Tips For Buying Discount Motorcycle Tires

When it comes right down to it, the tires are one of the most important components on your motorcycle. They’re what keeps you “stuck” to the road, so investing in a good set is important. Buying the cheapest set of tires you can find isn’t necessarily the best decision, however you can find good discount motorcycle tires without trading away your safety and durability. Let’s look at some of the things you need to know.

If you’re planning on buying discount tires, a good place to find out what brands are worth considering is the dealer you bought the bike from, or your favorite mechanic. Assuming the dealer doesn’t also sell tires, they both should be an objective source of information. You can also check magazine reviews, tire guides and motorcycle related websites to get some good information about tires.

Another good source of information is your fellow riders. Check and see what kind of tires other riders are using. If you see a brand and/or model that gets used by a lot of people, chances are they are going to serve you well. You can even ask some of those people what they think of the tires they’re using. Most motorcycle riders are happy to share their experiences with their fellow riders.

There are several things you’ll want to consider when buying your tires:

– Load capacity

– Expected tread life

– Performance level

– Ability to grip in wet conditions

It will depend on the conditions you typically ride in, but if any of these factors aren’t up to your standards, the money you save on those discount motorcycle tires isn’t going to be worth it.

If you’re shopping on price alone, you probably won’t get very good results from your tires. But there’s no reason you can’t get the tires you want at a decent discount. Just do your homework before you decide where and what to buy.

A Beginners Guide To Buying Authentic Japanese Swords

Authentic Japanese swords can and usually do cost a small fortune.

In fact many (though not all) sword collectors maintain that to get a half way decent sword you need to be spending around US$1000. And the maximum? Well, the sky is the limit (there are quite a few Japanese made Katana that sell for around the US$25,000 mark).

So what about all those $50 swords being sold on eBay and everywhere else?

Well, at the end of the day, these swords are often junky ornamental “sword like objects”. They can’t be used as a martial arts weapon. Even just swinging them around with moderate force risks the blade snapping off at the handle…

But if you know what to look for, buying authentic Japanese swords at a reasonable price – say for around US$150 to $500 is quite possible. And in some cases, for even less than this amount of money, it’s possible to get a nice sword that is well balanced, sharp, strong and an excellent ‘bang for your buck’ buy.

For start though – let’s take a very quick look at what separated the authentic Japanese swords from the ornamentals:

  • Japanese swords are slightly curved, sharp and single edged
  • Authentic Japanese swords are light, fast weapons and should weigh no more than 3lbs max. They are also very well balanced
  • Real Japanese swords aren’t made from stainless steel – they are made from high carbon steel. They also have what is called a “differentially tempered blade” – meaning that the sharp edge of the sword is harder than the spine, giving the sword flexibility (so it doesn’t shatter on impact) but also extreme cutting power.
  • Real Japanese swords also have a tang (the part of the blade that goes into the handle) that is made as part of the blade, not a length of steel welded on afterwards (called a “rat tail” tang).

There are also a few other factors, such as traditional appearance and fittings to consider…

Now in our target price range of US$150 to $500 – there are only a few swords which qualify – and you’d be surprised, it isn’t necessarily the most expensive ones either…

The first is the Generation 2 BWT Katana (around US$329 + shipping)

While I really like Gen2s line of European swords as top quality yet very affordable “beater” swords, their BWT Katana – while a good choice, still has a few major drawbacks. There are two versions of this sword – a more traditional but rather plain looking one and another that uses a lot of brown suede and has an almost surreal “cowboy” quality to it…

Neither are particularly attractive. But the biggest problem is a structural flaw – in that the BWT Katana uses water buffalo horn for the small but critical band under the hand guard (called the fuchi) that has actually been known to occasionally crack on impact…

Moving on…

A lot of people like the Nahuarra of Mexico Katana (RRP around US$200 – but they are almost impossible to actually buy at this price and tend to go for US$400+)

Unfortunately, they are a bit too plain, too heavy (around 3.52lbs), poorly balanced, sharp (but not as sharp as they should be), difficult to find and – well…

Moving on…

Cold Steel make a very durable “Katana” for just a tad over the US$300 mark. These swords are sharp and extremely durable. But they aren’t in any way traditional. They aren’t differentially tempered (they are a mono-steel sword, like a European blade – all of one uniform hardness) and they aren’t balanced properly…

BUT – they aren’t a BAD choice… Only thing is, in my opinion (and in the opinion of many Japanese sword enthusiasts the world over) there is a better and even cheaper alternative.

