Blockbuster Still Has One Branch In The US, In Oregon

The popularity of services like Netflix and Hulu, alongside VHS to DVD businesses, has put an end to the days of people heading for VHS stores to get a copy of their favourite film, with most people simply going out for the snacks, drinks and meals for their movie, not for the movie itself.

Blockbuster, the video store many consider represent the bygone age of VHS tapes, is considered extinct by many people, save for the locals at Bend, Oregon, which still stands strong despite the expansion of digital streaming services like Netflix and HBO. The store, located 150 miles of Portland, is in line to become the last Blockbuster branch in Northern America once the two Blockbuster stores in Alaska close.

Alaska saw Blockbuster stores stay for quite a while thanks to the difficulties associated with getting good Wi-Fi or broadcasting reception, but, recently, the managers of the Blockbuster stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks have made a dire announcement regarding the future of the stores. According to their Facebook posts on the 12th of July, they’ll be closing up shop soon and that they’d plan to sell off their inventories, in case someone wants the old VHS tapes for VHS to DVD conversion or just to collect them.

Blockbuster, in recent years, has been closing its corporate-owned stores, but the privately owned branches that simply license the brand, like the one in Oregon, have managed to stay. General Manager Sandi Harding, who’s been working for Blockbuster since 2004, says that the Oregon store has no plans to close the store any time soon.

Harding says that they still have a core group of customers that know of the local store, are loyal and come in regularly. She says that some people need something different from staying on their phones and their laptops, without any personal interactions.

A decade ago, Blockbuster had over 9,000 stores across the US, with Dish Network acquiring the brand back in 2011 after the retailer went under the hammer in a bankruptcy auction. Blockbuster ended up on the auction list thanks to having been crushed by digital video distributors like Netflix.

According to a spokesperson from Dish, there are still licensed Blockbuster stores outside the US, in places like Australia and Brazil.


Enhance The Look Of Your Car With Leather Seat Covers

Want to improve the look of your car? New leather seat covers can do the twist.

These seat covers can come in many various types, with varying colors to choose from, especially depending on one’s taste, preference and budget.

Kisseka Market dealer in car parts, William Kigozi says, new seat covers instantly provide the interior of one’s car a new look and feel. He insists that those planning to resell their cars can redress their car seats with leather seat covers, to make it look like new, and sell it for a higher price.

Plastic Seat Covers

According to Kigozi, “Plastic seat covers are typically utilized in commercial vehicles like taxicabs. However, people owning private cars try to shun them as these can easily get cracked and go old, which may tear away some clothes.”

“However, plastic covers are easier to use as you only need a damp rag to wipe away the dirt and it’s good to go,” he adds.

Cloth Seat Cover

The seat covers are mostly favored by those in the public transportation. They last longer and are inexpensive.

However, taxi driver Denis Mugambe claims that cloth seat covers can easily get dirty.

“Some passengers refuse to ride taxicabs with filthy seat covers. These also take time to dry especially when washed. Many times, the stain remains on the seat covers,” he adds.

Soft Leather Seat Cover

Kigozi noted that, “The soft leather seat covers are both used by private and commercial car owners. They come in different colors and prices.”

“These seat covers add warmth and are comfortable to sit in. The seat covers are easy to clean as there are available sprays used for cleaning. You will just have to dust them away,” he adds.

Pure Leather Seat Covers

“These types of car seat covers are most favored by high class people and some motorists,” says Kigozi.

“They make orders of pure leather seat covers, with prices ranging from $5000 and above. It will also depend on the make and the size of the vehicle. They can also choose a desired color depending on how it is used. However, colors like black, brown, grey and red are most favored by motorists,” he said.

