Best Buy DotD for Thursday, August 1st: Amazon Fire TV Stick for $15, Fire TV Stick 4K for $25, Echo Dot 3G for $22 or Fire 7 tablet for $30.
Where’s the linky?
(You’re digging that reemptive quote, aren’t you?!)
No linky because this is a “voice only” deal via your favorite Amazon Assistant device. To receive these offers, follow the instructions as listed at BestBuy.com:
Save $20–$27.99 on Amazon Fire 7 tablet, Echo Dot (3rd generation), Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K.
You won’t find these deals on BestBuy.com or in Best Buy stores. Get any of these one-day Voice-Only Deals by simply asking Alexa about them on your Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled devices. To place an order with Alexa for Voice-Only Deals, you’ll need a Best Buy account. Log in to your existing account or create a new account to get started.
Specifically, say “Alexa, ask Best Buy about voice-only deals.”
Don’t have any Echo devices? No worries, we got ya covered. Just download the Amazon Alexa app to your favorite mobile device and you’re good to go. Full Alexa capability right from your phone or tablet.
@ruouttaurmind Cool. Authorizing Amazon for 24x7 audio surveillance for under $30. That is exactly how much someone’s privacy is worth. Because that is what Amazon is offering to buy your privacy and what you talk about in your home, forever (it is a non-revocable one-way deal in Amazon’s favor, by the way). And how much youll accept without demanding more, since youre already considering the sale of your privacy. Sigh.
@mike808@ruouttaurmind@therealjrn Letting Alexa listen to me fulfills my exhibitionist fantasies. It’s also a great way to practice your stand-up comedy routine. When I get random social media followers from third world countries I know it’s a funny bit.
Amazon has Cree Connected 60W Equivalent Daylight (5000K) A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb, Works with Alexa for $7.85.
Compatible with multiple home automation systems including Wink, WeMo, SmartThings, Amazon Echo and other ZigBee certified hubs via your iOS or Android device.
@cinoclav They ain’t officially meh deals nor officially sponsored/sanctioned by meh. I could post some super sketchy link and you can’t hold meh accountable if that company steals your info or sends you counterfeit goods.
@cinoclav Suppose some rando finds their way to this forum and sees the word “deals” then purchases something that is linked here. Later, they have some issue with the item and come to meh looking for support because it was a deal featured on their site. Inevitably…“You should have some kind of disclaimer if you’re not responsible for the deals posted on your site!”
@medz If that happens, they deserve the abuse they get for being completely oblivious to the fact they went to another site to buy something after seeing it in one of these threads. It’s like complaining to slickdeals because you had a problem with an item you found posted there. I understand your reasoning though. It’s basically because people are idiots.
@mfladd I rented it from Redbox and ripped it watch on the plane on one of my many recent flights, but got sucked into The Boys from Amz Prime Video and watched that instead. One of these days I’ll get around to The LEGO Movie 2. I did enjoy the first one, and LEGO Batman. Ninjago was ok, but not as enjoyable as the others. Looking forward to Toy Story 4 once it hits the streaming services or cable.
@mfladd I’ve been doing the Vudu “last chance” offers at the end of each month. Stream a free-with-commercials movie from their last chance selection and get a $3 Vudu credit. That pays for most of a $5 DV purchase to add to my library.
Amazon will discontinue physical dash buttons effective 8/31/2019
Amazon is constantly evaluating our product and service offerings to best serve our customers. We are now offering customers more ways to shop than ever before, such as Alexa Shopping, smart reordering with an increasing selection of Dash Replenishment devices, Subscribe & Save, and virtual Dash Buttons. Because of the growth of these exciting new ways to shop, we are no longer supporting Dash Button devices. Beginning August 31, 2019, you won’t be able to use your Dash Button devices to reorder items. You can continue to order your products through the Amazon mobile app and Amazon.com, or by using your free virtual Dash Buttons.
If you wish to recycle your Dash Button device, find more information about the Amazon Recycling Program. Thanks for being an Amazon customer. We hope to see you again soon.
@Barney Yup, it’s not easily gonna get lost in your drawer, is it. There is a nifty purple one also, but not a great price from Marketplace sellers.
@therealjrn I bought a couple of those Morakniv Craftline knives when Woot had them for a fiver about a year or so ago. Ok, I bought 3. I now own 7 Moraknives. Why? Plus I just bought that Cold Steel knife last week. WHY? And of course all the many knives I’ve ordered from meh. WHY!?!? How many freakin’ knives do I think I can use for crying out loud?
I’d blame the Goat, but I’m pretty sure @therealjrn is somehow responsible.
@Kidsandliz It’s basically all from the book, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It was written in 1979. One of the more famous quotes was when an alien super-computer (named Deep Thought) was asked, “The Answer to the Great Question Of Life, the Universe and Everything is…”.
