Do you guys remember the $3 Vibe 3-in-1 USB Cables?
Whelp folks, if you’re pining for more, MorningSave has them up for $3.33 each available as a 3-fer. It’s just for today 2/3/20 only as the “Daybreak Bonus Deal” so sorry @Barney, the VMP coupon won’t work on this. Click on the picture for deets.
Those are the ones I use and love!! Even better are the magnetic kind that are swivle with a 90° angle, no bent or torn cable, not ever!! Best thing since sliced bread in small world!!
Price has increased 15 cents since I posted the link but it clearly shows shipping to the United States.
If you’re having trouble buying from this particular vendor, select another. I picked that one randomly and cannot vouch for them in particular. There’s probably about a billion other vendors selling the exact same cord for about the same price.
@therealjrn I want to try one of the magnetic kinds too. The one where you can leave the lightning connector in the device and magnetically connect it when you need to.
The only problem is that I cannot find any cheap ones that are less than 1 meter long. The charging stand I have and the USB port is within inches of each other and it’s on a small table so I don’t have much room to coil up that much excess cordage.
If you have any links to short magnetic versions, please post them for me.
That link is for one that’s only $1.79 and free shipping. You can pick Black, Blue, Red, or Silver. If you do a search, you might find others too. This was another link picked at random and without searching too long.
Please note: I cannot vouch for any particular vendor on Aliexpress. However, I have purchased about 140 items. I didn’t receive 2 items and there was good tracking that showed it’s still in transit 60 days later. I filed a claim and the vendor said to give it more time but I did not accept that offer because buyer protection would expire so Aliexpress refunded my money. Has happened twice out of approximately 140 purchased items but I never lost a penny.
@cengland0@Lynnerizer@therealjrn The use of power banks have also increased the usage of mobile phones. Now we don’t think about the charge if we carry a power bank. If you want to buy a good power bank, you can follow my suggestion on this Facebook page.
Speaking of MorningSave Daybreak deals, the main event today 2/3/20 is the HISY “Reactivate” 2600 mAh Black Power Bank available as a 2-fer for $7.
I paid $5 for one just this last December. Why did I buy it? I have no idea. I used to have to drive all over Oklahoma transporting prisoners and having an extra battery saved me from getting lost a few times. So I guess I still have a “thing” about keeping extra phone juice nearby when I’m out amongst the Great Unwashed.
Once again, sorry @Barney, only available in black and no, the VMP coupon doesn’t work for this either. Click on the picture for the deal.
@Barney This product will not affect one’s capability to over-apologize.
Studies have shown that the over-apologizer is not at all that interested in what others around them say. More critically, they are obsessed with making sure any issue at hand remains “all about them” and that the topic remains focused on the apologizer, not the apologizee*.
I don’t think I can handle a 1000 piece puzzle after I tried to do one that was all dogs
The larger pieces puzzles are much easier to put together. It usually takes me three or four hours to do a standard size 300 piece puzzle, and about half that to do the larger pieces puzzles. As little as an hour to do the jumbo piece size puzzles (Ravensburger XXL pieces for example).
Ok, jigsaw-puzzlers, I have a question (or three):
What do you do with a puzzle once you complete it?
Take it apart, put it back in the box and put the box on a shelf?
I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles but never end up buying any because I don’t find any that I’d like to frame when I’m done, nor do I want my walls covered by dozens of framed puzzles.
It also seems like a waste to just put it back in the box and put the box on a shelf; and I also don’t want my shelves stacked with dozens of boxes of puzzles.
In the ~18 years I’ve lived in my house, I bought, assembled, framed and hung one - it’s a collection of all the Simpsons characters that existed up to that point in time - and assembled, disassembled, re-boxed and shelved one that a roommate brought and left here.
I haven’t bought, found, acquired - let alone assembled - any others, even though I’ve been tempted often, just because I have no desire to collect them.
So here’s what I’m really wondering - anyone know of any kind of jigsaw puzzle exchange group?
I think it’d be handy and fun if you could assemble a puzzle, admire your handiwork, the put the puzzle back in the box and trade it for a different one.
I’ve never heard of such a thing before but, in this day and age, if you think of something, chances are that someone else thought of it first.
