@tohar1 I only like the breakfast pizza if it’s on flatbread.
Use coupon code BFST while ordering online and get a large breakfast pizza for $12. Coupon is good through July 15.
ETA: If you order online and are using a coupon code like the one I shared, it’s best to go ahead and pay online. The discounted prices haven’t always been ringing up correctly at the register. The cashiers can get the right price for you if they know what they’re doing but it might take a few extra steps.
@msklzannie I didn’t realize they offered flatbread primarily because I usually buy only one slice at a time. For that price, I might have to use my Meh Seal-A-Meal & freeze the rest of the pie! Thanks!!
@sammydog01 Yep, here’s to 4 more years of the Trump presidency so “Big Spice” Bill has some reason to “give away” his delicious wares…it’s better for him rather than just telling us he has a boat payment due.
Yeah Bill, I’ll be voting. I wonder if anybody has told the Democrats about the new date for them to vote?
ENHANCED OBDII FUNCTIONS: Being capable of performing full OBDII diagnostic functions like Read/Erase codes, I/M Readiness, Data Stream, Freeze Frame, Support to O2 Sensor Test, On-board Monitor Test, EVAP System Test, Vehicle Information, the creader CR319 is suitable for DIYers to efficiently troubleshoot the Check Engine Light and the diagnostic trouble codes. Instead of paying a mechanic to have the DTCs read and MIL turned off, Fast read and clear the trouble codes , find out what the problem is and perhaps fix it. The CR319 OBD2 scanner is an upgraded version from the more basic code reader with additional functions of O2 Sensor Test, EVAP System Test, and On-board Monitor Test, to initiate a leak test for vehicle EVAP system, or to troubleshoot the fuel efficiency and vehicle emission’s status.
@mfladd This is one of those ‘I don’t need it but now I want to upgrade’ deals. I have a simpler OBD2 scanner that has definitely been worth its minimal cost. I used it a lot on my pos Tribeca and to scan other peoples cars. Knock wood, I haven’t had any need for it on my CX-5. Almost 94k miles in 4 years and it’s been great.
@kuoh I’ve owned two Subarus. Both had major mechanical issues. Had a Legacy with transmission problems. The Tribeca leaked oil like a sieve. Had the block replaced in it. Eventually the head gasket went as they’re notorious for. Nothing like your car overheating on your way to your father’s funeral. Google ‘Subaru head gasket problems.’ I’m glad you’ve had good luck with yours but IMO, fuck Subaru. Never again. Their customer service was totally useless regardless of their known problems. Ironically I drive by their North American headquarters quite often. I’d like to stop in and share my opinion one day. Btw, it was an '08.
@cinoclav I had a 1992 SVX followed by the 2006 Tribeca. I can’t say either were problem free, but they were certainly more reliable than the Ford Probe, Lincoln Mk VII, Mercury Sable, Ford Thunderbird, Chevy Astro and many other domestic brands that have been in my family and all of those were bought brand new from dealers. The Subarus, Toyotas and Hondas on the other hand have all lasted way longer and my Tribeca was a demo with 16k already on the clock.
As for dealership experience and competence, that seems to be more of a toss up no matter the brand, which is why I’ve been doing my own repairs and maintenance when it doesn’t require heavy equipment or expensive tools.
@kuoh While the dealership service department sucked as well, I was actually referring to Subaru of America’s customer center. I spent plenty of time on the phone dealing with them. I’ve had a mix of American and Japanese over the years. Outside of my current Mazda, the best car I owned was probably my Mustang. Unfortunately, being a Mustang it also liked to slide all over the road in inclement weather. I traded it in for a Tribute, but that was a bit of a dud. Can’t blame Mazda for that one though since underneath it was a Ford. At this point I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another Mazda. Sales and service experiences have been phenomenal and the vehicle itself is great. Although I love having the extra cargo capacity of an SUV, I’m really tempted to move over to the 6 since they’re coming out with an AWD version with the 2.5 turbo.
@therealjrn That, or I know I had it in my saved list. Do you think they offer discounts sometimes based on what you have saved? I have even seen it before with dog food where deals were offered to some, but not others.
@mfladd I know AMZN tried “adaptive pricing” in the past and I thought they had quit it. Hm…I just cleared my cookies and it still shows 10% I think it was at 20% yesterday but I really didn’t “look” at it.
I buy a lot of crap off of AMZN so does that work for me or against me?
@mfladd PS My car is about 200 miles away from that magical 100,000 mark. I probably need to find out why my check engine light has been on for 3 years. I’ve had a couple of places look at it but they never have figured it out. They can clear it, but it comes back in less that a week.
