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How to handicap College Hoops NCAA March Madness Tournament Edition

It is the time of year when conference championships are almost upon us and there are several keys that should be looked at when handicapping the tournaments during March Madness.

Experience pays off:

One has to look at teams that have played in championships to get back to the championship round. In the last five years teams that have won the championship has made it back to the big game 63% of the time. This has to do with being able to handle the pressure of the big game.

Depth:

Depth is a must for the championship tournament as it will always give an edge to a team when it comes to late in the tournament when teams have played several games over several days. Teams that are strong in depth allow players to be fresher longer and eat up precious time as well as fouls at any given time.

Rebounding:

This one is rather obvious has teams that rebound the ball well get a second chance at missed shots and will often control the tempo of the game for the most part. The teams in conference that have had the rebounding edge has gone to the championship round more often than not.

Free Throws:

Another obvious one is free throws. Teams that can shoot free throws will win games down the stretch and in conference tournaments they are invaluable. With the basics of picking a winner in the conference tournaments out of the way let’s look at some of the intangibles that will make you money ATS.

Ride the Streak:

Hot teams coming into the tournament are always a play in my book. These teams usually get all the bounces, play the game the hardest and take advantage of teams playing out the string. However a note here is if the team is undefeated in conference play when they enter the tournament I suggest a play against them SU and ATS.

Stay away from the last team to make the tournament:

The #8 seed is a dangerous go of things in conference tournaments. They have played the #1 seed before (often twice) and so the #1 seed knows exactly what to expect and is not surprised by the play or the temp unlike March Madness when the lower seeds surprise more often. The #8 seed is not a money maker ATS either as they are just 51% ATS in conference tournaments.

Your upsets will be from the middle of the pack:

This makes sense as the teams ranked #4-#6 are often playing opposition with equal talent or close to it. This is where the dog will become more valuable than not and will have an easier path to getting to the conference championship and often cashing as an underdog along the way.

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7 steps to sell your TV

7 steps to sell your TV

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If you find yourself looking at your TV not as a source of entertainment during lockdown but instead as a source of quick cash, you’re not alone. Maybe you got a new TV and your old TV is just taking up space. Maybe your kids spend more time on their tablets while their TV gathers dust. Or maybe you’re among the millions of Americans facing financial hardship lately and that TV is worth too much not to sell.

Good news: That same financial situation means more people are looking for deals, and chances are you can find a buyer. Modern TVs typically have years of life in them and yours will probably make somebody very happy.

But before you list your television online you have some work to do, not only ensure you get a fair price, but also that you stay safe. Of course you should follow social distancing guidelines, but it’s also smart to make sure the buyer doesn’t get access to your personal info. Sharing your Netflix account with your family is one thing, letting a stranger access it is something else entirely. Here’s our step-by-step guide.

Read more: 7 used items to never buy or sell

Step 1: Determine if it’s worth selling

If you’re just looking to get it out of your house, sure. Pretty much any TV will be able to find a home. Pretty much. If it’s an old cathode-ray tube or rear-projection TV, it’s unlikely to find many takers. Many new small TVs cost very little, so used older models might not be worth much. In some areas, you can donate the TV, which might yield a tax benefit more than the value you’d get in cash. You can also recycle it.

If your TV is only a few years old, it’s probably worth something. If you forgot what you paid originally, Google can help you figure it out, though you’ll need the exact model number, usually on a sticker on the back of the TV.

If you’re trying to sell a plasma TV, buyers might be wary there’s something wrong with it, like burn-in. To a lesser extent , but as they’re nearly all newer than any plasma, this is less likely. 

Step 2: Figure out where to sell it

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While eBay is the obvious choice, it might not be the best option to sell your TV. Getting the TV to your buyer is going to be a significant hassle, one we’ll discuss shortly, but even if you have all the original packaging, TVs don’t like being reshipped even short distances. Selling local is a safer, easier option. Also, eBay charges fees, which the next two options don’t.

