Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Save It

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Save It

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CUT PRICES IN SITE All the competition out there means it's tough for money-saving shopping websites to make a splash right now. But one new to the market is an impressive idea. London start-up flubit.com is a market place with no product or price listings: you just send in the name of the product you want to buy, a link to a website with the best price that you can find, and your email address. Within 48 hours, the site makes its own offer for the item -- usually considerably cheaper. In its first weekend of trading last month, it made offers saving users just over [pounds sterling]8000 on [pounds sterling]92,000 worth of products. The site works by having built up a bulging contact book of small suppliers and wholesalers. It agrees a cheaper price with them, then takes a commission before offering you a price. I was about to buy a new home phone for [pounds sterling]65 before I put it into the site and was offered it for around [pounds sterling]50, including delivery. Founder Bertie Stephens explains: "We create better offers for people who have already found what they want, but want a better price. Rather than clogging inboxes with offer after offer for pedicures, USB cables and holidays to tropical destinations during monsoon season, consumers tell Flubit about a product they've found and want to buy, and Flubit gives them a better price."

VALUE YOUR VEHICLE Ever wondered how much your car would really be worth if the empty crisp packets were cleared out and paint scrapes were T-Cut'ed out? Usually you have to pay for valuations but there's a pretty comprehensive one on offer on the Auto Trader website. Enter your number plate, mileage and, if you wish, extra details such as any additional built-in features, and it will give you a detailed valuation -- useful should you be thinking of selling.

BE A FREE AGENT It doesn't promise to make the ladies flock as they might to 007, but anyone keen on trying out the new James Bond "fragrance for men", pick up a freebie at 007fragrances. …

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