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Swingline Standard Stapler Value Pack, Includes Stapler, 5000 Count Staples and Staple Remover, Black (S70754551H)
Swingline Standard Stapler Value Pack, Includes Stapler, 5000 Count Staples and Staple Remover, Black (S70754551H)
Price: $8.29
22 used & new from $6.42

4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight and inexpensive, but a good cost-effective replacement to the traditional stapler., May 13, 2014
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This is probably the first stapler I've ever encountered made of light weight plastic rather than metal. In fact, it feels like the entire product was carefully designed to cut the bottom line and offer a more cost-effective product. Still, it's of reasonable quality. I'm a teacher, and this stapler survived the onslaught of nearly 100 students grabbing for it and quickly stapling their last minute term papers without jamming once.

The Pros:

1. Doesn't jam easily.

2. Inexpensive

The Cons:

1. Surprisingly light

2. Staple compartment doesn't lock-in. The staples aren't likely to fall out, per se, but I'd rather they were better secured.

All in all, a reliable and inexpensive office product.

My Little Pony Flip and Whirl Rainbow Dash Pony Fashion Doll Pet
My Little Pony Flip and Whirl Rainbow Dash Pony Fashion Doll Pet
Offered by Pitter Patter Toys
Price: $27.99
31 used & new from $20.10

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, but I'd recommend ages 3 to 4, April 24, 2014
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My three and six year olds are both My Little Pony fans, so I expected both to enjoy this toy immensely. My six year old found it entertaining for a few minutes, but my three year old may well be enthralled for life. She's able to press down Rainbow Dash and make her do the flip all by herself, and she's positively enamored by this. The add on feature of the tattoos will be a little too sophisticated for a three year old, but the main attraction -- the flipping -- that's right up her alley and perhaps a bit too simplistic for an older child.

The flip is really effective. It's easy to do (like I said, my three year old has no trouble with this) and it successfully lands 2 out of 3 times. The fact that it automatically talks while doing this is an added bonus.

Really, the only drawback is that the voice does not resemble the voice from the cartoon at all.

Belkin MIXIT Home Charger with 4-Foot 30-Pin Cable for iPhone 4/4S, iPad 3rd Gen and iPad 2 (2.1 AMP/10 Watt), Purple
Belkin MIXIT Home Charger with 4-Foot 30-Pin Cable for iPhone 4/4S, iPad 3rd Gen and iPad 2 (2.1 AMP/10 Watt), Purple
Price: $25.34
9 used & new from $24.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suitable iPhone accessory, April 6, 2014
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My wife is very wary of trusting third party accessories with her iPhone. We've all heard horror stories of iPhones shorting out or simply dropping dead after using such companion pieces. I implored her to give this one a try, as Belkin has been a trusted brand in electronic accessories for decades now. Right now, the best I can tell you is that we've experienced no problems. This would appear to be a cost-effective alternative to buying a second charger for your iPhone. Should we experience any problems, I will come back to revise this review, so assume my silence is a continued thumbs up.

Barbie Cut N Style Princess Doll
Barbie Cut N Style Princess Doll
Price: $14.93
32 used & new from $14.93

3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as fun as taking a pair of scissors to your barbie, April 6, 2014
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Every little girl does it eventually. "Barbie needs a haircut," and so they go to work, ultimately realizing, both, that their new creation doesn't quite match the trendy hairstyle they had in mind and that the severed clumps of synth hair on the ground aren't going to grow back.

It seems like the concept behind the Barbie Cut N Style was to give kids a way to cut Barbie's hair without actually cutting it, but that isn't really what happens here. All you're doing is snapping in three extensions that can be pulled out with a fake scissor (though it's actually easier just to pull them out without the scissor). It doesn't really simulate the experience of cutting Barbie's hair at all and is actually more likely to entice kids to want to try out a real scissor.

Noble concept, but my girls grew bored with this Barbie doll within the first twenty minutes of having it out of the package. Once they saw how the scissors worked, they were done.

Barbie Hair Tattoos Doll
Barbie Hair Tattoos Doll
Price: $21.99
16 used & new from $20.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Fun concept, less than ideal in reality, and probably far too complicated for a 5 year old, March 5, 2014
This review is from: Barbie Hair Tattoos Doll (Toy)
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The Barbie Hair Tattoos concept is a great one, and you can see in the video that the designer is proud/passionate of her work, but something went wrong between the prototype and finished production because these tattoos simply don't work as well as they are supposed to. The ink creates more of a general coloring than a precise image, even when following the instructions precisely, and removing the color from the hair isn't quite as easy nor as efficient as the video might lead you to believe either.

Add to that a temperamental chair that doesn't always hold Barbie right, as well as a suction cup at the base that's inevitably going to give in while your child is tugging and pulling at Barbie's hair, and this thing just adds up to a lot of frustration.

GREAT idea, but not a great finished product.

Disney Princess Water Palace Bath Playset
Disney Princess Water Palace Bath Playset
Offered by Buy 4 Less UK
Price: $29.25
9 used & new from $25.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Small and cheap, but REALLY fun!, March 4, 2014
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Though this "palace" is probably smaller than you're imagining from the photos (less than a foot wide), and made of cheap plastic with no particularly complex mechanisms, it's a very well designed piece and something your kids are going to love. Set-up took about two minutes, and then it was time to suction the thing to the side of the tub and get the fun started.

The Pros:

- Really maximizes space. Every inch is fun, from the shower and swing, to the staircase the princesses can slide down (either on the floor or on the banisters), and the area up front where a lever makes the princesses spin and dance, and can even launch a princess twirling into the tub!

- Plastic is cheap but holds together well. Not going to break after being dropped on the bathroom floor.

