@medz I can see how that would look:
Dave: Would you like a fidget spinner, Hershey bar, or brick of candy corn?
Child: Hershey bar, who wants a brick of candy corn?
Dave: Well there is this website called Meh and they sell one thing… HEY!?! kid where are you going?
Laughed out loud when I read the suggestion to give kids the choice of either a fidget spinner or candy corn on Halloween! Hahahahaha! Wish I was able to grab the 50 pack of candy corn when it was offered!!!
Edit: And again at the very next line after I posted this! With the razor blades! Lol
The batteries are a popular lithium watch battery, CR2025, which sell for about $0.50 apiece on Amazon. Since we’re selling the spinners themselves for $0.40 apiece, you’d be getting each CR2025 battery for about $0.13 each.
This is actually a solid buy argument to buy if you have contraptions hungry for CR2025s.
A while back I bought a 28 pack of “Flameless Tea Lights” that came with an extra 28 CR2032s at Costco. Don’t recall what we used those batteries for - several things, watches, and I think our Honda remote keys.
@RedOak Yeah, just recently replaced the batteries in both mine and my gf’s key fobs (we both drive Mazdas) and they were CR2025s. Being that they should last another 2 to 3 years and I still have extras, maybe I could buy these and start a side business.
Take a piece of smooth plywood or hardboard; slick paint surface preferable. Glue the spinners (centers) strategically in a pattern with enough space between them for a puck or disk to pass between by spinning them (alternatively for another spinner to dink its way down between them). Raise board to near vertical. Drop disks or spinners. Spinny lighty pachinko!
@duodec@RiotDemon I was thinking along the lines of dowels on the board instead of glue. I knew I should have bought more! I promised mine to my school teacher sister. I will snitch a couple to play with though.
Do these turn on and keep flashing or flash with movement?
@duodec thanks! I had planned previously to build a plinko board for work, so I had started to look at tutorials before. Been looking up a few tutorials on how people figured out the spacing for the normal chip. I’ll have to test fit with the spinners. Probably won’t be able to use another fidget as the chip, I’m guessing it’ll have too much potential to get caught.
I have a lot of ideas in my head, but until I get them in my hands, I’ll have to wait. I’m excited.
@speediedelivery@riotdemon I was thinking (later) that glue or double face tape might not work; it depends on how level the plastic center caps are to the spinner, and how well they would hold on to the bearing. Dowels sound good, especially if they can be had in the right diameter to fit the center bearing I.D. Or close enough that a quick sanding would make them fit (which would also provide a shoulder the bearing could seat against and space the spinner away from the backer)
That is cheaper than my thought, which was either mounting studs (wood thread on one end, machine on the other) or shelf support studs. The former can use washers and nut to hold the spinner; the latter has to be closely matched for size to the center bearing I.D. and a drop of loctite or epoxy would hold it.
@RiotDemon I’m sure you’ll manage. Especially if you have a piece of plywood already available. If not sometimes Home Depot and the like have scrap smaller pieces of plywood available (leftovers from custom cuts for other customers).
If you can get an A (or AA) grade scrap piece that’ll give you a smooth surface to start with. I’m not sure what surface treatment… you want as slick as possible. Maybe paint then car wax? My wife suggests a piece of (scrap again) formica countertop, or maybe even the piece cut out from countertop to fit the sink? Should be cheap since its usually thrown away.
Dowels: hardware store may have bulk packaged wood pegs used for glue and peg attaching wood parts together, already cut to length and fluted so they’ll drive into a somewhat smaller hole. If by chance they’re close enough to the bearing I.D. that would save cutting down a long dowel.
@duodec@RiotDemon I think you can get sheets of plexiglass or similar at the hardware store. Peg board might help with spacing and layout. I would take a walk through the home improvement section before starting.
If these don’t arrive by halloween so that I can make neighborhood parents rue the day they dragged their evil little spawn across my doorstep, I’m going to have to sit down and really think about what I’m doing with my life now that it has 50 crappy fidget spinners in it
Why? Why do these even exist? Why do people even buy them? What is their purpose except to annoy everyone until they die a quick and painfully flame fueled death? (I can only hope fidget spinners die a painfully flame fueled death.)
