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Black Garbage Bags, 33x39, 33 Gallon, 100/Case, 1.7 Mil
Black Garbage Bags, 33x39, 33 Gallon, 100/Case, 1.7 Mil
Offered by Plasticplace
Price: $27.99
7 used & new from $20.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Would be great if they didn't have messed-up bottoms, April 28, 2014
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Unlike most quality bags that have a sealed single flat line for a bottom, these come together in one big mashed-up sealed point in the middle. Makes it very awkward for certain uses, can't neatly cover rectangular items, for instance. I for one will look for another brand next time.

Westek TM08DHB Decorative Indoor Power Strip Timer, White
Westek TM08DHB Decorative Indoor Power Strip Timer, White
Price: $15.98
5 used & new from $12.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID THESE -- THEY'RE PURE GARBAGE, August 19, 2013
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I trustingly bought several of these, and they all broke within a few months. This stuff is like a poster child for garbage-y cheap Chinese electrical stuff that fails within a very short period of time, once they have your money. You all know the type of product I'm talking about, yep, this is it. I'll avoid any "Westek" product know I know they couldn't care less to make and sell a quality product. Garbage, garbage, garbage.

Green Light Rooting Hormone - 2 oz 06920A (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Green Light Rooting Hormone - 2 oz 06920A (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FRAUD -- Does *NOT* contain fungicide!!, July 13, 2013
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My uncle's garden is in an extremely humid area (central Texas) and he has recurring problems with fungus on tomato cuttings. The old Rootone formula with fungicide used to work like a charm. Once that was taken off the market, virtually all the current offerings have nothing but the rooting hormone itself, indole butyric acid. This listing is an absolute scam, falsely claiming that this has fungicide --- it absolutely, positively does NOT!!
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InSinkErator Evolution Pro Excel 1 HP Garbage Disposer, Stainless Steel
InSinkErator Evolution Pro Excel 1 HP Garbage Disposer, Stainless Steel
Offered by Way More Parts
Price: $339.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly built, June 16, 2013
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This thing will chew up anything you throw at it -- meat gristle, fibrous vegetables, all the things that cheaper grinders can't deal with. Whisper quiet, built like a tank. A very worthwhile investment, as it should provide many years of dependable service. Highly recommended.

OliveNation Green Peppercorns 16 oz
OliveNation Green Peppercorns 16 oz
Offered by JR Mushrooms & Specialties
Price: $34.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Finest Quality", My A**.........., March 9, 2013
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These are in fact the worst green peppercorns I have ever experienced in my life. A foul, foul smell of burnt rubber made them unpalatable. A repeat of the bad experience I had with this same seller's white peppercorns -- they were of the cheap variety known to have foul smells from being fermented in stagnant water to remove the outer black shells. Those too stank so bad - but differently from these green ones --- that the only thing to do is throw them away. BEWARE! This verdor sells the worst quality, cheapest garbage imaginable to maximize his profit at your expense.
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The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
by Jay Bahadur
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.33
78 used & new from $6.94

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid This One ..... Really Tedious, January 31, 2013
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This is actually a very poorly-written, rather boring and tedious waste of time. This is one of those books that about 2 or 3 chapters in, you start looking for another book to read that actually might be fairly interesting, and it becomes a chore to finish.

The author could have said all he had to say in about one chapter. Not that much that qualifies as "big picture" material, most of it is like a tedious journal of what the author did each day he was in Somalia. He describes at tedious length boring and unenlightening conversations with pirates and quotes every banal utterance these uneducated lowlifes could muster. The author even sinks to many pages of tedious accounting spreadsheets of how much each pirate and other players in hijackings make from a given ransom, etc.

I'm sure there must be very good books on piracy in Somalia. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them, and after reading this book, I no longer even care to seek them out.

Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder
Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder
Offered by Eastern Trading
Price: Click here to see our price
41 used & new from $150.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Grinders on The Market, December 25, 2012
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Breville does it again with a top-quality appliance. The thing works beautifully, with full control over grind size and time.

*However*, don't use it the way it's engineered, namely using the top hopper to store beans. That's utterly absurd, to store them at room temperature in a non-airtight container. True coffee connoisseurs know that roasted beans, like most other food items, suffer this fate called "getting stale", and it happens rapidly starting a few days after roasting.

Ideal time for most beans after roasting is about 48-72 hours, before that "rest" time, they still have a 'green' taste that needs to dissipate, and later than that, the complex aromatics in roasted coffee start to quickly deteriorate. The solution is to keep freshly-roasted, properly-rested beans in the FREEZER ..... trust me, all the morons who warn you to NOT use the freezer because supposedly moisture will condense on the beans and cause some catastrophe like the end of the world or something, absolutely, positively do NOT know what they are talking about. Beans in the freezer will retain their freshness for many, many months.

Also, do *not* use the plastic receptacle that the grounds get delivered to. While it works OK, it suffers from the usual inconveniences like static electricity causing grounds to stick to the sides and you have to tap it loose, and you have to fit the pieces back in after use, etc. MUCH better solution is to buy a Medelco 4-cup glass carafe for like ten bucks, and use IT as a replacement for the plastic grounds receptacle.

Totally quick, static-free dumping of the grounds into your coffee maker, since it's made of glass, not plastic. And it fits perfectly under the spout that the grounds come out of. The Breville is so superb that it doesn't spew the grounds out all over everything when the plastic receptacle is gone. Instead, the grounds come out in this perfect clean vertical stream, right into my glass carafe substitution. Try this combination, you will love it, and you'll have the most-convenient, quickest and best solution for a coffee grinder imaginable.

Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe, Polished Silver
Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe, Polished Silver
Offered by Kitchen Kapers
Price: $329.00
9 used & new from $245.00

19 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!, December 24, 2012
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Sorry to all the 5-Star lunatics gushing over this thing, but it's really nothing but a horribly overpriced ripoff. Apparently most of the 5-Star crazies have no idea of what a really well-brewed cup of prime coffee tastes like. Or else it must have a huge markup for retailers who promote it endlessly as one of the best coffeemakers out there, since it absolutely, positively is NOT.

First of all, there is the issue of the flavor of its brew, which is crap. This mostly comes from the over-fast brewing cycle, with all the water poured in one non-stop cycle.

Temperature of the water is only *one* factor contributing to an excellent cup of coffee. Much more important is to pre-wet the grounds with boiling water, and let them steep for about 3 minutes before pouring the rest of the water in. Unfortunately, no electric coffee maker available today can do this. So for maximum flavor with a little bit of inconvenience, you're far better off manually boiling water in a teakettle and using a Melitta-filter-type setup to brew directly into a stainless-steel thermos, after first just wetting the grounds and allowing them to steep the few minutes before pouring in the rest of the water.

Ostensibly, according to the marketing hype, this thing's purported ability to deliver near-boiling water to the grounds is justification for the absurdly high price of $300 or more. Yet it can't even do that, the claim is an outright lie. Water is at boiling temperature only at point of contact with the heating element, which is simple physics. It loses its temperature fast, like a degree or two per second. By the time it gets pumped out the uninsulated steel tube and into the grounds, it has cooled down closer to around 180-185 degrees F. I know, because I actually took the time and effort to test it with a high-end digital thermometer. If you don't believe me, try it yourself.

If you absolutely *do* want an automatic coffee maker, the best one I can advise you on is the Melitta 46894. At about $60, it's one-fifth the price of this piece of crap, and it's well-made to boot, without all the loose pieces of cheap plastic of this abomination of a clumsy Technivorm. The Melitta has a "robust" brewing cycle that slows down the brewing, providing a near-steeping experience and a very rich, deep cup of coffee. And it even has a timer allowing you to have it ready when you wake up, which this lousy Technivorm can't even bring itself to provide for the ripoff price. The Melitta absolutely, positively makes far better coffee than this thing.

Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I have little patience for overpriced, pretentious ripoffs. And that I don't mince words in calling out manufacturers and publishers that they are simply defrauding their customers with phoney and deceitful claims. This item clearly falls into that category. If it were priced at what it's worth and what it costs to manufacture, namely about $45, I might give it 2 stars. But as it is, this product is as bad a phoney piece of overpriced and misrepresented gadgetry as they come.
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Being Sued? The Insider Secrets of Asset Protection: The ULTRA TRUST®
Being Sued? The Insider Secrets of Asset Protection: The ULTRA TRUST®
by Rocco Beatrice
Edition: Paperback
Price: $65.72
8 used & new from $65.72

1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING!! TOTAL RIPOFF!!!, November 27, 2012
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The inexcusably high price of this book should tell you something, and yes, it's just what you'd think -- a total ripoff. Like another reviewer said, nothing but self-serving advertisement for the author's dubious "special" variant of what is already long-spelled-out in state law.

His "copyrighted" variant is rather like saying there is something genuine called an "Ultra Corporation", and there's not -- you either comply with established law and create a bona fide state-licensed corporation, or you don't, nothing more. In this case, you for the most part simply get state protections afforded by irrevocable trusts, and that has been around for a long, long time.

The book is shockingly poorly written, filled with grammatical mistakes, unbelievably repetitive and redundant, and goes off into endless irrelevant tangents like other business entity details that the author elsewhere makes clear have very limited usefulness. The redundancy and repetitiveness serve as fillers to disguise the true paucity of information in this book, most of which can instead be summarized in just a few pages on a good asset-planning attorney's website.

If you do decide to enrich this author and play his game anyway, just make sure you can get your money back once you see what the detractors of this book are talking about. Buyer beware, as they say.

Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press
Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press
Offered by Eastern Trading
Price: $195.10
33 used & new from $129.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run For Breville, November 17, 2012
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I am honestly astounded at how brilliantly Breville designed this product. Keep it plugged in, and it takes literally just a few seconds to make a fresh-squeezed glass of orange juice. Cleanup is also quick as can be, with few moving parts, it takes less than a minute.

I tried this next to the old standby the Hamilton Beach 932. What a joke that thing is in comparison. Cheesily constructed, clumsy to disassemble for cleaning, and more, it went right back and I kept this Breville.

Take this great appliance to the next level, and be sure you buy ORGANIC citrus, such as from Whole Foods. Valencia oranges are much smaller than Navel, but their juice is more aromatic and complex. Not necessarily better than Navel, which can seem cleaner and more refreshing. But the difference between organic and conventionally-grown (with pesticides and artificial fertilizers) is like night and day not only in flavor, but also in nutrition.

As another tip, don't be one of those people who want their juice sanitized, i.e. minus the pulp. There are two strainer bowls with this juicer, one to let much of the pulp through, and another, finer mesh to get rid of most of it. Get used to the taste with pulp, nutritionists know that it is one of the most health-beneficial parts of fruits, it is loaded with Vitamin C-complex-related bioflavinoids.

You may never have had a truly top-notch fresh-squeezed orange juice in your life, until you try this great appliance with organic fruits. Get this, you'll be totally hooked and unwilling to buy refrigerated or frozen concentrated juice again.

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