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Zak! Designs Placemat with Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Frozen, Set of 4, BPA-free Plastic
Zak! Designs Placemat with Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Frozen, Set of 4, BPA-free Plastic
Offered by Genesis17:7 Bargains
Price: $8.99
5 used & new from $8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice prints and easy to clean; thin but seem durable; smooth bottom makes them slide off the table easily, May 31, 2015
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My wife who likes Frozen got these placemats for daily use. The prints are very nice and look very good. The placemats are very thin but are of good quality and should be some what durable. While the top side is matt print (not glossy, but easy to wipe clean), the bottom side is very smooth making them slippery on wooden dining table surfaces (We do keep our table top well-cleaned and polished).


Zak! Designs Placemat with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Graphics, Set of 4, BPA-free Plastic
Zak! Designs Placemat with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Graphics, Set of 4, BPA-free Plastic
Price: $9.99
3 used & new from $9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice matt print designs, thin but appear durable; bottom side is smooth making them a bit slippery on polished table surfaces, May 30, 2015
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Our son really likes Teenage mutant ninja turtles. So we were excited to get these placemats for daily use. Our son liked the print design very much. The placemats are very thin but are of good quality and should be some what durable. While the top side is matt print (not glossy, but easy to wipe clean), the bottom side is very smooth making them slippery on wooden dining table surfaces (We do keep our table top well-cleaned and polished).


Vivere UHSDO9 Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand - Tropical
Vivere UHSDO9 Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand - Tropical
Price: $129.97
16 used & new from $110.47

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to assemble and transport; Stays sturdy; Metal hook minimizes wear on the rope; not comfortable for two adults, May 25, 2015
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Having moved to a newly developing neighborhood, we do not yet have trees in our yard. So were looking for a nice hammock that can be comfortably moved indoors during the winter. This hammock came with a nice "space-saving" stand included and fit our bill for an easily movable one and we got it for less than a hundred buck on one of those lightening deals.

It came well-packed and was very easy to assemble. Took less than 15 minutes. I did put some dry wax at the junction between the iron poles (I wish the manufacturer had included a little bit of lubricant to make it easy to assemble). The hammock itself is made very well and and ropes at the end are tied together and completed with a nice metal "hook". This should minimize/get rid off the wear on the ropes. The hammock is very comfortable to lay down on, but unlike advertised, it is just for one person. It fits two adults, but is very uncomfortable - may be it will be comfortable if rods were used at either ends to "flatten" the hammock.


ALPS Mountaineering Escape Camp Chair with Included Footrest and Shoulder Carry Bag
ALPS Mountaineering Escape Camp Chair with Included Footrest and Shoulder Carry Bag
Price: $57.42
7 used & new from $43.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Durable light weight aluminum frame; Cloth is strong and easy to clean; foot rest works well and is very comfortable, May 25, 2015
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Our current camp chairs while comfortable, do not allow us to "put our feet up". This awesome camp chair with a "removable" foot-rest is very very convenient. The strong but light weight aluminum frame makes it easy to carry around. The cloth is not cheap and is well-made and durable as well as easy to clean. The foot rest's can also be adjusted for its height by shortening the strap.

The only thing that stopped me from giving it five stars is the relatively cumbersome way to remove the foot rest. I would have liked if it folded underneath the chair when not needed.


Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Veggie and Herb Kit, 8 Seed Pods
Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Veggie and Herb Kit, 8 Seed Pods
Price: $9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to start a veggie garden, but seeds were left on the surface and get removed when you peel the lid off!!, May 25, 2015
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We are teaching our kids this summer on how to start a garden and we thought these would help since starting veggies from seeds can get quite frustrating (based on our own experience). We were excited to see these all-included "seed pods" as a good start for young kids and novice gardeners or those that do not have time to get things properly prepared. While pricey (~$1 per pot), we were sold by its convenience.

Unfortunately, the execution was not as good as the idea! First of all, most of the seeds were right on the surface of these pods. As you peel the lid off some seeds stuck to the lid and got removed from the pod. It is unfortunate that Miracle-Gro didn't even think of this. They could have simply put a cheese cloth-type barrier between the sticky peel-off lid and the contents. This was easily noticeable for large seeds such as zucchini and cucumber, but not for spinach, peppers and tomatoes! I can see now why several reviewers mentioned they go nothing germinating.

If you carefully peel the lid and make sure you put the seeds a bit deeper in to the pod, it works well and all our seeds germinated well. I will post periodical updates on how the plants perform.


Motorola SCOUTTRAINER50 Rechargeable Advanced Remote Training System with 3  Training Modes and Verbal Correction using Push-to-Talk Feature
Motorola SCOUTTRAINER50 Rechargeable Advanced Remote Training System with 3 Training Modes and Verbal Correction using Push-to-Talk Feature
Price: $179.99
31 used & new from $179.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice remote with a walkie-talkie, reduces the need for static correction; remote unit is not rechargeable and too big, May 20, 2015
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We are currently using a basic Petsafe model correction collar and our dog is trained well. We have never had to use anything other than a little beep with this collar and our dog understands that he should stop whatever he is doing. We were excited to see this model of Motorola trainer which has a walkie-talkie feature and clearly marked buttons for different controls.

