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How to Start Flipping, Picking and Thrifting – Part 1

May 21, 2015


Whether you call it flipping, picking, reselling or thrifting, buying and selling used goods can be a great way to make money. This guide should help you get started from ground zero, whether you want to make extra spending cash, have a fun hobby, or make it your full-time job. The first thing you should […]

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Why Do People Keep Crashing Into Our Office?

July 31, 2014



As reported in InMenlo, our building made it almost four months without another car accident. Last time, we were saved by being just out of the office as a driver plowed through the floor-to-ceiling window. This time, we were saved by a tree in the lawn outside, which luckily stopped the vehicle from actually hitting […]

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Renting vs Buying: What Makes the Most Sense? Part 2

July 27, 2014



The title of this blog post is a little deceiving. In the first half of this post I detailed the advantages and disadvantages to renting/buying a kayak when beginning the sport. There is, however, a third alternative – an opportunity that combines the best parts of renting and buying while eliminating many of their disadvantages. […]

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8 Tips for Using Statricks at Yard Sales, Garage Sales and Swap Meets

July 22, 2014


One of the best places to use Statricks is at the yard sale, garage sale or swap met. Statricks has a responsive design so it can be used fully-featured from any smartphone (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, etc.). Here are 8 tips to make the most of your trips: 1. Keep an eye out for condition […]

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The Problem with Prediction Markets

June 19, 2014


The IEM's market for 2014 Congressional control. DH/RH refers to party control of the House, and DS/RS refers to party control of the Senate.

Public prediction markets are speculative markets for making predictions on the outcomes of discrete events which accept trading from public participants.(1) A real-world example is the IEM, run by the University of Iowa, which allows users to speculate on events such as whether Republicans or Democrats will control the House of Representatives in the upcoming […]

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Statricks Featured in Consumer Reports

June 2, 2014


On Saturday, Statricks was honored to be featured in an article in Consumer Reports by Tobie Stanger. The author has clearly done quite a bit of research on our site, and it’s valuable recognition for us. The features that she describes (including the personalization for listings) are just the tip of the iceberg, and we […]

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That Time a Drunk Driver Ran into Our Office

April 4, 2014


Interior of Statricks' Office Demolished

Night. A car drives down California State Route 84, weaving lazily between the reflectors cemented to the road. The driver’s chin jerks up from his chest, eyes locking open. But leaden lids and leaden forehead gravitate again. The stripes delineating the asphalt trace leftward. The car, which does not automatically heed traffic markings, continues on […]

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Valuing Used Goods with this One Weird Trick

March 24, 2014

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So, you’ve got all this stuff. Big stuff. Little stuff. Worthless stuff. Valuable stuff? The things you have in your attic, garage or basement may be more valuable than you realize, but telling apart the things worth selling from the things worth junking usually involves a lot more research than you would initially expect. Here […]

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Need to Price Something Used? Try Statricks ‘Lite’ in Beta

February 14, 2014


Statricks social media logo

Say you’re selling your old MacBook Pro or Honda CR-125 dirt bike. Sure you can glance through prices on existing for-sale ads or auctions and use your head or track ‘em with the old pen and paper. But wouldn’t it be faster, more accurate, and more powerful if some statisticians and computer scientists did it […]

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A Tip & a Forewarning for Negotiating on craigslist

February 7, 2014


Shattered iPad - bad deal

I came across some craigslist trading tips for when you’re out wheelin’ and dealin’, and thought I would add a little tidbit to one of the buyer-side negotiation tips that Ruth Soukup mentions: “DO always offer less than the asking price.  This may seem like stating the obvious, but for whatever reason, a lot of […]

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