Four Must Haves For a Great Camping Experience

Whether you are new to camping or have been camping most of your life, these tips can help make your next camping adventure your best yet.

Here are the basic four rules to follow:

1. Set Up Shelter. Choose a tent that is right for your situation. Larger tents are usually more difficult to set up and tear down. So if you can get by with a smaller tent, I recommend that you do so. Also, be sure to consider your surroundings by checking out the landscape and your proximity to neighbors.

Make a Fire. Make sure you have enough wood, the right type of wood and the right tools to ensure that you can create, maintain and put out your fire safely.

3. Have a food supply. Cast iron is a great choice for a cooking pan or skillet. Pack and use utensils that serve multiple purposes. Do as much prep work as you can at home and bring only what you need.

4. Have a water supply. Hydration is important. Make sure you are able to transport and store enough for your time in the wilderness. If you don't want to carry around jugs of water, consider filtration and purification systems. 

Click here to find out more about these tips from the site "Trail Sherpa".

Be safe and have fun!

If you are looking for RVs, tents, boats or camping equipment, be sure to check out to find great deals on everything you are looking for.

New Sub-Category for Real Estate Listings

Many of our users and advertisers have been requesting that we add a sub-category to the "Real Estate" category for those that are wanting to sell or buy land. We listened. Now, whether it is for commercial, residential or agriculture, the “Land” sub-category will display them all and is available now.

In addition to this new sub-category, I would like to remind you that ads with videos get featured on the home page. Today, more than 77% of home buyers are using the Internet to find there next home. Adding a video to your listing is a great to attract more potential buyers and set your listing apart. 

Be sure to follow the on Facebook and Twitter.

The New and Improved is Here!

The new and improved is up and running!

I really like the new page layout and that I have the option to view more listings on the homepage. I think this is great for those times when you don't know what you are looking for, but know you are looking for something.

I encourage you to take a spin around the new site and tell us what you think.

If you have any questions regarding the site, its features or your account, please visit us at  or call us at 1-877-344-2037.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Source: is Getting an Upgrade!

For the past few months, our development team has worked tirelessly to update the site and bring you new features we hope you will love. Below are some of the great features you will see.

Adding a video to your listing is not only a great way to promote your item but it also helps the buyer know if your item is what they are looking for. Listings with videos are now going to be showcased on the front page along with the recent listing we have always had in the past. Click here to watch a video highlighting this feature.

As you know, is where you can find just about anything. To help you find exactly what you are looking for, we have improved searching on the website by making it easier to search from a specific category. To check out this new feature, click here.

I have one more great feature to tell you about. is now going to look great on your phone or tablet, plus the new menu will make it easier to navigate while on the go. Click here to get a preview.

You will see the new look and features starting Monday, May 11th.

Get a Great Deal, Not Scammed

Whether you are new to buying and selling on online classifieds sites or you are a pro, you should always proceed with caution. Remember, you are dealing with someone you have probably never met.  

When you use DiscoverStuff, you are using a site that is for local buyers and sellers. We also monitor all ads that get posted to reduce the risk of scams. However, sometimes it is not an ad that is the scam, it can be the person contacting you to purchase the item. To be on the safe side, follow these easy tips:

1.     Always Deal Locally and in Person

o   Dealing with local people and businesses can significantly reduce the risk of being scammed. Also, meet in person when making the transaction. For a little extra security, meet in a public place, take someone with you and have your cell phone.

2.     No Cash, No Deal

o    Do not accept any other form of payment than cash. Period. 

3.     Do Not Send Money 

o    An overwhelming majority of the people that use DiscoverSuff are good, honest people, but you should still only pay at the time you receive the item. If send the payment before you get the item, there is no guarantee that you will ever get the item you paid for.

4.     Never give out your financial information

o    Under no circumstance should you ever give out your financial information. There is no need for someone to need to know your bank account information, you social security number, credit card number, etc. If you are asked to provide this information, do not proceed with the transaction and notify us immediately of the potential scam.

5.     Trust Your Gut

o    At the end of the day, always listen to your gut. If the situation is making you uncomfortable, back out. One more thing... If it sounds too good to be true..It is. 

