Photography equipment is incredibly expensive to buy, that’s why many people purchase used gear from other professional photographers. You obviously don’t get the peace of mind as there is no warranty, but you can pick up a lens or a DSLR camera that is in mint condition, saving yourself hundreds, if not, thousands of pounds. The temptation is incredibly inviting for many, but you should always test the equipment out first if that’s possible. If you’re buying the equipment online, perhaps on eBay, then make sure you do your homework on the seller. Find out why they’re selling. Sometimes people switch to a different camera manufacturer, and this means their gear is working perfectly, they just fancy a change to the other side. Buying used camera gear can be a big money saver and because the equipment is durable, you’re likely to have no manufacturer problems. Just be sure to buy with caution.
7 Days to Die made its name as a poplar PC game but it’s now available to pre-order on next gen consoles for the very first time. This is the game that completely redefined the survival genre, with unrivalled crafting and world-building content. It’s set in a brutally unforgiving post-apocalyptic world overrun by the undead. As an open world game, it combines first person shooter, survival horror, tower defense, and role-playing, so it doesn’t hold back. You get the chance to craft and repair weapons, clothes, armour, tools and vehicles, whilst your main aim to survive, so you’ll need to design your fortress to include traps and defensive positions to survive the undead.
I was chatting with a group of friends the other day and I was shocked to hear that a couple of them are already saving for Christmas 2016. I don’t know about you but I feel like we’ve only just come out of the last Christmas period, then again that was almost 6 months ago. It’s crazy to think we’re almost in June but surely saving for Christmas doesn’t need to start now? It’s scary to think that people spend so much money on Christmas they have to dedicate half a year to prepare for it, and I don’t think that’s what Christmas is about, it certainly isn’t in my family. What happened to homemade gifts and spending time with people? I know it’s highly commercialised but it’s getting ridiculous if people are genuinely saving for it already.
Okay so we’ve got a little while yet, but Father’s Day is fast approaching. I always hate this one because I really never know what to get my dad. He’s not one to make it easy. I can’t get him socks or deodorant again this year, I’ve done it too many times. If you, like me are in a bit of a panic, here are three good ideas for father’s day.
I know many of us are now into streaming music, well some dads still love a CD or record, and if you get searching online now, you should be able to find his favourite artists.
What dad wouldn’t love a mug that says “World’s favourite dad”? Need I say anymore?
If in doubt, ask your mum for his size and go from there. Dad’s aren’t ever going to be fashion icons because they really don’t care, so they’ll be grateful for whatever top you buy.
Easter has to be one of the best times to go shopping, and I think it’s usually because most people are at home relaxing with their families. If you don’t think much of Easter and you’d like to get in a spot of shopping, you may find the stores are pretty quiet, and that’s always great news for hardcore shoppers. Just be aware of the fact that opening hours for shops are likely to be different, so you may need to check the times of individual shops before you visit your local shopping centre or high street. Easter is a time for eating chocolate eggs, but it’s also a time for grabbing a great bargain, and with summer clothes now on in the store windows, there’s lots to be excited about. Let us know if you’re planning on shopping this Easter? We’d love to know your plans.
Valentines day is now out of the way and we all know what’s next; Mothers Day! A day when many people rush to the shops to pick a card and some flowers, or perhaps take your mum on a rare trip out to a restaurant, but you don’t always have to splash the cash. Mothers Day is about showing appreciation to your mum, and you can do this by making her dinner, or perhaps breakfast in bed, whilst you can make a hand-made card that’s a lot more personal than one picked up in a high street store. Mother’s day should be a day to enjoy, but you don’t have to go overboard and most mums don’t actually want you to. There’s plenty of time to make the day a special one, but you need to get thinking now before it’s too late.
It may have felt like we only had two days of winter, but summer clothes are back in most high-street stores and there are some fantastic offers! Some say it’s a bit too early, but within a few months we’ll be putting away our winter clothing (hopefully) and saying hello to flip-flop and t-shirts.
By getting in early you can take advantage of some really good deals, and it’s worth getting stocked up for summer now, rather than waiting until everything is full price! I guess the only downside is that it’s quite difficult to know which trends are going to be popular, but you can’t go wrong with your basics, such as denim shorts, plain white t-shirts, vests and swimwear.
If you haven’t done so already, get down to your favourite clothing outlet, because there’s likely to be some fantastic deals on offer.
Forget Black Friday and New year’s Day, the Boxing Day Sales can include some of the best bargains. On Boxing Day, many shops are looking to shift old stock so they can prepare for the new season in January, and this means they drop prices drastically the day after Christmas.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not one for running around the shops the day after Christmas, but if there’s something you have your eye on and it’s likely to be in the sale, your local shopping centre is probably worth a visit. In fashion, many coats, jackets and hoodies hit the sale rails, and that’s because there are only a few months left of chilly weather (we hope). Technology, too, will move on again next year, and there will be some fantastic bargains on laptops, mobile phones and cameras.
A word of caution
There is one thing we recommend if you are planning on shopping on Boxing Day. Leave early! Many people will be taking their unwanted items back to shops that they picked up for Christmas, and the queues can be insane!
Okay so this title may sound a bit strange but we’re serious. Most hardcore gamers will know you can pick up injuries, and that’s why gaming should always be undertaken in moderation.
The most common gaming injury is Carpal Tunnel. If you’re ‘button bashing’ too frequently then you can easily aggravate the major nerve that runs over the carpal bones in the wrist.
Eyestrain – If you’re on the computer or videogame console almost all of the time, you can easily overwork your eyes. You won’t send yourself blind, but you can damage your site, so consider buying some computer glasses.
Posture – This is probably the most well known injury. Gaming can have us laying and sitting in awkward positions, and frankly we’re too busy concentrating on the game to care about sitting up straight. Big mistake.
Due to the recent development in mobile gaming, and the fact that mobile gaming has overtaken handheld game consoles, many people feel there is a chance they’ll one day replace game consoles.
The countering argument is that people will always want to play a game on their TV, but perhaps mobile gaming will develop so much that they can be plugged into the HD TV or PC Screen, and plugged into gaming controllers.
The problem is there’s a lot of loyalty in gaming, and with Microsoft and Sony constantly pushing the boundaries, it’s unlikely anyone will match them when it comes to gaming. Consoles and PCs are always going to be more powerful than mobiles, especially if they’re strictly built for gaming, because mobiles will always be ‘multiuse’. There is unlikely to be many changes in the near future, and it would be very surprising if mobile gaming ever replaces consoles or pc gaming.