Meghan Freeman / April 24, 2020

Covid-19 causing a shortage in home gym equipment

With the recent covid-19 lock down closing all public gatherings including commercial gyms keeping fit is not an easy thing to do these days. The government announced that people can only exercise within 2 kilometers of their home which means that staying fit is proving quite the task for a lot of people. 

With the gyms having to close all of a sudden and home gym equipment in huge demand people have been struggling to get the equipment they need in order to keep fit. Fitness equipment like rowing machines, exercise bikes as well as strength equipment like dumbbells and squat rack are proving very difficult to get. When they are available many stores are charging a premium for the equipment and as always the market dictates the price.

Home workout routines are being posted all over the internet and Instagram In particular has become a hotbed of no equipment home workouts. These are a great alternative for the short term but staying motivated doing these workouts alone is a tough task for a lot of people. Fitness Youtubers like Joe Wicks are getting millions of views on their videos so the Covid-19 crises is not all bad news for certain people although they are few and far between. 

Now more than ever people are turning to fitness to stay healthy not just physically but mentally also. Being locked up in the house all day is not good for anyone so doing some form of exercise is really important to keep your mental health as well as working up a sweat. Websites like Mestech who offer home gym equipment can’t keep up with the demand for fitness equipment and the same is being reported across the industry. If you are looking for a new business to get into this could be a good time to go the fitness route! Stay safe out there guys. 

Meghan Freeman / January 11, 2020

Hoverboards a big hit again this Christmas.

Hoverboards have proven to again be a hugely popular product this Christmas with hoverboard store reporting a huge increase in sales from late October to December 2019. Although many thought the hoverboard to be a fad they have appeared to last the test of time, at least for the moment. Now there are many suppliers of hoverboards and there are even products like segways for adults that people are beginning to use as a form of transport around cities.

Such devices owe their birth to the hoverboard and it was in fact the Chinese that came up with the hoverboard product in the first place. Segway was since bought by Ninebot who are one of the first electric scooter suppliers in the world. Well to be more accurate that are one of the brands that brought the electric scooter to the main stream. Before the Ninebot ES1 electric scooters and hoverboards were not a nice looking product and this was one of the main reasons why they did not take off until recently. Between Ninebot and Xiaomi they have over 70% of the electric scooter market globally.

Here in Ireland electric scooters are starting to take off whilst hoverboards have remained more of a toy for the kids, electric scooters are being used instead of buses, trains and the Luas to provide an eco friendly way to commute around town. Although still technically not legal on Irish roads many are taking to them anyway as they are usually allowed once you are not doing anything stupid with them.

Meghan Freeman / November 20, 2019

Refurbished iPhone – Safe to buy?

The popularity of the iPhone has truly soared to new heights over the past few years and it has helped to make Apple one of the most popular companies within the United States. Nonetheless, iPhones are still outrageously expensive and most can only get theirs hands on one, by signing up for a new phone contract. Since nobody wants to sign into a new contract, it may be best to consider purchasing refurbished iPhones instead. Before doing so, you should consider the factors below.

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When you purchase a new iPhone, you will be protected by an extensive warranty. Refurbished phones may very well come with warranties and guarantees, but their lengths are usually much shorter. Still, as long as you’re careful and if the phone was repaired properly, this shouldn’t be much of a problem. Just scour through the companies that offer refurbished phones and make sure you select the one with the longest warranty!

It is often much safer to purchase a brand new product from the original manufacturer. This is the case, because you will never have to worry about getting swindled or ripped off. The original manufacturer is dependent on delivering an excellent product and will always do their best to do just that. With repair companies, this may not be the case. So, you’ll need to take your time and carefully investigate the seller, before purchasing a refurbished phone!

There are undoubtedly a few risks involved with purchasing a refurbished iPhone. Therefore, it is absolutely essential to make sure it’ll actually be worth your effort in the long run. Therefore, you need to take your time and carefully research each phone provider. Make sure they’re actually providing you with a worthwhile deal and will still provide you with a reliable product.

At the end of the day, purchasing a refurbished phone can be very beneficial, but you have to proceed with caution. Take your time and do your research, before handing over your money and you’ll be fine.