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Grandpa's 5001 Handyman Secrets As Seen On TV Hardcover – January 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 531 pages
  • Publisher: Dr. Myles H. Bader; First Edition edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000RDFUNM
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By EARTHQUAKE TERRITORY on December 10, 2007
The price of $49.49 for this book is extremaly to high. People who paid almost $50 for this book should have done research before buying it.
The QVC channel is selling this book for less than $18.00 (still to much $$$) but I decide to buy one anyhow. BIG MISTAKE!!

Sorry Grandpa and Dr. Bad-er, this book is very BAAAD! Not a good purchase at all. It's more common sense than secrets.

So...the so called "5001 Handyman Secrets" book is going back to QVC as soon as I finish writing this review.... And that's a fact, not a secret!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By kvsugarart@aol.com on March 11, 2008
I purchased two of these books and I am stunned at the poor quality of the editing; in twenty minutes I found forty typos and incomplete sentences that had a direct impact on the success of the 'hints' offered.
Some hints if they may be called that were quite ridiculous and are copies of others that have come before or are in pamphlets that routinely come with product. And yet Dr. Myles H. Bader thinks he can have a copyright on these 'secrets' when he obviously accessed them from other sources himself. He surely could not think that anyone would want to copy his questionable grammar and deplorable spelling.

I am forced to rate this book with a single star in order to leave a review-- it is not worth even a single star.

Sign me Crabby!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Target fan on December 2, 2009
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Lesson learned: read and believe reviews before making a purchase. The book is entertaining in places, but filled with inaccuracies and opinions instead of facts. It is very simplistic and poorly edited.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shirley on February 14, 2010
What a waste of money. My daughter and her husband are first-time homeowners and I thought this book would be a great idea as a homeowner's gift so I purchased it for them. I'm EMBARRASSED to give it to them as a gift. For example:

#1 "Pool safety" The solution? Teach children to swim. Duh!

#2 "Photocopier is making too dark of copies." The solution? Adjust light/dark setting. Again, DUH!

#3 "Bad TV reception" The solution? Bird's are landing on your outdoor TV antenna. Clean the antenna. (Who on earth even uses an outdoor TV antenna these days???)

Sorry, Grandpa. My pre-school grandchildren could figure this out. I was looking for true handyman tips. These books are definitely getting returned.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on January 5, 2010
This book was written for those of us who want to stop shelling out hundreds of dollars just to have a repair man show up at the house. One visit by a union tradesman pays for this book. If you are already pretty handy and are needing techincal advice on a complicated issue, this is not your book. It would make a great gift for a first time home owner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Mullenax on February 20, 2010
We took the bait and ordered this book (not through Amazon) BEFORE Christmas 2009. I had totally forgotten about it until I see a charge for $38.95! Apparently they charge S&H on each book, separately. Or I GUESS that's what they did. I cannot be certain since - as of this writing on 2/21/2010 I STILL have not received the books. I went to the web site and the contact page for customer service is no longer available. Something tells me the company has packed up and moved on. Yeah, I feel like a sucker!
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Lenhart on December 27, 2009
As of December 27, 2009, buygrandpa lists the set "Grandpa's 5001 Handyman Secrets" and "Home Owners Handbook" for $19.95 plus $7.95 P&H (you can get a second set "free" for only another $7.95 P&H). So the set "Grandpa's 5001 Handyman Secrets" and "Home Owners Handbook" require an outlay of $27.90 (not including tax). Bader's 1969 book "Grandpa's Homeowners Handbook: prevention for all seasons" is listed on Ebay Italy as of December 27th, but it is not clear what the original price was. Assuming that both "Grandpa's 5001 Handyman Secrets" and "Home Owners Handbook" are equal in price, a cover price for "Grandpa's 5001 Handyman Secrets" might be about $10. If you can buy two sets for an additional $7.95 P&H, then a cover price for "Grandpa's 5001 Handyman Secrets" might be about 1/4 of $19.95, or about $5.

Dr. Myles H. Bader also lists "Handyman's Problem Solver" at thewizardoffood for $24.95. In his TV ad for "Grandpa's 5001 Handyman Secrets," he said something to the effect that he worked 10 years to compile the information and that you would not find the information in "Grandpa's 5001 Handyman Secrets" in any other book. That begs the question as to what is in Bader's "Handyman's Problem Solver."

Bader's December 27, 2009 infomercial showed some really fantastic handyman tips. We were drawn into wanting to buy the book, so I came to Amazon to find out more. The five current Amazon reviews (four 1-stars and one 2-stars) don't really help. The reasons for the low marks are (i) I couldn't speak to a human, (ii) typos and incomplete sentences, (iii) Bader didn't originate all 5,001 tips himself, (iv) It's more common sense than secrets, and (v) "All reviewers returned it." (I ask, "how can you possibly know this is in fact is true?
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Lantrip on December 26, 2009
I ALMOST ordered this at QVC for the $36 for the buy one get one free deal. But because I couldn't reach a HUMAN on the Phone Call I became suspicious. The Phone system WOULD NOT let you get a Human no matter WHAT you did, so I went on-line to THEIR website to get a Human Phone Number. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise, NO Number There Either! So, I clicked on 'Customer Service' on the Website to either get a Phone Number, or be able to email some questions I had. Guess What!? It brings up a New Window WITH NO Number Either! It wants you to MAIL your Questions via Snail Mail!!! BUT it has a Link that says 'friendliest customer service, 24 hours service' click on this link. So, I click on THAT Link, and GUESS WHAT!!! It Brings up ANOTHER New Window that says "We're sorry, but the page you're looking for seems to have been moved or may no longer exist." IMAGINE THAT!!!

Well, based on my experience trying to reach a HUMAN to talk to, or even EMAIL, I can Tell They are Being VERY Hard to get Hold Of! That should send off RED FLAGS in you Mind whenever a quote 'friendliest customer service' HAS NO EASY WAY TO SPEAK TO OR EMAIL A HUMAN!!!

SO, After That and all of these 1 Star Ratings here I WILL NOT be Ordering this book!
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