Folding Shopping Cart Buyer’s Guide

How To Find The Right Cart For You With so many features and different types of folding shopping carts, it can sometimes be difficult to find just the right one for you and your unique needs. Personal folding carts are the latest trend among seniors, parents and even young adults. They have caught on big with members of all age groups because of the simplicity and convenience they bring to all your daily home and shopping tasks. This guide will provide an overview of the most important features to consider before purchasing your folding cart.

Folding Shopping Cart Features

New styles of folding carts come out every day with many features and conveniences to make life on the go a little easier. If you take away all the snap-on cup holders, purse pouches, and doggy seats (Yes, I am quite serious!), you are left with the most important features to compare when you are shopping: the wheels, the grip handles and the shopping baskets.


Modern folding shopping carts typically have two wheel design styles. For the purposes of this guide, let us call the first one “Wheelie Design”. The Wheelie Design will often have a set of four, plastic or rubber wheels. The rear wheels will be larger than the front ones because they will be doing most of the work. A shopping cart with this type of wheels is designed to be “wheelied” or tilted back on its rear wheels for transit. The front wheels are mainly for support and do not turn or swivel like a typical metal grocery cart.

The second style of wheel design we shall dub “The Swiveler”. The swiveler design is quite similar to the ones you find at a local grocery store. However, the wheels on personal shopping carts are much lighter and easier to maneuver. Carts with this wheel design will have four rubber wheels: two static rear wheels and two front swiveling wheels. This wheel design enables a cart to be much more versatile and maneuverable. I strongly recommend this style of shopping cart to anyone with back problems or other ailments. Swiveling front wheels take the stress off your back and arms, giving you great comfort and mobility when using your folding cart. One of the best folding carts on the market with swiveling wheels is the Bag Buddy Collapsible Cart.

Grip Handles

Choosing a cart with the right style of handle to suit your needs is very important when purchasing your shopping carrier. The handle needs to be a comfortable, ergonomic design, preferably with a foam or rubber grip. Often times, those metal carts you find at your local grocery store have metal handles with a plastic strip bolted on top. This type of grip is not only uncomfortable, but cheaply made. When deciding which folding cart you should buy, you should definitely consider one made with a soft, slip-resistant material that holds up well for the life of your cart.

Another element to consider when choosing the right handle style is whether it is adjustable or not. Many folding shopping carts on the market today feature handles with an adjustable-height function. This useful feature allows you to customize the height of the handle to suit your preference. The ideal cart is one that can adapt to your specific needs. Finding one with an adjustable handle feature will do just that. A great example of a cart with both a comfortable grip, and a fully-adjustable handle is the Folding Canvas Cart.

Shopping Baskets

Last but certainly not least on the list of features to consider is the shopping basket. With many different capacities, materials and accessories to choose from, it is important to think about what you will be using your folding cart for. If you are going to be using it for grocery shopping, how much do you typically buy on a trip to the store? Does it rain a lot where you live? Will you be using your cart around the house for laundry or utility purposes?

The answers to these questions will help you better decide which style of shopping basket suits your needs best. Most folding carts have a load capacity ranging from 50 pounds all the way up to 250 pounds so it is important to consider what your average load size will be and find a cart that easily supports it.

Many carts come with either a built-in or optional waterproof, hooded carrier liner. If the weather where you live is anything like it is here (Florida), you will definitely want to make sure your cart has one of these. Not only does it protect your possessions from inclement weather, it can also be used as a machine-washable laundry or utility bag. For a cart with this handy feature, I recommend checking out the Jumbo Folding Cart.

There are many carts that even offer a built-in hooded liner. While this type of shopping basket may not be as versatile as a detachable shopping bag, it still provides great protection from wetness and it keeps any small or loose items secure inside your carrier. For a cart with this style of shopping basket, definitely check out the Versa Cart Transit Cart.

Ask Yourself the Right Questions

Folding shopping carts have so many uses and will prove to be an invaluable tool in your home and around town. Like any product you buy, make sure to ask yourself the right questions. This will ensure that the cart you choose fits your unique needs and can accomplish the tasks you desire with ease and comfort. Remember to think about how you will use your cart and how much you will need it to carry. It is these conclusions that will help you find your ideal shopping cart to make your days at home and out shopping easier and more pleasurable.

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Work For Hire: Do You Know Who Really Owns the Work?