By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Brands

3 Benefits Of Reading A Baby Product Review

There are a lot of reasons why shoppers share their feedback on the internet. One is to share ideas to other buyers on how good or bad the product or service is and also to share if the product is worth the amount that they have paid. Product reviews are also there to warn other shoppers against certain products or suppliers. With all the benefits one can get by reading baby product review, it is no surprise that wise buyers refer to customer feedback before making a purchase. If you are wondering what other benefits you can get out of reading reviews, here are some of them.

Helps you choose a brand

Expensive products do not guarantee better quality. Some items are just more expensive because you are paying for the brand and its popularity. However, if you want to be practical, choose products that highlight their quality and not their brand. With this type of products, you can be sure that they are cheaper yet durable. To get an idea which products are worthy to try, read reviews and take it from those who actually purchased and enjoyed using the items on their babies.

Get shopping Ideas

There are online stores that offer various brands and varied baby products. This is the type of online shops that are suited for busy moms who do not a lot of time to do window shopping due to the many things they have to do for their babies. The good thing about checking on baby product review is you will know right away where you can get all your needed items instead of visiting different online stores which can be time-consuming.

Find cheaper products

Another benefit that you can enjoy by baby product review is you will know where you can get your needed baby supplies at a cheaper price. By reading product reviews, you will get an idea on where you can buy items with money back guarantee or which online shop offers free shipping. You will also know where you can get discounted items or which store should be trusted with your money.

By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Brands

Pink Promise To Be Auctioned At Christie’s HK For US$42 Million

Nothing best expresses love and commitment than diamond engagement rings in Melbourne that embody uniqueness in every aspect. Any women will be immensely pleased to receive a diamond ring of supreme quality. For the male out there, make sure though to take into account the type, cut and quality of the diamond ring you are going to use to make the marriage proposal.

However, there are diamonds that are beyond the powers of an ordinary human to own. For example, the “Pink Promise” which is scheduled for auction at Christie’s in Hong Kong is worth a staggering US$42 million price tag. The Pink Promise is an enormous oval-shaped 14.93 carat pink diamond that forms the centrepiece of a diamond-studded ring.

According to a spokesman from Christie’s the Pink Promise is one of the most important diamonds to be sold because of its colour and clarity. Fung Chiang of Christie’s jewellery department told AFP that a pink diamond is very rare making it extremely valuable. No other piece in their diamond production shares the same unique beauty as the Pink Promise.

Researchers do not understand “exact structural defect” which causes the appealing pink colour. Less than 2% of the diamond production every year produces coloured diamonds. According to Christie’s auction house in Hong Kong, the Pink Promise will go under the hammer on November 8 this year.

Feverish bidding in Hong Kong auction houses was not dented by the ongoing anti-corruption drive in Mainland China. Auction house Sotheby was able to sell an antique 1,000-year old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty for US$7.7 million to an anonymous bidder. It broke the record for Chinese ceramics.

Early this year, “Pink Star” a giant diamond broke the record for gemstones that are sold at auction when it fetched US$71.2 million at Sotheby’s auction house. Chow Tai Fookjewellery chain won the bid for the 59.60 carat diamond.

Love can be expressed through diamond engagement rings in Melbourne that do not cost millions of dollars. An impressive selection of high quality diamond rings is available for affordable price tags. The engagement rings are created from exceptional craftsmanship to make it different from the rings available in the jewellery market.


Featuring the Moto Guzzi Guide Book

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, owning one is not enough. You might be able to check the features of a Moto Guzzi for sale in the UK but you will not be able to satisfy your curiosity until you know everything about the model, the brand and everything behind it. Now there is a simple solution to this problem, The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi. This is a comprehensive guide made by Ian Falloon, widely known to be a motorcycle historian. This is not his first published book as he has published a list of books already.

He is known to be partial with the Italian marques and this book will be able to provide answer to all the burning questions from people who are curious about Guzzi. This will be interesting to people who are currently owners of a Guzzi model. There are facts that might surprise many as there are things in the book known only to a few number of people.