“Forty-Two…” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.
There’s much more to the scene, but that’s the gist.
@mfladd My whole house is automated. I’ve been doing it for a couple decades now and started with X10 devices in the 90’s. I later upgraded to Insteon. Now I’m dabbling in ZWave.
Not sure I like ZWave yet. Seems there’s too many weird unresolved issues. For example, I bought a Samsung Smartthings Hub that supposedly works with all devices and so far the ones I tested does. However, there are advanced parameter settings that you cannot set with a Smart Hub. But you can go to Github and download the source code of special handlers for each device and compile them and install them. That’s not going to happen. I expect all features to work right out of the box. A friend said he uses a Raspberry Pi and an Aeotec Z-Stick – combined that should give me all options. But again, that’s not something out of the box.
My temperature probe is battery operated so it doesn’t seem to report the temperature too often to save battery power. I had it in my network closet and I turned off the fan to see the temp rise from 86 degrees to 116 and it never reported the temperature change. I put it outside the house and the earliest time between reports is 2 hours with huge temperature swings.
A Dome Zwave Plus plug that can also report energy consumption reports as being offline but I can still turn it on and off remotely with my phone. How can it be offline and online at the same time. Quitting the app and reloading still shows it as offline but it still works anyway. I waited one day and it showed online so problem resolved but what caused that to happen?
Motion detectors are working great and I get alerts immediately.
Not sure I’m ready to remove all my Insteon devices for ZWave with these kinds of problems. I also can’t find a wall switch that controls one light physically connected to it and other lights with additional buttons. From my kitchen, I want to control the kitchen light, the bar light, and the livingroom light. Insteon has several options but the zwave ones use one button scenes that get bad reviews where people have trouble getting them to work. Glass panels with swipe features to control scenes. Just give me more buttons, that’s all.
@cengland0@mfladd My home is automated, too. I automatically get up and push buttons/slide switches/turn off and on lights/answer the door, and anything else that my heart desires. I am well trained. And I don’t mess up too often.
@Barney Hehehe. It’s real nice to come home from the gym and say “I’m home” and it turn on the kitchen, bar, livingroom, master bedroom, and master bathroom lights. Illuminates a whole path so I can dump my dirty gym clothes in the hamper right away (my hands are usually full).
It’s also great being able to turn on the bedroom light from the bed without having to get out of bed and walk all the way to the door. I’m old and fragile with back problems so this type of automation works wonders for me.
@craigthom@mikibell You sweet, sweet ex-GoaT!
I only wanted two and I’m glad I didn’t buy the Costco deal. I bought yours
Now they can sit around on the floor with my Ring system until I re-paint the living room
Also people, my post wasn’t about the detectors at all. It was about the fact you can buy from the Costco website as a non-member. I never knew that.
@craigthom@mfladd I knew you could do the 5% surcharge at bjs, but didn’t know about Costco. Since they did away with accepting Amex, I don’t shop there often. I still have a membership from.the proceeds of uncashed 2% back checks that I found out my husband never used
Glad you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, now! I did not check they were same model, etc.
@craigthom@mikibell Omg, I am so glad you mentioned the model number. I went back and checked and they weren’t the ZWave. I was so haapy at first I just clicked buy. Luckily, I took no rush shipping so cancelling them was not an issue. Phew!
@mfladd oh good… I was trying to type out that caveat, while my husband was “trying to get my attention”… He was a bit miffed that I kept typing normally he takes it as a challenge to succeed in distracting me. Must have had my serious face on, because he let me hit save it… lol.
@tinamarie1974 I hit that members-only sale this morning about 5:30 AM. I bought some items, like the LED bulbs, lithium batteries and some nice sheets. But I still didn’t get those plug things…I’m still negotiating with Alexa about my new cameras.
I imagine once I get more familiar with everything automation-wise they’ll still be around and will go on sale again.
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@Barney@sammydog01@therealjrn Yes, it has lifetime map/traffic updates. I would never buy a GPS that doesn’t have it. Yes, it is very rare - tunnels and such - that you would ever lose a satellite signal.
@Barney@sammydog01@therealjrn Yes, my old Garmin does too. And you can play with different colors too. You can also play with arrows. I have an X-Wing fighter that travels the route. Lots of downloadable goodies!
@Barney@mfladd@therealjrn I was in rural southwest Virginia this week. I used my GPS to get there. Then I was stuck with no data. I got home OK by asking for directions but that has happened too many times. So I ordered one. Thanks!
@mfladd About 10 months ago I made a $190 purchase from BuyDig. The product had a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. It failed, but since BuyDig isn’t an authorized retailer, the manufacturer refused to honor the warranty.
