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Franklin Sports Soft Sport Hoops Set - Batman
Franklin Sports Soft Sport Hoops Set - Batman
Price: $14.99
2 used & new from $14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Looks cool, feels disposable, July 27, 2016
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Most of the three-star rating is due simply to the very cool Batman backboard illustration and Batman logo ball. Fans of the caped crusader will find this little set to be a visual compliment to any casual office or rec room. As for the quality of the item itself, it's really just adequate. Even at this price point, it would've been nice to have had a sturdier backboard instead of a flimsy cardboard thing that is easily bendable. The net and ball itself are similarly cheapo. Don't expect it to hold up to a lot of beating and battering from young kids. If it's just the aesthetics you're looking for, a Batman poster or calendar would do the trick better. Bottom line, this thing looks cool and you can toss the ball through the hoop, so it's essentially functional. But before dropping any real cash on this, be aware that it's ultimately put together like a disposable item.


KitchenAid KKFSS14BO 14 Piece Classic Forged Series Brushed Stainless Steel Cutlery Set, Bamboo Wood
KitchenAid KKFSS14BO 14 Piece Classic Forged Series Brushed Stainless Steel Cutlery Set, Bamboo Wood
Price: $109.21
8 used & new from $109.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it so far, June 30, 2016
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Not a knife pro here, full disclosure. That said, this KitchenAid set seems like an excellent value as an entry-level set. For years my wife and I have utilized a very nice, German-made Wusthof set. This KitchenAid set is not really a substitute for that, but if we didn't already own the Wusthof knives I think we'd be pretty blown away by the KitchenAid ones. In other words, if you don't already own a nice set of kitchen knives, this one is a great starting point.

The set is attractive, both the compact block and the knifes themselves. The steak knives are just okay, in the sense that they seem kind of on the small side (at 4.5") but they certainly get the job done. I think the brushed stainless handles are quite cool, never had knifes that didn't have riveted handles before. They're comfortable to hold, look pretty awesome, and seem to be reliably sturdy. The set contains a suitable variety, with more than enough options (including the 8" chef knife and 7" santoku knife) for the average person's food prep needs. As for the built-in 'diamond grit' sharpener, I haven't tried it and might not. Haven't needn't to sharpen the knives as of yet - but perhaps the built-in sharpener is effective (kind of worried that it might ruin the knives' appearance; I've always seen very mixed reaction to the built-in sharpeners, though I know some folks swear by their ease of use).

All told, I think KitchenAid has provided a strong option overall for anyone looking to upgrade a bargain-level knife set or especially for anyone who hasn't yet owned a decent set of kitchen knives.


AmazonBasics 7-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag - Full/Queen, Purple Floral
AmazonBasics 7-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag - Full/Queen, Purple Floral
Price: $48.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Economical and attractive, June 27, 2016
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Very decent quality bed-in-a-bag that is made essential by it's extremely reasonable price point. This fits a standard queen bed very well (I'm assuming my queen bed is 'standard' because it's not a special or premium mattress in any way). The purple color is nice, though obviously that will be entirely a matter of personal preference for the buyer. It's a pretty no-frills bedding set but if you're not too particular about such things, that shouldn't be an issue.

This is made of polyester and, as such, it isn't the softest material. Not a problem for me personally, but some may find the outer material of the comforter itself to be a bit harsh. It's kind of in between light- and heavy-weight in terms of how warm it is. I recently reviewed a duvet set that was definitely more designed for warmer weather, whereas this one should do fine for the average individual during winter. I mean it's definitely not a thick, insulated comforter by any means (it's closer to lightweight than heavy) but supplemented with a warm blanket, this comforter is pretty warm.

All in all it's a great value at under fifty bucks. It arrives all bundled up in a super-tidy little brick, too. This kind of thing often sells for much more in brick-and-mortar outlets (even when "discounted" at clearance time), so I can't recommend it enough.


100% Egyptian Cotton 300 Thread Count 3 Piece Soft and Smooth Duvet Cover Set, Full/Queen, Solid Light Blue
100% Egyptian Cotton 300 Thread Count 3 Piece Soft and Smooth Duvet Cover Set, Full/Queen, Solid Light Blue
Price: $55.89
3 used & new from $52.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, durable, lightweight bedding, June 14, 2016
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Nice, lightweight bedding - perfect now that temperatures are rising. I have pretty modest standard standards when it comes to bedding. This seems durable and reasonably soft to the touch (I can see where more discerning folks might prefer something softer, though as-is the texture was satisfactory to me). The price-point is reasonable for what this amounts to, which is admittedly basic and functional.

If you're used to a heavy comforter that has to be cast aside during summer, this is a useful item to try as the duvet is much thinner and more breathable than heavy bedding. I wouldn't personally choose the light blue color again, because with a black-haired dog who shares the bed this set is a magnet for dog hair. But that's of course not an issue with the quality of the product, just an aesthetic choice regarding the color itself. I happen to like darker colors for this sort of thing anyway. Overall, this is a nice simple set that should serve the average person quite effectively.


