A new Shark Ion Robot Vacuum RV850. I haven’t used it yet, I’m just extremely thrilled to have gotten it instead of crap. I have purchased at least a dozen BOCs and never once got anything useful, or worth the $5-$10 to get one.
The Neato Botvac is an amazing score. A Shark cordless vacuum is also quite nice, too nice to serve in my shop but that’s what it does. But the Marlboro sign I got to turn into a custom Irk and Glen clock might be the most unique and fun thing. I believe that was from right around the time they changed to fukos.
Only got one IRK to date (never seem to quite make it past the captcha if I even remember to hit the VMP only time during a mehrathon) It had a bidet in it, so that was a win… though it still isn’t installed.
Old woot! BOC (also only once a couple of years ago, but way after the Amazon buyout, so not as tough to get any more) had a couple of Nike string strap backpack things that I actually broke out and sent out with the wife and daughter to use on a tubing trip this week! Oh, and the classic screaming monkey (Monty?) that my granddaughter is currently flinging around the house…
Alas, I’m in the unwashed minority still pining for an IRK… It might be a dream to never be fulfilled, but it won’t stop me from trying! On a related note…I passed 300 Meh face clicks in a row for the first time today! Maybe that’s worth a minor-IRK??
Second places - garage door opener that happened to work with the model I have installed (BoC), a pair of those LG headphones that look like some alien collar (were unused and sound halfway decent), mPulse bluetooth speaker.
Straight to trash: nasty-used headphones, that palm cooler pad, some weight shaping belt and the related posture check sex-dungeon looking thing.
@moonhat I reseal lots of things from crackers(no vac just seal) to cheese(vac and seal. I froze back and vac seales a bunch of sugar snap peas today.
I also resealed a package of sausages where I wanted 2 but not all5.
I don’t ever use chip clips anymore I just reseal.
Anything that has a package that shows it was heat sealed can be re heat sealed.
I have it sitting ontop my fridge and i know which button is which and I just reseal or vac seal almost everything
@moonhat I bought one, didn’t get it in an IRK, but the most common thing I use it for is meat. Buy the big pack of ground beef, or chicken, pork chops, whatever when it’s on sale (or in more recent memory, when it was available) and bring it home and divide it into 1lb sections or a few pieces, whatever the quantity is we would normally use at once. Into the freezer it goes and it stays good a long time.
With meats you do have to watch that you don’t want to suck liquid into the seal. Even though mine has a “moist” setting that is supposed to be more gentle with the vacuum most of the time I watch it and when I see the juices start to go up to the machine I hit the seal button which stops the vacuum and goes right to sealing.
For other, more liquidy stuff like soups, chili, or jambalaya I want to freeze, I can freeze it in whatever size container I want overnight then pop the frozen block out of the container and into a bag and vacuum it, then right back to the freezer for long term. Reheating those things can then be as simple as boiling the bag. Some people might freak out about that. I cook sous vide so it doesn’t bother me at all.
I’ve had a few decent items over the years, though no jackpots or pallets, but to be completely honest the thing I remember most and was most excited for was a silly, but ingenious, Oreo cookie milk dipper tool/utensil. It was one of those things that I didn’t realize I needed, or was even invented, but appreciated the idea way more than was justified for a specialized cookie dipping tool. I’ve only probably used it once or twice in years but the nostalgia is legit .
@scilynt my most expensive item, one I really like but wouldn’t spend that amount on my own so appreciate it, was a nice powerful Ninja blender combo set. All of the glass blender jars were shattered so all the cool attachments are basically useless but the one container than was whole and usable is the personal smoothy size one. So I ended up with a very expensive specialized smoothy maker lol. I’m sad the other jars are missing as all those and their attachments look really useful but even just the cost of replacing just those is way above what I’d be able to justify budgeting for blender/food processing needs.
@crow Nice. I have the VSX-90 and very happy with it. Onkyo owns the Pioneer brand, by the way.
You can get great deals on Pioneer stuff direct, and their factory support has been outstanding. Had an old unit from Woot, 4 years out of warranty and they offered a great deal to upgrade on a refurb / old / clearance stock VSX-90.