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Do You Really Save Money By Buying Online?

Trying to save money shopping online can be exhausting. Entire industries have grown up online to help you save money, but you can spend so much time trying to figure out what to do that in the long run, it’s not even worth it to save a couple of dollars.


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So Many Options!

For instance, there are several coupon sites you can go to that aggregate coupon codes from online merchants so you have one place to look. Sites like RetailMeNot.com, CouponCabin.com and BradsDeals.com pull together this information so you can take the codes to sites to help save money.

There are rebate sites like Ebates.com and FatWallet.com that give you cash back on all the purchases you make on their deal sites. There are daily deal sites like Groupon.com, LivingSocial.com, NoMoreRack.com and 1SaleDay.com that will inundate your email box with great deals every single day.

You start to add all this up with coupons, rebates, deal of the day sites, etc., and a serious shopper could be spending their entire morning bouncing back and forth trying to figure out where to save that extra dollar.

Now comparison shopping sites like PriceGrabber.com, Google Shopping, Shopping.com and Shopzilla.com have begun to streamline the exercise of shopping by letting you compare the same item on one page with prices from several different selling sites. This is progress for the hurried shopper.

Money-Saving Secret

But the hidden secret of the Internet is the emergence of warehouse club sites that take away all the fluff, and if you are willing to buy in a little bit larger quantities, they truly save you money.


Sure, it may look intimidating, but warehouse clubs can save you some serious money. (Photo credit: kenteegardin via photopin cc)

Go to Costco.com; they have thousands of items on their site that can not only be found in the warehouse club stores and bought online, but many new additional items can be bought just online from them. Look at their brand Kirkland baby wipes and baby diapers. What new family does not need a case of those to survive the week? Their pricing on this high-demand commodity item beats all the coupon sites, rebate sites and even the deal sites.

Go to BJ’s Wholesale Club Site and find supplies for your home office from recognized brand names like Hammermill Paper, which verifies the better pricing of this newer group of sites that actually do save you money.

DollarDays.com supplies over 300,000 general merchandise products at wholesale and closeout pricing that falls right in line with these wholesale club sites. Here, the consumer can find all the back-to-school products, health and beauty products and all the snacks they need to fill their pantries or the clothing needed to fill their closets.

Internet entrepreneurs try to figure out the most efficient way to get you the best deal. That is why lots of ideas are thrown against the wall and over time, with a few developing into winners. And this will be how Internet shopping sorts itself out to become the most efficient way save money on the products that you really need and want. Will the coupon sites be the winners, will the rebate sites prevail, or is it the deal sites that rise above the rest? Maybe all three will win; it just depends on what you are looking to buy.

Marc Joseph is the founder of DollarDays.com, the premier online wholesaler that helps small businesses compete against larger enterprises and nonprofit organizations find the products they need to support their causes.

Reprinted from Mint.com.

May 15, 2014   No Comments

April’s Facebook Small Business Award Winners!

apr14contest_160x300 (1)Thank you to the thousands of people who nominated businesses in their home towns to receive an award in our $5,000 merchandise giveaway during April.  There were entries from Alaska to Maine.

As you know, DollarDays is a HUGE fan of small businesses and supports them throughout the year.  We believe small businesses are the backbone of our country and we’d like to say thanks to all of you for working hard, especially the winners of April’s $5,000 merchandise giveaway!

First place winner receives a $2,000 shopping spree, second place, a $1000 shopping spree and third place, a $500 shopping spree. Fifteen each won $100 shopping spree. And we pay shipping too! All they have to do is shop! And the winners are:

Award Name of Business Nominated City & State  
1st PLACE $2,000 Wicked Blue Box Chicago, IL
2nd PLACE $1,000 Changing Hands Tempe, AZ
3rd PLACE $500 River Market Community Co-op Stillwater, MN
$100 Evolution Studio Harrison, OH
$100 Beaded Couture Conyers, GA
$100 Joe & Bj’s Trading Post Georgetown, KY
$100 Arresting Desgins Texarkana, AR
$100 Lisa’s Crochet & More Atkins, AR
$100 Southern Gypsy Bishop, TX
$100 Creative Options Delaware, OH
$100 Mail and More of Redmond Redmond, OR
$100 Chippy’s Popcorn Creations Beaver Dam, WI
$100 Wigglebutt Inn Naples, FL
$100 Goodbyes Consignment Sarasota, Florida
$100 Just Adorable Gifts Woodland Hills, CA
$100 Say Computer Owosso, MI
$100 Cesar’s Mexican and Greek Restaurant Albuquerque, NM
$100 Steve’s Locksmith Highland, MI

Winners will be notified by email with instructions on how to redeem their awards! Congratulations everyone! Please post your win on your Facebook page and let your friends know how much we honor small businesses!

