Buy A Four-Wheeler Suitcase

Ever wonder why airlines lose, delay and damage bags? We asked an airline baggage handler who, of course, spoke to us anonymously, what it’s like in the belly of the beast and on the tarmac. What he told us might help you arrive with your bag and its contents intact.

What goes on behind the curtain?

You might be amazed at how much manpower it takes to put a passenger aircraft in the air. Obviously, the majority of time, you’ll only see the pilots, flight attendants, and gate agents.  That already is a lot of people, but there are more people working outside to get you to your destination. Once you leave your bag at the check-in counter, it goes through a series of conveyor belts, where it may or may not be opened and searched by TSA, until it reaches the pier for your departing flight. It is then sorted into carts by one ramp agent who then brings it plane side for other ramp agents to load on the airplane. You may not be able to see much from your window seat, but we can see all around the tarmac. Other than bags, there is a lot of other cargo that gets transported by air. We see everything from human remains, to mail to fruits and vegetables coming on and off the plane. We’re also the guys directing the plane to its parking position at the gate, securing the aircraft, and hooking up the ground power and air. Also, since planes don’t go in reverse, we are the guys driving the push back tug, ensuring that aircraft do not come in contact with each other.

What kind of suitcases get damaged least/most?

Cheap bags that you buy at the discount store break very easily. If your handle is sewn on or is very flimsy, it’s probably going to break. If you travel a lot or pack heavy, make sure you buy a quality, durable bag. Hard-sided suitcases will get less damage, but also look for well-designed handles that are attached with rivets and some sort of protection around the wheels. Speaking of wheels, the best bags to get are the “spinners” with four wheels on the bottom. We like these, because we don’t have to throw them when loading. We just glide them down the belly of the plane so your bag and its contents will suffer much less damage.

I’m not going to lie, your checked luggage takes a beating.  They call it “throwing bags” for a reason. There isn’t an easy way around this.  Airplanes are only making money while in the air and no airline wants an airplane on the ground too long. Due to the nature of some aircraft, it would be impossible to turn around a 737 or 757 in an hour or less without throwing bags because it’s just faster. On these planes, there are only two long and narrow cargo holds where your luggage goes. One agent puts the bags on the belt loader, which carries it up to an agent inside the cargo hold who throws it 50 feet to the back where another agent stacks all the bags as if it were a game of Tetris.  Wheels and handles oftentimes break or crack on impact and anything fragile inside that is not packed well doesn’t stand much of a chance.  Don’t put red wine or alcohol in your suitcase ever.  Taobao suitcase on

I would never check any fragile items in a soft sided suitcase, unless it was professionally packaged. Those fragile stickers don’t get noticed very often in the rush of loading bags unless it is an obvious shape, such as a musical instrument.  I am a musician so I take special care of those, but not everyone is a musician. Bags can also get damaged by loose ends getting caught in the belt, which can tear off straps, zippers, or handles.  Handles also break off many times if the bag is packed extremely heavy and we try to pick it up by the handle. One good thing about the larger aircraft (747, 767, 777, 787, etc.) is that they are all loaded by machines. Your bags are just put in a can and that can is loaded on the plane by machine so there is no bag throwing. So theoretically there’s a better chance of your bag coming out unscathed if you fly in one of those jets.

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Online shopping in China

Online shopping is an easy and convenient way to buy things. It will save you time and money. When you study in China, you can try to buy things on China’s online website. I’ll tell you how to buy things online and give you the tips on getting big discount.

There are many online shopping websites in China. Taobao is the biggest website in China. You can buy almost everything on it. Taobao has 2 versions: is for little sellers who are retailers, while is for the famous brands or manufacturers.

At present, all of the online shopping websites are in Chinese language. But if you know the basic online shopping Chinese and have a Chinese address, you can also easily buy things online at a cheap price.
Step by Step, shopping online

1. Registration

You can find “registration free” on the left top of the website. Click it you can choose the English version to finish the registration. When you submit you will have to enter your cellphone number. They will send you the verification number to your phone and you enter it to finish the verification. After registration, you have to fill your basic information, such as name, address, cellphone number.

