Unbeatable Computer Prices February 16, 2017 17:20
Photographing for eBay January 13, 2017 17:02
eBay is one of the most popular websites for selling used items. People can bid on items or buy them at a fixed price. It’s widely accessible and anybody can sell on their site after creating an account. It’s a great tool for small business like 210Geeks.com who do the majority of their selling online. This online selling is also known as e-commerce. There are many individuals that earn their living through strictly eBay sales out of home. While it may seem simple, there are some techniques for listing that can significantly increase the traffic to your items. Having great photography is one of those techniques, and it doesn't take hundreds of dollars to do so! Following these quick tips will help you achieve professional looking photos, easily!
Lighting - Having proper lighting is essential to taking great pictures. If you have access to natural light, utilize it! Studio lighting equipment is fairly cheap and can be obtained for under $100. When photographing items with light boxes, you want to have at least 2 lights. A key light is needed to face the product from the front or side. The second light, known as a fill light, can be used at an adjacent angle to the key light to eliminate harsh shadows. You can add a third light as a back light if you desire. This setup is known as three-point lighting. You also may want to adjust the White Balance and ISO settings on your camera to make sure the exposure looks its best. Once uploaded, you can also touch up your photos in programs like Photoshop or free photo editing programs online like Pixlr.
Background - Finding a background that bests contrasts with the object you are photographing is another essential step to taking great pictures. You’ll want to keep your background as simple as possible so the focus of the photo remains on the object. At 210Geeks, we use a pure white background for listing our items on eBay. White is a good color to use for most objects. Adjust your lighting setup to make sure your background exposure is smooth and consistent. Having lights too close or not positioned properly will cast some unwanted shadows. Experiment with your setup figure out what works best for you.
How to shoot - The distance you want to shoot at will depend on the size of the item you are photographing. Get as close as you can to your item while making sure all of it remains in frame. This is especially important for smaller items, as many eBay customers like to inspect closely for damages or defects. Using the ‘Macro’ shooting options for small objects is useful when trying to get a clear focus up close. Great focus and lighting is key for any picture. Using a tripod or similar camera stand is incredibly helpful for getting the perfect shot.
Uploading - First, you’ll want to import your photos from your camera to your computer. This is typically done through Micro USB for most cameras. Once your images are uploaded your computer, you’ll want to make sure to check the resolution to determine the quality. Uploading photos from your computer to your eBay listing is quite easy. On the ‘Add photos’ section of the listing form, simply click ‘Add/edit photos’. You will then need to select the photos from wherever they are stored on your device. You can crop, rotate, or adjust the brightness and contrast of photos in the preview menu to adjust to your liking and click ‘Apply.’ Once you are satisfied with your photos, click ‘Upload.’ That’s all there is to it!
210Geeks.com does the majority of our selling through eBay. This process is applied to all of the items we list. A great picture can be the difference between an eBay customer going with one item over another. It is always worth the time to make sure your eBay posts are picture-perfect!
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Marketing & Media
The Latest Computer Technology in 2016 November 9, 2016 11:11
There’s been some big news in the technology industry this week. Microsoft recently unveiled their latest product, the Microsoft Surface Studio. Coming from their line of tablets with attachable keyboards, the Microsoft Surface Studio features a large super-thin display that can tilt down to a 20-degree angle on a four-point hinge. This feature creates a tabletop format for the touch screen feature that has become a staple in the Surface devices. You can use the same stylus as the normal Surface devices, and now Microsoft has added an additional attachment called the Surface Dial. It adds an extra layer of functionality. Fully mechanized itself, it can be used to scroll through pages or bring up additional menus depending on the application being used. It’s especially useful for artists, as it comes with a color picker and brush options for drawing applications.
The specifications of the Surface Studio are also quite impressive. It comes with either an i5 or i7 core processor, up to 32 gigabytes of RAM, and a 2.1 surround sound system. The keyboard and Surface dial work wirelessly. The screen measures a massive 28 in. diagonally with 13.5 million pixels. A Microsoft representative claims that the Surface Studio is the thinnest LCD screen ever made, measuring at only 12.5 millimeters thick. The only real stinger with this new computer is the hefty price tag. The Surface Studio starts at $3000 and upgrade options can make it cost as much as $4200.