@mfladd@therealjrn Did they give you the codes before clearing them? There should be no magic needed for most cars to hit 100k with normal maintenance. It’s often when you get near 200k or a couple of years out of bumper to bumper warranty that rust starts to really affect the body, suspension and disintegrating the wiring and harnesses, assuming the engine and transmission haven’t elected for earlier retirement.
Um…maybe…it’s been awhile…if I had it/them I don’t now.
There should be no magic needed for most cars to hit 100k with normal maintenance.
Indeed. My car has been garaged all it’s life. It was made in 2002. I bought in in 2010. All that has been needed was routine maintenance since I’ve owned it. It runs and looks great.
It’s often when you get near 200k or a couple of years out of bumper to bumper warranty that rust starts to really affect the body, suspension and disintegrating the wiring and harnesses, assuming the engine and transmission haven’t elected for earlier retirement.
I like Macy’s for taking care of us when KitchenAid ignored a common (all over the reviews) electrical burning smell from their (not inexpensive) Countertop oven. Gave up after 2 replacements and Macy’s gave us full credit toward our wonderful Breville.
But more recently, hate Macy’s for refusing to honor the Alexa Echo Dot buy two deal clearly spelled out on their own webpage. Customer Service was oblivious and denied what was in plain English. Polite attempts to get tranferred to a manager were met with “put you on hold until you hang up”. Twice.
@cinoclav I’m here for you. The day I was goated, I had to fly back to TN to get him set up with home hospice care. Two weeks later he passed away. So I spent quite a bit of time as an absentee goat. I guess you could say I have some blames coming to me. It would be my honor be your own personal Goat. So… Blame away!
@ruouttaurmind@therealjrn@tinamarie1974 Yikes! I hope that’s not something I have to look forward to just for being a goat. Glad you’re still hanging around with us! And thank you, I hope people are enjoying the tournamehnt.
IMHO, the 1st gen Show sucks in comparison to the 2nd gen. In every way. Both sound and screen quality.
World of difference and well worth searching for the 2nd gen for in the neighborhood of $130.
(We got one for $135 rectified from Amazon. Like every recert Amazon Echo product we’ve bought, it was brand new condition, even wrapped in the static protective sheets.)
(BTW, demo’d the new Show 5 and they appear to have nailed it for a compact package unlike the Spot. Decent sound and crisp display. Fair price even at $89… hoping for more than a $10 discount like their twofer deal.)
@RedOak@ruouttaurmind I am not spending $135, moneybags! But I wanted another dot because I am replacing my the one GoogleMini I have in the living room. I like Alexa WAY more than I do Google. So $50 is not so bad. I play catch up when it comes to tech and prefer the bargain basement bin
@mfladd@ruouttaurmind yah, we tested Google Home and Alexa for a year using a 2nd gen Dot and a Google Mini next to each other.
We finally grew tired of dusting off the neglected Mini and unplugged it. Went all in Alexa in the home.
BTW, I’m cheap as well but the larger 2nd gen Show screen actually makes it useful for streaming content in the kitchen and that same bigger screen is wonderful for viewing our also cheap Wyze cams (vs in the much more limited usefulness phone app).
@communist@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 OK, I have my show all set-up and I am very happy with it. Not the greatest sound and screen can be a little dark, but it suits my purposes perfectly.
As for re-certified - I dunno - mine looks brand spanking new in every way possible.
Prime Day Echo/Alexa deals
Save $50 on Echo, just $49.99
Save $70 on Echo Show just $159.99
Save $40 on Echo Plus, just $109.99
Save $20 on Echo Input, just $14.99
Save $120 on Portal from Facebook with Alexa Built-in, just $79
Prime Day Fire Tablet deals
Save $20 on the all-new Fire 7 tablet, just $29.99, or get two for $49.98 – a $50 savings
Save $30 on the Fire HD 8 tablet, just $49.99, or get two for $79.98 – an $80 savings
Save $50 on the Fire HD 10 tablet, just $99.99, or get two for $179.98 – a $120 savings
Prime Day deals on kids’ devices
Save $40 on the all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet, just $59.99, or get two for $99.98 – a $100 savings
Save $50 on the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, just $79.99, or get two for $139.98 – a $120 savings
Save $50 on the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet, just $149.99, or get two for $279.98 – a $120 savings
Save $25 on Echo Dot Kids Edition, just $44.99
Prime Day Kindle deals
Save up to $80 on Kindle Oasis (ninth generation), plus get a $5 eBook credit and three months free Kindle Unlimited, starting at just $174.99
Save up to $50 on Kindle Paperwhite, plus get a $5 eBook credit and three months free Kindle Unlimited, starting at just $84.99
Save $30 on the all-new Kindle, plus get a $5 eBook credit and three months free Kindle Unlimited, just $59.99
Prime Day Fire TV deals
Save $25 on Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, just $14.99
Save $25 on Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, just $24.99
Save $50 on Fire TV Cube, just $69.99
Save $100 on Fire TV Recast, now starting at just $129.99
Get a $45 Sling TV Credit, which can be applied to $15 off your first three months when you buy a Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Recast
Get 50% off for three months when you subscribe to SHOWTIME or STARZ on Prime Video channels or in app
Get 50% off for three months when you subscribe to CBS All Access on Prime Video channels
Get Sega Classics for just $4.99
I am afraid I cannot speak to the KU topic. In fact Kindles in general. I bought a Paperwhite in a Woot-off. I took it with me when I was traveling in September/October and just wasn’t able to bond with it. I chose to sell it on to another forum member.
