Friday, 15 August 2014

eBay Fee Hike For Sellers

It's going to be more costly to sell on eBay, beginning today. This coming just a couple of days after a massive internet outage which saw eBay going down and inaccessible on Tuesday, the tenth time it has happened for the site this year, this fee hike is not going down well with sellers of the marketplace. 

Although some will see their cost lower by a slight margin, sellers who use the site for auctions for 3-10 day "Buy It Now" listings will see a bigger impact. 

Moreover, from being charged 95p for the "Gallery Plus" feature of the website, it is now £2.50, a marked increase. 

Adding the "Buy It Now" option will now cost a flat rate of 50p, when it was previously charged at varying costs, with the maximum at 50p. 

Adding a subtitle will now cost £1 when it was merely 35p previously.

And these are just a few examples of the hike in fee faced by sellers on eBay!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Music Festival

It's been almost two months since I returned from my European vacation and I still seriously miss the good times there! It was an eye-opening experience and since it was summer, there were plenty of parties and carnivals to visit! I loved every minute of my time there, and really was reluctant to get on board the plane to fly home. 

I was discussing with a friend about the many music festivals in Europe and we were thinking if we could pull off something similar. I know that he is a regular shopper at musician's friend and he is very knowledgeable about music and the creation of it.

As for me, I have some connections, which I may be able to pull. The thing I am concerned about is if we will have public support. What do you think?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Italian Village For Sale

An Italian village has been put up for sale on eBay, at a Buy It Now price of only $333,057. The new owner, however, will have to restore the village's stone houses, and that could come up to quite a bit. 

But truth be told, if I have the moolah, I wouldn't mind buying a village like this, or an island, even if it means pouring in more money to restore it. 

I had always wanted a small piece of land to call my own, anyway. My own Queendom, so to speak!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Weak Ringgit

Having spent 9 days in Europe, specifically in Holland, I was so conscious of the weak Ringgit. I wouldn't say that things are expensive in when prices are quoted in Euro, because they actually aren't that pricey, but I surely felt the pinch each time I converted Euro to Ringgit, multiplying by almost 4.5 times! 

It wouldn't be so bad if I was earning Euro and spending Euro, but I was only earning Ringgit, and not that regularly, so the difference was really noticeable! It would be worse if I was in England!

My friend, who is currently travelling Europe with her young son also felt the huge gap between Ringgit and Euro. Wouldn't it be great if our currency is at par with Euro or even British Pounds? Well, if not, USD and AUD would also do!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Potluck Party

I am currently on vacation in Holland with some friends. While I am putting up at a hotel, a group of other friends have rented an apartment for two weeks. That's cheaper, but because I don't have a car, I opted to stay in a city hotel for convenience. 

My friends are planning to throw a party at the apartment and I am invited. We all have to chip in to set up the party, plus bring along food and drinks. Since we are all foreigners, we are going potluck. 

I have already found a tablecloth for the party, but am still figuring out what food to contribute. I guess, first, I have to see what the others are bringing.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Just A Thought About Credit Cards

I recently made a purchase of airline tickets with my credit card. I bought it one month before my flight date. One condition of my flight ticket is that I have to show my credit card and flight ticket before boarding the plane. 

It doesn't make sense to me because I have already paid for the ticket, so why do I still need to show my credit card? And what if in that one month, there is a discrepancy to my card and I have to replace it??

What happens, then? Argh!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Italy Luxury Car Sale

The Italian government, struggling to recover from a 2-year-long recession, has made the move to put luxury cars on auction. These vehicles, used by various government agencies, have brought in €371,400 thus far. 

The initial 52 cars sold included BMWs and Audis, netting an average price of €7,142. By May 16, a total of 151 cars will be auctioned off that would include armoured Maseratis. 

This move to cut outrageous spending by ministries has received positive reaction for the general Italian public.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

eBay Daily Deals: Unlocked Galaxy S5 for US$699.99

Even before Samsung has released its flagship Galaxy S5 to the market on April 11, eBay has already offered a pre-order deal for the mobile device for a sum of US$699.99. 

While this may sound pricey, some sites are selling it at a more expensive price. Hah... that's because this is a eBay Daily Deal! 

After conversion to Ringgit Malaysia, it is even cheaper than the price in Malaysia! 

And here in Malaysia, I am still waiting for Celcom to reveal their telco plans for Samsung Galaxy S5. Maxis and DiGi have already revealed their plans. What's Celcom waiting for? Boo!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Additional 50 sen Cheque Stamp Duty Deferred

The imposition of an increase of 50 sen stamp duty on top of the existing 15 sen has been deferred to January 1st, 2015. It was announced earlier to be April 1st, 2014.

It was meant to be Bank Negara Malaysia's move to reduce to 100 million cheque issuances in 2020 from the 240 million cheque issuances recorded in December 2012.

Meanwhile, the fee for IBG transactions performed via Internet and mobile banking has been reduced to 10 sen per transaction from 50 sen since May 2013.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Still Searching For MH370

It has been five days and still no news of the missing plane. It pains me to read about news about it, be they true or false. I hope that people won't simply share speculations over the internet, just to get more likes or comments, or basically, to increase their engagement on social networks. This won't help. 

Sure, we can form our own theories, but since we are all just keyboard warriors and not an expert in any of these fields involved, it's best to just keep our thoughts to ourselves. We shouldn't add pain to the grieving families. 

What we can do is to just keep praying a closure for this tragic incident.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Woodwind Instruments

My friend saw a couple of woodwind instruments from guitar center which he wanted to buy. However, while he has no qualms shopping only, he wanted to try the instruments out before making the purchase. 

I suggested he may want to try them out at a neighborhood store first, and if the price tag is more attractive online, he should get it online. 

Funny thing is, I previously thought that one needs to be big-sized to be able to handle woodwind instruments but this friend is a very skinny guy, and yet he plays so well. Haha... I guess I was holding to a misconception!

Monday, 10 March 2014

mh370.com Domain For Sale On eBay

The domain name of mh370.com, registered after the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday, has been put up for sale on eBay. The seller was quick to make a quick buck from this tragedy and has no qualms about it. 

While I find it disgusting to profit from this incident, I think anyone who has a deep interest in it, probably someone directly affected by this, may want to get hold of such a domain name, to post up the chronology of the missing aircraft. 

What do you think?

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Home Improvement

Yes, I know it's not the right time of the year to spruce up the home. Usually, it's done before Christmas, or even Chinese New Year, but I was busy then and didn't need this distraction. 

Well, now that my days are a lot quieter, I think it's a good chance for me to do something with the house, especially after I came across poly check table linens. That certainly gave me fresh ideas! 

Besides getting new table linens, I also plan to get linen for the four bedrooms and living room. It is going to be a fun week shopping and fixing them. Looks like I will be busy but I am going to love my new-looking home!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cash Over Credit Card

A global Survey of Saving and Investment Strategies by Nielsen, which covered 30,000 Internet respondents in 60 countries, found that some 60% of Malaysians preferred to use cash to pay for purchases. 20% preferred credit cards, 14% debit cards and 2% prepaid cards.

Of the Malaysian respondents, 55% said that would not shop online, with online security as their top concern.

A couple of years back, my sister would also not shop online, but now, she shops even more than me! It is just so convenient to shop online, besides sometimes we do get more savings that shopping at a neighbourhood retail store.

No doubt, sometimes, we are conned into paying more, but so far, shopping online has been relatively safe. There were a couple of times that my purchases did not go well, but I got my money credited into my account after a short correspondence, so, all went well in the end.