Caveat Emptor – Shopping For Designer Goods Online

When shopping for designer goods online, you have to keep the Latin phrase “caveat emptor” foremost in your mind. If you have yet to remember the phrase from your law classes, it is translated as “let the buyer beware”. To make this principle of classical contract law simple, you as the buyer shoulders the burden of risk involved in any business transaction.

As such, you have to undertake measures to protect yourself when shopping for merchandise online. You also have to take note that extra precautions are necessary in this instance because most online transactions are conducted with complete strangers whom you will never see personally, who can assume multiple identities in various websites, and who can violate intellectual property rights at will and most cleverly at that.

That being said, when shopping for designer products online, you have to keep these tips in mind.

Only With Reputable Sites As much as you shop in the designers’ brick-and-mortar stores or their authorized dealers for the assurance of genuine products, you have to take the same precaution when shopping for designer goods online. You can access many resources to determine the authenticity of the sites’ offerings – word of mouth is a reliable determinant provided that you get it as first-hand information, consumer watch groups’ updates, and government agencies’ regulations on intellectual property rights and comparisons with the designer website itself.

In short, you have to educate yourself on the sites that are the real McCoy when shopping for designer goods online. Remember, buyer beware is in effect over the Internet!

Learn to Spot the Fake What if you have doubts about the website and yet you saw designer goods you like? Well, you should learn to spot the fake! Admittedly, when shopping for designer goods online you do not have the benefit of actually touching the goods but with sharp eyes and memory, you can purchase genuine designer goods in sites other than the designer website itself.

First, when shopping for designer goods online, beware of price manipulation. It can go both ways – very low price to attract customers out for a bargain and very high price to add legitimacy to supposedly genuine designer products. For example, the LV Keepall 60 costs $1,035 on the LV site; if it is selling for $100 or $1,500 on another site, you better beware because it is probably a fake.

Second, you have to compare pictures when shopping for designer goods online. You have to examine the details of the genuine article and compare with the picture on the site. Use the zoom feature, the product description and your sharp eyes for the purpose. Look for patterns that match the manufacturers’ known patterns – Bottega’s woven leather, Coach’s symmetrical lines, and Chanel’s quilted stitching, to name a few. Again, you have to educate yourself when shopping for designer goods online!

Third, you have to read the fine print. Your choice of shopping for designer goods online exposes you to the dangers of overkill in the product descriptions. When shopping for designer goods online, beware of words like “authentic”, “genuine”, “best value”, “bargain price” and other marketing words meant to seduce you to part with your money. If it says “inspired by designer X”, you know you are dealing with a replica.

Fourth, you should not be taken with the allure of extras like tissue-lined boxes, identity cards and storage bags with the distinctive manufacturer logo when shopping for designer goods online. You have to examine if these extras also match those of the manufacturer. If the seller specifies that it comes in its original box, ask for pictures. If these cannot be provided, run for the hills with your credit card!

Exchange and Return Policy When shopping for designer goods online, the first thing to look for is the website’s exchange and return policy. If you do not have the guarantee of returning goods not to your satisfaction, then don’t click on the “Add to cart” button lest you add to your cache of damaged replicas.

In conclusion, shopping for designer goods online is a risky business what with the proliferation of Internet scams. However, with caveat emptor foremost in your mind, vigilant eyes, proper designer education, and savvy shopping skills, shopping for designer goods online is an addicting and exciting experience for all shopaholics!

Important Affiliate Marketing Methods You Should Remember

With a lot of advances made in marketing and product promotion, there is one field that s suitable to just about anyone who has an Internet connection, and knows how to play by the rules of the Worldwide Web, and this new marketing method is called affiliate marketing.

An affiliate marketing transaction is referred to as an economically motivated exchange of products and services, wherein the end-user, marketer and affiliate are involved. This term also reflects to the four possible methods in which the sales and / or marketing can take place in an interaction where all three parties are involved through the use of the Internet; and the different transactions are: impression, click, lead, and sale.

Standard Affiliate Marketing Processes

– An impression occurs when an end-user is exposed to some form of marketing promo, or message from a marketer through a Website or another affiliate. Experts define it as a hyperlink to the marketer's Web site on a Web-page that an end-user or client requests. The hyperlink can be 'anchored' into text or images. This, however, is not registered as part of an affiliate's performance in the basic definition of affiliate marketing.

– A click occurs when an end-user directly, or actively responds to an affiliate's message. In technical terms, it is defined as occurring when the end-user activates the hyperlink in an impression, which results to him or her being transferred to its destination. In addition, it can also be defined in terms of a unique visitor. Unique visitors are registered once per defined time period.

– A lead is an action performed by the end-user on the marketer's site that is registered in the marketer's affiliate program, and which the affiliate an follow up on in the future.

