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KitchenAid Gourmet 5-Piece Kitchen Tool Set, Black
KitchenAid Gourmet 5-Piece Kitchen Tool Set, Black
Price: $31.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy duty and good looking, depends on personal preference, July 13, 2016
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These are reasonably heavy duty and the metal finish makes it look more plush than a basic set of plastic utensils, but ultimately they don't stand up well to their wooden or metal counterparts, which are better at withstanding the usual kitchen abuse. Although these are designed to survive high temperatures, it's still easy to damage or melt the surface unless you're very careful. Still, they wash easily and look attractive, and work well if you have teflon pans. I still prefer my wooden spoons and metal spatulas but my wife prefers the look of this set.


Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask, 2 Ounce (Pack of 3)
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask, 2 Ounce (Pack of 3)
Price: $25.71
3 used & new from $25.71

5.0 out of 5 stars An effective all-night skin treatment for breakouts., July 12, 2016
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This is a simple 2.5% benzyl peroxide cream that doubles as a moisturizer and can be left on all day or night once you are comfortable with the application. Despite being small tubes, a small dot of product goes a long way and can be used to target individual break-outs or use as a light film across the entire film. Results are the same as any other benzyl peroxide product - in some it causes drying of the skin but if you react well, this will be a great part of your daily facial regime. Given the low cost and longevity of the product, it's a much easier cream to use than other BP mixtures.


A Hologram For The King [DVD + Digital]
A Hologram For The King [DVD + Digital]
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
Price: $12.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great actors wasted by a weak script that fails to deliver, July 3, 2016
I hard to imagine how such great actors were coaxed into this light-hearted ineffective fluff that's neither a comedy nor a drama, and while it features some fine footage of exotic lands far away has about as little plot as you can get away with for 90 minutes. If you've seen the trailer, you'll know this is a clash of cultures flick that hints at redemption for a failed businessman, foreign love interests and the feel good factor of making new friends in distant lands. It does all of these things in the most tangential way possible, with a 60-second Talking Heads opener, and whirlwind romance with a doctor and a relationship with a Saudi driver.

Tom Hanks is excellent as always and without him it would be an unwatchable mess. But even he struggles to work with the collapsing chair running joke, and extract drama from the injected relationship problems with his ex-wife and daughter. There are many scenes that could be cut, many underdeveloped plot lines that go nowhere, and zero conflict save for a boss who occasionally pressures the hero to do his job. I heard the original book is good but this is very rough translation that can't hold it together despite the obvious talent of its stars.


DHP Dillan Convertible Futon, Vanilla
DHP Dillan Convertible Futon, Vanilla
Price: $196.43
10 used & new from $192.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great bed for averagely tall humans but passable for occasional use, July 2, 2016
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While very inexpensive, this is really only functional as an occasional sofa or for staging furniture since it's neither comfortable nor practical as a bed. At 5'6", my feet are hanging off the end unless I lay diagonally across the mattress so for anyone taller than me (which from life experience is quite a large portion of the population) they'll hate this more than the legroom flying coach on American. The feet don't look particularly well made and the light color doesn't hide the faux leather cheapness as well as the darker colors. In fairness, this is an exceptionally inexpensive piece of furniture so for the right use cases it's not bad but the tiny size and generally cheap feeling makes it hard to recommend in the majority of cases.


Zinus 14 Inch Elite SmartBase Mattress Foundation for Big & Tall Extra Strong Support/Platform Bed Frame/Box Spring Replacement/Sturdy/Quiet Noise Free/Non-Slip, Twin
Zinus 14 Inch Elite SmartBase Mattress Foundation for Big & Tall Extra Strong Support/Platform Bed Frame/Box Spring Replacement/Sturdy/Quiet Noise Free/Non-Slip, Twin
Price: $99.00
2 used & new from $99.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very solid and storage space is a huge plus, June 28, 2016
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It's hard to fault this product - it's easy to assemble, extra study and allows for plenty of under-bed storage. When tested with just a mattress on top, the box-spring isn't really needed, and the extra lift from the floor offsets the height difference. Apparently it will support over 4000 pounds of distributed weight (which is probably more than floor underneath it in my house) and it really is rock steady once put in position. The frame folds away easily which also makes it a good guest bed option that's more comfortable than a traditional sofa bed. We jumped up and down and it didn't squeak, move or even notice us - overall, the performance is pretty impressive.