Upon reading the book, one will realize how successful the sales of Moto Guzzi that it was able to save the thriving company after the end of the World War II. The firm hit a glitch financially and the economy was not so great but this basic transportation was able to salvage the company and they were able to venture into racing once more, a passion Italians are known for.

Carlo Guzzi, a pilot in the World War 1, was the founder of the Guzzi marquee in 1921. He created it along with two of his close friends. The first model created was calledNormale and it has a four-stroke engine with 500 cc capacity. The engine at that time was pointing forward. The same concept was used for the next 45 years after its conception.

Change happened after the end of the World War II and the lines they were previously creating was no longer popular among Italians as the price is too high for their current status. This is when smaller bikes were developed.

Currently, Piaggio is the owner of the Moto Guzzi. It is available in various countries and there is Moto Guzzi for sale in the UK which is sold at affordable prices depending on the model and features.

By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Brands

How To Buy The Right Painted Vanity Units With Stone Tops

Vanity cabinets are essential components of a bathroom. It is where some of the bathroom supplies and toiletries are stored and it can also add beauty to your bathroom’s overall style and aesthetics. However, painted vanity units with stone tops can also take up your bathroom space especially if you have a small area. To keep a vanity unit of your preferred style despite the limited space, take a look at the ideas.

  • Determine your bathroom’s floor area. In order to ensure that you would be buying a vanity unit that will fit inside your bathroom and will not eat up your bathroom space, measure your floor area including the width of your bathroom door. You should also check the actual size of the cabinet to ensure that your bathroom space can accommodate it. You can get this information at the supplier’s website. For the floor area of your bathroom, you can ask your contractor or you can ask him how you can accurately get the measurements of your bathroom floor.
  • Research for various designs. You can find a myriad of painted vanity units with stone tops design on the internet and even from your preferred supplier. All you have to do is visit their website and check on their offered products. There are vanity units for contemporary bathrooms, classic designs, traditional and even Victorian style basin units. You can also draw inspiration from home magazines and even from local showrooms in your area. While there are vanity units that can be assembled on your own, there are also the type that would require the expertise of a fitter.
  • Check and compare prices. When you have the right measurements and designs for your painted vanity units with stone tops, it’s time to look for a supplier where you will buy the product. Even if the basin unit is attractive, it would still be wise for you to check on other sources and compare the prices. If the cabinet has to be installed, determine how much it would cost for the labor and if there is a need to modify your pipes and other similar labor aspects.

By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Brands

Exciting Things To Do With NRL merchandise

There are just so many things that you can do with NRL merchandise that you can buy online and from your local sports shops. If you are a rugby fan, it would not be surprising if you have numerous NRL items at home as part of your collection. If you are wondering what else you can do with them, here are some ideas.

Swap with other NRL enthusiasts

With rugby’s popularity in Australia and even across countries, surely you must have friends who are also into NRL. They may also be collecting items or memorabilia related to NRL. To make things more exciting, exchange collectible products with your friends who are also rugby enthusiasts. You can swap items that you least appreciate or perhaps you have extra items that you want to get rid of, swapping them with friends will improve your collection.

Collect the items

There are a lot of NRL merchandise that you can collect starting from the wearable items such as tee shirts, heavy jackets, shorts, caps, knitted polos, jerseys and many others. You can also collect items related to your favourite team or you can collect various items regardless of teams so long as they are connected to NRL. You can also collect memorabilia such as your photos together with a rugby superstar or a signed tee shirt or jersey by your favourite player.

Show them off to friends

To make you a certified NRL enthusiast, show your collection to your friends or at least wear your merchandise during live games or gatherings to watch NRL game on large screen TV, probably in a sports bar in your area.

Resell them online

Another great idea that you can do with your NRL merchandise is resell them online at some e-commerce sites. The money you collect by selling items can be used to buy brand new and more exciting items that will add up to your collection. You can also purchase NRL products online after you sell your used items. Choose the official NRL distributor for your buying needs to ensure authenticity of the items.

By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Brands