After much research, and contacting BuyDig directly, I discovered they are an authorized seller for exactly ZERO manufacturers. Ergo, you risk spending $100 on this, then having it fail in a few months, and having no recourse. Much better off to buy from a reliable source.
If that doesn’t talk you out of this purchase, I can’t help you.
@sammydog01 You can download the map for a specific area on Google maps. That way it doesn’t matter if you have data or not. The GPS should work fine and it will use the saved map. I always do this when I travel just in case. In particular, if I’m going out of the country and I know I’ll be turning my data off, I’ll save maps of where I’m going.
You may request a change to your order or may cancel it by phone so long as it has not been processed for shipping. Since orders are usually processed quickly, please notify us of an order change or cancellation by calling our Customer Support line at 800-617-4686 and dial “2” to request a change or cancellation.
Oh, don’t thank me yet. You should still get one. Just not from
This might help. This does not come with a traffic cord like the old Garmins. That cord costs 60+ bucks. The new ones rely on an app on your smartphone - which might be better for updated traffic, if it stays connected - but also uses up phone data. Phone data = a no for me.
@Barney@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 It onlys needs data for live traffic updates - not for maps. If you have unlimited data - who cares, But if you don’t, like me, it matters. I had to dig down into the reviews to discover this fact.
“In most situations, 2 MB of data per hour of active use with an automotive device is a reasonable estimate for data usage. For example, if the device is used 5 days a week on a 30 minute commute each way, Smartphone Link would use about 40 MB of data per month.”
Since I drive A LOT for work, mine would be much higher.
@Barney@mfladd@ruouttaurmind I have unlimited data and the places I go without cell towers don’t generally have traffic problems. Maybe I’ll like it. My daughter is going to college in the middle of nowhere so it will probably go to her when she has a car,
@Barney@mfladd@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 I was looking through my email trying to find my order confirmation after getting back home this evening and I discovered I bought some cards for my camera from BuyDig in 2014. That seemed to go well.
BuyDig says quite prominently that this is a 1 Year Garmin warranty plus they offer a 45 day return.
I’m going to live dangerously and let my order stand…any problems that might crop up should happen in the first 30 days.
@Barney@mfladd@sammydog01@therealjrn I agree in principle. But in my own situation the device failed after 10 months. BuyDig product listing also promised a 1 year manufacturer warranty, but like so many have reported with products here at meh… manufacturer didn’t honor said warranty. YMMV.
I just encountered my BuyDig experience in early July, so I’m feeling Grinch-ish because the sting is still fresh. Fortunately I was able to modify a lipo battery I bought at Amz, and with a little effort modified the device to accommodate the new battery, and all seems good now. $8 battery and about 5 hours fabrication time to salvage my supposed in-warranty product.
@mfladd Stupid question, this thing came with a USB cable- mini maybe? instead of the thing to plug into the car. The manual shows the adapter- was I supposed to get one? And it lists the thing it plugs into as 12 v. That seems like a lot of volts. It says it won’t charge on the USB charger I’m using in the house. Do I have a problem?
I was going to mention that first update. Every time you update maps, which is not often, it will take quite a bit of time.
I guess I got lucky because even though it warned me it was going to take 2 1/2 hours, it quickly settled in at 30 minutes. These things must need a lot of power, because it kept complaining it wouldn’t charge using my usual tablet charger. It got enough power to do its updates to the OS and maps, but I ended up plugging it into my car for the night in my garage. Hopefully it will be charged by morning.
I’ve got a trip to Claremore, Oklahoma scheduled for tomorrow. We’ll see if Garmin can get me there better than Google Maps.
@sammydog01 Yes, you definitely should have received the car charger. Contact BuyDig. That is a MUST for the unit. It is what keeps you from never having to charge the unit unless you remove it from the car for some reason.
And it lists the thing it plugs into as 12 v. That seems like a lot of volts.
That would be a lot of volts but that cigarette lighter adapter has circuitry to convert the 12V DC to 5V DC.
If you ever find a device that plugs into that lighter socket and it provides 12V DC to USB mini devices, it would probably do a lot of damage to many devices. Usually devices that use that USB mini connector are all expecting to be connected to a 5V DC source.
@cengland0 Thanks for the explanation- I guess they make them hard to find so people like me don’t fry their iPods. I do have a 12 v car charger that came with my vintage Tomtom- it has the same connector and I bet it would work.
Buydig asked for photos of the stuff that came in my box and I just sent them. I’ll let you know what happens.
In other news, SuperSmashCon was Saturday. I used my phone for directions because those assholes at Buydig didn’t give me a power cord. We got there fine, mostly big interstates.
Instead of going home we went to the weekend place. My phone decided to run us through backstreet rural fucking Maryland. The cut through she wanted me to use was closed. No problem, I’ll just backtrack until she reroutes me. NO FUCKING DATA! I had to actually look at the map and figure it out myself! GAAAAAA! I hope they send me the power cord. It was too traumatic.
