My Favorite Resource – Manual Library

PC repairFavorite Resource of the Month:

Today I discovered through Julia Wilkinson’s Yard Salers Facebook group this great resource! Thanks, Julia and Jeff!

You know the drill….

Wife: It’s not working. What do the directions say?

Husband: Let me see if I can get it to work.

Wife (three hours later): Did you read the manual?

Husband: No. I almost have it.

Wife: <sigh>

Here comes help. This website is not only a very practical resource in saving anyone and everyone time but helpful for the seller who just plain doesn’t know exactly what he has or if in fact a little tweak may indeed help increase value of the item.

http://www.manualslib.com/

This is one of those sites for a question that you may have for an item that you picked up for resell but you’re not quite sure if it’s doing what it should or if it’s missing something. On the home page of Manuals Library if you scroll down to the bottom you will see a glossary of many brand names that are clickable. It is a place to start if you have little information about your widget as far as a stock number or model number. However, you can cut to the chase by going to the search bar and typing in a few keywords. They have programmed in the search parameters what is known as “intelligent search”. I’ll explain that in a bit.

From the website description:

“About ManualsLib

Looking for a manual online? ManualsLib is here to help you save time spent on searching.

Our database consists of more than 1551906 pdf files and becomes bigger every day! Just enter the keywords in the search field and find what you are looking for! Search results include manual name, description, size and number of pages. You can either read manual online or download it to your computer. Moreover, documents can be shared on social networks. Welcome!”

 

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I did a search of an item sitting on my desk at this moment.

It is my brand spankin’ new digi frame I bought for the grandparents. I just typed in Pixstar and the auto fill knew where I was going. This is based on popularity of search strings also known as an intelligent search. Just so happened to know exactly where I was going….

There is an account option. Opening an account and logging in each time allows you to bookmark your manuals. How cool is that?! If you’re like me and you use multiple computer devices for living having your information on a cloud server is perfect. I don’t have to remember to which computer I downloaded the information. I just log into my account and I have the manual in my bookmarks. Further, you can direct your customer to the link online for an instant manual. This is not against eBay’s TOS since the site has nothing marketable on it. It is a nice seller touch to add the link with your thank you email. And you know, we’re all about the customer loving you!

The developers went about ten steps forward with the next feature I’m pointing out. When you scroll beneath the PDF page it has a summary of the contents in the manual online. As you can see below you can scroll through the summary of contents without even opening the PDF pages. Here’s another screen shot of it. Now my plain ol’ paper manual doesn’t have that!

 

As you can see you have the option of downloading the manual to your computer for free.

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There is an underused component of the site that reminds me very much of the Amazon reviews. This is where the community helps one another. Once you have found the manual you are looking for you may still have a question. In the comments section below the manual the developers encourage you to ask your questions. It is a potential wealth of information, once it catches on I’d think.

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