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5.11 Tactical Men's A.T.A.C. Storm 8" Side Zip Boot
5.11 Tactical Men's A.T.A.C. Storm 8" Side Zip Boot
Price: $111.99 - $191.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware: Actual Size of Boots Much Smaller than Listed Size, February 24, 2016
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Had to return these boots. They were at least 1/2 to 1 full size smaller than the listed size. Far too uncomfortable to wear. If you buy these, get a larger size than what you normally wear.


Bates Men's Delta Gore-Tex 9 Inch ICS Waterproof Boot
Bates Men's Delta Gore-Tex 9 Inch ICS Waterproof Boot
Price: $37.46 - $224.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bought 1/2015; Falling Apart by 2/2016 - Poor Quality Control, Poor Materials, Poor Seams - Buy at Your Own Risk, February 17, 2016
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I purchased these boots in January, 2015. As of Feb. 2016, they are literally falling apart at the seams. While the soles are in great shape (as these boots have been my primary foot wear for the past year until today), seams holding the uppers together have been fraying and as of today, I discovered (while wearing the boots) that material on the back of the left boot upper has completely torn and separated. (See attached picture.)

This is the exact same type of damage as another reviewer posted earlier this month. For what are often a $200 pair of boots, only getting a few months to a year out of them is really not worth it. Given that these boots are waterproof, torn fabric means the water proofing is compromised & no longer going to work.

These boots are retired as of today and I won't be buying another pair of them ever again. I also don't plan to buy other Bates boots in the future. My only advice to any would-be buyers is this: buy at your own risk.
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Belkin Charge and Sync Dock with Lightning Cable Connector for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus,  iPhone SE, iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c and iPod touch 5th Gen (Silver)-Retail Packaging
Belkin Charge and Sync Dock with Lightning Cable Connector for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c and iPod touch 5th Gen (Silver)-Retail Packaging
Price: $24.95
120 used & new from $12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap: Only Works With No iPhone Case; Poor Charge Rate, November 24, 2015
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This product is extremely disappointing. The only way it works is if you physically remove your iPhone from its case. Even a thin case will prevent the connector from sliding into the iPhone connector. If you remove the phone from its case and let this thing try to charge it, be prepared to wait for a very long time because it's the equivalent to a trickle charger. Hardly any current actually makes it into the iPhone. In other words, this product is a complete waste of money. Don't buy it.
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Nanda Collection
Nanda Collection
Price: $12.65
18 used & new from $11.04

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Award-Winning 2nd Album from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu!, June 29, 2014
This review is from: Nanda Collection (Audio CD)
"Nanda Collection" is the 2nd album recorded by Japanese singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! Produced by Yasutaka Nakata (who also writes & produces music for Capsule and Perfume), "Nanda Collection" is a fun and energetic mix of highly addictive song! You don't have to understand Japanese to enjoy listening to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as her ever-growing international fan base demonstrates!

The album's title is an invented portmanteau of the expression "nanda kore" (なんだこれ), meaning "what's this?" in Japanese, and "collection" (これくしょん, "korekushon").

The album includes the following songs:

1. "Nanda Collection"
2. "Ninja Re Bang Bang"
3. "Kimini 100 Percent"
4. "Super Scooter Happy"
5. "Invader Invader"
6. "Mi"
7. "Fashion Monster"
8. "Saigo no Ice Cream"
9. "Noriko to Norio"
10. "Furisodeshon"
11. "Kura Kura"
12. "Otona Na Kodomo"

Preceding the release of the album, the 5 singles "Fashion Monster", "Kimi ni 100 Percent", "Furisodeshon", "Ninja Re Bang Bang" and "Invader Invader" all peaked within the top five of the Billboard Japan Hot 100!

"Nanda Collection" debuted at number one in Japan and has performed strongly around the globe. In the United States, the album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Top World Albums chart. Internationally, the album topped the iTunes charts of several countries and within the Top 10 and Top 20 of numerous others.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has received numerous awards for "Nanda Collection", including (most recently) "Best Album of the Year" from the 2014 "Video Music Awards Japan" (VMAJ) produced by "MTV Japan"!


TRENDnet N300 4-port Wireless Media Bridge, TEW-640MB
TRENDnet N300 4-port Wireless Media Bridge, TEW-640MB
5 used & new from $18.81

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Multi-port Wi-fi Hub, December 29, 2011
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I purchased a TRENDnet 300 Mbps Wireless N 4-Port Media Bridge from Amazon several months ago and it has worked flawlessly ever since. We currently have 3 devices connected to it, including a smart TV, blu-ray player and a converter box. Each of the connected devices have flawless internet connections for streaming media and other types of internet data. We've streamed HD-quality movies through the Media Bridge with no observable loss of quality or signal.

