@JnKL really depends what your needs and budget are. If you have one you were looking at I can give an opinion. And there are several others on here more knowledgeable than me that may chime in as well.
@JnKL the Samsung for $280 before coupon seems to be the sweet spot of the three. Better processor and twice the storage of the HP. The $500 Chromebook is smaller, has a significantly better processor and touchscreen but none of that is probably necessary for doing school work. It looks like a decent deal based on what I see out there. I would skip anything with 2gb of ram or 16gb storage and go bigger.
IDK if this is a deal or not, but I’m thinking about trying it. I’m not sure what the price is after the first three months. It might be $15 or maybe $13. Cancelling the service must be done by telephone unless local laws require online cancellation.
Has anyone else here had any experience with this company?
If you want the content, there’s ok. Understand you won’t get signal when indoors. Signal is problematic around highrises.
They auto I’ll. So if you wanna deal, you have to call a few days before your billing date.
They used have 5 or 6 month special new subscriber deals for like $5-$8 a month. Or they would have a special annual deal.
I would check slickdeals and the Sirius website to look for deals. Then a few days before my renewal date I would call them. (Used to put a reminder in my calendar).
When I called them I would tell them I would cancel unless I could get whatever deal I wanted. Sometimes they would offer me some other deal, but we were always able to decide in something.
Then they would give me the deal I wanted, and I would set a new reminder for the new renewal date and repeat the whole theng then.
I never paid the standard $15 a month plus extra for internet access or whatever. Always paid well under $10 a month.
@f00l This is a streaming only subscription. An actual satellite radio subscription is about $22 for all content, $17 for less content and $11 for basic content. How long has it been since you’ve subscribed?
I decided to try it . It sounds as good or better as what you get on a satellite receiver . I don’t get traffic report channels . The content and presentation are great, but it’s hard to tell what’s live and what’s a rerun . @f00l@craigthom
They will harrass the hell out of you if you don’t renew. Just FYI
had a ‘subscription’ included with a car I bought. Declined it in big letters across the deal. Didn’t matter, when the time frame (think it was 6 months was up), I actually had to threaten the DA’s office to get them to quit calling. Would have followed through too. Think they pay those guys by the renewal.
@Cerridwyn@craigthom@eonfifty@f00l Thanks for reminding me my daughter’s car subscription is renewing and jumps from $7.50/month to $22/month. Guess I need to make a very long phone call tomorrow. Fuck those guys. I got a few free months with my new car but I hate the games they play. I’ll listen to FM, thank you very much.
@eonfifty I’ve been an XM then SiriusXM subscriber for a very long time. For probably the last 10 years, I’ve been renewing on an offer for 5 months for $25 (usually closer to $30 after fees/taxes/royalties). It’s the “Select” package(I think), so no Howard Stern or some other things that I don’t care about. I set a reminder to call a day or two before my sub ends. It’s typically a 5 min call where I decline an annual offer for half price ($100/year) and they offer the 5 for $25. Most recently, though, they offered 12mos for $60 and it includes streaming, so I did that. Never really had a problem getting the lower offer and haven’t paid full price since back when it was $9.99/mo.
@eonfifty it’s hard to describe what I liked so much about Sirius Disorder. I was often surprised by what they played, I often heard music I hadn’t heard before or in a long time, and they rarely played something I didn’t enjoy hearing.
@eonfifty@mtbm33 I was a subscriber before SiriusXM was seriously XM’d. In those days, it was just Sirius and competitor XM. (Satellite radio was pioneered starting in 1990, and went through various forms, names, and regulatory hurdles, until Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. was first on on July 1, 2002. Sirius and competitor XM merged in 2008.)
In February, 2004, I became a lifetime subscriber for $400, which seemed like a lot of money at the time to risk on what was essentially a struggling start-up. But it has paid off.
I use my radio everyday, mostly. I do so indoors with a tabletop attachment and an antenna stuck on a window pane. Works quite well.
Honestly my many and various Amazon Echos are giving it a run for my attention as they offer radio stations, some sound channels for cable TV programs, music, and especially podcasts. I am not now nor have I ever been much for music, nor a TV watcher, but I do likes me podcasts. A listener, am I, for it is amazing how much you can do, if you aren’t glued to the TV.
