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Klasse' Metallic Needles Size 90/14
Klasse' Metallic Needles Size 90/14
Offered by SewingMachinesPlus
Price: $1.79
4 used & new from $1.79

5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you use metallic thread, July 8, 2014
Do you consistently break needles halfway through a machine embroidery project when you use metallic thread? I used to until I found out about these great needles. They're expensive, but worth it -- I have yet to break one where I would have broken over a couple dozen standard needles by now. If you use metallic thread, you need to use these.


MeasuPro TF1000 ThermoFast Waterproof IPX7 Pen Shape Digital Stem Thermometer, Perfect for Barbecue, Home and Professional Cooking
MeasuPro TF1000 ThermoFast Waterproof IPX7 Pen Shape Digital Stem Thermometer, Perfect for Barbecue, Home and Professional Cooking
Offered by MeasuRite
Price: $22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, accurate, easy to use and inexpensive, July 8, 2014
The TF1000 is a very simple thermometer, perfect for checking the doneness of meat and poultry.
It is not usable as a candy thermometer (its operating range is insufficient).
It uses a replaceable standard LR44/AG13 battery (you can find these on Amazon for around $0.25 each and they last a year)
Construction is sturdy. The probe's tip is well designed and sharp and inserts easily into the piece of meat you're cooking.
It is provided with a tip protection sleeve, and is top-rack dishwasher safe.

The display uses large digits, is well contrasted and easy to read.

Response time is not particularly fast, depending on the temperature difference it may take up to 10 seconds or more for the display to stabilize; however, this is not a significant issue for its use.

The thermometer can be easily calibrated by inserting the tip into an ice water bath and holding the "CAL" button for two seconds. A Min/Max function is also provided.

I compared the readings with other thermometers I own and found them to be perfectly accurate.

I really only have one complaint about this thermometer: the instructions are printed on the back of the package in white characters on light gray background, and they're extremely hard to read. That's easy to forgive consider its low price -- and the fact that you can easily figure out all the features (except the calibration)

Perfect for the barbecue season -- this is the best way to make sure your burgers and steaks are cooked exactly the way you want them, and it's a great price for an accurate, reliable, easy to read thermometer. Recommended.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


Eden Organic Black Beans, No Salt Added, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Eden Organic Black Beans, No Salt Added, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Price: $23.99
15 used & new from $23.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Religious beans, July 8, 2014
Eden Organic forces the anti-choice, sexist views of its CEO onto its employees and refuses to cover the pill for their employees, calling it a "lifestyle drug." Oh, and CEO Michael Potter calls President Obama a "dictator".

Well, my lifestyle choice is to refuse to patronize companies that do that. If you care about the ACA and the rights of women, you might want to do the same.


VicTec Superspeed USB 3.0 to gigabit Ethernet Adapter Support SD TF Card Reader With 2 USB3.0 HUB Interface
VicTec Superspeed USB 3.0 to gigabit Ethernet Adapter Support SD TF Card Reader With 2 USB3.0 HUB Interface
Offered by Vxtech
Price: $32.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect addition to a Surface Pro or MacBook Air, July 7, 2014
This handy little gadget features two USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet connector and a SD/TF card reader. It's perfect for ultrabooks which have a limited number of USB ports and usually do not come with an Ethernet connector (although most of them do have a card reader, but the Surface Pro only has a microSD slot), so you add Ethernet and full SD card capabilities without hogging the USB 3.0 port.
I was pleased to find out that the device is fully recognized by OSX 10.9.
I like the design: the box is very sturdy, and the cord is permanently attached and there is no small part or cord to lose. And the price is right, too. Highly recommended to all ultrabook, MacBook Air, Surface Pro owners.


Poo~Pourri Original- Travel Gift Set
Poo~Pourri Original- Travel Gift Set
Offered by Cosmetic fastest ship
Price: $15.50
5 used & new from $15.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun but useful gag gift, July 7, 2014
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Poo-Pourri may look like a gag gift, at least if you go by the ridiculous compendium of sophomoric puns that make out the name of the products in its catalog.
However, the bottles and labels are very well made and look posh, and even better, the product actually works -- so you can keep it on a shelf in the guest bathroom, as a subtle hint -- or keep one in your own if you want to put a stop to romance killers!

Well done, funny, but most of all, surprisingly useful for what seemed to be such a novelty item. Give it a try!