Craigslist is available in many places and is free, though there is the « stranger danger » aspect that you’re inviting someone you don’t know to your house — there are definitely weirdos out there. Just make sure you’re taking precautions to use Craigslist safely.

Another local option is Facebook Marketplace. This, like Craigslist, is also free. It takes some of the anonymity out of the situation, as you can see the person’s FB profile. Profiles are easy to spoof or fake, but it’s something.

No matter what, brace yourself for no-shows and haggling.

Read more: 5 reasons you should use Facebook Marketplace instead of Craigslist

Step 3: Create a detailed listing

More is almost always better here. Don’t just list the price and size and expect lots of offers. You don’t need to be pitching the Glengarry leads, but the more info you’re able to supply, the better. 

Keep in mind that you might know this TV, but no one else does. What would you want to know about it if you were buying it? I’ve bought and sold a lot of things online, up to and including a , and there really is no such thing as « too much » info. Don’t copy and paste a features list from the manufacturer’s website or anything like that, but the more you explain about the TV the better.

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Here’s a quick list of questions to address.

You can also take info from the manufacturer’s site including dimensions, number of HDMI inputs and built-in apps, and tech features such as local dimming or refresh rate. Also mention if you have the remote (or not), and if you’re including any cables. Mentioning why you’re selling wouldn’t hurt, though it’s certainly not required.

While there’s a temptation to gloss over any flaws or issues, you’re better off coming clean. Scratches, dents, burn-in, an input that doesn’t work — these are all things the buyer is going to find out anyway, and better to do it up front.

Price is the toughest. If you’re selling a fairly common model, it will likely be fairly easy to find what others are selling for, or have sold for. Less common or older models will be more of a challenge. Try finding different sizes of your TV. If you’re trying to sell the PV-47D8000 and nothing is coming up, maybe the slightly larger PV-50D8000 was more common, and you can charge a bit less than one of those.

Tracking down your TV’s family (D8000 in the above example) will also let you search for more and less expensive lines from that year. Perhaps the C8000 or the D9000 were the next models up and were offered for sale used to give you an idea for price. Each brand has different nomenclature that can also vary per year, so this might take a bit of time.

Another option is just searching for what other people are offering for their similarly sized TVs. If you’re selling a Samsung and there are dozens of no-name models for sale in your area, this might not be a huge help. But if the no-name 50-inch was $1,000 when new, and they’re charging $500, your Samsung will likely command a premium.

Step 4: Take good photos

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Photos go a long way toward putting a potential buyer at ease that this is a real thing, not a scam, and it looks like the condition promised in the listing. 

The most important: Photograph the TV while it’s on. TVs photographed while turned-off look boring at best and broken at worst. You’re going to have to deal with reflections though, no real easy way around that.

If you can reach, a picture of the input jacks would be good, and one of the remote would be great.

An added bonus would be to put something in the photo that lets the potential buyer get an idea of the size of the TV. A game console, DVD or Blu-ray box perhaps. At the very least, try to get the camera roughly in the center of the screen, so the TV actually looks rectangular. Countless photos of TVs online make them look like trapezoids, which makes it difficult to judge size.

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Including a picture of the remote is a bonus.

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It’s a good idea to clean the TV before you photograph it. Don’t use Windex! Most household cleaners will strip away the delicate screen coatings. You can easily ruin the TV you’re trying to sell. A soft microfiber cloth should suffice. You might not even have to get it wet. 

Read more: How to clean a TV screen

Step 6: Erase your personal info

There are actually some steps you should take before you unplug it. The most important is to log out of any apps you’ve been using. How to do this varies. You might have to do it individually, or there might be a global option in the settings menu.

There’s also the « nuclear » option: a full factory reset. Buried deep in the menus there’s likely an option to return the TV to how it was when you first bought it, all settings erased, all logins forgotten. If you do this, however, it might also delete any firmware updates. Best to let the buyer know either way.

