• The economic advantages of e-cigarettes

    It probably doesn’t surprise you to hear that smokers end up paying a lot for their habit. Cigarette prices go higher each year, and many states and cities levy a pretty large cigarette tax as well. A pack-a-day smoker can easily end up spending $2000 a more on purchasing cigarettes alone.

    That doesn’t even take into account the health care costs. If you smoke, you will likely paying higher premiums, and health problems down the road can costs you thousands of more dollars per year. In worst case scenarios, you can end up with an illness that kills you. Any way you look at it, smoking is not a wise choice for your wallet.

    So what can you do if you’re a smoker?

    The obvious answer is to quit, but many people have tried and failed. After all, nicotine is among the most addictive drugs in the world, so quitting is not quite as straightforward as many people may believe. And even people who successfully quit for a period of time find themselves reverting to old habits. As discouraging as it may sound, quitting just isn’t a realistic solution for many people. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up completely.

    A nice compromise is to switch over to a less harmful, less expensive product that still gives you the nicotine your body craves. This is why e-cigarettes have become so popular. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigs vaporize an e-liquid that contains nicotine. Note that nothing is being burnt, and therefore your body does not inhale smoke, along with the other toxins that are contained in regular cigarettes. The end result? Your body gets the nicotine it craves, but skips the intake of tar, carbon monoxide, and the majority of other substances that are largely responsible for making cigarettes so harmful.

    But that’s just the health benefit. E-cigarettes also cost a good deal less. Eversmoke has a calculator that lets you figure out exactly how much you’d save per year by switching to their e-cigs. As you might imagine, the savings can be thousands of dollars. So if you’re s smoker who has struggled to quit, consider switching to e-cigarettes instead. Both your body and your wallet will thank you, and you can spend all the money you save on something nice for yourself, as a treat for making a wise life decision.

    Currently, Eversmoke is my favorite brand of e-cigs, so if you are interested in trying out electronic cigarettes, I recommend that you try out this brand first. You can read an eversmoke review at this link. You might want to start out with their disposable e-cigs if you don’t want to invest a lot of money upfront.  Eventually, you’ll want to purchase one of the starter kits, since that will save you money in the long run.

    Get more information on how to obtain Eversmoke e-cigarettes by going to http://e-cigbargains.com/eversmoke/

  • How the pope visit is affecting commerce

    Pope and ecommerceIt’s always interesting to see how major events influence commerce. Right now, the Pope is visiting the United States, and I just read an interesting article on TIME about the various ways people are cashing in. I’ve also seen pope-related products for sale on the Internet, so it looks like e-commerce companies have joined the bandwagon as well.

    Of course, like it or not, this is all part of capitalism. I see nothing wrong with it myself. It’s one thing to profit from a tragedy, but a papal visit is fair game for companies and businesses to try and make some money.

  • Audible vs. Borrowing Ebooks from Libraries

    I have several new books I want to read, but the problem is that they are always checked out at my library. When I first learned that my local library allows you to check out ebooks as well, I thought that was the answer to my problems. After all, I already had a Kindle and preferred reading books on my eReader anyway. But then I quickly realized that the library only allows  restricted number of copies to be checked out at once. This meant that I was equally unsuccessful at acquiring copies of the books I wanted to read.

    download audiobooksI also looked into checking out audio books, but again most popular titles are already checked out. Therefore, after considering three different mediums for experiencing books I was interested in, I was still back to square one.

    I am beginning to think an Audible subscription may make a lot of sense for me. About half the time, I end up listening to audio versions of books anyway, oftentimes during my commute. And when I did the math, I learned that I spend more on audio books than I would if I simply got an Audible membership. This is largely because Audible allows you to get discounted prices on books, and also gives you one free title a month.

    Before diving into the program head first, I am going to get myself a 14-day Audible Free Trial to get a better taste of what I’m in for. I’ve used Audible on limited occasions in the past, and feel pretty confident that I won’t be disappointed with the service.

    However, with that said, since there are Audible free trial offers I can take advantage of, there is no reason for me not to check them out using a trial version first. You can get a free trial as well by going to http://freetrialspot.com/audible.php

    The last time I used Audible was a couple years ago. I have notice that since then, their selection has grown quite a bit. I found audio books for about 80% of the books I was interested in purchasing, which is not bad at all.

    Also, don’t forget to check out other online freebies.

  • Stay Away from Chinese E-commerce Stocks


    It looks like the economic slump in China is highly affecting major e-commerce companies like Baidu and Alibaba. Both companies have seen their stocks plummet as a result of recent selloffs. And who knows where the bottom will be?