With the help of the Internet, creative people are becoming more entrepreneurial and are serving as their own publicists, marketing teams, record labels, managers, etc. Some are doing this hoping to be discovered by a “major” player in the relevant industry, while others have found that “doing it yourself” is far more lucrative and allows you to retain more of your rights. But, does it really? The reality is, unless you are truly doing it ALL BY YOURSELF, you may not necessarily own the copyright in your works.For example, have you ever hired someone to create a track for, design a website, write an article for your online magazine, or take photographs for your album cover? Or, maybe you’ve done most of the work, but asked someone to write the introduction to the book you plan to self-publish or write the hook to your new song. Sound familiar? This happens all the time. So, here’s the question of the hour: When you hire someone to do creative work for you, do you legally own the work?If you’re like the countless people who have asked me about this issue, you may think that because you paid someone to do the work or because you did most of the work and they only added what you deem to be a trifling portion, that you own the copyright exclusively. But, like George and Ira Gershwin once said, “It Ain’t Necessarily So”. The general rule of copyright is, the person who creates the work, owns the work. But this is not always the case. As with most intellectual property laws, there are exceptions to rules.The Copyright ActThe General Rule
Determining who owns the copyright is very important because it determines who gets to claim ownership of the exclusive rights granted by the Copyright Act of 1976 (“The Act”), and ultimately who will get paid for exploitations of the work.While a detailed discussion of the rights under The Act is beyond the scope of this article, here is quick list of the six exclusive rights that an owner of a copyright has or can authorize another to have under Section 106 of the Act: (1) reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords; (2) prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work; (3) distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending; (4) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, perform the copyrighted work publicly; (5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, display the copyrighted work publicly; and (6) in the case of sound recordings, perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.Under The Act, copyright ownership vests initially in the author of the work. In general, the “author” is the person who actually creates the work. Therefore, when a third party such as a web designer, a writer, a producer, or a photographer contribute to your work, under the Act, they may be considered the exclusive copyright owner, or the work may be considered a “joint work,” in which case the third-party might be considered a co-copyright owner and may also have the right to exploit the work.An Exception to the Rule: “Work-Made-for-Hire”Although the general rule is that he who creates the work owns the work, The Act provides certain exceptions, including the “work made for hire” exception (more commonly referred to as a “work for hire”). Under this exception, the employer or the person that hires an independent contractor to create certain works, rather than the employee or the independent contractor himself or herself, is considered the author and owner of the copyright.In order for a work to be deemed a “work for hire” it must meet one of these two criteria: (1) the work must be created by an employee within the scope of employment; or 2) the work must be created by an independent contractor and must fall within one of the nine statutory categories of works. Within these two criteria, there are additional thresholds that must be met in order for the work to be deemed a work for hire.Works Created By An Employee: Work created by an “employee” within the scope of employment is considered a work for hire. While determining who is and who isn’t an “employee” is not always the easiest task, there are certain factors that courts have applied to determine whether an employer-employee relationship exists. These factors include: (1) whether the employer controls how the work is done by the employee; (2) whether the employer controls the employee’s schedule in creating the work; (3) whether the employer is in the business to produce such works; and (4) whether the employer provides the employee with benefits and withholds taxes. If all or some of these factors are met, an employer-employee relationship may exist. Consequently, the employer would be the copyright owner of all the work created by the employee within the scope of employment.Works Created By An Independent Contractor: Work created by an independent contractor who has been hired to create a specially ordered work may also be considered a work for hire. For this category of work to be deemed a work for hire, these conditions must be satisfied: (1) there must be a written agreement between the parties specifying that the work is a work made for hire, and (2) the work must fall within one of the following nine narrow statutory categories: (1) a translation, (2) a contribution to a motion picture or other audiovisual work, (3) a contribution to a collective work (such as a magazine), (4) an atlas, (5) a compilation, (6) an instructional text, (7) a test, (8) answer material for a test, (9) or a supplementary work (i.e., “a secondary adjunct to a work by another author” such as a foreword, afterword, chart, illustration, editorial note, bibliography, appendix and index). If these requirements are met, the person who hired the independent contractor is likely to be deemed the copyright owner.Assigned, Seal, Delivered…It’s Yours Since merely stating that a work is a work for hire in a written agreement may not be enough (e.g., the work may not fall clearly into one of the nine statutory categories), a well-drafted work for hire agreement should also always contain an assignment of the entire copyright by the independent contractor over to the person commissioning the work.
ConclusionIn today’s “do it yourself” environment, it is inevitable that more and more musicians, writers, producers and other content-creators will be spending time and money developing work, often times with the help of third parties. I mean, let’s face it, we can’t do it ALL BY OURSELVES. Just remember that when you bring in other people to help with your work that are not your employees or independent contractors as defined by The Act, they may be considered co-copyright owners or even worse, the exclusive copyright owner. Protect yourself. In order to establish your legal ownership and control of the work, be sure that you have a comprehensive work-for-hire agreement that includes, among other things, an assignment of copyright provision.NOTICE: This article represents copyrighted material and may only be reproduced in whole for personal or classroom use. It may not be edited, altered, or otherwise modified, except with the express permission of the author. This article discusses general legal issues of interest and is not designed to give any specific legal advice pertaining to any specific circumstances. It is important that professional legal advice be obtained before acting upon any of the information contained in this article.

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