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Perky-Pet 210PB Pinch Waist Glass Hummingbird Feeder with Free Nectar
Perky-Pet 210PB Pinch Waist Glass Hummingbird Feeder with Free Nectar
Price: $11.48
9 used & new from $11.48

2.0 out of 5 stars It Leaks., November 22, 2014
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I would have give this a 4 star review except that the nectar slowly dripped out of the base (wicking through the joints in the base) 3 out of the 4 times I used it. that makes a mess on my porch. If you were to use this out in the garden (hanging from a tree) then that wouldn't be a problem. The leak is slow enough that you'd be refilling the container for cleanliness before it ran out.

But let's assume that I got a defective product. How is the feeder otherwise?

Pretty nice. My only complaint would be that it's too big unless you live in a humming bird boom zone like Arizona or New Mexico. In other parts of the USA you'll never use the 16 oz. capacity before it's time to clean it. Here in Los Angeles it's rare that I'll use up even 8 oz. of nectar in a week.

It's easy to clean. I like the glass bottle - it can withstand boiling water if you get a slime buildup.

Weighs 28 oz. if you hang it with 8 oz. of nectar.


Tomcat Spin Trap for Mice (Mouse Trap, 2 Pack) - Not Sold in AK (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Tomcat Spin Trap for Mice (Mouse Trap, 2 Pack) - Not Sold in AK (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by Gatzies
Price: $8.10
17 used & new from $3.00

3.0 out of 5 stars It *should* work., November 22, 2014
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The Tomcat Spin Trap is a clever design. Seems a bit more lethal than similar spinning traps - the spring is stronger (I think). It's easy to set. it's easy to put the peanut butter bait in place.

But it's not obvious that it is as effective or reliable as the classic snapping trap.

I discovered a mouse in the house. Set out many traps. Put this Tomcat trap nearby a conventional trap. Eventually found a dead mouse in the conventional trap - the Tomcat trap is still ignored.

I can't say that it *doesn't* work. Just that the the mouse was killed by the regular trap first.

If dead mice in regular traps creep you out, the Tomcat Spin Trap would be my first suggestion.


Tide Plus Febreze Freshness HE Liquid Laundry Detergent, Spring & Renewal, 92 Fl Oz
Tide Plus Febreze Freshness HE Liquid Laundry Detergent, Spring & Renewal, 92 Fl Oz

5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good detergent and you'll be happy with it, November 22, 2014
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It's Tide. Smells nicer than regular Tide. Cleans just as well. It's a good detergent and you'll be happy with it.


MECO(TM) Cree Q5 Mini LED Flashlight Torch Zoomable (Silver 1 mode)
MECO(TM) Cree Q5 Mini LED Flashlight Torch Zoomable (Silver 1 mode)
Offered by KIKI MALL (Shipping From HongKong)
Price: $3.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and BRIGHT!, September 26, 2014
This light has a so-so build quality, the on-off switch is annoying and it will BURN YOUR EYES OUT!
A great light to stash away in the glove compartment or a tool kit.

The battery light is very short. About an hour on a rechargeable battery - probably 15-30 minutes longer with regular batts. That's the price you pay for absurdly bright light.

The zoom feature works well. Moves smoothly between flood and pinpoint and there's enough friction that it will stay in the position.

The base is flat. Useful if the power is out and you want to illuminate a room by standing the light on its end. Yes, it's THAT bright.


Clarus Tritan Unbreakable Plastic Coffee Cup - 15 oz.
Clarus Tritan Unbreakable Plastic Coffee Cup - 15 oz.
Offered by Stock Your Home
Price: $10.24
2 used & new from $9.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks GOOD. mild drawbacks, July 2, 2014
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This is one sharp looking cup!
tough.

A little bigger than I'd like. I'd prefer this same cup at around 11-12 oz.

I don't know how well this cleans using a dishwasher but, with hand washing, a brownish tint (from all the coffee I drink) developed over a period of a few weeks that just laughed at soap, water and scrubbing. Some Bon Ami took care of that and it looks good as new again. that's why I don't give this a 5 of 5. It's a little bit hard to keep clean and, since it's so clear, even a little stain looks like hell.