    I advise staying away from these companies until the dust settles. Yes, E-commerce is no doubt the wave of the future, but why take a chance on such companies when there is turmoil and economic certainty abroad. A better way to go is to lighten up on stocks in general until things calm down a bit.

    To read more about the troubles affecting Chinese E-commerce companies, check out this article on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/russellflannery/2015/08/30/alibabas-film-unit-posts-24-mln-first-half-loss-amid-twists-and-turns/

  • Getting a good set of tires at a low price

    There’s no secret to getting a low price for tires. You just need to shop around.

    For a long time now, the best place to check and compare prices for products has been online. This is no different for tires. By going to sites such as Tire Rack and Discount Tire, you can bring up a list of all tires that will fit your car. From there, you can read reviews, check out tire ratings, and make an informed decision on the set of tires that will be the best choice for you.

    But it doesn’t end there. If you use Discount Tire, for example, you can actually purchase the tires online. What is the benefit of doing that, you might wonder. While it’s true that the price you pay would be the same as what you’d pay at a Discount Tire center, by purchasing online, you can often make use of Discount Tire coupons available exclusively to online customers. These special deals can frequently save you as much as $80 or more. For more information on how to take advantage of online offers like this, just go to this url: http://couponleaf.com/discount-tire-coupons

    The process of buying tires online is simple, much like the process of buying anything else online. One big difference, however, is that you will be able to have your tires delivered directly to a nearby Discount Tire shop. You can also book an installation appointment when you make your purchase. When I first used the site, I was pleasantly surprised at how streamlined the whole process was. I was literally able to do everything I needed from one website. No only was it easy, I was able to save money on tires as well.

    There are other options for buying tires cheaply as well. Used tires may be worth looking at if you are on a tight budget. However, I advise caution when purchasing used tires, since they can be a safety hazard if you end up with a bad set. For my own peace of mind, I’ve always opted to purchase brand new tires, and recommend that you do the same thing as well.

    To read a full review of Discount Tires, visit this popular coupon web site.

  • Creating great postcards for marketing

    Postcards are one of the best ways to market your business. They are relatively cheap to produce and are perfect for direct marketing campaigns. While creating a good postcard isn’t rocket science, many people miss out of making the most out of their marketing efforts. Follow the tips below to get the best results from your postcards.

    color printing1. Use tracking codes
    You want to track your marketing results, so if your postcard has a phone number, make sure you include an extension or some other way to know how someone heard about your business. This is especially important if you want to test out a few different postcards and see which one produces the best results.

    2. Favor bright colors
    You want your postcard to be noticed. Most people get a lot of junk mail, and it’s more likely that your postcard will be noticed if you incorporate eye-catching colors.

    3. Avoid too much text
    The postcard should attract attention and interest. Don’t make the mistake of putting in too much text on your postcard. Instead, opt for catchy headlines.

    4. Include some sort of discount or coupon
    Including a discount or coupon that has an expiration is one of the best ways to attract new customers, so make sure you include such an offer on your postcard.

    As for printing the postcards, I recommend using online print shops such as Printplace. You will be able to usually get a good price by using online vendors.

    You can of course do some of your own printing on minor projects. Make sure you have a top quality printer and good inkjet cartridges if you pursue this option. Take advantage of 123inkjets online coupon codes from http://inkjetprinterdiscounts.com to get the best deal possible on ink cartridges, since they can be quite expensive.

  • A new contact lens store I like called Vision Direct

    Vision direct contact lens storeI’ll be honest with you, I have no idea how I overlooked this one for so long. I always thought 1-800 contacts would have the lowest price. After all, don’t they have a partnership with Walmart (according to this wikipedia article at least)? It turns out (happily in this case) that I was quite wrong. I believe it was an add somewhere that prompted me to click on their site. Once there, I looked up the contacts I wear to do a price comparison.

    Lo and behold, it offered a lower price for the contacts, along with a rebate! Next, I did a quick search on google and guess what? I found a Vision Direct coupon for 25% off as well, available from Visualdiscount.com. I was really on a roll, and by the time I checked out I had saved quite a bit over what I’m normally used to paying for my contact lenses.

    We all have stores that we like to use and sometimes we just go to them out of habit. But finding Vision Direct has made me realize that it always pay to check out other stores, even if you already have your favorites.

  • Using eharmony for free

    eHarmony – It’s probably one of the most well-known dating sites in the entire world. What makes the site stand apart is its approach to dating. It choose quality over quantity, and is famous for its compatibility matching system, which is based on the research of noted psychologist Neil Clark Warren.

    eharmony free eventPeople may have at one point doubted whether such an online system can produce real-world results. But recently, it has become clear through research from the Harris Interactive that eHarmony is responsible for about 2% of the marriages in the US. And that study was done many years ago, so the numbers are probably way higher now as more and more people have access to the Internet.

