Posts Tagged ‘cheap’

What It’s Like to Stay at a Mid-Market Hotel for $60-Something per Night: “Budget Inn,” 1139 Market Street

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Well, here’s an upbeat take:

Hotel Tour : Budget Inn San Francisco CA by DieselDucy:

Compare that with Yelp – a very low one-star rating:

“I want to leave, but it’s already 1am and we are both too afraid to leave our locked room. We get 4 hrs or interrupted sleep (the walls are paper thin and the doors have cracks in them), pray that we didn’t get exposed to tuberculosis, hepatitis and/or herpes and book it out of there. Trust me folks, this place isn’t worth the $60. I’ve stayed in $15 hostels while traveling though Europe that were both cleaner and safer than this place.”

And there’s this:

” If you have less than $150 night for a decent place to stay, youre actually safer just camping at golden gate park than any of these SROs…”

And there’s the bedbug allegations, natch.

Choose wisely…

OMG OMG Today is Free Coffee Day at Peet’s! – Free Drip Coffee from Noon to 4 PM on March 10th at Standalone Stores

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The news comes via Fun Cheap SF:

“Although it’s not listed on Peet’s Facebook page yet (as of 3/5), we’ve been made aware by several store owners that Peet’s is offering up free coffee to all to celebrate Peet’s Day.

  • Free drip coffee any size (iced or hot) or a free simple tea (Noon to 4 pm); just say that you love Peet’s
  • Get $2 off any “Grab & Go” food item
  • Some stores are even doing free Fair Trade coffee tastings like Market & Sanchez which is offering tastes of Colombia Nabusimake, a smooth Fair Trade & Organic coffee from Northern Colombia

$3200 Crib Set Rendered Unsellable by the Feds – Can You Sell Drop Side Cribs on Craigslist Anymore? No, Hell No

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Here you go, here’s an expensive crib set what includes a crib with a drop side (which means it slides up and down) which you can’t sell in the United States anymore.

But can you sell it used on Craigslist? No. Hell no.

Check it, straight from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Loophole alert: Are you allowed to sell this crib not as a crib but as a convertible child’s bed?

Possibly.

Loophole alert: Are you allowed to throw away the drop side and sell the crib as a daybed, thusly?

“Beautiful, high quality solid wood Morigeau-Lepine crib converted to toddler day bed. Originally purchased for 850.00. Attached picture is of original drop-side crib which is now banned in the U.S. Drop side piece is not included in this sale to avoid possible danger.”

I don’t know. Maybe.

But what I do know is that you can’t sell drop side cribs no mo, even  on Craigslist.

And yet people try to do that on Craigslist each and every day.

Just saying, ma’am.

What should you buy instead? How about a Sniglar* from IKEA? It costs just $69 (and it certainly looks like it costs just $69.)

And it will not impress any rich ladies in Russian Hill or anywhere else.

But, the Sniglar, she is legal, and that’s the thing.

Sorry for the hassle. Thank you, drive through.

“Morigeau Lepine (Canadian) WOODEN CRIB SET: $3250 VALUE — selling for $1000

Gorgeous Morigeau Lepine furniture in excellent condition. 2800 series collection. Used by one child only in smoke-free house. Can purchase individual pieces or all. Morigeau Lepine furniture is quality, Canadian crafted. Smooth to the touch, durable hardwood construction. It will stand the test of time and you will likely be able to pass down to others. All pieces match and are white with espresso (dark wood) detailing — SEE PHOTOS. 
Crib – $550. Converts to a full-sized bed when child grows older! (Crib mattress can be added for additional $50)
Dresser – $300 
Bookshelf – $200 
$1,000 for all three”

*Wasn’t that Gollum’s name back when he was a Hobbit? Something like that.

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Here’s Your Next Bike: It’s a Brand-New $99 Fixie from Walmart.Com

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

And Wallie will deliver it to your house for 97 cents, some assembly required:

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All the deets.

Tsunami Market? Perhaps Not the Best Name to Use to Sell Cheap Cigarettes and Organic Food

Friday, March 18th, 2011

I’d say.

As seen in the crime-ridden “Uptown” Tenderloin on Turk Street:

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How on Earth Can WalMart.com Afford to Sell a Decent “On Guard” U-Lock System for Your Bike for $15?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in the day, back in the 1990′s the law school I ‘tended was so notorious for bike theft, a lock company decided to test its products there.

Something like “BONZ” was the name of the outfit – the locks had cross-braces (the namesake bones, I s’pose) to make sure the little monsters didn’t crank the things open with stolen Volvo car jacks. Ah memories.

Now, the new canine-themed bike lock company out there is called On Guard, competing with Kryptonite and what have you. Fine, but here’s how they get you, they’re selling a Chinese-made U-Lock with a security cable for just $15. See?

This thing feels like a toy compared with my old school New York Lock (the kind with the pre-9/11 World Trade Center skyline logo – they said wouldn’t change the design but they did, oh well) but it doesn’t look too much different from the real deal.

Of course, with the Wal-Mart version, you only get two keys instead of five and there’s no key number for getting a replacement key and there’s no warranty on bike theft, but, in mitigation, this set-up would probably make the average San Francisco bike thief move on for easier pickings.

Anyway, if you see these locks on sale in SoMA (and you will if you look) that’s why these decontented-but-still-usable locks are so cheap.

And remember, it’s in the way that you use it.

As seen in SoMA:

San Francisco’s Best Bike Store is the New Marin Bikes Outlet in the SoMA – Mega Turbo Awesome

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Now I heard from the Bluoz about Marin Bikes‘ new Factory Outlet in the South of Market Area, but I had to see it to believe it. Yes, the old Fregosi Paint store location at 1090 Folsom is now a huge bike shop.

Unfortunately, they don’t have any bikes going for $200 anymore but you’ll like the prices irregardless. The Yelpers seem to like this store, anyway.

They even have them expensive little folding bikes you can take on BART 24-7

Myself, I recently got me a mountain bike from the REI but you, if you wanted a cheap hybrid bike for $279, something akin to the one Mayor Gavin Newsom uses on Bike to Work Day (a Specialized Globe with his name on the top tube that went for $1000-something), well I don’t think an outfit like Valencia Cyclery could touch that kind of deal, specially considering all the money V.C. spends on advertising.

Just saying.

I’m betting the factory that produced a good portion of these bikes is way over in Red China (or the Other China), but oddly enough, Marin Bikes’ Factory Outlet is right here in San Francisco:

(The arrival of this new store more than makes up for losing our North Face Outlet to Berkeley.)

Get over to 7th and Folsom and tell them Billy sent you.

See you there.