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Bentgo Kids - Leakproof Children's Lunch Box (Purple)
Bentgo Kids - Leakproof Children's Lunch Box (Purple)
Offered by SKUniverse
Price: $39.99
8 used & new from $23.09

2.0 out of 5 stars Had this box for a year or so. It's ..., June 27, 2016
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Had this box for a year or so. It's washed after every use but finding small black mold spots on upper rubber gasket. scrubbing doesn't remove.

Brother HL4570CDW Color Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex
Brother HL4570CDW Color Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex
8 used & new from $398.99

366 of 371 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality + Fast Color Printing, but a "Toner Hog", November 29, 2010
The Brother HL4570cdw is a fantastic printer for everyday and office use. This is my first Brother purchase. I'm using it to print out full colored brochures (graphics, photos, and text). So far it's been more than adequate when using the appropriate paper i.e. glossy paper. When on regular paper, the colors are not as sharp and pictures are not as clear. For photos, the resolution quality is acceptable/good, but there is a noticeable difference in quality from a print shop and a heavy duty office printer (you know the 5 foot jumbo printers).

As for print speeds, from start to finish it prints at an above average pace. The spooling process is quick (less than 2 minutes) for a 80 mb print job. It printed a 60 page, full color (vivid mode), double sided booklet in about 8-10 minutes.

- Easy printer and wireless Setup (less than 5 minutes).
- Good print speeds (auto-duplex and straight printing).
- Excellent print quality for general graphics and text.
- Good photo quality when using the right paper.
- Acceptable noise level for a printer
- Toner replacements are cheaper than HPs, Lexmark, and Canon.

- Printer reads toner as empty when full. You must do the toner trick which involves covering the clear holes with black electric tape on the toner cartridges as a temporary solution. For a more permanent solution, you need to reset the computerized toner levels on the printer. You do this by 1) Opening the printer door 2) Holding Back and Cancel at the same time 3) A menu to reset the toners pops up 4) You hit Okay to reset.
- I printed approximately 900 full color pages with the "starter" cartridges it came and some cartridges are already visibly running low. While the prints were on the high color (vivid) settings, it is a shame that this printer appears to be another "toner hog" and did not print to the 3000/1500 page estimates the cartridges claim.
- Photo prints are poor when printing full sized photos on regular paper. For best printing results you need to use specialized glossy paper.
- Must use "multi-purpose" pullout feeder tray for specialized paper or else risk paper jams
- Very slight paper curl
- Noise level maybe too loud for a quiet office space.

I compared the Brother HL-4570cdw's print quality extensively with HPs and Canon color lasers in this price range, and the Brother printed out more impressive looking demo prints than its competitors. The print quality is enough to merit the purchase of this printer and because the toner replacements are relatively cheaper than other companies the Brother HL-4570cdw receives my recommendation.

Overall, I'm happy with this purchase and would recommend it if you get it for the right price. I would not pay more than $400-$425 for this machine which is the price I paid.
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Fox Run Lobster Cracker
Fox Run Lobster Cracker
Price: $3.99
11 used & new from $1.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Looking and Functional Cracker, November 22, 2010
This review is from: Fox Run Lobster Cracker (Kitchen)
These Lobster Crackers are great. They are constructed of all metal and are easy to hold. They worked perfectly for breaking through Crab legs and claws.

The only thing I would change about them is the hand grip. While it is easy to hold, the overall girth of the handle can make it difficult to crack legs and hold at the same time. But with a few goes, you'll get the hang of it.

Looks great, works great. Would buy again.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Portable + Realistic and Accurate Ball, May 20, 2010
The Lobster Elite IV Grandslam is a fantastic training machine, but more importantly an excellent simulated player. The Lobster feeds out a realistic ball with great topspin/underspin and good "heaviness". When using manual mode you can "groove" your groundstrokes , overheads, and volleys and advance your training as you progress by changing any one of the spin, feed interval, and elevation adjustments. Keep in mind slight variations of spin and elevations can lead to "sky balls" over the net, so you'll have to initially find the best settings, and remember them each time you try to feed that shot.

The Lobster is convenient and user-friendly machine in terms of transportation and portability. It weights approximately 40 lbs, but can easily be lifted by the average Joe or Josie. It'll fit in larger trunks standing up, but I've had to place it in the trunk on its side in my car (which works out fine). You could even stick it in the backseat if you wanted. I have no problem wheeling the machine, a full hopper and my tennis back to the court. The machine is easily to setup and you can start playing within a minute of wheeling it onto the court.

The 3-line feature is accurate as it feeds narrow, medium and wide placements. In addition to placement, you can select from short, midcourt, or deep court placement. I use the 3-line feature to practice alternating backhands and forehands, and use the wider feed placements to practice "on the run" shots. A coach would benefit from the 3-line mode because you can feed alternating balls to two to three different players. All three settings will hit accurately in the singles court.