Be sure to nominate a military family you know for our May $5,000 Merchandise Giveaway on Facebook.

 

April 30, 2014   No Comments

Teacher Julie Ahern from Waukegan wins Hero Award

Mrs. Ahern's students are so gracious!

Mrs. Ahern’s students are so gracious!

Below is an email we received from a very special friend of DollarDays, second grade teacher Julie Ahern from Waukegan, IL, who we met through one of our Facebook merchandise giveaways where she was a winner, and we’ve stayed in touched ever since. We asked our fans to vote for her to win this award. We posted it on Facebook, Twitter and even our blog. We’re not sure how much of an impact we had, but were are so happy that she won this award AND her first trip to California!

It’s very rewarding to us that our fans took the time to help Julie win this award. A little kindness goes a long, long way!

Dear DollarDays,
I am very happy to share with you that, thanks to people like you and the Dollar Days’ fans, I did receive enough votes to become the American Federation of Teachers Everyday Hero Teacher winner.Smile  
 
This afternoon our school secretary called down to my classroom on the intercom to say that I had a telephone call. I shared that I had my students with me. She said, “It’s from AFT.” My students and I all looked at each other and I said, “Right, line up, we’re headed to the office!” I brought the phone out to the hallway and my students got to hear first hand the good news. Their loud cheers really warmed my heart. This summer I am invited to the AFT convention in Los Angeles —my first trip to California. Pinch me!
 
My Sincere Gratitude, 
Mrs. Julie Ahern
2nd Grade Teacher
Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School
Waukegan, IL  60085

April 28, 2014   No Comments

Meet our new VP of Merchandising

steve walkerWe have some exciting news to share with you!

We have a new VP of Merchandising, Steve Walker, who comes from a successful background in merchandising, with the majority of his tenure at Safeway and SuperValu stores.

Steve has just completed his first week at DollarDays with flying colors! He is excited about his new position and is already making plans to “move the needle” in our merchandising department. Steve’s commitment is the value he places on relationships.  He believes that “moving the needle” includes the entire team, which is why he values all relationships.

Steve’s plans for the next few weeks include calling all of our vendors to introduce himself and learn how he can best serve them as a DollarDays vendor. For those of you who would like to call Steve, feel free to phone him at 480.922.8155 ext 109 or email at swalker@dollardays.com.

This is a big change for all of us—you, DollarDays and Steve. It’s an opportunity for you to voice ideas you believe will enhance the relationship, and ultimately help you sell more products. And it’s an opportunity for DollarDays to create the environment that is a catalyst for sales growth, which is great news for all of us.

A little about Steve (in case you were wondering)—he is a progressive and broadly experienced leader with a solid track record of success in merchandising. His experience in dealing with suppliers and in every facet of the retail and wholesale industry helps ensure that the DollarDays site continues to have a robust assortment of products to offer its customers. Steve is collaborative, resourceful, and innovative in driving positive impact with our vendors. Walker graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Accounting from the University of Tulsa and an MS in Management from University of St. Thomas, summa cum laude as well. Want to know more, visit his LinkedIn profile.

 

 

April 23, 2014   No Comments

THIS is How To Pay for College

pickuoguitarclubBy Guest Blogger Jack Ross
Co-Founder, PickupGuitarClub.com
Like many, Jack Ross, a high school student from Washington D.C., falls in financial aid no man’s land. With most colleges topping $45,000 a year, his chance of leaving school in four years without a crippling amount of debt is bleak. Despite his near perfect test scores and GPA, scholarships are few and far between. So, he decided to fund his own schooling by teaching others.

Jack and his best friend, Brian Abod, recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding effort for their music education website PickupGuitarClub.com.

Jack is a self-taught software developer who built his first tablet computer at age 12, and Brian is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Together they developed a learning environment that is the first of its kind.

Centered on gamification and popular songs, their website turns learning guitar into an enjoyable experience. Jack developed polyphonic note-recognition software that listens to the guitar as it is played, rewarding players’ improvement and demonstrating how to improve where needed. The intuitive user interface breaks down every part of guitar from notes and rhythm to technique and chord shapes, making it easier than ever to follow along.

Brian taught himself guitar through songs and designed the curriculum in the same way. Songs like Sweet Home Alabama, Wagon Wheel, and Hey There Delilah teach all the skills needed to play guitar – picking, fretting, scales, chords, and more.

It is like Guitar Hero for real guitar.

With the funding from Kickstarter, they will finish the development and launch their company. Profits from the company will go towards funding their college education.