Just unplugging the TV almost certainly does not erase your settings or your personal info.

Step 7: Get it out of your house

By far the most difficult aspect to selling a TV is getting it out of your house and into someone else’s. Don’t underestimate this step. TVs are bulky, heavy and very, very fragile. They hate being moved. Even if you have all the original packaging, there’s still a good chance the TV isn’t going to make it to its new home.

If you’re planning to ship it, make sure you check with whatever agency you’re using well before the sale to find out pricing, pickup info and, most of all, insurance. If you sell a TV and it shows up broken you’ll be out the money you just made and the TV.

Far better is to only sell locally. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a vehicle that can carry the TV, in which case you might be able to arrange dropping it off with the buyer. If you don’t, verify that the buyer can pick it up before you sell. If they think they can get a 65-inch TV in the back of the Camry, everyone’s going to have a bad day. It’s a safe bet that only the smallest TVs will be able to fit into the back of a sedan. Hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs, really anything other than a sedan, might be fine.

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Yeah, don’t try this at home (that’s a kid in there).

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Make sure the buyer brings lots of soft blankets, and wherever the TV goes in the car, it’s able to be well secured. Make sure there are no pressure points, like seatbelt buckles, on the screen itself. Laying the TV flat may seem like a good solution, but one good bump and poof. It’s possible you, or someone you know, has transported a TV this way without a problem. Luck is a poor substitute for planning.

Your local Home Depot or Lowe’s might have a small truck you, or the buyer, can rent for an hour or two, which might be cheaper than a full day’s rental from a car or truck rental place.

The best way to think about transporting a TV is to think of it like you’re transporting a piece of glass, because you basically are. Don’t twist it, don’t put any weight on the screen, use two people to lift all but the smallest models. Be gentle, like it’s an egg that somehow gets Netflix and cost you $1,000.

And lastly, of course, wear a mask and maintain social distancing the best you can.

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Bonus: Sample Listing

I’ll end with a demonstration of what your listing should look like (joke brand notwithstanding). Good luck!

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Have you ever sold a TV online? Did you have any issues or want to share your tips? Post a comment below. 

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eBay Hires Former Chief Executive Officer of The Gap

A new board member has been added to eBay's Board of Directors as announced by the e-commerce company on September 29, 2015.

According to the multinational corporation, Mr. Paul Pressler has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors as director he will be required to manage and assist in the Audit Committee of eBay; along with this he has been given the responsibility of looking after the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee as well.

The President and CEO of the e-commerce company stated that the eBay family is thrilled to welcome the new Director on board and that being an independent director; he has brought to the table a lot including his years of valuable experience at a major retail company such as The Gap which helped him gain immense experience in consumer branding as well and further helped him gain the leadership skills that were required to perform his duty, which now he has brought to eBay's Board.

The newly appointed Director of the online marketplace expressed his gratitude after being hired to the company by saying that he is joining one of the pioneer and leading global commerce players and he is looking forward to working with eBay's leadership team and also the board of directors who will be planning the company's future.

From 1994 all through 1999, Paul Pressler was the President of the Disney Land Resort after being the President he was appointed as the president of Walt Disney Attractions. He resigned from Disney back in 2003 and joined The Gap, an American multinational clothing and accessories retailer, as the Chief Executive officer.

He is also a partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC which is a private equity firm and is the Chairman at David's Bridal, Inc. Along with being on the board of eBay; Paul is on the Board of Directors of The DryBar, a California-based chain of salons.

In July, the leading e-commerce company in the United States parted ways with Paypal and since then it has been making some changes in the company which includes purchases and acquisitions.

EBay purchased Twice, an online consignment retailer and is currently testing a service in Germany much similar to Amazon Prime. With the addition of Mr. Paul Pressler, who has experience from both online retailing and brick and mortar, will be able to take the company in the right direction. The company is all set to enter its third decade since it existence and everyone has a lot of expectations from Mr.

Pressler, believing that he will take the company to new heights.

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