Keep an eye on your margins

Every extra penny in the tills can make a real difference to retailers these days. Encouraging add-on sales can be an easy and efficient way to bring in more revenue. Helen French casts her gaze on the wide variety of margin makers available?
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Blinknow
SRP: £30.63
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say:
Blinknow is a unique patented device specifically designed to counter eye strain from prolonged computer usage at the workdesk environment. Encourages you to blink whilst working on your computer.
Specs: Stimulates users passively without distraction, easy to use, similar size to webcam, shows blink repeated at regular intervals when switched on.

Arctic Sound P281 Bootie Edition
SRP: £16.99
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
Arctic’s first headphone crossover with Bootie, a DJ group led by
A Plus D.
Specs: Printed BOOTIE on headband and earcups, 90-degree swivel mechanism on earcups for single-sided monitoring, coiled cable, comfortable and adjustable padded headband, closed earcup design, includes 50mm drivers to handle high volumes, features 3.5mm gold-plated jack and 6.3mm adapter.

Rhea Computer Tote
SRP: £49.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution
They say:
Fiesta Stripe lining adds a feminine flair.
Specs: Fits most 15/15.4-inch notebooks, matching accessory case, business organiser, file divider, interior pockets, limited lifetime warranty.

Retractable USB 2.0 Star Cable Multipack
SRP: £19.99
Distributor: Northamber
They say:
The ReTrak retractable USB cables are the perfect way to connect your computer to virtually any USB device.
Specs: USB 2.0 cable with multi-tip adapter – USB B, Mini 5 pin, Mini 4 pin, Micro 5 pin. Fast transfer rate to 480 Mbps, expands to one metre, three-year warranty, retractable.

Speedlink Funny Farm Mouse
SRP: £8.49
Distributor: Meroncourt
They say:
Add some life to your desktop with this mouse! The cute animal design with its big, happy eyes won’t just appeal to kids.
Specs: Three-button USB mouse, soft and ergonomic shell for any sized hand, maximum precision 800dpi optical sensor, scroll wheel with precise notch positions, hardwearing, eco-friendly materials, easy, driverless installation, suitable for left or right-handers. 

Bac Pac Rucksack Style Laptop Carry Case
SRP: £15
Distributor: Target Components
They say:
Designed for laptop users requiring a stylish lightweight backpack suitable for carrying a 17-inch laptop.
Specs: Large storage potential, high density foam padded notebook compartment with velco fastening security strap, adjustable shoulder straps, side pockets, made from waterproof material.

Patriot
SRP: £99.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution
They say:
The market-leading roller case.
Specs: Fits most 15/15.4/17-inch notebooks, includes matching removeable notebook case, overnight compartment, expanding files, quick pocket, chrome accented three-inch wheels, ergonomic trolley handle, business organiser.

Targus compact optical mouse
SRP: £8.62
Distributor: Gem
They say:
The perfect solution for travellers who need to save space when using an external mouse.
Specs: 7.6cm long, integrated scroll button, retractable cord, standard USB connection, works out the box, contoured shape, ergonomic support for left and right-handed users, PC and Mac compatible.

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
SRP: £30.62
Distributor: Gem
They say:
This true HD camera gives you bright and colourful video, and makes it easy to post to your favourite social sites.
Specs: True 720p HD video at up to 30 fps, 16:9 widescreen for cinematic video recording, TrueColor technology for bright and colourful video, noise cancelling microphone, universal attachment base, optimised for Windows Live.

Mobilis 15-inch Bump Twice Briefcase
SRP: £29.40
Distributor: VIP
They say:
The Bump Twice incorporates the D.S.S, a Mobilis patented system that cushions and protects the laptop from all drops, shocks and vibrations sustained during transport.
Specs: Shock wave absorber‚ huge capacity‚ reinforced structure‚ various compartments designed specifically for peripherals, additional large pocket.

StarTech ExpressCard to CardBus Adapter
SRP: £47.99
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
Use CardBus cards in your laptop ExpressCard slot.
Specs: Supports Type II PC cards and compatible with 32-bit CardBus cards, fits into 34mm or 54mm ExpressCard slots, no driver installation or external power adapter required.

Belkin 15.6-inch Providence Notebook Case
SRP: £24.99
Distributor: Ingram Micro
They say:
Store your laptop safely and securely with the clamshell business carry case.
Specs: Easy pocket access, trolley and shoulder strap.