2. Search

You can enter the brand or the thing to search. But you have to translate it to Chinese word first.

3. Add to cart
There are three choice for you :Add to cart,Buy it now,Buy all in the cart.

4. Pay

After you choose the address which you can get the package and submit the order. You have to pay online. There are many ways to pay, such as use credit card, internet bank and alipay(more like Paypal).

In this step, the money is first paid to Taobao, when you get the package and confirm the order. Then the  money will send to the sellers. This will protect buyers from getting nothing and losing money.

Buyer pay to-> Taobao send order to->seller send the package to-> Buyer confirm the order-> Taobao send money to-> Seller

5. Get the package and confirm the order

There is a rule in Taobao, the seller must send the package within 72 hours, most of them will send the package in 24 hours. You will get the package in 1-7 days. It depend on distance between you and the seller.

6. Others

If there is anything wrong with the goods, contact the seller at the first time. You have the right to return the goods in 7 days if you haven’t used it. Also, you can buy from online shopping taobao english directly, such as agreetao.

Tips on big discount

In general, you will find discount on every holiday: both on Chinese traditional festivals and western holidays. The particular goods will have discount, such like Valentine’s day to buy the chocolate,  women’s day to buy the cosmetics.

Besides, Taobao has its own big discount. On November 11st, we called it “double 11″, most of the shops on have 50% off discount. On December 12nd, we called it “double 12″, most of the shops on have big discount.

Another big discount is from the  December to the Chinese spring festival. It is about 2 months, including Christmas day, New year’s day and the Chinese spring festival.

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What is Taobao’s Tmall?

Tmall, also known as the the Taobao Mall, is China’s largest platform for B2C shopping and belongs to (which was founded as a C2C platform similar to Ebay).

On January 11th, 2012, Taobao Mall changed its name to Tmall.

On Tmall you can find especially well-known brand flagship stores and authorized stores for selling famous brand’s products.

Currently, Taobao Mall presents more than 30,000 local and global brands products of multiple different industries. This “vertical mall” includes for example the “Electric City”, “Shoes Collection” and “Home Improvement Exhibition”. In future the Tamll will be enhanced with by adding further vertical industry markets.

The main differences between Taobao and Tmall (Taobao Mall)

Tmall is a split-off of
While on Taobao private people can sell (like on Ebay), the sellers on Tmall must be China-registered companies
In Novem-ber 2010, Tmall, launched an autonomous web domain called as “” in order to dis-tin-guish the list-ings made by Taobao Mall mer-chants, who were autho-rized dis-trib-u-tors or brand own-ers, from Taobao’s Consumer-To-Consumer (C2C) platform.
The prod-uct list-ings on Tmall are much stricter when com-pared to Taobao.
Unlike Taobao, Tmall requires a refund-able secu-rity deposit from com-pa-nies to list/market their products.
Normally, the Tmall stores display on top of the search result page when people search on Taobao.

Taobao FOCUS is not only a Taobao agent for your online shopping in China, but a friend indeed. Our mission is to help and let more international buyers enjoy shopping on Taobao – amazing China’s largest online marketplace. We help you in these ways:

Language: if you do not know Chinese or have difficulties with Taobao English translation, such as we search your desired items, talk with the Taobao seller and provide you as much detailed information as possible.

Shopping: We advise you regarding the product from our own experience. Is the seller reliable? Is the item of good quality? Is it good or not to buy the item at all? We tell you everything.

Minimizing the risk: We make sure that Taobao seller really sends out the items, we check the items for visual defects in our warehouse, provide you the photo of purchased items and repack them to ensure safe shipment to your address.

