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Archive for May, 2009

Selling your stuff on the internet

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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Most of us have stuff stashed in the garage we no longer use. Yard sales can be a hassle, so how about selling some of those unused items on the internet?

E-bay and craigslist are good places to start.

John Jenness is making room for his granddaughter to move in with him. He’s selling old belongings on the side of the road in Castle Hayne. He said he’s made a little more than a hundred bucks so far, but had never heard of E-bay.

Don’t let technology intimidate you; selling online is cheap, and easy.

Go to E-bay.com and set up a free account.

Click “start selling”, and choose a category that best fits what you’re selling.

You have 55 characters to describe your item. It’s important to use key words you think people will search for. Include whether the item is new, or used.

Most listings will cost anywhere from twenty-five cents to about five dollars, depending on what listing options you choose.

Remember a picture is worth a thousand words, so include a good photo of your item.

You can auction off your item, or sell it at a fixed price.

A good tip is to wait until your customer pays before you send the item. Payment is set up through Pay-Pal or by credit card.

If this sounds like too much work, E-auction Wizard can help.

The Wilmington company will list and sell the item for you, for a fee.

If you don’t want to pay to list your item, you can post on craigslist for free. Those ads are restricted to a specific community, like Wilmington, or Raleigh – Durham.

David Garris said he’s tried craigslist. “It’s not that hard to figure out. It’s just time consuming and doesn’t seem to be worth most of the effort. People call and then you have to make appointments to meet them and all that stuff. Where if you’re selling it out here, people can buy your stuff if they want it, if not thanks for your time.”

He did say he’ll probably sell the video games he has leftover online.

As for John Jenness, he said he’s just fine selling his stuff the old-fashioned way. “Makes you feel good to come out here, go home and tell your wife, I’m just too tired to do anything.”

That brings us to tonight’s poll question. Have you ever bought an item online? You can vote yes or no on our homepage.

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videoMost of us have stuff stashed in the garage we no longer use. Yard sales can be a hassle, so how about selling some of those unused items on the internet?

E-bay and craigslist are good places to start.

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UNCW diver dies in Florida

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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A diver for UNCW’s undersea research facility in Florida has died.

36-year-old Dewey Smith was diving with two other aquanauts near the Aquarius Reef Base off Key Largo.

He told them through hand signals that he was returning to the base.

Shortly after, the divers found Smith unconscious.

His cause of death has not yet been determined.

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A diver for UNCW’s undersea research facility in Florida has died.

36-year-old Dewey Smith was diving with two other aquanauts near the Aquarius Reef Base off Key Largo, but died after leaving the other divers.

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Changes to smoking ban

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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The NC Senate has changed its mind again on a smoking ban for North Carolina.

Wednesday, a legislative committee limited the proposed smoking ban in public places, because a ban on smoking in all workplaces did not have enough support.

The Senate Health Committee revised the bill so that it now applies only to restaurants and bars.

Other workplaces, such as office buildings, would no longer be covered by the ban.

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The NC Senate has changed its mind again on a smoking ban for North Carolina.

Wednesday, a legislative committee limited the proposed smoking ban in public places, because a ban on smoking in all workplaces did not have enough support.

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Marino on Money: May 6

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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In this economy, investing your money may seem tough, but it’s not impossible. Today, financial planner Ross Marino discusses the importance of 401(k) plans.

Today let’s talk about investing $500 with little risk. Is there another way to receive an instantaneous, guaranteed return on your money, other than paying off debt? That’s a good question. There’s only one other way I know of that is close. It’s taking advantage of a match in your 401(k). If your employer offers such a match, you defer money into your 401(k), and eventually, your employer puts in a match. Sometimes the match is immediate. If your employer offers 50 cents on the dollar, that means you receive a return of 50% on any deferrals that are matched. If your company matches up to 6% of your pay, then you could receive a match equal to 3% of your pay. That’s a 50% return, on your money. If your match is dollar for dollar, it represents a 100% return on your money. As soon the money is in your 401(k) account, it is guaranteed, meaning, it’s your money, not the employers. Keep in mind, the investment options within your 401(k), carry different levels of risk. I am just talking about the employer match, not the investment options.

Does a 50% or 100% return, on a portion of your money sound good? Here’s another way to look at it.

In today’s economy, most people are happy just to have a job or own a business. But how would you like a raise? If your company offers a match, then simply participating in the 401(k) is like getting a raise. If your company offers a 3% match, it’s like getting a 3% raise that is deposited into your retirement account. I am constantly amazed, at how many people have the opportunity, and can afford, to invest in their company-matched 401(k) plan, but do not participate.

A match is free money. Which means, free money! Just wanted to clarify that. You don’t need to work harder. In some cases, the match is all yours, even if you leave the company right after you received it. In other plans, you earn the match over the course of a few years. That is called, vesting. But whatever you call it, it’s free. Your employer has decided to offer you a match, and based on my experience, they really want you to take advantage of it. I speak regularly with companies that offer 401(k) plans, and they want their employees to save for their retirement. Offering a match is one way they try and help you do this.

Of course, if you don’t bother to save money for retirement, you can always count on Social Security. Right?

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In this economy, investing your money may seem tough, but it’s not impossible. Today, financial planner Ross Marino discusses the importance of 401(k) plans.

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Cape Fear Pride Wrightsville Beach: History of Transportation

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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This month for our Cape Fear Pride series we’re exploring the town of Wrightsville Beach.

We caught up with some students at Wrightsville Beach Elementary, to learn about this beach destination.

Today, a history lesson about transportation from Kristian Laufer, a fifth grade student.

Be sure to watch this Friday as our Cape Fear Pride series takes us to Wrightsville Beach.

Steve Rondinaro, Chris Phillips, and Jenna Caiazzo will be at the Blockade Runner for our 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 broadcasts.

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videoThis month for our Cape Fear Pride series we’re exploring the town of Wrightsville Beach.

We caught up with some students at Wrightsville Beach Elementary, to learn about this beach destination.

Today, a history lesson about transportation from Kristian Laufer, a fifth grade student.

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