22.4.14

How to safely use Online Classifieds to buy a Vintage Camera

A lot of people have asked me about good places to get vintage cameras. And my friends tease me about the amount of online shopping I do. So I put together this article, & I do hope it helps you in your vintage camera quest.
Some Online Classified websites are as old as the internet. But they've garnered a bad reputation due to sleazy ads that are posted there.
Most of us are used to online shopping at some degree. I'm adept at shopping on brand websites & auction sites but I only recently realized that I haven't shopped that much with the help of online classifieds. So I'm going to tell you why online classifieds have an edge over auction websites in buying certain things (such as vintage cameras!), & how you can make a shopping there a safer, happier experience.

Why they exist
Auction websites now-a-days provide great buyer protection. They promise to reimburse you if the item is not exactly as the seller has described. That is a great thing, because it reassures you that you will not get fleeced. But auction websites are dominated by dealers who know the worth of a camera & often auction prices are very high because of this. Or even if the auction started off low, odds are it will end high because you are competing with people from your entire country or the world for something you want. Online classifieds, on the other hand are a different niche. Imagine you find your grandfather's camera in nice condition in your attic. You want to sell, you know it's worth a decent sum... none of your friends want to buy it, so you need to find someone that does. Selling it to a dealer is no use, you know that he will buy it from you cheap & sell it expensive. You know there are people out there who would be interested in getting their mitts on it, the only problem is you don't know any of them. Now that, my friend, is where a classifieds website comes in. You list it on an a classifieds website (mostly for free), a potential buyer seed the listing & contacts you (via email or cell phone, the choice is yours) & you take it from there. 

How to Buy
Online classifieds are most often city-based. You can even find a free ads site & see if they have something of your interest listed. So go to an your city's section on the website. Find something you like? Contact the person that listed it & have a chat. Ask about the condition, ask for photos, & maybe haggle if you like? (it's up to you. You probably shouldn't do it if the lister has written something like 'final cost' or 'non negotiable'). In the case of a vintage camera, always ask to meet somewhere. If you have & know how to operate these, you will be able to properly examine the camera. If not, maybe meet at a camera repair shop so he can check it for you (& the repairman will probably charge for checking so you'll have to decide who's going to pay for it). And of course if you're going to be using the camera as a prop/show piece there's no need to worry about how it works, just that it looks good to you. And if you thing the camera is good & the price is right, then buy it, what are you waiting for?

So I guess what I'm trying to say is there are deals to be had on these websites. It's pretty win-win too for both buyer & seller.

I do hope you find this little post useful. I'd love to know your thoughts.

Love,

11.4.14

Refresh your home with PoorWall.com

Are you bored with your surroundings at home? Looking for an inexpensive way to spice things up?
Nothing does it like wall decor! Walls, when left plain, make a good house look uninviting. Even if you spend a lot of money on fancy furniture, your home will not look it's best without wall decor.
And if you don't have a lot of money to spend on decor? Wall decor is still the best way to go, it will instantly liven up the room & change the whole mood of the place.
I know what you're thinking- but where do I get reasonably priced wall decor? Well allow me to introduce you to PoorWall.com! This site is dedicated to providing the most trendy wall decor on the planet, run by a bunch of photographers, interior designers and bloggers who are working 24x7 to build quality in wall decor.


The photos are divided into categories and themes such as architecture, landscapes, or floral art. All these photos are not available for sale elsewhere. There's also a top 100 wall decor photos section where you can find their most popular prints.

PoorWall also has a modern wall art section with vibrant and colorful vector art (like the picture above). They're the only website in India to offer this, certainly a fun break from the usual stuff.


They're also currently running a 'first frame free' offer. If you're new to PoorWall, you can choose from one of the three given picture & have it framed free! That's a good way to test out the quality of their prints for yourself. 


If you're looking for a quick way to refresh your surroundings, try PoorWall! I'm thinking that it's about time I set up a gallery wall, since I've wanted one for years now.
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This post has been written by me in association with PoorWall.com

1.4.14

Understand the difference between champagne and sparkling wine.


For a longest time, all sparkling wine was referred to as "champagne" until some countries chose to apply the "rules of appellation". This restored the technical designation of champagne so that it referred only to those sparkling wines grown and made in the town of Champagne in the Northeastern region of France. Champagne from the Champagne region continues to be the gold standard of sparkling wine because the climate is nice & cool and combined with the chalky soil to produce very acidic grapes, ideal for making sparkling wine. Moreover, champagne from this region tends to be aged for years rather than the months of ageing allowed for most other varieties. In other regions where sparkling wine is produced, it tends to be referred to as: Cava in Spain, Sekt in Germany, Spumante in Italy and sparkling wine in Australia, the US, New Zealand and South Africa. Visit Jim's Cellars for French Champagne!
Different methods can be used to achieve sparkling wine, including the méthode champenoise, charmat, or cubé close, which require varied lengths of time of fermentation in the bottle. A less time and labor intensive process is that of carbonating a still wine (known in some places as "carbonated pop wines"), which can still produce a pleasant sparkling wine. Most, but not all, sparkling wine is white and dry (brut) following the French Champagne style, while others are sweet in the Italian Asti Spumante style. I personally prefer my wine dry. Historically, champagne was a sweet wine but with changing tastes, the drier variety won greater favor; today, there is no right or wrong about preferring either style, it's a personal choice.