If you are really looking for an affordable “entry level” Japanese sword – there really is only 1 choice, and that’s the Practical Katana and the Practical Plus Katana by Paul Chen’s Hanwei Forge.

These swords have it all – and for an online price tag of around US$279 for the Practical Plus Katana and US$169 for the plain vanilla model – they offer outstanding value for money.

They are light (under 3lbs) and incredibly well balanced. They are made from top quality high carbon steel. They have a “differentially tempered” blade, a solidly constructed tang and boy – are these babies sharp! I’ve cut everything from cardboard boxes to lengths of rope, water filled plastic bottles (of all shapes and sizes in a row and hanging), bamboo and traditional rolled tatami mats and it’s no exaggeration to say that I have never once actually felt any resistance to my cuts. In fact, many of my friends who aren’t sword nuts are able to effortlessly cut a plastic water bottle filled with water so easily that they swore that they missed (until the water comes gushing out over their feet that is).

I just love these swords! And what’s so cool about them is the price! NOTHING COMES CLOSE!

Now sure, they aren’t the same as swords ten times the price. But I remember seeing on a website when I was first checking them out a side by side comparison of quite a few different “entry level” Katana – and these were the only cheap Japanese swords that even got a look in – and overall, they were just 33% behind swords TEN TIMES THE PRICE!

Anyway – at the end of the day, if you love authentic Japanese swords, and don’t have (or don’t want to spend) a whole lot of money, you should have a serious look at these swords! I guarantee, you’ll join me and a small army of raving fans across the world…

🙂

Practical Tips on Buying Curling Irons

Have you noticed that majority of women who have straight hair are fond of curling their hair? Aside from that, it is quite evident these days that most girls would like to buy curling irons so as to have a head with natural-looking curly hair.

For this reason, it has been very essential for women who want to curl their hair to have a nice curling iron to be part of their beauty kit. To find the right hair curling iron for your hair, there are some things that you need to consider. There are wide-ranging tips and information online with regard to selecting the suitable iron for curling your hair.

When choosing a curling iron, it is of the essence to examine closely what type of hair you have as well as your hair length. A short hair needs a small type of curling iron. In case you have a hair that is easily damaged, then you need a curling iron that is of ceramic type. Various sizes of barrel will make different kinds of look. A bigger type of barrel creates a bigger curl. Therefore you need to select the curling iron that is suitable to your hair type.

There is nothing to worry about the iron. What is important is to make the right move when buying an iron for curling your hair. Any hair length can be curled. For short to medium hair, an inch of curly hair is ideal to be worn.

There are different ways on how you can have your hair curled. You may make use of a diffuser to generate loose, vivacious curls. Also, there is a curling iron that lets you choose how big you want the ringlets to be. If you would like to have looser curls, you may use a 2 inch type of curling iron. This curling iron is great for women with long hair.

Here are some things that you have to take into consideration when buying a curling iron. First and foremost, you must opt for the curling iron with a heat setting. This is the principal feature that you should check on a curling iron. It not only lets you choose the temperature of the iron, but it also allows you to set the temperature in accordance with the perfect heat required for styling your curls. The temperature will also depend on your hair type. There are some hair types that can only hold up minimum amount of heat while there are some that needs extreme heat to get the perfect curl. That is why it is of the essence to select the curling iron that has this feature.

The next thing that you need to look into is the kind of material the barrel is made of. Majority of the curling irons have metal barrels. However, there are also irons that are made of ceramic and velvet. Irons that are covered with velvet are said to be ideal for women who have hair that breaks easily. On the other hand, irons that are made of ceramic are designed to give moisture while curling the hair. Essentially, an iron that has metal barrel is great for any hair and is also considered to be the most economical.

