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Ettore 17006 Acrylic Squeegee
Ettore 17006 Acrylic Squeegee
Price: $2.20
32 used & new from $1.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Not needed for window film install, February 16, 2016
Warning: If you are being prompted to buy this to help with a window film install, do not buy it. It is not helpful at all at removing air bubbles.

If you are using it when doing window cleaning, or pre-install squeegee work, it is fine, but also not needed.


TEAC CD-P1260 CD Player with LCD and MP3 Playback
TEAC CD-P1260 CD Player with LCD and MP3 Playback
Price: $96.98
34 used & new from $86.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, February 10, 2016
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Solid single tray CD player.


Gootium 30317AMG Classic Canvas Duffle Gym Bag Weekender Duffle Bag,Army Green
Gootium 30317AMG Classic Canvas Duffle Gym Bag Weekender Duffle Bag,Army Green
Offered by Otium
Price: $83.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soft rather than rigid, and a bit expensive for the build., January 7, 2016
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Not a bad bag and it pretty much fits the "personal item" sizes for most airlines. The bag is soft canvas and not rigid at all so it does not hold a shape well and this can be annoying when it is only partly filled. Overall, a good bag even if the leather and canvas are extremely soft and not rigid at all. I felt it should probably be a $20 bag and not a $40+ bag.


OnePlus 2 Case, Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case Compatible for OnePlus 2 / OnePlus Two - Retail Packaging - Blue
OnePlus 2 Case, Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case Compatible for OnePlus 2 / OnePlus Two - Retail Packaging - Blue
Price: $9.90
4 used & new from $4.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good deal, October 26, 2015
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Perfect fit. This is my 3d Cruzerlite for an android phone. Great value, Good looks. In 3 cases and 3 phones and many drops I have never had a broken phone or screen.


ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop
ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop
Price: $154.00
125 used & new from $127.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid value: Good bang for the buck as a media computer if you have a monitor and keyboard. Requires more memory to avoid lag., October 26, 2015
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We bought this to use to browse the web and do some work related stuff using our wall mounted TV.

We already had a wireless keyboard, and the TV so this was a great deal at under $200. So far we have found the following:

1. There are some lag issues when it comes to streaming video in the Chrome Browser so have ordered a 8GB memory card to put in the empty slot: Crucial 8GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin. While it is not a matched upgrade (2x2 or 4x4 or 8x8) it should work just fine, and I have paired a 2 with a 4 on my laptop with no trouble. Look around and you will see that your memory will work at the slowest shared speed - we are ok with that.

2. It is a browser based OS. So, there are some issues if you do any work (docs, etc.) using Google Drive/Google Docs. First, many docs, spreadsheets, etc., may need to be downloaded. This is easily done using the Memory Card slot to expand your memory, or through an external USB HD. We are using the memory card slot to download files, edit them, then put them in Google Drive to share, etc. This is a bit of an annoyance, but not much different from saving a local version in Windows, then saving to Drive to share. We have only a 32g SD card, and this works for most everything we do document wise. I could see if you had a lot of data how a external HD or SSD or even a large capacity SD card would be the way to go. We are fine using this. Adding the SD card was easy. You pop it in, format it, and then set the settings to make the SD card the download location default (here are instructions: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95574?hl=en-GB)

3. It could be better - the OS that is. It would be nice if like Ubuntu you could use things like Google Docs offline in an easier way. We are always connected to the internet when we use this so we have no complaints, but I can see how some folks might want to be sure to have the ability to use a heartier version of the OS - just like you can use your Android phone when not connected to the internet or wifi. It would seem that Google needs to build out the OS to offer a "lite" and "advanced" version for those who may want a little less of a "netbook" experience from this device.

Overall, this is perfect for what we use it for, and was a good swap out for the 5 year old laptop that was filling in as our "media" computer.
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Sunlite Cloud-9 Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle, Cruiser Gel, Tri-color Black
Sunlite Cloud-9 Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle, Cruiser Gel, Tri-color Black
Offered by Treasure Gifts
Price: $22.10
13 used & new from $22.10

3.0 out of 5 stars Best for replacement of seat with plain seat post since saddle rails are a bit wider than standard., August 26, 2015
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This is a well made large seat. I would compare it to a large cruiser seat, so if you are expecting something smaller go with the other Sunlite options. The only issue we had with this seat is that the saddle rails are a bit wider than the standard seat width for our micro-adjustable seat-post. If you have a plain seat-post this is not an issue as the seat includes a seat clamp that fits. So, the cheaper your seat-post the better! We were able to attach it at the narrow section near the front of the saddle. While not ideal, it works fine. Since most bikes now come with micro-adjustable seat posts rather than plain posts (unless you get a very old bike or a $100 bike from Walmart) it is odd that they did not size the rails to fit a standard micro-adjustable post.


