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Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner, Petite
Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner, Petite
Price: $26.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good blades but hard to use, December 24, 2014
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These cutters are a good idea executed poorly. The titanium coated blades resist sap and adhesive substances, are harder/sharper than untreated steel, and can cut up to 1/2" cleanly, but the grips are far from ergonomic. They have antimicrobial protected grips, but require very large hands to operate effectively. Works for me okay, but my wife can't use them. And, the latch is very difficult to pry open. Replacement blades are available in bypass, anvil and snip configurations which is a nice feature too, but given the challenges of the handles that's not nearly as great as it should be.


DeBuyer Mineral B Element Iron Crepe Pan, 11.8-Inch Round
DeBuyer Mineral B Element Iron Crepe Pan, 11.8-Inch Round
Offered by Chef's Arsenal/Market Warehouse
Price: $59.95
4 used & new from $49.21

5.0 out of 5 stars The last crepe pan you'll ever need to buy, December 21, 2014
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I make crepes almost every weekend. While I had been using Calphalon's "professional" nonstick pan for almost a decade, the non-stick surface started to peel, so I needed something new. After reading reviews on several different sites I decided to give the mineral B element iron pan a try and quickly found that it's everything they advertise and more. Once seasoned properly it truly is non-stick, but unlike my old pan it provides the perfect texture I've only found at top restaurants. Same recipe, same fillings, but markedly better texture and taste than before. It's truly amazing.

A quick note on seasoning, there are several ways to do it. I more-or-less followed DeBuyer's instructions, doing the potato skin boil thing to remove the wax coating, then heating hot oil just to the smoke point, wiping the pan clean, adding one more light coat of oil, and then letting it cool. That's all it took. You can do the oven version too, but I didn't need to. Either way you season it, the cool thing is that the more you use the pan the more non-stick it gets. Be sure to harsh soap or abrasives or you'll have to start all over again though...

The bottom line is that this is a truly impressive crepe pan. After using it I'll never go back to anything else!


Hot Shot Ultra Liquid Ant Bait, 4 Count
Hot Shot Ultra Liquid Ant Bait, 4 Count
Price: $4.97
16 used & new from $4.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Good design; average effectiveness, December 11, 2014
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I've had horrendous ant problems off and on for over a decade. During that time I've tried pretty much every brand (e.g., Ortho, Terro, etc.) and type of bait (e.g., powder, liquid, etc.) or spray, including alternative "cures" like lemon juice and scented floor polish. I've even hired a professional exterminator a couple of times. Despite landscaping changes and chemicals and whatnot, the dang things seem to come back every year. Perhaps they become immune to various products over time, but for whatever reason I still haven't found the optimal solution. Nevertheless liquid bait stations seem to do better than other indoor solutions, especially when augmented with powders or sprays outside... This year has been a little better than some, meaning less ants, but they're back again, so it's a good opportunity to for trying out another alternative (unfortunately). One benefit of Hot Shot is that the containers are less likely to spill than other brands; I've got hardwood floors and want to keep them in good shape. The traps do seem to work, but not much better or less than other liquid bait stations, so bonus points for design but they're still not the magic bullet I've been looking for.


Wheeler Firearms Accurizing Torque Wrench
Wheeler Firearms Accurizing Torque Wrench
Price: $49.39
25 used & new from $39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful tool, December 3, 2014
The selection of bits leaves a bit to be desired, but the wrench itself is excellent. I regularly use it for mounting scopes and have never had any difficulties getting the proper torque.


Gg&G Mad Flipup Rear W/Ranging
Gg&G Mad Flipup Rear W/Ranging
Price: $68.82
16 used & new from $68.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, reliable, and worth every penny, November 29, 2014
I freaking love these sights. The MAD (Multiple Aperture Device) backup iron sight was originally developed to fulfill a request from Naval Surface Warfare for a battle-ready, low profile back up iron sight system that provided both a large and small aperture on the same plane, as well as providing a co-witness capability with the majority of red dot optics. All hard edges have been smoothed, de-burred, and finished with a non-reflective black mil-spec finish. All apertures are on the same plane and thus zeroed to the same point of impact, compatible with any GG&G or other mil-spec front post sight, and after the initial zero is set by adjusting the weapons front sight post, windage is adjustable approximately 0.5 MOA to either side. The unique rotating multiple aperture disc has five apertures preset to specific distances, specifically, 0=25 & 200 yards, 3=300 yards, 4=400 yards, 5=500 yards, and 6=600 yards. Although the MAD ranging is ammunition and weapon specific, I've found it extremely accurate with either 55 or 62 grain ammunition.


