Don’t Want to More Internet Sales Taxes, Act Now!

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Keep the Feds out of State Taxes. Protect Consumer Choice. Stop the “Marketplace Fairness Act.”

If you do a lot of online shopping and don’t want to pay higher prices, you really need to learn about the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act.

This is a proposed Federal law that would require online stores to tax all customers: regardless of current state laws.

Right now, very large companies (such as Walmart or Home Depot) have to charge sales tax. However, the vast majority of companies that do business online are small businesses that will be really harmed by this legislation. 

And except for sales within their own states, most stores can sell their products tax free. If the Markeplace Fairness Act (and we don’t think it’s fair at all) the prices you pay online will rise unless the store opts to re-incorporated in one of the five states that have no income taxes. (And frankly: that’s not so hard, so most states won’t get much more money. They’ll just lose jobs.)

And guess what? Odds are you’ll indirectly be paying two sets of sales tax. Here’s why, and what you can do to stop it. Continue reading

Product Focus on Solar Spot Lights

Featured products - solar spotlights at http://www.solarflairlighting.com/content-categories/cat-261/solar_spot_lights.htmlSpotlights are one of the most versatile types of solar lights in terms of what’s available and how you can use them.

  • Need extra light in an area difficult to reach with electricity? Check!
  • Want choices between continuous on or Motion Detection? No problem.
  • Enhanced security? Covered.
  • Looking for a no-fuss way to add drama to a special landscape feature? Easy!

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Go Green This Holiday Seasons – Great Solar Gift Ideas

Xmas_Video_PinterestIf people on your list fit into any of the below categories, solar lights just might be great choices for gifts this years. Silver and Gold? Fine, just make sure to Go Green with gifts of solar lights!

  • The “they have everything already” types: check out some different things.goodness: they all ready have EVERYTHING!
  • Co-workers or family where clothes just aren’t going to cut it
  • Kids who want to learn about sustainable living or renewable energy
  • who need toys that teach renewable energy

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Fair warning: our most popular items sell quickly. Most of our products have MAP prices (meaning if the dealer gets caught advertising them for less, the distributor or manufacturer may not ship the order — be they the smallest store or Amazon.)

Take advantage of our no Bull Shipping Policy: All Items Ship Free to the 48 Contiguous United States Every Day. We just HATE looking for the lowest price, only to get whacked with extra shipping at checkout. Or, looking to buy things to get our total up to a certain dollar amount…and often finding the things we want are “exempt” from free shipping. (That’s not Free Shipping, it’s trickery: that’s why our Shipping is No Bull Every Day.)

(Except freight orders of very large quantities of large products, where flatbeds, forklifts or loading docks and staff necessary for delivery: a very small portion of our sales and most of these are large numbers of commercial lights, street lights, etc.)

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Veterans Day…A Day to Remember. Best Charities to Support

Thanks to Vets, Active Service Men, Women and FamiliesThanks to All Veterans, Active Service Men, Women and Families

No sales for us this Veterans Day. And, unless you really REALLY need something, please consider making a donation instead to a valid agency that works to help our Veterans, Service Men and Women, and their families.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of ads from stores that say a percentage of their products go to Vets. No names, but we think a lot of the products aren’t great and bet very little of the “proceeds” help Vets or Active Service Men or Women.

Below are several highly reputable charities according to the US Armed Forces and which all get an “A” rating or better from the American Institute of Philanthropy. Continue reading

With Solar Lighting, Commercial is More Than Marketing Label

When buying solar lights to illuminate public areas such as walkways, parking areas, recreational facilities or storage area, you probably need fixtures a bit stronger and more durable than most people would chose for their homes.

Rely on technical specs, not marketing tag lines to evaluate solar lightsWhen you buy these lights, make sure you know what you are paying for. Some lights are labelled “industrial,” “commercial” or “residential” based on the people marketing teams think will buy the products. (There is no technical definition of exactly what a “Commercial Solar Light” is and is not.)

It’s like a Food or Drink Labelled “Diet or Lite” by Ad People.  Is a beer lite in taste, alcohol, color or calories? Fat-free cookies sound healthy, but most contain far more calories because extra sugar or corn syrup is added to make them taste taste good. Don’t believe snappy catch phrases until you read the nutritional labels.

With that in mind, here’s some things to consider when choosing reliable solar lights for heavy duty site illumination. Along with the detailed written materials, we’ve also included a video for those who prefer that medium.  Continue reading

Cool! New Warm White Victorian Lamps

SolarLightingSmart.com loves the Victorian Solar Lamp. We’re really glad that it’s now gotten even better! Along with models that have PIR/Motion Sensing Technology for smart solar lamps, our store’s Victorian Solar Lamp is now available with warm white LEDs for illumination far more like old fashioned lamps and lamp posts.

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Manufacturer Sale on Selected Better Solar Shed Lights, Solar Lamps

Solar_lamps_wall_mount_light_saleYes, the primary purpose of our blog is to provide information and answer questions about outdoor solar lights and landscape products.

From time to time we do share info when our store (SolarFlairLighting.com) has special sales and this one is a rare chance to get some high quality solar lamps and shed lights at great prices, with free shipping.

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What Makes Solar Lamps Truly Bright?

One Lamp Cast Light, One Has a Halo
One Lamp Casts Light, One Has a Halo

At the home center the other day, it wasn’t surprising that there were far more solar lights available than last year, and certainly more than three or four years ago.

It also wasn’t surprising that most of the lights weren’t particularly well made and very few were all that bright.

The most disappointing (and the most expensive) were solar lamps and lamp posts produced by traditional light manufacturers. The selection and quality of light just wasn’t there.  Find out why! Continue reading

Spring May Mean Battery Changes for Solar Lights

New Batteries: Often a Quick Fix for Solar Lights
New Batteries: Often a Quick Fix for Solar Lights

Whether your solar lights remained outdoors during the winter or whether you’re adding stored ones back to your landscape, odds are that some of the lights won’t be working properly.

The good news: most solar lights will work as good as new with new rechargeable batteries.

The bad news: if you use the wrong type or size battery, you may well permanently damage the fixture and void any warranties.

Here’s some important things to note about solar lights and batteries, including when to tell the solar light has outlived its usefulness and replacement batteries are a waste of time and money.
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