Of course, I wrote all of this before bothering to google the concept, so I’ll go and do that now.
edit: lol, of course that’s already a thing. Lots of google results. Going to do some exploring and see if I can find anything locally.
Do libraries ever lend puzzles? Because that also seems like a good idea that someone must’ve already had.
Ok, so yeah - libraries loaning puzzles is also a thing, but I’m not sure I want to touch one that has been handled as often as those must be.
Going to continue exploring this idea.
BTW - I have a cheap, folding card table that I use for any projects that need a large, flat surface.
It’s got a soft, cushioned top, so I also have a large piece of scrap 1/8" plywood that I can put on top, if necessary.
@DennisG2014 I have built… I don’t know, several dozen puzzles… maybe over a hundred-ish? I have never framed one. I finish them, leave them on the table for a day or two to admire the fruits of my efforts, then pile them back in the box. I have traded a few with friends and associates who enjoy puzzling, but most are donated to the charity shop near my office. I have sold a few in yard sales, but most are donated.
I won’t buy a puzzle at full price. I look for the bargains. Maybe it’s a design I wouldn’t otherwise choose for $15, but at $3? Absolutely. And for three bucks you get a few hours of relaxation and enjoyment. Then if you don’t want to keep it, donate it, toss it into the recycle bin or give it to a friend. You definitely got your moneys worth.
The one I posted above is definitely on the top end of my spend limit for puzzles. I was intrigued by this one because it’s 1,000 pieces (I usually stick to 300 or 500 pc puzzles), because it’s a brand name I’ve never built, and because it promises “extra large pieces”. So I’m curious enough to drop $11 on this one. But usually I stick to the $3 to $5 bargains ($12-$15 regular price, sale or clearanced to $3-$5).
My last bit of wisdom: Building a jigsaw puzzle is not like watching a movie. You’ve seen the movie, you know the movie, maybe you’ll watch it again, but it’s the same movie. Building a puzzle is a bit different. It’s not like you will memorize all the pieces and know exactly where they belong. I have a couple that I’ve built two or three times and it’s still relaxing and enjoyable.
BTW, my current new-in-box waiting to be build puzzle queue is 22. 23 once this one arrives. I have a puzzle problem. More puzzles than free time!
It’s got a soft, cushioned top, so I also have a large piece of scrap 1/8" plywood that I can put on top, if necessary.
I have a couple sheets of Coroplast, taped with duct tape on one edge that I put on my padded folding table. If I need to take a puzzle break for a day or two, I can fold the second sheet over the top and it keeps the pieces from wondering away or getting dusty like that one time at band camp when I built a 1,000 piece puzzle and it went on for three weekends.
@DennisG2014 Usually when I find the cheap puzzles I post them here.
I find the deals a few different ways. I check SD several times a day and have notification options set there. But the hot bargains often sell out before I receive a notification, so manual checking is the most reliable method. There are other similar sites I haven’t really had much success with like Brad’s Deals, Cheapskate and whatnot.
I also have a bot that checks pricing based on keywords and stows the data into a SQL database for parsing and comparison.
Finally, I just do a hard target search. Most retailers provide “wish list” capability, so I load up my lists with stuff I’m interested in (tools, electronics, automotive stuff, puzzles, whatever) and peruse my wish lists when I’m bored or have time to kill, taking note of any bargains and beginning the process of trying to talk myself out of spending money.
@mike808 is going to have a conniption over yet another uni-tasker but I’m first sucker on this Lasting Charm Meat Tenderizer over on sellout today. I do lovelovelove chicken-fried steak so I hope this will facilitate making them.
Here ya go, @DennisG2014! Fortuitous timing. Buffalo Games Large Pieces are my preferred puzzles. Although I wouldn’t ordinarly select this design, for $3.43 I would definitely be in if I still had Prime. Maybe I’ll call my mom and ask her to order it for me.
Actually, I think I might already have done this one. I’ll have to check my previous Amazon orders.
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I’ve only bought a couple of things from Anker but, in my experience, they’re one of the only brands of anything that sell their products for what they’re actually worth.
The bluetooth speaker I bought sounds exactly as good as they claimed it would (which is surprisingly good for such a small package), and the battery lasts at least as long, if not longer than what they claim.
