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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Who likes free movies? I do!

I was checking out the latest tech gadgets on coolest-gadgets.com and discovered a new site called Popcornflix that offers over 1,500 free movies.  Free movies, where do I sign up?

Popcornflix is working in collaboration with Screen Media Ventures, LLC to offer the general public free movies online.  You can download a free movie and watch from your laptop.  Or take it one step further and sync your laptop to your flat screen TV and watch your free movie from your TV lift cabinet.  How cool is that?

I did notice though a few drawbacks.  While they are advertising 1,500 movies, I did not see 1,500 movies offered on their site.  I did notice though that their site is still in the Beta phase so hopefully soon more movies will be added.  I also perused the movie selection and must confess I did not recognize most movies.  Of course, I tend to stick to Blockbuster hits.  I am sure avid movie lovers have seen some of these movies before.  Regardless, I think this site has potential and I was very pleased to learn that I could view free, keyword being free, movies.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Incorporate Asian Inspired Décor in Your Home!

While many design trends come and go, one constant has been the popularity of Asian inspired design. Identifiable by its clean lines and natural elements, Asian influences not only create a stylish room but also inspire relaxation and a feeling of zen. Fortunately, TV lift cabinets can fit perfectly into Asian décor when you pick the right design. The Tao TV lift cabinet and the Hideaway TV lift cabinet are both available in a formal black finish or a more natural brown finish. Here are some tips to achieve the Asian inspired look you’ve been imagining:

  • Minimalism is key – try neutral colors on the walls and bold colors on fabrics and other accent pieces

  • Keep the lighting subdued and diffused. Rice paper lamps and Chinese paper lanterns are great for this effect

  • Bring nature inside – rock gardens, bamboo and bonsai trees, tabletop fountains, cherry blossoms or orchids work great

  • Clean lines and furniture low to the ground keep with the Asian theme and minimalist approach. Also, avoid clutter! Try using Japanese screens to hide areas that may not be completely organized

  • Bronze statues and fixtures are a staple of Asian décor. Try incorporating our Tao TV lift cabinet or Hideaway TV lift cabinet! The bronze fixtures are a perfect fit!

Friday, March 25, 2011

It is Friday Trivia Day! Play for 10 % OFF your next purchase.



Every Friday, we will ask you a question about one of our staff.  If you get the question correct, you will receive 10% OFF your next TV Lift cabinet purchase!  If you get the answer wrong, don’t worry.  Simply play again next week.

Question of the week:  Out of the three TV lift cabinets listed below which one has the Infrared Relay system built in?

1.) Harbor

2.) Escape

3.) Wynterhall

Now Listen Up!  Here are the rules.

Rules:

1.)    In order to play, you must email us your answer at info@importadvantage.com.  The subject line must read: Infrared Relay Cabinet

2.)    In body of email, you must include the following: TV Lift Cabinet answer, Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number, and Email Address.

Only one vote per household will be considered!  Kate will personally respond to each contestant notifying them whether they are a winner or not.  If a contestant has answered correctly, their name will be added to the winner’s circle.  When a contestant is ready to purchase TV Lift Cabinet, contestant can simply call us at 561-417-0999.  Contestant must notify us they are on the winner’s circle to redeem discount.

Every Thursday, we will reveal the answer on our Thursday Reveals.

LET THE GUESSING BEGIN!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Product Focus - Traveler TV Lift Cabinet

Our  Traveler TV lift cabinet is a true beauty!  It features beautiful select hardwood in a rich tobacco finish.  The Traveler’s rich tobacco stain is complemented with brushed nickel hardware creating a clean transitional look sure to work in any room. This TV lift cabinet offers a center lift unit directly below your TV to store two electronics with depths of 13 ¼” or less.  It features a surge protected onboard power for your TV and two components. The Traveler can also accommodate most flat panel TV’s as large as 46”.  Plus we offer free white glove delivery!  Check out the Traveler TV lift cabinet today!

It's Trivia Thursday Reveal




Hi all,

It is time to reveal the answer to our weekly Friday Trivia Contest.