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Calories and Scooter

We’ve all seen Wall-E, with a stout and lazy human race glued to floating screens while a hovering chair sends them wherever they need to go.  Let’s flash back from the future to present day, where we have this electric balance scooter thing (we call them glyders).  Some have postulated that these hoverboards are a step towards a Wallean dystopia, because it doesn’t promote an ‘active lifestyle.’  Well, let’s explore that.

People are breaking the Internet searching for top hoverboard vines, smart balance wheel reviews, the best hoverboard brands and companies, and even hoverboard fail compilations where people take swift and sometimes comical spills while learning to ride these crazy things.I’ve been using these feats of technology for a while now, and it’s safe to say that it’s hardly a floating Lay-Z-Boy.  Even when I’m standing on it doing absolutely nothing, I can feel muscles firing and increased heart-rate.  Not only that, but after I’ve been on my smart balance wheel for a while, my body definitely feels active, albeit sweat-free. So what’s really going on?

You may have seen ergonomic chairs that engage your body through small movements.  This is called “active sitting” and there are many products out there that take advantage of this phenomenon.  The principle is simple: it’s impossible to sit on them perfectly still, and they don’t rigidly support the body so you can never be completely at rest.  The end result: multiple muscle groups are constantly firing in micro-movements,  improving balance, circulation, and (you guessed it) burning more calories. According to DietHealthClub, active sitting burns about 50% more calories per hour than sitting in a standard-posture chair.

And here is some benefits expounded by Wikipedia: “Since the individual is able to move in a controlled manner during active sitting, the body will strengthen postural muscles to maintain balance. This conditioning of the core muscles of the spine and trunk may significantly aid in preventing back pain. In turn, it is understood that movement lubricates and nourishes the spinal joints and intervertebral discs, keeping skeletal joints flexible and healthy.”

This seems to be what is happening when I’m on my smart balance wheel, except standing instead of sitting.  Standing on the two-wheeled self-balancing scooter is definitely more active than standing on the solid ground. It’s so fun, however, that I don’t notice how my body is constantly engaging with the hoverboard. Moving forward and backward requires continuous calf and lower leg muscle movements to maintain control.  I tighten my core every single time I’m turning or rotating, because if I don’t, my body is just ‘flopping around’ and I’m more likely to lose control.  After a couple hours of using the two-wheel balance scooter, I get hungry.  These activities are all undetectable to the bystander.

Personally, I’d rather grab a salad and then glide to the beach than walk to the store for a Family Size bag of Doritos and polish off the whole thing on the couch in front of Netflix.  Which I occasionally also do.  I’m not perfect.

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Background check Chinese company

A new online service allows businesses to verify Chinese companies affordably. ‘China Checkup’ is an initiative of Matt Slater and makes official registration checks on Chinese companies accessible to businesses around the world.

For many countries China is a very important import and export destination. Obtaining background information is an important step in making informed decisions and doing business safely in China. It can also help you to avoid becoming a part of China’s booming fraud industry.

Matt Slater started his China business consulting company 2 years ago, and he is doing things differently to the rest. ‘China Checkup’ lets customers verify company in china online from just 49 USD. The whole process takes place via a secure online payments system. The new service has already received a very positive feedback from the market.

“There needs to be an affordable and streamlined way to obtain this information, which more and more companies require. This is what we hope to provide through China Checkup,” Mr Slater says.

Tips – How to avoid problems

Mr Slater also gave some recommendations for avoiding problems when doing business with Chinese companies:

1. Have a contract, and translate it into Chinese. The value of a clear contract isn’t just to have something to fall back on if disputes arise. It also ensures that both parties are on the same page.

2. Make it very clear that you’re serious about the relationship. Demonstrating commitment to the deal and its results from the start will serve to put off potential low-quality companies, and give high-quality companies the confidence to move forwards with you and your company. Make it clear from the beginning that you will be carrying out background checks, audits and quality inspections.