The Random Sweep Options (horizontal and vertical) are also very good too. The machine will oscillate back and forth on horizontal mode, which makes me practice my footwork and running strokes. If you try to follow the machine and guess where the next ball will feed, the machine will win every time. The Lobster will spinning left, but can suddenly oscillate and shoot a ball to the right, leaving you wondering what just happened. Alternatively, the Vertical oscillation feature will shoot a ball in one line, but at different depths. The variations in depth are accurate and noticeable, dropping balls anywhere between the short, mid and deep courts. It will not simulate a drop shot inside the service line, but it will come pretty close, and is more than enough for most people who want to practice forward movement or approaches. I use it for my approaches and volleys.

The Fully Random Oscillation (spin and placement) is an excellent feature as you advance. The balls are highly varied and there is no guessing what type of spin or placement will come out. The ball covers the entire court, with the occasion feeds inside the service line. Some of the feed balls do hit the net, but over 90% of them hit inside the singles court. Keep in mind you are only able to set the feed interval, so if you are a beginner/intermediate the fully random feature is something you will have to build up to. I used the random horizontal and the drills where I can control how fast the balls are shot, to build up to this program myself.

The three preprogrammed drills (Grinder, Baseline and All Court) are usefully drills to practice movement and strategy. The placement is accurate to the descriptions/pictorials of the drills. On the baseline drill, you will even get a good shot landing inside the service line. As mentioned before, these drills helped me advance to the fully random oscillation mode.

Lastly, the build quality of the machine is good. The red casing consists of a hard plastic. Baring any dropping mishaps it will surely last a lifetime of ball pelting and transporting. The Hopper stays on well and feeds almost all the balls (minus the occasional one or two stuck in the back corners). The new foldable handle is probably the weakest part of the machine in that it doesn't feel as sturdy as it could. However, under normal treatment, the handle will not break off or bend as you transport the machine.

* Highly portable
* Realistic ball (spin and heaviness)
* Simulated player through its different features (good for anyone beginning to advance)
* 3-line feature accurate
* Random Horizontal and Vertical Oscillation outstanding features
* Programmed Drills accurate and useful
* Fully Random Oscillation provides all court placement with spin variations

* 5-7 second boot-up calibration when turning the machine on each time
* Fully Random Oscillation hits balls into the net 5-10% of the time
* Operational noise not silent (sounds like a drill noise when oscillating)
* Foldable Handle is attached to machine, and not as sturdy as it could be
* Can be difficult to lift due to awkward molded handle positions
* Hopper plastic pivots on the red casing will wear since you have to snap the hopper onto the pivots each time you take the hopper on and off

Overall, I recommend the Lobster Elite IV for its portability, full random oscillation feature and drills. While most people would be fine with the Lobster Elite 3, I've felt the fully random oscillation which includes spin variation (Elite 3 does not) and the extra drills were worth the additional costs and allows me to advance my game. I also believe this Lobster and other Lobster models are far superior in its ease of portability which makes these machines better than other comparable (function wise) out there. For all of these reasons, I recommend the Lobster machines (specifically the model IV) and would purchase it again in a heartbeat.
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Penn Championship Extra-Duty Felt Tennis Balls - 16 Cans (48 Tennis Balls)
Penn Championship Extra-Duty Felt Tennis Balls - 16 Cans (48 Tennis Balls)
Offered by MYLE Network
Price: $44.52
4 used & new from $39.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Bounce, Nice Felt and Decent Longevity, April 19, 2010
These Penn Championship Balls are very good for the typical recreational player. They hold a great bounce throughout 2 hour rally. The felt remains intact, but like any pressurized ball that has been in play it will lose its bounce after extended hits after the 2 hour of continuous pounding. For the recreational player, you probably will not notice a great diminish in bounce or play. The balls will be good to use for the next 3-4 days bouncing less and less progressively.

However, for the experienced player who plays regular competitive matches, you probably would like to change these balls out after every two sets due to the stronger force and spin place on it in that setting. You would probably be better of suited using the more expensive Wilson Titanium, Dunlop Championship, Wilson US Open, or Dunlop Gran Prix for a longer lasting ball that will retain a strong bounce.

Overall, depending on what type of player you are, you'll be perfectly fine using these balls for practice or recreational play. I would recommend these balls. You can find these cheaper per case at Costco at $30 per case.

Tourna Pete Sampras Ballport, Holds 80 Balls
Tourna Pete Sampras Ballport, Holds 80 Balls
Price: $22.49
63 used & new from $20.24

58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Hopper I've used: Stable, Durable, and highly functional, April 19, 2010
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This Unique Pete Sampras Ballport is the best tennis ball hopper I've had the chance to use. I've used the Black Wilson 75 and Gamma Hopper and while they seem durable because of their metal construction, they are prone to tipping over, lids coming updone, and metal bases, handles, and baskets can become warped.

The Unique Ballport is made up of a hard plastic (similar, tough material found on a plastic bicycle pedal). The plastic will withstand a good amount of damage and use. I don't foresee it breaking or cracking from the daily wear and tear.