At least pet rocks and mood rings were silly and innocuous. These things are just… DYAAAHHH!!!
If you stack them in a tube, you can make one 1665 volt battery to shock trick or treaters with.
If you create 112 stacks of four and connect them in parallel, you could probably jump start the space shuttle.
The possibilities are endless!
@bogie I hope you sold all of yours before this thing happened. I really like my glow in the dark one! I keep one in the car to play with at red lights instead of screaming obscenities at people who cut me off.
I too have been giving out two-glow-bracelets-per-kid for Hallowe’en for years and the kids love’em. The moms can spot their little darlings from two blocks away, there are no candy wrappers for the neighborhood to deal with or tummyaches from too much candy. BUT THIS YEAR IT’S FIDGET SPINNERS! I will RULE this year! YES! Unless they don’t get here until December… in which case they go in stockings lol…
I literally get maybe five trick or treaters a year. But the 50 pack is such a great deal. And I don’t really need or want these, but the temptation to do something crazy with them is high. Must think about this, I may need them.
If I don’t get these by Halloween, I’m going to have some really unhappy folks at Christmas. “Sorry honey, I know you REALLY wanted that 2 carat diamond pendant but my money is tied up in these. Maybe next year, sweetums!”
I am buying 50 of these to hand out at Halloween. I will ask every adult if their child has one, and if they don’t I will give one to said child. This is so every parent, like me, will know the joys of their offspring spinning these things till it’s all they can see in their nightmares. Happy Halloween suckers! (Or am I sucker for buying them… hmmmm.) bogus-shaggy-scarecrow
@connorbush@ManBehindPlan@sammydog01 fyi, that coupon code only works for people who have been given that coupon code (like for some specific customer support issues). So you should check your meh.com/orders page to see what you paid and make sure you’re fine with that.
I ordered a 20 pack and then I came back for 50 more…why?.. Why?
Because I am a SICKO - a classic case of chronic
meh-ahosis. And this was- even before opening my noon six pack!
What am I ever going to do with all these frickin’ fidgits?
Once I rip open a bunch, I’ll have a lifetime battery supply for my red-dot gun sights. I guess I’ll string up some as targets, then look to Youtube and Instructables for fidget hacks.
I can’t justify $5 shipping for a $10 item. And with all the free shipping out there, even on cheap items now on walmart.com, meh has got to revisit their shipping policy. With VMP gone and no replacement, paying 50% of the purchase price on shipping sucks.
@communist you, therefore, support my point. meh needs to address it’s business model. if the meh shipping charge negates the lower price, it’s not a sustainable model. it may work for more expensive products, but not $10 spinners.
@shawn … lol, i see the irony of questioning a business model that can sell treMEHndous number of spinners but i still want a new VMP (or EMP or SMP) to help delude me into believing shipping is marginally free.
@blaineg assuming that each order is 35 spinner (averaging 50 and 20) they’ve sold 150,000 of these so far. My objection is this is cheap, plastic, landfill fodder, but then I bought 50 anyway on the grounds that meh’s not really creating a demand, they’re just going through another set of hands before hitting the landfill.
@ergomeh the average looks to be closer to 42 if you want to do it that way, so over 180k total. Just under 75% of orders are 50-packs. Once the deal is over I was gonna do the math again, but sometime midday it was over 128k spinners ordered.
Yeah, I was planning to check to see if they were still available in the morning then got up 10 minutes after they went off sale for us ‘slackers’ (assuming they didn’t sell out…)
I do suspect we will see these again though…
@narfcake I thought the same thing. I had to count my open box to make sure I got a total of 50. They could make a big stink about a “buy 50, get 4 free!” sale or something. The 4 extras could be touted as spare parts.
