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Prime-Line Products S 4634 Counter Clockwise 5 Cams 5 Pin Mail Box Lock, Brass Face
Prime-Line Products S 4634 Counter Clockwise 5 Cams 5 Pin Mail Box Lock, Brass Face
Price: $7.48
21 used & new from $4.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, some minor things, March 23, 2014
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First, the lock has the "while it's unlocked you can't remove the key" mechanism. If that bothers you keep locking. I don't mind this so much - keeps me from leaving my box unlocked.

What did bother me at least a little bit is the assumption of the door tongues. All of them are short, all of them. It wasn't a major deal - I used the one from the old lock fine - but it's almost like they figure every mail box will be tiny or that the lock will be right up on the edge of the door. In my case I needed one that was 1.5 inches long to reach the edge. The longest in the package was just shy of 1 inch, and while the door did close, it could easily be forced open. Would like to see them include all sizes, from .25 inch all the way up to two inches.

Installation is easy, at least for mailboxes. You slide it into the hole or, if you need a hole, drill one. It does need to be an odd circle/rectangle shape, not a perfect rectangle and not a perfect circle, but that's normal. When you get the lock in place, the clamp slides onto the back to prevent it from falling out, then you attach the tongue. If you're looking at the picture that's the locked position, when the lock is unlocked it goes down, not up. That threw me a bit, so I had to remove and re-attach it.

Tools: you should have a socket wrench (or regular wrench. I make the assumption you have all sizes, I didn't measure how big the nut was). I just used a socket wrench with a Gator Grip ETC-120A Universal Socket Adapter with Power Drill Adapter which worked perfectly. Flathead screwdriver if you're removing an old lock that might be a bit stubborn, that should allow you to remove the clamp in the rear. Drill if it's a new setup.

Time will tell whether it rusts or if there is any other issue with the lock but from what I could tell, it was quality and easy to install.


Ailet Crystal Clear Iphone5/5s Flexible Slim Soft Case -[Minimalism]-[Lightweight]- [Transparent] - [Retail Box] - [Fits All Carriers]
Ailet Crystal Clear Iphone5/5s Flexible Slim Soft Case -[Minimalism]-[Lightweight]- [Transparent] - [Retail Box] - [Fits All Carriers]
Offered by AILET Inc.
Price: $14.99
2 used & new from $7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only an attractive case, but functional, and well designed, March 12, 2014
AILET was kind enough to send me a case for review.

The first impression was that the case fits so snugly and perfectly on the iPhone that it feels as though it should have been part of the base design. Because of its transparency, it allows the basic appearance of the iPhone to shine through without dulling or making it look "ugly" as some other cases tend to do. It feels like a more durable version of the bumper that Apple used to give away due to "Antennagate".

There are cover-style pieces for the buttons, including the power and volume buttons, and a cutout for the speakers and charging port on the bottom. The speaker cutout was not perfectly aligned with the speaker holes, but the charging hole was lined up nicely.

At first, pressing the power button seemed to be a bit more challenging because it forces you to press the button squarely in the middle. Most long-term iPhone users are accustomed to being able to press either side of the button to get it turn on; it's easy to press so you can quickly get to what you need. The power button cover on the AILET case does not allow for this, and it takes some getting used to. In some ways this is a positive design: it prevents you from accidentally pressing the button when you didn't intend to, powering on the screen and draining the battery unnecessarily.

There were two nitpicks observed. First, the edge of the case where it was apparently sealed feels sharp to the touch; not to the point of cutting, but it's apparent when holding the device for calls. If you're a leftie, it's a plus: it helps you hold the phone as it rests comfortably in your thumb. If you're a rightie, it'll be slightly annoying as it will rest in your finger joint and possibly get uncomfortable after a lengthy phone call.

Second was that the phone is not matte or patterned, which means it was prone to slipping out of the hand slightly easier than the phone without the case. Again, if you're a leftie, this likely won't be an issue.

If you're trying to get something that protects the edges of your device and is raised enough to help protect the front and back of an otherwise fragile device, BUT is not unattractive and retains the appearance of the iPhone, consider this case.