EcoPure EPPRF30 Universal Pitcher Filter, 3-Pack
EcoPure EPPRF30 Universal Pitcher Filter, 3-Pack
Price: $10.68
3 used & new from $6.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Clever design leads to faster filtration., March 28, 2014
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EcoPure's EPPRF30 Universal Pitcher Filter is a replacement for Brita type filters. It does some things better than Brita.

1. No black dust or specks
2. Faster.
3. No need to presoak.

It's so fast that you wonder if the filtration is actually taking place or if the water is leaking past a loose seal. That's a possibility since they ship the filter to you with inadequate packing. 1 of the 3 filters I got had a cracked lip-seal. After a few uses as much water leaked past the seal as through the filter. I don't know if the actual rate of cracked filters is 33%. But they should pad better!

The internal filter design is completely different than Brita. Brita has the carbon packed in small pellets. EcoPure has a vertical accordion made of some very tough cloth - the carbon is embedded in that cloth. No dust or little specks escape.

Since it's hard to tell if you have a tight seal when using the EcoPure you're never confident that your water is being filtered. If you can resolve that, then these look like a superior alternative to Brita. For me, I don't mind waiting a little longer.


Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea Mix, Tropical Mango Liquid 2.43 oz
Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea Mix, Tropical Mango Liquid 2.43 oz
Price: $3.49
7 used & new from $3.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tastes like Meh., March 25, 2014
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The bottle is bigger and delivers a larger splash than competitive products. Since they use honey for flavor and sweetening (also uses Sucralose) it takes more fluid to deliver the same amount of flavor as a product that uses only the more concentrated artificial sweeteners.

A single squeeze in an 8-9 oz. glass of water delivers... an ok taste. Sweet enough. A double shot is stronger but doesn't taste *better* than a single shot.

If I saw this on a shelf next to Mio and Dasani I'd prefer those.


Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea Mix, Summer Peach Liquid 2.43 oz
Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea Mix, Summer Peach Liquid 2.43 oz
Price: $3.48
8 used & new from $3.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Taste is ok but doesn't stand out from the competition., March 25, 2014
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Lipton Tea and Honey Liquids, Summer Peach is an acceptable alternative to brands like Mio or Dasani.

The bottle is bigger and delivers a larger splash than competitive products. Since they use honey for flavor and sweetening (also uses Sucralose) it takes more fluid to deliver the same amount of flavor as a product that uses only the more concentrated artificial sweeteners.

I don't find the taste intense enough (in an 8-9 oz glass of water). Double shot is an improvement but then you've doubled the cost.

If I saw this on a shelf next to Mio and Dasani I'd buy the cheapest one.


Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea Mix, Strawberry Guava Liquid 2.43 oz
Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea Mix, Strawberry Guava Liquid 2.43 oz
Price: $3.49
10 used & new from $2.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snappy taste - nice change from other squeeze flavors, March 25, 2014
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Lipton Tea and Honey Liquids, Strawberry Guava is a nice alternative to other squeeze water flavors.
The bottle is bigger and delivers a larger splash than competitive products. Since they use honey for flavor and sweetening (also uses Sucralose) it takes more fluid to deliver the same amount of flavor as a product that uses only the more concentrated artificial sweeteners.

The taste of a single shot (in 8-9 oz of water) is pleasant and sweet. Hard to identify the flavor. A double shot makes the strawberry obvious and is sort of fun. But single shots are just fine to make a refreshing beverage.

I find this slightly better than other brands on flavor. But I'd still get the Mio or Dasani if there was a big price difference.


Kingston Digital 16 GB Class 4 microSDHC Flash Card with SD Adapter (SDC4/16GBET)
Kingston Digital 16 GB Class 4 microSDHC Flash Card with SD Adapter (SDC4/16GBET)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Functional., March 25, 2014
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The Kingston Digital 16 GB Class 4 microSDHC card is plain and functional.

Amazon's "frustration-free" packaging worked - was able to remove the card with bare hands and without injury!

About 14.5 gig free after formatting.

No annoying spam files were shipped with it - just a blank card.

Not especially fast. took about half an hour to transfer 8.5 gigs of files to it. If you're going to use it in a camera, check to see if that's an issue. You can get a faster card.


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