I’ve been checking out Take2 for a long time because its prices are just the best in South Africa. Take2 is one of those online retail stores like Kalahari.net and the international poster boy Amazon.com which offers a selection of books, music CDs, DVDs and other products. What I really love about Take2 is that their prices are better than Exclusive Books or Kalahari.net all year long. In the past I have bought a lot of books from Kalahari.net when they run their regular sales or had a R50 discount voucher.

Now with Take2 they do not offer any discounts or sales and even with shipping costs most purchases are cheaper than their closest competitors. So I highly recommend you switch to Take2 and if you have any doubts just compare some prices for the following books I’ve just received from a recent order:

Books Take2 Kalahari.net Exclusive Books
4-Hour Work Week R134.00 R186.95 R204.00
Complete Idiot’s Guide: Growing Your Business with Google R134.00 R186.95 R143.00
Laws of Lifetime Growth R81.00 R123.95 R176.00
Shipping Cost R29.00 R29.00 R30.00
TOTALS R378.00 R526.85 R553.00
* Note: Free shipping is available from Kalahari.net if you order is more than R350 and with Exclusive Books is more than R400 per order.

So as you can see even if the shipping from Kalahari.net or Exclusive Books was free it would cost more than Take2. What’s your experience been in shopping online in South Africa?

Take2 cheap onlie shopping

 
  • Thought you would be interested in some tips on how to get the most out of your reading. (Your poll might be more interesting if the choices were, zero; one; two or more. I would estimate a rather high percentage would indicate having read no books in the last month, and perhaps only one or two a year.)

    Improve Your Reading Skills: The Key to Career Success

    Your long term career development will be the sum of your reading over the next five years, and the five years after that. Who knows after ten years someone may develop an implanted chip that will substitute for reading. But for now, reading is the name of the game. After five years don’t be the person who is known as the one who ate 2114 Krispy Kreme donuts and read two books, and one had a lot of pictures.

    You don’t have to be a long time reader to only add to your reading inventory. Some of us read fast and have the capacity to remember everything. Most of us read slower and it may take a couple of times for us to get all the required information. If you have a treasured motivational book you may read it two, four or more times, getting more valuable information from it each time. The path to take is to read, and you’ll get the required information.
    To improve you understanding and greatly increase your overall enjoyment in reading you should determine why you’re reading the particular book or article or magazine. By determining the reason before you start your comprehension and pleasure will increase, and ultimately your overall career development will accelerate.
    Be honest, you absolutely do not have to read everything. Not everything you come across contains information you need. In fact a lot of it is junk. Throw it out or hit the delete key. Use the time you just saved to read the things important to your career and your reading plan.
    This may sound contradictory but you don’t need to read all of what you do read. You don’t need to read every article in that magazine or every chapter in that book. Select the articles in the magazine or the chapter in the book that are important, and ignore the rest. When you do find the book that has something of interest in every chapter, take notes, and after you read it put it aside to reread.
    One trick to prioritize your reading is to scan the table of contents, the index, and the headlines. You’ll pick up two important ideas: (1) do you have an interest in the contents? and; (2) what desirable information will you get from reading the book, magazine or article? If it fits into your reading plan go for it.
    Your reading environment should be comfortable, you’ll read faster and comprehend more. Of course, there are times, like carrying reading material in your car to read when waiting is the exception to the rule. Once you start reading read it straight through, with books being the exception. With books try and read in chapter bites. If you have questions, take notes and go back and get the answers or do further research.
    You’re reading with a purpose, it’s all part of your career development and the reading plan you designed. Set monthly book reading goals. Keep a notebook or journal; write down new ideas for books to read. Take advantage of your commuting time to listen to books in your car’s CD player. So overall you’ll be reading with a purpose so keep your focus.
    Remember, the more you read, the quicker your speed and comprehension. In five years, you’ll look back and see you’ve read 120 or more books. Your career will be on track and you’ll be able to point to the many valuable ideas and contributions they have made to your career.

    John Groth is a career coach. Find valuable Career Improvement Guide, in-depth articles and a free seven day career planning guide at his web site. Discover up to date career and recruitment strategies at his career idea blog; all to assist you in developing and managing your career.