@lowtopp The rest of your statement should now read, "But there’s still plenty of time for them to get to me between Monday, October 30th - Monday, November 6th, AND I’ll have them for NEXT Halloween, for sure!
They’ve changed the Estimate Delivery Date range of the original listing to November 6th! I really don’t like it when they do that without making an announcement or pointing out the edit in some way. Seems shady.
@Barney I always thought of them as honest but fallible. But ninja edits on delivery dates kinda piss me off. Come on @dave. If you bit off more than you can chew just admit it. We would understand. At least I and Barney would.
@Barney I’m envisioning a warehouse incident involving several toppled pallets of candy corn and fidget spinners that has totally log-jammed shipping operations. Now they have all hands-on-deck sorting out the loose candy and spinners that are mixed up and scattered on the floor.
We got some of the fidget spinners shipped out yesterday, and the rest shipped out the door today. It’s a lot of work shipping out almost 200,000 fidget spinners.
I still stick by what we said in the sale - we certainly can’t guarantee Halloween delivery, but we still think most people will probably get them by then. There’s 5 business days between now and Halloween night, and USPS also works on Saturdays. From what we know, about 50% of people get their stuff in 4 business days.
If you’ve ordered before, you can probably get a decent gauge of time between shipment and delivery for you, and there’s no real reason this one would be different.
All of that said, I did what I could to make sure we weren’t too portraying this as too certain, and that you should try to have some plans for what you’ll do with a crapload of fidget spinners besides Halloween.
(Separately, I’m digging into why that estimate changed, my suspicion is we have something that updates it automatically based on shipped dates.)
@speediedelivery Well, that’s the way I thought we were supposed to order them – by the number of hands we have. But now I’m worried that I might have more hands than I thought and maybe I should have have placed an order for at least 20 spinners.
Estimated Delivery range was ninja-edited again! November 1st is the EARLIEST now. We’re going to have to start taking screen shots of the product page and archiving them if we ever want to stand a chance in court.
Me: Buys blender on meh
Meh: ninja edits product page to change it to a fidget spinner
Me: This isn’t a blender. I only purchased because the page said it was a blender.
Meh: Too bad. We must have something that automatically updates the page based on the ratio of blenders to fidget spinners we have in stock.
Me: I didn’t agree to this. This wasn’t the terms when I paid.
Meh: Prove it!
Meh: Enjoy your fidget spinner.
Mine shipped with an estimated delivery 11/2. Often times the date changes and I get my package earlier. I don’t get many trick or treaters, so I’m not worried. I just won’t answer the door on Halloween if the spinners don’t show up by then.
@heartny I have an 11/2 date as well. I sure hope they come early. Our neighborhood gets a couple hundred kids on Halloween and the first 50 were going to get a choice. Now they all just get candy and Santa will have to fill up my nieces and nephews’ stockings with spinners.
Friday delivery for me…I get to be the cool guy on the block handing out spinners…
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Sadly, I believed the following: *They’ll ship on Monday and delivery takes 4 days on average. But an "average” is not a “certainty.” They’ll be here after Halloween when (per the “advertisement”) they were due to be delivered well before that date. I appreciate a deal - but in the future, let’s be square with each other…okay?
@blaineg Mine didn’t get to the Fedex location until too late Wednesday to ship…They left Thursday. I don’t mind an uncertain departure date but shipping Monday vs. late Wednesday (de facto Thursday). They’ll get here…11/01/17. What a difference a day makes!
Shoot. My delivery just switched from the 30th to the 31st. As I won’t be home and they won’t leave it here I will not be able to pick them up until after halloween. While a good chunk of them are for family, there were some left over I was going to give to kids. This is a poor neighborhood and I figured the local kids would like them (unlikely the well to do kids would come here to trick or treat).
/image this is very sad
Not getting her until the 2nd or 3rd…I forgot exactly…doesn’t matter BECAUSE IT IS AFTER HALLOWEEN
Damn you guys, you did the same thing back on woot! Put up something that would be great for a holiday too late for it to be delivered by then.
Give us credit to be able to think ahead for a holiday and put the stuff up in time!