Question: What is Sara’s Favorite Crystal Pointe TV lift cabinet finish?

The correct answer is Brown.

Congratulations for all those who made it to our winners circle and received 10% OFF.  If you did not guess correctly, you can always play again tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

3D TV: The way of the future?

Recently, 3D technology has exploded on the big screen. It was only a matter of time until TV followed suit. The advances being made in 3D imagery are ever-evolving.  However the idea of watching programs on a 3D TV mounted in a TV lift cabinet may not appeal to everyone.

Reports from the Consumer Electronics Show highlight different forms of 3D entertainment that are in the early stages of development. Some systems require the consumer to sport 3D glasses similar to what you would wear to view a 3D Movie. Sometimes the glasses are more advanced and take on an appearance similar to a virtual reality head set.  The most intriguing technology in my opinion was a Sony television that alternated images hundreds of times per second to send different pictures to each eye – no glasses required! Imagine that in your TV lift cabinet! How far away this technology is from being commonplace is debatable. The introduction of new technology is further complicated by studies showing that consumers are holding on to their possessions (Flat panel TVs included) for longer than ever before.  The after effects of the recession combined with the trend of “going green” and producing less waste have made consumers more inclined than ever to make their possessions last.

What are your thoughts on the new wave of 3D TV technology? Will you follow the tech trend or stick with your tried and true flat panel until an upgrade is absolutely necessary?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How to Create an Indoor Outdoor Room?

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1.)    Bring rattan wicker furniture Indoors- Rattan furniture has come a long way since your Grandmother’s circa 1950’s white wicker patio furniture.  Today there are many sophisticated styles of rattan wicker furniture that range from espresso to blonde finishes.  You can get sofas, chairs, night stands, and even a TV Lift Cabinet in rattan.  Try the Bermuda Run TV lift Cabinet to accomplish the island casual living lifestyle.

2.)    Use floor to ceiling windows – If you have an amazing view don’t hide it.  Show it off with floor to ceiling windows.  Who needs wall art if you have a spectacular view?  Plus large windows will allow for ample sunlight to shine through and brighten your living space.

3.)    Use plants – If you have a beautiful garden, why not carry it indoors?  Try adding a few hanging plants or flowers to your living room and kitchen.  Even if you do not have a green thumb, we recommend against using fake plants.  Instead try planting a Heartleaf Philodendron, otherwise known as the “sweetheart” plant.  It is extremely difficult to kill and will adapt to most environments.

4.)    Select natural flooring – carrying wood from your deck into your family room creates a seamless transition from one living space to another.  Try using bamboo or tiles that compliment your existing outdoor flooring.

5.)    Use outdoor lighting indoors – recently on a Devine Design episode Candice Olson used recessed outdoor floor lights in an indoor bathroom to create mood lighting around a spa tub.  Try using outdoor wall sconces or floor lights to carry through from your patio to your family room.  For social evening gatherings, your guests will feel like they are in five star luxury hotel.

 

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Monday, March 21, 2011

What is Your TV Lift Cabinet Story?

TV lift cabinets are becoming more and more popular. The combination of a beautiful cabinet with the ability to hide your television inside is an idea that has appealed to consumers around the world. The first time I had ever heard of a TV lift cabinet was on an episode of the MTV show “Cribs”. The program featured this unbelievable foot of the bed cabinet that with the touch of a button, the flat-panel TV magically appeared from within. Similar cabinets began popping up on several episodes. Each episode featured different celebrities showing off their flashy new cabinet with the latest technology to hide their TV when not in use. Pretty soon, I was hearing about these TV lift cabinets on more than just programs broadcasting the luxurious gadgets of the rich and famous. These TV lift cabinets were on design shows, game shows and online. How did you discover TV lift cabinets? Was it on a TV show, in a magazine, through a friend? Share your TV lift cabinet story in the comments section below or send us an email at info@importadvantage.com.

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's Friday Trivia Day - Save 10% OFF!

Every Friday, we will ask you a question about one of our staff.  If you get the question correct, you will receive 10% OFF your next TV Lift cabinet purchase!  If you get the answer wrong, don’t worry.  Simply play again next week.