As opposed to other brands who make audacious claims and charge outrageous prices for cheap and shoddily made products (cough Monster cough), Anker products actually seem to be the opposite - high quality at low prices.
Anyway, rant over.
I saw this and thought someone might be interested in a pair of headphones that actually cost what they are worth.
Now, I know absolutely nothing about these headphones but, knowing what I know about Anker, I’d bet they sound, at the very least, fine. And I’d bet few, if any, come out of the box already broken or break soon after.
I stopped by Rockler today on my way home from the office. I’m building a gardener’s planting bench for my mom and needed some specialty hardware the big DIY stores don’t carry. I picked up this decent set of casters for a tenner.
@RiotDemon They do. And Home Depot and Lowe’s and of course Amz. I was there for some threaded biscuits and saw a stack of these casters on the table of featured sale items. A similar set from Home Depot would have been closer to $20.
For some reason Google felt it should put a headline from Orlando in my news feed that all Publix subs are on sale for $5.99 next week. I guess Google knows that I’ve been to Florida and I like sandwiches. So Florida people, go get you some sammiches on sale.
@Barney@RiotDemon@sammydog01 I really like Publix. Florida is the only place I’ve been that has them, but it’s where I go for groceries when I’m there. Good to know they’re other places. Maybe one day they’ll replace something we have up here.
I’m also glad to know that some of you can get and will appreciate this sandwich opportunity. No idea if it’s Florida only, I didn’t actually read the article
@JnKL, @djslack, Get this Dremel 3D printer for $279 today only, Friday, Feb. 14 by using coupon code TREATME on checkout. I think that might be a VMP/Member only discount code. If you don’t already have one of those memberships, it’s definitely worth the $4.99 price for one month to get the discount and free shipping.
So I said just above that I bought some earbuds from Morningsave. My wife kind of wanted some airpods, but only kind of, and I saw these. They had good reviews from what I found through Google, which is why I picked them from among the half dozen or so knockoffs that were on the site at the time even though they were on the high end of price. I used my 20% off code at $29 and was pleased enough with them that I ordered myself another set without the code.
They sound decent and the range is way better than my little rowkin or whatever little button ones I got here before. I guess that’s because the leg piece gives more room for an antenna. I left her phone in the kitchen and walked to the master bathroom before they broke up, which is three rooms away. The case also charges with a lightning cable, so if you’re an iPerson that’s a plus. The specs don’t mention that. The “wall charger” mentioned really meant “short USB cable”, which was totally ok.
Now they’re only $17, which is even better. Use that TREATME code today and they’re less than half the price I was cool with.
(The code totally should have been TREATYOSELF by the way. Missed opportunity if you ask me.)
@Barney If it helps you skip this purchase opportunity, the reviews say it’s very complicated to assemble. Maybe not something you want to get into yourself? Perhaps @therealjrn could give you a hand with assembly though when he’s up there visiting the Rockler store and dropping off that RV…
First, I do own a few DeWalt tools, and my lunch bag is DeWalt branded, though I am not a DeWalt fanboi. If you cut me I do not bleed yellow and black.
DeWalt is owned by Stanley B+D. So basically DeWalt hand tools are Stanley, DeWalt power tools are Black + Decker. However, tools sold under the DeWalt nameplate are generally a bit more premium, though not the be-all-end-all of tools like many believe. But they are usually decent tools.
This set is a fair price for what you get. DeWalt sockets are, for the most part, 6-point sockets. Which is a good thing. Even their 1/2" drive sockets are 6-point which is uncommon. The fit and finish is usually good to excellent on their hand tools. Durability is good, socket and wrench fit is acceptable.
Keep in mind: of the 226 pieces, you’re going to wind up with around 80 pieces of filler. Allen wrenches and screwdriver bits which manufacturers inevetibly throw into socket sets to drive up the piece count, most of which you will never use. Still, this is a fair price for what you get. Maybe even a good value considering you also get the ToughSystem large toolbox with an MSRP around $50. But this isn’t a set for the average homeowner. If you fuss about with cars or motorcycles, this would be a good fit for you. Other than that you’re probably not going to get much use from this set.