Get the Best Deals on Books with the Online Book Clubs

Online Book ClubsIf you love reading books, you are surely will like this tips to help you save money to get the books that you want and need.

If you see a magazine or newspaper ad for a discount book club, visit its online site to join. You will typically find a much larger selection of titles than what fits on one or two printed pages.

Read the fine print (it’s usually called “terms and conditions” or “membership agreement”). Discount clubs typically offer introductory deals such as five books for $1. The shipping charges, however, may total $15 or more. That’s still a good deal, but you should be aware that you are paying more than $1 for your books.

When you join a club, you will be obligated to purchase additional books in nearly every case. Typically the club will give you a year or two to get this done. You may have to purchase one book within a year or four books within two years.

Book club editions are slightly different than the books you buy in a store. The words are the same, and they’re all there, but the paper may be less expensive, or the physical size of the book slightly smaller.

Every three weeks or month, depending, you will receive a paper catalog in the mail, along with a card that shows your featured selection. If you would like to receive the book, you can do nothing. If you don’t want the book, you must return the card before the due date with that indicated, to prevent the club from shipping the book. Many clubs now offer an online option that lets you log-in and decline or accept.

There are more than 150 discount book clubs available with online options, covering everything from bestsellers to audio books to kid’s books to every type of fiction and non-fiction.

Environmentally Friendly Shopping Guide

Environmentally Friendly ShoppingBuying green products and concerning about your environment does not mean you have to sacrifice your quality of life or needing to become a hippy. There are many high quality environmental products which are better for the environment and your health. Today, you have far more options when it comes to purchasing products that do not harm the environment.

Products that were once only found in the health food shop are now showing up on the supermarket shelves. However, with the more companies jumping on the environmental bandwagon it is becoming more difficult to determine what really is environmentally friendly and what is not. This article is a starting point for you to put together a shopping policy that works for you, your family, your budget and the environment.

To have a totally environmentally friendly purchasing policy you need to look at the cradle to grave analysis of every product. This means looking at:

Where it comes from,

What sort of pollution occurred in the production

Any possible toxic by-products produced

Derivation from non-renewable resources

Energy needed to transport it to your home

Was it produced locally or the other side world

What happens when you have no more use for it

The potential for it be reused, or recycled

The problems its eventual disposal will create

This is a huge task and not one that can be easily undertaken by the individual. But make some noise, put some pressure on your local political representative and let them know that you want a new way. Let them know that you want to know the direct and indirect consequences of the products you purchase.

Every time you make a purchase consider what you are buying and the message that it is sending to the producers. Buy products that are good for you and the environment. Develop a purchasing policy that makes waste minimization a priority.

Before buying anything consider

Is the product can be made from recycled materials?

Can it be reused or recycled after initial use?

Do you really need to buy it at all?

Could you reuse something else?

Could you find the product second hand?

Is the product from a relatively natural source or has it been chemically manufactured with possible toxic by-products?

What sort of processing was involved in its production?

To make your shopping more environmentally sound, when given a choice:

Avoid disposable products

Buy organic and natural products whenever possible

Buy in bulk to reduce packaging

Buy products that are recycled and/or recyclable

Do not buy products which have been tested on animals

Buy quality products that will last

Do not buy products which negatively influence or are made from endangered species.

Do not buy products which negatively affect your health

Do not buy products which cause significant damage to the environment during production or disposal

Do not buy over-packaged goods

Buy goods with packaging that can be reused, recycled or which is biodegradable.

Buy organic fruits, vegetables and meats whenever possible. Common agricultural practices can be very polluting. Run off and leaching from pesticides, fertilizers and fungicides contaminate our underground water and rivers, killing off aquatic wildlife and making it unfit for human consumption.

Keep cleaners as natural as possible. Detergents, shampoos, dishwashing liquids, oven cleaners etc. that contain chemicals are very difficult treat in our sewage systems. The result is many heavy metals and toxic chemicals in our streams and oceans because treatment can not remove them all. Soil and rocks are excellent filters for natural biological materials but cannot cope with the chemical cocktails that they are subjected to today.

When purchasing new appliances, buy the most energy efficient that you can. It may cost a little more initially but it will pay itself off by lessening your energy bills.

Do not buy appliances that are bigger or more powerful than you need

What are the energy requirements for operating the product.

The Development of Jewelry Online Store

Jewelry Online ShopThe jewelry sector becomes the highest riser in today’s booming online shipping. If you type “jewelry” or “diamond rings” on Google, a few hundred of jewelry retail websites comes out. To do research online before purchasing is very important.

Three things consumers look for are quality, price and customer service. Good websites always states everything clearly. Blue Nile clearly states out the color, clarity, numbers of diamonds, total diamond weight, setting type, metal, and width in their diamond ring pages. There are websites stating their diamond color is F/H and clarity is VVS/VS. F color, VVS1 clarity stones are very different and much more expensive than H color and VS2 stones. How can consumers be clear with the quality they are getting?

We can see that most websites have good returning policy, and the big ones offer up to 30 days returning policy. This is the most important service for online jewelry stores. Good returning policy shows the website confident with their quality and service. It covers a lot of potential risk of online jewelry shopping. Mondera, Ice and Diamond.com all provide very good customer service. Unless you are very confident and familiar with the jewelry website, purchasing from any one with poor returning policy is risky.

One of the major reasons consumers purchase jewelries trough online shop or store, especially high end diamond pieces, is because of the price. With sufficient amount of research, you truly can purchase some high quality jewelries at 30%-60% off the retail market price. We should first understand these jewelry websites’ business model. Many of the sites are run by previous retail jewelers. They have many years’ experience and connections in the industry. They memo jewelry pieces and diamonds from wholesale vendors in New York or Los Angeles add a margin and resell them out.

Some jewelry sites are run by students fresh out of college. They create great websites, and get their vendors drop shipping directly to their consumers. Because they don’t have to pay high rent in expensive location, they don’t have the same high mark up as local jewelry stores. They highly threaten traditional jewelry stores, and with financial experts’ prediction, 1/3 of the traditional jewelry stores will either disappear or go on line in the next 5 years.

Are You Buying The Authentic Handbag Or Replica?

Buying Authentic Handbag Or Replica?Real or fake? This question is asked of a lot of things: paintings, jewelry, bosoms and yes, handbags. Whether your Louis Vuitton is real or fake is your business isn’t it?

Well, yes and no. Obviously, if your LV is real, you will probably eagerly correct anyone that hints that it is not. After all, you paid good money for the bag, and might even be appalled that someone would assume it is a knock-off.

On the other hand, if your bag were a replica, would you really tell people that it is a fake? Would you tell them by purchasing a replica, instead of the real thing, that you knowingly took money away from the designers that created the real bag? I doubt you would mention this things to an inquisitive acquaintance.

I know it sounds harsh, but knowingly buying a replica bag is wrong. (Note: buying replica handbags is not illegal but selling them is.)

Designers like Gucci, Kate Spade, Chanel and Hermes charge so much for their product because they are highly sought after and they are made from quality materials. Many bags by these designers are made by hand. Also, these designers spend millions on advertising, customer care, quality assurance and customs. By buying a replica, you are taking directly from these designers.

Buying replicas also takes from the US economy. Companies that sell replica handbags often do so as cash based tax free business. If you have bought a replica handbag before, think back, did you pay tax for on the purchase? Probably not.

We all know that authentic designer handbags are pricey, but that doesn’t mean you should buy a knock-off. Just because something is out of your price range is no reason to rip off the company that manufactures the product.

Real or replica…which is right for you? I don’t really see you have a choice. Always buy real.