LifeCHARGE ONT-PWR-35171 MFI Approved 2300mAh Rechargeable Extended Battery Case for Apple iPhone 5/5S - Retail Packaging - Black
LifeCHARGE ONT-PWR-35171 MFI Approved 2300mAh Rechargeable Extended Battery Case for Apple iPhone 5/5S - Retail Packaging - Black
Price: $65.61
2 used & new from $64.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Power and charging are good. Design changes suggested, March 12, 2014
LifeCHARGE was kind enough to provide a case for review.

The case is actually three different benefits. First, it's a sturdy case for the iPhone. Second, it redirects speaker output on the bottom to face toward the user. Third, it essentially re-charges the iPhone when it goes down to a point, providing roughly a day and a half of heavy usage.

The case acts the same way as external battery packs, used to charge the iPhone rather than keep it charged. The iPhone will discharge as used, but then receive charge from the case. That means that the charging priority is to the case, rather than the iPhone, if you have them both plugged in together. That's not a negative, but it is important to understand that if the case runs out of charge, and your iPhone runs out of charge, and you plug the case in with the iPhone inside, the iPhone won't charge immediately. The case has to get to a certain level of charge before the iPhone will pick up - which means you may need to begin charging your case before it runs completely out of juice.

Another side note is that the charging is not via Lightning cable, but microUSB. If you've had nothing but Apple's iPhone, this will throw you a bit, because unlike Android users, you probably don't have 5-6 microUSB cables laying around. If anything, it should hopefully irritate you to see how inexpensive they are compared to the ripoff that is the Lightning cable.

In testing, the case simply wouldn't charge when plugged directly into a computer via USB. This is likely because the USB port doesn't provide enough output to charge; it's more probable that the case is picky about the port type, just like Apple and Motorola do with their products. Some might find this frustrating, because other external chargers can charge via USB just fine, though slower. If you're good with electronics, you might be able to short a USB cable to "trick" the case to charge at full speed. Plugging directly into an outlet using a USB adapter (the one that comes with the iPad works perfectly) took roughly 3 hours to get sufficient capacity back from a completely empty state.

Grip was improved using the case over the slim, "slippery" form factor of the iPhone. The only issue is that the power button opening makes pressing the power button more difficult than it should be. Hopefully a revision of the product will address this small issue. Of course, the weight of the phone is increased dramatically due to the weight of the battery, so if you're used to the feather light iPhone, this will either shock you or turn you off. If you're coming from larger Android devices you might find this to be a positive.


Menscience Microfine Face Scrub, All Skin Types, 130 ml, 4.4 Fluid Ounce
Menscience Microfine Face Scrub, All Skin Types, 130 ml, 4.4 Fluid Ounce
Price: $29.00
20 used & new from $29.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and low fragrance, March 8, 2014
Menscience Androceuticals was kind enough to provide a bottle of the face scrub for review along with MenScience Face Buff Brush.

The scrub is normally sold as part of the MenScience Men's Skin Care Kit: Cleanser, Moisturizer, Exfoliator, & Facial Cleansing Brush. Talking specifically about the scrub, it does an excellent job in removing dead skin cells. It also does not dry the skin out, despite being a scrub. You can use the scrub by itself with your fingers, working it in using a circular motion. However you'll get a better experience if you use the brush to apply the scrub. The combination will also make it easier to shave. By the time you're finished, your skin will shine and fine line wrinkles will be harder to see. It'll look like you have concealer on, and that's a good thing.

As this is my first time using the scrub, I can't speak on any changed formula. Obviously formula changes are done with reason, and it's possible that the changes are for the better (for example, an identified skin reaction). I experienced no skin reactions or anything negative after repeated usage, both in the morning and evening.

I will note that the "scrub" sensation, as with all scrubs, is done with polyethylene granules, which unfortunately have been in the news recently for harming fish. If that bothers you, consider a different product or use something other than a scrub.