If you need to connect several devices to the internet that are in close proximity to each other, I strongly recommend considering this product as it will likely be cheaper than purchasing multiple wifi hubs; each of which would then need to be independently configured to connect to your wifi router. The setup for the TRENDnet 300 Mbps Wireless N 4-Port Media Bridge was very easy to do and once completed, you don't have to worry about doing any other router settings for the devices connected to it because it's already done in the Media Bridge. This is a fantastic product!


Netgear N600 Wireless Router - Dual Band Gigabit (WNDR3700)
Netgear N600 Wireless Router - Dual Band Gigabit (WNDR3700)
Price: $77.98
169 used & new from $12.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable: Frequent Loss of Connectivity & Poor Signal Strength, July 29, 2011
We purchased a Netgear N600 Wirreless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR3700) less than one month ago. While the router was very easy to install, it has proven to be highly unreliable with frequent losses of connectivity (occurring about once every 10 minutes) and webpage download delays. Our primary reason for wanting to get this router was its alleged high speed and performance, neither of which has proven to be valid: the 5-GHz antenna has very low signal strength as compared with the 2.4 GHz band making it unusable and the 802.11n capability is non-existent.

We will be returning this router for a refund and have resumed using our older and far more reliable Linksys WRT54GL router.
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Stanley Overtime Vacuum Bottle 1.1quart (1040ml)
Stanley Overtime Vacuum Bottle 1.1quart (1040ml)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worked for 18 Months Until Vacuum Seal Failed, July 6, 2011
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I purchased a 1.1-quart Stanley Overtime Vacuum Bottle in October, 2009 and was very happy with it until last month when I noticed that hot coffee was cooling too rapidly: it was at room-temperature within 3 hours. Originally, hot coffee would remain pretty hot for as long as 7 to 8 hours after being poured into the container. I can only assume that the seal for the vacuum had failed, but not from the inner lining because no liquid was sloshing around when the container was empty. While I could not detect any visible damage (the container had never fallen), some very small leak in the outer shell must have formed. Unfortunately, it wouldn't have taken much of a leak for air to rush in, compromise the vacuum and eliminate the inner container's insulation.

I'm giving the 1.1-quart Stanley Overtime Vacuum Bottle a 3-star review because even though the container's insulating vacuum ultimately failed, it did save me several hundred dollars by allowing me to have hot coffee brewed from home at work instead of purchasing hot coffee on a daily basis. Thus, the container did more than pay for itself, but it did not live up to the manufacturer's listed 5-year warranty. I have replaced the 1.1-quart Stanley Overtime Vacuum Bottle with one similar in design and size from a different manufacturer that has a higher overall rating from a significantly larger number of product reviewers.
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Seagate Maxtor Central Axis 1 TB Network Storage Server STM310005CAA00G-RK
Seagate Maxtor Central Axis 1 TB Network Storage Server STM310005CAA00G-RK
2 used & new from $129.50

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overheated After 3 Months, Plastic Case Buckled From Heat Exposure, Device Completely Dead, June 11, 2009
I am extremely disappointed with the Maxtor Central Axis 1 TB Network Storage Server. We obtained one earlier this year. Initially, it worked quite well and permitted several computers to connect to it over our home network. Then, after about 3 months, it began to have problems requiring periodic reboots. Finally, it could no longer successfully reboot or connect to the home network. A sensor light on the bottom of the front panel flashes red & white, indicating an internal failure. Of course, it's easy to see why the device failed: one side of the plastic case buckled from heat exposure. Since there were no other heat sources or electronic devices immediately next to the Maxtor Central Axis device that could have generated any heat, it's obvious that the melting was caused when its own internal electronics overheated. I'm just glad that it didn't start a fire.

My advice to anyone considering to purchase the Maxtor Central Axis is as follows: don't do it; get something similar from another manufacturer that is less likely to overheat and completely fail. While the device that we purchased is under warranty, comments from customers on other forums indicate that replacement devices also overheat. Thus, overheating of the internal electronics is a chronic problem. The device was clearly designed with inadequate heat sinks and internal cooling fans.

Don't waste your money on the Maxtor Central Axis.


Grease 2
Grease 2
DVD ~ Michelle Pfeiffer
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $10.92
148 used & new from $0.01

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deplorable Sequel with Forgettable Music, Poor Plot & Bad Story, February 21, 2009
This review is from: Grease 2 (DVD)
Four years after the highly successful comedy/musical "Grease" hit the big screen in 1978, an attempt was made to cash-in once more with a ill-conceived, poorly written sequel named "Grease 2". Directed by Patricia Birch (who had worked as a choreographer on the original "Grease") and written by Ken Finkleman (who also wrote & directed the equally deplorable "Airplane II: The Sequel" the same year), this film's utterly unoriginal plot finds yet another Aussie student enrolling at Rydel High, and there, becoming smitten with a local American girl. The clean-cut Aussie student, Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield, who is from Scotland, not Australia), in order to win the affections of Pink Lady Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer) must find a way to be accepted into this now motorcycle-obsessed counter-culture. He gets a job, starts building a motorcycle from scratch, starts doing homework for the unremarkable T-Birds, oh, and agrees to perform in the school's talentless "talent" show.