Yes, Prime Video gives you the opportunity to subscribe via Amazon Channels (or whatever they’re calling it now). You can review the various options here.
If you have Prime, read that Prime email if you usually ignore it like I do.
Spend $10 at Whole Foods thru 7/16 and get $10 to spend on Amazon 7/15 or 16 (Prime Days). Credit does not appear to have to be used on “sold by Amazon”
We don’t use unlimited Amazon Photo that comes with Prime but upload a single photo using the Amazon Photo app as a first time user and get a $15 credit to use toward your next Amazon purchase. Credit applies only to “sold by Amazon” items. Credit expires 8/31/2019. Might have to receive the offer directly.
Don’t blame me if you don’t read the fine print yourself. Blame the goat.
i know what you’re thinking, that a bottle of water at Whole Foods is $10, but i don’t but much there. The first thing i do is buy a point of beer to drink while shopping, and they now rewrite payment for that up front, so it’s separate from the rest.
I just got power precision cooker clearanced for $6 in-store at my local Walmart. It’s out-of-stock online but may be available locally. (I nabbed what appears to be the last one within 50 miles of my location in south-central/southeast Iowa.)
In the Alexa vs. Google Home shenanigans, if you’re (mistakenly, IMHO) on the Google side, Google is selling their Google Nest Hub display unit for $50 off $129 ($79), shipped free since it is over $35.
If it is as typical, 'going to guess the usual cast of characters like Best Buy will offer the same deal.
Amazon Warehouse Prime Day Celebration
Extra 20% off
Exclusively for Prime members, Amazon Warehouse takes an extra 20% off select open-box, used, and closeout items during its Prime Day Celebration Sale. (Eligible items are marked with “20% off”.) Prime members bag free shipping. Discounted items include computers and tablets, TVs, Amazon devices, headphones, and kitchen gadgets.
@mikibell I got them today. The box looks like it spent some time in a basket of buffalo wings, but inside the headphones are pristine. They charged up great, but I haven’t had the chance to fully test out the advertised 22 hour battery life. Saved seventy bucks because the box was dirty. Score.
@raccoon81@tinamarie1974 Basically right. They didn’t start off that way. PetSmart bought them in 2017. I believe they’ve kept them a separate entity. They just took them public last month. I bought a few shares but they haven’t moved much.
Why would you want one of these? For all those times when you have a non-wifi device that you want to place somewhere away from your router, and don’t feel like stringing a 40 foot ethernet cable down your hallway and into the spare bedroom? This device has a network jack on the bottom. Plug in your old non-wifi PC, network capable (non-wifi) printer, streaming device, BD player, the laptop with the dead internal wifi radio, and whatever else you want to add wifi to, and suddenly your device has wifi capability!
For twelve bucks, it’s worth having one or two on hand even if you don’t have an immediate need.
Shhhhh i was being so good! But I have this black and white laser that I use for crap work that is not wifi enabled… Stupid printer only cost me like $35 10 years ago! Guess it is worth $12 to make it wifi enabled
@cinoclav@djslack@ruouttaurmind Very strange. I cleared my cookies (logging me out), then went to the link and it put one in my cart at the deal price when I logged back in. I had the countdown timer and everything.
(Reposted a here as well as in the “Amazon Prime” thread… in case it saves someone else some perusing time. )
Had planned to mostly ignore Prime Day but…
$10 credit for buying strawberries and blueberries at Whole Foods - just about the only two things competitively priced there.
Our annual (I know this because the top of the screen told me) $25 Amazon gift card for a $5 credit.
