6 Tips for Smarter Online Shopping This Season

Tips to Get a Good Deal Without Getting Rooked

Six Tips to Get a Good Deal Without Getting Rooked

As online shoppers and online merchants, there are things we always look for when shopping online. Some are obvious, some you might not think about if the price is right (meaning far lower than elsewhere.)

Here’s our Top Tips (some with links to detailed posts) to avoid running betting “grinched” this holiday season, or any time of the year.

Online shopping can save you lots of time. But no matter how busy you are, make sure that steal of a deal doesn’t turn into a big lump of coal.  Continue reading

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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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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Two Common Adjustments for Solar Lights in Spring

Spring Tips for Solar Lights with Motion Sensors and/or Adjustable Panels

Many solar lights, particularly spotlights and flood lights, need two adjustments each time the seasons change so that you get the brightest and longest lasting illumination each night.

The first change is to adjust the solar panels so that they get the most sun.

The second common adjustment is for solar lights that have PIR motion detectors.

Here’s what we recommend that you do to get the most reliable performance from solar lights with these handy features. Continue reading

Reasons to Recycle Other than the Environment

Recycling Happens...One Way or The Other

Recycling Happens…One Way or the Other!

We’re working on a post about household hazardous materials (because April or May is when most counties or municipalities that have regular household haz-mat capabilities have special collections.

Household Haz-Mat disposal is completely different and far more important than regular recycling. We know that a lot of people don’t recycle, though few will admit). Okay: I admit I don’t always recycle for a variety or reasons including laziness or I’m in a rush.

I also know that if I don’t put my recyclables into a separate bin, somebody else is going to sort through my trash. And not just because the lack of a recycle bin targets my garbage cans for dumpster divers, most of looking for deposit bottles but that they could also find things that are private. So, if you think recycling is a nuisance, here are some things to consider.

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