Putting the hopper together is easy by screwing in ten or so screws at the corners and legs sides. The legs will not come apart since they are secured by screws directly into the basket. This means you won't have to fiddle around with the legs falling off (like in the Wilson and Gamma hoppers). In addition, the leg locks that keep the basket upright or in the carry position are well designed so that the hopper is stable and secure in both positions. It keeps transporting easy, and provides peace of mind when setting it up for usage.

In addition, the spinning sticks at the bottom allows tennis balls to be easily "hopped" or sucked into the basket. I found it much easier to pick up balls with the Ballport than with any other hopper. Since the base sticks spin, the fuzz on the balls are not torn up, the balls glide right through the basket, and most importantly the sticks retain their shape keeping balls in the basket. Metal hoppers can become mailable and as a result the wires shift and become wider over time.

Lastly, the top sliding locking sticks move easily and will keep the balls in the basket during transport. Compared to wired hoppers, this innovation works phenomenally well and I have no fear of any balls spilling in the trunk of the car. I've used Wilson and Gamma hoppers in the past, and would occasionally have the lid latch come undone and 70+ balls rolling around the back of the trunk.

* Constructed of Highly Durable Plastic that will last with daily usage
* Easy to pickup tennis balls
* Legs will not come undone if knocked down or during transport
* Leg locks keep the basket stable during carry and transport positions
* Top cover sliding locking sticks is very reliable and will not become undone
* Rectangular shape allows for easy ball pick along fences.
* Holds stated 75-80 balls.

* Slightly heavier than wired hoppers (full hopper probably weights around 10 lbs)
* Seems short in height at about 3 feet high
* Lid locking sticks need a little push to slide into the lock and open position (not as smooth as I would like it to be)

Overall I would highly recommend purchasing the Unique Ballport over standard wired hoppers. The secure legs (transporting and carrying) and secure "lid" are the highlights of this product and these feature sets it apart from the rest. I only wish it was a little lighter and taller.

Duro-Med Call Bell, Silver and Black
Duro-Med Call Bell, Silver and Black
Price: $4.98
18 used & new from $4.50

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here yeh! Here Yeh! This Bell is Great!, March 10, 2010
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This bell sounds great, and is easy to handle. The sound is pleasant (not to tin-ny).

Cannot find anything wrong with this product. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a handbell for a parade, school project, or for calling your maid over. ;)

Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset [Bulk Packaged]
Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset [Bulk Packaged]
8 used & new from $28.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Static Noise and Poor reception, Do NOT buy H700 (bulk), March 10, 2010
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I purchased the Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset [Bulk Packaged] for $25. It was sold and shipped through Amazon. I've owned a brand new H700 a year before and it worked flawlessly, so I bought this as a cheap replacement.

I received the headset with its charger in a small zip-lock bag. Although I had no troubles connecting the device to my cell phone, it was clear that I should have spent more for a brand new one or a different model.

* Cheap, affordable
* Comfortable
* Listener can hear me, and can't tell I'm on a bluetooth headset
* Charge time about 2 hours to reach maximum (green light)
* Battery lasts a good 2+ hours when talking, 8+ hrs when on standby.

* Constant static noise
* Limited Range: Bluetooth works best when cell phone is within 1-2 feet from headset. Therefore, sticking the cell phone in the breast pocket of a shirt works best. At waist level (pant pocket) you should expect to hear lots of static.
* If the other person is on a speakerphone, don't expect to hear what they are saying. For whatever reason, when on this bluetooth it won't relay the speaker.

Overall, because of the static noise and limited reception I would definitely not recommend this "bulk" packaged h700 bluetooth, nor would I purchase this again. I have a feeling that these "bulk" packaged bluetooths are refurbished ones.

Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)
Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)
Offered by Please and Thank You LLC
Price: $65.00
5 used & new from $49.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty peanuts, January 5, 2010
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Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts are delicious and fairly healthy. Makes a great snack. The 12-cans are packaged well in an open faced box with shrink wrap. Overall the peanuts are sweet, but for some reason they are not as sweet or as "roasted" tasting as the honey roasted peanuts you get on Southwest Airlines.

Sony XA120IP iPOD Connector
Sony XA120IP iPOD Connector
8 used & new from $15.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works good, but does not recharge ipod nanos, January 5, 2010
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The Sony XA120IP iPod connector is definitely better than the old model XA-110IP. Unlike the previous model, the XA120IP resumes songs from when the car last stopped and does not freeze up the ipod randomly. It plays songs perfectly from my ipod nano. However, for a dedicated "ipod adapter" there are critical features missing in my opinion to merit the purchase of this accessory.

* Automatically resumes songs from car on/off
* Sound clarity great
* Easy Installation

* Unclear/misleading specifications on full compatiablity of ipod models (see below)
* Does not recharge 4th generation ipod nano, and possibily other newer models.
* Does not recharge 2nd gneration ipod nano (according to other reviewer)
* Does not recharge iphones
* No control through Ipod itself (minor)

I purchased this on amazon for less than $35. I wouldn't pay more than the thirty-five dollars for this. Although it plays music through the ipod, and is decent enough controls through the radio head unit, the inability to charge newer ipod models is a major pitfall of this product.

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