Here is their video describing their project:
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If you want to support these young men and their endeavors, visit their Kickstarter campaign page – bit.ly/PickupGuitarClub

A few words from DollarDays:
Jack Ross contacted Marc Joseph, CEO of DollarDays.com about an article Marc wrote last October for the Huffington Post, titled “It’s Too Expensive to go to College Anymore.” Jack asked us to take a look at his story to see if we would publish it, since Marc and Jack are basically coming from the same place about getting an education today: it’s hard to get money to pay for college.

DollarDays hopes you’ll take a look at their project and possibly donate a buck or two. We think these two young men are rising stars to watch!

 

April 14, 2014   No Comments

Dropshipping helps you make money online!

Your OWN business!If you’re an online reseller who sells on Amazon, eBay, etc., or you have an e-commerce site of your own, DollarDays’ wholesale product feed can help boost your sales with over 300,000 wholesale or closeout products! You can pick and choose which products you’d like to put on your site. Plus, we’ll ship the products for you!

We call this DollarDays’ Dropship Program—t’s such a simple way to earn money! With a DollarDays Dropship account, you’ll receive:

  • Access to over 300,000 wholesale products shipped directly to your customers
  • Easy to use administration site for managing and placing your dropship orders
  • Order history details tracked for your convenience
  • Packing slips that reflect your business
  • $9.95 shipping per dropship order in the continental US
  • 5% discount off every order!
  • Dedicated Dropship Specialist to help you

It’s easy to get started. Once you have selected which products you’ll carry, we take over from there! Your customer places an order with you. You order the products from our site and we ship the order to your customers with your logo and address on the packing slip. Pretty easy, right? If you are interested in learning more, click here.

April 10, 2014   No Comments

Distributorships Make it Easy to Start your own Online Store!

something newMaybe you’ve already thought about having your own online store, but realized you’re not tech savvy, nor do you want to put in the countless hours of managing all the functions from inventory to shipping and returns to customer service. It’s just too much time to devote to a part-time income.

You’re looking for a turnkey solution that requires no technical skills and virtually no management. DollarDays’ distributorship is the answer for an easy, extra revenue stream that only requires you to spread the word about your new website.

Here is how a Dollardays’ Distributorship works:
DollarDays will set up a personalized website with your name, company or logo at the top of every page. DollarDays is responsible for adding new products to your site and removing discontinued items as well as the overall maintenance of the site. Promoting your site to the businesses in your town and your neighbors will be the key to your success. Your volume and income will come with satisfied customers who look to you for reorders to keep their shelves full of hot selling merchandise.

Here is what DollarDays handles for you (the time consuming part of the business that most people hate!):

• Full Service Sales Force
• The same personal attention that has earned us an A+ rating with the BBB
• Complete customer service including handling returns
• All customer order tracking and email notification
• Order processing and shipping
• Payment Processing (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, PayPal)
• Responsibility for collections on unpaid or delinquent orders
• Website hosting and daily maintenance of product database
• Manage and warehouse all inventory.

Yep, we handle it all, so you can spend your time promoting your website! Go ahead and compare programs. We guarantee you won’t find any that offers so much for so little. Learn more and get started with a brand new business and revenue stream!

April 10, 2014   No Comments

Nominate a local business to win in our $5,000 Giveaway!

DollarDays is giving away $5,000 in merchandise to small business owners who YOU nominate! All you have to do is go to our Facebook page to enter. Wouldn’t you love to see your favorite store be a winner?
Eighteen businesses will be selected after April 30 and the $5,000 in merchandise will be dispersed to 18 winners this way: First place is $2,000, second place is $1,000, third place is $500 and 15 winners will each receive a $100 shopping spree. DollarDays pays for shipping too! The winners have until the end of the year to redeem their award with an online shopping spree at DollarDays.com!
Tell a friend. Your office. Your church—gang up on a business you love and get them nominated so many times that their chances of winning is good!! (Winners are selected randomly by a special algorithm.)

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April 8, 2014   No Comments

Food Bank Winners from our March Facebook $5k Giveaway

mar14contest_160x300 (1)First of all, we want to thank the thousands of people who entered their local food banks to win in our $5,000 in merchandise giveaway. Eighteen winners were randomly selected and here they are! Congratulations to the winners. Each winner will receive a phone call or email with instructions on how to redeem their award! If you see your nomination, call them to let them know!

Rosie’s Place Leominster MA 2,000.00
Andre House Phoenix AZ 1,000.00
Orting Food Bank Orting WA 500.00
Hosea Feed the Hungry Atlanta GA 100.00
Foof fof People Eureka CA 100.00
Leife Net 4 Families Lauderhill FL 100.00
Food Bank NYC New York NY 100.00
Covenant Soup Kitchen Willimantic CT 100.00
Adair County Resource Center Stilwell OK 100.00
Cae rFood Shelf Elk River MN 100.00
Greater Chicago Food Depository Chicago IL 100.00
Audrey’s Outreach Brook Park OH 100.00
Friends of Night People Buffalo NY 100.00
Food for Thought Santa Rosa Beach FL 100.00
Laredo Regional Food Bank Laredo TX 100.00
Mary Martha Outreach Bartlesville OK 100.00
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Tulsa OK 100.00
The Open Cupboard Clinton NJ 100.00

Be sure to enter our April contest by nominating a small business in your community! DollarDays loves small business!