All that being said, I get multiple email offers to subscribe per week. Try as I might, I cannot get off that maillist solicitation. When I used to call to complain, I had to patiently explain that I was a lifetime member with no monthly fee. Most of the time, the young person with whom I was dealing would not know what that was, and would have to send me up the line to a supervisor or more. I was never able to quash the emails, however. So now I just delete them and enjoy my radio in the meantime. I love the satellite radio and the many, many channels and instant variety of audible muses.
@Cerridwyn@craigthom@eonfifty@f00l I was able to take care of it using the online chat. I’m paying $7.63 a month for a lite plan and it was going up to $22 or so for the regular plan. I said it needed to be lower or I would cancel and boom, $6.36 a month for 12 months. (That’s $4.99 plus fees and taxes.) It’s not even the lite version. SCORE!
Gotta put a reminder in my calendar for next year.
@craigthom Wikipedia says a channel called The Loft is the replacement for Sirius Disorder. I’ve been listening for about 20 minutes and have heard The Band, Ziggy Stardust, someone with Randy Newman, Patti Smith (maybe?), an indie guy and a cover of Yellow Brick Road. It’s not bad.
@Jackinga@mtbm33 Which service did you get the lifetime subscription from? I had considered a regular XM subscription over Sirius back when they were independent companies.
Also, I’m reading that the lifetime subscription belongs to a single, physical radio. So if your radio ever dies, the lifetime subscription goes with it. Do you know anything about this?
@Cerridwyn@craigthom@f00l@sammydog01 Unless @mtbm33 didn’t include fees and taxes, you could have gotten a better deal… And you pay less than my estimated fees and taxes. They sent me an email stating I’d expect to pay $15.27 per month after the free trial: $13 for the best streaming package, $1.14 for royalty fees and $1.13 in taxes.
@eonfifty@Jackinga I was gonna ask this about radio IDs too. I recall thinking about the lifetime offer back in the mid aughts and deciding that there was no way my little Delphi radio would last a long time. I had the car dock and the boom box dock for it as well.
By '06 or '07 I think I quit subscribing anyway. Had six months again when I bought my car in '12 and when it lapsed I made one attempt to renew for whatever the good special rate was (likely $25/5mo). They wouldn’t do it because I had not received a letter with that offer and I never turned it on again.
@eonfifty@mtbm33@djslack I originally bought my lifetime subscription from Sirius years before the merger. I was grandfathered in after the merger. It may or may not still be available, you would have to press real hard to see if it is and what the fee would be now. If it is available, it certainly will be more than what I paid!
As to the life of the radio receiver. I am now on my third receiver. When the first one failed, I paid $50 to transfer the lifetime subscription and activate the new receiver. I did this on a phone call. When the second receiver died, I paid $75, I think, but don’t remember for sure to transfer and activate it.
Both times while on the phone, the receiver activation was almost instantaneous. I paid, they activated, and I listen as a happy camper.
I don’t have built-in SiriusXM in my cars. And if I did, I doubt I would pay for it. I do have a small car adapter, which on the rare occasions when I want to use it, I just plug into the accessory and play the sound through the FM radio.
I have a table top player, which is where the receiver sits 99.99% of the time. I love the variety of the SiriusXM system.
I did help to get one along with the table top player for a blind friend, who uses his more than I use mine (but not while driving). He did not want to go down the lifetime subscription route, so I let that slide.
@RiotDemon Ugh. The $3.95 for one shirt was a bit much for me to pay for something I didn’t absolutely have to own. It’s not outrageous but I know damn well that shirt could be shipped for less than half of that.
@RiotDemon@sammydog01 Well I used to … then they changed the blanks. Which is kind of ironic coming from them, since Ramy started the company after shirt.woot announced they were changing to Anvil. The very next day.
For the men’s shirts, they’ve also gone to Live and Tell (aka LAT apparel) blanks. They’re not as squishy soft as AA or Next Level, but worse off, my biggest gripe is the way the sleeves are tapered; it’s sharp like the mutant Anvils, so it’s tight at the armpit and the shirt tends to rise up anytime I’m lifting my arms.
