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Help me buy my first bike!

I've just learned to ride a bike for the first time as an adult, and now I'm trying to buy one. Catch: I know nothing about them. [more inside]
posted by ostro on Aug 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Possibly moving to Denver for a new job. HELP.

My husband is interviewing in Denver this week and seems to have a good shot at getting the job. We currently live in Meridian, Idaho (just outside of Boise) and have lived here practically our entire lives. I've never lived out of state, though my husband has. Help this security-needing, plan-making, organizational freak make sense of a big-for-me move! [more inside]
posted by gracious floor on Aug 13, 2014 - 20 answers

How do I audiobooks?

I want to start listening to audiobooks on long hikes and drives. Specifically I'd like to start with an unabridged "Lord of the Rings," but eventually others. How do I obtain them as plain mp3s? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Help a Newbie Figure Out How to Buy A Car

I'm an inexperienced driver in LA who is starting researching how to buy a car (I'm considering both new and used at this point but probably the latter is more likely; I'll definitely be going to some dealer showrooms) for the first time. I don't know much about cars and I am feeling a bit lost. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jul 29, 2014 - 13 answers

What are some guidelines for haggling at a used car dealership?

Tomorrow I begin my very first tour of local used car dealerships, ISO a reasonably-priced Suburu wagon. I've bought and sold several vehicles via Craigslist, and done my share of haggling and getting haggled (haggled at? behaggled?), but only with individuals, not corporations. Do the same rules of etiquette apply? [more inside]
posted by t(h)om(as) on Jul 13, 2014 - 25 answers

Can my parents make me a mortgage loan?

Trying to buy a house. Have money for a down payment, but I'm self-employed and was turned down for a traditional loan. My parents are willing to lend me the money I'd need for the balance, and have me pay them back with interest, รก la a mortgage loan. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jun 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Piano Buying 101

I have wanted a baby grand piano in my home for a really long time. The stars have aligned to make this happen. Now I have been tasked with researching how to go about purchasing a piano. Help! [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on May 3, 2014 - 5 answers

How often does the freight train pass by this house I wanna buy?

How often does the freight train pass by this house I wanna buy? is it annoying? I wanna buy a house near here and I am curious how often the trains pass by, if it will be annoying or not. Can anyone find a schedule of the trains that pass by so I can go stand there while it passes by and see how annoying it is? Does anyone have history or advice on living near train tracks?
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Apr 20, 2014 - 26 answers

Help me find these clip clasp thingies online!

I'm looking for a piece of hardware but don't know what it's called, making it very hard to find it online. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me buy a car the right way, this time.

I just moved to Charlottesville, Va from California. Bought a car here quickly after getting here through Carmax which I am realizing now is way too nice, my car payments are too much ($247/month) and I worry too much about when parking, driving etc. (a 2010 Toyota Prius, 6 year loan that I owe 15k on). [more inside]
posted by ethel on Apr 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me pick out a typewriter for an aspiring novelist

Mrs. Thistledown has been working on a novel, but getting motivation to write has been difficult since she spends most of her workday staring at a computer screen. Coming home to stare at another one to write is hard for her. A typewriter on the other hand... [more inside]
posted by Thistledown on Apr 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Hard drivin'

What is the best vehicle for long-term ownership for someone who is hard on cars? By that I mean they accelerate and brake more rapidly than they should and they are slow, but not completely negligent, to perform maintenance.
posted by michaelh on Apr 1, 2014 - 18 answers

I need to buy a used vehicle that can tow a boat. Suggestions?

Help me find my best options for late-model used cars that have a reasonably decent towing capacity. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Mar 10, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me pick a travel-friendly laptop

My 6 year old Lenovo T61 is starting to have some issues so I am on the lookout for a new budget priced laptop. In scanning through reviews The Wirecutter really liked the Lenovo IdeapPad Flex. Engadget and other review sites seemed more meh about it though. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Time to buy a house!

I have a newly good income, a very tiny (yes, I mean very tiny) beginning of a savings account, shitty credit, a little (in the hundreds) debt and I want to buy a house. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I find a Mortgage Broker?

I live in Vancouver and I'll be looking to buy a condo this year somewhere in Coquitlam or New Westminster. I've never bought a place before and have literally no idea what I'm doing. I'm told a Mortgage Broker is my best bet but how do I choose the right one for me? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Jan 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Hope me with Housing in NoVa? Renting. Buying.

Should I get a mortgage even if all the house I can afford right now in the Northern Virginia (NoVa) area is $120k to $150k (according to two different calculators)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 28 answers

To stay or to leave? that is the question.

What would you do? Im saving money to buy an apartment. Another part of me wants to go live in another country for a few months instead. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Nov 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Laptop buying strategy...

Last laptop I bought was from an online boutique shop about 7 years ago and am in the market for a new laptop (in fact I need three for my household right now). Stop! I don't want a recommendation on what to buy...but I do want opinions concerning laptop buying strategy. For the sake of discussion, let's presume I'm buying a Lenovo x230. The options include: Academic discount through U (I have .edu address and am faculty) Lenovo Outlet: incl. refurb and scratch-n-dent ebay other? Any Dos and Don'ts about the process?
posted by teg4rvn on Nov 1, 2013 - 10 answers

eBay devolution

What is with the bad photos on eBay? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jul 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Anything special about buying a car in a really hot, humid climate?

Is there anything I should look out for or try to get when buying a car in a really hot, humid climate? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 29, 2013 - 19 answers

How to buy a couch?

I need to buy a couch, and for it to be comfy, decent-looking, relatively inexpensive, and bedbug free. I have an idea of the dimensions that my place can accomodate, but almost nothing else. Right now, I don't even know, what I don't know. How do?! [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 19, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me buy an economical bed!