$5 for a $24.99 Amazon Smart Plug when ordered via Alexa. (Don’t worry, once in your cart, you can verify and complete the order in the app or in a browser.)
A two pack of TP-Link Smart Plugs for $20.xx. (Yah, I realize other plugs might be a bit cheaper, but we fell into a TP-Link Smart Plug world and have been very happy with them and only a single TP-Link app over and above the Alexa app. I resist additional apps like they’re the plague.)
A couple (the limit) of those $5.49 Samsung 32 GB microSD cards because it seems we’re always needing them and they work fine in Wyze cams.
and just to dot the commercialized afternoon, another wonderful INFRAY double AAA cell penlight flashlight for $9.74. Sweet little flashlight.
Hey, which of you wound up with those AquaJoe garden hoses a couple months ago? Here’s a good companion accessory from *Joe Direct: AquaJoe OneTouch adjustable hose nozzle - two pack for $5 and free shipping (after code PRIMEJOE on checkout). Similar nozzles are about $9 each at Walmart.
@Barney Thank you for saying. But really I’m just trying to make up for all the times I maybe wasn’t such a good son (teen years anyone?) And, as pointed out in another thread, she did teach me how to use the potty after all. I know from personal experience, that is not a task filled with excitement and good times.
If I was in the market for an android phone right now, I would definitely have to consider this one for the price and features. I don’t love the built in Alexa business, but it’s a decent phone at a great price. Plus, Moto Mods compatibility.
RE: the 40% off coupon, I think it’s got something to do with already having an active S&S subscription to something. I have used S&S in the past, but always delete my subscription once the item arrives.
I really like the smalls because it’s not a freakin’ 20 minute commitment like the full size ones are, and the tin fits well into a pocket. I would like to have ordered 3 packs, but the coupon was only good for one pack. I go through a tin in about two weeks.
Cancer isn’t the only side effect to consider. How it metabolizes (or interferes/interacts) with existing pathways is also a piece of the puzzle, e.g. blood sugar-hunger and salt-thirst relationships, etc.
@mike808@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 Several years back I developed some respiratory issues. I was wheezing for about a week for some unknown reason. I had chalked it up to allergies even though it was an off time of the year for them. One day I felt absolutely fine and I figured it had cleared up. A day later the wheezing returned. I realized at that point that it was being caused by something specific but I wasn’t sure what. Going over the previous day in my head I tried to figure out what I may have done differently. It suddenly hit me. I had been using a Mio water additive all week but hadn’t used it the day before. Being the curious type along with a glutton for punishment, I ran a little test, alternating my usage of the Mio. Sure enough, when I used it the wheezing returned. Yes, Mio uses Sucralose as its primary sweetener. Doing a little research I found one of the more common side effects was shortness of breath and wheezing. I’ve done my best to stay away from it since then. Just accept the calories of regular sugar and stay away from laboratory engineered sweeteners.
@cinoclav@ruouttaurmind The sugar alcohols are known to cause gastric problems in some people. Nothing dangerous, just very unpleasant. Some people may be sensitive to sucralose. As for your Healthy Focus reference their home page touts the use of essential oils for actual diseases so I wouldn’t count that list as gospel.
If it makes you short of breath don’t consume it. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s bad for most people.
(Forgot to mention, not a doctor so don’t listen to anything I have to say.)
@cinoclav@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 do you know how hard it is to find gum with real sugar? Every day after lunch at work I would chew gum with xylitol because it’s supposedly good for your teeth after eating. Without fail, my stomach would start to feel funny within a few minutes. For the longest time I just assumed it was whatever I ate. It didn’t make me run to the restroom or anything, it just made me feel sick.
@RiotDemon I do know how hard it is because now I’m afraid of xylitol and its evil cousins. I ate half a bag of sugarless lifesavers that one time and probably deserved what I got but I’m not taking any chances. I used to buy gumballs from Target but I’m trying to chew less gum. Those ginger mints I linked above are really good especially after coffee. Target Gumballs
@RiotDemon@sammydog01 My family has had issues with fake sugars forever… starting with saccharine. For the longest time, no one believed me when I said trident gum made me ill, headaches, upset stomach, etc… Now, my children laugh at me because I insist they chew sugar gum. They think I am insane because every other mom doesn’t want their kids to chew sugar gum… sigh…
Roku.com is offering every streaming device at a discount (presumably as an alternative to Amz Fire TV Prime Day deals). For example the Roku Ultra is $70 normally $100. Their entry level Roku Express is $25, normally $30 (though I’d suggest spending the extra $10 and getting the Streaming Stick for it’s advanced WiFi capability; $35 normally $50).