Organic Buckwheat Pillow w/ Free Cotton Pillowcase 26"x15"x3" (White)
Organic Buckwheat Pillow w/ Free Cotton Pillowcase 26"x15"x3" (White)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great for head and neck support, March 6, 2014
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I was skeptical that this pillow would be effective. It will be my 5th pillow in two years; as I age, my neck gets a lot more picky about what I put under it. I noticed many were recommending buckwheat pillows instead of memory foam (which unfortunately gets too hot and soft) or regular plushy or firm pillows.

I did have to add another pillow under it for support due to my broad shoulders. But once I did that, I was able to sleep on this pillow perfectly. I was even able to rub a little groove in for my earlobe, which is really sensitive to firm surfaces and will hurt if I sleep on it. The rest of the pillow retained its shape.

Another side benefit is that the pillow does a decent job of sending heat from your head downwards as opposed to holding it in. it does get warm, but it's never uncomfortable like memory foam can be. The rounded sides serve as a perfect support for your neck no matter how you sleep, though I did feel that your mattress will really make a difference as far as how comfortable you can get it.

In any event, highly recommended if you want a great nights' sleep.


Eye Cream for Wrinkles, Dark Circles & Puffiness with Natural Ingredients, Highest Grade - Lavishly Rich & Creamy for Women, Teens & Men
Eye Cream for Wrinkles, Dark Circles & Puffiness with Natural Ingredients, Highest Grade - Lavishly Rich & Creamy for Women, Teens & Men
Offered by Maple Holistics
Price: $35.00
2 used & new from $12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a concealer, not a cure, March 6, 2014
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As I've gotten older, I have noticed the bags forming under my eyes, especially if I've gone without sleep for extended periods which does happen on occasion. I was seeking an effective solution to this problem that isn't requiring me to apply Preparation-H gently.

This came highly recommended so I decided to give it a try. It's a very light textured cream in a fancy container that is applied with gentle dabs (rubbing the bags makes it worse). I note for the record that I don't have circles or darkness; just the puffy appearance.

This cream is essentially a concealer. It will make any puffiness less visible, less obvious. However the puffiness will still be there; so don't purchase this expecting the puffiness to magically go away. There is a disclaimer on the container that says "severe" cases may require surgery; mine isn't anywhere near as severe as some cases, and in fact if you weren't looking up close you might not even see the puffiness. Despite that the cream was not able to really do much besides make them less visibly obvious.

Not a bad thing, but not what I expected, and definitely not my takeaway of how it was presented.


Smart Weigh Contemporary Series Digital Vanity / Bathroom Scale with an Extra Large 4.3" Backlighted LCD Screen (White)
Smart Weigh Contemporary Series Digital Vanity / Bathroom Scale with an Extra Large 4.3" Backlighted LCD Screen (White)
Offered by MeasuRite
Price: $29.95
2 used & new from $17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid build quality, good display, accurate, March 1, 2014
Measupro was kind enough to provide this scale for review.

I have an electric scale that has all sorts of extras; calorie, fat, multiple measurements, etc. But it's extremely bulky and finicky. Not so with the Smart Weigh. It's slim, trim and very attractive when placed in a bathroom or other area. The LCD is large and easy to read, with an indigo ("Indiglow") backlight and strong contrast. No complaints with readability, even at night, and it does not disturb others.

From the images you might assume the scale is fragile. It is glass, but by no means loose or poorly constructed. It's heavy and sturdy, and you get the sense that short of dropping it on a hard floor, it'll stand up to the test of time very well.

Comes with an initial set of batteries, and with the auto-off feature, it should last you quite a long time. However, there is a trick to the auto-on: it is suggested that you activate the scale by stepping one foot on the scale, right on the LCD area, to wake it up. Let it set back to zero, then proceed to weigh yourself. This will not only help in ensuring accuracy, it'll also make sure that the scale is only on as long as is needed to be weighed effectively.

Last point, and minor:wear socks with this scale. It's cold. Might not be a bad thing on a hot day, but I'm at least pointing it out.