April 3, 2014   No Comments

Helping Small Businesses—Lots of Talk, But No Action

 

blog aprilThe Small Business Act of 1953 established the Small Business Administration (SBA) which came into existence on the grounds that small businesses are essential to a free enterprise system. It was the intent of establishing the SBA to “deter the formation of monopolies and the market failures monopolies cause by eliminating competition in the marketplace,” according to the Congressional Research Service.  Today there are over 5.6 million employer firms who employ 113 million people with a total payroll of $5.16 trillion. Sixty two percent of these employers have four or fewer employees, 89.8% have fewer than 20 and 98.3% have fewer than one-hundred. The SBA has 1,047 different classifications of businesses. The current definition of small business is companies with not more than $15 million in tangible net worth and not more than $5 million in average net income after federal taxes. Overall, the SBA classifies 97% of all employers as small business. These same small firms represent 30% of our receipts in our economy, which means big business is still 70% of our economy. Back in 1953 when the SBA was established, the split was 34% of all dollar value of all sales was small business and 66% was big business. Not much has really changed over the last 60 years despite all the rules,   regulations and the formation of the SBA.

Our country has always been a country of small businesses. In colonial America, 20% of the crops raised and handicraft products made were exported by these small businesses. At the time of our revolution, because of domestic economic growth and exports, Americans had a standard of living higher than most Europeans. Increasing an individual’s standard of living has been the driving factor to open a small business throughout American history. But Gallup just reported that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year, known as “the birth and death rates of American companies,” just crossed for the first time since this measurement began. Annually, 400,000 new businesses are now being born nationwide, while 470,000 are dying each year across the country. This is a trend we must reverse and we need our government’s help to do this.

Sure we can blame it on the recession we have been battling for the last several years, but it is much deeper than that. In addition to new regulations for small businesses in health care reform, an increase in regulatory activity in several industries, and the uncertainty about taxes, several other causes come into play making it hard to open a business today. One reason is there continues to be a shortage of financing alternatives to open a new business. Before the recession entrepreneurs could use the equity in their homes, but in today’s world, how many of us have significant equity in our homes? Another reason is technology, which we think is helping to streamline work and create Internet related businesses, but is also responsible for displacing independent businesses across several verticals. Look at the travel agents who have lost their businesses or the video store, the record store and the bookstore. A third reason is the well-financed big businesses are killing the little guy. Home Depot is pounding the hardware stores, the same thing Best Buy is doing to the electronic stores. Walmart controls close to 50% of some lines of the grocery and general merchandise business, where a generation ago thousands of families made their living selling these goods.

On April 5, 2012 President Obama signed into law the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act. He said at the time “for start-ups and small businesses, this is a potential game changer. For the first time, ordinary Americans can invest in entrepreneurs they believe in.”  This law relaxed regulation for businesses that are emerging growth companies, created a “crowd funding” exemption to allow private companies to raise up to $1M and raised the limit of small offerings from $5M to $50M. It is two years later and nothing in this law is implemented. Anyone close to this new law, such as legislators, practitioners and potential small business owners, have voiced their frustrations with continuing delays in adopting final rules, but to no avail. And we ask ourselves how our government has led us to the tipping point where more businesses close than open.

If the US government, who has good intentions but poor follow through, cannot help small businesses, then who can? The Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation created Startup America Partnership, which helps entrepreneurs get their companies off the ground by delivering free or low cost services and connecting them with larger corporations for mentoring.  Score is a nonprofit association that helps small businesses succeed by using volunteer mentors who share their knowledge in an effort to give back to their community. At DollarDays, on our Facebook page in April, we are giving away $5,000 worth of products to help small businesses launch or expand, so please nominate a small business in your community that deserves our help.

Every big company started small.  Look at Wal-Mart, where even today over 50% of the company is still owned by the Walton family. Or Bill Gates who is still the largest shareholder in Microsoft. We as a country can’t afford more businesses dying than are being born. The government has let us down with sequestration, shutting itself down when we need it the most, battles over healthcare and battles over the debt ceiling and budgets. When they finally pass a law that makes sense like the JOBS Act, they still can’t implement it after two years. All of us need to reach out to our representatives and tell them to get their “act” together. Here is the link to contact Congress. And if they do not react, we need to vote them all out and start again.

 

April 3, 2014   No Comments