The Tor.com eBook Club Selection for July 2019 is…
THE EMPEROR’S BLADES:
CHRONICLE OF THE UNHEWN THRONE, BOOK I
by Brian Staveley
In The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.
Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it’s too late.
An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.
At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor’s final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.
I like the non-Amz “anti-Prime Day” deals I think. Like…
Sun/Snow/Aqua Joe is offering the Martha Stewart MTS-1300PW Electric Pressure Washer with Adjustable Spray Wand (1450 Max PSI, 1.4 GPM) in your choice of Mint or Slate Gray for $46 and free shipping, no sales tax in many states (after applying code PRIMEJOE on checkout).
This unit has sufficient capability for most homeowners. Maybe not up to the task of washing down a two story home, but ideal for decks, driveways, single story homes, vehicles, etc.
@Barney Odd. The site was offering me free shipping.
EDIT: I see what happened. I had a chainsaw and edger in my cart (checking out the total prices) when I saw the MS pressure washer. So it was offering free shipping due to the total value of the items in my cart.
Yes, with the additional cost of shipping, this is NOT a deal.
Now if you wanted to order that purple chainsaw and get free shipping…
Many of the farm boys joke that Case = Can’t Afford Something Else.
Some of the old timers will call International Harvester equipment by the nickname “cornbinder”. Why? Dunno! But it took me years to finally realize they were talking about IH equipment, and even the old IH pickups and SUVs.
@UncleVinny You would think after a couple hundred years of farming a plot of land, all the rocks would have been long since combed and picked. Mom’s plots have been farmed for about 150 years and still produce rocks on a regular basis. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
@ruouttaurmind It is a membership fee, which in Missouri is exempt from sales tax. And yet Meh collects it without basis in law.
The BS excuse I got was “because there are Meh employees in Missouri”. That’s fine for actual taxable goods, which I do pay when I purchase something from Mediocre, but the monthly VMP itself has no tangible good, being a membership fee. It is explicitly an exempt category of transactions by MO statute. IMHO, it is just Meh being lazy about defining two classes of “items” in their inventory system - taxable and non-taxable.
I don’t know if they charge sales tax on shipping, but if they don’t, there is no excuse for being lazy and not moving VMP fees into the non-taxable category. It is not rocket surgery if they can already figure out which states even have sales tax to charge and which ones don’t.
@mike808@ruouttaurmind if they didn’t cancel the $13K Canon lenses and other high dollar cameras they sold for $94 this week, they’re probably not too worried about this watch. Wish I’d have known about those deals.
In for one because I fondly remember indiglo from my childhood.
@mfladd Attractive is subjective. It’s not particularly my preferred style or color, but it’s not necessarily hideous. My taste in things becomes flexible in relationship to discount level. Isn’t that also the meh.com business model after all?
For me this was a “function over fashion” purchase.
This is historically the precursor to cancellation I receive when Amz is dragging their feet fulfilling an order:
We’re encountering a delay in shipping your order.
The new delivery date is indicated below. If you still want to receive this item, please let us know. We apologize for the delay.
The new delivery date is:
Not yet available. We’ll e-mail you as soon as we have a delivery date.
@mikibell In the Phoenix area where I live, it is definitely warm in the summer. In the spring though, (from September through May) it’s incredible.
But Arizona has lots of different climates. From high alpine forests to lowland desert within a two hour drive.
My favorite is the Mojave desert area where I live. Many people don’t understand the beauty of the desert and think “beautiful” and “desert” are mutually exclusive. I’m blessed with the vision and see beauty all around me.
@ruouttaurmind@mfladd@Barney Crap! I guess I do allow TV in my bedroom because here I go, getting ready to go into 100 degree heat to pick up my online order from Best Buy. Shit…still…30 clams aint bad for this. Now I won’t have to move my Office Roku into the bedroom. Alexa told me I would appreciate it later.
@Barney@speediedelivery This is still brought up on slickdeals. Sometimes clip coupons are not always available to everyone on amazon. For some strange reason they are offered to only certain people. I ran into this situation the other day.
@Barney@ruouttaurmind@speediedelivery my v8 said it was delivered today but is not here. While looking on Amazon’s site for an option to report this, I saw that it’s now even cheaper and has a 27% off coupon.
@Barney@djslack@ruouttaurmind@speediedelivery Sorry about your shipment going missing, @djslack. But thanks! My original case came today and I reordered with the new coupon. I need to go check the dates on the ones that came today to see why they are selling them so cheap.
