Increase Your Profits With These Upselling Strategies

Increase Your Profits With These Upselling Strategies

Finding new customers can be very expensive, so it makes sense to squeeze some extra value from as many customers as possible while also offering enhanced value on the extra purchases your customers make. You can do that by adopting a number of profit enhancing “upselling” strategies to encourage customers to spend more.

For example, let’s say you’re selling a health supplement for $20 a pop. Tell people they can buy another one of your products for a $5 discount if they add it to their order. That’s upselling! Your goal is to get more money out of the first sale of each and every customer.

2. Money Upsell: Offer people the resell rights on the product they are purchasing from. You could charge an extra $30 dollars to get the reproduction rights. This is especially effective for information products such as e books.

3. Discount Upsell: If you’re selling a product that people might order again in the future, such as health supplements, you could offer them a second bottle of the same product at a discount.

4. Time Upsell: If you’re selling a product or service people subscribe to, a magazine or an e newsletter for example, you could offer them a 50% discount if they subscribe for two years instead of one.

5. Quantity Upsell: This strategy resembles the discount upsell, but instead of offering a discount on an extra product purchase you can increase the discount according to how many products they order. If they order three they get a 10% discount, if they order 5 they get a 15% discount,
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and so on.

6. Package Upsell: If you’re selling a range of related products you could offer your customers a package deal. Tell them the products are much cheaper when they are all purchased in a single package as opposed to purchasing each product separately.

7. Affiliate Upsell: Offer a related company’s product as an upsell. This is a good strategy if you sell affiliate products alongside your own products. Offer a discount on the joint purchase as a way to introduce customers to your affiliate products. (Make sure your affiliate commission is bigger than the discount you offer, though!)

8. Free Upsell: You could offer a free sample or trial of your product (your first sale would be free) and then tell people that if they order the full version right away, or within a specified time limit, they will get a discount.

9. Extra Upsell: There are many things you could charge extra for at the point of sale. It could be gift wrapping, imprinting, customized designs, product cleaners (if you are selling shoes or furniture for example) and so on.

10. Extended Upsell: If your product comes with a warranty, you could offer to extend the warranty one more year for only $30.

11. Gigantic Bonus Package Upsell: If you are selling software or information products via the Internet you can offer a huge bundle of extra products for a mouth wateringly low price. Tell the customer that the special low price bundle will not be offered again if he declines the purchase today.

In conclusion, you can use one or all of these strategies to increase your profits at the point of sale. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination to come up with other profitable upselling strategies to squeeze extra value out of your “dear” (in both senses of the word) customers!
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Increase the Capacity runtime of Your Laptop Battery

