple dollars off.

5. Negotiate Shipping

Lowering shipping charges is easier than actual price. There are two main ways to do it. First, when planning to buy several items from a buyer, ask about discounted shipping for multiple items. This is a surefire way to bring costs down.

Second, if you are willing to wait longer, then ask for cheaper shipping alternatives. For example, when buying books, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs, or other forms of media accepted by USPS, the buyer could use USPS Media Mail. When buying big, yet very light items, a seller could use Parcel Select Lightweight.

Unless you have dealt with the seller in the past, it is not recommended that you accept shipping without tracking. While you could potentially save even more without it, the lack of tracking could cause headaches for both parties if things don't go as planned.

6. Don't Forget About Your Coupon Codes

You'd be surprised at the number of buyers that forget to use their eBay Bucks. Because the eBay Bucks coupon codes are issued every quarter, people often forget about them. On top of that, sometimes the codes are not automatically applied to purchases.

Before completing a purchase, check if you have an available code from the eBay Bucks section of "My eBay," copy it, and enter it in the "Coupons, gift cards or certificates" promotional box at the bottom of your checkout page.

Another place to check for additional promo codes are the "From eBay" message inbox and the drop down menu labeled "My eBay" at the upper right corner when viewing the site on your desktop.

7. Read Return Policies

You pay for what you get. So, don't pay for a headache! Some sellers might be willing to negotiate with you when dealing with used items, but they may be quick to say "no returns, no exceptions." Sometimes they may not say anything at all and assume that you have read their policies listed on the product page.

Before clicking on the pay button, read the seller's policies in detail. If you're not comfortable with what you just read (e.g. "buyer pays for shipping in case of return or exchange," "there is a 20% restocking fee," "all sales final"), then it may not be worth your time to deal with this seller at all. Remember that the hidden cost of any transaction is the opportunity cost, and in the case of an eBay purchase it is the cost of return, exchange, or refund. (See also: How a T-Shirt Equals a Taco)

What are other ways to get the best price on eBay?

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Written by Damian Davila and published on Wise Bread. Read more articles from Wise Bread.
Friday
May302014

Win a Whole Foods Gift Card or KitchenAid Mixer

Enter for your chance to win a KitchenAid Artisan Stand mixer or 1 of 4 $100 Whole Foods gift cards.

Four (4) Grand Prizes: a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. ARV: $299.00

Four (4) First Prizes: a $100.00 Whole Foods Gift Card.

Enter to win here, good luck!

Friday
May302014

Win $2500 from Favado

You could win $2,500 grand prize, or one of the weekly prizes such as a portable grill, grilling tools set, charcoal grill, gas grill and more!
Enter Favado’s Summer BBQ Savings Sweepstakes, and then download the app and find out how you can spend some little, and save so much on groceries!

 

One (1) Grand Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive $2500 cash.

Six (6) Weekly Prizes:

  • One (1) Weekly Prize No. 1: a Weber Smokey Joe Portable charcoal grill. ARV: $40
  • One (1) Weekly Prize No. 2: a Cuisinart 14-piece grill tool set. ARV: $50
  • One (1) Weekly Prize No. 3: a Weber One-Touch Kettle charcoal grill. ARV: $99
  • One (1) Weekly Prize No. 4: a Weber vegetable grill basket with accessories. ARV: $40
  • One (1) Weekly Prize No. 5: a Grilling on the Go BBQ gift basket. ARV: $70
  • One (1) Weekly Prize No. 6: a Weber Spirit Propane gas grill. ARV: $400

Enter to win here, good luck!

Friday
May302014

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