 

Question of the week:  The Crystal Pointe TV lift cabinet is available in three finishes – which one is Sara’s favorite?

 

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Now Listen Up!  Here are the rules.

Rules:

1.) In order to play, you must send an email to info@importadvantage.com.  The subject line must read: Sara’s Favorite Crystal Pointe TV Lift Cabinet Finish

2.)    In body of email, you must include the following: TV Lift Cabinet finish answer, Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number, and Email Address.

Only one vote per household will be considered!  Sara will personally respond to each contestant notifying them whether they are a winner or not.  If a contestant has answered correctly, their name will be added to the winner’s circle.  When a contestant is ready to purchase TV Lift Cabinet, contestant can simply call us at 561-417-0999.  Contestant must notify us they are on the winner’s circle to redeem discount.

Every Thursday, we will reveal the answer on our Thursday Reveals.

LET THE GUESSING BEGIN!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Free Delivery and In-Home Placement

Did you know that shipping furniture can be quite expensive and cost up to several hundred dollars for one piece of furniture?  Sadly, this cost is expected to increase in the next few months as gas prices keep climbing.  Many retail furniture companies have been forced to charge a shipping fee to customers to help cover the cost of shipping.  This can range from $100 up to 10% of sales price.  Imagine you have just purchased your TV lift cabinet, dining room table set and living room furniture for your new home for a total of $10,000.  Ten percent of that is $1,000 that you would have to pay just to ship your furniture!  Yowsers!

Well, I have some good news.  At ImportAdvantage, we offer FREE shipping and In-Home Placement.  Yes, you heard me right.  I said free shipping.

Your TV lift cabinet will be delivered and placed in the room of choice.  At which time the delivery people will unpack your TV lift cabinet in front of you, allowing the chance to inspect.  Once inspection is completed to your satisfaction, all packing material will be removed from your home.   Simple, easy and best of all free. Now how do you like them apples?

Thursday Reveals – What is Kate’s Favorite TV Lift Cabinet?

Hi all,



It is time to reveal the answer to our weekly Friday Trivia Contest.

Question: What is Kate’s favorite TV Lift Cabinet?

The correct answer is Antiquity TV Lift Cabinet.

Congratulations for all those who made it to our winners circle and received 10% OFF.  If you did not guess correctly, you can always play again tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Product Focus of the Week: Harbor TV Lift Cabinet

Introducing the Harbor TV lift cabinet!  Traditional design and a warm brown finish make this a truly classic addition to your home decor. The built-in TV lift mechanism holds most flat panel TVs up to 46”.  The TV lift mechanism also features an electronics tray that lifts and houses two AV components. Solid brass hardware is the finishing touch on this beautifully crafted cabinet. The Harbor TV lift cabinet is ventilated throughout and contains a surge protector for your TV and two components. Our FREE white glove delivery service ensures the cabinet will be placed in your room of choice and all packaging will be removed from your home. Check out the Harbor TV lift cabinet today!

Which is Better - Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-Verse®?

New TV - check !  New TV Lift Cabinet - check!  Now it is time to select your new digital television service provider.

With the introduction of digital television, two main service providers have emerged into the television market and are growing rapidly.  In the last few years, Verizon and AT&T have both expanded their influence by entering into the television market with the new age of digital/HD television. Verizon has launched FiOS and AT&T has launched U-Verse®.   We have done some research on both providers and are now going to share with you are findings.
























TV ServiceConnection ImagePriceFeatures
Verizon FiOSfiber-to-the-premises (FTTP)

100 % fiber optic network
Excellent. Image is better for HD TV, image quality will still be excellent in bad weather$64.99 to  $99.99

bundled deals
Over 130 HD channels, 345 digital channels, 19,000 video On Demand titles every month, access Facebook and Twitter on your TV, Over 46 commercial-free music channels

Remote DVR programming via Web and cell phone, and much more…
AT&T U-Verse®fiber-to-the-node (FTTN)- AT&T will be switching gradually over to FTTPExcellent (but still uses old copper wiring which is subject to bad weather conditions).$19 to $137 bundled deals ; slightly more affordable than FiOS due to using existing copper wire infrastructureRecord up to four shows at once on a single DVR and can play them back in any room; Pause your recorded show in one room and pick it up in another, view Flickr photos on TV, choose your own Multiview channels you want to watch, Remote DVR programming via Web and cell phone, and much more…

To sum up the table above here are the key findings.