La Crosse Technology WT-8005U-S Atomic Digital Wall Clock with Indoor Temperature, Silver
La Crosse Technology WT-8005U-S Atomic Digital Wall Clock with Indoor Temperature, Silver
Price: $20.21
25 used & new from $13.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect timekeeping, bright, contrasted display, durable, long battery life, a keeper, July 7, 2014
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Bought this to replace the same model I had bought over five years ago; it fell from the bathroom window ledge (well, Russell the cat pushed it) and the LCD cracked -- I think it was still running on the original set of AA batteries.
I'm pleased to see that the model has not changed: huge, brightly contrasted display (2" tall digits), reliable radio time synchronization, very long battery life, this is a clock you hook up on the wall and never have to set. I have one in my kitchen and one in the master bathroom, and they're just the best.
One minor issue that has to do with the radio clock signal being weak: you do want to make sure the clock is in a place where it will receive the signal. If the clock is properly syncing, the little satellite antenna in the top right corner (on top of the seconds digits) lights up. If it's not on, you need to find another spot for the clock. Depending on where you live and the type of construction, it could be an issue -- I suspect these don't work too well in high rise buildings away from windows.

At any rate, this is a wonderful, reliable product that looks good, requires zero care and maintenance and is incredibly durable (as long as you don't throw it onto a tile floor like Russell did). This one is going up on the wall, no more bathroom window sill mishaps!
Very highly recommended.


Comply Tx-400 Isolation PLUS Earphone Tips (Black, 3 Pairs, Large)
Comply Tx-400 Isolation PLUS Earphone Tips (Black, 3 Pairs, Large)
Price: $19.95
6 used & new from $19.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and too fragile, July 7, 2014
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I bought these tips on the recommendation of a reviewer and I am extremely disappointed. They're expensive, don't offer a good seal, and fall apart within a couple of weeks of daily use. I will not purchase this product again.


Duracell Powermat-Wireless Charging Case for iPhone 5-Black
Duracell Powermat-Wireless Charging Case for iPhone 5-Black
Price: $30.26
6 used & new from $23.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Snatching defeat off the jaws of success, July 7, 2014
What they were thinking? No wonder that after being first on the market, and despite having unique benefits such as the auto-positioning magnets, the Powermat system is floundering and getting wiped out by the Qi alliance.
This case is completely idiotic. It does not provide sufficient protection for the iPhone, the bottom bracket part is very fragile and gets constantly detached, and the optional battery back is overpriced and underpowered.
I find it pretty galling that Duracell didn't even think about providing a little lip on the case to protect the screen in case of a fall. It's all the more disappointing that the idea is great, but the devil is in the details, and this case is an abysmal failure. Too bad, it didn't need much to be the best case ever, instead it's just a dud. Pass.


Thule TCDM-101 Covert DSLR Messenger (Dark Shadow)
Thule TCDM-101 Covert DSLR Messenger (Dark Shadow)
Price: $149.95
2 used & new from $149.95

5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible bag for the photo enthusiast and the pro alike, July 5, 2014
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The TCDM-101 oozes quality from the moment you unwrap it. Materials, design, workmanship, everything is top-notch.
The bag consists of two parts: a ballistic nylon messenger bag with built-in padded compartments for laptop and tablet(s), and a photo equipment insert.
The top of the bag features a zipper which allows quick access to the inside without undoing the flap snaps. The photo compartment can hold a fairly wide combination of bodies, lenses and flash. I have uploaded a few pictures to try and illustrate the layout of this incredible bag.
The TCDM-101 weighs just under 4 lbs -- useful to know if you use it as your carry-on as some airlines are fond of enforcing weight restrictions.
The only thing I'm confused about with this bag is the shoulder strap. There is very elaborate shoulder padding, but it is attached to one side of the strap and only one size can be adjusted, so unless you keep the strap at its shortest, the shoulder pad ends up in your back, not on top of your shoulder where it belongs. Other than that, the bag is amazing, and can carry a considerable amount of equipment safely even in demanding weather conditions. I particularly like the computer and tablet compartments. An expensive bag, but well worth it for its capacity, protection and craftsmanship. Recommended.


Belkin FormFit Cover / Case for iPad Air (iPad 5) (Blacktop)
Belkin FormFit Cover / Case for iPad Air (iPad 5) (Blacktop)
Offered by outfitYOURS
Price: $39.95
5 used & new from $14.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Thin and lightweight, but offers good protection for the expensive iPad Air, July 5, 2014
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This case is comprised of a sturdy plastic frame that contains and surrounds the iPad Air, bonded to a fairly rigid fabric cover, which is held in place when closed by a little snap -- which prevents the wake magnets from randomly waking the iPad like happens so often on other cases when the cover shifts during transport.
The cover fabric is made of two-tone ballistic nylon on the outside and a soft microfiber on the inside. The iPad can be propped up at five different viewing angles, or at an angle appropriate for typing comfortably by folding the cover backwards (see pictures). There are cutouts for all ports.

The case offers good protection for the iPad at a minimal added weight (6.3oz) and bulk. Recommended.


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