eBay Alternatives

While there is no getting away from the fact that eBay is a hugely successful platform for buying and selling, it is good to know that there are alternative options to eBay. While the vast majority of sellers on eBay are trustworthy and offer exactly what they promise, there are some sellers that do not live up to the expectations of the company or the consumer. This is why knowing that there are other places to look for whatever you are looking for, no matter how rare or limited it appears to be, has to be seen as a positive thing.



There are some big name alternatives to eBay and given that they all have a strong reputation for doing what they do, you can be confident about moving beyond what eBay has to offer. If you are keen to spend your heard earned money but want to be confident about where you spend it, the following platforms rank highly amongst the best eBay alternatives.

Amazon

It is unlikely that you will have heard of eBay but not of Amazon. Amazon is an absolutely massive company and no matter what you are looking for, this is likely to be the best place to look. Amazon has been expanding greatly in recent years and the Amazon marketplace has allowed a lot more people to sell their products and wares on this platform. This means that you can get the best of both worlds from Amazon, buying from one of the biggest retailers in the world but also being able to buy from individual sellers offering up their own unique products.

With Amazon venturing into many other markets, including streaming TV shows and films, you will find that having access to an Amazon account is likely to be of interest, so it should be one of your constant options when looking to buy online.

Etsy

If you would prefer to move away from buying from major companies and would prefer to support individual artists that create stylish and handmade goods, Etsy is the ideal platform. Etsy makes it easier for artists to sell their goods, so if you are looking to buy a one-off product or a unique print that has been produced in limited numbers, you will find that Etsy is the ideal platform to buy from.
You may not be able to find exactly what you are looking for from this retail outlet, but it may be that you will find exactly what you are looking for. There is also a lot to be said for the fact that once you start browsing on Etsy, you will likely find a number of things that you are very keen to buy.

Play

Play was quite similar to Amazon in scope, if not size, but a lot has changed in recent years. The company has opened up their retail platform, making it more of a market place. This is still good news for consumers though because there is an opportunity to snap up a wide range of goods from a vast array of consumers. It may not be the first platform that you turn to when looking to buy items, but sometimes you will find that Play is able to turn up trumps when eBay and Amazon are unable to help you out.

Gumtree

Gumtree is quite a different proposition from eBay or Amazon but if you are on the lookout for something quite specific, this may be the best place for you to do so. This provides you with the opportunity to get in touch with local people who are selling items or who can offer services. This means that they may not have what you are looking for on Gumtree, but if they do, you can usually find at an affordable price and within easy reach of where you are.

PoundSeller

There are plenty of auction sites to choose from but it is worth checking out PoundSeller. This is because the firm differs from other auction sites by not charging commission on sales. Nor do they charge fees on sales or charge for membership so if you are looking to pay a fairer price on an extensive range of goods and items, this is likely to be the sort of site that you should shop from.

Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professionally for 9 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn't sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.

Tips For Sending Flowers


No matter what the holiday, getting into the spirit of the occasion and enjoying the festivities is always something to look forward to.

Holidays are not only a great excuse for getting together and celebrating, but also a fitting time to give gifts and show loved ones you’re thinking about them.

The ideal gift for sprucing up a holiday and its décor? You got it—flowers! Deep red roses on a Christmas table brings instant class to the setting. White lilies are a serene and beautiful choice for Easter. A vibrant bouquet of tulips on Mother’s Day will win you lots of brownie points.



Whatever the event, it is important that you remember these 3 tips for sending flowers over the holidays:

Know where your flower recipient will be

Before you pick out that gorgeous arrangement, make sure it’s going to be enjoyed. The last thing you want to do is send flowers to your best friend for the Fourth of July when she’s going away on a family vacation and won’t be there to receive them.

If your mom is going to stay with your sister for a week over the Mother’s Day holiday, make sure you send the flowers to your sister’s house where she can enjoy her surprise.

If you’re sending a bouquet to your girlfriend who is spending the holidays with her parents, you may want to send something to her mother/your future mother-in-law, too!

Consider the decor

You may or may not know what the décor of the home of the flower recipient will be during the holidays. While it may be a fairly safe bet to choose red for Christmas, some people don’t always decorate with the traditional colors.

Try to find out (subtly) the color and style of the décor. This will help you make an appropriate choice for picking out flowers that will add to the holiday flare in the home of your loved one.

Do your best to match his or her personality

While you want to choose an arrangement that compliments the holiday, it is still very important that you do your best to send something that suits the personality of your recipient.