Clearly having nothing else to do on their schedules, several actors from the original 1978 "Grease" reprized their roles in this atrocious sequel to try and give it some legitimacy: Frenchy (Didi Conn) who apparently never graduated, Principal McGee (Eve Arden, 1908-1990), Coach Calhoun (Sid Caesar) and Blanche Hodel (1914-2008). I am very happy to report that the creators of the original "Grease", Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (1935-1988), had absolutely nothing to do with this celluloid disaster. With an estimated $13.2-million budget, the film never earned that much in its combined box-office receipts. It's also doubtful whether revenue from rentals & DVD/VHS sales ever put this bomb into the black. Overall, my rating for "Grease 2" is 1 out of 5 stars. I doubt Michelle Pfeiffer keeps this film on her resumé.
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Zune 120 GB Video MP3 Player (Black)
Zune 120 GB Video MP3 Player (Black)
8 used & new from $220.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Your Favorite Music, Podcasts, Pictures & Videos With You on a Zune!, January 31, 2009
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I recently purchased a Microsoft Zune 120-GB multimedia player and am very pleased with its performance, compact design, sound quality, screen size, battery life and ease of use. I have used the Zune to listen to MP3 files, watch videos, watch podcasts, and listen to FM radio stations. MP3 file playback sound quality is excellent. When playing MP3 files, the Zune will display the album's cover for several seconds after you select the song or change the volume. The Zune also displays album covers when you browse your saved music collection. (If the Zune's PC software is unable to recover an image for a particular album, then it will use a default album icon, but you have the option of using a different album image by supplying it directly to the Zune's PC software.)

Depending upon your location and the signal strength of an FM radio station, sound quality while listening to an FM radio station with the Zune is very good. When listening to an FM radio station, the Zune displays the radio station's call letters, format and current song information on the Zune's display if the particular station that you are listening to transmits that digital information within its signal. You can then easily save your favorite FM radio stations as presets for fast tuning.

Video playback is truly excellent on the 120-GB Zune with its 320x240 screen that is significantly larger than other players with similar storage capacity. In addition to music, a number of TV episodes are available from the Zune Marketplace, as are a large number of free podcasts. If you have your own video files, you can upload them into the Zune as long as they are a compatible video file type (either WMV or MP4). If they're not compatible, there are a number of different software applications available (many for free) that will convert the video files into Zune-compatible files. Using the sound & video output cable, you can even watch videos saved on a Zune directly to a TV. This is even easier while using the AV dock that permits component video out.

As for the Zune's PC software, I had absolutely no difficulties installing it on my PC, which uses the Microsoft Vista operation system. The software will automatically check for any updates from Microsoft for both the PC software and the Zune's embedded software. It then found all of the music files that I already had on my PC that I had copied from CD's or purchased online and synchronized the Zune with my own music collection. The Zune's PC software is easy to use to rip CD's. It's also very easy to then synchronize (copy) the new music files onto the Zune with only a few mouse drags & clicks. It's also easy to copy image and video files onto the Zune. Since video files can be very large, you'll want to be patient since the larger the video file, the longer it will take to get it onto the Zune.

As for the Zune's battery life, Microsoft programmers were good in ensuring that battery life will be extended by automatically turning off the Zune's display when you are listening to music or the radio. If you change the volume or do something else with the Zune's menus, then the display will automatically come back on. Of course, if you're watching a video or looking at images, this requires a higher sustained current draw on the battery, so the battery's charge won't last as long. If you are planning to watch videos frequently on the Zune, then you might want to keep a charger or the Zune's computer cable with you so that you can keep the batteries charged. I have listened to music stored on the Zune for many hours on a single charge.

My overall rating for the Microsoft 120-GB Zune is 5 out 5 stars as I very much enjoy using it. Before you decide to purchase a Zune (or any other portable MP3 player), do some research to determine if some other manufacturer's MP3/video player is more suitable in meeting your own individual needs, as there are quite a few manufacturers producing portable MP3 & video players. That's what I did. A note for XBox 360 owners: you can share files between the Zune and the XBox 360. Also, if you have a registered XBox 360 online account, you can use that same account with your Zune. Additionally, you can optionally use the Zune's social network to track which music you listen to most and find other Zune users with similar musical tastes.


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