MXL 007 USB Microphone Review!

Are you looking for a good, inexpensive USB microphone? There are a few to choose from in the sub $150 range that can produce near studio quality sound. One of these is the MXL 007 USB Microphone from Marshall.

This is a stereo mic, operating at 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz for a smooth, rich sound. This is obviously important for musical vocalists, but is also fantastic for instrumentalists, interviewers, voice-over artists, and podcasters.

Because the MXL USB 007 requires no xlr device, you can simply plug it directly into your laptop computer’s usb port and take it with you to a park, a friend’s house, a field meeting, or your car.

Many reviews compare the Marshall MXL 007 USB Microphone to condenser studio mics in the $500+ range. The microphone’s large gold diaphragm capsules (two) coupled with low noise electronics and ultra modern digital conversion techniques help to produce a final sound that very closely replicates that of a professional recording studio!

The MXL USB 007 can be purchased both online and in your favorite music store.

I’ve personally made the switch from offline music gear purchases to getting my stuff online. It all depends upon your own personal preferences, but I have a few reasons to support my own preference.

  1. Offline stores don’t have nearly enough competitors to drive the prices down as low as online stores do. This is because your local music shop has maybe five or ten other music stores in town to compete with, whereas online stores have hundreds of competitors.
  2. I’m not a huge fan of sales tax!
  3. As part of the spirit of competition, many online retailers offer free shipping on gear!
  4. I don’t have to leave the house or be pressured by a sales person.
  5. I can shop many stores in a very short period of time – no wasted time or gas!

So that’s my little rant about the benefits of buying your gear online, but I digress…

If you want a microphone that produces rich, professional sound, the MXL 007 USB Microphone could definitely be worth your consideration.

In all of my own personal “homework” on USB condensers, I would say the MXL USB 007 actually ranks number one in its price range, with the Blue Microphones USB Snowball Mic and the Audio Technica AT2020 USB following closely behind.

As always, I encourage you to do your own homework to find the best quality instrument at the most reasonable price.

In conclusion, I will say that the MXL 007 is certainly a great investment for the serious home musician, podcaster, or anyone else who believes that portability and low cost need not compromise production quality.

Shopify Review: Is This One of the Best E-Commerce Website Templates?

Deciding to build an online store is a great decision and a solid business model. Once you’ve decided on a product to sell, your next big decision is choosing a great e-commerce website template. I’ve tried many e-commerce templates – and I can say hands down that Shopify offers one of the best e-commerce website templates and platforms when you take pricing, template options, style, and ease-of-use into consideration.

In fact, many e-commerce store owners have extremely successful online stores using Shopify.

Let me jump right into the features and benefits in this Shopify review. I’ll also tell you about some of the drawbacks to this e-commerce platform – but in the end it is one of the best e-commerce website options available (please note that these are the features and benefits at the time this article was published).

Features and Benefits of Using Shopify for your E-Commerce Store

Free Trial:

You can try it free for 30 days. Take advantage of this offer by exploring the many e-commerce website templates they have to choose from. Look under the hood and discover how easy it is to get your online store up and running fast.

50 E-Commerce Templates / Store Fronts to Choose From:

Shopify has 50 fantastic themes / template styles to choose from. You can also easily customize any theme or template you get to ensure you get the precise look and feel you want for your business.

No Contract Required:

When you use Shopify you don’t need to commit to any duration. You pay month-to-month. I don’t need to tell you how advantageous this is. After all, when you’re starting up – the last thing you want to do is get committed to long-term expenses.

No Computer Coding knowledge Needed:

You don’t need to know how to build websites to set up a Shopify e-commerce store. Shopify makes it super easy to choose and set up any of its 50 templates simply by clicking buttons.

Payment Processing:

Shopify makes it super easy to integrate with a credit card gateway and/or Paypal. If you sell digital products – no problem – you can deliver them through an integrated app included with your Shopify subscription.

Use Your Own Domain:

I can’t stress the importance of building your store on your own domain. Yes, you can use a Shopify domain – but for the long-term it is much, much better to start building your store on your own domain. Shopify makes it easy to build an e-commerce store on your own domain.

Why use your own domain? Because if you start getting links to your store (great for search engine rankings and highly recommended), then if you switch domains – those links you get to a Shopify domain are wasted. Start your business on the right foot by investing the $10 it costs to get your own domain.

Low Monthly Cost:

Once you decide to use Shopify, it only costs $24 per month for a basic plan. You can sell up to 100 SKUs with this plan, which in my view is a tremendous offering. There is no setup fee either. If you ever need to upgrade your plan, that’s very easy to do. Shopify = flexibility.

In addition, however, you also pay a 2.0 percent transaction fee as part of your cost (when you upgrade plans, the transaction percentage lowers). This allows Shopify to charge low monthly fixed cost rates. Being able to limit fixed costs and have a variable cost option (i.e. costs directly linked to your sales) is a tremendous feature and advantage as you get your online business off the ground.

SSL Checkout:

You definitely want to offer your customers secure shopping. With all of Shopify’s e-commerce website templates and plans you automatically get to offer secure shopping for your customers with the industry standard 128 bit SSL encryption.