MenScience Androceuticals Daily Face Wash Advanced Liquid Facial Wash with Glycolic and Salicylic Acid for Men, 8 fl. oz. 1 Count
MenScience Androceuticals Daily Face Wash Advanced Liquid Facial Wash with Glycolic and Salicylic Acid for Men, 8 fl. oz. 1 Count
Offered by MenScience Androceuticals
Price: $28.00
16 used & new from $22.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Effective, does not overdry, March 1, 2014
Menscience Androceuticals was kind enough to provide a bottle for sample and review. Note that this face wash is generally most effective as part of a larger facial care kit along with a scrub, brush and lotion.

The lotion does contain salicyclic acid, so if you are sensitive to that I suggest looking elsewhere. However you won't find a more effective face wash for managing breakouts. Using it once every morning as part of my shower has yielded solid management and kept my skin from gettinng any bumps or breakouts. If I stop using it, even for two days, I'll start seeing bumps again.

The only real downside is the smell. It's not horrible or pungent, just smells like plastic or something 'chemical' if that makes sense. Hopefully they will consider making the formula without any sort of smell in the future, but I know sometimes it's unavoidable.

Still recommended, and again, best used with the scrub and brush.


#1 PROVEN Testosterone Booster *More Energy, Sex Drive, & Lean Muscle or Your Money Back!* 100% PURE, Strongest NATURAL T-Boost AND Muscle Builder with Fenugreek (Used in Hollywood!) NO Added Tribulus (Makes it NOT work) ULTRA Effective & NATURAL Results! Teenage-Like Sex Drive, Youthful Energy, & More Muscle with our PROVEN T-Boost Pills - FULLY GUARANTEED!
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Offered by Sheer Strength
Price: $35.97

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Please consult your primary care physician first., February 20, 2014
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Not sure what the trigger was. But after taking this for two days at the recommended dosage and doing some very light exercise (ran up 10 flights of stairs on my way to my desk at work, as I will do when I'm impatient and don't want to wait for the elevator), my heart started racing faster than I know is normal. To the tune of 6 beats per second. No, that's not a typo. 360 beats in a minute is abnormally high, considering most healthy individuals peak at around 200 beats per minute.

I researched all of the stated ingredients and found the serving sizes to be well within acceptable limits. I also found nothing out of the ordinary with the ingredients themselves. I therefore can only assume that either something I consumed reacted, or my body itself did. When I stopped taking the supplements I no longer had the heart racing issue, despite constantly hitting the same stairs.

I didn't take the supplements long enough to assess whether there was any appreciable benefit - for obvious reasons. But I note the heart racing issue as a gentle reminder to consult your doctor just in case there's something unforeseen.


Layrite Super Shine Pomade 1 Oz
Layrite Super Shine Pomade 1 Oz
Offered by Maxton_Men
Price: $7.95
2 used & new from $7.95

2.0 out of 5 stars "Lay"rite? More like Frizzrite., February 20, 2014
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I purchased this pomade as a supplement to the Suavecito Pomade to add shine to an otherwise 'normal' looking matte finish. And in truth, the Layrite Pomade has tremendous shine. It doesn't look greasy or "wet" but your hair does stand out, at least with a short wave. The problem is that it simply has no hold whatsoever, even when using a durag.

First, I had applied the Suavecito which gave me the amazing molded look that I love, not a single follicle out of place, then applied about a dime size amount of the Layrite over top of that, just to give it shine. It basically frizzed my hair. Not good.

Second day, I tried just the Layrite by itself. Again, frizz, and even worse this time. Definitely not good.

Final time, I tried the Layrite as a base with the Suavecito over top. Frizz. Simply made no sense, and I can only speculate that the Layrite is doing something to the hair to purposely make it frizz, which is unfortunate since again, the shine is awesome.

So, if shine is all you care about, or you're not working with short waves, the Layrite Pomade may be for you. If you want hold with that shine, look elsewhere - Suave Professionals, Men's Styling Pomade, 1.75-Ounce (Pack of 4) is a good candidate there. If you just want hold, the Suavecito is so far the best I've seen.


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