3. Take responsibility for quality. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the other party will ‘fill in the gaps’ or handle any oversights not fully specified. Assume that it’s your responsibility to clearly and completely communicate your expectations.

4. Documents can be faked.  Take the view that documentation you are shown is meaningless until you can independently verify it through background checks and confirmations with the issuing authority.

5. Also remember that you get what you pay for. Some people doing business with Chinese companies think that the usual relationship between cost and quality doesn’t apply in China. This leads to deals going bad. China may be cheaper in general, but there is certainly a limit to this. Recognise that the other party also needs to make a fair profit; if you drive prices down too far, quality will inevitably be affected.

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Tips to ensure safe online shopping

I am writing this because I need a refresher course in how to shop online. I recently made some mistakes. I was in a hurry, and my credit card information was stolen. It’s embarrassing when the bank calls, asking if I really want a paid subscription to a Web site of ill repute.

The bank closed the account and sent me a new credit card, no big deal. Or so I thought. I managed to forget about the monthly charges associated with the card. Enlightenment came when I received a call from my YMCA representative. She wanted to know why the charges were not going through. Oops.

Recently, I’ve been writing quite a bit about debit/credit card scams. So it seemed like a good idea to cover the risks of online shopping taobao english and share what I learned from my research and my real-world teaching moment.

1: Use a credit card provider that offers one-time credit card numbers

This is where I got sloppy. I normally use a credit card provider that offers one-time numbers. But I was in a hurry and didn’t. What I gained at the moment was lost times 10 when I had to clean up my mess. Using my one-time credit card number would have removed any possibility of someone reusing the stolen information.

2: Make sure the Web site is valid and trustworthy

I recently wrote a piece on Blackhat SEO and how criminals are subverting real Web sites with malware or creating believable copies of real Web sites loaded with malware. I suggest using one or more of the site-rating Web-browser extensions. If the site is problematic, you will know.

Some of the better-known extensions are Web of Trust, LinkExtend, and McAfee SiteAdvisor. You also have the option to check questionable domains on the extension developer’s Web site.

3: Check to see whether the Internet connection is secure

This may seem obvious, but people get lulled into complacency. I have to remind myself to double-check that a closed padlock is displayed, that https is used, and that the certificate is valid — ideally, an EV certificate. Each Web browser uses a slightly different approach, so make sure you understand how your browser advertises secure Internet connections.

4: Beware of deceptive or disguised offers

Last year, I wrote an article about coupon-click fraud and how people were unknowingly signing up for programs or offers they did not want. When you’re filling out the information required to make an online purchase, carefully read what all the check boxes represent, regardless of whether they’re selected. Opt-in and opt-out wording may be interchanged.

5: If actively shopping on the Internet, check often for unusual debit/credit card transactions

This tip is important. In almost all cases, discovering fraudulent charges early will lessen the impact of the problem. In fact, financial institutions usually absorb the charges if they’re reported within a few days. So check often and know the liability limits used by your debit/credit card provider.

Extra tip: Call the order in if there is any doubt

Sounds simple enough, but many people don’t think of it. If I have any concerns at all, I will call the order in. The company may still have problems, but you don’t have to worry about its Web site being malicious or phishing for your financial information.

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Shanghai Composite up: China stocks higher at close of trade

China stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Gas, Water&Multiutilities, Technology Hardware&Equipment and Technology sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Shanghai, the Shanghai Composite rose 3.51%, while the SZSE Component index added 5.24%.

The best performers of the session on the Shanghai Composite were Tengda Constr (SS:600512), which rose 10.09% or 0.440 points to trade at 4.800 at the close. Meanwhile, Yunnan Yunwei (SS:600725) added 10.08% or 0.660 points to end at 7.210 and Ancai Hi-Tech (SS:600207) was up 10.08% or 0.620 points to 6.770 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Petrochina SS (SS:601857), which fell 1.72% or 0.230 points to trade at 13.170 at the close. Jiangzhong Phm (SS:600750) declined 1.61% or 0.700 points to end at 42.770 and Bank Of China SS (SS:601988) was down 0.96% or 0.050 points to 5.180.