@speediedelivery Thanks. Amazon’s official advice was to wait 36 hours because a package could say delivered up to 36 hours before. I didn’t think that made a lot of sense but who knows. The delivering post office isn’t open until Monday, though, so if I haven’t seen it by then I will try them.
$FREE to a good home. I paid $15, I see it’s up to $30 now.
I’m trading in my Kindle Monday and I have its cover up for grabs. I don’t want to send it in with the Kindle because I imagine it will just be discarded. Unless they’ll give me credit for it too? Do they do that?
@therealjrn Yay! So, are you trying to say, the Amazon Protective Cover for Kindle (7th Generation, 2015), Black - will not fit 8th Generation or previous generation Kindle devices or Kindle Paperwhite?
It just so happens that I specialize in 7th Generation, 2015 Kindles.
Edit: Nathan, my mailman, is going to love me. I told him I had no more packages coming after he delivered a BUNCH of my Prime purchases on Saturday. (He needs a bigger mail truck).
But I forgot about the 3 sets of Meh/Mediocre shirts, and then I ordered the case of V-8, and now this. Poor Nathan.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Color High & Low Top Sneakers for $25 and FS.
Converse.com has select Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Color Unisex High & Low Top Sneakers on sale for $25 each when you apply promo code COLOR in cart. Shipping is free w/ a Converse account (free to signup).
All Star Seasonal Color Low Top $25 w/ code COLOR
Icon Violet/Pink Pop/White
& More (sizes may be limited)
All Star Seasonal Color High Tops $25 w/ code COLOR
@ACraigL@mikibell@therealjrn I bought one a couple years ago, just after they were released into the wild. Straight out of the box a system update was requisite but it didn’t have enough available storage space to process and install the update. It was stuck in a boot loop. Back to Newegg it went.
Since meh.com seems to be out of the knife business, let’s turn to the other place for a fair deal on a unique creation from Cold Steel: 36MD Drop Forged Bowie knife for $25 and free Prime ship, or whatever they charge for non-Prime ship.
Drop forged from a single piece of 52100 High Carbon steel and featuring a clip point and drop hilt. MSRP is $90, selling for $45 at Amz (lowest price I found). Includes Cold Steel’s patented Secure-Ex sheath.
According to BladeHQ: This is high carbon tool steel. It typically has .98-1.10% carbon. This steel is harder than many others, and consequently it holds an edge well. This is one of the best steels to use if you are worried about it holding an edge. This material is used often for hunting knives. The major drawback to this steel is that it has less chromium than other steel and consequently can rust.
Why the hello did I buy yet another knife? I’m not even a fan of clip point knives.
@medz I only briefly read the documents I received from Equifax, but I’m pretty sure that’s not accurate. They are offering as a minimum, your choice of free credit monitoring or $125. Additionally, they are compensating for time and trouble consumers have spent trying to straighten out any issues arising from the breach, plus all out of pocket expenses.
@cinoclav My information was comprised. I was made aware of this at the time (mid-2017ish?) by one of my credit card companies.
At the time, I contacted all my credit card companies and banks and requested new account numbers and cards. Since all were aware of the situation, they each already had a procedure in place.
Next I had to update my payment information for utilities, service providers and retailers.
I would guess I spent around 12 to 15 hours involved with the whole project.
I’m unsure if I will claim my time, but at a minimum I’ll file for the $125.
I’m not really a “grab the easy money” sort, and try to conduct myself with integrity and honor professionally and personally. I’m still on the fence about whether claiming my time qualifies as dishonorable. Equifax makes money from my information. And they messed up, and sacrificed my privacy after profiting from same. So I see the justification for my being reimbursed.
OTOH, why does it feel almost smarmy or dishonest to take their money?
@ruouttaurmind Take their money, you’ve earned it and they suck. Sorry you had to go through all that. It always happens to the nicest people. I’ve never had it that bad but I did have my bank card compromised. That was a minor pain in the ass compared to what you dealt with.
Many people have failed to realize the risk isn’t over just because a couple years have passed. The potential for identity theft remains even after you’ve taken action to change account numbers or even cancelled accounts. Theoretically this risk remains in perpetuity. If you opt for the cash rather than credit monitoring, be vigilant. Check your tri-agency report regularly.
I have yet to purchase from eBooks, so I’m unsure what format they use to distribute audiobooks. After purusing the list of discounted titles, it’s not looking like today is the day I’ll find out either. But maybe there’s something there for your tastes?
Normally $20, this is the lowest price ever since the original product listing in November of 2018. In fact, the tridromedary says it’s the only discount ever. Take that with a grain of salt, but if you really like saying melodica like me, then you should jump right on.
