August 27, 2008
Sometimes you misspell something. In the era of spell check that we’re in, it usually isn’t a big deal. Sites like Google will make “suggestions” on what you really meant and you just go on your way.
There are some areas though where misspelling words costs you money, and one of those places is on eBay. While eBay does now help you with some misspellings to find what you meant to type, but if the original listing is misspelled, that item will never get found and never get bids until now.
At http://www.typobuddy.com/, you can find these little gems of poor spelling. Just type in the name of an item that you are interested in correctly, and Typo Buddy will plug in all of the most likely misspellings into an eBay search and link to the results. Typo Buddy makes money on referrals to eBay, so it is free to use.
I found one very interesting auction looking for “PSP games” and found this lot http://cgi.ebay.com/Sony-
categoryZ163866QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem. This is a relatively low price for this sort of auction. While there isn’t a lot of description or detail on the lot, the fact that you found this gem that will likely go unnoticed could net you a real bargain.
Sadly, the initial searches will give you a lot more hits than when you actually click the links, giving you a little bit of false hope, but in the grand scheme of things that’s kind of a minor nitpick.
I should also mention that this site also searches Craigslist, but Craigslist does have a history of shutting down anything that searches its system.
In any case, if you’re are searching eBay and want a deal you might want to check out Typo Buddy.
August 24, 2008
If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, then you know you get gouged on everything you buy there. Although, thankfully, there are places on the strip to buy bottled water at 2 for $1, so at least you won’t die of thirst if you try walking the strip.
I’ve just come back from a visit there and though I would give you some tips to be TeCheap. First off, buy any show ticket you want in advance on-line and bring your confirmation with you. You may think that you’ll get offers and coupons for better deals on the strip, and every once in a while you will but it is not worth the time and aggravation of getting those deals to have to deal with the last minute changes in plan. The other advantage is that you’ll be able to weight the benefits of coupon codes at sites like http://www.broadwaybox.com/lasvegas/ or other sites, to see if you can get the right line up of shows for you.
The main reason you want to do as much as possible in advance is that once you get to Las Vegas you will pay a heavy premium for Internet access. If you use the hotel kiosks, you can get charged as much as a dollar a minute and a dollar per printed page. That’s a pricy connection, so you have a few options. If you brought your computer with you, there is free access at the airport, so that’s where you’ll want to do most of you work. If you didn’t, there are Internet cafes along the strip that you can go to that will cost you less. It is a bit of a trick to find those, but it can be done. I don’t know of any of the strip hotels that will provide free internet, but many of them do offer it for a daily fee, depending on how much you need it, it may be worthwhile just to pick it up and avoid the inflated rates elsewhere.
If you are a Vegas veteran and have any other tips, be sure to post them in the comments.