The top performers on the SZSE Component were Huamei Holding (SZ:000607) which rose 10.05% to 11.61, Guangxi Liugong Machinery Co Ltd (SZ:000528) which was up 10.05% to settle at 10.51 and Zhuhai Port Co Ltd (SZ:000507) which gained 10.04% to close at 8.00.

The worst performers were Anhui Deli Household Glass Co Ltd (SZ:002571) which was unchanged 0% to 18.46 in late trade, Beihai Yinhe Industry Investment Co Ltd (SZ:000806) which unchanged 0% to settle at 26.90 and Anhui Zhongding holding Parts Co Ltd (SZ:000887) which was unchanged 0% to 24.75 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Shanghai Stock Exchange by 949 to 9.

Shares in Anhui Deli Household Glass Co Ltd (SZ:002571) unchanged to 52-week highs; unchanged 0% or 0 to 18.46.

The CBOE China Etf Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Shanghai Composite options, was down 5.94% to 30.23.

Gold for August delivery was up 0.02% or 0.20 to $1144.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.18% or 0.09 to hit $51.00 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.47% or 0.27 to trade at $57.19 a barrel.

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A guide to digital SLR accessories

If you’ve bought (or been bought) or are buying 3C digital accessories– SLR camera you may have already discovered that the camera itself is just one of the many things you need to make the most of it. Even if you’re a photographer of the point-and-click variety who only intends to take the odd picture on special occasions, there is no shortage of accessories you should consider in addition to the main product. While many are just nice to have in order to develop your photography, others are absolute essentials without which the camera is almost redundant. In this guide we will look at both kinds; those accessories that you should not consider buying a camera without and those which you may want to put on a “wish-list” for another day.

1. Essentials

It’s an obvious statement to make, but your SLR camera is going to need a lens. If you’ve bought the “Body Only” version, then no lens is supplied and unless you’ve already got a lens sitting at home that will fit your new camera, it will be unusable until you’ve bought some glass to stick on the front of it. Even if you do already have some lenses, it’s worth checking that these will fit and work on the newer cameras. Not all lenses will, and even if they do you may want to consider one of the more up-to-date lenses in order to get the best performance from your new SLR camera.

Most digital SLRs are available in kits that will include a lens (twin lens bundles are also often available) and if this is your first SLR camera then one of these kits is a sensible option. However, these tend to be standard general purpose lenses that are OK for everyday shots, but may not be suitable for more subject specific photography. As such, sports, wildlife, close-up and landscape photographers may want to consider purchasing an additional telephoto, macro or wide-angle lens to compliment and be used in conjunction with the standard kit lens.

2. Memory cards

Although once upon a time compact digital cameras used to be supplied with a memory card, the same is not true of SLR cameras, and this has caught many a new purchaser out in the past. Imagine getting your shiny new digital SLR camera (and lens, of course) home and out of the box, only to find that you’re unable to take any pictures because you’ve not got a suitable memory card – a truly disappointing experience.

The exact memory card you need will depend on the type of camera and what you intend to do with it. Different models use different types of memory cards so you’ll need to check exactly which one you need, but most cameras will require either a Secure Digital (SD, or SDHC for cards with a capacity greater than 2GB) or a Compact Flash (CF) memory card. These two types of cards are physically very different and one can not be used in place of the other.

You may have memory cards at home from a previous camera and, if you’re lucky, they may even be of the same type as your new purchase. However, things move quickly in the world of digital technology and over the years the resolution of cameras has increased dramatically. The result of this is that the file sizes your new camera produces may be significantly higher than your old model, particularly if your previous camera was a compact. Bigger files take up more space on a memory card, meaning you get fewer pictures. As such it may be worth considering purchasing a newer, larger capacity memory card to ensure you don’t run out of space.