– A sale is defined as one when an end-user confirms an order on the marketer's Web site. In operational terms, it is defined as the transfer of money from the end-user to the marketer, in return for the goods ordered within 14 or 15 days after the end-user transfers through a hyperlink from the affiliate to the marketer.

Tips To Make A Good Head start In The Affiliate World

As online users get exposed to a product or a service in the environment he or she is in when on the Internet, the marketer pays the affiliate based on established performance rules and levels. It's important to know some good techniques that will help an affiliate make it to the top of the online marketing success ladder.

– Create A Client List: Creating a list, or building a database of customers that you will prospectively introduce relevant products to, is vital. In fact, you can also build a web page that is dedicated solely getting your visitors details before sending them over.

– Build-Up Your Portfolio: You need to know that you should not just rely on promoting a single product. You also need to have a portfolio of products that you are promoting in a wide array of niches. Begin with one at first, then continue to repeat the process with the product, and start to build the next campaign again, and so on.

– Keep Promoting Your Offers. It's important to keep promoting your affiliate offers and product lines, because if you do not, you'll never make money. You need to regularly promote them to make money consistently. You may utilize as many free advertising methods as possible, and these are either article marketing or you may also spend a bit of money on paid advertising like AdWords and e-newsletter advertising.

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Future Shock: Voice Recognition Identification Technology

Backgrounder: Kay Hughes, flight attendant for today's non-stop coast-to-coast flight is busy checking her catering order and prepping the cabin. Bob Harmon is the captain and Jeff Mortowski is his first officer. Both are located in the cockpit going over the pre-flight checklist. The pax are from various companies in the New York area or individuals on personal business who have bought seats on his flight.

The Story: Kay woke up with a start as the alarm on her clock radio blared. Reaching across her pillow, she noticed the time, 5:15, and hammered the snooze button in the hopes of grabbing another five minutes of sleep. Tired as she was, her mind began to race as she considered the day ahead. In less than four hours she would be enroute to LA with an aircraft full of passengers. Slowly the thought of additional sleep became less important as she considered all that she had to do before leaving Teterboro. Quietly she slipped on her robe and slippers, poured herself a cup of coffee, and slinked into the shower.

As Kay walked across the tarmac, she saw the fuel truck pulling up to her aircraft and the cater at the gate waiting for a security clearance. It was 6:48 and already she could feel the heat lifting off of the pavement. Another scorcher she thought; at least LA will be cooler.

Kay greeted Jeff who was busy extending the fuel delivery; she then climbed onboard the GV and brave a similar greeting to Bob who was occupied with updating paperwork. Bob finished what he was doing and briefed Kay with the day's schedule. Minutes later Kay turned to assist the approaching caterer with the day's order. Within the hour, the first of the passengers began to arrive. Each sat in the lobby of the FBO waiting to be boarded. At precisely 8:00 am, Kay left the aircraft and walked down the ramp to the FBO. She whispered to the waiting security agent who signaled to the FBO customer service representative to make the boarding announcement. "Ladies and Gentlemen, Jet Aviation Flight # 001 departing TEB for LAX is now boarding. flight. "

Kay turned and left the FBO and walked back to the aircraft. Both pilots were onboard completing their preflight preparations. Kay stand at the bottom of the steps leading up to the aircraft waiting for the security agent to bring the passengers to the plane. She knew that with fourteen passengers the security clearance would take a bit longer than normal.

Kay considered waiting inside the cabin to keep cool, but knew that it was important that she greeted the passengers at the base of the steps in case one of them needed assistance climbing up. "" It must already be 85 degrees out here, "she thought as she watched the heat vapors rise off the pavement.

After what seemed like an inordinate delay – Kay's hair was slowly losing style in the heat – Bob poked his head out of the cockpit and said, "Sorry for the delay, but we used another one." Startled, Kay stammered, "You mean one of the passengers failed security clearance?" Bob replied, "Not only that but he is on the FBI's wanted list of suspected terrorists." The remaining passengers checked out okay, but we'll be delayed until the agents finish interviewing them to see if they know the guy. " Despite the heat, Kay shivered as she thought of the potential chain of events a terrorist onboard the aircraft might unleash.

Her fears graduated subscribed when Jeff reminded her that the VOICE RECOGNITION IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY (VRIT) unit in the FBO was flawless in the near six months of use. Over that time, twenty-six people with a criminal element were dropped, most of which had been charged previously with petty crimes [such as tax evasion] and were either on the run or would be in violation of their parole restrictions had they left the state. Today marked the first time that a suspected terrorist was caught and as the squad car sirens wailed, Kay knew that this day would be anything but normal.

