5 Mistakes to Avoid While Online Electronics Shopping

If you are planning to buy electronics, there is no better option than online electronics shopping. Thanks to the reasonable prices, convenience, wide variety, secured shopping environment and numerous other advantages the online medium of electronics shopping offers to us. However, quite a few individuals still hesitate to shop online because of the frauds and scams online shopping is prone to.

Although online electronics shopping is fun, but sometimes individuals tend to make some mistakes while shopping online and hence, there online shopping experience turns out to be a failure. In order to evade such a situation, one must avoid making some mistakes for the best results. These include:

1. Making a hasty purchase: Decisions made in a hurry often prove to be wrong. So make sure to avoid making quick decisions without evaluating each point of concern before buying electronics online. You must thoroughly check the terms and conditions of the store you are buying from, its return policy, shipping charges, contact details and other significant information.

If there is something about the website that doesn’t appeal to you or does not seem to be up to the mark, simply don’t buy the product. It’s better not to buy a product that doesn’t meet your requirement rather than returning it afterwards.

2. Buying expensive electronics without any discount: Buying expensive electronics at full price is a very common mistake that most individuals tend to make. It is suggested to buy electronic items during the festive season when most of the websites offer the best deals and discount offers on a range of electronic products. Most of the electronic stores offer Diwali discounts, anniversary sales, mid-season sales, winter discounts and more. You should make the most of these deals offered by different stores. You can buy your desired electronic item at a much lesser price at this time of the year.

In addition to the discounts, you can also get free gifts or free shipping as a bonus.

3. Choosing a random website: This is perhaps the most common mistake that people usually tend to commit. Due to our busy schedules, most of us choose any website randomly that offers the best price, but we forget to confirm the authenticity of the site. This may later cause us great loss.

Hence, you should always make a thorough research about the website before purchasing any item from it. Choose a website that’s absolutely transparent with the customers, read its reviews and also check its terms and conditions.

4. Not comparing prices: This is yet another big mistake that most individuals commit while shopping online. Not using the price comparison tools can be very disadvantageous.

Online shopping is known for offering the best prices, so you must use it to your advantage by comparing prices from the competitive websites in order to get the lowest price possible. Several online stores now offer price comparison tools to make your shopping experience even more simple and quick. Isn’t that great?

5. Following unknown email

9 Most Common Engraving Mistakes and Misconceptions About Engraving

Misspelled Name – Always confirm the spelling of names. Don’t rely on your memory. So many names have different spellings. Example: Terry or Teri or Terrie and on and on it goes.

Wrong Date – This is the same as the number 1 mistake. Always get it in writing before we engrave it. Remember, engraving cannot be erased.

Engraving is like Printing – Wrong! Engraving, we are using diamonds to plow the surface, like a farmer plows his fields. Or we use lasers to burn off a layer of the surface of the engraving material. None of these engraving processes are we adding ink to the surface. Note: There are other engraving processes, but diamond drag and laser are the most common.

All metal surfaces can be engraved – The answer is no. A ruff metal surface is almost impossible to see the engraving. The roughness is competing with the engraving. Also, many metal surfaces, especially gifts, are plated. Most of the time plated surfaces will engrave OK. Once in a while they have bad plating. The bad plating is only uncovered when it is engraved. The bad spot, the plating peels up. This only happens about 5% of the time.

Assuming what you have cannot be engraved – We have all taken gifts to an award stores only for them to say, “It can not be engraved.” They are implying that nobody can engrave it. In reality – They can’t engrave it. Many times it can be engraved by another company. One great example is watches. The manufacture loves to put all sorts of markings on the back leaving almost no room for engraving. We get around this by engraving on an arc, many times around the edge.

Engraving is too expensive – Yes, it is too expensive – if you take it to a jewelry store. Most jewelry stores don’t engrave. They send it out. The jewelry store and the engraver both need to make a profit. It is best to go to an engraver first. Save some money. Besides, all your concerns can be given directly to the engraver, not passed on through notes from the jeweler.

Lack of engraving choices – Most small awards and engraving places have limited capabilities. Do your research. Ask what the engraving choices are for your engraving job. Ask for testimonials from the engraver’s customers. If they don’t have any, continue your search for an engraver.

It takes forever to get something engraved – Yes, if you take it to a jewelry store. They have to send it out and the time goes by. Taking your engraving job directly to an engraver cuts out the shipping time between the jeweler and the engraver (both ways). Deal direct!

It can be buffed out and re-engraved – The answer is (yes and no). Solid metals like gold or silver can be buffed out and re-engraved. But most jewelry and gift items are plated. When it is buffed out, the plated surface is removed exposing the …

Mistakes That Fashion Designers Must Avoid

Fashion designing is a challenging career on its own and if you start to make mistakes, then you are only going to make your situation worse. All mistakes are not bad, as learning from them is important and makes the best fashion designers. However, there are a few common mistakes that a lot of designers make, which eventually land them in hot water.

Honesty, not only to others, but to yourself is very important in the fashion industry. There will be times you will make mistakes, but how and what you learn from them is going to be crucial to your success. There are a few things that you should avoid in order to be one of the best designers. What are they? Let's take a look:

Thinking you know everything

One of the common mistakes fashion designers make is believing that they are aware of everything there is to know about the fashion business. Such a perception can sometimes be unintentional and can lead to disastrous consequences for your career or business. Having the attitude to learn is an important step to improving and becoming a successful fashion designer. There is always someone you can find in your company that might know more about something you are working on, so it is a good idea to ask for their help and expertise. The best designers are constantly improving and learning and it is a habit you should get used to as well.