Now I’m going to be handing them out at Christmas, but will have a bunch leftover. Then I’ll lose them before next Halloween.
Although…I did think that if word got out I was giving out something good, I would be overrun with kids.
Nobody seems to Trick or Treat anymore.
Stupid Costco didn’t have the tiny play dough cans for halloween this year.
If I get fat eating the candy that is left over because of this, I’m going to find you guys! I’m going to sit in your office and talk and talk and talk with my 3rd generation brooklyn/italian accent until you want to explode!
@medz My joy was short-lived. The very first one I opened (I had to test one of the damn things) is defective. One of the 3 light-pod thingies wouldn’t light up. I took it apart (what fun!) and I was able to get it to work (no dead battery! Yay!) but after putting it all back together it again refuses to light. I am not got to test any more of them but if the first one is any indication these things are shit.
@boc Well that sucks big time. I had bought 50 thinking I was solving a number of christmas presents all at once for 40 cents each (needed 24 of them), was disposing of some the extras with bribery for teaching evals (six of my students won one earlier this week in the Kitty Hawk exercise and so are waiting on their prizes) and on Halloween as I was told we get about 15 or so kids total in this neighborhood as parents mostly drive their kids to the “better” ones which would not be ours.
@sammydog01 i ordered 100. There was one open box of ten. The shipping box was the manufacturers. It is vague company and i work in a science lab. I think someone was looking to help me put away supplies, saw them, went all adhd on me and played with them.
Hey, Meh! It’s a week after the fact and the order is still processing… Cancel & refund please. I was willing to take the chance if they shipped on the 23rd, but now there’s just no way they’d be here in time for 10/31…
@smilingjack UPS? What do you think this is, Amazon? Smartpost hands off the package to the USPS to deliver. At least they do that with mine. Then the mail carrier drops it in the marigold bed next to the mail box. It think he’s getting sick of my Meh purchases.
Mine just came! Early (although repeatedly changing delivery dates). Only 48 in my box of 50 though. There are sealed boxes of 16 and then loose ones. Someone can’t count. Haven’t taken one out of its box to test it though. Some of my students won one in the Kitty Hawk activity in class last week so when I distribute their winnings on Monday I’ll let them test them out and see how many work as advertised. If not well then they at least have a car clicker battery. If they have non-working ones well I guess I’ll have fewer to hand out at halloween after I pull the 24 for family (plus a few spares in case there are non-working ones since K-12 kids (every single one LOL) are getting these and not adults - although I might throw out some hints to see if any young adults (eg the college student ones) are interested. Be cool if I could settle all presents for those that bunch. My siblings and their spouses, well that is less likely they’d want one but one never knows. I could tell my sister, who has never seen a flashlight she hasn’t wanted, that these are flashlights in disguise since they light up (grin).
@RiotDemon not to mention someone in the warehouse can’t count. I got 48 of them. All your fault goat LOL (not going to fuss over 80 cents worth of stuff - just two poor little trick or treaters won’t get one now. Over half are family present solutions so I can’t sacrifice those as that is why I even bought them to begin with).
So they free spin for around a minute… they seem to have a non replaceable 1.5mm ball bearing center… (the others I have seen to have 2mm ball bearing units).
The lights are pretty cool inside and outside of the unit… I have placed the lights into a ‘premium’ spinner I have and they do fit but are pretty light so you might get reduced spin time due to lack of mass.
The red ones don’t seem to spin as smoothly or as long as the black and blue ones… no idea why… maybe just a bad sample I grabbed.
@thismyusername Interesting; I only looked at the two loose ones in my order, red and blue, and my experience matched yours; the blue one is slick as snot and spins a good 20 seconds longer than the red one, which rattles, and the bearing hub has a lot of play.
@narfcake Ahh crap… So here’s how that went down – we received samples of the inventory which contained CR2025 batteries. Naturally, we expected all units to have CR2025 batteries.
