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CAIG Audio Survival Kit
CAIG Audio Survival Kit
Offered by Bay 15
Price: $25.17
12 used & new from $24.62

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory kit to a great product, April 25, 2015
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Already rescued a few small electronic devices that have more than justified its cost. A digital audio player with a failing headphone jack now sounds as good a new, and I was also able to clean up a label maker and an emergency radio that had corrosion due to leaking batteries.
Hadn't used the Deoxit products before this but had heard good things about them. This is a good kit for testing the product if you've never used it. Includes a variety of products, concentrations and delivery methods as well as some applicator swabs and brushes..
Probably won't buy this kit again, but I will replace the individual items (in larger more economical sizes when possible) as I use them.


Isotoner Men's Microsuede Moccasin Slipper with Bow
Isotoner Men's Microsuede Moccasin Slipper with Bow
Price: $12.60 - $18.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable enough, April 25, 2015
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Only negative is that the laces are purely decorative. You can't use them to adjust the fit like you can with some other slippers with similar style. They're already starting to loosen up, and being unable to adjust them means I'll be looking for a new pair soon enough

Otherwise comfortable enough, and were inexpensive.

Don't know why Amazon bothers to ask about arch support or all-day wear for slippers.


Parchment Paper for Baking Pan Liners 200 Sheets Silicone Treated 12 X 16 (200)
Parchment Paper for Baking Pan Liners 200 Sheets Silicone Treated 12 X 16 (200)
Offered by John & Jennie’s Kitchen "Family Owned Since 1987"
Price: $19.95
4 used & new from $11.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sacrificed quality for convinence., March 6, 2015
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About the only good thing about this is that it fits a sheet pan perfectly.

This is much thinner than typical parchment paper and is very lightly coated.

Works for baking cookies at 350F, which is a more realistic maximum temperature, but no way I'd reuse it for a second batch. Severe problems with food sticking at higher temps.


Royal Sovereign Sort 'N Save Manual Coin Sorter, Black/Clear (QS-1)
Royal Sovereign Sort 'N Save Manual Coin Sorter, Black/Clear (QS-1)
Price: $24.99
33 used & new from $24.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low volume occasional use, December 3, 2014
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Putting a significant number of coins in the hopper will cause it to jam no matter how slowly you turn the crank, A much more effective method is to hold a small handful of coins in your left hand and slowly release them as you turn the crank.
One plus is if you put a half dollar or dollar coin in the machine, it doesn't get inside the sorting mechanism, so you can easily remove it from the top.
Instructions indicate that it will mis-sort dimes and pennies on occasion. On the other hand sometimes a coin will ride around on the sorting wheel for multiple revolutions before another coin nudges it to the exact position it needs to be in to drop, so the internal tolerances must be pretty tight.
There is a flexible plastic lever that ensures the coins enter the sorting mechanism flat and one at a time. I don't see this lasting very long and don't think this machine is appropriate for daily high-volume usage.
I dd sort coins much faster than when using my set of trays with progressively smaller holes, but if I hadn't bought this on lightning deal for a substantial discount I'd probably return it.


Scotch 8 Inch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, 3-Pack (1458-3AMZ)
Scotch 8 Inch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, 3-Pack (1458-3AMZ)
Price: $23.57
7 used & new from $19.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most cheap plastic-handled scissors for the price, but they're still cheap plastic-handled scissors, October 30, 2014
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Was trying to cut some thin (1/16") plastic, and was surprised a how little force it took to break the handles on one pair.

After two years, the two surviving pairs are excellent in terms of remaining sharp and cutting (paper) cleanly.


1/2" Tips for Small Base Cane, Black- Box contains 1 pair
1/2" Tips for Small Base Cane, Black- Box contains 1 pair
Offered by Ubiquitty
Price: $9.50
8 used & new from $8.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, but not worth the price, October 30, 2014
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Bought these since availability is questionable locally - the local pharmacy keeps move them from a stocked item to special-order and back again. At first, these appeared to be harder and longer-wearing than the pharmacy brand, justifying the higher cost.
While it took longer for the wear to begin to show on the tips, once it did the tips needed to be replaced quickly. Untimely, the pharmacy chain product lasts longer, and their boxes of four tips cost the same as one of these boxes of two tips.


Klein Tools VDV512-058 Coax Explorer Plus Tester
Klein Tools VDV512-058 Coax Explorer Plus Tester
Price: $22.72
17 used & new from $15.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does it's job, but I wish I hadn't bought a disposable device, October 19, 2014
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Performs basic open/short testing and identification as advertised. A pass by no means guarantees a good signal, but if it fails you know the problem is with the cable or its connectors. The identification feature only works if the cable passes the open/short tests.