Veho Pebble XT portable battery pack charger
SRP: £39.95
Distributor: Westcoast
They say:
Charge your portable device on the move without the need for mains power.
Specs: Charges phones, iPods, cameras and more. Large battery, pocket size, complete with all adapters for most popular devices, auto shut off power-saving mode, includes deluxe neoprene carry pouch with pocket for tips/leads etc, gives up to 1,200 hours of standby depending on device.

Arctic C2 Universal USB Charger
SRP: £12.50
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
Great for frequent travellers as the C2 comes with four travel adapters for worldwide compatibility.
Specs: Charges up to four USB-powered devices at a time, such as iPhone, iPod and iPad. Has short circuit, over-current, and over-power protection.

Trust FreeWave Wireless Audio Set
SRP: £29.99
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say:
The Trust Freewave wireless audio set is the perfect accessory for anyone trying to adjust their existing set of speakers into a wireless setup.
Specs: Enjoy MP3s, podcasts and radio in different rooms, easy to set up, includes receiver, USB transmitter with stand, wireless connection of up to 15 metres, possible to connect to your AV receiver or audio system to wirelessly play your notebook audio with full power, can be used with any 2.0 or 2.1 pc speaker set with 3.5mm or stereo cinch audio connection.

Retractable Stereo Earbuds
SRP: £19.99
Distributor: Northamber
They say:
The ReTrak retractable stereo earphones are the ideal solution for your iPod or virtually any portable media player.
Specs: 3.5mm universal jack, noise reduction, in-ear design, three-year warranty, retractable.

Speedlink Spes Clip-On Metal Microphone
SRP: £6.75
Distributor: Meroncourt
They say:
The microphone is attractively designed and is extremely practical.
Specs: Filters out background noise, makes internet chat easy, clothing clip enables users to put microphone wherever they like.

StarTech SATA & IDE Hard Drive Dock
SRP: £49.99
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
Quick and easy access to SATA and IDE drives.
Specs: Supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch IDE, SATA and SSD drives, access both SATA and IDE drives at the same time, USB2.0 connection to host.

Tablet/Netbook Carry Case
SRP: £10
Distributor: Target Components
They say
: Designed for the tablet PC/netbook user requiring a high quality
and stylish bag – perfect for on the go!
Specs: Padded foam frame, detachable section divider, tablet/netbook
security strap. Made from waterproof material and has rubberised protective footrests. Adjustable shoulder strap, comfortable carrying handle, pen and
business card holders.

Tripod HAMA STAR 61
SRP: £35.99
Distributor: Midwich
They say:
Become snap happy and produce beautiful professional looking shots with this versatile and ultra portable Star 61 tripod.
Specs: For photo and video, three-way tripod head with quick-release plate, with crank for continuously variable height adjustment of centre column, rubber feet, aluminium legs, dia. 20mm, includes spare quick-release plate.

Tech Air Netbook Classic Briefcase and mini optical mouse USB bundle
SRP: £24.99
Distributor: VIP
They say:
This black briefcase-style bag has foam protection in the laptop compartment and comes with a large zipped front pocket.
Specs: Foam protection in laptop compartment, zipped front pocket with internal pockets for extra items, silver-coloured metal fittings, adjustable and detachable shoulder strap.

Twistdock
SRP: £54.99
Distributor: Realtime
They say:
The TwistDock is the
latest innovation and is a must-have for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system.
Specs: PS3 stand, charger and cable management system. Docking station, charges controllers, expandable, conceals cables, works with slim and original PS3s.

Sweex Notebook Combination Lock
SRP: £7.95
Distributor: Westcoast
They say:
Cut-resistant steel cable.
Specs: Resettable combination lock, steel cable, vinyl coated, cut-resistant, 150cm length.

Contacts

CCI Distribution: 01423 704700

EntaTech: 0333 101 1000

Gem: 01279 822 822

Ingram Micro: 0871 973 3000

Interactive Ideas: 020 8805 1000

Meroncourt: 01462 680060

Midwich: 01379 649 200

Northamber: 0208 296 7066

Realtime: 01480 435 881

Target Components: 01977 739 300

VIP: 0871 622 7500

Westcoast: 0118 912 6000

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