The correction unit is nicely made and has a thick nylon collar which can be removed/replaced/cleaned if needed. The unit and collar are waterproof which also makes it very convenient. Motorola provides you with replacement "pins" of different lengths so that you can change them if you have a dog with thick undercoat or one with very little fur. I found this to be very useful. The walkie talkie feature is really awesome. You dont have to make your dog guess when you are training him. You can issue commands such as stay, sit or quiet w/o even using the buttons. There is just a beep and vibration only button which is also very useful if you are like me and do not want to use the static on your dog. There are 15 different levels of correction if needed. Another nice add-on is the test light unit (Donot loose it). When you change the pins, you can place the test light on the pins and check if the connection is okay - this way you dont have to test it on your dog!

You can pair a single remote control unit to four different motorola dog collars so that you can use one remote for multiple dogs. You select the correct collar and issue commands or corrective button actions. The remote has a nice LCD which displays key information.

The two issues I have with the collar are about the remote control unit. The remote control unit is really large! 5" tall x 1.8" wide x 0.75" thick. I found this rather inconvenient to take during walks. It's too large to fit in the hand or keep in your pockets. They could have made it a bit smaller. The other issue is the batteries on the remote control are not rechargeable - just AAA batteries. Even if you wanted to use rechargeable batteries, you cannot charge them in the remote control either. Only the collar is rechargeable.
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Sony 4K HD Video Recording FDRAX33 Handycam Camcorder
Sony 4K HD Video Recording FDRAX33 Handycam Camcorder
Price: $998.00
24 used & new from $799.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Image quality is just wow! amazing stability even at 10x zoom, USB chargeable; a bit heavy and no internal memory, May 16, 2015
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Despite all mobile devices having HD video cameras, we still use our Sony camcorder to collect memories during vacation, family gatherings and kids performances. The ability to zoom, focus and record in a variety of light settings cannot be matched by my phone or ipad. We were therefore excited to get this new 4K handycam from Sony.

** summary positives and negatives **
The FDRAX33 records at 4x higher resolution than a full HD camcorder, has a 10x optical zoom, wifi capability, USB charging port, manual zoom etc. and an awesome image stabilizer feature. It is noticeably heavier than our current handycam and has no internal memory!

* amazing image quality and stability *
The image quality with this handycam is just WOW! We only have a full HD TV - therefore, we had to use a friends gaming desktop which has a super duper video card to test the videos. The image quality is noticeably higher and you are able to zoom in to parts of the video w/o noticeable reduction in resolution. You can choose to record at 60 or 100 Mbps (high speed recording). Default is 4K @ 60 mbps and 100 mbps requires a higher speed SD card. Obviously, such high quality recording also demands lots of space. This model does not have any internal memory, but takes regular SD or SDXC/HC memory cards or sony memory sticks.

Another excellent feature is the image stability. At 10x zoom, with our current handycam we always have an issue with image stability - I have to try and put the cam on a stable spot or hold it with both hands. With the FDRAX33, it is not a problem at all; unless you shake deliberately, the image is superstable.

The camcorder has a 3” touchscreen LCD screen as well as a color view finder. The viewfinder helps save the battery. The touchscreen is not very responsive (not as much as modern smartphones for example) and I feared breaking the touchscreen with some hard pushes. However, the touchscreen has several useful menu features.

Low light performance depends on the shooting mode and resolution. For good 4K recording, the recommended light level is 9 lux vs. 3 lux for HD.

* wifi features *
- sharing images/videos
The camcorder can connect to your home network and directly display videos/photos on your network-enabled TV. The camcorder appears as a media device. Unfortunately, it does not display 4K movies, only AVCHD, MP4 movies and photos. It is also a bit slow in displaying (slow TV refresh rate?).

If you want to share videos/pictures to your computer via wifi you need to install Sony’s PlayMemories software on your computer (available for both Windows and Mac). You can also transfer photos/videos to your smartphone, but you need to install Sony’s PlayMemories mobile app (Android/iOS). You can connect an android phone using NFC (near field) or iPhone/iPad using wifi. For connecting the phone and camcorder using wifi, the camcorder creates a local network with its own SSID and password to which you have to connect your phone.

Obviously, the easiest way to copy data is to pop out the SD card and directly copy files.

- phone as a remote for recording
You can also use your phone or mobile devices as a remote to control the camcorder using the same app above. However, the features available are just shooting mode (video/photo) and zoom. The zoom responds a bit slow.

- online streaming of videos
Using a Ustream account, you can live stream videos from the camcorder to friends/family. However, setting up the ustream account on the camcorder is not easy. For some reason, you have to connect the camcorder to your PC and use Sony’s PlayMemories software to set it up. I have not tested it yet and will update when I do. One issue here is that you cannot connect your devices to the home network/internet as well as your phone at the same time - So it is either live stream or remote control via phone.