I'm furnishing my apartment on a truly shoestring budget, and need to buy a bed for the first time. I know nothing about buying beds besides the concepts of frames, mattress and boxsprings (well, that and buying new to avoid bedbugs). What kinds of factors should I be considering? Where and how should I be buying my bed? What's a reasonable price? Please educate me! This is in the U.S.A. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 5, 2013 - 27 answers

Would you like some Apples, Tacos, & Tinctures?

I'm starting a new job for a telecom giant at a call center and to make the most money I need to make sales. I have worked for a call center before, and I guess you could say I sold things, but I didn't really sell things. Where can I learn to sell? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 28, 2013 - 7 answers

What do I need to know about buying a new car out-of-state?

I live in northern Virginia, and due to some weird circumstances, I am going to purchase (100% financed) a new car from a dealership in Missouri and drive it back home. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on May 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Buying electronics on Craigslist

Should I buy a TV off of Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me own my name.

How do I approach someone about buying their domain name, and then what do I do if they agree? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Apr 26, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I start searching for a sewing machine?

I am looking to upgrade from my very basic, ten-year-old Elna 2110 sewing machine to something that I'll still be enjoying twenty or more years from now. I know what basic features I want, but I don't know how to translate that into a sewing machine search. There are just SO MANY sewing machines available that I'm unsure how to narrow it down. How do I articulate what I'm looking for in sewing machine-buying terms? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Apr 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Buying a Windows 7 PC

I want to purchase a new computer before Windows 7 rotates out. I'm not sure what specs/etc I want from it, but I'd like it to cost $750 or less and to be able to run games at reasonable settings (maybe not current-gen ones, but definitely something like Oblivion from several years back without any problems.) [more inside]
posted by LSK on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

ThinkPad Edge or faster cheap laptop?

Is the quality of the ThinkPad Edge worth the performance hit? Critique my nearly-made laptop purchasing choice! [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Mar 13, 2013 - 10 answers

How far is too far for a used car test drive?

I need to take the plunge and buy a new, used car and have never done the test drive before. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jan 16, 2013 - 13 answers

What kind of briefcase do I want?

So I finally had to go and grow up, and now I need a briefcase. But I don't really know what I need to look for. [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Jan 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Never buy X again!

I was thinking about Steve Jobs buying a closet full of black turtlenecks so he didn't have to make that decision every day. I also saw some recent charts that showed purchasing trends for different age groups, and noted that once people buy good flatware they don't make an additional purchase. It occurred to me that, at my age (mid-forties) I could conceivably purchase a lifetime supply of socks. What are items that a person of average means could purchase in sufficient quantities to last them the rest of their life? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jan 3, 2013 - 67 answers

How to trade a vehicle, for a vehicle, for trade in.

Should I trade my rebuilt title vehicle for any other vehicle, just to get an increased trade in value? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Car that can carry a bike

I want a car where I can throw my bicycle in the back without taking it apart, and that has 4WD and higher than average clearance. What car satisfying these criteria has the lowest operating cost? (fuel + maintenance) [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 27, 2012 - 20 answers

What are the tax implications of someone buying a house for someone else?

YANMREA - You are not my real estate agent (nor my tax attorney) - but maybe you have some experience and insight on implications of one person buying someone else a house to live in. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Dec 10, 2012 - 6 answers

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in?

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Moving Downtown - But where?

Help me figure out which DC neighborhoods would be the best to focus my condo/townhouse hunting on. Schools/safety/price - snowflakes available inside. [more inside]
posted by dadici on Nov 20, 2012 - 14 answers

How do mortgage lenders look at student loans?

How do mortgage lenders take into account student loans when calculating whether and how much to lend? Special details inside... [more inside]
posted by percor on Nov 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Does overhauling an older vehicle really increase it's lifespan?

I'm tempted by a 2001 Ranger w/ 150k miles for $5500. My last Ranger died around 220k, which seems normal. This one has had a ton of work done - does that mean it is likely to last longer? [more inside]
posted by doub1ejack on Nov 12, 2012 - 9 answers

What is this behavioral economics experiment I am thinking of?

What is this behavioral economics experiment I am thinking of? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Oct 28, 2012 - 4 answers

House hunting tips

House hunting tips please. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Oct 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Cash only? Or is a check just fine?

Buying a used car. How do I handle the money aspect of it? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Jul 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Should I look a gift house in the mouth?

My parents want to put the down payment on a (small) house, and have me live in it and pay the mortgage. Are there any downsides to this that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by insufficient data on Jul 10, 2012 - 36 answers

Who makes the best PCs these days?

I've been asked to recommend a new desktop PC for a relative, but I have no idea what brand to recommend these days. Can you help? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Jul 1, 2012 - 21 answers

buy here / pay here - but not too much, hopefully?

I need a reliable car that I can count on. I'm a person with pretty bad credit, but I have a steady income in a job I've had for a while. What are my options? I'm thinking hard about checking out a used car lot; what should I look for, loan- and car-wise? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jun 27, 2012 - 28 answers

Work hard for your money.

Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jun 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Buying things of real value.

I would like to buy things that have a money value based on their actual utility. For example, I think gold is something that is overvalued since the shiny, soft metal doesn't have so many practical uses to justify its value. The second criteria is that the value of the thing would not go down much over a span of about 30 years, even if the economy went in the tank. Thirdly, I've a preference for commodity-like items that can be sold without much work. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on May 11, 2012 - 40 answers

Quick turn-around strategy for buying Facebook stock?

How feasible is a quick turn-around strategy for buying Facebook stock? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on May 8, 2012 - 19 answers

What do I need to know about buying art?

How do I buy art from a gallery? [more inside]
posted by rmannion on Apr 17, 2012 - 9 answers

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