- The princesses themselves are pretty fun in the water, as their gowns open up to be like floating flower petals, keeping the princesses afloat. We're almost definitely going to have to buy the other princesses now (this set only comes with Ariel).

The Cons:

- Really nothing to complain about other than the size. It would have been a nice feature if the palace could float on the water, but I suppose that would have added to the cost and retail price.

This really is a TON of fun, using every inch of its tiny space to maximize the fun your girls will have in the tub!

Triopoly Monopoly Style Game Board Game
Triopoly Monopoly Style Game Board Game
Offered by Future Memories Inc.
Price: $29.95
20 used & new from $8.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Someone fixed Monopoly! Been playing for 17 years now, and it's STILL the best game ever!!!, March 2, 2014
Anyone who likes board games loves Monopoly.
And anyone who likes board games also detests Monopoly.

What begins as an amazingly fun, challenging, and social game quickly hits a number of road blocks that prevent the game from progressing. In response, Triopoly is a game clearly designed by fans of Monopoly who spent entirely too long deciding how to fix the game. And they did.

Why Triopoly is better than Monopoly:

1. All the properties don't get bought up. There are SO MANY properties on the board that there's always an opportunity to start building an empire, even with a late start, and with so many properties available, just buying the first ones you land on ceases to be an effective strategy. You really have to approach the board with goals in mind -- what to grab up and what to leave behind. But gone are those boring impasses where no one wants to trade and there's nothing new left to acquire.

2. You can do some developing on a property without having a monopoly. Constructing gas stations won't bring in the same level of funds that putting up shopping malls (houses) and skyscrapers (hotels) will bring in, but it does make it possible to stay afloat in the game (and possibly even win) without ever acquiring a monopoly. You can make your very first land purchase immediately lucrative instead of waiting for turns and turns before it begins to pay off.

3. Unpredictability. When playing on one board, if you build up a lot of hotels in one long stretch, it's inevitable that your opponents will land on you sooner or later, but when you have a three level game board, as well as travel spaces that can send you anywhere on any of the boards, there's more uncertainty at play. MAYBE putting all your effort into the lowest level is a smart strategy, or maybe no one will ever go there, and maybe you're safe from the skyscrapers erected on the third level, or maybe a random Travel card will send you directly into your opponent's clutches.

As a result, Triopoly is a much more invigorating game, with far more twists, turns, and surprises that keep the game interesting even three hours in (because we all know these games can take that long!). I've probably actually finished three games of Monopoly in my life without someone demanding we quit, but games of Triopoly get finished more often than they don't.

Note: this review is based upon my familiarity with the 1997 Inaugural Edition. I can't comment on the product quality of the current edition, nor any potential revisions that have been made to the game.

by Gabriella Giandelli
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.81
41 used & new from $3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars I'd hoped for more, January 14, 2014
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This review is from: Interiorae (Paperback)
An invisible white rabbit moving between apartments, watching lives unfold, and tapping into their dreams in order to feed the god living in the basement -- it sounds fascinating. But the characters aren't particularly rich (and that ends up being part of the point), the art is amateur and makes it difficult to tell characters apart, and the ultimate message ends up being nothing more than the depressing and tiring sentiment that life sucks, people suck, and we'll never measure up to the happy ideal that quite literally haunts the building that is the focus of this book.

Wanted to love it and just couldn't.

Newhouse Lighting NHCLP-LED-BLK 3-watt Energy-efficient Clamp LED Lamp, Black
Newhouse Lighting NHCLP-LED-BLK 3-watt Energy-efficient Clamp LED Lamp, Black
Price: $17.00
4 used & new from $15.81

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a book light; not a desk lamp -- but it's high quality, January 14, 2014
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- Beam simulates reading under a soft white fluorescent bulb. It is bright but also soft in contrast to traditional LED lights that are often both too bright and yet don't illuminate enough area.
- Illuminates a large area
- High quality material. Both the base and metalic flexible spine were built to last.


- The size of this thing is both impressive and impractical for many situations. Despite its appearance, this would never work as a booklight as it is too tall to be useful clipped to a book.

- Uses a plug, not batteries.


While this product suits my needs perfectly (illuminating a large surface for overhead projection in my classroom), I'm not sure how practical it will be for most. It's too bulky and tall to be used as a traditional book light (and the plug cord doesn't help either), but having a clamp instead of a base prevents it from being a practical desk lamp (plus you might want something brighter to illuminate a desk). This would probably be ideal for working at a drafting board, where a traditional lamp wouldn't work. I suppose that you can also clip it to a shelf in order to read under it, or use it to illuminate a desk area that is too small to accommodate a traditional lamp. It's an outstanding product, but be warned -- it's not something you can just clip to the back cover of your paperback book.

Hamilton Mills Toasted Cinnamon Coffee, 40-Count K-Cups for Keurig Brewers
Hamilton Mills Toasted Cinnamon Coffee, 40-Count K-Cups for Keurig Brewers
Price: $25.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Light and sweet -- perfect dessert coffee, but not for the true coffee connoisseur, January 7, 2014
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I'll admit it. I love sweet light roast coffees. I start my mornings with Donut Shop Mocha K Cups and dump in entirely too much sugar and cream with it. For someone like me, Hamilton Mills toasted Cinnamon Coffee is ideal. It's even lighter and sweeter than the Donut Shop varieties. The cinnamon flavor is foremost on your tongue and incredibly delightful (it doesn't taste imposed and artificial, as you find in many flavored coffees), but the coffee itself gets the heck out of the way and lets the cinnamon take center stage; it's incredibly subtle in contrast, but it balances with the cinnamon quite well. The mixture is delicious and flavorful even without the addition of cream and sugar. No, it isn't overwhelmingly sweet, but it hardly needs sweetener in order to delight your tongue.

However, if you're a fan of darker, bolder, rich coffee that tastes more, then this probably isn't for you.

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