The color-coded ID plugs are all male F-type connectors, so it's useful to have some barrel connectors available for when the remote cable ends aren't attached to wall plates.

Short male to male cables can be tested by connecting both ends to the tester.

The big drawback is that it's a sealed unit and the batteries cannot be replaced. While the test button is fairly well designed to prevent accidental activation, the fact that an unlucky shift in my tool bag will require replacing the tester that cost ten times what a set of batteries would will mean that next time I'll pay more for the better tester - like I would have done this time if I had read a few more reviews first.


Anco RDB20 Rainy Day Wiper Blade, 20" (Pack of 1)
Anco RDB20 Rainy Day Wiper Blade, 20" (Pack of 1)
Price: $8.22
18 used & new from $2.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars False economizing, October 24, 2013
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I suppose I can't give these one star, since they did last the season. Of course I usually take the winter blades off in April, not May and expect to put winter blades back on in November, not October. They have been doing less than a complete job for most of the past month. Expected better quality from something with the Anco name on them.

Took a chance on these due to the low price. Not worth the savings. There are better wiper blades available for a few dollars more. Anco actually makes better wiper blades that are a only few dollars more.


Wolverine PASS -100 Portable Battery Powered Hand Held Document Scanner
Wolverine PASS -100 Portable Battery Powered Hand Held Document Scanner
4 used & new from $40.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to create readable scans, May 13, 2012
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Setup is easy and quick. The resolution is surprisingly good. Even imperfect scans were easily readable. As a convenient tool to copy something for later reference, it is ideal.

Comes with a protective sleeve, which will help keep the lens clean. While it's not fragile, I'd avoid carrying it around without some better protection against physical damage.

It's easy to slide the scanner down the page and get a readable scan, but even a slight hesitation or tilting during the scan will result in some distortion. Some practice helps, but it's not a replacement for a flatbed scanner if you need a perfect scan.

The biggest drawback is that you need to attach the scanner to a computer to see the scans. Add to that, it can't be used as a scanner when attached. After using the scanner for a bit, you'll know when you've messed up the scan and need to do it over. Since scans have to be fairly quick and there is no discernible warmup or recovery time, it makes sense just to make a second scan any time you're the least bit concerned about an error. There is a red error light for severe problems, but I knew that I'd produced a distorted scan long before the light told me.

The other major issue is getting the extreme top/bottom of a page. Usually the bottom of a page is readable, if slightly distorted. As you need to drag the scanner off the edge of the page to get the last half inch, the distortion effect gets worse the thicker the document is. (The manual suggests backing the page being scanned with a piece of cardboard to minimize this effect, but that is not portable, and may produce other distortion, as well as possibly damage the binding of the book or magazine.) Placing the scanner to get the top of the page without having to drag it onto the page is even more difficult. I find if I want to capture the page number and date of an article, it's easiest to just scan that portion of the page and then scan the article without worrying about the edges.

You need to provide an SD card to hold the scans. It will take a 32GB, but since a full color 8x10" scan of a magazine page is 2-3MB, I don't see a need for such a large card. (I'm using a 4GB class 4 card, and it is both fast enough and likely to hold 1000+ pages.)


iStar D Storm D-300 3U Rackmount Server Chassis D-300
iStar D Storm D-300 3U Rackmount Server Chassis D-300
Offered by Platinum Micro, Inc.
Price: $168.49
7 used & new from $147.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent case if you need all the features., May 2, 2012
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There are relatively few 3U rack mount cases that allow for seven full-height expansion slots. This one also has a rear-mounted power supply, so the airflow is cool air in the front, warm air out the back. This matches most name-brand rack-mount servers and is the way cooling in most server racks and data centers is designed.
The cost of this compatibility is the need for some non-standard components. iStar designs this case to be used with their redundant power supply units. Using a standard rack mount power supply is possible, but requires an adapter plate (and depending on the form factor of the power supply, possibly an internal support bracket as well). Since the case is only 3U high, there is no way to fit an ATX power supply, and the height may limit the choice of CPU cooler. (In the case of the CPU cooler, you're probably safe with a stock cooler, it's the larger premium coolers that won't fit.)
If you need the lower profile and front-to-back cooling to fit in with other servers, this case is worth the price and all the associated costs. If you want a rack-moutable case for a single computer, you may be better off looking for a 4U case or one of the 3U cases that lets you front-mount a standard ATX power supply.
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