Yup, it drove me into a well-known traffic slowdown part of construction on the highway whereas Google routes me around it. I haven’t given up hope yet though, maybe I don’t have the app on my phone set correctly to account for changing traffic.
But I am enjoying the big display which is also mounted higher on my windscreen rather down lower like my phone. So far, I like it.
I think you can cancel at any time, but please do your due diligence before ordering!
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Six bucks for both versions is pretty fair if you like Brandon “the man of a thousand book serials” Sanderson. I don’t recall reading anything from him besides the first Legion book (didn’t dig it), but I know there are several rabid fans out there who love them some Brandon.
*On the Kindle Store product page, click the “Add Audible book to your purchase for just $3.99” checkbox before buying the Kindle book
@ruouttaurmind hmmm, I think I remember posting this, or someone else did a few months back. It was free then, I think. Maybe someone here with a memory remembers where it was.
“My lack of memory is my blessing and my curse”
Any Brandon Sanderson fans - Oathbringer, Mistborn, co-author of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series?
I’m a fan of his work.
The Reckoners (Kindle eBook): Steelheart, Firefight or Calamity - Book 1, 2, 3 - $1.99 each.
@mike808@therealjrn My step dad used Glyphosate on the farm. That stuff is an Agent Orange caliber defoliant. It’s not inexpensive, but it’ll kill any kind of weed, brush or mom’s peach tree (oops!) and absolutely nothing would grow in treated areas for a year or more. I spilled some in the yard when filling the sprayer and mom had a bald spot in the grass for 3 years.
"Reel Toilet Paper is still relatively new, but the company has garnered serious praise across the web. Customers claim that Reel Toilet Paper, “works just as well or better than Charmin or the other TP products, but it also has the added benefit of helping those in need around the world.” For many people, Reel Toilet Paper is becoming a new regular in the bathroom.
Each roll comes with 300 sheets of bamboo paper. Since each roll is also three-ply, you will use fewer sheets to save money and reduce your environmental footprint. Each roll is individually wrapped so that it can be free of plastic - instead, wrappers are made out of a mixed paper blend to adhere to top sustainability standards. The packaging is 100% compostable and all dyes are water-based."
@mfladd I have not used this paper. I did read their mission statement, and I support their philosophy and intention, but they are a product of China. I have to ponder the carbon footprint created by shipping 24 rolls of toilet tissue half way around the planet versus the sustainability concept. Combined with the higher price, I’m not a taker for this deal.
@ruouttaurmind Sounds like it was glyphosate plus something else (dicamba, etc) if it prevented grow-back. Glyphosate alone just disrupts photosynthesis in chlorophyll. It is inert and breaks down in the soil. That’s why you have to apply it to the green leaf surface to be absorbed.
@mfladd@ruouttaurmind@therealjrn You can have even more positive environmental impact by installing and using a bidet instead of so much TP stressing the municipal sewage systems. Literally, that shit has to go somewhere after you flush it.
Meh has sold bidets before. I got a 2-fer-Tuesday deal and have been a convert since. TP consumption has dropped considerably after the bidets went in. It is just to dry off, really.
@mike808@ruouttaurmind I’ve got a gravel driveway, and every year grass, clover, dandelions, and so on start growing through it. If I let it go it people start parking on the street blocking my driveway.
But then I squirt it with Roundup, and it’s clear until next year. With occasional touchups as things grow back.
It’s not that expensive. I get a gallon with a battery-powered sprayer for under $15, and it lasts a few years.
I’m careful to not spray it in the wind and to work backwards, so I don’t step in it. I can go right down the side of the driveway, and it leaves the lawn alone.
@craigthom My front yard is all gravel, and I’m constantly fighting the weed war there. We must have some kind of evolved super weeds in my area or something, because Roundup only causes them laugh at me. I have an ongoing joke with my neighbor that Monsanto sells fertilizer labeled as Roundup because it seems like our weeds actually thrive on the stuff.
For the last few years I don’t even bother spraying. I drag myself out there on a regular basis and just yank the suckers out. It’s a PITA, and they keep coming back, but at least I’m not wasting money on chemicals, or dumping toxins into the water table.
@mfladd@therealjrn Just go into your account and update your email address to postmaster, admin, abuse, or help at whatever site is spamming you. Then setup a bounce filter to do the same. Let them deal with their own spam to get the hint and ignoring it just consumes their own resources.
@mfladd I have not. I’ve put it in my cart a few times, but always wound up procrastinating on the checkout. This $10 price is the lowest I’ve seen on it though, so maybe this time I’ll actually hit that checkout button.
@ruouttaurmind I got starlink on switch a couple of weeks ago. Amazon had it for $15.99 or something like that, with a free $15 credit after a week through Twitch. I have not opened the box for it yet though.