    You’d think that such a major force in online dating would offer an eHarmony free trial so people can check out the site’s features for a period of time. Unfortunately, such free trials are somewhat limited. Currently, you can join the site and start receiving matches for free. After creating an account, you will be able to communicate in a limited way with your matches (called guided communication). For more information about this, check out OnlineDatingTrials.com. However, you cannot view pictures of your matches unless you sign up for a paid account. If you like, you can also wait until eHarmony runs a promotional event that allows you to do a bit more for free. These events are called free communication weekends, and occur about once every other month.

    It therefore seems that in order to enjoy the full benefits of eHarmony, you simply must pay. The good news is that you can bring down monthly costs by quite a bit by purchasing a 6 month or 1 year subscription.

    Read more about online dating at Online Dating Trials.com.

  • Smart Video Marketing Tips That Can Help You Out

    Sites like Youtube make it possible for virtually anyone to market themselves using video Read the article below for tips on how to get started with video marketing:

    Smart Video Marketing Tips That Can Help You Out

    Do you have a business you run? Marketing your firm can be hard. But, with the advent of the internet, marketing is getting easier. Video marketing is one strategy you can utilize. Read the following article to find out how you’re able to market by using videos for your business.

    You can stay close to your customers by using video marketing. Get customers to submit any questions they have concerning your products or industry and answer them in video form. If you need to generate some interest, give people a chance to win a free product if they send you a question.

    When you are making your video, do not get wrapped up in how much you need to spend on your video. Spending a lot on making the video does not ensure good results. Large companies have struck it big by just using demos made by individual employees from their companies.

    Take screenshot of your site to include in the video you make. This allows viewers to get a feel for your website’s layout. Screenshots also do great in how-to videos. Save screenshots from your computer, and use editing software to compile them into your video.

    It’s vital that those people just beginning to use video marketing select high-quality titles. Make sure it relates to your video and is easy to remember. This can build interest into what you’ve got to say. Take a little time to create creative titles for your videos.

    Remember that your video content is just the beginning half of your work. Additionally, you must do a great deal of promoting. Appropriate marketing efforts of your videos will result in a ten-fold increase to your total number of click-throughs. Be sure to produce great content and let people know where to find it.

    Do not veer off topic in the video. If you do not plan ahead, it is easy to ramble or stray from your focus. Work on creating brief outlines of each video and refer to them often. Don’t stray from the task at hand, and you should be fine.

    Remember to use YouTube. Begin your campaign of video marketing there! It gives you free hosting for your videos. It is also the third most popular website on the net. It is the second largest search engine, and is by far the most popular place to view videos.

    How do you know which videos work? Sure, you can look at the video and make an educated guess as to how people will respond to it. Hard data, however, is a much better way to figure out if you are hitting the mark. Keep track of the number if people who watch each video, how many repeat visitors your videos draw, and how long people spend watching videos.

    Short videos are preferable. Aim for three minutes or less, providing the content that viewers need without giving them the opportunity to get bored. Five minutes is okay in some cases, but anything longer than five minutes is too much. Short and sweet videos are best.

    If you want to find success in your video marketing campaign, you need to be real and forthcoming. You cannot have a hidden agenda. If your goal of the video is to sell something, then make that clear. Use comments to converse with your customers. Spend time networking with others in your industry, and become a trusted authority in your field.

    Make use of music in your video marketing campaign. Music makes video messages stronger, as can be seen in any commercial. Add some appropriate music to your videos. The music will make the content more effective. If you don’t like to be onscreen, this is a great help as well.

    Are there questions that you frequently get regarding your services or products? If so, you can use videos to answer some of these questions. Just let your customers know how to use a product, how to fix a product or even how to un-box your product and they’ll lap it up.

    You can create some quality videos with time-lapse photography. Place a camera in a key location of your business and allow it to record footage. You can view and edit them later as you wish and also make a great showcase for your business. Customers love seeing how businesses work and feeling like they’re insiders.

    Making podcasts out of videos is often overlooked as a valuable marketing option. You can charge a small fee to download your best videos, as well as marketing your business via podcasts. You should never charge too much, however.

    Hopefully this article has helped you discover that video marketing is the perfect platform to promote your business. There are millions of people watching videos on the Internet at any given moment. Thus, you should avail yourself of that fact. Use these tips and before you know it you’ll have additional traffic and business.