Come to find out today, we were sent two types of spinners with the same model number and same retail packaging. All units look and function the same, but I guess the manufacturer switched up the battery & led board combo mid-production. SHUCKS! Sorry, @narfcake and anyone else who got CR1220 batteries and were expecting CR2025.
My 50 arrived just in time to give out to guests last night at our outer space themed Halloween party. I called them UFO’s. Today, they’re all over the house in various states of disassembly and blinkage.
Mine also came with the pretty useless CR1220s which really sucks because I had a plan for 150 CR2025’s.
Just got around to opening mine up and the failure rate thus far is impressive. Not impressive as in most of them are working, but impressive as in it’s hard to believe these were sold even on a discount website for a crazy low price per item.
Seriously, if I end up with 50 working lights (not fully functional three lighted spinners) I’ll consider the entire endeavor a break even affair. I expect some product in a bulk order to fail, but 60%+ is a bit much even for Meh.
@therealjrn Haha! Yeah, I know how they work. Out of the thirty I’ve tested so far, my very grim outlook has somewhat turned around. Currently I have seventeen (out of ninety) failed lights and four failed spinners.
For lights, I consider them failed if they don’t turn on or are missing a RBG light. A failed spinner is when the hold area breaks off due to the stem being cracked or otherwise damaged (probably during assembly).
I’m not being harsh here – plenty of the lights are dim and sucky, but if they turn on, that’s good enough for me.
[edit – it appears my greatest rate of failure were the ones added outside of the normal eighteen count box]
@therealjrn@Tin_Foil I guess I need to test all of mine before halloween as over half are christmas presents, 6 go to students who won them and the rest were being disposed of for halloween. Gotta satisfy the christmas present pile and student pile before I see if I have any left for halloween. Looks like I might have to buy candy too. Apparently we don’t get many kids here because this is a crappy neighborhood, but I had wanted to give a treat to poor kids.
@Tin_Foil I only considered mine a failure if they didn’t light up at all. I probably have about 15 more that don’t light up properly plus the 5 totally failed (after swapping) and the 2 that were missing to begin with. I hope meh makes good on this. I buy things expecting them to work as advertised which is not the case here. If I buy a fuko then I expect stuff like what has happened with these.
Like someone else found the red ones have issues. So far I have 6 red ones that don’t work (either lights out or doesn’t spin or both) and 5 that do. I have 7 more red ones to test. Sigh.
@thumperchick, @dave@woodhouse @??? is there anyway I can trade in the non-working ones for blue and black that, so far, all seem to work? If it is at all possible to know prior to halloween then I will know how many I can give to trick or treaters (the rest are christmas presents and for 6 students who won Kitty Hawk).
If I can figure out how to take them apart without breaking them I can swap batteries out to make the spinning red ones work, but a bunch don’t spin either. I’ll also send a support note when I am done testing with the final number. So far all black and blue ones are fine and work well.
Just posting here so that maybe if I am lucky you will see it before the support email and I can hear back by halloween as that affects what I do; whether or not I have to buy candy… Thanks so much!
Well I discovered that the white discs with the lights in them just push out (they go out one side easier than the other). So now, after trading out light disks I only have 4 broken red ones (don’t spin). And counting the two I didn’t receive I am down 6. So far the other two colors work - still testing… (takes time to open the boxes carefully so I can close them and they still look unopened).
@medz Trade out the lights if you get ones like I had where 1 light was out and the other two worked. I had 10 “broken” red ones (lights out). Down to 4 that also don’t spin (and have some lights out too). And of course missing 2. Still working on testing the black and blue ones.
@medz half aren’t dead and you can pop out the white things to swap the working units out with the non-working units (so you don’t have to pry those white things open to move batteries around). Around 10% or so are dead basically.
Geez… I’m glad I was sent these for plinko. I have a shit load that have broken/dead lights or don’t spin. I still have one case to go through, and then I’ll swap the light things between them to see how many complete ones I have. Hopefully when I swap them around, I only have a few dead.
