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Issue 40 : November 07

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The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 40 : November 2007
http://www.under-fives.org/
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Welcome to issue 40 of the Under-Fives newsletter.  This 
month we've an article on how to bag a bargain at eBay. 

To read previous issues, subscribe or cancel your 
subscription see 
http://www.under-fives.org/news.html

Contents
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  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Special Offers
  - Buying Bargains on eBay
  - News and Events
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What's New at the Web Site?
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Baby Massage
  Group or private tuition by IAIM Certified Instructor - 
  relaxing, soothing, bonding and fun! 
  http://www.under-fives.org/services.html

:ADVERT:_________________________________________________

  Wanted: someone to pick up 2 children from school on 
  Thursdays in the Ashbourne area.  Must be able to look 
  after them until 7 o'clock.  Contact Tania.
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Childminders
  Our list of childminders continues to grow at
  http://www.under-fives.org/childminder.html

Music and Storytime
  Find more musical and story activities for the under-
  fives at http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html
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Buying Bargains on eBay
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eBay, the on-line auction site, is a great place to buy 
children's clothes and toys. There are some real bargains 
to be found there, for new as well as second-hand stuff. 

Here are some tips to help you buy effectively on eBay.

First of all you need to register.  Go to 
http://tinyurl.com/2b7pee and fill in your details.  You 
will need to give your name, address, telephone number and 
e-mail.  You also need to think up a name to use when 
bidding on eBay, and a password.  You don't need to enter 
any details of your bank account or credit card.

Once you have confirmed your registration you can 
start shopping.  

A good way to start is to search the "completed listings". 
These are items which have already been sold. This will 
give you a good idea of the price range in which to bid.  
To start this search, click eBay's Advanced Search link 
and select "Completed listings only".

Now you can use the normal search box to find what you 
want. A list of items will appear. If it says "Buy it Now" 
then this is not an auction and you can buy the item at 
the price listed immediately. Otherwise you bid on 
the item.

Bidding Tips
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1. Always check the postage costs. These can add 
   considerably to your purchase price so bid accordingly.

2. Check the rating of the seller. In the "Meet the 
   seller" section it will show how many eBay transactions 
   the seller has completed, and the feedback other people 
   have given them. If you click the seller's name you can 
   see the comments people have left about their 
   transaction. Only bid if other people seem happy with 
   their purchases.

3. Decide the price you are prepared to pay, and stick 
   to it.  It is very easy to get carried away and keep 
   bidding just a little bit more.

4. When you make a bid, eBay asks you to enter the highest 
   price that you are willing to pay. However, this is not 
   necessarily what the item will cost you. eBay will bid 
   on your behalf just above the next highest bidder.  So 
   you may win an item for less than you were prepared 
   to pay. 

5. The time and day that you make your bid influences 
   your chances of winning.  The closer to the end of the 
   auction you leave it, the more likely you are to win.  
   Place your bid at the last minute and other bidders 
   have only seconds to match it.  

6. If you are not bidding straight away then you can 
   choose to "Watch this item in My eBay". When you next 
   click the My eBay link at the top of the page, all 
   the items you've chosen to watch will be listed. 

What to do when you've Won
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Many sellers offer a choice of payment methods. PayPal 
is the safest.  This is an online service which provides 
a link between you and the seller. The Paypal website 
knows your credit or debit card details, but these are 
not revealed to the seller.  And Paypal offers a free 
buyer protection scheme. To set up a PayPal account go to 
http://www.paypal.co.uk/.  Most sellers will also accept 
cheques or postal orders.  Never send cash.

Problems
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I've only have one problem when buying on eBay, and this 
was quickly resolved with a full refund.  However, if 
what you've purchased doesn't arrive, or was not what 
was described, then...

1. Contact the seller directly. Sellers are very protective 
   of their positive eBay ratings and are generally happy 
   to help resolve your complaint.

2. If this gets you nowhere and you paid by PayPal you 
   may be able to make a claim. Look on the right hand 
   side of the listing page, in the Buy Safely section, 
   if the item is covered by the PayPal Buyer Protection 
   scheme. (Almost all items costing less than 500 
   are covered.)

3. Your third option is to contact eBay via the Help 
   section and ask for help.

4. Finally you can leave negative feedback to warn 
   other buyers.

For more help on using eBay see http://tinyurl.com/2b7pee

Good luck with your bidding - it saves you money and is 
also fun! 
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Special Offers and Discount Codes
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Here are the on-line retailers which this week have made 
discount codes and special offers available to 
Under-Fives readers.

Free Delivery at Marks and Spencer
   Marks and Spencer have sent us code FREEDELV which 
   entitles you to free delivery when shopping online.  
   Just click the link below and enter FREEDELV when 
   you checkout.
   http://mands.at/jill

Free Avon Delivery
   Free delivery on any Avon order over 20 in November.  
   Use the code ATD when you checkout.
   http://clkuk.tradedoubler.com/click?p(3430)a(1129516)

Free Argos Delivery
   Argos is offering free delivery for all customers 
   spending over 50 pounds, but hurry - offer ends soon.
   http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2169617-5472106

Free Delivery at John Lewis
   Yes, they are all doing it.  They want us to shop early 
   for Christmas and why not? For free delivery from 
   John Lewis go to 
   http://clkuk.tradedoubler.com/click?p(1231)a(1129516)

Five Pound Voucher and 10% Off at Figleaves
   Figleaves have given us 5 pound vouchers for you to 
   spend on lingerie or swimwear. Just send your name and 
   e-mail address to jill@studholme.net. For 10% off your 
   purchases enter the code BESTBUY when you checkout.
   http://clkuk.tradedoubler.com/click?p(170)a(1129516)

For more special offers see
   http://under-fives.org/offers.html
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News and Events
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fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html
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Plus the newsletters are available on the web site for our 
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Parent and Toddler Lunch
  Henry Prince school, Mayfield, Ashbourne invites anyone 
  with a child under five to go for lunch at the school 
  on Thursday 8 November.  It is also the school's open day.
  http://www.henryprince.staffs.sch.uk/contents.htm

Lantern Parade
  Friday 7 December, Ashbourne.  Christmas lights turned 
  on and children's lantern parade at 6.30 pm. Fun fair 
  and late night shopping.

:ADVERT:_________________________________________________

  Think you may have postnatal illness or birth trauma? 
  The support and help you need is at the PNI-UK web 
  site - http://www.pni-uk.com/
  PNI-UK: Registered Charity 1105767.
__________________________________________________:ADVERT:

Breastfeeding protects against cancer
   A landmark study advises mothers to breastfeed 
   exclusively for six months and to continue with 
   complementary breastfeeding after that to protect 
   against breast cancer and "probably" protect their 
   child against obesity later in life.
   http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2202261,00.html

Eating soya could slash men's sperm count
   Men who eat just half a serving of soya a day have 
   drastically fewer sperm than those who do not 
   consume such foods, according to a small, preliminary 
   study. Soya as the new contraceptive?
   http://www.newscientist.com/

Plastics cause health risk to babies
   New research reveals health risks from chemicals 
   found in plastics used for baby bottles, storage 
   containers and cling film.  It's recommended you...
   avoid using plastic containers in the microwave; opt 
   for toys made from wood, paper, cloth or metal; wash 
   plastic containers by hand instead of dishwashing; 
   avoid cling film and look for products that state 
   "no phthalates" or "no bisphenol"!
   http://www.enn.com/press_releases/2211

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