Issue 40 : November 07
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 40 : November 2007 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* 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 -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Special Offers - Buying Bargains on eBay - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- 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. __________________________________________________:ADVERT: 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 __________________________________________________________ Buying Bargains on eBay ------------------------- 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 ============ 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 ========================== 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 ======== 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! ___________________________________________________________ Special Offers and Discount Codes --------------------------------- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 __________________________________________________________ News and Events --------------- To announce your event, or child-related news here, fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Announcements are free and reach our 820 subscribers. Plus the newsletters are available on the web site for our monthly 11000 visitors to read. 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 If you would like to read this news as it happens, without waiting for this newsletter, then grab our newsfeed from http://under-fives.org/newsfeed.html It's free and instantly updates you with the latest news and events via e-mail, your web site or any news feed reader. ___________________________________________________________ Copyright jillstudholme.com , 2007 You are welcome to copy or forward any part of this newsletter, but please include this copyright notice and web address - http://www.under-fives.org/ Previous editions of this newsletter are archived at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html
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