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Pokemon 20th Anniversary Plush
Pokemon 20th Anniversary Plush
Price: $16.49
3 used & new from $16.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to any Pokeman collection, June 25, 2016
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This is a cute little plush that any Pokemon enthusiast would appreciate. My kids love it. They enjoyed collecting Pokemon cards and watching the cartoons as kids. This makes a nice addition to any Pokemon collection. It looks and feels well constructed and the fur has a nice shiny luster. It comes in a 20th anniversary package made of vinyl and cardboard. I personally wouldn't buy this for a small child because it seems better suited for collecting than as a toy. There are tons of other plush Pikachus out there better suited as toys. That doesn't mean I feel it will ever become valuable. I stopped buying items for potential value after getting caught up in the Beanie Baby and Superman comic debacles of the 90's. It now sits among other anime collectibles in our home. We aren't worried about whether or not it will one day become valuable. We just like it for what it is.


T-fal FR3900 Triple Basket Deep Fryer with Stainless Steel Removable Pot and Professional Heating Element, 4 Liter, Stainless Steel
T-fal FR3900 Triple Basket Deep Fryer with Stainless Steel Removable Pot and Professional Heating Element, 4 Liter, Stainless Steel
Price: $99.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple use but large counter top footprint, June 24, 2016
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This is a big upgrade over my old Fry Daddy. That was a small cylindrical fryer but this has a noticebly larger footprint. It's roughly the size of a toaster oven. It's fairly light when empty despite the size. It shouldn't be a problem to move around and store away when not in use. The size enables the fryer to accommodate the two small baskets simultaneously or the single large basket. The two smaller baskets enable frying two foods such as shrimp in one basket and fries in another at once. The large basket enables frying larger batches of a single item. The baskets require attaching handles before use. Heating is fast and the fryer cooks nice and evenly as long as you don't overfill the baskets. The controls are pretty simple. Simply set the dial to the desired temperature and cook. It normally doesn't spatter like a skillet but certain conditions can cause it to spatter, such as ice particles on frozen food or other moisture added to the oil. The instruction guide cautions against using animal fats, olive oil, margarine and butter due to excessive smoke risk and lumps of fat or shortening due to flash fire risk. Cleanup involves waiting for the unit to cool, sliding out the heating element, draining the oil and washing the oil pot and baskets. The unit has a magnetic breakaway cord as a safety measure.


IZOD Men's Performance Golf Grid Polo, Black, X-Large
IZOD Men's Performance Golf Grid Polo, Black, X-Large
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and dry in the heat, June 21, 2016
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This is a great shirt for moderately active outdoor activities like golf or wearing in a hot humid environment. The material provides maximum cooling while wicking away moisture. It's not the fabric typically found on polo style shirts. For those unfamiliar with this fabric, it feels soft and slick like rayon rather than thick and course like most cotton polo shirts. It fits exactly as sized. I wear a large if I want a tightly tapered fit and x-large if I want a looser more airy fit. It fits loosely without looking baggy, sloppy or too big. Happy to add this to my collection of similar sporting shirts.


Ferrari Men's 'Redrev' Quartz Black Casual Watch (Model: 0830302)
Ferrari Men's 'Redrev' Quartz Black Casual Watch (Model: 0830302)
Price: $76.96
8 used & new from $76.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and unique casual watch, June 21, 2016
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The design of this watch is interesting. The color scheme is yellow and black and the face resembles a tachometer, complete with green zone to red zone indicators. Hours are indicated in 24 hr format along the inside of the face and minutes along the outside edge of the face. It has the Ferrari name and logos along the band and on the face. It's not tacky or garish looking at all. It looks much more subtle on the arm than in the product photo. The case is plastic with a stainless steel back. The band is made of silicone and feels soft rather than overly rigid. The mineral crystal sits nearly flush with the case. The watch has an accurate Japanese quartz movement.

Overall, the build quality is very nice. The packaging is even top notch. The box, pillow and instruction book are all very nice and classy. They literally include a tiny instruction book rather than a foldout. The watch would make a great gift. It’s a nice casual watch that can also be used as a sporting watch. The water resistance is rated 3 ATM on the case. Accidental splashes from sources like hand washing or rain won't hurt it but it's not suitable for swimming, diving or other full immersion.

One quick heads-up; there is a barely noticeable catch in the form of the Ferrari logo molded into the band. It helps keep the watch band secure. Make sure you push it out of the cutout when unfastening the watch. I’ve had quite a few silicone and rubber bands rip and tear in the past. If this one tears, that spot looks like one of the weak spots along with where the band folds when unlatching. The latter is where nearly all of my prior rubber/silicone bands failed.