Ok, I’m a little surprised. Just for fun I did a light price search for melodicas. This is about half the price of the cheap toy ones at Walmart, eBay, Amazon, etc. So I guess if you’re just dying to own a meldocia, this is the deal you’re looking for.
Ok, I’ve nursed this as much as I can and still only managed to squeeze in half a dozen “meldocia” (is that the plural of meldoica? “Melodica”?)
Ok, make that eight. Once for every dollar this thing costs.
@ruouttaurmind That’s a great deal! Even if the thing turns out to be cheap crap, it’s still cheaper than the cheapest crap.
Melodicas are a lot of fun, if I didn’t already have one, I’d be all over this one.
Fair warning though… like all wind instruments, they’re gross.
You’ll be surprised how much spit drools out of the thing after a short time playing it.
I need to get one of those hoses for mine; I assume it acts a bit like a p-trap and catches at least some of the spit before it gets inside the instrument.
Anyone receive theirs yet?
My new melodica will be arriving sometime today and I’m unreasonably excited for it…
Unreasonably because, in my experience, the more excited I get about an Amazon impulse buy, the more disappointed I am when it arrives. lol
It’s here! It’s here!
So, here’s my take:
I doubt you’ll ever find a better deal on a melodica.
You could definitely find a better melodica, but probably not for at least 3x as much.
I was surprised that it came with an extra tube/mouthpiece set - I just looked at the item description and it does mention that - the same/similar tube & mouthpiece sets sell from ~$4 - ~$12. Just for one tube & 1 mouthpiece!
The melodica itself is definitely above toy grade - it’s a real musical instrument - but it definitely has a cheap feel to it. It sounds… like a melodica. All plastic w/ some rough edges, very narrow keys - it’s the same length as my Hohner melodica that has 5 fewer keys (and a metal body & higher grade plastic keys).
But, it’s not fair to compare it to the Hohner - cheapest new one I could find was $32 and that only has 25 keys.
So, again, thank you RUO for posting this. Anyone who paid $8 for this can rest assured that they’re getting a pretty amazing bargain and more than their money’s worth!
And now, I’m going to put my new melodica back in its case and put it on the shelf next to my old melodica to join it in collecting dust.
Not a Costco member? This deal is not for you. Though you might be able to use a Costco gift card given to you by a member to get in and pay, YMMV. ProTip: If they let you, pay $1 (or a minimum) on the GC and the rest on a Visa.
HP Instant Ink GC 20% off
$60 HP Instant Ink GC for $47.99
You get a code to apply to your HP Instant Ink account for a credit. Your monthly fee just reduces your credit balance until you run out and then it resumes charging your card on file.
This is also the only way to save on other subscriptions like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and prepaid phone services.
This is the first time I’ve seen discounted prepaid cards for HP Instant Ink. Basically, buy 2 x $60 and you’ll lock in 20% off for a year’s service @ the $10/mo 300 pg level.
Can’t say enough good things about the “Printer Ink-as-a-service”. Never worry about running out of ink - they send it before you run out and you pay the same per page, no matter how much you print. They recycle the empty cartridges with prepaid shipping for bonus points.
If you have HP Instant Ink and are a Costco member, grab a couple.
Let’s see if I can get @ruouttaurmind to spend as much money in one go as he has made me spend here and there…
I don’t know this for a fact but it seems like Lowe’s may be phasing out Kobalt in favor of its new boo Craftsman. They have this fairly badass 43" 12 drawer matte black combination tool chest for $498:
It includes both the base cabinet and the top chest for about what you’d pay for just the base cabinet anywhere else. The cabinets feature ball bearing slides, included drawer liners, and kwikset smartkey locks and the till has gas lifts on the lid and a built in power/USB strip as well. The only obvious corner that’s cut is it seems to be all 20 gauge steel, but it is plenty sturdy in person and I expect will last me approximately forever in home use.
It came well packaged and free of dents and dings with approximately 20 cubic feet of styrofoam packaging. Assembly is minor but a helping hand is useful for getting the top cabinet on the base. All in this thing weighs about 300 pounds.
Get yourself a 10% off coupon code and walk out the door with basically a half price or better tool chest compared to everything else on the market.
@djslack I have looked at the “zombie green” version and really like it!
But, alas, you are precisely 3 days late my friend. What are the chances?
Sunday afternoon as I was working on a plumbing issue with mom’s RV, she was inside, deviously pecking at her iPad. In an excessively generous display of gratitude (purportedly for everything I’ve done over the last several months?) she ordered this. It’s supposed to be delivered on Saturday morning sometime before noon.
Well, congratulations @djslack. You did it. You’ve caused me spend more money in a single transaction than all the melodica purchases combined.