Verizon uses fiber connections while AT&T uses their existing copper wiring connections.  Fiber is a much better product than copper for transmitting information.  In lay man terms, this means that during a bad storm, your image quality will not be affected and you can go about watching your favorite shows with no image interruptions.    FiOS trumps U-Verse® with fiber connection.

AT&T, however, does provide more affordable bundled packages than Verizon.  This is partly because Verizon must cover the cost of laying down new fiber connections which is time consuming and expensive.  To cover for the cost of this expense, they have slightly higher consumer pricing.  AT&T bundled packages are more affordable because they rely upon using their existing copper wiring to transmit information.  AT&T does plan to switch to fiber connections gradually over the next few years.  U-Verse® wins over FiOS on pricing.

Both FiOS and U-Verse® offer cool features to consumers.  With FiOS, customers can access Facebook and Twitter on their TVs.  The sharing ability between PC and flat panel is amazing.  With U-Verse®, consumers have the ability to record up to four programs at once.  Wonderful!  It is a toss-up on who wins on best cool features.  Both FiOS and U-Verse® offer uniquely different features.  It truly depends on the consumer’s interests.

Ok, we have provided you with a quick breakdown.  Now it is your turn to vote.  Which one do you feel is better?

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Watch Content from your PC on your Flat Panel

Services such as Netflix and Hulu are making it easier than ever to access TV shows and movies online. It was only a matter of time until new technology allowed content from your PC to be transferred to your flat panel TV and vice versa. According to an article published on www.pcmag.com, watching content from your PC on the flat panel mounted in your TV lift cabinet is simple thanks to several new products. These set-top boxes such as Apple TV allow you to configure your PC to the set-top box and stream content and services from your computer to your TV.

The opposite is possible with devices like the Sling Media Slingbox PRO-HD. They capture the content from your cable or satellite box and stream it over the internet to your PC or smartphone. The system is supported by infrared relay technology, built-in to most of ImportAdvantage’s TV lift cabinets. The IR system allows you to remotely control your cable box even when you are not nearby. You can watch what you want, when you want.

A third option is to use a device such as the Veebeam HD to send whatever is on your PC screen wirelessly to your TV. This also allows the user to send content via an HDMI cable directly from the PC to the TV mounted in their TV lift cabinet.

Friday, March 11, 2011

It is Friday Trivia Day! How well do you know Your ImportAdvantage Staff?

Hi all,

We are going to try Trivia Day again.  I accidentally left an important part of the instructions out last week.  Whoops!  The trivia contest will be extended for one more week.

We know that it can be nerve-wracking to shop online with a “faceless” company.  However, we do indeed have a face.  In fact, we have lots of faces.   In an effort to get to know us better, we are introducing Friday Trivia Day.  Every Friday, we will ask you a question about one of our staff.  If you get the question correct, you will receive 10% OFF your next TV Lift cabinet purchase!  If you get the answer wrong, don’t worry.  Simply play again next week.

Question of the week:  Out of the 37 TV Lift cabinets we have, which one is Kate’s favorite?

Now Listen Up!  Here are the rules.

Rules:

1.)    In order to play, you must send an email to info@importadvantage.com.  The subject line must read: Kate’s Favorite TV Lift Cabinet

2.)    In body of email, you must include the following: TV Lift Cabinet answer, Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number, and Email Address.

Only one vote per household will be considered!  Kate will personally respond to each contestant notifying them whether they are a winner or not.  If a contestant has answered correctly, their name will be added to the winner’s circle.  When a contestant is ready to purchase TV Lift Cabinet, contestant can simply call us at 561-417-0999.  Contestant must notify us they are on the winner’s circle to redeem discount.

