Buying on Craigslist – Tips for Getting the Best Deals

BUYING ON CRAIGSLIST - TIPS FOR GETTING THE BEST DEALS

Do you want to save money by buying used ones and not new ones? Whether you are looking for clothes, electronics, cars, furniture, or anything in between, you can find them on popular, popular websites. But wait! How can you make sure you really get a good deal?

Search Wisely

When searching on Craigslist the traditional way, you select your state and city, such as California and Sacramento. Then, look on the page for the “for sale,” section. There are many headings listed underneath. Select what you are looking for. For example, flat screen TVs and video game consoles fall under electronics. After clicking the appropriate link, you will see a search box at the top of the page. Use this search box, but choose your phrases wisely. Video game console is nice, but search with the actual console name, like Wii, PSP, or Xbox 360 to get targeted results.

Read Headlines to Save Time

After searching , you will see a list of product headlines. These not only describe the for sale product, but give the selling price too. You are looking for the best deal. Automatically bypass products where the seller is asking too much. This allows you to find the best deals without spending hours browsing or searching.

Read Listings Carefully

Getting a good deal not only means getting a good price. It also means buying a quality product. Used costs less, so you are automatically saving money. You also want to ensure you are buying a good product. It is your decision to buy broken items or those that need repairs, like an old kitchen table. With that said, keep the cost of these repairs in mind. If you aren’t careful, they can ruin an otherwise good deal.

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Why Buy Recycled Plastic Products For Your Business?

WHY BUY RECYCLED PLASTIC PRODUCTS FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

Many businesses these days are interested in sustainable procurement. Sustainable procurement is about taking environmental and social factors into account when making purchasing decisions. It involves thinking about what the products are made of, how they were made, where they come from and who has made them.

The aim of sustainable procurement is to lessen the negative environmental impact of the products we buy.

One way businesses can show their commitment to sustainable procurement is by buying goods made from plastic that has been recycled (when they need the goods anyway). You may be surprised at the range of recycled goods from plastic that are available on the market these days and the environmental and economic benefits they can bring.

Attitudes

With organisations under increasing pressure to affirm their commitment to the efficient use of natural resources and waste avoidance, attitudes to purchasing products made from recovered materials are changing.

A recent business survey by a product manufacturer into sustainable procurement revealed some interesting insights. Almost 90% of those surveyed were managing procurement to some level of sustainable policy or standard, and over 50% admitted recycled plastic played a key role.

Although over 80% considered the market for products from plastics that have been recycled a growth area, only 40% currently purchase products made from the material. Over 40% of those that haven’t purchased any recycled plastic products said that if they knew a little more about it, and could be persuaded the quality had improved, they would definitely consider it for any future requirements.

The Benefits of Recycled Goods from Plastic

  • Environmental responsibility – Recycled products are manufactured from plastics that would otherwise have gone to landfill.
  • Labour cost savings – In the long-term your business stands to make significant savings on maintenance, repair and replacement costs as recycled
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Do Your Part For the Environment by Handing Out Recycled Promotional Items

DO YOUR PART FOR THE ENVIRONMENT BY HANDING OUT RECYCLED PROMOTIONAL ITEMS

Recycling is no new concept, but it is one of the best ways to begin working toward a better environment. Some advantages of recycling are a smaller demand for raw materials and reduction of processes used to obtain these materials which are detrimental to the environment and everyone’s health. Results of recycling are fewer emissions, harmful chemicals, and less land fill waste. It is very beneficial these days for businesses to show they care about our natural resources and respect the environment. Many businesses do this every day by not only maintaining recycling programs within the company, but also by buying recycled products. Recycled products can be used by businesses to promote a positive company image and reach out to their customers on a more personal level.

You may be asking what types of recycled products would be helpful to your company. You should have no problem finding items that relate to the product or services your company provides to customers. There are a variety of recycled products out there and most are low in cost. Promotional recycled products are growing in popularity among businesses today as a way of showing customers that they care and want to protect natural resources. Because they are promotional items, your information can be added for everyone to see at very little cost to you. Some of the products available include flying discs, flying rings, napkins, cups, bags, notepads, pens, plastic cards, tokens, and many more.

These custom recycled products are a wonderful tool for branding and advertising companies. By handing them out as promotional items, customers will see that your company supports protecting the environment and that it is part of your company policy and values. Donate these items to charities, community events, and schools. Offer them to potential customers at promotional booths …

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How to Avoid Being Greenwashed

HOW TO AVOID BEING GREENWASHED

Going green is more than just a fad. This has become a way of life for many people, and they are taking steps to reduce energy consumption, save fresh water, and recycle paper, plastic, and glass items. The focus on green living does not escape the attention of companies, both large and small. Businesses of all types are looking for ways to promote their products and services as “green” and “environmentally friendly.”

Some of these designations have substance behind it. For example, equipment and products such as light bulbs that get EnergyStar designation meet energy efficiency standards validated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Replacing an older refrigerator, freezer or washing machine with a newer EnergyStar is a smart move, saving you significant electricity over the life of the appliance.

Claims of other environmentally friendly products are less reliable and their value is more difficult to assess. Some of these green claims may actually be questionable validity. How do you rate cleaning products by marking “green” or “nature-friendly”? Many of these products only have green packaging. What about food products that are claimed to be natural? Taste is a good example of how consumers can be misled by claims of naturalness. Take fruit juices labeled “grape juice” containing grape juice, natural grape flavors, and other natural flavors. What exactly is that natural taste, and what is it? Such products can contain apple juice, other fruit extracts, and sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup. All of these things are “natural” but not grape juice. Not all of these ingredients in grape juice products come from grapes.

What can you do as a consumer to protect yourself from fraud or losing money?

Here are a few suggestions.

First, learn which labels you can trust. Green claims that are not on the …

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Going Green and Niching – How Product Managers Survive Decline

GOING GREEN AND NICHING - HOW PRODUCT MANAGERS SURVIVE DECLINE

The economic downturn doesn’t last forever, but the boy-oh-boy was hurt when they happened! I am not sure about your product, but my customers who have consulted with me are all trying to find ways to make their products easier for their customers to buy. Are you interested in a few tips on how to do this?

Green Power

We all know that all other things being equal, most customers will choose products that are environmentally friendly (“green products”) than others. Product managers are currently looking for ways to make their products greener to increase sales during difficult economic times.

I believe this all seems very basic to you; However, the real trick for a product manager is exactly HOW you do this. It turns out that there are three things you need to do for your product:

Offer a Broader Range of Green Services: If you suddenly appear and offer one product that you call green, your potential customers might not believe that you are sincere. However, if you add green services to several products simultaneously, then your entire product line will start to look green & feel.

Sharpen Your Message: This is a job that is perfect for product managers. Order your product needs to be “tweaked” so that you work the green component into all of your product communications. No message will convey your message; however, hearing it over and over will make your potential customers believe in your “greenery”.

Find a niche, fill a niche

One important fact that needs to be understood by the product manager is that your product can never be a 100% green product (unless you sell plants, and that’s a different story). Instead, you must choose your green battle. Here’s how to do it:

Find & Master a Niche: Choose a …

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