Increase the Capacity runtime of Your Laptop Battery

Introduction: Increase the Capacity (runtime) of Your Laptop Battery. The battery pack is rated for 3.7v 3 cells or about 11volts. However, that was wrong. The battery pack would need to output 20v in order to power my tablet, thus the battery cells used to increase the voltage does not attribute to the amp hours, which is indicative of how long the battery pack should last. Thus, a difference of 9 volts is significant. That’s about 2 li ion cells wasted just to match the voltage. Another problem with using external packs is that the laptop would think that it’s connected to an outlet, thus is not so weary of watching how much power it drains. The power brick for my tablet outputs 2.5 amps, thus it is possible at times my tablet is drawing 2.5 amps from the external pack. They are somewhat redundant as well. There’s a ‘smart circuit’ in the battery pack that monitors the conditions of the battery cells, however, it does not do what a lot of people say it does. The image below is a typical smart circuit. It has four wires running out of it: ground, power, and two ‘intermediary power’ wires (actually the ground wire is just the tab on the right). Lithium cells output about 3.7 volts. Like all batteries, in order to increase voltage, they are connected in series. However, charging a “pack” by adding power through the positive node and negative node of the whole battery pack is dangerous. They are not guaranteed to charge evenly (refer to resistance in series in a physics text). This means one cell may overcharge and explode, which is very bad especially since it’s lithium. The intermediatary power wires are sandwhiched between every series connection of the battery pack so that it monitors each individual cell. Now on to the nitty gritty. Most people would say not to mess around with the smart circuit, and they are correct. But if handled correctly, it won’t be a problem. The core of the smart circuit does not control the charging cutoff and output cutoff when the gauge goes to 100% or 0% (older model laptops do, but not anymore). The smart circuit merely lets the enduser (laptop user) know how long they have before the battery runs out and let them turn on special options such as hibernation in order to save their work. Charging and discharging cutoff is done by a secondary monitoring circuit that monitors a one of two states called “end voltage” or “end amperage”. So for those who believe that they must charge and discharge their batteries once a month or so to “recalibrate” the battery are wrong; it only recalibrates the gauge, not the actual capacity of the battery. That is, if one is missing about 20% of their battery capacity due to the gauge being offsetted, the only reason why one would need to recalibrate is because they want to utilize the hibernation/shut off option when the capacity reaches too low. If one were to turn that option off, one can use the battery pack until it drains fully, completely ignoring the fact that the battery meter is flashing 0% (Because the meter does not control the battery’s cutoff point, just the computer’s). As for choosing the capacity, bigger is better. Note how the cells are connected in series and parallel, and solder your new battery pack the same way. NOTE: do not remove dead battery cells from battery pack (explained later on) if you’re increasing the capacity of battery pack, obtain nth times the number of cells in your battery pack (an original pack of 3 cells can have 6,9,12 cells, etc) for every series connection in the original pack, you can add cells in parallel. (a pack with 3 cells in series can accomodate 6 cells (pairs in parallel) in series. (note: parallel groups are separated as left, middle and right. This is extremely dangerous, unless you want to cook your lap. The quality of the cells purchased is unknown, and needs to be tested. (manufacturers of laptop batteries quality test their batteries before shipping them off. And sadly, sometimes a batch can go undetected) So, attach alligator clip w/ wires to the new pack and bury it in the sand (don’t forget which clip belongs to which wire) Here’s the tricky part (yet another thing other how to’s messed up.) The reason why I said not to disconnect the original (dead) cells from the smart circuit (which I inadvertently did. Don’t worry, it was my test battery) is because the circuit requires a constant power supply or the smart circuit guage messes up. You might wonder why worry about the gauge if it doesn’t contribute to charge and discharge cutoff. This is because the laptop requires a signal from the circuit before the laptop will turn on (in case the cells are thought to be drained and draining more, even for a second can kill the li ion cells. Or simply, something’s wrong with the battery). So, connect the new pack to the circuit before disconnecting the original battery cells. However, what if you’re using alligator clips, which is a temporary connection? How can you disconnect and solder on permanent connections? Either, solder on the new connections while leaving the clips connected, or you can even use a power brick with about the same voltage as the whole battery pack (a 11.1 v pack actually ranges from 12.68 v to 7 v so a power brick at 12 v is ok). But remember to add a resistor between either the anode or cathode of the power brick and the circuit, so you won’t kill the circuit board. (Not connecting intermediate pins should be ok, I haven’t tried. If you worry about this, you can reuse your dead cell as a temporary power source while soldering on the new pack.) Plug in the battery circuit into the laptop and place it FAR AWAY from the battery pack. Test the battery pack. Charge is first, then completely discharge it, then charge it again. This is when you should watch over the battery pack intently, because it might explode (sand should stifle the fire, but immediately unplug the battery from the laptop.) The fear here is the type of secondary circuit used to monitor end states. End Voltage type circuit is ok, but end amperage is no good. If you can tell what type you have just by looking at the circuitry, then you’re in good shape, but if you can’t there’s always the fear of an explosion. Use duct tape or if you have, shrink wrap it with rubber shrink wrap. And remember, be careful around rechargeable lithium batteries. Update: I forgot to mention. Depending on the type of “smart” fuel gauge, adding more cells won’t change the ‘estimated hours left’ displayed by the laptop, this is because the number of hours might be a fixed range. One might think that even if it’s a fixed range, the number of hours left or % capacity left might be proportional to the actual number, however, depending on the type of circuit used to count the “electrons” (some use ic’s called electron counters), it might assume the capacity to be fixed as well, thus the estimated capacity won’t be proportional, just truncated. However, from my experience, the capacity gauge stops at about 7%, until the physical battery drains until 7%, so it still effectively alerts the user when the battery is drained after below 7%. Update 2: At first I thought my smart board fuel gauge circuit was of fixed capacity, but after a few complete discharges, it recalibrated. Now it knows the capacity of my new pack and estimates accordingly (ranges from 9 8 hours total runtime depending if I’m constantly using my secondary hard drive accessed via USB and/or lcd backlight levels)I’m assuming you have an A+ or similar type certification? Why not just do a search for re manufactured laptop battery, isn’t that the proper way that A+ techs work? Would cost you about the same in buying new cells hacking apart the battery etc. It is fairly easy to find outlets to temporarily connect power and swap out for a full battery. In fact will be much safer(Risk of fire/explosion/insurance etc.). Assuming you follow all of these guidelines, if you haven’t shorted out the PDB on the pack and you haven’t damaged the charging circuit in the laptop you’re golden. But assume you temporarily managed to shock the PDB. It will no longer function and you can kiss your laptop goodbye! Most of these PDB boards have IC’s that are proprietary, and illegal to hacking so it is best to either replace with a new PDB that matches your laptop or go through proper channels to obtain a new battery.

I understand that laptops now have reduced battery life but for the most part a spare pack is as easy to replace than hacking apart an old one. Because once you take it apart you have to test each cell individually to test the charge capacity(Beyond the scope of this instructable). If any one of them is out of balance the whole pack is bad. Assuming you find a few good cells, do they match the capacity of your new cells? If not then the charge will always go to the least common denominator and that’s the amount of charge given to your laptop. You are better off just buying a new one and not wasting time. Good Luck, Peace Out brothers.

critterfluffy 2 years agoReply

Motion Computing Tablet. I have 2 of those. They really are amazing and I recommend them to anyone who has a couple bucks and some time. They are old so not powerful but the screen is godly accurate for drawing and such.

LydiaT2 2 years agoReply

I’d like to see you take that through an airport and try to board a plane. Being red, it looks like dynomite.
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Increase Book Sales

Increase Book Sales

Increase Book SalesWhen a Book is No Longer Just a Book for Saleby Catherine Franz

Do you have books sitting in your garage that you haven’t sold yet and looking for ways to move them? Then you will want to know about these five outrageous ideas that aren’t difficult and can be just plain out fun. Then one day an outrageously light bulb moment appeared. She added an inexpensive skillet with the book and shrink wrapped them. Then she took 150 of them to two stores that she thought wouldn’t sell them. Yes, to her surprise, all 150 sold in two days.

Dede stumbled on an outrageous idea and it worked out big time. She sold over 100,000 copies in a few months. Where did she sell them? Thought you would never ask. Price Clubs and K marts.

Do you have a book that could be packaged with something else and create outrageous sales for yourself? It’s Christmas time and no it isn’t too late. But before you dart off to come up with an outrageous idea for your book, continue reading so that you can get all the facts.

Another cookbook was repackaged with a scarlet ribbon and some imported cinnamon sticks and then sold at department stores in the housewares and gift sections. The book couldn’t sell at $5.95 but flew off the shelves at $10 and went into second printing in 30 days.

Would your book sell well in a three ring shrink wrapped binder? Why not create and audio or CD version of the material. Just read directly from the material. You do not have to be fancy.

Another key is to look for an item that makes the package larger than the book. This requires a larger space and then bigger visibility.

What about a book on money? Add a mug labeled,
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“Millionaire” and watch it fly off the shelf. Do not forget the second part of the formula the place you are going to sell it. When you add the mug, it is now considered a gift item. This opens the doors to more stores and places.

Try all the independent gift shops, especially at the airport. They are always looking for these type of unique combinations.

Have an exercise book? Add a “walking meter” with it. The one that measures how many miles you are walking. Have no clue what they call those things but I have bought three over the past few years. Again, now it is a gift item. How about contacting a sports equipment vendor and selling them copies of your book that would be a freebie for a limited period with a purchase.

Get the store to add a sign, “limited quality” and watch them go even faster. What is great about this angle is that gift stores,
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department stores and similar stores are much more open to add things to their shelf. They will work with you much better than a bookstore.

Income Distribution and Reaganomics

Income Distribution and Reaganomics

Reaganomics Debate:Inequality in Income Distribution, Government Policies and Corporate RestructuringMountains of paper have been written about the economic period of the 1980’s, coined Reaganomics. Ronald Reagan’s supporters credit him as being the great savior of the American economy; his critics’ credit his policies for creating the destruction of labor and gambling away the future of the American economy through massive increases in the federal deficit. This article will discuss one particular facet of the Reaganomics debate; the issue of inequality in income distribution in America as a result of a turn around in government policies combined with corporate restructuring. National Archives and Records Administration

There is plenty of material to argue whether or not Reaganomics was an economic success or an economic blunder. And, of course, both sides of the argument will present evidence in support of their positions. Yet, no real credible argument has been made that the Reagan years did anything to improve the equality of income distribution. Both sides of the Reaganomic fence provide more than enough evidence in support of the argument that says: lower and middle class America lost significant ground during the 1980’s. I must add at this point that the “U turn” in America’s economics actually began during the 1970’s; Reagan only sped up and expanded the process significantly (“U turn” the term used by Bluestone and Harrison to describe the reversal of fortune of the labor forces and the shrinking middle class).

Since the mid 1960’s through the 1990’s, Americans have been getting poorer and poorer. The wage gap between the America lower income group and the upper or rich America group has been ever increasing. Reminiscent of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the middle class, formerly the largest class of the post WWII through the Vietnam War era has also been ever decreasing in size. By the mid 1970’s global competition was eating away at American business profits. businesses began discarding their standard practices and shifted capital into overtly speculative ventures. They increased offshore investments and began outsourcing for labor and manufacturing in search of the lowest labor and production costs.

Any discussion on Reaganomics should always contain a definition of Reaganomics so let get that out of the way from the start. Reaganomics, in effect, was a program to strengthen business and industry while weakening the power of organized labor, reduce federal spending on other than military programs, reduce taxes, and regulatory abatement. Reaganomics as described by most, if not all economists and historians was supply side economics; however, this in itself doesn’t really explain Reaganomics because of what actually happened. Often it’s stated that the Reagan Administration was trying to reduce the double digit inflation of 1980 and turn around the falling rate of production. Yet, the cost to the average American laborer during that era and continuing into the next administration was what gave Reaganomics its negative reputation.

Ronald Reagan’s laissez faire government policies, reminiscent of the 1920’s, included legislative and legal actions that severely hampered organized labor. The “engineered recession” of 1980 and 1981 2, along with reductions in social welfare programs contributed to this “great U turn” in the standard of living of most Americans, employed as well as unemployed, middle managers as well as blue collar workers (Harrison Bluestone viii). As a result of these actions, profit margins rose steadily, yet average wages for families has decreased or at best has somewhat frozen in place.

The Government economic policies supporting deregulation and the concept of privatization of government services were actually taken initially between the years 1968 1978. The Reagan Administration simply continued this trend toward economic deregulation as initiated under Carter. To continue the weakening of the labor pool, the Reaganites engineered the recessions of 1980 and 1981 2 to under cut labor organizations while contributing to the corporate bottom line (Harrison Bluestone 14). Reagan policies were designed to provide some flexibility for businesses to contain production costs, increase profits by reducing labor costs, and reducing the costs involved in meeting government standards. The Government’s induced deflation, deregulation, regressive tax reform, privatization, and “union bashing” have contributed to new corporate strategies and the inequality of income distribution in America (Harrison Bluestone 16). The groundwork for Reaganomics policies was put in place well before his time.

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Part of the Reagan plan was a reduction in taxes. However, the benefactors of the tax reduction were not the majority of wage earners. According to data published in Krugman’s book, Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in the Age of Diminished Expectations, income data for the period reflects that the tax reductions during the 1980s actually cost the lower 60 percent income groups, while the top 40 percent income groups saw monetary increases (Krugman 24 5). The GINI Index numbers support this disparity. At the end of the Carter Era the GINI Index before taxes was (.403) and (.352) after taxes. By the late 1980s the before tax GINI Index was (.423) with the after taxes GINI as (.404). This shows that there was a higher distribution of income in the hands of fewer people (Krugman 25).

While Presidents Reagan and Bush froze the minimum wage level for a nine year period, essentially cutting pay each year as inflation bit into lower wage earners, the salaries of executives skyrocketed during the 80’s. Salaries and benefits of corporate CEOs as compared to the average factory workers were 30 times higher in1980 and reached 130 140 times higher in 1991 (Krugman 262). According to Krugman, these salaries did not come primarily from greater profits, but from a larger slice of the profits.

In Thomas Geoghegan’s book, Which Side Are You On? Trying To Be For Labor When It’s Flat on Its Back, two pieces of legislation are discussed as the beginning of the end for organized labor began with the 1935 Wagner Act and the National Labor relations Board (NLRB). The same act that affirmed the right to organize but gave the NLRB the job of certifying whether or not a union was to be considered “officially” recognized. Additionally, in 1947 and the passing of Taft Hartley, labor could no longer organize on the scale of unions of the 1930’s. This act also weakened union power by outlawing mass picketing, secondary strikes on neutral employers, and sit downs. As Geoghegan puts it, the Taft Hartley led to union busting.

Geoghegan, a former labor attorney,
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tells of his experiences dealing with organized labor, how and why it has lost its ability to fight. His experience through the late 1960’s and 1970’s describes the labor movement as having become political driven organizations characterized by the same characteristics (greed, power, control, and inequality) of those they despised Big Business. Union bureaucracy began to rival that of the federal and state court systems (Geoghegan 86 7).

Geoghegan believes that part of the weakening of unions also has to do with a lack of sympathy by the average family. During the 1970’s the average family income was $24,000, while the average steelworker was making $40,000. Therefore, it’s not too surprising to see the average American family would not be to upset if union organizations were losing ground. The existence of the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) also quieted union members by insuring the benefits of workers displaced when companies went bankrupt or their pension plans go bust.

If labor had not been weakened enough by the high unemployment levels in the late 1970’s, Reagan’s firming of the PATCO members sent a clear message to not only the unions, but also to the courts as to his lack of support for organized labor. lost one out of three heavy industrial jobs.

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Deregulation under Carter and Reagan opened the industries of steel, automotive, carpenters, and trucking to what Geoghegan called gypsies small owner operators (Geoghegan 139). “The old Teamster order collapsed and thousands of firms closed (Geoghegan 139).” During the late 1970’s and into the 1980’s, the Teamster membership fell from 2.2 million to 1.6 million. Yet, organized labor was not the only one to feel the reduction of government support. Also on the hit list for Reaganomics, was the reduction of social programs.

Social deregulation, as described by Harrison and Bluestone, was a true innovation of the Reagan Administration. The result of this program was a softening of safety and environmental regulations to ease the burden on industry. Fulltime manning was drastically reduced in watchdog agencies tasked to monitor the various industries. The program included freezing the minimum wage and shifting against federal protection of workers rights and unions. As Harrison and Bluestone state it, “Globalization of production was no longer supplementing domestic manufacturing but replacing it (Harrison Bluestone 28).” Restructuring involved creating multinational corporations with its headquarters and support functions in the major capitalist countries. The reduced costs resulting from relocating no skill jobs, low skill jobs, assembly, and manufacturing operations to low wage areas, validated the practice of outsourcing. In some cases businesses just simply got out of the production end and found alternate “ways of making paper profits” or found other ways to reduce labor costs.

Creative wage reduction programs such as the two tier pay system and conversion of a percentage of full time employees to contingency labor employees (part time and temporary employees) or a combination of methods became (and are still) the normal practice. These methods provided a way of reducing full time labor wage costs, which included a reduction in employee benefits cost. The two tier wage system allowed reduced wages for employees during the new worker’s first few weeks or months of the normal probation period. New employees would only receive 75 to 80 percent of the normal wage during a probation period (the probation period usually equated to the business’s employee turnover period). Since employee turnover is highest during the first few months of employment, businesses could save at least 20 to 25 percent of the wages they would have paid to an employee during that same period.

Contingency labor pools were (and still are) not organized under a union. They provided (and still do) flexibility to tailor their work force needs to the production needs. Contingency labor included part time and temporary employees. Benefit packages for these contingency employees were either non existent or at least small enough to still keep labor costs low. A further major benefit of these creative pay systems was that they provided a way to avoid unions or at least keep the impact of union actions at a minimum. firms have gone abroad to set up assembly or service operations. Some firms have done so to improve their chance of selling to foreign markets or to take advantage of foreign government incentives (taxes) (Harrison Bluestone 31). production employment. Employment in the manufacturing area fell seven percent between 1968 and 1979, continuing to fall twelve percent more through the 1980’s and 1990’s (Slater 143). Employment in mining actually rose until 1981 only to fall nearly in half during the 1980’s through the 1990’s (Slater 129). This was more than $1,740 less than they would have received based on 1968 income levels (Harrison Bluestone 131). The richest 20 percent received $5,600 more per year in 1986, than they would have based on 1968 monetary values (Harrison Bluestone 131). As a result, the traditional one income household was no longer sufficient to keep up with the family economic needs. More family members entered the work force in order to increase or sustain real income purchasing power. This included family members taking on extra jobs or moonlighting in order to make ends meet. Double income families were not a uniqueness of the lowest income earners, middle class America also lost, or at least sustained, buying power during the 1980’s. Harrison and Bluestone define what is usually considered the middle class income earners, as those making $20,000 to $50,000 annually. This group shrank from 53 percent in 1973 to 47.9 percent in 1984. Either there exists a significant polarization of income distribution around the middle class or the middle class is now what used to be the lower end of the upper class income.

The counter argument against these income disparity issues is attributed by some as simply a matter of normal business cycles. One argument presented to explain this problem is that the “low wage explosion is mostly a statistical illusion, reflecting the impact of inflation and recession on workers’ earnings (Geoghegan 124).” Another proposal is to attribute the problem to a large influx of baby boomers into the work force. However, after accounting for the business cycle, for productivity, and for the shrinkage of manufacturing jobs, the growing proportion of baby boomers in the work force contributes nothing to an explanation of low wages. The inequality of income is not limited to only a specific age group (Harrison Bluestone 125).

Of course there are many supporters of Reaganomics that will produce statistics showing how the GNP was sustained during the 1980’s; there is really no mystery here. A major part of Reagan’s policy was to enhance the military complex in order to stay ahead of the perceived communist threat. During this period the government went on a spending spree financed by the deficit. DOD spending doubled $134 billion in 1980 to $282 billion in 1987 (Harrison Bluestone 149). Strangely enough, this period seems to be the era of debt for both the government and the American income earners. This living on debt and buying time was sufficient to fuel a short term recovery (Harrison Bluestone 147). But most of all, during the Reagan year’s people went into debt.

The total amount borrowed by consumers nearly doubled between 1981 and 1986, from $394 Billion to $739 Billion. Families expanded their use of “plastic money” even faster. Revolving installment credit grew from $55 billion in 1980 to more than $128 billion in 1986 (Harrison Bluestone 149). It became a joke to say, “We are spending money to help the economy.” Consumer borrowing doubled between 1981 and 1986, from $394 Billion to $739 Billion.

From 1969 1980 (prior to Reaganomics) wage cuts and freezes were “practically non existent” (Harrison Bluestone 39). After 1980, the purchasing power of lower class wage earners through middle class wage earners degraded throughout the period. Who paid for the improvements in American business during the 1980’s? The lower 60% of American workers paid for these improvements through the reductions in the real purchasing power of their income.

Final Word

This article focused on one particular facet of the Reaganomics debate; the issue of inequality in income distribution in America as a result of a turn around in government policies combined with corporate restructuring. Harrison and Bluestone call the Reagan Administration “the single greatest gift to the business community” (Harrison Bluestone 102). Reaganomic policies, though we can’t forget some initial deregulation efforts instituted during the Carter years, reversed what had been accomplished prior to the 1970’s (Harrison Bluestone 79). Many of the nation’s economic critics saw the policies of Reaganomics as short term answers to a long term problem by borrowing against the nation’s future.
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The ultimate aim of taking a honeymoon trip is to enjoy and relax and once the honeymoon destination has been decided, the couple should decide on the honeymoon package that would make them stress free and enjoy the whole experience.

The honeymoon package should be such that it alleviates the trouble of planning itineraries and other travel headaches and an all inclusive honeymoon package would be perfect. The first job of the couple is to choose the honeymoon destination that both of them would enjoy and have the type of activates that would be interesting to both of them. Then, an all inclusive honeymoon package for that location which can be a cruise, hotel or a resort has to be chosen.

The honeymoon packages offered by the cruise ships are fairly tempting and lucrative. Since, the ship travels to different parts of the globe, it offers quite a different and interesting experience. There are cruises with luxury included to make them more enjoyable. Such honeymoon packages are customized for various levels of budget.

Most probably, an all inclusive honey moon package will include costs of the stay in a hotel or resort, along with the transportation expenses, food, snacks, drinks and at times entertainment too. The greatest advantage of an all inclusive honeymoon package is that it saves a lot of time because, otherwise, the couple would have to make all the arrangements themselves that would take a considerable amount of time.

An all inclusive honeymoon package is cost effective too since more often than not, many travel companies and resorts offer discounts on all inclusive honey moon packages. Though the original cost may seem high, when each and every expense is taken independently, all inclusive package proves to be more economical.

A honeymoon package is different from other packages in the sense, that it focuses mainly on romance and intimate connection where both the partners can go for a spa,
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There are a plethora of honeymoon package offers and to make the honeymoon unforgettable and enjoyable, the couple can take their own time and sit and discuss and plan well in advance. There are many offers in online too which can be utilized to compare the various offers and finally decide on one that suits the taste, needs, and budget of the couple.

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Included in a Caribbean Honeymoon Package

Included in a Caribbean Honeymoon Package

“All inclusive” is the term used by most resorts to describe vacation packages that cover almost everything but airfare for one predetermined sum of money. Location of the room within the resort, size of the room itself, and special features of your suite such as in room pools or champagne glass hot tubs can raise or lower the price significantly as well. Large buffet tables in generous dining rooms present a spread of food ranging from your favorites to local delicacies for every meal of the day. Most of the higher end resorts will offer a range of sit down gourmet style restaurants with a menu that caters to just about every taste. If you feel like having a light snack while sunning by the pool there is usually a spread of lighter fare items such as fruit and sandwiches available close at hand. Not all Caribbean honeymoon packages offer all of this for free, but most of the higher class luxury resorts include free lessons in scuba diving. If you and your honey aren’t feeling quite that adventurous there’s still snorkeling available where you can see vibrant coral reefs and a plethora of colorful tropical fish and sea life.
Included in a Caribbean Honeymoon Package

In Sickness and in Wealth

In Sickness and in Wealth

When asked to name an effective way of obtaining wealth, a common answer is: “Invest”. What is the problem with this answer? Well, the majority of respondents have very little or no money in their savings account. I see the beginning of wealth building in a different light. A saying that almost everyone knows but nearly no one applies is: “A penny saved is a penny earned”. In today culture it is definitely much easier to spend money than it is to save it. The average American is exposed to 247 advertisements in one day! Less than 5 of Americans have at least $3000 in savings and no debt. It is no wonder that most consumers struggle with saving money or grasping the concept of building wealth. We are mentally flogged with television and radio commercials, newspaper and magazine ads, billboards, signs, posters and even conversations. Whatever the method, it all serves one main purpose to take your money and make it theirs.

So with all those statistics and all that advertising, how in the world is it possible to build wealth? Well consider yourself ahead of the game already. By reading this article you are opening your mind to ideas and concepts which could help you to begin the process which is more than can be said for most people out there. A house starts with a single brick and the same is true with wealth building. You have to start with what you can and keep adding to it.

Why not jump in to stocks, mutual funds or other investments right off the bat? Life will continue to happen whether you plan for it or not. So plan for it. You must start with a lump sum of money in your savings account which has been referred to as an “emergency savings”. A good figure for this is $1000. You MUST pay your savings first, before anything else. If you do not, your savings will not grow (or it may not happen at all). This extra money will act as a soft landing for any financial falls that can and will occur while you pay down other debts that are road blocking your way to building wealth. You must realize though; this money is first priority but can not be touched ONLY for emergencies. By following these 2 steps:

1) Stocking up your savings with $1,
In Sickness and in Wealth
000 and then

2) Eliminating extra debts (with great fervor), you will prepare yourself for a much easier road to building wealth.

You have to take action now or this whole savings thing will not happen. First, get a savings account. If you have one, find out what the interest rate is. Many have something like 0.25 to 1 (WHOOPEE!). Remember that you are not trying to make all your money in interest right now but since the money is going to sit you may as well look around. It is possible to land up to a 3 5 interest rate. Another option is a money market account to get a good rate although restrictions sometimes apply for things like early withdrawal fees and keeping a minimum amount in the account at all times. Secondly, as I stated earlier, take your savings off the top on payday. You have to make a painful change as well though. You may have to sacrifice some things to get that initial $1,000. This could mean no eating out or temporarily cutting out an expensive hobby. You also might want to try changing your phone company or downgrading your cable package. I hate this next idea but it is for a good cause: Drop your credit card payments below the minimum (JUST FOR NOW). Anyway, you get the idea. Cut some here cut some there. Now, take all the figures you cut and add them together. This is what you will put in to your savings account until you reach $1,000. See, when the average person feels like they are getting ahead or even staying even, a setback occurs and sends everything spiraling downward. This is the hard part of building wealth and it is just the beginning (the first brick). However, without this extra money in savings you will tread water until you eventually drown,
In Sickness and in Wealth
so stop thinking about it and start acting on it today. He has a passion for personal finance and how the economy and consumers are affected by money.

Improved Harbor Freight Metal Bending Brake

Improved Harbor Freight Metal Bending Brake

Overall, the quality looked decent when I opened the package, but what I noticed was the steel hold down bar that secures the work piece in place to the bed while bending was aseparate,
Improved Harbor Freight Metal Bending Brake
loose piece of metal. Clamps were required to maintain pressure on the hold down bar and keep the work piece secured.

I decided I could sacrifice a little bit of width on the brake (I needed about 20″ clear for my project) and that I could install a built in clamping systems which would make using the brake more efficient.

The photo shows the stock metal brake with the required clamps holding down the steel bar which secures the work piece.

I permanently mounted the brake to a plank that has a piece of wood below which can be clamped into a portable workbench. The plank has a hole in it so I can just hang it on the wall when not in use.