Bandwidth: Unlimited.

This means if you get a flood of visitors your site won’t shut down. Obviously this is critical to running a successful online e-commerce store.

Discount Codes for Your Customers:

You have to upgrade to a $59 / monthly plan in order to offer coupon codes. If you’re just starting, this isn’t necessary. Once you start generating sales – then you’re in a position to monitor your sales and then decide if coupon codes can help build your business.

Automatic Back Ups:

Shopify backs up your store so you don’t have to be concerned about losing any data.

Add a Shopify E-Commerce Template to Your Existing Website:

If you already have a blog or website and wish to add a store – it is no problem with Shopify. You simply establish your Shopify store on a subdomain (subdomains cost nothing to setup).

Customer and Technical Support:

You can contact Shopify for help, use their Shopify forums, and check out detailed tutorials in the Shopify Help Wiki. You won’t be stranded to struggle.

Drop shipping Integration and Partners:

If you don’t want to pack and ship your orders you can use a partner drop shipper such as Fulfillment by Amazon, Shipwire, and Webgistix.

Drawbacks to Shopify for Your E-Commerce Template Solution

  1. I don’t like that you have to upgrade to a $59/month plan in order to offer coupon codes. It seems to me coupon codes are a powerful way for a starting business to build revenues. It should be offered in every plan.
  2. Too few drop shipping partnerships. Now I’m not sure if you can set up drop shipping with a company other than Amazon, Shipwire, and Webgistix. Likely one of these 3 will suit your needs, but if not, it may be more complicated than necessary than setting up an automated order-processing system. Again, this is something you would need to discuss with prospective drop shippers and Shopify.

Despite my 2 dislikes mentioned above, I still believe Shopify offers by one of the best e-commerce templates available anywhere.

Review of Online Shopping – Changes in Buying Everyday Items

The internet has changed a lot of things of how people go about their daily routines. Communication has become that much clearer, finding friends and family is now a click away and searching for information is done in a split second. It is no question that a lot of things have changed now.

One of the biggest modifications that the internet has done is with purchasing items. Online shops have emerged everywhere selling everything from clothes to food to toys and to medicine. Almost anything can be purchased out of the internet now as long as you know where to look. The question now is why and how did the online shopping craze start. To answer the question, here are the advantages.

The Advantages

The largest advantage of online shopping is the reality that a person does not need to leave his/her home in order to purchase the items needed. It allows for the consumer to simply sit in front of the computer, connect to the internet, find the product and buy it using a credit card or any other online payment method. The order will then be sent to the doorstep of the buyer. This makes it easier for the buyer to acquire what he/she needs.

Another great thing about shopping online is the fact that no one needs to see you buy that item. This is especially true about sensitive items such as adult toys, weight loss products or other medication and more. You will be saved from the humiliation of having the salesperson glance you that “knowing look” or even ask you about what you bought. For some people, this is a really big deal.

It also comes to mind that compared to store prices; items sold over online shops are cheaper. This is mainly because maintaining an online shop costs much less than maintaining a real or physical shop. Rental fees of a small store can range from a few hundred dollars per month to a few thousand dollars per month while paying for hosting services for an online shop can cost just a few hundred dollars per year.

Most of the time purchases made from online shops are free from problems and very convenient. The process involves a couple of simple steps and the order will be sent right onto the consumer’s doorstep. Of course, this isn’t free from problems. There are certain disadvantages in purchasing items online.

The Disadvantages

Perhaps the most evident disadvantage of purchasing online is the fact that the buyer cannot check the quality of the item before paying for it. He/she would simply have to trust on the images posted by the online shop and the product description. Other than that, the buyer will have no other assurance of the quality and appearance of the product in question.

Another thing that people fear about buying online is the time it takes for the order to be sent to them. Sometimes the point of origin of the order is from far away and it would take weeks or even months before the order gets to the consumer’s doorstep. In line with shipping the item, there are also doubts that, especially if the product is easily broken, the courier will botch it and break it even before it arrives.

The biggest disadvantage of online shopping however is trust, assurance and guarantee. How can you be sure that what the seller is saying is true? How can you be sure that the seller will actually deliver the product? In other words, how can you be sure that the seller isn’t a scam?

These are all understandable and real fears about purchasing in the internet. It is true that there are some online shops that promptly deliver the goods; but there are those who are in the industry whose goal is to make a quick buck by scamming people. They do this in a variety of ways such as overcharging the purchaser’s credit card, posting misleading information and there are those who don’t send the product at all. The question now is how can you be sure with the purchase?

The Guarantee

Reality is that there is no 100% guarantee about buying online. First of all, the problems said earlier could have been caused by a third party such as the contractor or the courier. Fortunately, there is a way to at least lessen the problem by making use of online shop reviews.

There are a lot of different websites who are giving consumers the chance to share their experiences with specific online shops whether it is positive or negative. Using this information, other buyers can avoid those with recurrent bad reviews and stick with those who generally get proper reviews. Most of the time, these review sites also offer a list of suggested online stores as well. It is best to stick with those online shops to avoid getting scammed.