Below is a email scam that a user received:

"Hello Seller Thank you for your reply to my question about your item. I’m okay with the final price as well and i will like to make an instant purchase,So please do withdraw the advert from the site.I don’t mind adding an extra $40 dollars for you to take the advert down from the site so that i can be rest assured that am in hand of the item,But Please bear in mind that you are not to bother yourself about the shipping of the item okay ? I have already arrange with my agent company that will be coming over for the pickup of the item immediately you receive the personal check/Money Order cos i still have some pending item to pick up at the same time with yours,so the payment that will be send will include the cost of the shipping charges and cost of your item .So I will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check..

  1. Your full Name that will be written on the payment.
  2. Your Contact address to mail out the payment,
  3. Your phone number to contact
  4. Your last price of the item.

Once again ,I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping.I will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check

Hope this is clear to you ?

Best Regards"

For more helpful tips, click here.


Selling Your Home On Your Own? Start With These 4 Easy Steps

Getting ready to sell your home can be exciting and, at times, stressful. Here are a few easy steps you can take to make the process easier and could help you sell your home faster and for more money.

1. Clean Up and Clean Out

It is time to scrub your baseboards, organize your closet and dust the light fixtures. If you have pets, it might be a good idea to get your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned. Furry family members are awesome, but because we love them so, we can become blind to the stains they cause and scents they leave behind.

In addition to using a little elbow grease, you may want to de-clutter. You are getting ready to move, why not get a head start and box up the things you don't need. Also, remember that you are now trying to make someone see your house and their future home; make it a neutral space by removing family photos, sports paraphernalia, etc.  If you're a Chiefs fan and the buyer is a Broncos fan, your sofa-length picture of Arrowhead Stadium may be a bit of a turn off. Renting a storage unit for a little while might be a good idea as well. 

2. Find Out What is Worth, Not Just What You Hope It is Worth

It can be difficult determine a fair price without doing a little research.  First, look at comparables. What are other homes in your area, that have similar features, listed for? What have they sold for?  Your potential buyer is comparison shopping so you need to make sure your home can compete. That does not always mean you need to be the cheapest, but you need to be the best value.

You can also get an appraisal. These are usually a very accurate assessment of your home's value.  

3. Schedule an Inspection

Most of the time buyers will want an inspection; so why get one before you put the house up for sale. This way you can get the things fixed that need to be fixed and your sale won't be held up by unexpected surprises.

4. Get It Ready To Move In

When someone is looking at your home, don't let them be distracted by all of the pictures you have have on your wall. When they see collage of family pictures, they are thinking of all the holes they are going to have to fill in.

Give your home a fresh coat of paint and make sure it is a neutral color pallet. Cover up the colors that scream personality. Your style may vary from theirs and they may have a hard time getting past your bight red walls.

If you have a project that just needs the finishing touches, do them. Sometimes after a home improvement project the small details get missed because you are tired and say that will be for your "future self" to finish.  The future is here and you need to get it done.

In the end, you will be glad that you took the time to get your house ready for sale. 

If in doubt, ask the experts. Realtors can take out a lot of the guess work and make the process easier for you.

Whether you decide to go with a Realtor or sell it on your own, make sure it is listed on the Nex-Tech Classifieds.

Good Luck!

Craigslist Real Estate Scam

A new real estate scam has popped up close to home. is reporting that Wichita is getting hit with a Craigslist scam that is essentially preying on a person’s need to find a place to live quickly.  That urgency is causing some to make poor decisions to pay a deposit without ever entering the home or even meeting the person claiming to own it.  After the deposit clears the owner disappears and the tenant has just lost their deposit.

This is a great example of why we moderate every listing and listen to our users when they do start to get scammy e-mails or phone calls. While we can’t guarantee a 100% scam free service we work extremely hard to keep these bad guys from doing as much damage as they can on other sites like Craigslist.

As always you should use good judgement when buying or renting from people you meet on the Internet.  With all that said can I interest you in a 40 bedroom, 35 bath, 6 level fixer upper for just $450/mo?  Just kidding…

Here is a link to the story.