Last but not least, you have to check the cord of the iron. This is very important since the cord is the one that connects the iron. If you want to have a curling iron with long-lasting quality, you must select the hair curling iron that is connected through swivel cord. This kind of cord has the ability to minimize the pressure to the internal wires because it will only move when you move about.

Hence, you have to be careful in buying a curling iron. There are several curling irons that are on hand. You must examine the features of the iron carefully before you buy one.

Guide For Buying and Preparing Your Freshwater Aquarium Tank

Before buying your freshwater aquarium tank, one of the first considerations is how much available space you have. The size of your tank will also determine the number and size of fish you can keep. It is my experience that larger aquarium tanks are easier to maintain once they are up and running for a few months. Now that you have considered how much space you have, it is now time to secure your freshwater aquarium.

Buying the Tank

When you go to a pet store, or a preferably a retailer that specializes in fish tanks, choose among the available tanks that will fit in the space you allocated in your home. Another decision is whether you want a fish tank made of glass or acrylic material for your home freshwater aquarium tank.

If you have children at home, the best choice might be an acrylic fish tank because they are more durable and much more difficult to break. However, this material is also prone to scratches, and is more expensive. Nonetheless, it is a good material for a fish tank. A fish tank that is made from glass is less prone to scratches, although it does scratch, costs less, but the event of a breakage cannot be dismissed. I usually keep aquariums made of glass and just exercise caution so that breakage does not occur.

One more thing that you have to consider is the number of fish that you will be placing inside the tank. A general rule is to load the tank at 1 inch of fish per gallon. It is my experience that this can be somewhat excessive. I am usually more conservative loading my tank as low as 1 inch of fish per 2 gallons of water. This combined with an aquarium filter that is more than adequate for a fish tank can reduce the frequency of tank cleaning and aquarium maintenance activities.

Preparing the Aquarium Tank

The freshwater aquarium tank must be prepared before fish can be placed inside. First, fill the tank with freshwater. Setup all accessories that you would like to see in your aquarium such as aquarium gravel or sand, background paper on the back of the fish tank, set up the filter system and aquarium heater, and place any other habitat you provide such as rocks or plants. Get everything up and running and let every run for 3 days to a week. This allows the water chemistry to stabilize and give time for important micro-organisms to grow in your tank.

Stabilizing the aquarium before placing the fish inside it is a must. The pH level should come to an acceptable level, the temperature should be normal for all the fish in the tank. Everything inside the tank contributes to the general well-being of the fish, and therefore, everything must be in place when the tank would be set to run for stabilization.

Time to Buy the Fish

Now that your tank has stabilized since it has been running for a couple of days, you now can go back to the pet store and buy your fish.

Once you have purchased all the fish that you will be placing inside the aquarium, let them acclimatize first to their new home. Float your fish, which should be in plastic bags, in the water so that the water temperatures normalize, so they won’t get shocked by being submerged immediately into water that they are not used to.

The freshwater aquarium tank is the home for your fish and must be maintained with care. With the appropriate care, freshwater aquarium keeping can be fun, easy, and be a low maintenance hobby. If done wrong, you could have a lot of maintenance on your hands by learning the hard way, as I have many times in the past.

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Tortoise

Increasingly tortoises are becoming popular pets to have thus their availability has grown. But how and where do you buy a healthy and reasonably priced tortoise? Below I provide a simple guide on how to buy a tortoise the healthy, humane, and correct way.

Do your Research

Before you buy your tortoise you need to know what you are looking for. You should choose the species based off your ability to fulfill the needs of that particular species.

For example if the species of tortoise you want has a very particular and expensive diet that you cannot afford, do not buy that species.

Also, when picking a species you should take your experience into account. If you are a beginner pick an easy to take care of tortoise. For example, Russian Tortoises are small and not very temperature sensitive. While an Indian Star Tortoise should be left for advanced and experienced keepers only.

