Etsy Card Readers

If you have an Etsy store, and sell items offline as well, then you should take advantage of the Etsy card reader. Etsy is offering card readers to its sellers — for free. When you make a sale with the card, the sale is reflected in your online store, so your on and offline sales are streamlined and your inventory is always accurate. The Etsy reader takes a 2.75 cut on every sale.

Benefits of Selling on Etsy

If you’re an artist, crafter or seller of vintage items, you should consider setting up an Etsy store (if you don’t have one already). The great thing about Etsy is that people already use it to shop. There’s an Etsy app that users can download to their phones and browse while they’re sitting around at airports, train stations or waiting for no-show dates. Because people are already on Etsy, it is a good way to make sure people see your product, especially if your product is the kind of thing people don’t know they want until they see it.

For example, if you make origami wedding veils, you might have a hard time selling that on your own website. Why? Because no one searches for “origami wedding veil”. But if someone looking for a wedding veil is swiping on Etsy and your origami version pops up — presto! A sale.

And now with free card readers from Etsy, you can sell your origami wedding veils online and off.


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Magnetic Rails Save Room in the Fridge

Your fridge is crammed, and there’s no space to put that six-pack of Stella Artois Cidre. But you’re having a party in a few hours and that Stella Artois needs to chill. What are you gonna do?!

Well, you could clean out your fridge, for starters. You probably don’t need to hang on to that half-full jar of gooseberry jam that you’ve had for two years. And some of those takeout containers are probably right on the edge. Get rid of those and you don’t have to worry about where to put your cider.

But if your fridge isn’t full of stuff that shouldn’t be there and you need the space on the bottom shelf for your cheese-filled endive and crudites, cleaning out the fridge isn’t an option. You’re going to have to to plan B: magnetic rails.

That’s right. Stick magnetic rails to the underside of a shelf, and let the magnets attract the metal in your bottle caps. The Stella Artois will hang from the shelf, bat-like, held in place by the magnetic strip. The bottles will hover safely over your endive. The endive won’t have to budge an inch.

But not so fast. This product hasn’t quite made it into Skymall yet. The creators made a prototype and took to Kickstarter to fund the mass production. If you like the idea, find the creators on Kickstarter and toss them a few funds. It’s probably not a bad investment — can’t you see these in college dorms everywhere?

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Fans for Martial Arts Gyms

Photo credit: Several seconds / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND
Photo credit: Several seconds / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

If you work out at Bally’s or LA Fitness or some other corporate chain, then you probably don’t have to worry about climate control. However, if you train at an independently-owned specialty gym — such as a boxing or martial arts gym, then you know that climate control can sometimes pose significant challenges. For instance, in the summer, when you’re wearing sparring gear and sweating your way through a fight on a 90 degree day, you wish your un-air conditioned gym had something more than floor fans to keep you cool.

That’s why it’s pretty sweet that Big Ass Fans has designed fans specifically for specialty gyms. From their website:

In the warm summer months, Big Ass Fans offer a perceived cooling effect of up to 10°F (5.6°C), without the clutter, noise and trip hazard of floor fans. Working with your HVAC system, Big Ass Fans silently and gently distribute conditioned air throughout the space. In the winter, slow your fans to smoothly redirect warm air collecting at the ceiling back down to floor level, improving comfort and reducing your heating expenses. While your clients work up a sweat, we trim down your utility bills.

Big Ass Fans has “fitness specialists” who understand what gyms and their clientele need to stay cool. We love companies that turn to experts for help with their specialized products. Indoor sports facilities, such as batting cages, also benefit from the cooling power of their fans and the expertise of their team.

Big Ass Fans manufactures fans for other industries too; you’ll find their fans in all kinds of facilities, from horse barns to auto dealerships. They also make beautiful ceiling fans that you can install in your home. The Essence fan comes in several colors, including “Blinded by the White” and “Cocoa Ono.”



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