Belkin Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5s - Retail Packaging - Clear
Belkin Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5s - Retail Packaging - Clear
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality but pricey, June 21, 2016
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Belkin makes one of the better film type screen protectors. Application is relatively easy if you're careful and in an area without a high concentration of dust. They provide cleaning cloths and lifting tape to help ensure a dust-free application. The finished product is pretty smooth and doesn't interfere with operation in any manner. It's not as smooth as glass but it's the next best thing and smoother than most cheap film protectors. Belkin films also don't have the rainbow effect and other visual defects found on many cheap protectors.

So why only three stars? Because it only comes with one protector. Ten bucks for one protector makes this one of the highest priced film protectors out there. Even other well known high quality brands like Power Support give you two films for less than the price of one of these films. Belkin makes great quality protectors but you can get just as good or better for less. You can even get superior quality glass protectors for less than this single pack film protector.


Lux Products TX9600TS Universal 7-Day Programmable Touch Screen Thermostat
Lux Products TX9600TS Universal 7-Day Programmable Touch Screen Thermostat
Price: $54.99
23 used & new from $42.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Former Honeywell user. Like it so far, June 20, 2016
I was researching thermostats to replace my current 4 wire model. I don't have a C wire and the system is 25 years old, so an expensive wifi model was out of the question. I just wanted something reliable to last another year or two until I replace the entire system. After reading reviews here and seeing how highly rated it was among users and on consumer reports, I decided to try it. I've used Honeywell in the past but most of their thermostats have a new feature that alternates between heat and cool into regulate temperature. No thanks. When my heat is off for the summer, I want it to stay off. So after buying the Lux thermostat, installation was ridiculously simple. I wish the 7-day programming were a tad easier and the display a bit brighter. Other than that, no complaints.


Delsey Luggage Chatillon Trolley Tote, Black
Delsey Luggage Chatillon Trolley Tote, Black
Price: $76.36
15 used & new from $69.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent personal item bag with one glaring flaw, June 20, 2016
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This tote just replaced backpacks as my personal item on flights. Like backpacks, it has a dedicated sleeve for laptops or tablets. It also has numerous pockets for storing delicate items like small electronics, jewelry or fragile souvenirs separately from bulkier items inside the main compartment. It has ample space for everything my backpack stored and it has three modes of transporting: handles, shoulder strap and rolling wheels with handle. It's big enough to easily pack two outfits for a quick weekend trip but still small enough to be considered a personal item. It even has elastic straps inside for securing clothing or other items. If you're flying on one of those discount airlines that charges for everything, it can help avoid extra fees for carry-ons.

The bag is great but has one inexplicable flaw that's kind of annoying. Despite dual fabric handles on the top, the bag has a hard plastic handle on the bottom. It looks like a handle but the opening is only wide enough for small hands, making me think it's not meant to be a handle. It seems like it could be a counter-balance for the wheels if the bag is sat on the wheel side but it actually does the opposite and causes the bag to tip, especially if full. The bag is actually more stable sitting upside down but it looks goofy and exposes the main carrying handles to the floor in that position. In any event, the bag would be much better without it and it's the only flaw on an otherwise excellent bag. It's easily five stars if that handle weren't there.


Delsey Luggage Chatillon 29 Inch Expandable Trolley, Black
Delsey Luggage Chatillon 29 Inch Expandable Trolley, Black
Offered by eBags
Price: $169.99
14 used & new from $99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Large enough to leave nothing behind, June 18, 2016
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I grabbed both the 29” and 25” inch bags in this Chatillon line. The bags are quite similar with the 29” obviously being larger. Inside the bag is plenty of room for up to two weeks of clothing, making it my go-to bag for longer trips or if my wife and I decide to share a bag for a week long trip. The trolley unzips to expand volume a couple inches forward if needed. The bag is nicely crafted and the quality feels solid. It has brushed metal zippers with color accents to distinguish the lid zippers from the expansion zippers. The handle and roller wheels work very nice and it seems well balanced when full. The interior has two pockets, one large and one small, along with an elastic retainer. There are two pockets on the exterior as well, one large and one small. The small pocket was labeled as “waterproof”. There was no such label on the similar pocket on the 25” bag. You lose a tiny bit of internal capacity due to the built-in overweight mechanism but it’s negligible at best. Speaking of the overweight mechanism, it’s pretty cool. It works like a very basic version of the cheap little digital consumer luggage scales. You lift the packed bag and suspend it by the built-in overweight mechanism. A red indicator will alert if the bag is over 50 pounds. It’s very basic and only tells you if the bag is overweight or not. I still prefer using either a home scale, a more advanced digital luggage scale or the luggage scale provided by many hotels and resorts. The reason is because of the digital display. If a scale shows me an exact weight, it helps me to determine how much more I can pack or how much I need to remove. However, if no other scales are available or you simply need a simple reassurance that the bag isn’t overweight, the built-in scale is more than sufficient. Just remember that as light as the bag feels, the stated empty weight is nearly ten pounds. I can't confirm this with any of my scales because they have a 20 pound minimum but I plan to try and verify it the first chance I get.