For any wondering how long the batteries last… I have left one running for 48 hours and while it has lost some of the intensity it is still flashing away, if it was being used to draw attention to someone it would still be effective but it is not lighting up the room anymore.
Ok, so out of the 50 I was sent, 24 had something wrong with them. After a ridiculous amount of fiddling:
5 bodies don’t spin
3 light pods don’t have a red light which makes an interesting green blue only spinner
12 lights that didn’t work
I pried all the non working lights open and swapped batteries around. Ended up with:
7 bad batteries
4 bad boards
So I ended up with 44 that work mostly as they should, except some spin really shittily… I don’t feel like going through them to count the crappy spinners. And 1 blue/green spinner.
I would never ever recommend these to anyone. I spent hours with these.
@sammydog01 I think so. I am getting my box this morning. I was excited about getting them but then was reading the thread. I am not planning to hand them out tonight so I was not worried if they came late.
@Trillian the 2025s must be a newer batch. All the lights I opened to attempt to fix had the smaller batteries. My red spinners that don’t work had rusted bearings and the boards that didn’t work had rusted battery holders. I’m assuming they sat in a humid warehouse, or they got wet before packaging.
@rprussell Maybe with the good batteries that might be it. With the bad ones, which is in all the ones I got, I fiddled with the placement and nothing happened. The one thing I didn’t try was to sub the battery out in a working one to see if it is the battery or the circuit.
@sammydog01 I just ordered more for Christmas. I only had 4 or 5 that didn’t work. Hope that happens again. Of course, since I ordered them nobody had come to the door. I had put aside about 15 for family that I will now give out…if anyone else comes. They did cost $8 more with shipping.
Quick check of lights only shows 3 black ones totally dead, 8 blue 4 black 4 red with at least one working light and 10 blue 9 black 18 red with all lights functioning. Some working lights are weak and a few bright.
I need to get some stupid real life stuff done before I play anymore with these.
So, the first one I pulled out of the box of 50, all three of the lights didn’t work. On number 2, only 2 of the three lights worked. Then, the batteries (the only reason I bought them) I found all of them had the smaller batteries, not the 2025 that I needed (and yes I have a business that has a need for 150 of these 2025 or 2032) So, now I have 50 spinner that only about 60% of them in working condition (I could Frankenstein together more, but bad spinners are more common than bad lights)
This was a bad deal and my very fist Meh.com bad deal. I’ll be more careful on what I buy in the future.
Me: Happy Halloween! Pick a color. I have black, blue, and red.
Kid 1 ( 8yr old): Oh shit this guys has spinners. I want a pink one
Kid 2 (10 yr old maybe brother) You stupid man, he an’t got pink.
Kid 1: It doesn’t hurt to ask…
Kid 2: Can I get a green.
Me: Happy Halloween! Pick a color. I have black, blue, and red.
Kid 1 (6 or 7): Oh my god thank you, I don’t care about the color…dad dad dad look he has fidget spinners.
Dad (???) Yo, can i get some for the kids who stayed home… like 5?
Unfortunately I didn’t hear back from meh about my 5 bad ones (after cannibalizing), 2 missing, about whether they’d send me 7 more, and don’t want to risk giving out 7 I’d need for family so now I am out of them, kids were thrilled and it is raining here fairly hard. I guess that is a good thing as I’d hate other kids telling what they got at my house only to get here and find I only had Twix and M&M’s now. This is a lower income neighborhood for the most part and two parents commented to me that their kids had been begging for them for months. Makes me wish I had had an extra $20 to buy more of them for halloween. Made it fun giving them out.
Word traveled fast–
50 fidget spinners gone quick! The shrieking running away from the house was priceless… “OMG OMG!! A FIDGET SPINNER!!!” When I finally ran out, I asked if anyone liked candy corn… Those poor souls that answered yes got 18.5oz of Corn…
…and the one 4-5yr old girl… Looked a little young for a spinner, so handed her some candy, she turns back towards the road and says to her dad, disappointed: “I got candy.” Feeling like a jerk, I called her back to the house and she got a spinner too.