If he is classy and sophisticated, choosing an elegant and monochromatic arrangement with will be well received. If she’s whimsical and bohemian, a vibrant assortment of wild flowers may be just her thing.
Ultimately, it helps if you know what your recipient likes. That way the gift will come across as thoughtful and personal, rather than a simple holiday token.

Whether you are able to splurge on a large and breathtaking arrangement, or if your budget only allows for something small and pretty, your flower delivery will always be appreciated and remembered. If you’ve never thought to send flowers over the holidays, it’s never too late to take your loved ones by surprise. A few blooms and a thoughtful note can go much further than you think.

Mahima Narula has been in the floral business for over a decade. Currently, she is the head of business at Flora2000. They are the industry leaders in international flower delivery. Please visit their website at www.flora2000.com for more information.

Shopping In Hong Kong

Hong Kong is easily one of the most popular places to go shopping  in the world. Travel from all over the world just for the great shopping experience on offer...and its not just women that love to shop here. With hundreds of shopping centers offering great prices on almost any item you could imagine its easy to see why this is a shoppers paradise. All the shopping centers and malls in Hong Kong are equipped with world class shopping facilities like fashion stores, book stores, coffee shops, cinemas, entertainment centers and so  many restaurants you will have trouble choosing where to eat.



Finding the best place to shop for you needs can be quite difficult in Hong Kong so let us show you the various shopping districts that you should consider visiting.

Check out the Following Excellent Places To Shop in Hong Kong  

Central

Centralis the business and economic center in Hong Kong.  Two of the most famous landmarks that really stand out in this district are the Hong Kong Bank and the Bank of China. Famous and elegant boutiques and shopping malls are scattered throughout this part of town.  Three excellent malls here are- The Landmark Square, The Pacific Place and The Galleria Square.  The three-floor Landmark Square displays top brands like Versace, LV, Gucci, Versus, D&;G, O.Z.O.C., U2 and Esprit.  The Pacific Place concentrates on high quality leather including LV, Tiffany, Levin and Channel.  The Galleria Square is a haven for world-famous Italian brands.

Causeway Bay

Though Causeway Bay is mainly famous for the beautiful Victoria Park and horse racecourse, it can still compete with the most popular shopping destinations in Hong Kong.  Famous malls located here are- The Time Square, Lee Gardens and lots of Japanese shopping centers.  Jardine’s Crescent is really popular with younger people where  fashionable clothing and accessories are on offer.

Jade Market

Jade Market, situated at the intersections of Battery and Kansu streets, is lined with numerous stalls selling jade items. It is an ideal place for tourists who want to browse for gifts and souvenirs to take home to their loved one. Just make sure you go there with a person who is an expert in scrutinizing jade to avoid buying counterfeits. You can easily be ripped off here if you're not careful.

Sham Shui Po

If you are shopping for electronic gadgets and appliances, Sham Shui Po is the best place to go.  On offer here is an abundance of appliances and gadgets with extremely competitive prices. Apliu Street, which is located in this area, also specializes in electronics, electrical components, and other related items.  A fast way in reaching this open market is to get off at the MTR Sham Shui Po Station.

Mong Kok

Most of the shops here target the younger generation as they display a wide array of modern and fashionable clothing and accessories.  Famous shops here are Sai Yeung Choi Street South that sells electronics and golden ornaments on Nathan Road.

Ap Liu Street Flea Market

Ap liu Street has a flea market that sells new and second-hand electrical equipment, electrical components, AV equipment and other related items. You can also find antique items, watches, old coins and other relics.

Wan Chai

If you are looking for elegant furniture and household accessories, Wan Chai is the best place to go. Its streets are rich in history pertaining Hong Kong which is reflected in its displayed shopping items in various stores that offer an amazing array of shopping items. Shoppers will find lots of Chinese furniture shops along Queen's Road East.

Hong Kong's Flower Market

The Flower Market is a great place to visit or to buy (as you may have guessed) all varieties of flowering plants, leafy plants and other horticulture accessories. Hong Kong’s Flower market is located near the Prince Edward MTR Station.

Tai Yuen Street

Situated in Wan Chai district in Hong Kong is Tai Yuen Street that  is famous for its inexpensive toys for children. If you have a child with you in Hong Kong this is the best place to go shopping for them.
I love to shop and travel the world to find the best places to get a bargain and write about my experience. If you want to see more about my traveling experiences then check out my blog here