@mfladd am I the only one who is made angry by mega rolls? They don’t fit any of my toilet paper holders. But I have recently noticed that Walmart around here has changed their entire TP aisle to only mega rolls except for like two selections of one ply John Wayne TP.
I’m going to have to find a source for regular rolls (or even “double rolls”) of nice enough TP.
@djslack@mfladd I literally just got back from the supermarket where they only had mega rolls of the brand I buy (Charmin Ultra-Strong, IYMK).
I usually buy a 24 pack of TP, but the Mega 24 pk is the size of a Smart car, so I only got the 12 pk.
BTW - that cloud TP shelf is really cool!
If I had a family or frequently had lots of guests, I’d definitely get me one of those. But, at the rate I use TP, they’d be coated w/ dust by the time I used them.
@Barney Although @mfladd may be shady, that’s not why I think they will be cancelled.
The all time low price on this item (on Amz) is $5 for Amz, slightly higher for Marketplace sellers. In the past when I’ve placed preorders for an item not expected in stock for several weeks, which is priced well below the previous historical low, and which hit FP on SD, 100% of those orders wind up being cancelled, or just never fulfilled by Amz, lingering in my orders page for months and months.
Ebay has Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System - Factory Renewed for $99. ($199 new at Amazon)
Sold and warranty by Bose.
Original retail packaging - Like New w/ 1-year warranty
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@therealjrn I concur with @craigthom. The Belkin Wemo and TP Link Kasa plugs have been frequently running around the same price, and even less than $20/pr. Those brands are well integrated into Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT whereas Aduro is as yet unproven. Also, if you’re into HomeKit, Wemo Mini has native support for Siri.
@ruouttaurmind@therealjrn I’ve got an RGB light bulb that uses that app, and it works fine with Alexa and Google Assistant (on my phone) and IFTTT. But for the same price I’d go with a more established brand like TP Link.
“This Honey has to be my favorite in my top 5 picks. I have never had a Honey taste so good and be so creamy that it was like silk on my tongue as this honey is! It is light in color and has a pearly sheen to it! The taste is outstanding! It is literally like liquid silk in your mouth! Very little to No granulation, perfect consistency, and the flavor is the perfect sweetness.”
@mfladd@therealjrn I ordered two and they have only shipped me one. The shipping notice was only for one, so I’m hoping that there is some kind of holdup on shipping my second one, and that they haven’t permanently lost it.
Or – It’s somewhere in Oklahoma? Can’t trust them damn Okies.
A few of us bought these a couple weeks ago. I was pleased with the quality. Metal and composite construction, sturdy, solid feeling. Fit my hoses well, without leaking. I’ll be ordering another pair for mom.
@Barney@mfladd@ruouttaurmind I’ll chime in that the sprayers are good quality too. Well worth that price, even if I didn’t get a purple one.
The one different thing is that the thumb control doesn’t control the flow of water beyond on/off. Instead it manages the spray pattern. Once it’s sightly pushed up, the water is pretty much full blast and then you control it from a wide mist at barely on to a jet blast at wide open.
@mfladd About TV’s and the Barney household. I really don’t watch much TV, maybe a little news. Right now I have a 13 inch tube type TV in my bedroom and I’m quite happy with it.
However, when I was cleaning out my mom’s house (an on-going and forever process, it’s so hard), I found a 37 inch Panasonic TV. And attached to the outside was a Christmas/birthday card for me. It was the last thing that Mom, the all time shopaholic that she was, ever bought for me…
Anyway, I just haven’t been able to take it out of the box and install it in my living room. Some day I will.
@Barney@ruouttaurmind I haven’t been talking about it, but I think I lost my Robin. There’s been strange men driving her truck and manhandling her packages, getting all their strange man fingerprints all over everything. She did give me a little bit of a “Dear JRN” notice though, she was going to bid on a different route…I guess she got it.
@mfladd Not sure what “drop spooning” is, but I just crack the egg into the salted, simmering water. Before plopping in the egg, I give the water a quick circular stir so it’s spinning around in the pan. When I drop the egg into the center of the pan the rotating water sort of keeps the egg white from getting a bunch of strings.
@mfladd you don’t need an egg poacher. Instead just bring a pan of water to a bare simmer add1 tablespoon white vinegar. Then swirl to create fun water cyclone. Crack egg into center of cyclone and then let cook for a few minutes
Mark your calendars, because Olive Garden’s Pasta Pass is making a comeback on August 15th. The Never-Ending Pasta Pass costs $100 and grants you unlimited pasta for 8 weeks straight (through September 22nd, 2019). Olive Garden deals are pretty solid overall, but this one truly takes the cake — or pasta, as it were.