DHP Paris Futon with independently encased coils, Coral
DHP Paris Futon with independently encased coils, Coral
Price: $279.00
11 used & new from $260.49

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For small rooms and tight budgets, the DHP range is a great choice, June 26, 2016
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I've owned a couple DHP sofas over the years through Amazon Vine and found them all to be great occasional pieces of furniture for guest rooms and staging areas. This latest version has a better build quality than some of the previous items, with higher quality legs and thicker material covering the cushions. As either a lounge sofa or a bed, the hardness might prohibit every day usage for some people though this can be fixed with some memory foam or pillows.

Where the DHP range really scores is for small apartments and tight spaces, since it arrives with minimal assembly required, folds down in a flat shape and doesn't use much of a footprint when fully opened. The photo represents the color accurately and its brightness works well in a room with modern design. For the price, it's good value and visitors would be unaware of how inexpensive it really is, but the comfort still isn't quite a 5-star experience.


Neuroscience For Dummies
Neuroscience For Dummies
by Frank Amthor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.16
51 used & new from $12.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Lucidly written and explained but beyond the 'Dummies' format, June 14, 2016
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There's an inherent problem with the way the Dummies series is stretching into topics that defy the format - clearly, no dummy is going to understand neuroscience any more than a goldfish will learn algebra. The author tries various approaches to convey some complicated ideas well, and to his credit if you hang in there you can absolutely learn many interesting facts about how the brain works. But unfortunately the book would have been better served as a standalone text outside of this series since the reader ideally needs some background knowledge in the subject area, and the forced layout creates a choppy experience that doesn't allow the author to fluidly talk around the topics. That said, I enjoyed many of the subjects covered and although it's hardly bedtime reading material, and it's a good start if you have broader interests in psychology or machine learning.


Cobra ACXT1035R FLT Walkie Talkie
Cobra ACXT1035R FLT Walkie Talkie
Price: $99.95
4 used & new from $99.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feature-packed consumer radios with very clear transmission quality, May 30, 2016
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These are rugged and simple to use, and although I'm not an expert in walkie talkies they seem to offer every conceivable feature that a non-professional user could want. The emergency broadcast channel and extensive battery life seem to be two of the most valuable offerings, and the two radio pack comes with everything you would need. I tested the range up to around 20 miles and the communication is crystal clear. The biggest issue is that for many people, the entire feature set is replaceable by free apps on your smartphone - it's really a small audience who will be camping, hiking or exploring in a way where the phone wouldn't be a viable option. That said, if you are planning to go off the grid for extended periods of time, these radios are an essential item to pack on the trip.


Ringside Adult Heavy Bag Kit, 70 lb
Ringside Adult Heavy Bag Kit, 70 lb
Offered by Ringside.
Price: $79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy build, complete with gloves and mounting unit, May 25, 2016
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This is a large heavy clump of material in a vinyl bag, complete with boxing gloves and a hanging mount. Getting the product out of the shipping box and onto the support mount is the hardest part and will need two adults in most cases. It can be suspended from any secure overhead mount and there are four sturdy nylon straps holding it all together. I've never boxed before and it's pretty difficult, though after a few sessions you start to build up some stamina - it's definitely a great work and stress reliever and perfect to have in a spare room or garage for light training. There are some good introductory YouTube lessons that illustrate the technique, since there are no training materials with this product. I'm not sure how it compares to a professional unit but for home usage, it's very high quality for the price.


Amazing Grass Pure Superfood Protein, Vanilla, 10 Count
Amazing Grass Pure Superfood Protein, Vanilla, 10 Count
Offered by ar-products
Price: $23.99
8 used & new from $23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient and mixes easily, May 25, 2016
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Perfect for a quick lunch on the go, this is the box to keep in your work desk for days when you need a quick protein shake. The price point makes it more expensive than the large tubs so it's not a replacement for these larger format containers if you use them frequently. The packet contents mix easily with cold water (I place in a shaker and within 15 seconds it's completed dissolved). The taste is above average compared with many powdered food mixes and can be improved by adding honey. I now keep a couple of packets in my suitcases and work bags just in case I need a quick meal - it's much more convenient than carrying a premix or a large tub.


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