April 29, 2007 |
Buying used merchandise is a topic that can prompt strong opinions. That's because buying secondhand items can turn out to be a good deal or a bad one. But being smart about buying previously owned items can be a key to getting and keeping your financial life on track. These days, traditional outlets for used items, including garage sales, yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores and newspaper classified ads, are augmented by such online options as auction site EBay.com and Craigslist.com.
July 10, 2006 |
Sony Corp. has patented technology that would prevent its PlayStation consoles from playing used, rented or borrowed video games -- raising questions about whether the electronics and entertainment giant may attempt to redefine what it means to own something in the digital age. Sony has said little about the technology, patented in Japan in 2000, or how it might be deployed.
March 21, 2006 |
Ever want to borrow the latest Fendi bag for a month or drive around in a bright yellow Lamborghini for a day? Several companies are tapping into consumers' penchant for leasing luxury. They're targeting both the affluent who don't want to hold on to anything for long and less-moneyed folks who covet a taste of the lifestyles of the rich. Bag Borrow or Steal, a Seattle-based online service, allows customers to borrow designer handbags through a monthly membership fee.
October 14, 2005 |
When Hollywood costume supervisor Robin Roberts talks about Re-Runs, a vintage clothing warehouse in Kansas City, Mo., it's as if she's describing a magical emporium designed specifically for wardrobe mavens. "It was almost like walking into a department store that had been left alone for decades," says Roberts, whose credits include HBO's "Carnivale" and the upcoming series "Big Love."
HOME & GARDEN
April 21, 2005 |
Mary Mueller has stumbled upon a basic truth of modern life: It's not easy to give things away. When Mueller, her husband and three daughters moved to a new home in Moorpark, she seized the opportunity to get rid of furniture that wouldn't work in the new house, toys the children had outgrown and other items the family no longer used. "You want to be a good steward and pass these things on to someone who can use them.
March 2, 2005 |
It's the last chance for these old bikes. Bent and abandoned by their owners, they are being piled aboard boats in this western Japanese port, a tangle of spokes and handlebars rescued from the scrap heap. Their unlikely saviors are North Koreans.