If you love Olive Garden, the Pasta Pass is pretty much a no brainer. Prices vary by location, but a create-your-own Pasta Bowl typically goes for about $9.99. So at $100 for the pass, you only need to eat about 10 bowls of pasta before you’re eating for free. That’s pretty darn accomplishable given that the card is active for 56 days, which is probably why Olive Garden limits the number of passes available.
It’s no surprise that the Pasta Pass is a wildly popular promotion, so be prepared for it to sell out near instantaneously. Last year, Olive Garden sold its supply of 24,000 passes in less than a minute. If you want the best chance at scoring a Pasta Pass, we recommend camping out at this link. This deal goes live at 2:00 p.m. on August 15th, so you be ready if you want all of those glorious carbs.
The Pasta Pass is good for select dishes only, and Olive Garden doesn’t carry the Pasta Pass menu in its restaurants. But check out which dishes are eligible on the FAQ page.
There is a little bit of mystery surrounding this year’s Pasta Pass as well. Olive Garden has been teasing the arrival of something new alongside this year’s pass, and PastaPass.com leads you to a landing page with a cryptic poem.
Theories about the bonus are all over the place, ranging from complimentary wine to a free trip to Italy. Whatever the case, though, extra value is always a good thing. We’ll just have to wait and see what Olive Garden has in store for us.
@mfladd according to the FAQ, the pasta pass is good for a year. Last year’s pasta pass expires 9/22/19. It gets you the never ending pasta bowl menu for free all year long instead of the 8 weeks the promo runs for all the plebes.
I don’t think I’ve been to Olive garden 10 times in three years, but if you’re a regular this is potentially a super deal.
@djslack Thanks for clarification. I took it straight from the slickdeal article page (on the right side). That’s a pretty big mistake to make. It will be interesting to see what changes they are making to the pass this year - at least the landing page hints at one. But it talks about hints and answers being there - I wonder if they are going to make potential purchasers participate in something to get one?
EDIT: From FAQ at the bottom questions.
"Will the Annual Pasta Pass food offering be the same as it was for the 8 weeks of Never Ending Pasta Bowl?
Annual Passholders have exclusive access to the Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu plus unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks for 52 weeks. Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Sauce is available only for a limited time from 9/24/18- 11/18/18."
The question appears to be whether this sale is for the annual pass or 8 week pass, or both? I thought I remember the annual pass costing more than $100.
@mfladd afaik (I’m no Olive Garden expert) the never ending pasta bowl (the 8 week thing) is a special they run maybe every summer (probably no coincidence the time that the fewest people want to eat a bunch of carbs). For like $10 or $12 or something you can just keep ordering pasta until you’re sick of it. (Here’s another parenthetical, just to keep em coming.)
Worth noting that this will almost certainly not be a windfall. You will likely receive $75-$100 worth of stuff for $75.
Rick is placing the stated value at about $250, which would be based on MSRP. Since you’re in the Deals topic, you are probably already aware: Full price is for suckers.
But I signed up anyway since a portion of the proceeds will be donated to TAPS.
Yes, this is a great deal on a mediocre scope. Since it’s a Garage Sale item, chances are it will disappear quickly. I use one on my 10/22 and it’s quite suitable. Not ideal for a competition tackdriver, but good for plinking, or small game if that’s your deal.
@ruouttaurmind I bought one for my 10/22. The current scope I have on there now could very-well be a pellet gun scope… I don’t even remember where I got it.
It’s not clear what mounting hardware this one comes with… I’m hoping I can use it with my current mounting rings that allow for open sights (under the scope) view as well.
@medz If your current scope has a 1" tube, it should fit ok if you have peep-thru rings on it. I have standard rings and that 50mm objective lens is a pretty tight squeeze between the lens housing and barrel.
I just got this one which is similar, but a little smaller. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0774JBRNT
Good size for carrying in the pocket. (fits in that weird coin pocket in blue jeans)
I chose this style for the glass break and seat belt cutter. Has the clip so it will always be on me even if I swerve around a squirrel and roll my car 3 times.
Circle with Disney (1st Gen) - In-Home Parental Controls for Wi-Fi Connected Devices for $24.99 (reg. $99)
Circle allows your family to manage all of your home’s wi-fi connected devices. With Circle, parents can now filter online content and limit online screen time as well as set an Internet bedtime for every connected device in the home. Circle can even Pause the Internet and share what kids are up to online. How it Works: Circle pairs wirelessly or via ethernet to your home router and allows you to manage online access for every device on the network: smartphones, gaming consoles, tablets, smart TVs, online gaming consoles, laptops and desktops. Using an iOS or Android app, families create unique profiles for every member of the home and from there, help shape each person’s online experience. Do not disconnect from the Circle Home hotspot until prompted in the Circle app. If your system warns you that this network has no internet access, make sure it stays connected.
