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Ebay Launching Its Own ‘Under $10’ Section

Ebay Launching Its Own ‘Under $10’ Section

Ebay is making things a little easier for those on a budget by launching their ‘Under $10’ section.

You may recall the recent introduction of Amazon’s ‘$10 and Under’ section which I wrote about back in January. Amazon collects inexpensive items and groups them in different categories like Men’s, Electronics, and Household.

Now Ebay is doing something similar, giving shoppers a chance to find inexpensive deals in a number of different categories. Ebay’s ‘Under $10’ section collects a large number of items from different sellers, all of which ship free (just like Amazon’s budget section).

Ebay’s section has a much more detailed selection of categories to narrow down your browsing. On Amazon, there are 8 categories to choose from, and then you browse through a bunch of items within that category. On Ebay, however, there are 6 main categories to choose from, but within those 6 categories, there are over two dozen sub-categories, and in those sub-categories, there are sub-sub-categories.

For instance, if you look in the ‘Fashion Under $10’ category, you can narrow down to ‘Men’s Clothing & Shoes’ (or another sub-category), then narrow further with sub-sub-categories like ‘Jeans’ and ‘Sandals.’ This means you don’t have to scroll through a ton of items you have no interest in. It’s easier to focus in on what you really want to browse for. The six main categories on Ebay’s new section are ‘Fashion,’ ‘Electronics,’ ‘Home & Garden,’ ‘Sports,’ ‘Lifestyle & Entertainment,’ and ‘Motors.’

The ‘Fashion’ category includes things like off-the-shoulder blouses, workout pants, and reflective sunglasses. In ‘Electronics,’ you can find waterproof bluetooth speakers and PS4 games. ‘Home & Garden’ includes artificial succulents and vegetable slicers. In ‘Sports,’ there are yoga mats and canteens. ‘Lifestyle & Entertainment’ features things like vinyl records (from many different artists, including Buddy Holly and Incubus) and cat hammocks. And in ‘Motors,’ you can expect to see items like windshield cleaning tools and auto repair parts.

If you’re on a budget but still enjoy shopping, it’s a good time for you. With Ebay joining Amazon in offering a whole section devoted to items $10 or less, online shopping might be a little more convenient. Ebay’s section is great in that it has so many different categories to make finding what you need (or didn’t know you needed) a little easier.

Check out Ebay’s ‘Under $10’ section and see what you can find!

What You Might Find in Amazon’s New ‘$10 & Under’ Section

What You Might Find in Amazon’s New ‘$10 & Under’ Section

Amazon now offers a ‘$10 & Under with Free Shipping’ section for those looking for affordable products. The new section became available this past week and could be a great draw for people who like to shop but are on a tight budget.

The ‘$10 & Under’ section currently has 9 categories to choose from. You can choose All if you want to see everything added to the section. Or you can get more specific with the following categories: Women’s, Men’s, Electronics, Gifts, Home Décor, Household, Watches, and Hello 2018!

The section also mentions free shipping. Prime users already expect free shipping, but this section has a draw for everyone—you don’t have to have Prime to get the free shipping. This means you can shop in the ‘$10 & Under’ section without worrying about shipping costs even if you’re not paying for a Prime membership.

Right now the section is a little tricky to navigate, because you can only filter items by the categories mentioned above and you can’t search the section. However, if you have some time to scroll through, you’ll likely spot something that catches your interest.

There are a variety of items in the Women’s and Men’s sections. The Women’s category includes a lot of clothing and accessories. There’s jewelry, like earrings and bracelets, plus there are hair accessories and full clothing items like blouses and skirts alongside miscellaneous small items. In the Men’s category, you can find items like t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, and tie clips. There are also items like water bottles and headphones.

In Electronics and Gifts, there are quite a few items to choose from. The Electronics category has items like iPhone armbands and other iPhone accessories, smartphone cases, chargers and charger cords, and headphones. The Gifts category has a pretty scattered collection of items. There are things like sunglasses, balloons, throw pillows, greeting cards, baseballs, soap, and succulent plant pots.

Home Décor and Household both feature an array of items for the home. The Home Décor section is filled with plenty of throw pillows in all sorts of designs and colors. There are also items like coaster sets, decorative signs and knick knacks, tablecloths, string lights, and curtains. In the Household section, you can find plenty of cleaning supplies, as well as storage containers, lightbulbs, kitchen utensils, and shower caddies.

The Watches and Hello 2018! sections are interesting categories. The Watches section is centered on, of course, watches. There are analog and digital watches with various designs and styles. There are also watch accessories. In the Hello 2018! section, there’s a variety of colorful, glittering items. There are things like earrings, yoga mats, sparkly phone cases, confetti, workout clothing pieces, and to-do lists.

As previously mentioned, going through the available items involves quite a bit of scrolling and just looking for whatever catches your eye. Head over to the ‘$10 & Under’ section of Amazon to see if you spot something you like.

Which Beauty Package Should You Buy?

Which Beauty Package Should You Buy?

There are a lot of subscription packages out there. So many, in fact, that I’ve written an article about a variety of interesting subscription boxes you can choose from.

Within the world of subscription packages, though, there’s a specific genre that’s extremely popular: beauty boxes. Beauty boxes can be filled with all sorts of things: makeup, bath products, skin care, or anything else meant to make you feel even more beautiful.

Since they’re so popular, there are a lot out there. Just working on this article, I found too many to include them all. Instead, here are just ten popular beauty boxes you can order!