Where to Buy a Tortoise From?

Now that you have a species in mind, lets take a look at the few possible avenues of where you could buy a tortoise.

-Breeders

Breeders are individual people who breed tortoises as a hobby or a business. There are many advantages to buying from a breeder. When you buy from a breeder you know that you are buying a 100% captive bred tortoise that wasn’t taken from the wild. Also, the breeders can offer one-on-one advice for care and in most cases sell the reptile for a lower price than pet shops.

To find breeders in your area search the web on sites like Craig’s List or reptile forums like Tortoise Forum.

-Online

With a quick online search you can find companies willing to send you your tortoise in the mail. Most often these are large-scale tortoise farming operations. Before buying from one of theses companies, do your research and make sure they are humane and most of the time deliver alive and healthy reptiles.

Also, a good amount of the time these companies can provide accurate information on how to care for the tortoise.

-Pet Shops

Buying from big chain or local pet shops is not advised. Most of the time these reptiles are coming from poor conditions and being sold to you by people who aren’t very knowledgeable about tortoises or any reptile. Plus most of the time the reptiles being sold are overpriced compared to breeders. And pet shops have been known to sell beginners unnecessary, expensive equipment.

Useful Tips For Buying A Copier

Every business establishment, whether big or small, needs a copier. Xerox introduced its first fully automated plain paper machine in 1959. Since then, copiers have seen a significant amount of technological development. Modern ones can combine copying, laser printing, scanning and faxing into one machine.

You can find digital and analog copiers in the market. Companies prefer digital ones as they produce less noise, have fewer mechanical problems and reproduce fine lines and photographs. Whether you are looking to buy a new copier for your home or office, here are a few tips to help you make the right choice:

Need– Every business has different printing needs. Get a relatively accurate idea of the number of pages the device will be required to copy in a month. If you require frequent color copies, go for a color copier that offers great options, low cost per click pricing, fast speed and superior image quality. Defining your needs well in advance will help you in making the right decision.

Features– Different copiers come with different features and functions. They also define the cost of the machine. You should consider additional features like, handling different paper sizes, wireless connectivity, security, energy efficiency, graphic capabilities and finishing capabilities.

Consider A Multi function Device– It is always better to buy a single business machine that can scan, fax and print documents rather than buying multiple ones. A single device is cheaper than separate business machines. You should weigh the pros and cons of a single multi function device over a simple copier and additional machines.

Speed– You should check the speed of printing before buying. Keep in mind that faster is not always the better.

Cost– Take into consideration the amount your business is currently spending on outsourcing the task. Buying a copier for your business helps you save both time and money. This will also make your office more productive and versatile. Your staff will be able to serve the business needs more efficiently. You should consider buying a high-performing machine considering it a good investment.

Support– Do proper research and buy a copier manufactured by a reputable company. You should buy from a company that you can not only trust, but also the one that can give you support and maintenance when you need it. This will help you in saving a lot of headaches down the road. The company should offer proper technical support, cleaning and repairs.

Taking time to do research before buying a copier will help you save money. You can also browse a range of copiers available online to get good deals.

Tips That Make Buying Electronics Enclosures Easier

As one of the essential components of electronic or electro-mechanical devices, an electronic enclosure helps protect them from electromagnetic interference (EMI). A lot of appliances and devices like instruments, computers, consoles, push buttons and industrial PCs use these enclosures to avoid exposure to radiation. Besides offsetting the effects of EMI, these specially designed enclosures also save them from the onslaught of external elements like dust, dirt, heat, moisture, and chemicals.

Selecting the right kind of electronic enclosure can be a bit tricky as there are several factors to consider. If you are planning to invest in a few electronic enclosures, here are a few tips to make the buying process easier for you. Take a close look:

Understand Your Shielding Requirement

Before investing in an electronic enclosure for your product, make sure you form a fair idea about how it works. This will help you choose the best enclosure solution depending on the usage of your application. This homework will also help you to know the issues that might crop up while in use and how to deal with them. You will also get an idea of the accessories that you can use along with an enclosure. Also, consider the ratings of the different types of enclosures before making the final choice.

Choose the Distributor Wisely

While buying an enclosure for EMI protection, make sure you buy it from a reliable electronic component distributor. Most of the electronic enclosure manufacturers distribute the products themselves. However, check the availability and shipping time with different distributors before you place the final order. Also, study the ongoing market trends thoroughly so that you can form an idea about the competitive pricing. Usually, a direct buy from the manufacturer helps you get the best possible deals, and this is even more so if you are buying enclosures in bulk.

Get In Touch With the Sales Team

While purchasing enclosure products from a particular manufacturer, be sure to get in touch with their sales team. These skilled professionals will provide you with all the necessary information you need to make an informed buying decision. They might also come up with a more cost-effective solution for you, based on your exact requirements. Hence, get in touch with them well in advance.

Get the Enclosures Modified

One of the most important tasks is to get the enclosures modified. Whether you need the change for identifying or matching dimensions with output, and input always get it done by the manufacturer as they have the best knowledge regarding the impact of certain modifications on the different materials. They are the best persons to guide you on choosing the right technique for the integration of the solution into your application. For example, how much torque to use for drilling it into your device? Your manufacturer’s man is the best person to answer such questions. Moreover, they will also suggest the most cost-effective options for you.

Following these tips will make the job of choosing and buying the electronic enclosures way easier for you. So, keep these tips in your mind and evaluate your options quickly.

Buying a Timeshare Resale: Seven Tips For Success

Most people know that when buying a timeshare, great care should be taken. However, even more care and research should be used when buying a timeshare resale. Timeshare resales cost much less than buying directly from a resort developer, but you should still keep your best interests at heart. Being informed about your timeshare will lead to a positive experience.

1. It is a very good idea to actually see the timeshare you are buying. Some timeshare resellers may “talk up” their timeshare. If the reseller says that the timeshare is in a beautiful place, be sure to check it out. A timeshare, even a resold timeshare, is a great investment. It is important to make sure that you are buying what you want.

2. Timeshare resales often have very appealing prices. Sometimes, these prices can cause the buyer to overlook crucial questions. Be sure to ask about maintenance fees and property taxes. If these have not been paid up-to-date, then the timeshare will cost significantly more than the base price. It is very important to know the whole cost before you decide to buy a timeshare.

3. Some timeshares are affiliated with an exchange company. If the timeshare you are purchasing is affiliated with an exchange company, make sure to find out if this membership can be transferred. Doing this can help you to avoid unnecessary hassles in the future. If the timeshare you are purchasing is a point-system timeshare, find out if the points are transferable. Finally, if there are any additional bonuses with the timeshare, find out if they can be transferred.

4. The seller often pays to advertise the timeshare, while the buyer is stuck with the closing costs. Be informed and find out all of the charges that you will be responsible for upon the closing of the sale. This is important because some buyers do not know how much they are paying when they decide to buy the timeshare.

5. Visiting the timeshare can solve this problem, but it is important to be aware of it. Timeshares can sometimes be located in a facility that has only been partially remodeled. Other timeshares have not been touched at all. Paying an extremely high price for an old, worn-out timeshare is never a good idea.

6. Timeshares have different times that they can be used. Knowing when you can use your timeshare is very important. Some timeshares are odd-or even-year-use timeshares. If you buy one of these timeshares, it may be another year or two before you can actually use the timeshare you purchased. If there is a lease on the property, make sure to find out how much time is left on the lease.

7. Last, but certainly not least, find out why the timeshare is being sold. Too many buyers simply overlook this crucial information. Some resellers don’t want it anymore, but other resellers may have discovered a problem with the timeshare, or an inconvenience. It is important to know these issues so you can decide whether or not you yourself want to deal with them. If the reseller tells you the negative aspects concerning the timeshare, and you are still fully confident in its success, then it will be a good investment.

Timeshare resales can be complicated business. It is important to be as informed as possible when purchasing a timeshare because it is often a very large investment. The more investigating you do, the more informed you will be. Being informed is the best way to ensure that you have a positive timeshare resale experience.

10 Tips to Avoid a Disaster in Buying a Wall Map

Buying a wall map that shows street-level detail can be one of the trickiest tasks a small business faces, especially if the buyer is geographically challenged.

For some businesses, a good local wall map may make the difference between a flat bottom line and one that bulges upward a little.

Few buyers know it, but the task of buying a map for the wall is loaded with possibilities of making a mistake that the purchaser later will regret. The job is not as simple as reaching for a can of beans on a shelf at your local supermarket.

Here are 10 tips to help the buyer avoid a disaster:

1. Know what job you want the map to do.

· Does it cover the territory you need covered?

· What features do you want the map to show?

· Do you want a pretty map or a useful map? Color? Black/white?

· What size do you seek? Will it fit your wall?

· Is the method of hanging important? (rails? rollers? eyelets? nothing?)

· Is lamination necessary, or would you accept paper if available? (Most maps for the wall are not available in paper, because the publisher can’t make enough money to support its business by selling paper maps.)

2. Be willing to compromise.

There is no such thing as a perfect map. Be aware that the business of publishing a map – any map – is extremely complex. Partly because of this, as an example, every map sold to businesses is out of date on the day it comes off the press. And the longer it sits unsold on a shelf, the less current its information is.

The key questions the buyer needs to ask: Does this map do the job for me? Or are there better alternatives?

3. Know your publisher.

Publishers come in all kinds of stripes. No two are alike. Each publisher has its own methods, its own goals, its own priorities. And different publishers focus on different markets, serving different clientele. Make sure the publisher you choose focuses on your needs as a customer.

Don’t buy a map just because the publisher is a household name. That publisher may not serve the market you’re in, and the map offered by that publisher likely won’t serve your needs. Example: If you’re not part of the market that includes tourists, you don’t want to choose a street-level-detail product for your wall produced by a publisher whose primary market is tourists.

While you may want to avoid a publisher that is a household name, it’s not wise to choose a publisher you’ve never heard of. Ask another small business that has bought a map for the wall. Would it buy another one from the publisher you’re considering?

Where does the information on the map come from? A map publisher’s standard answer is that it comes from local government sources. What that publisher doesn’t want you to know is that it may be buying that information from a third party which may have gotten it from a local government source, maybe via the Internet.

Which is okay, if it’s accurate information. But how can the buyer know for sure? Is the publisher telling the truth? Yes, and no. Unfortunately, the economics of map publishing are forcing the largest publishers to buy the information from third parties.

4. Buy directly from the publisher if possible, not from a distributor.

This may be more easily said than done, but here’s why it’s important: The publisher controls the quality of the product. The distributor makes sure it gets to a place where you can buy it, and most often the distributor is the end seller. The distributor has no control over quality. A distributor sells the products that are available. (Most maps available on the web are sold by distributors, not publishers.)

Like many industries, the map business is going through a period of consolidation and change. What was true as little as five years ago may not be true today. Regional publishers are vanishing like the 10-cent movie theater, so it may be hard to find one in your area.

But a regional publisher is much more likely to serve your street-level-detail needs than a national publisher, who is more likely, for example, to serve a different market. It makes sense that a publisher in Chicago who serves the national tourist market can’t keep up with the street changes in your area – especially the streets that a local business needs.

Example: If a street is missing on a tourist’s map, few tourists are likely to notice it. But the omission will stick out like a palm tree in Alaska to a local business — and tell volumes to a potential buyer. Be aware that this difference affects cost, and thus price.

5. Don’t buy sight unseen.

You don’t buy shoes sight unseen. Why would you buy a map sight unseen? Like shoes, one size doesn’t fit allBuying sight unseen is the biggest mistake a map buyer can make.

One change in the map industry has been that many regional map stores have closed, robbing the customer of the chance to see various map products on the wall. That’s too bad, because the chances of making the wrong decision are greatly increased for the buyer.

In many cases, the choices for the buyer today are the web, the web or the web. You can buy a wall map on the web, but you have to be very careful. Know this: What a map website doesn’t say may be more important to you than what it does say.

Beware the publisher or website that is unable – or unwilling – to show and tell. And – if the publisher does show its wares – it’s likely to leave the prospective buyer feeling cheated in his quest for information that can be used for a purchase decision. Click away from the website that doesn’t show you what you want to see.

6. Make sure the map shows information current enough to serve your needs.

A map may be considered up to date by one buyer, but the next buyer may have a far different opinion. The currency test is this: Check an area you’re familiar with — make that two or three areas. Ifyou think the map is up to date, then it’s up to date. The next buyer doesn’t matter. Above all, be aware of this: If a publisher touts his map as being up to date, he may be just telling the buyer what he wants to hear.

7. Try to learn when the map was published, if that is important to you.

Resist the temptation to look at the date on the map (almost all maps show the ‘date it was published’).

This may surprise you: More often than not, the date on the map is meaningless. Little known by most map buyers, here’s what that date means: This is the publisher’s edition for that year. The date on the map often has absolutely nothing to do with the up-to-dateness of the map’s information.

8. Comparison shop – not only for price but also for quality.

The web is chock-full of publishers offering wall maps. Google wall maps and you’ll find almost a hundred million pages containing that phrase. That makes comparison shopping mind-boggling. It’s a maze. But it’s research that every map buyer should do. Remember this: The least expensive map may not be the best to fill your needs, and the most expensive may not be the best, either. Never forget the job you want your map to do.

9. Be prepared to weigh price vs. quality.

On this issue, you’ll have to compromise something. Is price more important to you, or is quality more important to you? Bottom line: Does the map do the job?

10. Take your time deciding. Don’t make a snap decision.

If you decide at 9 a.m. that you need a map on the wall by 2 p.m., you’re going to make a horrible mistake. Buying a map for the wall – one that does the job – just doesn’t happen that fast.

Yes, buying a map for your wall is tricky business, and your business probably is tricky enough. What you don’t need is more tricks. Like most other purchases, in buying a wall map you need to do your homework. Use these tips. Ask a lot of questions. If you don’t like the answers, don’t buy.

6 Useful Tips for Buying Cheap Textbooks

When it comes to sourcing the latest textbooks for your education, there are generally several practical options, such as renting, buying used or buying new. With a little planning, it is possible to save a significant amount of money on the many different college textbooks needed. Let’s take a look at a few useful tips to save money on sourcing textbooks:

Plan ahead – a simple strategy to get the best prices is to plan ahead and buy the textbooks well in advance of classes starting. The cost of textbooks often increases just before classes begin because the stock is typically lower at this time. If you plan ahead, you will be able to buy the relevant textbooks at a far more attractive price because there are greater numbers available.

Also, in order to buy early, you want to make sure to get your reading lists from your professors as soon as possible. A further benefit of buying early is the option to use a slow, low-cost shipping method if buying online.

Buy used – the option to buy secondhand is likely to be the best course of action to find what you need at cheap and affordable prices. Even with books that have seen little use, there is the potential to save a significant amount on the original list price.

Older editions – textbooks in certain subjects such as history, chemistry and biology see minimal updates from one publication to the next. If you are able to buy a slightly older edition you are likely to benefit from massive savings. However, it is worth checking with your course tutor to make sure a slightly out of date textbook is acceptable.

International editions – one of the less used options is to look at an international edition of a particular textbook. While these books are likely to be slightly different in appearance and generally paperback, they are able to give the desired information.

Price comparison tools – using one of the many price comparison websites that is entirely dedicated to finding the best deals on textbooks can help to speed up the process of finding what you need.

Free shipping – look for independent bookstores that sell used and new textbooks. They are often competitively priced and may offer free shipping. Also, there may be discounts on ordering multiple textbooks at the same time.

Overall, with a little careful planning and following these tips there shouldn’t be any reason not to save a lot of money on the different textbooks.