So on SD there is a lot a talk about whether you need a subscription to get the most out of it. Some say yes, but many others are saying they can do most everything without the subscription. Also, people are saying that this does more than the Gen 2 version for free.
@mfladd I used ours to shut off the WiFi at night. Verizon has a subscription plan where you can shut off data by time as well. I think I also limited social media some. I mostly wanted him to not be messing around on the Internet at night.
You can also pull out your phone and cut off a device when you get pissed off.
@mfladd It pisses me off that the school requires my kid to use a laptop and internet connection to do homework. I wanted to tell the head of school it’s like expecting an adult to do make a spreadsheet with a pornhub link open on the next tab. I did not say that. When I was a kid we had a book, a pencil, and some lined paper. Get off my lawn, school.
You probably already know by now, but there is a foil factory seal under the plastic lid. You might still be able to salvage it. But I would darn sure be on the horn with Woot CS about that bullshit job of shipping.
My pair came in a box, no extra air padding but I guess the bubble wrap baggies protected it good enough.
Looks like Woot is taking shipping lessons from Meh.
Mine also came in one of those envelopes. They had made an attempt to wrap it in bubble wrap. But when my mailman, who is not Nathan, dropped it on the porch, I thought it was a goner. Luckily, it had landed on the door mat.
@Barney@mfladd@therealjrn The factory seal is broken but honey doesn’t really go bad. The jar was very sticky. They ship one t-shirt in a nice big box with those big air bubbles and a glass jar in an envelope.
They also have a cameo 3 for a good price; rumor has it that these will no longer be produced after the cameo 4 is released. The starting price point on the 4 is much higher!! ($299, I think for the lowest model)
@mfladd Great. Now I have to order like 30 of these to make sure I get a Steamboat Willy Mickey, or the complete set of Donald and the three troublemakers. With my luck I’ll end up with 11 Frozones and half a dozen Ednas.
@Barney@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 Ok, I bought the circle Disney thing. I used my $15 amazon photo credit so I actually got it for $9. But I had to add 1 more amazon sold thing to the cart ($25), so I added 1 pack of Lego Disney mini figs - c’mon Steamboat Willy! But I got $2 bucks back on that by picking no rush services for the orders.
If anyone else did the Amazon Photo $15 credit deal you only have until Aug 31st to use that credit!!!
I had considered this but think I have decided to go with the new Samsung Galaxy A50 which is A LOT of phone for the money. On Xfinity Mobile it is around $350. $14.58/mo for 24 months = 349.92! Compare that with most of the Galaxy 9/10’s which are going to cost you $32 - $42 bucks a month.
It also doesn’t have the curved edge screen of those phones which I am sick of. It almost impossible to find a decent screen protector that will go on and stay on. I also in the past had never broken the screen on a phone before. I have broken (for almost no reason) those curved screens 3x now.
@ruouttaurmind Let me take a look at the LG. As long as a phone works with Verizon, they should work with XM. And XM does carry LG phones. I couldn’t sleep so I have been doing more research and have changed my mind to go with a Pixel 3a - mostly for the camera/photograph quality which is important to me. Also, I want a smaller phone for once. I currently have the S8+ and and I really want a phone that will fit in my pocket.
Note: I fucking love Xfinity Mobile! There is no contract.
@ruouttaurmind Just received my Pixel 3a. I bought it off Amazon just so it would be an easy return if it didn’t work with Xfinity Mobile. Ha! FU XM (but I still love you). It works perfectly with it. In fact the visual voicemail works far better on the Pixel than it did the Samsung. Transferred all my apps effortlessly - but now comes the part of getting them all going again. Also, really like the size of it and that it has flat glass. My 8+ was just becoming cumbersome to me, and don’t even get me going on the curved glass again. I am done with flagship phones. Why was paying 850 bucks when I can have a phone that I love for half that. I love that it is stock android and that it is google based. I am a google guy, even if they do spy on me.
Now that my Samsung paid off and I invested in a nice case with screen protector I am not picking up insurance. That will leave me paying an avg of just $24/month for my cell phone service. Love this phone so far!
I did spread the payments out on my amazon card over six months just so I didn’t feel like I was spending a lot of money this month, seeing I bought the Onkyo receiver too (which I used paypal credit for the first time to spread the payments out a bit on that too to make me feel a little better).
@mfladd I read the reviews for this last night. 4.3 stars from 560 reviews. Seems pretty solid.
I’m also a fan of electric lawn tools (including my Worx blower/vac). But I am not a fan of battery operated tools, opting instead for corded models. The batteries are never charged when I need them, and the charge is usually depleted before my motivation expires.
Walgreens Photo Services: “Everything for the wall” sale. Canvas prints, wood or metal panels, posters, awesome floating frames, etc. all at 75% off through August 17th. Apply code WALLTODAY at checkout. Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping charges.