Garage Sales - Hays KS - Week of 5/16/14

It is garage sale season and we wanted to make your picking process a little easier. We are doing a little test with this blog post to see if there is any value for the format. Just print this post and you are ready to go. We really need your feedback so please comment here or e-mail us at

Here is a list of garage sales for Hays for the weekend starting Friday May 16th - Sunday May 18th.

Hays, KS
Friday 8am - 7pm - 2513 General Hancock Rd (

Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 8am - Noon - 2215 Marjorie Dr (

Friday 3pm - 7:30pm - 1402 W 44th Street (

Friday 4pm - 8pm - 410 Santa Fe (

Friday 4pm - ?, Saturday 8am - Noon - 1701 Western Plains (

Friday 5pm - Dark - 2914 Indian Trail (

Saturday 9am - Noon - Marian Hall- 201 W. 13th (



iOS App Issue Update

Our most recent update introduced a new issue for some users.  The symptom is pretty obvious.  When you launch the app it crashes.  Doesn’t get much more obvious than that.  The issue is that one or more fields in your account profile are empty.  We are pushing a new update to the App store today but due to the Apple process this could still take a couple of days until it gets out to our users.

For now the simple solution is to make sure your profile is filled out completely.  The easiest way to do this is to go to the website, log in, click on your username then Account.  It should look similar to this.

Just fill out your profile, save and you should be good to go.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask by sending us an e-mail at

Videos are coming! Videos are coming!

On Monday January 20th we are launching Videos!!!  Ok what does that mean?  Basically you will be able to upload a video showing off the item you are trying to sell.  For some items pictures are all you need but others are much better served with a video.

We are really looking forward to seeing how our users use this new feature.  Walk through a home, hear an aggressive car engine, see that cute dog running around.  The ideas are endless!  Each video will be moderated by a human to make sure we don’t allow inappropriate content on the site.

With the launch, videos will be limited to 1 minute.  You can upload a video of any length and our transcoder will automatically trim it to the first 1 minute.  Supported video formats are  .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .mpeg, .mpg, or .wmv.  You will be able to upload videos from the website and our iOS app initially.  Android will be updated soon!

For a sneak peak of how the process will work check out our new “How To” video.

Similar Listings

Last week we launched our similar listings feature.  We are very excited about this one and the feedback has been tremendous.  Our goal was to provide a quick way for our users to find what they are looking for.

An example is… you are looking for a Toyota Tacoma pickup.  You look through the category like normal until you find one that looks interesting.. click on it.  Now you see the details of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma but this specific one isn’t for you.  Now look a little lower and voila you now see as many as five similar listings.  Not all of them are pickups but they do have something in common with the Toyota Tacoma.

This feature is dependent upon our users and how they title and describe their listings.  So make sure you are accurate with spelling and intent for your listing.  As always we crave feedback.  We will take it any way we can get it, e-mail, Twitter or Facebook!


Unsupported Browser Update

Late last night the team implemented an update to help users with older browsers.  Older browsers struggle with some new features and the problem will only get worse for those users as new features are added.  If you are using one of these older browsers you will also be opening yourself up to potential security issues.  As of today you will see this message if you are using one of the following browsers.


Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 7

In the message will be a link to upgrade your browser to the latest version available to you. If you have any questions let us know,

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Thank You!

I want to congratulate our team and our users. We just went over 80,000 users and 20 million pageviews per month! This is fantastic growth and we couldn't have done it without our users.. Thank You!

80,000 + Users

80,000 + Users

iPhone App is Here!

The wait is over!  The Nex-Tech Classifieds iPhone app is done and ready to download in the app store.  Now you can have an easy to use way to interact with all your Nex-Tech Classifieds tasks.  Everything from posting listings to communicating with buyers and sellers.  You no longer need to be tethered to your computer.


The app is compatible with all iOS version 6 devices.  Our initial feedback is great but we want to know what you think.  Don't forget to review the app and let us know your thoughts.

Scamming Story Straight From A User

The story below is from one of our users.  It is unedited and detailed.  It also shows how persistent scammers are.  As we always recommend...  always deal in cash and if it is too good to be true or it doesn't feel right then it is a scam.  We also recommend not showing your phone number if possible.  If a scammer can see it they can now target you via text message.  If you communicate within the site there are some safeguards built in that will help to slow the scammers down.

