Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Patience is a Virtue: Depreciation

Welcome to the age of tight budgets and shallow pockets. Since the holidays are coming up your teenager is eyeballing the newest Axe guitar on Craigslist, the pre-teen is ready for a bigger bike and your youngest is checking out the most recent DsI. Even with the holiday sales you’re starting to total anywhere from $500 to $1,000 at a retail store. How is one able to afford all of this? One option is to throw it all on a credit card and defer the inevitable. The other option is to buy used.

However, buying anything used, especially electronics, Blu Ray discs, and musical instruments, can be a daunting, and worrisome task. I’m glad to say that we make it safer, faster, and easier on your mind. At TB Goods we test all of the items that we take in as a Pawn or Buy, then we test them again when we get ready to release them back into the public. Every one of our associates has an area of expertise that ensures that we only take in the best tools, computers, jewelry and any other item that comes our way. So when someone decides they’ve played enough on their $50 amp we can take it, spiff it up and after its gone through the system to ensure that it hasn’t been stolen we can bring it out of our doors and sell it to you for $30.

Here is where it all comes together. That Les Paul Studio guitar that is going for $800 on Craigslist, we just got it into stock (and sold it on Ebay) for $499.99. That adorable pink DsI is retailing for $150, we have it for $100 and that awesome mountain bike was another $150, we have it for $69.99 plus tax.

So now that you know we offer the same items, in comparable condition, for fantastic prices (often marked with a BLUE STAR deal of an additional 30% off) I’ve been reminded to tell you about our 7-day return policy. If for some reason one of our Sales and Lending Associates missed something and an item doesn’t work properly, or isn't what you needed, you can return it and we will exchange it for one that does work properly, or you can get store credit. Try returning an item on Craig’s list, and see what happens!

All of our Layaways are currently 10% down on jewelry and 1/3 down on all other items!
We’re here to help your budget and take the worry out of shopping used items.

Shop our EBAY or come by our two locations in Alachua and Gainesville, Florida! Mention this blog post and get 10% off your purchase!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Let's (Not) Go Out To The Movies!

After a bit of a summer break where we have been trying to avoid the heat (and we've seen gold prices shooting up to record prices!) we're going to go back to talking more about consumer electronics...specifically, some of the things you may want to watch on that new television...to paraphrase a catchy old jingle, let's go out to the movies!

...or better yet, let's stay in and watch them.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sound Off Pt II: This Time It's Personal

Continuing on from our last post about home audio and surround sound systems, we are now going to take a more personal approach to listening to your favorite music as well as looking at some other things you may be able to do.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Gold: The Ups and Downs

Taking a real quick break between posts about music equipment to talk a little bit about something that concerns a lot of our customers, and that's the gold market. Lately, it seems that we have had many customers come in confused and surprised about the value of gold and the direction it has gone and is going. While there isn't enough room on this whole blog to fully cover the gold market (and indeed, people have spent their whole lives studying and hypothesizing about it) there are some basics that may help give some understanding as to what's going on...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sound Off!

A while back, we posted about televisions and hopefully answered some questions about getting that big just right-sized TV...but that's only half the picture...well, half the movie. It's no good having a great picture when the sound is sub-par, so let's look at getting the sound as good as that TV you got, along with some other sound and music devices.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Caring for Your Jewelry

You've just gotten that beautiful wedding set and excited about showing it off to the world, or maybe you found that bracelet that your grandmother left you a few years back...or even better, you managed to get a great deal on some 'hidden treasure' at a yard sale that wound up being 14k gold. Just having fine jewelry is one thing, but there are some easy tips to remember to help care for those pieces and keep them looking great.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Batteries..charging and recharging tips.

Batteries. They are in so many devices and come in so many different types and shapes and sizes, and there are so many misconceptions about them and their maintenance and upkeep...Let's see if we can clear a few things up...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Computers Can Do That!

Reading this blog, it's pretty safe to assume that the reader has at least a small familiarity with computers because the odds are you are on one now. Beyond that, there might be a bit of confusion when you hear about the different parts of a computer or when someone is going on about gigabytes and memory and other things that sound like made up words. For this post, we hope to clarify a few of these terms and help provide a better understanding of what is under the hood of that laptop or desktop that you are looking at.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This Post Goes To 11...

Today we are going to let loose our creative side and see about making some music. Whatever kind of music you are into, and no matter how large scale or size of space you are going to fill, we have got you covered here at TB Goods...so let's breakdown a few of the many options we have here that will help you be the next rock star!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Game on!

Need a little bit more fun? Maybe you got one of those nice big TVs after reading the last article, and you're looking for something a little more interactive to do with it...so we're going to talk about video games.

Currently, there are three main systems for video game consoles: the X-Box 360 by Microsoft, the Playstation 3 by Sony, and the Nintendo WII. These three have many similar features, like online play and being able to use online services such as Netflix, but we're going to look at some of the differences. There are, of course, some older systems that are still popular and still in use...some 'vintage' systems are quite valuable to certain collectors...and we'll talk a bit about those, too. First, though, let's look at the big three.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

TV or not TV...

Here at TBGoods, we have a large selection of different televisions available, and at times there can be a bit of confusion over the differences between models, sizes and types, so we're taking this opportunity to help clarify a few things.

Hi-Def vs Standard Definition

Nearly all large tube TVs or old projection TVs are standard definition, meaning they don't have as many pixels to them as newer high definition TVs. Pixels are the small dots that will change color to make up the picture and moving images on your TV. Standard definiton has 480 pixels vertically (up and down), regardless of the size of the TV. High definition TVs will have either 720 pixels or 1,080 pixels vertically. The more pixels, the sharper the picture will be. Commonly, these TVs will show standard definition on them by upscaling or blurring the image slightly to make use of the extra pixels. This is just like taking a small image on a computer and enlarging it to fill the screen.