Alienware Alpha ASM100-2980 Console (2.9 GHz Intel Core i3-4130T Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8)
Alienware Alpha ASM100-2980 Console (2.9 GHz Intel Core i3-4130T Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8)
Price: $679.99
18 used & new from $679.00

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh..., November 26, 2014
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Love the concept, but the execution falls short. The idea here is a full function PC gaming system that's as easy to use as any low end console. Set-up isn't difficult, but it is very time consuming, a little over two hours in my case since you have to set up accounts, download updates, and wait for them to install and reboot the console. The device itself is screaming fast, easily connects wirelessly, has tons of memory (but no DVD drive), and comes with an X-Box controller and pre-installed interface software. And, it uses Windows 8.1, which makes zero sense as the power of that OS is in touchscreen devices and this doesn't have one... and it requires that you set up a Microsoft account you don't need. The Steam library isn't nearly as comprehensive or searchable as expected. It's adequate, but the interface could use a bit of work. There are no instructions save for initial setup, but it's reasonably user friendly (though some of the X-Box controller buttons are reversed from what I'd expected). All that's livable, but the real challenge in my mind is that you can spend a little more and get an actual PC or spend a little less and get an X-Box One, but either way you get a lot more functionality.


einszett 930207 Glanz Wax - 16.9 fl. oz.
einszett 930207 Glanz Wax - 16.9 fl. oz.
Price: $17.80
6 used & new from $15.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly works as described, November 25, 2014
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This is one of the best car waxes I've used. According to the manufacturer it's been Germany's leading car wax sealant for over fifty years but the first I've heard of it was when the Vine program offered me a sample for review. It's a polymer synthetic wax that protects paint from fading, road grime, tree sap, and the like, creates a very nice shine (at least on my gray colored vehicle), and supposedly lasts up to six months. Like most products of its ilk, use a foam applicator pad to apply the product, allow it to cure for several minutes, and then buff it off with a microfiber towel. It's easy to use and does not leave any noticeable residue.


Pure Protein Coconut Water, Tropical Mango, 4 Count
Pure Protein Coconut Water, Tropical Mango, 4 Count
Price: $11.99
2 used & new from $11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tastes disgusting, November 18, 2014
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I love coconut water. I also like mango. And, I use protein drinks to supplement my workouts. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? Sadly, that's not the case. The combination is horrific, totally undrinkable. It's 100% juice, naturally occurring electrolytes to maintain hydration, and 10 grams of protein, all with no added sugar added, but I can't stand the taste so the benefits are wasted. Nice idea, but completely unpalatable.


Metrokane 5575 Rabbit Wine Preserver with 2 Vacuum Stoppers, Stainless Steel
Metrokane 5575 Rabbit Wine Preserver with 2 Vacuum Stoppers, Stainless Steel
Price: $16.49

5.0 out of 5 stars If you're not a lush..., November 10, 2014
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I don't drink a whole lot, but I do enjoy wine with my meals every so often. And, I cook with wine fairly regularly. The challenge is that if I don't finish the bottle, it gets nasty rather quickly. That's where the Rabbit Vacuum Pump comes in. It really does preserve the flavor of the wine until bottle is re-opened by removing air to prevent oxidizing (which is what causes wine to sour). It's pretty simple, just a pump and 2 vacuum stoppers, but it actually works. And, it's decent looking too. While the description says stainless steel, it's really plastic with very thin stainless accents, but it seems sturdy enough regardless. I find it very useful.


Acura TSX JDM OEM Style Clear Fog Lights, Switch
Acura TSX JDM OEM Style Clear Fog Lights, Switch
Offered by G Forceusa
Price: $41.95
4 used & new from $41.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good value, November 8, 2014
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The only difference between this and the actual OEM product is that it runs to a rocker switch on the dash instead of replacing the combo switch arm on the steering column. Well... that and the quality of the parts. I had to replace most of the mounting hardware that came with the kit, it was inferior hardware. Nevertheless, the light assembly and wiring harness are exactly what's needed, fit well, and work perfectly once properly installed. The on/off switch is always glowing (it's slightly brighter when they're on than when they're off) which makes it a bit hard to tell if they're on or not during the day when you can't see the lights. The lights themselves are very bright and do exactly what they're supposed to. They make the vehicle look good too. And, this kit costs hundreds less than the OEM assembly so I'm plenty happy with the purchase. Be warned, however, that there are no instructions. You can Google how to install it, which is potentially problematic but work fine for me, though it did take me 3 1/2 hours to do the job, which was more than I'd expected.


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