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A_Unicycle wrote:

I am trying to sell an expensive pokemon card. Valued around $360 AUD, asking $280 because I want a quick sale and I don't want to have to claim it's 100% near-mint when I'm not an expert on this particular series of cards.

I've posted on an Australian FB page trying to find a local buyer, but got a lot of interest interstate. Didn't want to post because I'm uneasy about taking money online.

Paypal has protection, but I've heard they often side with the buyer.

Bank trasnfer should be safer as far as I'm aware, but I'm not sure.

Any advice for selling this without getting physical cash in my hand? I've been scammed once on eBay selling items (which I, fortunately, resolved with them), so I'm a little scared about parting with something this expensive online.

In the US, what I'd probably do is require a postal money order up front. Once I got the order, I'd go to the USPS with my package ready, cash the order, and then use the cash to send the package, probably Certified Mail for something that rare. (medium-priced shipping option with extremely high security, which requires special packaging in the US.)

I'm not sure if you have Australian equivalents for those facilities, but no matter what, trust on your part becomes immaterial once you have cash in hand. The buyer is left hanging, but you're asking substantially under list, so in exchange for taking all the risk, they're getting a great price.

As LeapingGnome says, any reversible transaction could mess you over, so by demanding a payment method where you end up with hard cash, you should be in the clear.

I'd definitely send it the safest tracked way you can, to help protect the buyer, and stay in good communication with them so they don't panic.

edit: the US also has certified bank checks, but those can be falsified, and can cause you all kinds of trouble if they bounce. They're not really checked for validity when you deposit them, but only when your bank presents them for payment, so a falsified one can cost you big fees.

AFAIK, our postal money orders are instantly checked for validity at time of cashing, so if the USPS hands you cash, it was valid. Hopefully you will have a similar facility.

Can somebody explain the Neutral Zone in Star Trek? Is it a dmz where if you wandered in, other forces can attack? I never understood it.

Here ya go. Conflict generally occurred over planetary claims.

MaxShrek wrote:

Can somebody explain the Neutral Zone in Star Trek? Is it a dmz where if you wandered in, other forces can attack? I never understood it.

It's a zone where, if the Enterprise goes there, a Romulan ship will show up and rattle their sabers but not actually do anything about it.

MaxShrek wrote:

Can somebody explain the Neutral Zone

Yeah, it runs along the line of scrimmage, equal to the length of the ball, where neither team can...

in Star Trek?

... oh. Nevermind.

It's like a PvP zone in World of Warcraft.

Level 1 freighters get ganked by level 100 warships?

Yup. That freighter's name? Kobayashi Maru.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Yup. That freighter's name? Kobayashi Maru.

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There are several mobile apps which let you check out digital media through your local library. Most or all of these apps are tapping the Overdrive servers which were created for this very purpose.

Is there a mobile app which taps the Overdrive servers, yet doesn’t make you jump through all the waiting list and return date mumbo-jumbo of the library apps?

This was talked about somewhere in these forums in the not too distant past. I just can’t remember where.

I grew up in Ottawa, which apparently is the coldest capital in the world. Still, I somehow missed the adulting lesson on how to keep frost from forming on the INSIDE of a car’s windshield. Any tips?

Feegle wrote:

I grew up in Ottawa, which apparently is the coldest capital in the world. Still, I somehow missed the adulting lesson on how to keep frost from forming on the INSIDE of a car’s windshield. Any tips?

Pee on the windows.

I feel like that would just result in yellow frost. :/

Only until the car warms up.

Feegle wrote:

I grew up in Ottawa, which apparently is the coldest capital in the world. Still, I somehow missed the adulting lesson on how to keep frost from forming on the INSIDE of a car’s windshield. Any tips?

I have heard that placing a bag of kitty litter or a desiccant pack on the dash can help by absorbing the moisture in the air. Looks like you can get 2 pounds of desiccant beads from Amazon for less than $20 US.

I second the dessicant. Make sure it's bagged, though... lol

Feegle wrote:

I grew up in Ottawa, which apparently is the coldest capital in the world. Still, I somehow missed the adulting lesson on how to keep frost from forming on the INSIDE of a car’s windshield. Any tips?

Move.

Rykin wrote:
Feegle wrote:

I grew up in Ottawa, which apparently is the coldest capital in the world. Still, I somehow missed the adulting lesson on how to keep frost from forming on the INSIDE of a car’s windshield. Any tips?

I have heard that placing a bag of kitty litter or a desiccant pack on the dash can help by absorbing the moisture in the air. Looks like you can get 2 pounds of desiccant beads from Amazon for less than $20 US.

I tried this this winter. I have a tube sock full of cat litter sitting on my dashboard. Results are inconclusive. The weather has mostly either been too warm for frost or subzero temperatures so there's no moisture in the air. The few times when conditions have been right for the inside of my windshield to frost over it has. Except for a small area near the tube sock full of kitty litter. So, it appears it could work but you would need a massive amount of litter.

Or a thinner material. The suggestion I’ve seen is panty hose.

And in a pinch, you can dump out the desiccant and put the hose over your head if you need it for a robbery!

BadKen wrote:

And in a pinch, you can dump out the desiccant and put the hose over your head if you need it for a robbery!

The possibilities are endless.

It's not quite a sockful of quarters, but it'll do as a makeshift cosh in a pinch.

English grammar question:

Is it OK to say 'Take a decision' instead of 'Make a decision'? Are both acceptable? I checked my dictionary, and all examples listed under 'decision' used 'to make', not 'to take'.

In French (my native language), 'making' a decision is nonsensical, a decision is always 'taken' (as far as I know), which is why in English my first inclination is typically to say 'take a decision' (or just use 'to decide').

The only time I've ever heard reference to someone "taking" a decision is when a boxer wins on the judges' scorecards.

No one says take a decision.

Yeah I have never heard take a decision.

I've seen it sometimes in British English novels...

Well seeing as "make" and "take" are not synonyms... (unless you are in the GOP) and where would you take a decision anyways?

fangblackbone wrote:

Well seeing as "make" and "take" are not synonyms... (unless you are in the GOP) and where would you take a decision anyways?

In the bathroom, usually.

Robear wrote:

Or a thinner material. The suggestion I’ve seen is panty hose.

I'm skeptical that nylon is more permeable to air than an old worn out cotton sock. Either way, I know literally no one that has pantyhose so I would have to buy some and I'm lazy. My initial thought was cheesecloth but, again, I would have to buy some and lazy.

The reason you want pantyhose instead of a cotton sock is that the sock is going to hold onto the water, which can then evaporate again.