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Can’t Stop Buying

Most people come to China because they want to change something. Some of us just want to change our clothes.

My first shopping trip in China was an eye-opening experience. When my roommate had invited me to join her for a Friday-after-work shopping trip, I’m pretty sure she had no clue what was to follow: While she successfully tried on piece after piece, deciding which she wanted to buy, nothing in any of the shops came close to fitting me. Finally, at one shop, the shopkeeper handed me a pair of jeans—and at last! They went up, with plenty of room to spare. I pulled back the curtain, ran out to the mirror—and realized I was wearing a pair of men’s jeans. Bad timing: I had grown out of wearing boys’ pants by the time I was 17, and when I said as such, the shopkeeper’s response was an indignant “They’re unisex!”

The realization that I was too big for taobao men clothes felt like a mix of disappointment and astonishment and added another layer of complication to the already-messed-up pile of “body-image issues” that many women seem to have. When I tried entering shoe shops, the sales people’s eyes would widen in astonishment at the size of my feet before gesturing that they didn’t have anything my size. It was all rather traumatic, considering that I’d never been anywhere near the high end of the size range at home, to learn that I was so off the scale that the stock didn’t even need to be checked.

“I think this is a big deal because women are just sensitive about this kind of stuff and because for foreigners it is strange to go from being considered as a normal size to being considered as perpetuating the stereotype of the fat foreigner.”

I had a hunch that if I asked a few clothing-related questions to a handful of female friends from Western countries, who live or have lived in Chengdu, and whose bodies seem to be larger than the ideal body indicated by the size of most of the clothing that’s available in Chengdu, that I’d receive plenty of feedback. I wasn’t wrong.

“I keep hearing that other cities have things that would fit me. It would be sad to move to Guangzhou just so I could have a better wardrobe.” // “It was amazing to realize that it is really honestly difficult to get something. Chinese sizes are totally not made for me. The proportions are way out of place.” // “I hate that most shops have the mirror outside the changing room so you are forced to parade yourself around in front of other shoppers and smug assistants. Sometimes I actually think something fits me—and my friends agree—and then the assistant will offer me some other, totally different, baggy item and suggest I try it instead. They seem to believe in covering up curves rather than showing them off!” // “I knew before getting here that I might not be able to get any and everything, but I was shocked when I could get almost nothing. It made me sad and frustrated, and, well, I made sure I went home every year just so I could stock up.”

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The key benefits of an electric scooter

If you have ever wondered about what an electric scooter could do for you, then this is the right place for you. As cities continue to get more congested and roads are being turned into one stop places for angry and frustrated drivers, the time is right for people to venture into other modes of personal transport. One of the most popular modes of personal transport for people working in the city happens to be the electric scooter. The following are the reasons why you should also consider buying one right now:

Low cost driving

One of the key advantages of the electric scooter is the fact that it uses electricity instead of fossil fuel like petrol, which tends to be more expensive. You will therefore find yourself saving a lot of money that can then go to other aspects and areas of your life. This will allow you to enjoy your salary more. For instance, your savings could go towards preparing for retirement, or for buying something else that you have desired for a long time. This low cost driving benefit will definitely appeal to the many people who want to manage their budget and free up funds for other types of spending.

It is environmentally friendly

One of the other key advantages about this type of scooter is the fact that it does not pollute the environment as compared to other modes of transport. If you are worried about your rapidly expanding carbon footprint and want to whittle it down to a tiny fraction of what it is right now, then the cheap electric scooter is your way of getting there faster than you ever imagined. It will certainly boost your peace of mind while also contributing to a better atmosphere in your city.

Stress free commute

With such a scooter, you will be able to maneuver easily through crowded areas, thus eliminating one of the many stress points that makes people angry and frustrated by the time they make it home at the end of the day. Guess what? This electric scooter is available on, the most reputable online shop to get cheap electric unicycles.

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