TL;DR? Walgreens canvas prints are far superior to CVS canvas prints…
A word about CVS versus Walgreens Photo: A couple months ago I had a some puppy pix printed at CVS. Although the print quality was acceptable, I was sorrowfully disappointed in the quality of the final product. The canvas was wrapped around a cardboard frame with a cardboard backer. It basically looked like they wrapped the canvas around the lid of a holiday gift box and put the lid back on the box. Ya, for twelve bucks I wasn’t expecting museum quality framing; I got what I paid for. But I wouldn’t choose to order canvas from CVS again.
A few weeks after that, I ordered a canvas print from Walgreens. Again, the print quality was decent, but the Walgreens canvas was wrapped around a wooden lath frame with a sturdy wood and aluminum bracketed insert. The strength and rigidity of the Walgreens canvas is far superior to that CVS cardboard crap. I was so impressed I trashed the CVS prints and reordered them from Walgreens.
@ruouttaurmind We bought the blankets with photos on them from Walgreens last year before Christmas… they were nicely done prints. I would say the blankets were very lightweight fleece, but for a decorative throw, I guess it doesn’t have to be that heavy
Complete page after page of camp theme stories by supplying the parts of speech indicated, then read the entirely silly story back and roar with laughter! Remember to prepare yourself for the funny (and not so funny) moments at camp spent with friends and counsellors. Here’s your chance to retell that campfire story the way you think it should really be told.
@mfladd I might have. But I have definitely looked at their listings on eBay and Amz Marketplace. Their eBay feedback is superior, with nearly 20,000 ratings and 100% rating. That’s exceptional for a seller with that many transactions. Amz rating is decent as well, at 92% (Amazon buyers are a difficult lot to satisfy).
@ruouttaurmind Thanks. They have the Onkyo reciever I have been wanting. It is “Onkyo Certified Factory Refurbished” and comes with the 1yr Onkyo Warranty. The price is awesome.
My wanting an Onkyo is a childhood story for another time
@mfladd@ruouttaurmind I’ve gotten warranty replacement on a 3-year out-of-warranty refurb Pioneer receiver from Onkyo (they combined a few years back) and my interactions with the Onkyo/Pioneer warranty/refurb depot customer support staff were stellar. There’s a huge thread on it over in the AV Forums, and lots of similar (good) experiences.
So focus on the manufacturer refurb warranty, not the reseller, and I’d be confident that Onkyo will stand behind both of their brands, and be reasonable even if you’re out of warranty.
They offered to refurb my Pioneer unit, and also offered me, in the alternative, a very reasonable upgrade to newer, better models (refurbs and prior year model stock). I took the upgrade and have been very, very pleased with the whole experience. I definitely will stick to Onkyo/Pioneer pro/enthusiast lines for any future receivers.
In 2010 ABC’s 20/20 reported in a segment titled “The Best Ratings
Money Can Buy” about the irregularities in BBB ratings. They
reported that a man created two dummy companies which received A+
ratings as soon as he had paid the membership fee. They also reported
that business owners were told that the only way to improve their
rating was by paying the fee. In one case a C was turned to an A
immediately after a payment and in another case a C‑minus became an
@communist Well that ain’t right! I guess you can look at the number of complaints to see if they are a problem child. But then again, look at reasons some people give a product a 1 star review on Amazon - some people are simply ridiculous.
@mike808@ruouttaurmind@communist@blaineg@medz@therealjrn So my Onkyo has arrived. Except for the refurbished sticker on the back there is no way to tell this isn’t new. There isn’t a chip, mark, or scratch anywhere on the unit. I have set it up and tested Bluetooth and and everything I could. It works flawlessly.
Everything was packed professionally, and all the accessories and manual were new. Except for the fact they left a giant box on my front step that was pasted with onkyo stickers (come steal me!) I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. I would not hesitate buying from this seller again.
@star2236 mfladd seems to grab them from SD FP. I get mine from SD main, Brads Deals, Cheapskate, and a couple bots I have which shop Target, WM, Amz, Lowe’s and Google Express. I also have C3 notifications set for various brands.
@blaineg oof. That wasn’t worth the time I spent scrolling through it. I only kept it up because they had frontgate towels and I was hoping they may have had a deal on their excellent but entirely-too-expensive world’s best pool floats.
@therealjrn and others. Ok, this a weird one and I don’t know if it will work for everyone.
So I was looking under my lists and saw this camera with a note that “20% off coupon in cart” was available. Added it to my cart and to my surprise on the very last page of the checkout the coupon was added. Nowhere on the product page is there a clip coupon. You can only see under your lists if there is one. The coupon is for “20% for smart home”. Not sure if it will work with other products.
So I ended up getting this for $29.26. Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Person Detection, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant