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Used Wedding Dresses Are a Growing Trend

Posted by mandy on October 22nd, 2010

It used to be that the only acceptable used item at a wedding was the dress, but only if it was handed down from the bride’s mother or other family member. In those cases it was a lovely tradition that added to the meaning of the event. If there wasn’t a dress to be shared, then the bride had to have a brand new dress of her own.

That idea is fading more and more. One of the driving forces behind the shifting perspective is the fact that most people are struggling right now. The economy has been down for more than two years and any recovery is very slow in coming. Few people have thousands of dollars to spend on a designer gown that they will only wear once. So why not look into used wedding dresses as an option.

Another reason for the rise in previously-owned dresses is the internet. Just as craigslist has made it easier for people to hold online garage sales , there are sites popping up that are devoted to helping women sell their wedding dresses to new brides. This ends up benefiting both women as the seller gets cash for something that would otherwise just be sitting in a closet or rented storage space. Maybe there would have been more of a market for used dresses in the past if there had just been an easy way to access them. The web has solved that problem and the number of women who are wearing pre-owned dresses continues to climb.

Spotting Knockoff Handbags

Posted by mandy on October 20th, 2010

In the fashion world there’s nothing more financially damaging than the knockoff. While they may seem like bargains to the buyer who thinks they can’t afford the real thing, they are generally so poorly made that they aren’t even worth the few bucks they cost. More importantly, they distract buyers from the original item and force designers to spend time and money tracking down and stopping those who steal their designs .

One of the most often knocked off products are handbags . These important accessories are actually necessities, as most women wouldn’t be caught dead without a handbag of some kind or other. With designer bags costing hundreds of dollars it can be tempting to hunt for knock offs or look-alikes. While a look alike is merely inspired by a designer bag and may still cost a pretty penny, a knock off will try to trick the buyer into thinking it’s the real thing, right down to the designer logo and label.

It’s usually easy to spot a true knockoff . The level of craftsmanship will give it away if not the place where it’s being sold. And if the price seems too good to be true, it’s probably a fake. For those that want to find designer handbags at lower prices, there are plenty of outlet stores and end of season sales that offer legitimate designer fashions at reduced prices.

Avoiding Common Pool Building Mistakes

Posted by mandy on October 17th, 2010

Choosing from the plethora of Dallas swimming pool builders to find the right one to build your pool can seem like a minefield of mistakes. To keep the process from turning into a horror story, remember that a pool is a construction project. It’s not like buying a car or other major investment. These builders will be coming to your home and working for weeks, if not months to permanently alter your yard or home. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a better experience.

Don’t be afaid to ask questions. This is the number one mistake homeowners make. Thinking that the builder will know what’s best is a close second. Do your own research and ask lots of questions before hiring a builder. This includes asking for references and then actually contacting the references and asking them questions too.

Don’t shop by price. The lowest price is not automatically the best. You need to balance the time costs along with material costs. A more inexperienced builder or a sloppy one may make mistakes that end up costing you more in the long run. Look at the big picture as you would with any construction job.

Don’t look only at looks. While you want your pool and surrounding area to be aesthetically pleasing, remember to consider safety issues as well as the mechanics of plumbing, electricity, heating, and filtration for your pool. All these factors should trump what looks best.

Social Bookmarking has Many Uses

Posted by mandy on October 14th, 2010

Over the last few years social bookmark sites have exploded all over the internet. The idea of having a centralized place to save website bookmarks seemed to make sense all on its own. Adding the ability to share bookmarks with others is what made it the phenomenon it is today.

Originally people saved bookmarks on their web browser . Their favorite webpages and later images, podcasts and videos, were marked so they could be visited again and again without having to remember exact URLs. Eventually people realized that they were storing bookmarks on different computers and different browsers on the same computer. Remote sites that allowed users to store all their bookmarks in one place solved that problem. Bookmarks were now available no matter computer or browser a person used.

With the advent of social bookmarking came the ability to share bookmarks with others. This meant that individuals could tell friends and even strangers to check out this page or that video. Digg and similiar sites became about voting where the pages with the most URLs got even more exposure. More importantly, bookmarks are saved with tags so that anyone with an interest in a subject can easily find other webpages with the same tag without leaving the bookmark site to go out to a search engine. And by combining those two features, tags and voting, users can quickly find not just pages about a specific subject, but identify the pages that other users found most useful and interesting.

Amusement Parks Safer Than You Think

Posted by mandy on October 13th, 2010

Whenever there’s an accident at an amusement park, such as Disney World in Florida, it tends to get a lot of publicity — especially if multiple people are injured or there is a fatality. With the rise of online video sharing , there are even websites devoted to “caught on film” incidents at theme parks, designed to showcase the worst accidents, or the funniest.

The reality is that with over 300 million individual visits to theme parks every year, the rate of incidents is actually quite small. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions estimates that the odds of getting injured while at a permanent park is about 1 in 9 million. In Orlando, where there are dozens of major theme parks, there have only been seven lawsuits filed due to guest injured between 2004 and 2009.

Disney World accident s, and those at any theme park in general are usually placed in one of four major categories. Act of God, guest negligence, guest health issues, and park negligence. Only the latter can result in lawsuits. Most accidents fall into the category of guest negligence, those who fail or blatantly refuse to follow safety instructions, or guest health issues, such as visitors failing to take into consider heart conditions and not takin precautions against heat-related illness. This includes health issues that the guest is unaware of prior to the incident.

Identifying Selling Styles

Posted by mandy on October 5th, 2010

Every sales person has an innate selling style — a way of relating to people in a sales situation that comes so naturally to them they probably aren’t even aware of it. Identifying and understanding your personal selling style is key to improving your ability to grow beyond it and reach those people who require a different approach. Good sales training programs, such as that offered by Southwestern Company to its summer intern sales force, will teach elements of all four styles in an attempt to produce balanced, adaptable sales people.

The Fighter is one of the most obvious styles. This is a sales style that wastes no time and takes no prisoners. For them selling is a game or a battle and they intend to win over every objection, regardless of the conflict it may engender.

Another easy to spot style is the Entertainer. These people seek attention and want to be liked. If they have enough charisma, potential customers will like them on site and may actually feel guilty when they say “no.” These people usually go for the soft close, trying to make sure everyone is happy.

The Counselor builds relationships and avoid controversy. They show seemingly endless patience and have a natural ability to empathize with potential customers, demonstrating that they truly understand objections and then answering them carefully and thoroughly. These people don’t even need to close as customers usually end up asking how to buy.

The Detective is the final sales type. They analyze everything with facts and figures, avoiding stories and emotions. “Just the facts” is a good motto for them and they have logical reasons and responses. They aren’t going to accept any objections without factual reasoning behind it.

Which kind of sales type are you? What sales tips would you offer someone who wanted to be more like you?

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