Not caring about the finances

A lot of designers make the mistake of focusing too much on the creative side of things and not caring about the finances. This is a big mistake, as being aware of the financial basics can be an important asset to have. Fashion designers often have to create budgets for their projects, as well as work within those budgets. Knowledge about the financial aspects helps in making the process easier. It can also be useful in making better decisions and minimizing the probability of making mistakes.

Being nervous about selling

Although, as a fashion designer your focus and your expertise do not lie in the sales department, you should never shy away from making a sale and accepting phone calls. It is understandable that designers are nervous about such stuff but interacting with customers can be beneficial to designers as well. Furthermore, designers should interact with their sales team and come up with plans to best sell their product. Communication between the two is vital in creating a successful product.

Going at it alone

While it can be tempting to pursue your dreams of fashion designing alone, it is important that you understand that it is not possible to do so. Even the people who look like they do not need any help will tell you the same; they cannot do it without the help of others. Every now and then you will need support and guidance from someone who is better equipped or has handled situations that you have no clue …

3 Critical Logic Model Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Are You Making These 3 Critical Logic Model Mistakes In Your Program Evaluation?

A logic model is a great way to create a visual representation of your program. At the core of a logic model, each visual representation, or infographic, illustrates a sequence of cause and effect relationships.

Are you making these 3 critical mistakes in your program evaluation?

It is so easy to make these mistakes. We recognize that managing a program is hard work. It takes a lot of time to make sure that services are being delivered, staffing is secured, and participants are engaged, not to mention all the other things that pop up here and there.

You are very busy, so making these mistakes is not unheard of – actually its pretty common. So here we provide you with information on some of the most common mistakes made when creating a model and how to avoid them. These simple actions will take the ambivalence you might have and replace it with confidence!

Mistake # 1: Making Your Model Too Complicated

At its core, a logic model is intended to communicate with others about your theory or basic assumption about your program. When logic models are too detailed, or complicated, the information is not easy to understand or use.

A great way to easily identify your main point is to answer this question: "Why is this a good solution for the identified problem?"

Logic models come in all shapes and sizes but at the end of the day – it must clearly show "what causes what," "in what order," and "what the desired result is."

What to do Instead:

Don't make your model too complicated. Here are some guidelines for creating a basic logic model for your program and a checklist that will help guide you.

_____ Have you identified the cause and effect connections in an intentional order?

_____ Do you effectively and efficiently convey the purpose of your program?

_____Are you showing what the desired results of your program are?

If you have each of these elements then you have a basic logic model that will successfully engage the supporters of your program. Remember, you are not developing an action plan, that is different. Action plans are more detailed and provide step by step guidelines for program implementation.

Mistake # 2: Leaving the Logic Model, "On The Shelf!"

When was the last time you touched your logic model? Do you believe that logic models, once created, do not change? This is one of the greatest misconceptions and mistakes that logic modelers and program managers make. The belief that logic models are static prevents the successful use of the model as a tool in your program.

New information becomes available every day. Obviously, an every day review would be tedious and an inefficient use of your time and effort. Reviewing your model too often also can prevent you from getting your program up and running or sustained. However, a periodic review – a minimum of once …

How to Correct Your Plastic Model Car Painting Mistakes

"Oh no, now I've done it." You have just applied to much paint and created huge sagging paint globs to your once perfect model. That perfect contest winning finish you were hoping for is now a disaster.

All is not lost however. You can fix just about any paint mistake that you have made on your contest model with just a bit of work. With a careful paint sanding technique, you can create a perfect finish.

Using four techniques; paint standing, re-spray, paint polish and wax, you can fix just about any mistake you make. I will show you how to use these techniques to fix your model and bring it back to contest level.

Paint standing is the first technique we will use to correct and over spray or orange peel situation you have created on your model. Orange peel is just extra paint that is applied to thickly and ends up making the surface of your model looked like the outside of an orange. The easiest technique I've found to correct this kind of situation is just to use sandpaper to grind off the extra paint. The hardest part of doing this is not to stand into the details sticking out of the surface of your model.

There are many different grades or grits of sandpaper. I basically classify sandpaper into two types, rough and fine. Rough sandpaper comes in grit numbers from 100 to 1000. The lower the number the more course it is. For heavy paint removal I typically use number 320 grit. Fine sandpaper runs from 2000 through 12000 grit. This fine grit is one secret to getting to a perfect finish.

Sandpaper comes with different kinds of backing. I prefer cloth backing over the cheaper paper backing because generally I use only a wet sanding technique. Wet sanding is where you use water to help lubricate the surface of the model and generally works better for my model paints.

Your first task is to let your paint mistake dry completely. Then start the uneven paint removal with a rough grit sanding being very careful not to sand into any plastic detail of your model. I will cut the sandpaper into very small pieces and hold them or glue them to wooden "tools" to get into small places. I will also use paint thinner to soften paint buildup around detailed areas keeping in mind that you do not want to ruin the plastic.

Once this is done, re-spray paint the damaged area.

Continue this process of sanding and re-spraying until you are satisfied with the finish. At this stage you are now ready to fine sand the paint.

Fine sanding is really the true secret to a perfect paint finish. I work the paint finish by sanding the paint using these grits in order.

2400

3200

4000

6000

8000

12000

The sandpaper I like to use is sandwiched between foam so that it conforms to the surface of the model more easily. Each step uses …