* manual mode *
There is a MANUAL mode where you can manual control zoom, focus, shutter speed etc. This is a cool feature. I used it for focusing and you are able to focus object in the distance while keeping foreground objects out of focus or vice versa. You can focus between two people one in the foreground and one in the back ground. It gives quite a professional effect to your videos.

* USB charging *
Another awesome feature is the ability to charge the battery using an USB port. Do note that this requires a 5V USB output port. Therefore, you dont have to carry the AC adapter with you on your trips. However, it does take significantly longer time (~2x longer) to charge using the USB vs AC adapter.

* tad too heavy *
A major negative with the FDRAX33 is its weight. It weighs a whopping 1.5 lbs with the battery making your hands get tired pretty soon - reminded me of the Hi8 handycam days.

Overall, an awesome camcorder that records super high quality videos, but is a bit heavy.


Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch, Works with Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router (SE4008-FFP)
Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch, Works with Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router (SE4008-FFP)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to add "six" additional ethernet ports to your current home network. Plug and play - No customization for adv users!!, May 16, 2015
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When we first had our broadband connection, our desktop was the only electronic device that required an ethernet port and we had two laptops that connected wirelessly. Now both the number of wired and wifi devices have exploded in the past ten years - gaming devices, phones, tablets, TVs, BD players, printers, video cameras, still cameras, VOIP, home thermostat - you name it. I hear that even the fridge and range are getting wifi. While most are wifi capable, for security and speed we still have a number of devices connected to our router via the ethernet port e.g. the PC, xbox, TV on which we stream movies, VOIP device, home NAS drive etc. It is very easy to out number the four ethernet ports on standard home routers these days. This 8 port switch is a very easy way for home networks to add "six" additional ports (see explanation below).

The switch appears a bit bulky (8" x 10" x 1"), but stays put and you can place your router right on top of it. All I had to do was to connect one of the router's out ports to a port on the switch. After that simply connect any additional devices you want to add on to the switch and finally turn both router and switch back on. Everything worked as expected. The router's configuration software also detected all the devices connected - either directly or through the switch without any issues.

Do note that even though this is called a 8-port switch, it essentially adds only six more ports to your current router. You will lose one port on the router and one port on the switch to connect the router and switch to each other! It is advertised to work with a specific linksys router in the product name, but it did work well with our current linksys router (a different model) as well as our old D-link and netgear routers without any issues.

The device has a feature called QoS (quality of service) where it is supposed to prioritize specific devices' traffic to enable smooth streaming of movies or online gaming. The manual does not say how it works or how to set-up specific devices for QoS. So there is no customization. We ended up doing it using our router's configuration tool.


DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable Heavy Duty Canvas Reusable Shopping Tote Bag, Natural and Black Chevron, Set of 3
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable Heavy Duty Canvas Reusable Shopping Tote Bag, Natural and Black Chevron, Set of 3
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Strong cloth and double stitched seams, contnuous bottom - holds good weight and easy to carry; nice prints are an added bonus!, May 16, 2015
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We do our grocery shopping with reusable shopping bags mostly using the store brand bags. While they are convenient and cheap ($1), they are not as durable and do not have good carrying capacity. This was especially a problem, when we decide to walk to the store for shopping (we live about half a mile from our grocery store). These bags are well-made and relatively easy to carry. The seams are double-stitched and covered, the bottom is continuous and not held by a stitch. These are made of much stronger cloth and hold weight well (30 lbs specified). We were able to cary these bags comfortably in our hands or they have straps long enough to comfortably place on your shoulders. However, the volume that these bags hold might be a bit lower than other "shopping bags". The expanded size is 15" x 14" x 4".

My wife was excited about the one with the chevron print and even mentioned that she can even use it for library visits and even to school/work when she has a carry a few additional items. The designs are all printed; So, I am not sure how long the print would last, but the bags appear quite durable.


Solvit 62313 Waterproof Bench Seat Cover for Pets
Solvit 62313 Waterproof Bench Seat Cover for Pets
Price: $19.99
35 used & new from $8.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Held nicely in place by three different attachments; protects the seat well; has holes for seat belt, May 9, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
We had a tough time keeping the car/seat clean with our highly active black lab mix on road trips and even short day trips to near by parks or lakes. Some previous home-made solutions like tarp did not help as they wont stay in place or be uncomfortable for fellow human passengers to sit on. The solvit bench seat cover has loops to "hang" it from headrests and "holders" to tuck in the gap between the bench and back of the seat. Both these help very well to hold the cover in place even when the dog walks around on the seat. There are large holes to place the seat belts through. The cover while relatively thin appears to be quite durable and really helps in keeping the seat from getting soiled.

If you do not want the dog to walk around, get a dog safety belt which is very helpful to us. The one thing I would like to see is clip-on style belts to easily loop through during attaching or detaching the seat cover on the head rests.


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