Every Thursday, we will reveal the answer on our Thursday Reveals.

LET THE GUESSING BEGIN!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Product Focus of the Week: Biscayne TV Lift Cabinet

The stylish yet functional Biscayne TV lift cabinet is sure to become a centerpiece in any home. The rich espresso finish and brushed nickel hardware create a warm yet contemporary feel.  The Biscayne TV lift cabinet offers ample storage for your AV components and media alike. Aside from housing most 50-52” flat panel TVs, the cabinet contains extra storage inside three dovetailed drawers and on adjustable shelves behind three doors. Interchangeable wood and speaker-cloth panels allow for customization of the cabinet. Enjoy the convenience of controlling your remote components while they are stored behind the cabinet doors, hidden from sight. Infrared technology amplifies the signal from your remote control and relays the command to the components through our built-in infrared relay system. The Biscayne TV lift cabinet will leave your family and friends in awe whether you are showcasing your TV or letting the cabinet stand alone! Check out the Biscayne TV lift cabinet today!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Watch This Year’s Wimbledon Championships in 3D!

This year you can watch the Wimbledon Championship on your 3D-TV.  Rise up your TV Lift Cabinet, grab your 3D glasses and enjoy the finals as if you were there.  All coverage of the men’s singles semi-finals and the ladies and men’s singles finals will be captured in 3D.

Sony has been working hard with The All England Lawn Tennis CLUB (AELTC) to bring this event to its full viewing potential.  Sony will be handling all the theatrical distributions with the help of their company’s theatrical distribution partner, SuperVision Media.

“We are delighted to be working with The All England Lawn Tennis Club to bring such a high profile sporting event to consumers around the world in 3D,” said Fujio Nishida, president of Sony Europe. “Watching tennis in high-definition 3D is a stunning experience, bringing the speed of the action and the emotions of the occasion to life; it is as close to the atmosphere and excitement of Centre Court as actually being there. With the Live 3D Wimbledon experience available in hundreds of 3D cinemas across the world, many more people will be able to enjoy one of the world’s most iconic sporting events as though they were actually at Wimbledon.”

Don’t have a 3D-TV?  Don’t worry you can go to any 3D-equipped theater throughout the world to watch your favorite matches.  The 2011 Wimbledon Championship begins on June 20 and runs through July 3.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tobeii Technology Introduces User Eye Controlled Laptop

So much for controlling computers with a mouse or touch screen! According to a new article released by TechNewsWorld, the latest method to control your computer is with your eyes. Tobeii Technology has recently unveiled their latest computer, a laptop controlled by movement of the user’s eyes.  By eyeing parts of the screen, the user is able to open and close windows, browse documents and photos, even zoom in and out. Simply looking at the screen will cause it to brighten from auto-dim energy saving mode. Reviews from consumers who have had the opportunity to test the technology are favorable.  The computer is in the prototype stage and is reported to be bulkier than the typical laptop.  However, Tobeii Technology has plans to partner with computer manufacturers to further develop the product into a design that makes it feasible for everyday use.  Maybe in the future they will add this technology to our TVs.  The possibilities are endless!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Top 5 Furniture Trends for 2011

1.       Recycled wood – In order to live “green”, many folks are using recycled wood in their home furnishings.  Try furnishing your home this year with an Amish TV Lift Cabinet made with recycled wood.  Using recycled wood is a great way to reduce carbon footprints.

2.       Oui la France! - French influences are gaining momentum this year. Expect to see The Old World romance of vintage French pieces from the 1930s and 1940s. French motifs such as fleur de lys and quatrefoils add excellent soft features to any room.

3.       Metallic and copper accents – Can we say bling?  People want luxury! Shiny metallic and copper finishes achieve this glamorous look on a relatively affordable budget.

4.       Patterns, patterns, patterns – people will always love patterns.  This year expect to see bolder, more colorful patterns with more African tribal and Mexican influences.