Sony SS-B1000 5-1/4-Inch Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)
Sony SS-B1000 5-1/4-Inch Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)
6 used & new from $79.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, July 22, 2015
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Great bargain bookshelf speakers with a brand you can trust. We are happy with these for low and medium volume use. We are not using them to fill the room with heavy metal so are pretty pleased.


Sherwood RX4508 200W AM/FM Stereo Receiver with Bluetooth, Black
Sherwood RX4508 200W AM/FM Stereo Receiver with Bluetooth, Black
Price: $132.86
142 used & new from $111.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect match for those seeking a Bluetooth friendly Receiver/Amp for a Turntable, July 22, 2015
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We were looking for a simple two channel receiver for a turntable setup (no TV, no DVD, just a turntable), and couldn't be happy. We have it setup with bookshelf speakers by Sony, and a turntable. The AM-FM works nicely for NPR mainly, and the Bluetooth let's us use our smartphones and tablets to stream music to the system. Overall, a great value for a fine product.


Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle, British Racing Green, Small/38cm
Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle, British Racing Green, Small/38cm
Price: $299.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy/defective (38/SM), July 22, 2015
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The basic specs of this bike are good, and it looks great out of the box. That is where the love affair ends. We found that after dozens of emails back and forth with Critical Cycles, the company knows very little about its product or bikes really. We bought the 38/SM size and this bike was unboxed two weeks ago. We thought we would have it on the road in a matter of days.

Out of the box we put it on the bike stand (I worked in a bike shop in a past life) and after checking the bike out a bit we followed the easy instruction video on Critical Cycles website (only for single speed) and here is where the problems began.

Right away, the fender rubbed against the rear wheel and no amount of tightening or loosening would fix it (we contacted Critical Cycles, and they told us to bend the U-stay, bend the fender, etc., sent us the wrong sized fender - total mess and terrible service), and then we finally contacted Amazon (who responded with a prompt offer of a return and replacement, a discount, or a refund).

We ordered the Small 38 step through (women's).

Basic Problem:

The geometry was all wrong in my view. It was as if the bike had been built but Critical never had anyone build and test these at the plant before sending them from China to the USA. The rear fender rubbed, and was not workable with the wheels provided (Critical sent the wrong size as a replacement - see picture), and after emails back and forth with Critical Cycles we decided to stop trying with them and ask Amazon for a full refund.

Other issues:

The rear rack required tweaking (beyond normal) to fit (see picture)

The front V-brake mounts seemed to be the wrong size for the brakes. No amount of tweaking could get it to work. V-brakes are easy to work with and should work with slight adjustment UNLESS the wheel/mounts on fork/wheel size are wrong.

Any teenage kid without any training can build a bike out of the box and only fine tuning and wheel adjustments require a shop. I have a home shop with bike stand, and have taken bikes apart and put them together for over 20 years, and this bike had real problems. The geometry was all wrong for the wheel set, brakes, rack, etc.

I am sure the other sized version of this is better and even if I were a short person (I bought this for a 5'3" woman) I think the larger size is the only way to go. Even then, the complaints about geometry and fit are quite abundant here. Just have a look at all the "fender does not fit" etc., complaints. While some people like winging it - I felt that the bike should build and ride as advertised. Some of the more positive reviews here - if you read between the lines - also had some of the same problems. Why buy a bike that is only 70% what it is supposed to be. There are many other better bikes out there.

As I began this process I had rated this as a 4 star purchase, then after customer service did nothing (Critical Cycles) I finally asked Amazon to take it back and after a few hiccups with the return Amazon refunded 100% of our cost. The hours wasted on this bike I'll never get back.

We finally sent it back after 30 days of time wasted trying to get Critical to stand behind their product and ordered a Windsor bike elsewhere. On Amazon, Schwinn offers a solid city, commute, and grocery shopping bike for under $200 on Amazon (Wayfair) so if you are looking for a basic bike I'd go with that. We spent a bit more and got a Windsor bike and love it. Once again, hats off to Amazon for the refund!
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Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver
Price: $299.00
49 used & new from $229.00

5.0 out of 5 stars ... is my second AT turntable and this is a great machine!, May 21, 2015
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This is my second AT turntable and this is a great machine!


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