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Move Over Craigslist, There’s A New Buy/Sell App in Town

Yard Sale

When I was a kid, I enjoyed everything about yard sales.

Getting up early on a Saturday morning, carefully setting up our “treasures” on the tables, and making change for every sale excited me. I’d be content sitting there for hours as people flocked to find a bargain.

But as I celebrate another birthday today (nope … not revealing my age!), I detest even the thought of holding a yard sale!

You can probably relate.

  • You agree it’s a lot of hard work to make only a few bucks – maybe break $100 if you’re lucky! You have to:
  • Sift through all your “stuff” and decide if you want to part with it
  • Figure out how much you want to sell it for (compared to what you can realistically get for it)
  • Write and place price tags on each individual thing
  • Get up early to set up tables, unbox everything, and display it in some sort of organized fashion
  • Wait (not-so-)patiently for shoppers
  • Haggle over price – including the thing you have marked for 50 cents that someone only wants to pay a quarter for
  • Pack up all the leftovers (probably 90% of what you had for sale) in the trunk of your car to take to Goodwill.

The Internet, though, has made buying and selling your unwanted possessions significantly easier than having an old-fashioned yard sale.

The birth of eBay in 1995, followed by Craigslist in 2000, and now dozens of online yard sale Facebook groups allow you to part with your undesirable stuff from the comfort of your own home. It also makes it A LOT easier to make someone else’s junk your treasure.

Craigslist is probably the most notorious for deals gone wrong. Writer Chrissy Stockton shares some horror stories in her article “50 Craigslist Meet Ups You’re Really Glad You Weren’t A Part Of,” which can be found at http://bit.ly/craigsliststories.

As with all technology, something better always comes along.

OfferUp (https://offerupnow.com) takes the best of eBay and Craiglist and combines it into one easy-to-use mobile app and website.
In less than three minutes, you can create your account either on their website or on the mobile app downloaded to your smartphone.

After that, it’s as easy as walking around your house, using your phone to snap photos of the items you want to see, and then posting a short description and an asking price.

OfferUp makes your goods available on its platform and connects you with buyers in your local area.

When you receive an offer, you’ll get an alert on your phone. Buyers can even “chat” with you right in the application. Once someone says they want to buy your item, you agree on a place to meet and make the exchange.

How is this different from Craigslist?

The user rating system.

Both buyers and sellers can rate each other on how well the other person held up their end of the deal. If you’re a “no show” on a sale, you’ll get a bad rating. Likewise, if you misrepresent the product you’re selling, a buyer can give you a bad rating.

As with anytime you’re meeting a stranger, use caution and common sense.
· Check the buyer/seller ratings.
· Meet in a public place.
· Take someone with you.

Isn’t it time you stopped reading and started selling?!?

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7 Frighteningly Dark Secrets Microsoft Desperately Doesn’t Want You To Know About Windows 10

Windows 10 Secrets

A light blue Surface Pro tablet with the Windows 10 start menu prominently displayed zooms in on the TV screen as the commercial begins.

The image transitions to a little girl writing the word “love” with her finger on her laptop’s touchscreen. 

In the next scene, two adolescent girls in a classroom use one hand to “snap” Microsoft Word to the top left corner of their tablet screen, while viewing other programs in the remaining corners. 

Finally, a blond middle-aged woman sits at her kitchen counter, smiling as she views her Surface Pro tablet.

Then with hypnotic techno-style music playing the background, Microsoft boasts what seem to be impressive statistics about Windows 10 – it’s newest (and maybe last) operating system:

  • The fastest growth of any version of Windows.  Ever.
  • Most monthly hours of use.
  • Customers love it more than any other version of Windows.  Ever.
  • Over 5 billion questions asked of Cortana.
  • 6.6 million hours of Xbox One games streamed to Windows 10 PCs.
  • More Universal Windows Platform apps.
  • Double the number of monthly repeat customers.

“The future starts now” proclaims another Microsoft commercial that describes several amazing and cool features of Windows 10 – touchscreens, ability to annotate web pages, devices that listen, sing, talk and tell jokes.

Why would you want to miss out on the latest and greatest Windows operating system?  It’s more interactive, it’s more responsive, it’s faster, it’s easier to use, it’s fun, and it’s cool.

At least that’s what Microsoft and the commission-based computer sales folks at the big box retail stores would have you believe. 

Even some computer “experts” who own or work at independent computer stores promote such hype – despite the fact they should know better.

Sadly, many people believe these greedy con artists who only have one thing on their minds:  THEIR bottom line.

Microsoft’s executives only care about increasing the value of their stocks and having their sales and usage numbers look good to their investors.

The big box stores sales people carefully follow the scripted sales presentations given to them – designed to convince you, the unsuspecting but trusting consumer, to buy that Windows 10 desktop or laptop – which pads their wallets with a nice sales commission.

The mission of both the Microsoft exec and the box store sales geek is this:  distract you with the bells and whistles, the glitz and glam of Windows 10, hoping you’ll never discover the frighteningly dark secrets hidden beneath the operating system’s shiny façade.

I don’t have room in this tech column to fully explain all of the evils of Windows 10.

So I’ve written a 20+ page eBook that you can download for free at my website that you need to read BEFORE you do anything with your current computer or BEFORE you buy a new one.

In this eBook, you’ll uncover seven important secrets Microsoft desperately doesn’t want you to know about Windows 10. 

  • The free upgrade to Windows 10 can render your computer completely useless. 
  • Microsoft’s forced updates can crash your computer – and it’s YOUR problem, not theirs. 
  • Your “free” upgrade is paid for by intrusive ads embedded throughout Windows 10.
  • Microsoft uses your Internet connection – even when you’re not online.
  • Many apps are missing important features to make them useful.
  • Where’d that program go?  Microsoft can automatically uninstall software or hardware it doesn’t like.
  • You have NO privacy in Windows 10.  Nearly everything you do is tracked and reported to Microsoft – which even puts the NSA to shame.

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