5.       Color me gray – This year gray is the new neutral.  Keep a lookout for washed out purple grays and softer grays with blue hues. Good bye beige!  Hello, gray!

Friday, March 4, 2011

It is Friday Trivia Day! How well do you know Your ImportAdvantage Staff?

We know that it can be nerve-wracking to shop online with a “faceless” company.  However, we do indeed have a face.  In fact, we have lots of faces.   In an effort to get to know us better, we are introducing Friday Trivia Day.  Every Friday, we will ask you a question about one of our staff.  If you get the question correct, you will receive 10% OFF your next TV Lift cabinet purchase!  If you get the answer wrong, don’t worry.  Simply play again next week.

Question of the week:  Out of the 37 TV Lift cabinets we have, which one is Kate’s favorite?

Now Listen Up!  Here are the rules.

Rules:

1.)    In order to play, you must send an email message to info@importadvantage.com.  The subject line must read: Kate’s Favorite TV Lift Cabinet

2.)    In body of email, you must include the following: TV Lift Cabinet answer, Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number, and Email Address.

Only one vote per household will be considered!  Kate will personally respond to each contestant notifying them whether they are a winner or not.  If a contestant has answered correctly, their name will be added to the winner’s circle.  When a contestant is ready to purchase a TV Lift Cabinet, contestant can simply call us at 561-417-0999.  Contestant must notify us they are on the winner’s circle to redeem discount.

Every Thursday, we will reveal the answer on our Thursday Reveals.

LET THE GUESSING BEGIN!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Product Focus of the Week: SOHO Electric Fireplace TV Lift Cabinet

The sleek look of our Soho electric fireplace TV lift cabinet is a stylish look for any home.  With its clean smooth lines and beautiful built-in 33” electric fireplace, it creates a sophisticated cozy environment for the whole family to enjoy.   The firebox and TV are separated by a full wall. This wall allows your TV to remain cool and completely unaffected by the firebox.

The Soho’s two bottom drawers are not only decorative but functional as well.  The drawers offer plenty of room to store your audio-visual equipment.  The two concealed side doors open to hide and store all of your media.  You can enjoy your fireplace, watch TV, and have all your electronics hidden at the same time.  This TV lift cabinet is offered in a caramel and espresso finish.  Remote is included.

Check out this beautiful TV Lift cabinet for yourself!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Looking for Excellent Customer Service?

We’ve all been there - Desperately trying to speak to a live person when we require customer service. Press “1” for this option or “2” for that option.  Five minutes later you are screaming at a voice recording because all you want to do is speak to a real person.

Talk about frustrating, right?

Here at ImportAdvantage, we strive to provide excellent customer service.  ImportAdvantage is a US based company located in South Florida. Every time a customer calls our office, they will speak with a real person. No computers handling your questions or concerns here! Now how’s that for some good old fashion customer service?

We pride ourselves on our product knowledge and our ability to help our customers make the best purchase based on their needs. We speak directly with each and every customer that calls or writes, creating an individualized shopping experience.  If you are already an owner of an ImportAdvantage TV lift cabinet, we also offer free tech support and are able to address any further questions that may arise.

Your satisfaction is important to us. We are happy to guide you through the process of finding the perfect TV lift cabinet for your home, business, boat – you name it! Please do not hesitate to give us a call Monday through Friday, 9am-5:30pm EST to speak with us directly.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Are You Looking for American Made Products?

We are proud to tell you that we offer four beautifully made Amish TV lift cabinets designed and built in the USA.  Our Amish line of TV lift cabinets includes the Restoration, Coastal Creations, Axiom, and Nottingham.

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Amish craftsmanship is some of the finest in the world.  The Amish community still practices old-world techniques and construction methods passed down from generation to generation.  The initial construction of Amish TV lift cabinets are completed using air-driven tools powered by diesel generators.  However, all the detail and finish work are completed by hand giving our customers truly a one of a kind TV Lift cabinet.

All our Amish TV Lift cabinets are made of solid Maple wood with five-piece English dovetail drawer boxes and steel ball bearing drawer glides.  Each piece is inspected before being shipped to ensure maximum quality.