Microsoft isn’t the only one bringing out new tech. This week, Apple also revealed its latest series of Macbook Pro laptops. The most notable feature of the Macbook Pro 2016 is the addition of an OLED touch bar screen above the keyboard. The touch bar can be used for a variety of functions as it changes based on the application you are using. There are some other specification upgrades as well. The new Macbook Pro is 12% thinner and 67% brighter than the previous Macbook with Apple stating that it can produce 25% more colors. The internal power specifications are not a big change from the previous Macbook, which may be a disappointment to some who were hoping for a top-of-the-line powerhouse. Prices for the MacBook Pro 2016 start at $1500 for the base model 13-inch and $1749 for the addition of the the touch bar. The 15-inch model with the touch bar will run you over $2300.
2016 has seen some big improvements in technology while also sticking to a familiar design. Microsoft and Apple continue to innovate and cater to their massive fan bases. Most complaints about their latest devices come with the price. Most people are not able to dish out over $2000 for new computer equipment. Here at 210Geeks.com, we bridge that gap by offering computers at a much more affordable price. While usually not brand new, our computers are refurbished and designed to sell to those who need functional technology at a much more affordable price. Our desktop computers start as low as $40 and laptops at $75.
If you’re looking to save up some cash for the latest devices, we also buy back unwanted computers. Depending on the device, we can evaluate it in store and make you a cash offer up front. Check out our Buy Back program for more information.
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Media & Marketing
Is Your Computer Secure? Check here! November 3, 2016 10:17
The Internet is the collective consciousness of humankind. We can access a wealth of information with just a few clicks. However, the internet is also fertile ground for hackers to try to the personal information you’ve inputted into your computer. As time goes on, hackers are finding new and sneakier ways to trick people out of their private information. Many methods of obtaining viruses are so discreet that users may not enough know until damage has already occurred. Everyone should take action to make sure their computer is secure when accessing the web. There are a series of steps you can take to make sure your computer is protected against malware, spyware, and viruses.
Anti-Virus Software - There is a multitude of Anti-virus software out there that you can use to protect your computer. A few good ones that I would recommend are Norton, McAfee, and Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Programs like these help protect your computer against threats from unauthorized code and software. These unauthorized threats can be things such as viruses, keystroke loggers, and trojans that can severely bog down the processing speed of your computer. Anti-virus software should be run actively when using your computer to browse the web. It can catch threats early on before they cause any harm to your computer or personal information.
Firewall - a firewall provides a service to computer similar to what it sounds like. This metaphorical wall protects your computer. It acts as a blockade for any program trying to access your computer through the internet without authorization. There are two types of firewalls for software and hardware. While browsing the web, you should always keep your firewall turned on to notify you of any unauthorized attempts to access your computer.
Anti-Spyware - Spyware can be sneaky and hard to detect without sufficient anti-spyware software. Spyware collects information during your browsing sessions without your approval. Going to unprotected websites or opening suspicious email attachments is how spyware is contracted most commonly. It can be a pain to get rid of once it has infected your computer. There are plenty of free and paid for programs to block spyware from accessing your computer. These programs should run actively as they scan all incoming information to keep your computer safe.
Password Protection - Having complex and secure passwords is one of your most valuable forms of defense against online perpetrators. Hackers can use tools to figure out other’s passwords it the password is too simple. Make sure to never post your passwords online or share them with any suspicious websites. A strong password is at least 8 characters long and has a mix of capital letters, numbers, and symbols.
Browser Security Settings - Some online protection is as easy as configuring the security settings on your browser of choice. Most browsers have privacy settings that allow you to choose what information your browser stores such as cookies and saved passwords. Extensions can be added onto your web browser to alert you of suspicious websites or block unwanted pop-ups.
While the risk may not always seem apparent, the internet can be a dangerous ground for malicious hackers looking to steal information. Don’t risk leaving your computer unprotected and contracting viruses. It’s worth your time to take the steps to make sure you have security software. It’s much easier and less expensive to prevent viruses than trying to get rid of them after they’ve been contracted.
We take computer security very seriously at 210Geeks.com. We sanitize the hard drives of all computers we receive to guarantee the safety of your personal information. We want our customers to know that their private and personal information is safe when selling or recycling their computer with us. Check your computer’s security to make sure you aren’t at risk.
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Marketing & Media