Daily Woodworking Journal #1: Save a Penny

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Blog entry by gauntlet21 posted 11-12-2018 09:57 PM 634 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m an avid shopper of online retailers to include the largest of them all, Amazon. I’m always scanning Amazon for things I need, things I want, and things I can’t have. Just today I noticed that the paper towel holder in my kitchen was hanging oddly and in an attempt to fix it, I discovered it was actually broken and couldn’t be fixed. I pulled out my paper and drawing tools and thought it’d be another fun little woodworking project. I just didn’t have a dowel to hang the paper towel roll on and thought about how to make one. It turns out that there are router bits called Bull Nose or Half Round router bits that allow you to take various size pieces of wood (the variety of sizes is dependent on the size of the router bit you use) and turn them into perfect dowels. As I logged onto Amazon to order one, I thought about a little trick that might help someone out. There are actually two things to always check for before you order from Amazon.

First, always check to see if the price that is listed is indeed the best price. Often the price listed is just what Amazon is selling the item for. I’ve found countless better offers on identical and NEW items using this manner. Sometimes it might only be a penny, sometimes a few dollars.

Secondly, after you’re perusing the prices online, try to locate the store’s web address and potentially purchase it from the website separately. Although this is a little bit of a slight to Amazon, you can often find that the online retailer might have promotions that Amazon would otherwise not permit OR you may qualify for tax exemption by way of the retailer not having a retail location in your state.

I did that just today. I purchased the router bit, got free shipping courtesy of the retailer’s own deals, and avoided taxation on that item. Now whether or not I’m supposed to keep track of that and pay taxes on the items I purchase from out of state establishments is a question for my tax guy. As for now though, I’m walking around with a few extra dollars in my pocket because the router bit I purchased wasn’t a cheapy.


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