Delsey Luggage Chatillon 25 Inch Expandable Trolley, Black
Delsey Luggage Chatillon 25 Inch Expandable Trolley, Black
Offered by Baggielific
Price: $89.95
15 used & new from $80.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely made with a useful extra feature, June 16, 2016
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I grabbed both the 29” and 25” inch bags in this Chatillon line. The bags are quite similar with the 25” obviously being slightly smaller. Inside the bag is ample room for at least a week of daily clothing; two weeks if the clothing is light like summer wear. The trolley unzips to expand volume a couple inches forward if needed. The bag is nicely crafted and the quality feels solid. It has brushed metal zippers with color accents to distinguish the lid zippers from the expansion zippers. The handle and roller wheels work very nice and it seems well balanced when full. The interior has two pockets, one large and one small, along with an elastic retainer. There are two pockets on the exterior as well, one large and one small. You lose a tiny bit of internal capacity due to the built-in overweight mechanism but it’s negligible at best. Speaking of the overweight mechanism, it’s pretty cool. It works like a very basic version of the cheap little digital consumer luggage scales. You lift the packed bag and suspend it by the built-in overweight mechanism. A red indicator will alert if the bag is over 50 pounds. It’s very basic and only tells you if the bag is overweight or not. I still prefer using either a home scale, a more advanced digital luggage scale or the luggage scale provided by many hotels and resorts. A digital scale not only tells me if it's overweight but also shows me the exact weight so I know how much more I can pack or how much I need to remove. However, if no other scales are available or you simply need a simple reassurance that the bag isn’t overweight, the built-in scale is more than sufficient. Just remember that as light as the bag feels, it adds eight pounds to the total. We'll be using the bag while traveling to Asia in a couple weeks, so I’ll update after the trip on how well it held up.


Reebok Half Cage
Reebok Half Cage
Price: $473.02
2 used & new from $473.02

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5.0 out of 5 stars Restored my faith in ordering cages from Amazon, June 16, 2016
This review is from: Reebok Half Cage (Sports)
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A very bad experience with a Cap brand full-cage left me hesitant to order another training cage from Amazon, through Vine or otherwise. Nothing like being stuck with a lot of heavy useless metal to get rid of. I subsequently trashed it and bought a half-cage from Dicks and I’m very happy with it. When I was offered this Reebok half-cage through Vine, I decided to grab it for my son. I am so glad I gave it another shot. First, the difference in quality between Cap and Reebok is night and day. The Cap cage was packaged terribly and arrived in a mangled box with bolts and washers spilling out of several large gaping holes. The bigger pieces inside weren’t in much better shape with broken parts, dents, rust dust everywhere, sloppy welding and metal shavings rattling inside the parts. Worst of all, I was missing a bar holder for the left side rendering the cage useless. Despite several calls to Cap and promises to ship the missing piece, I never received it. I ultimately tossed the cage.

The Reebok cage is the polar opposite. All pieces arrived intact, damage-free and professionally packaged. Despite the box showing evidence of a little rough treatment during shipping, the box was completely intact and the contents inside were nice, secure and damage-free.

Assembly was on par with the other cages. Manufacturers all seem to love the exploding diagram installation guides and this one is no different. However, Reebok at least broke it down into easier to interpret smaller steps. One cage had only one exploding diagram with all the pieces and I was left to decipher that mess.

Once assembled, it’s an excellent half-cage to slide a bench into and get to work. It’s sized just right for bench press, squats and barbell lunches. It also includes dip bars which thankfully insert into the spotter bar instead of the cage. My cage has what appears to be dip bars integrated into the spotter bars but I’m not so sure. If they are meant for dips, it would require having the wingspan of a seven-foot NBA player to comfortably do dips without blowing out a shoulder. These dip bars are much better spaced and can actually be used. It has an overhead chin-up bar which offers enough clearance in my basement to do pull-ups without bumping your head or being forced to bend your knees. My only minor complaint is the lack of weight sleeves. It only has two Olympic bar sized sleeves (one per side) and two smaller standard sized sleeves. My cage from Dick’s has a total of six Olympic sleeves.

This Reebok cage has restored my faith in ordering cages from Amazon after Cap severely tarnished it.


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