Birchbox

What you get: 5 samples that might be makeup, skin products, hair products, fragrances, or hair products; your products are tailored to your profile
How much it costs: $10/month or $110/year

Glossybox

What you get: 5 beauty products (3 of which are full size) that are based on your “Beauty Profile,” all in a pretty box
How much it costs: $21/month, $58.50/three months, $111/six months, or $210/year

Ipsy

What you get: 5 sample size or full size beauty products that might be makeup, skin products, hair products, fragrances, or hair products, all tailored based on your profile and past products you’ve reviewed
How much it costs: $10/month or $110/year

Julep

What you get: More than $40 of beauty products, including makeup, skincare, and nail color, with the ability to choose what you get each month or upgrade to a different box
How much it costs: $24.99/month or $19.99/month if you subscribe for three months; “Luxe” subscriptions cost more

Love Goodly

What you get: 4 or 5 full size items that are cruelty free, nontoxic, vegan, and eco friendly; there are beauty and skincare products, as well as “lifestyle” products (like snacks or accessories)
How much it costs: $29.95/every other month; VIP is $47.95/every other month

Medusa’s Makeup Beauty Box

What you get: 3 to 5 full size makeup products that are vegan and cruelty free
How much it costs: $15.95/month

Play! by Sephora

What you get: 5 deluxe samples with makeup, skincare, haircare, or fragrances that are based on your profile and sent in a makeup bag; includes a “beauty bonus” every month
How much it costs: $10/month

Target Beauty Box

What you get: Women’s or men’s beauty, skincare, or haircare items in a non-subscription box available each month
How much it costs: $7/month

Walmart Beauty Box

What you get: A box of beauty products sent every “season” and based on your profile information
How much it costs: $5/every three months

Yuzen

What you get: “Personal care” items, snacks, and “lifestyle” products that are natural and organic
How much it costs: $35/each “season” (February, May, August, November) or $132/year

Amazon Might Create a Virtual Reality Mirror

Amazon Might Create a Virtual Reality Mirror

If recent patents are any indication, Amazon will be producing even more virtual reality (VR) tech in the future. Amazon’s newest potential plans are for a full-length VR mirror.

Amazon filed a patent this week for a full-length mirror that will mix reality with virtual places and items. Their patent, called “Blended Reality Systems and Methods,” was published within the past week. The mirror would use “mirrors, lights, projectors, displays and cameras” to display clothing and settings, says CNN Money.

This mirror looks like another step further into the world of fashion for Amazon. Amazon already has the Echo Look, which isn’t a mirror but is a smart device focused on fashion. With Echo Look, people can have the device take photos and videos of them, then let the content be uploaded, saved, or shared. People can use this content to get advice from a service called Style Check, which uses algorithms as well as actual suggestions from real people in the world of fashion.

Amazon is also already finding ways to let shoppers visualize what they’re buying before making a purchase. As I talked about in a previous article, Amazon’s app on some iPhones uses augmented reality (AR) to let people place certain products in whatever room the phone’s camera is pointing at. It lets shoppers see whether something fits the style or might be the right size.

Amazon’s possible VR mirror would likely have some concepts similar to the Echo Look and their AR shopping feature. Their mirror would let people visualize their fashion choices when shopping. Using the mirror, users would see themselves, live and in motion (not in a photo), appearing to wear virtual clothing they are considering purchasing. This, of course, would make it much easier to decide whether certain clothing items would look good together or be a good choice for that specific person. Even better, there would be an option to incorporate a virtual background. People could choose from locations, meaning it would make it possible to really see how an outfit would fit in certain specific settings.

Again, this is just a patent, which means it’s possible it won’t actually be released. Also, even if it is, it’s hard to tell how far into the future its release would be. But it is a good indication of what Amazon is interested in creating for its shoppers. It’s also a fun and interesting potential development in the world of VR tech. I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what direction Amazon goes with this tech.

Dancing Hot Dogs and Other Internet-Themed Costumes

Dancing Hot Dogs and Other Internet-Themed Costumes

If you want to wear a Halloween costume this year that represents your love of memes and the internet, you’re in luck. Snap, who offers Snapchat, recently released a dancing hot dog costume based on their popular Snapchat video filter. You can buy the costume on Amazon for $79.99, which seems a fair price for a costume that the description claims is “Made of 100% beef, but never starts it!” and that features “Fresh new flavor.”

If the dancing hot dog from Snapchat isn’t really your favorite bit of internet culture, you do have other options this Halloween. Here are some other costumes that can show how much you love being online:

Emojis

If you use a lot of emojis, you might want to dress as one. You have a lot of options, but here’s just one: Spirit Halloween’s emoji costumes. There are a few choices—for instance, you might want the laughing emoji costume, the poop emoji costume, or the puking rainbow emoji costume. There are child and adult sizes, so if the whole family loves emojis, there’s something for everyone.

Animal Memes

Animal-meme-lovers have some masks to choose from. You might want to dress up as Grumpy Cat with this mask. The rest of the costume is up to you. The same goes for this Doge mask. Both products show the models wearing t-shirts with the masks, but I’m sure you could create a full costume to go with the mask.

Popular Sites and Products

You might want to dress up as something less expected than a cat meme or popular emoji. In that case, you could wear a “Youbook” costume. You can show up to a Halloween party dressed like a social media profile mimicking Facebook. You could also choose to dress up like Twitter. Instead of being a Tweet or a profile, you could dress as the Twitter bird. If you’d rather not dress as a specific social media platform, you have the option of dressing like a smartphone with this dress.

T-Shirts

You might be one of those people who doesn’t like to wear actual costumes. If you’re the person who wears normal clothing to Halloween parties and says you’re dressed up as yourself, consider trying a Halloween costume-themed t-shirt. For instance, you could wear this shirt that says “Error 404: costume not found.” Or, just as fun, you might wear this shirt that claims it is your “human costume” (you’re not really a human—you’re a unicorn). You might not get credit for putting together an actual costume, but at least it’s something.