Just a couple of years ago, only a few manufacturers used MAP pricing. Today, most of products we sell have Minimum Advertising Prices, also known as MAPs.
To sell the items, retailers promise not to sell the product for below the MAP. Doesn’t matter how big or small the store is, and usually the promise is in the form of a legally binding written contract.
This post explains MAP pricing: Why are manufacturers using MAPs these days? What happens when MAP “Cheaters” are caught? Is the product you want subject to MAP pricing? And: if a store lies to or cheats a company they work with all the time, why would an individual customer be treated better?
- It’s Not Your Imagination and It’s Not the Boogie Man
It isn’t your imagination: your motion-activated spotlights and floodlights used for security or safety are indeed turning on more often then usual. These lights are often get more touchy when the weather gets cold.
The reason is simple: Passive Infrared Sensors (PIRs) don’t actually pick up movement. Instead they sense when heat passes through the area. This means that when temperatures drop, small animals that the sensor would ignore most of the time may often turn the lights on.
Here’s some ways to save energy and makes sure that your solar security lights work better this winter. Continue reading
- Why did people used to think tomatoes were poisonous?
- Why do brides carry flowers?
- Where did the expression “he doesn’t have a pot to pee” in come from?
- How did the the custom of wakes begin?
- Why do people say “It’s raining cats and dogs” or “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water?”
Find the answers to these questions in more with interesting facts about how common myths, traditions, and expressions originated, and how some of them have a grain of truth to them today.
We just turned on many many great deals on several of our best birdhouses and bird feeders from Home Bazaar at SolarFlairLighting.com. Here’s a quick review of some, and much more will be coming soon, including many solar lights, and other great things for your home, or for to check off your holiday gift lists. Video shows small sample, with more coming Friday and different sales coming in next week or so. Why deal with mobs, stampedes and circling around and around for parking? Start your holiday shopping now at home. (Especially when shipping is free!)
Interesting: see how one landfill visible from space from is being transformed into a 10-MW solar installation (and wetlands restoration to boot!) . From RenewableEnergyWorld.com, not a nutty tree hugging site, but one that looks at renewables from business, environmental and other view points. “What was once the largest landfill on the planet is being partly reinvented, and solar energy will be playing a big role in that… New York City will convert roughly 47 acres of land at the Freshkills Park on Staten Island into a 10-MW solar installation, five times bigger than any other system in the city and boosting the city’s renewable energy by 50 percent, according to officials. Continue reading
- Illuminations, Newsletter of SolarFlairLighting.com
As we begin our 4th year in business, we thought it would be a good time to review how the landscape of solar lighting has changed, and how our store, SolarFlairLighting.com is evolving to meet these changes. Below is a summary of the November 2013 issue of Illuminations, our quarterly newsletter. (And, we’re having sales now and more are on the way for later this week and next week.) Continue reading
Along with educational toys and experiment kits that focus on solar, renewable energy and ecology, we offer many board games. These are great for kids, family time, even home schooling. Some (like board games on Microbrewing or WineOpoly are more for adults.) Check out our video.
- Hint of Green, Time to Clean
First, I apologize for people who could have used this information this past summer, but there’s only so much time.
Along with saying “better late than never,” we’re posting it now because many of our customers and blog followers have warm weather year-round.
For those who don’t, it’s a good time to note that solar fountains and pumps should be thoroughly cleaned and dry before they’re stored in sheds, basements, garages or elsewhere for the winter.
Here’s our detailed recommendation of how to clean out nasty algae, mineral scale, leave debris, seed coverings and bird “whatever” without damaging the fountain or harming your backyard birds, other wildlife pets and curious children. Continue reading
- What’s Missing from This Picture. And, No It’s Not Cranberry Sauce and Stuffing
If you said a rake or the trees and bushes we lost during the blizzard, you’d be accurate but that’s but not the point. What’s really missing?
Solar lanterns offer lots of benefits over traditional ones that use candles, electricity, kerosene or even batteries. Ditto with solar flashlights, and most of the ones we carry can hold a up to 80% of their solar charge for several months, great for keeping them in your car for emergencies.
Here’s the most recent video on our YouTube channel. Check it out…(and yes, the San Rafael Mission II style solar lanterns are back.) And, there’s a lot to choose from. That’s why we posting our latest video that focuses on these great gadgets. .Some are pretty and really “decorative” lighting, others are highly functional with special features like bendable handles so you can hook them up and keep your hands free, or really do provide light strong enough to use camping or dining (indoors or out). Continue reading