So I got to contemplating all things toolbox and “mom budget” related. I wasn’t very comfortable with her spending so much money on me. Especially before she finds her new home. She may need that cash soon.
I discussed it with her and she eventually acquiesced, agreeing to cancel the order for the Craftsman. I happened to have $300 in Lowe’s gift cards, so I struck a bargain with her to let me use my gift cards and she could cover the balance above $300.
I picked up my new Kobalt tool chest this morning. Of course I paid the balance myself and will be very evasive when she brings up the topic of settling up her share.
@djslack I checked every Lowe’s within 50 miles but couldn’t turn up a green one. They are showing “available for delivery” in some local stores, but that’s for truck freight @$80 fee. So black it was.
Thank you for your review. It was that which tipped the scales to Kobalt.
I stopped by Lowe’s on my way home tonight (always an expensive proposition for me). They had a few of these tool chest combos back in stock for $500. But it’s an updated version. They’re now using Kwikset SmartKey lock cylinders in the locking mechanism. So the toolbox could be set to use the key to your house if you have Kwikset locks. There are a few other minor updates as well.
@mfladd@therealjrn I use mine as an alarm clock. The show 5 (and the newer big shows) have different clock faces to pick from. The gen one has just the one. The show 5 goes to sleep and has big numbers too. Ok they’re blood orange, I wish you could change that.
So I prefer the gen 1 in the kitchen and the 5 on my nightstand.
@therealjrn I had a Ring Pro before switching to SkyBell. At the time (prior to the Amz acquisition) Ring was a victim of their own popularity. They didn’t have the cloud infrastructure to provide satisfactory response time when answering a doorbell event or initiating a live view. No doubt that improved once Amz took the reigns.
I really like the color “night vision” video from the SkyBell versus the traditional grayscale nighttime images from Ring. And SkyBell’s no cost cloud services versus Ring’s pay-to-play model. But if the SkyBell takes a dump I think I’ll give Ring another shot because of the better IoT integrations.
@ruouttaurmind Yeah, I’m not thrilled with the $3 a month charge for the cloud service for the Ring. The Blink cameras have free cloud recording. I imagine I’ll have a Bink up over my front door anyway. I thought I would just see what I can see with both systems and go from there.
@sammydog01@therealjrn Yup, gen 1 is perfect in the kitchen, the Show 5 is in the living room for the eventuality of when I put my ring doorbell up. I will be stuck with the cloud cost because my entire system is ring, except for my blink cameras. I really can’t believe they put such a shitty speaker in the Show 5. I swear my dot has a better one. It is nice it has a sleep mode though. The original show is always on entertaining the darkness.
@mfladd@sammydog01 Well crud. I got my Ring’s battery all charged up, got the app installed, got the camera hooked into the wifi, can see live video on my phone, and enabled Alexa’s “skill” to use the Ring app.
But she can’t find the doorbell. :le_sigh: I just rebooted my phone and rebooted the Show 5…no dice. I shall try again tomorrow. Maybe if I hang back she’ll decide it was her idea all along, just like my cat.
I know everybody’s waiting to hear if Alexa and my RVD2 ever made the connection. This morning I attempted to pair them up again and it appeared Alexa had still not found the RVD2. But lo…when I brought up the devices in Alexa’s app…behold…there it was.
@ruouttaurmind@ThunderThighs does these types of giveaways where you just say something in the forum and your comment number is your entry. Then she uses Excel to generate the random number winners. You just have to keep an eye on the shenanigans over there to enter.
@mfladd I saw these when I was picking up my toolbox on Friday. Comfortable enough, but as is typical of plastic patio furniture, not ideal for large or heavy folks. I’m just over 6’ and I found the seating surface just a bit shorter than I would have preferred. And maybe just a bit wobbly, even beneath my modest 145lb weight. Still, I would have purchased if I had a place to put it.
@ruouttaurmind I went to Lowe’s and saw these chairs. They had them strung up with cables so I couldn’t give it a test sit but just leaning on the arms I could cause considerable wobble. That 350 lbs must have been a static load test under optimal conditions.
Deal? I dunno. But, this had to see the light of day for one reason or another.
Amazon has Gemmy the Twerking Bear - Compatible with Alexa for $8.03.
Add some fun to anyone’s day with Twerking Bear, an animated plush that lip-syncs with Alexa spoken responses and reacts to timers, alarms, reminders and notifications.
It will also move its mouth to lip-sync along with Alexa responses such as weather, random facts and other information. Twerking Bear does not lip-sync to Amazon Music while dancing