Wilderness Blue Buffalo Chicken Roll Wet Dog Food, 1 lb
Wilderness Blue Buffalo Chicken Roll Wet Dog Food, 1 lb
Price: $8.99
6 used & new from $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great supplement to dry food or for use as a treat, May 18, 2016
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I like the Blue Buffalo product in general but had mostly just had experience with their dry products (both kibble and treats). This chicken roll is easy to chop up into little chunks for mixing with food or using as a treat. Probably needless to say, our dog absolutely loves it - we used it sparingly to go with meals, but not every meal. Sheila totally freaked out whenever this product was taken out of the fridge - spinning around with anticipation. We don't generally supplement her dry food with anything, but as an occasional "something extra" this works like a charm. It has a very pleasant, non-strong scent (basically it smells like food, more or less, which makes sense because Blue Buffalo prides itself on natural ingredients). Great stuff!


Petsafe 10-Pack Poop Bags
Petsafe 10-Pack Poop Bags
Price: $9.72
2 used & new from $9.72

4.0 out of 5 stars They're pretty durable, May 11, 2016
This review is from: Petsafe 10-Pack Poop Bags (Misc.)
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Four starts for these dog waste bags, primarily because there are more cost-effective options on the market. But these are relatively strong and - most importantly - easy to open. Some similar products I've used can be frustratingly difficult to open. The texture of these, with a thicker and somewhat coarser-than-average plastic, make them a jiff to open. The citrus smell doesn't bother me particularly (my wife expressed negative feelings toward the scent). The thing is, I don't quite know why Petsafe added the perfumey-type scent but it doesn't detract from the product (hopefully it's not the reason the price is a little higher). Other than that, not much to add - they do what they need to do, easy to tie off, and into the trash they go.


Wilderness Blue Buffalo Denali Dinner Dog Biscuits, 8 oz
Wilderness Blue Buffalo Denali Dinner Dog Biscuits, 8 oz
Price: $8.32
10 used & new from $6.41

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality that our dog loves, May 11, 2016
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Our dog can't get enough of these grain-free treats. They're a great size for a medium dog and crunchy, but easily breakable into smaller pieces if you need to make one last - or more suitable for small breeds. I've used Blue Buffalo Wilderness products before with strong results. No wheat, corn, or soy - no fillers or unwanted ingredients. In the case of these salmon-based treats, beware - they do have a very, very strong fish smell that might be off-putting to some (until their dog devours it). I suspect dogs love the pungent smell. We've already gotten more of these treats after going through the initial bag. The bag has a ziplock reseable thing too, which is nice (again, keeps the strong smell at bay!).


Outward Hound Kyjen 32126 Squeakimals  Squeaking Plush Dog Toy, Monkey, Large, 8 unique noisemakers
Outward Hound Kyjen 32126 Squeakimals Squeaking Plush Dog Toy, Monkey, Large, 8 unique noisemakers
Offered by Fat Happy Pets
Price: $12.66
4 used & new from $12.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, noisy toy, April 22, 2016
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This is a large plush toy for dogs with a variety (eight in all) of squeakers. My dog Sheila (medium-sized Pointer mix weighing approx 50 lbs) absolutely loves it. She plays with it vigorously and especially seems to enjoy the different-sounding squeakers.

I don't expect the toy to last all that long, which isn't necessarily a comment on the product itself. It's pretty standard as far as being relatively durable - but obviously, as with any toy, its longevity will be dependent on how aggressive a chewer/player your dog is. Keep in mind, with eight individual squeakers, that's eight opportunities for your dog to have a choking hazard once it rips the stitching apart. In our case, we let Sheila play with this thing when supervised, it doesn't stay out when we're not around. It'll last longer that way (most likely) and if she gets at one of the squeakers we'll know and can take it away.


Wellness CORE Grain Free Superfood Protein Bars Turkey & Duck Natural Dog Treats, 5.5-Ounce Bag
Wellness CORE Grain Free Superfood Protein Bars Turkey & Duck Natural Dog Treats, 5.5-Ounce Bag
Price: $6.81
10 used & new from $6.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Our dog sits, shakes, and basically begs for these treats, April 6, 2016
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Great treats from a trustworthy dog food company. We've been using Wellness products lately with good results. To be honest, our Pointer mix Sheila has never encountered dog food and/or treats she didn't like. These protein bars - she's wolfs 'em down, loves the Turkey & Duck (w/ Kale) formula. No corn, soy, or wheat. Lots of protein, not a lot of calories. Sounds like a commercial, I know, but there's not much to carp about here. One minor caveat: the bars are dry and coarse. I break them up into smaller pieces for feeding rather than risk her trying to swallow a large piece.


Outward Hound Kyjen 32127 Squeakimals  Squeaking Plush Dog Toy, 3 Eyed Monster, Small, 5 unique noisemakers
Outward Hound Kyjen 32127 Squeakimals Squeaking Plush Dog Toy, 3 Eyed Monster, Small, 5 unique noisemakers
Price: $8.99
5 used & new from $7.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun for our dog, April 4, 2016
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Our medium-sized Pointer mix loves this toy, but bear in mind it is not going to last that long with aggressive chewers/players. That said, we just pick up the toy when she loses interest in it, only bringing it out occasionally. That way it last a little longer, because this thin and small toy will be easily destroyed by rough-playing dogs. The multiple squeakers, which produce different sounds, are a big kick for her. But she managed to destroy one pretty quickly! But although the biggest squeaker is collapsed, the toy still provides plenty of fun.


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