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Shopping for stuff on the Net but want to really see what you’re considering buying? has melded online classifieds with uploaded videos – creating a combination of Craigslist with YouTube. The offerings range from the wacky to the totally serious.

That’s actually half the fun of RealpeopleRealStuff; a good number of the uploaded videos are done tongue-in-cheek, such as a short clip featuring “Dick Cheney’s Hunting Trip: The Doll,” an almost-believable shotgun-toting toy figure with a pull-cord voice that says, “I got your weapon of mass destruction right here.”

Some of the products are real. I found only one Spokane-related sale: a piece of property in Stevens County being offered through Keller Williams Realty.

Very helpful are the main page links to categories that take you quickly to grouped items, including sports, electronics and transportation.

More businesses and organizations use PDF documents for their Web sites and communications. The format is secure and reliable and offers the best way to ensure conformity when shipping files around to various users. It also is one of the best formats for combining text and graphics.

Several cool sites have sprung up offering free conversions to PDF formats. One new one is Baltsoft’s converter at

Conversions there come in two flavors: free conversion for individuals doing fairly small files, and a business option that allows a company full access to the service for a bulk subscription.

It’s almost idiot-proof in ease of use, handling Microsoft Office documents, Web pages and vector graphics files.

Once converted, the PDF can be e-mailed or downloaded. It also goes both ways; the can convert PDF files into Word documents or images in JPG, BMP, PNG or TIF formats.

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