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Fandango $100 Gift Card for 2009

Fandango $100 Gift Card for 2009

Fandango $100 Gift Card for 2009

We live in an electronic world where there is an online digital version of almost everything. There are virtual stores, virtual offices, online libraries with virtual books and newspapers, virtual social meeting areas (chat rooms), online travel and insurance agents and even virtual pets.

Many will argue that the digital can never replace the actual. This is true to an extent—playing with a virtual dog just isn’t the same. However, the digital version surpasses the tangible in some instances; such is the case with virtual box offices that sell online movie tickets.

Have you ever waited in line to see the opening show of a movie and as soon as you get to the box office window the person inside flips the sign to read “Sold Out?” Or, have you been really excited to see a movie and then at the end of the show your only response is to look at your date and shrug your shoulders with a quiet, “hmmm?”

Online movie ticket services prevent these situations and add expediency to a night out at the movies so you can enjoy the show.

Virtual box offices offer kiosk tickets, will-call tickets and printable tickets. With a kiosk ticket you can avoid long lines and go directly to a self-serve kiosk within the theater to retrieve your ticket. You can pick up will-call tickets at the will-call desk, again avoiding the long lines. In addition, you are able to print tickets in your home or office and go directly to the screen and find your seat.

One of the biggest advantages to using a virtual box office is that you can purchase tickets in advance, without ever traveling to the traditional box office, so you’ll never experience another “sold out” show.

If you are not a movie buff, but you know someone who is, purchase a gift certificate and your friend can use the online movie ticket site to go to a movie of their choice, when they want to go.

Today’s virtual box offices, like Fandango and MovieTickets.com, are much more than the traditional box offices. If you want some insight to a movie before you buy your ticket, traditional box offices provide a poster, a rating and the opinion of the person behind the desk.

However, a good virtual box office on the Internet provides access to movie trailers and clips, numerous professional reviews, consumer reviews, in-depth reviews of the movie’s contents, movie synopses and even streaming video with critic and actor/actress interviews. With so much information, you can become the expert and make an informed decision as to which movie you want to see, take your kids to or would recommend to a friend.

For movie-lovers on the go, some online movie ticket services offer downloadable podcasts. You can enjoy your favorite critic’s review, movie synopses or celebrity interviews wherever you are, at anytime.

When it comes to box offices, you’ll find convenience and tons of movie-related information with the virtual type. Use an online movie ticket service and you’re sure to have a reel good time.

Cristopher Fowers

Cristopher Fowers is a Writer/Reviewer for TopTenREVIEWS.com. TopTenREVIEWS features expert reviews for technology and entertainment products and services. For more information and an in-depth review on online movie ticket services, see the Online Movie Ticket Review. We do the research so you don’t have to™.

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GI Joe vs Transformers: $250 Regal Cinemas Gift Card

$250 Regal Cinemas Gift Card

$250 Regal Cinemas Gift Card

It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that one of the resurging toy lines of late has been Transformers, which saw a relatively profitable Christmas season, all things considered. The feature movie was a huge hit among adults and children alike, raking in $320 million in domestic theatre sales alone, not even considering international releases and DVD releases.

Transformers characters go way back too, being introduced in toy form in the early 1980′s, but their genealogy traces back even further to a Japanese toy line that was acquired by Hasbro for inclusion in the then popular G.I. Joe toy line. After being repurposed for Transformers, the original cartoon series was commissioned solely as a vehicle to propel sells of the toy line.

Children then were fascinated with the innovative designs of Transformers, which led to more character developments, and more toy releases, some of which were impressive engineering feats, especially in the 80′s. Now that those kids have grown into adults, the resurgent interest in Transformers is split among the classic figures, the reissues, and the new releases.

In 2008, McDonalds got into the foray and released some Happy Meal toys for kids that turned from vehicles into robots. While these entry-level toys were a far cry from full-fledge Transformers, it widened the audience even further, prompting children to follow in their parents footsteps by collecting the toys themselves.

Now that the second feature film, Transformers 2, is in production, demand for these toys should continue to increase in the coming years. While the Transformer toy line is powerful, it’s not as exclusive as some other franchises (e.g. Lucas and Star Wars), so expect to see a large variety of spin-offs and crossover toys for the newer collectors.

For the older collectors, local department stores and online retailers will still hold some appeal by stocking some of the classic reissues. But for old school Transformers fans who live for the now vintage Transformers, secondary market sales will be the only option. Secondary market sales include estate sales, yard sales, online auction sales, and party-to-party sales.

Stay tuned for more to come out of the Transformers franchise – it should be an interesting year!

For more information about Transformer action figures, characters, plot lines, and history, visit Shaun’s Transformers online enthusiast blog.

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Free Bridal Magazine

Free Bridal Magazine

Free Bridal Magazine

Most bridal shows are scheduled in the months of January and August. Tickets are usually between $5.00 and $10.00 with a one or two dollar discount if you purchase your tickets online before the event. Prizes may be offered for the first 100, 200 or 500 brides to attend, which usually includes a copy of a major bridal magazine such as “Modern Bride,” a local bridal guide, a pin that says “Bride to Be,” as well as tickets for drawings and sweepstakes.

The most recent bridal show I attended started at 11:00 and ended at 5:00. They had a mini bridal fashion show that started at noon and showcased about 20 wedding gowns and bridal tiaras from one of the exhibitors. The “Runway Fashion Show” which included more gowns and tuxedos was scheduled for 3:00. The prize drawings were announced at 2pm and 4pm. Having arrived at 11:00, my guests and I had visited all the exhibitors, watched the mini fashion show, and were done by around 12:30. I recommend going to bridal shows later in the day in order to be there for the main events and giveaways. Also, I noticed that there were plenty of free magazines, buttons, and gifts for people arriving after 12:30.

Expect to see a multitude of local photographers at any bridal show you attend. You will be a little overwhelmed by their displays, but spend a little time looking through their photo albums, which contain some of their most personal and unusual candid shots. You will have fun sampling wedding cakes from all the local bakeries. Even better, is seeing new trends in wedding cakes. I saw rich, brown layered cakes with gold leaf accents, and bold, bright colors such as magenta, purple and hot pink.

Unless you want to be bombarded with phone calls and emails from wedding professionals, be careful about the forms you fill out for the exhibitors. My daughter filled out a form for a free cruise giveaway. She was called after the show and asked for her credit card number over the phone. Remember, that even if you “win” something, it may be a $500 discount off of a $2,000 photography package.

Being able to talk to so many wedding professionals in one place is very beneficial. Looking at companies online, who all claim to be the best at what they do, is impersonal and confusing. The exhibitors are friendly and helpful. You will be able to determine for yourself whether you like the taste and look of their cakes, or the design of their wedding veils. You may not win a prize, but you will come home with a free magazine, some referrals, and some great new ideas for your wedding.

Kathleen Mary is the owner of Beautiful Bridal specializing in discount tiaras, veils, bridal and bridesmaid jewelry. Visit our blog for wedding planning tips, advice and information.

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