In January, I placed a woodstove for sale on a local classifieds website.  In about 2 weeks, I received a phone text inquiry into the availability of the stove.  I quickly realized this was a probable scam attempt, so I let them string me along.  

Shortly after the conversation started, I did a Google search for the phone number.  I found numerous complaint posts that the number was associated with scams similar to what I was seeing.  I immediately established an email address to use, both as a point of contact and to use as a fictitious Paypal account name.

What follows are the exact unedited conversations.  

8068537861:  Hey do you still have for it for sale....Woodstove $500.00 - 17:51
Me:  Yes I do. Call if you would like to talk about it. - 17:52
8068537861:  (1/2) My name is Racing,am from TX,am ready to purchase if it's in good condition,but am not coming to inspect it,cause am kinda old - 17:53
8068537861:  (2/2)fashion,no more power to run up and down,can you give me more detail about it - 17:53
Me:  Anything you would like to know.. It has 15 years on it. Everything is in perfect working order.. Usual rubs etc etc for that many years.- 17:57
Me:  Was used in my home till 2 weeks ago - 17:57
8068537861:  For how long have you been using it and what;s your main reason for selling it,and how much is the final price?- 18:06
Me:  i used it all winter, every winter to heat my entire home (1200+ sq ft), for all but the first year... - 18:07
Me:  selling it because i used it on the second floor of my home, and fire chief tells me it violates code in our town... $500 firm, cash.- 18:08
Me:  i am 65 yrs old, retired military officer, and completely honest. i wouldn't bring you all this way if it wasn't as i'm telling you.- 18:09
Me:  it's extremely heavy. i used 3 guys besides myself to move it out 2 wks ago.- 18:10
8068537861:  (1/3)Am okay with the condition,i can now proceed with the payment now,but my mode of payment will be via PayPal,so get back to me with your- 18:16
8068537861:  (2/3)name and your paypal email address,to proceed with the payment, I have make arrangement with the shipping company they will take care - 18:16
8068537861:  (3/3)of everything after the payment has been made - 18:16
Me:  sorry for the delay. i'm not inclined to do business via paypal. i'll have to have the cash in hand. if you'd like to pursue this further, please call and speak to me. thanks.- 18:53
8068537861:  (1/2) But paypal is fast and secure,and besides am paying upfront before any arrangement for pickup,you can logging to to - 18:57
8068537861:  (2/2)start up with them - 18:57
Me:  i'm sorry. i don't think this is going to work out. - 19:14
Me:  how do i know this isn't some kind of scam?- 19:30
8068537861:  SCAM?- 19:31
Me:  sorry. i'm just suspicious and can't afford to get ripped off.- 19:32
Me:  sorry if I offended you. I'm just not too comfortable with doing internet payment. never done it before.- 19:42
8068537861:  K- 19:45
Me:  you don't want the stove, then?- 19:48
8068537861:  I want it but i can only pay through- 19:51
8068537861:  paypal- 19:51
Me:  i looked into paypal and opened an account, so i guess i'll try it. i won't release the stove until the money is safely there. is that ok?- 19:55
8068537861:  Okay,but i will need the pickup address so that the shipping company can calculate my shipping cost - 19:59
Me:  you have my paypal account, and the city I'm in, that's sufficient to determine shipping, I think. I'll give you specifics after I see the money in the account.- 20:03
8068537861:  K- 20:05
Me:  are you sending the money right away?- 20:08
8068537861:  I will let you know asap- 20:12
Me:  ok. i'd like to get it over with quickly- 20:13
Me:  racing, i've had another call.. cash buyer. i dealt with you first, so if you can deposit the money immediately i'll still sell to you.- 20:50
Me:  if you can't, then i'll have to deal with the other person.- 20:50