The above account is fiction , but it pre-supposes a couple of things that could occur in the intervening years that would bring about similar results, ie, additional and more widespread terrorist attacks being a preliminary consideration. In addition, a change in the way we do business, ie, selling seats to individuals instead of selling the entire flight to a company or an individual would have to occur – no longer would you have a lead passenger who could identify all of the other passengers. VRIT is now within reach and will, more than likely, become the norm of the day. Essentially, it works this way: a person speaks into a device that immediately matches the voice pattern with one in the database. The database identifies the person and when a match is made, the person is clear [unless the database turns up a warrant for their arrest].

Naturally, in order to get onboard a flight we would require passengers to be part of that database. This could occur if VRIT becomes as mandatory as holding a social security number or a driver's license. Foreign nationalities would have to be keyed into the same system to make it work, so the potential for a worldwide Orwellian-type system would be great.

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Russ Cooper, a managing partner with COMPUTEK, a Wall Street company that has developed the latest generation of VRIT. He shared with me that both the FBI and CIA use an older generation of VRIT and his company is marketing the current one. Their customer base potential is impressive: government agencies, security firms, airports, airliners, automobile manufacturers, you name it. Wherever a positive id on a person is needed, their technology might be utilized.

According to Russ, the technology is fail-safe. When I mentioned that a voice impersonator like a Richard Little type could sneak by, he claimed that VRIT would still know who he was even with the "Richard Nixon" voice. Similarly, voice patterns are distinguishable even when disguised.

We did not discuss "price" as he was not marketing his product directly to me. I can only imagine that the costs involved would be significant, but then I began to think that they could possibly be offset by lower insurance premiums if insurance companies see the benefit of "guaranteeing" passenger security.

So what role could the flight attendant play in utilizing VRIT? Perhaps in lieu of a security agent [especially in an out of the way places like Bozeman, Montana], a VRIT unit would be assigned to your aircraft – much like a cardiac defibrillator monitor – and you would greet each passenger as they boarded the aircraft. Before the aircraft could be cleared for takeoff, the passengers would speak into the hand VRIT and be given a security clearance on the spot.

Let's return to our story and amend it with the security check being placed directly in the flight attendant's hands:

Kay walked down the GV's steps carrying her mobile VRIT device and waited as the passengers exited the FBO and made their way to the aircraft. She announced, "Welcome onboard Jet Aviation flight # 001 bound for Los Angeles. Please speak your name into the VRIT unit. if you need additional assistance, the captain will be glad to help you. "

One by one the passengers filed by, saying that their name and waiting for the green clearance light to flash. As they spoke, a signal was transferred to an orbiting satellite and then beamed to VRIT headquarters in Washington, DC. As the last of the passengers approached, Kay continued to greet each one and wait for clarification. Finally, when all passengers were cleared, she climbed the steps and had both pilots speak into the VRIT unit. At last, Kay laid the unit in the First Officer's hands in order to have him run clearance on her. Kay cleared her throat, spoke her name, but after an extended pause, the VRIT beeped loudly and signaled red. The color in Kay's face drained away and she turned to flee. Within moments several arms arrived forward to appreciate her as sirens wailed in the background.

All she could think about was running away …

Startled, Kay awoke from her dream as the snooze alarm blared away.

Nokia N76 – Seriously Beautiful

Can intelligence meet art? Nokia says ‘yes’, as it presents before the audience the Nokia N76. The handset comes in a sleek, loud fashionable red – black colour, and gives a tough competition to the RAZR series. The bold looks is complimented well with the advance ergonomics, making Nokia N76 a good example of style and technology. And the device has gained such popularity that the famous singer Travis now collaborates with it. Though the device has been marketed for its multimedia prowess, its design is also worth a mention. For, Nokia N76 takes inspiration from its competitors and optimises it to present a beautiful package.

The attractive clamshell comes with a mirror-like finish in the top panel, and exudes a brilliant shine. The feel is further optimized by a high resolution screen (though a little small as compared to the space available). For easy access to music, the Nokia N76 includes quick-access multimedia playback buttons below the LCD. And the users can operate the keys, without really opening the device. Nokia N76 also comes with customizable multimedia keys, which can be configured as per the frequently used multimedia programs.

Inside, the Nokia N76 is occupied with a RAZR like keypad- flat, aesthetically pleasing and very impressive. When you move into a darker environment, an ambient light sensor will activate the keypad’s backlight in a shade of brilliant blue. This makes the handset very exciting.

But the handset does have a major designing flaw. Where on one side, the 3.5mm slot on the top edge saves the headset connector from protruding from the sides of the pocket, on the other it restricts the top lid of the clamshell from opening fully when the headset is plugged in. Which means if you have an incoming call, when you are listening to your favourite track, you first have to unplug your headset, and the receive the call. Also, the lack of spring mechanism makes the Nokia N76 little shy to open fully. Which means the clamshell needs the care of both hands to open fully.

Other attraction of Nokia N76 includes Series 60 platform prowess, quad band GSM, 3G, 2MP camera, multimedia player and 26MB of internal memory.