Ya, I’m still a bit bent over the whole Walker earmuff debacle. You too? Well, y’all remember those Metabo routers ya got suckered into picking up at Lowe’s? Never fear! Ol’ ruouttaurmind is here to help you spend more dosh on a handy accessory for that bad boy…
Don’t believe the Lowe’s product title “ Bosch 15-Amps Adjustable MDF Router Table”. This is an aluminum table top with a plastic base, no router is included.
Mount your router in this table and open up tons of new uses. (Yes, Bosch says this is definitely compatible with those Metabo routers). One of the most useful features is the ability to use your router as a jointer IMHO. Smooth and straighten the edges of that reclaimed pallet wood you’re gonna use for a project… someday. Add finger grooves or shiplap edges for superior fit in your woodworking or remodeling projects. Create custom profile trim molding at a fraction of the price of DIY stores… the possibilities are numerous.
@ruouttaurmind@tinamarie1974 I don’t get why everyone was so excited about those ear muffs. Unless you are working with someone you need to talk to without removing them you can get a nifty pair for less than that and tune out the world. Mine came from the gun store.
@RiotDemon@sammydog01 Absolutely. It’s uncommon for me to be shooting by myself. These would allow convenient communication with whoever I’m with. Particularly useful when sighting a gun. The spotter can easily relay results between shots without having to yell.
@ruouttaurmind I once cut a hole in a piece of scrap MDF for an impromptu router table. Keep thinking I should have something better, but that board’s worked OK for twenty years. And stores in almost zero space.
@walarney I have a home-brew router table in the works. A much larger table than that Bosch. But for a hundred bucks, I was willing get the Bosch as a gap filler. Even building a decent router table is an expensive undertaking if you want a fully featured setup.
The kind of stuff I’m working on really needs a bit of precision and reasonably squared dimensions, a usable miter, adjustable 2-piece fence, adjustable depth, etc. A bit more than a piece of MDF can do for me. I’ve been working with my router mounted in an old bathroom vanity I scavenged but it falls short of my hopes and dreams.
@ruouttaurmind I have a bathroom vanity I haven’t decided to use for a router table or just pitch. I also have one of those metal military surplus desks I’ve had ideas about converting. But you know how it is with time.
@RiotDemon Well, if it’s reasonably sturdy it can be repurposed for a number of things. Lots of plans out there on the interwebs for making your own router table which could be mounted onto a repurposed vanity.
The one I have been storing is all oak so it’s very sturdy. The problem with most vanities is they typically have no back (or a thin piece of hardboard on the back as a cosmetic measure). So I will have to add a sturdy piece of plywood. Or maybe some of that pallet wood I’ve been reclaiming would make a respectable shiplap side.
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I’ve done the Sam’s Club specials a couple times, but the nearest store is far enough away that I never really went there after using the promo offers. There is a Costco about 2 miles away so I may actually use it. Anyone here who has recent Costco membership experience is requested to opine about the usefulness of it. Useful tool? Waste of $60?
I’m finding more of a variety of Keto-type food at Costco lately. Plus they had a GREAT DEAL on a HUGE cat tree for ~$80 to $90 a couple of weeks ago. It is a piece that would easily be much more elsewhere. They only do the cat trees a couple of times a year and they sell out quickly. Online their cat tree prices are meh.
I have both, but I work my spend at Costco because the cash back rewards (Executive, Citi Costco Visa) are the best available (2% Costco+2% Citi) and the quality is consistently better than Sam’s. For rock bottom price and quality, Sam’s is better. There are some things that only one has, so we use both. Sam’s: On The Border chips, 32oz Coffeemate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream, lint rollers, 1lb multipacks of ground beef, and a few other items. Costco: rotisserie chicken, kirkland vodka, and their seasonal items/sales tend to be better quality/warranty (with a higher price, but still a good value).
Also, you can get 5% CB on Costco gift cards ordered via the website when Discover does their warehouse category. The rest, I get 4% CB the rest of the year with the Costco Visa.
Having both is useful when traveling for gas and pit stops. Both have reasonable local items. I find the staff at Costco seem happier at work, and the company isn’t focused on squeezing every penny out of the supply chain, the employees, the product price points, or targeting lowest-price consumers, as Sam’s does. Voting with my dollars against Walmart is bonus.