8068537861:  (1/3) Please i will have to wire the total fund of $980 into your paypal account,so once you receive the total money you will help me to - 10:14
8068537861:  (2/3)send the 450$ to the shipper through western union that's why i add 30$ for western union charges,i would have love to pay them myself - 10:14
8068537861:  (3/3)but there's no nearest western union here and i cant make it to far distance,let me know before i made the payment- 10:14
Me:  I'll have to see the money in my paypal account before noon today, or i'll be selling to the other guy.- 10:21
8068537861:  Will you help me to pay the shipping company after you receive the total money- 10:23
Me:  as long as we are done with this by 12 o'clock today. who's the shipping company and what's their address? - 10:24
Me:  this is getting very complicated- 10:25
8068537861:  Good i will begin with the paymen rightaway,the shipping company will mail you there information once the payment as been made- 10:26
Me:  ok. thanks. i'll be watching my email.- 10:27
8068537861:  (1/3)I have wire the total fund into your paypal account,and am sure paypal should have credit your account with the total fund,you can- 11:04
8068537861:  (2/3)check your mail box for the payment confirmation,and please send my shipping fees today so that they can come for the pickup at your - 11:04
8068537861:  (3/3)convinient time- 11:04




Me:  Mr. Racing, I just received emails from paypal saying that your payment to them is "pending". i don't have $450 to send them without actually receiving your money.- 11:25
8068537861:  WHAT,that can be,let me kindly mail them,i will keep you posted,but you can also reply them for adequate response- 11:27
Me:  no, this has gone too far. i'm sorry but the deal is off and i'll be selling to someone else. i'm getting very bad feelings about this.- 11:29
8068537861:  What are you talking about?- 11:32
Me:  there are too many things wrong here. i will not be selling to you. i have another buyer. sorry.- 11:33
8068537861:  (1/2)This nothing but a betrayer but we had a deal,do you know that paypal can never refund the money back to me cause i wired into your - 11:36
8068537861:  (2/2)account myself- 11:37
Me:  sorry. but there's no money in the account so you have lost nothing. we are finished, and i don't want to hear anymore about it.- 11:40
8068537861:  But it has been deducted from my account- 11:48
Me:  you'll have to deal with paypal on that. i'm out and i won't be responding to anymore of your texts.- 11:50

My first clue was grammar and punctuation.  Initially I attributed it to poor language and typing skills, but the mistakes were oddly consistent from text to text.  As our conversation continued, the grammar  inconsistencies grew larger and became more frequent.

Secondly, this was a self described “old fashioned” guy who would only communicate by phone texts and would only pay through paypal, and all for an item he had no desire to inspect first.  Old fashioned folks where I'm from talk on the phone and send money orders, but mostly they just do face to face transactions.  

It was at this point that I Googled the phone number and knew that I was onto something. The “official” emails were surprisingly riddled with errors.  I was surprised.

Toward the end, I was just sick of dealing with such slime so I broke it off.  I have no doubt that tomorrow I would have received an email from the shipping company that their truck would be in my area and they needed the money immediately so they could do a pick up.  The Paypal confusion would not have been resolved yet.

I was disappointed that they didn't try harder to keep me hooked.  I assume that's because they have so many lines in the water that they don't want to waste time on just one fish.

New Categories!

Due to high demand we have added a new core category and some new sub-categories.


ATV's, Motorcycles, Etc./Accessories & Parts

Computers & Electronics/Cell Phones

Clothing/Wedding & Formal

Tools & Building Materials/Supplies

We are always looking for ways to better serve our users. If you have ideas of future categories please let us know,  Don't forget to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter to get real time updates.

DiscoverStuff Affiliate Update

Last week was a great one.  We added our fourth and fifth DiscoverStuff Affiliates to our growing network.  We are very excited to welcome Siskiyou Telephone (Etna, CA) and XIT Communications (Dalhart, TX) to the family.

Siskiyou now gives us inventory from Northern California.  This is a part of the country where we haven't had exposure in the past.  The Siskiyou team is very excited about becoming and affiliate and I expect to see inventory quickly.

XIT gives our current network of Kansas and Oklahoma a natural progression into Texas.  They are also excited and our regional footprint just got better.

Check our our entire affiliate list.  As always we love to hear what you think about the growth of DiscoverStuff.  Comment on this post or contact us via the site.