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Toys: not for adults only
Written by: Jiří Vašek
Once in a while you have to make yourself
happy and buy something nice to wear, a treat to eat, or something to
play with. If you're embarassed to go to a toy store, just browse the
internet. Once you're tired of them, you can give the Barbie Doll or
Matchbox racer to your kids.
A more transparent web site is unimaginable. The presentation
of this e-shop lacks playfulness in its graphics, but it
gets right to the matter. In the right corner a search eye
blinks, and when you enter, say, Lego, 49 items appear. Ordered
goods are mailed COD from Kroměříž once a week. Postage is
CZK 59, and you can also order shipping via the Autopost
delivery service (the driver brings you the parcel at a preset
time). If you aren't satisfied with the product you can return
it, no questions asked, within 7 days, and the amount you
paid is returned to your bank account.
Click on enticing pictures for more information, including
a detailed view, dimensions, and weight. Stated prices include
VAT. The products are divided according to children's ages,
type of product, manufacturer, and price. It's interesting
to seek inspiration from other customers' purchases and choose
from a ranking of the most successful toys. This site includes
a text search function and a tool for more complicated questions
with logical links. For COD orders up to CZK 3,000 shipping
prices are postal rates according to weight. For orders over
CZK 3,000, postage and handling are free.
Another virtual adviser that acquaints you with the matter.
Toy sales are not the issue here, but you can read articles
on this topic or enter a 30-day classified ad for what you
want to sell or buy. As in daily papers, you'll find news
on the latest children's products, and some ideas on their
improvements or maintenance. Questionnaire results show that
wooden toys are the most popular, followed by plastic and
This is a catalogue of exclusively wooden toys. It's easy
to see that the simple yet clever design of products that
contribute to children's motor, psychological, and emotional
skills is protected by registered design, and the quality
and health attributes of the products are documented by various
certificates and standards. You'll find toys for infants,
along with jig-saws and puzzles that even adults can enjoy.
Marionettes, wooden mobiles, rockers, and other motion toys
form a special product line. They all have a fairy-tale appearance,
with pleasantly rounded shapes and bright, warm colors. It
may make you wish for a second childhood.
Sapi rules when it comes to paper toys. The assortment isn't
large, but it has an extra dimension. Using recycled paper,
it helps teach children traffic regulations - about crosswalks,
looking both ways, etc. Sapi makes entire cardboard towns
measuring 25x25 cm, and kids can add realistic houses, roads,
signs, traffic lights, and gas stations. The base boards
can be hooked together to form true cities. These construction
sets are a purely Czech idea, and come recommended by BESIP
as didactic aid for children aged 3 and over.
If you want to hand over property, close a rental agreement, or
check whether your new employment contract covers all the right
details, this is the site for you. It contains basic information
on such legal actions, including very important contract specimens.
This is where to find out if your new (old) car bought from a used-car
dealer was stolen. Just enter the VIN, engine and chassis numbers,
and license plate in the right windows. You'll certainly sleep
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A clever site with advice for daily problems. Examples: how to
organize personal finances; where to deposit money; which banks
offer which loans; how to count savings from building savings
Unlike rarely updated web sites, so-called "blogs", or
internet diaries, display their owners' latest insights and opinions.
People involved in business and trade often have much to say to
others. See for yourself.
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