Materials (inexpensive) were obtained from the local hardware store and are follows:

(2) knurled knobs with 5/16″ machine screw

(2) 5/16″ fender washers

(2) 3/8″ diam x 1/2″ long stiff springs (approx. dimensions)Step 2: Drilling

The first thing I did was align the steel hold down bar on the bed of the brake, leaving a little tolerance to the edge of the bed for the thickness of the materials I would be bending (+/ 18 gauge copper) and clamped it in place.

I then used a punch to set some dimples at the drill hole locations.

Using the hand drill, I drilled a pilot hole through both the steel hold down bar and the bed of the brake.

Next I used the drill press to enlarge the holes in the hold down bar for through feeding the 5/16″ knurled knob machine screw.

On the back side of the hold down bar,
Improved Harbor Freight Metal Bending Brake
I drilled some oversize holes about half way through the hold down bar to create a recess that the springs could compress into.

Next I enlarged the hole in the bed of the brake to a suitable size for threading with the 5/16″ tap.

Important things to know about food packaging

Important things to know about food packaging

Packaging is not just meant for marketing

Well, we are all influenced by the package of the food product, which is an added advantage for the food product manufacturers who choose trendy packing rather than concentrating on safe packing. Food safety and protection concentrate more on the packaging so that healthy food is provided to the consumers.

A large number of factors are taken into consideration by thePacking machine manufacturers while designing the food packaging. The packets should have the company name, logo, follow a color scheme, design layout,
Important things to know about food packaging
and other basic parameters to protect the food and the brand identity.

Clarity and relevance of the product

The attention span of customers is too short and eye catching packaging is a huge hit. Packets overloaded with too much of texts, images are not welcoming, and the potential consumers will quickly lose interest. Choosing the right color of text and font is very crucial while designing a great package.

Function of the packets

While concentrating on the information and style of the packets,Packaging machinery manufacturers should also concentrate on the functionality of the packaging. It should protect the food item by keeping it fresh all long and it should also sit on the racks without any problems. When it comes to the retail or wholesale store, the packets should be easy to handle and have high quality. As people get busier, they have less time to repack and prepare the food items. The food packages play a vital role when it comes to convenience. It must be easy to use and easy to store. Customers do not get a chance to taste the food packages unless they open and test them. Most of the customers would love to see what inside the package and hence transparent packaging is suitable. Including a picture of the food item is also a good idea so that they actually see the food.
Important things to know about food packaging

Importance of Packaging and Labeling in Pharmaceutical Industry

Importance of Packaging and Labeling in Pharmaceutical Industry

It is hard to imagine pharmaceutical industry without the contribution of packaging and labeling services. The products manufactured to resolve health issues would be of no use if they are not packed and labeled appropriately. Above just packaging and labeling what matters the most is their quality. It is vital for any pharma product that it remains in its original form and maintains it quality until it reaches the hands of end users. Packaging and labeling are two individual activities that have to be performed as per their significance.

For packaging operation, there are certain regulatory requirements that have to be fulfilled, such as suitability, safety, protection, compatibility, Quality Control, supplier and stability. Medicinal contents are often very sensitive towards external elements such as light and moisture. Hence, workers have to ensure that there are once the product is packed it is completely safe from direct exposure to light and moisture. Simultaneously, the worker also have to be concerned about the fact that the product is sealed properly so that it doesn get exposed to reactive gases like Oxygen, as this might lead to dangerous consequences. Moreover, if any leakage is found, it might result into loss of solvent and raise a question on sterility and closure integrity of the container.

Labeling on the other hand is one of the crucial factors that determines the safety and integrity of the product. This operation includes both printing on the carton and leaflets provided individually with the pharma products. The primary purpose of labeling is to make identification of the product clear and unambiguous. Just like packaging, there are certain guidelines and regulatory for printing on labels. If the service is unable to fulfill such requirements then certainly its services have failed to meet the set regulations and are not up to the industry standard.

There are few basic yet important information are printed on the labels which includes manufacturing date, expiry date, number of doses, composition, bar codes and several other related data. Each of them is important and even a small misprint can lead to dire consequences. Labeling information is important for both health care professionals and patients to prescribe and consume, respectively. This is crucial also because people have an obvious belief on medicinal company that they will provide right information on the product. Again, this is a dangerous sign.

The success and failure of any product depends on how they are presented to the end users, especially if it is a medicine. Certainly, packaging and labeling plays an important role in health care domain.
Importance of Packaging and Labeling in Pharmaceutical Industry