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eBay

eBay

3/18/18

I don't sell on Ebay, but from a purchasing perspective, I couldn't be happier.
I've ordered 500+ items over the last couple of years and have been very pleased.
Of all those total sales, only one transaction was an issue that required EBay's involvement. After investigation, EBay promptly refunded my purchase price because the Seller had 'disappeared' and wouldn't respond. This all happened within 5 days. I use PayPal so the money was returned to my account there.
One other time, a small item wasn't delivered. I contacted the Seller by email (China) and they promptly re-sent another. It arrived on schedule...problem solved.
Presently, I have another 5 'active' orders with 5 different Sellers and have complete confidence that everything will arrive as promised.
Best wishes...

Tip for consumers: As with any purchase, be diligent and prudent...

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Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente

3/18/18

As another reviewer noted "Are we talking about the same Kaiser?"
Simply, living in Northern California, I've been with Kaiser for decades.
And, as I've gotten older, their attention to the 'normal' maladies that effect us as we all age has been outstanding.
Granted, and fortunately, I'm a healthy 60ish with no major health issues (knock on wood).
They've even performed preventative screenings because of my age.
I've nothing but praise and support for the professionals that I've met over the years.
Best wishes...

Travelzoo

Travelzoo

3/16/18

Reading the other reviews makes me wonder...
I've used TZ for a few things locally and even used them for a travel package and have never experienced the 'horror' stories some reviewers are leaving.
Every promise made and voucher used has been honored without any problems whatsoever.
Thus, I am leaving them a good and positive review, but, based on what other info that I'm reading, I'll certainly use prudence when booking my next adventure.
Obviously, you should to.
What I am impressed with is that TZ has responded to each negative review here with a follow up response...
Candidly, a 'shady' business isn't likely to respond in any fashion.
So, in my multiple experiences with TZ, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them at all.
Best wishes!

AffordableDentures

AffordableDentures

3/16/18

For those that may need a regular denture, implants, or a complete set of 'new' teeth, you must check out your local office.
They give you many options for dentures...all at a very fair price.
Plus, their service is very quick. In most cases, a single day.
The quality of their work and products is excellent.
If you're one of the unfortunate ones that need dentures, do yourself a favor and visit...you'll be very happy that you did.
Note: after re-reading my review, it sounds likes an 'ad'.
Thus, to make it more credible. I've added a weee bit more info for you ;-)
Personally, based on my experience, I used the Windsor/SR office in Northern California for my dental implants (3ea).
Everyone there, from the front office to Dr. "Tad" himself, were very empathetic, supportive, and professional.
It's been over a year now and my implants are still perfect! I couldn't be happier!
Best wishes...

Great Clips Inc.

Great Clips Inc.

1/19/18

If you need a reasonably priced haircut (for men), don't hesitate to 'stop by' on short notice. If you need some specific service e.g perm, you'll most likely need an appointment.
There isn't an appt. service for haircuts...first come, first served.
However, you can be put 'on the list' by using their online service...I'm not sure if this available for every location.
So, head for the website for verification.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.

1/19/18

When traveling 'worldwide', I always prefer one of the Asian carriers (No, I'm not Asian...)
Whether it be JAL, Singapore Air, or, in this case, Cathay Pacific, they will usually be my first choice.
The planes are newer and cleaner, the service personnel are polite and helpful, the food quality/taste is definitely better and they are 'on time'.
Simply, an A++ for me when flying.

Timex.com

Timex.com

1/19/18

How could anyone object to a Timex?
Simply, a great little watch at a reasonable price.
Styling is conservative, in my opinion, but that isn't a bad thing.
I'm not sure that it can still 'take a licking and keep on ticking' as the 'old' motto suggests...
Lot's of choices for under $100.00.
They're certainly worth checking out!

RCI

RCI

1/19/18

If you have a timeshare, RCI is the largest vacation management exchange company around. When I've used them, they've been really good.
However, question the timeshare concept on its own merit...
Simply, I don't find them advantageous any longer.

Men's Wearhouse

Men's Wearhouse

1/19/18

A nice selection of menswear ranging from suits and sports coats to shirts and accessories.
Quality is good for the money. Thus, a really good value.
Check it out ;-)

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

11/23/15

It's really very simple...when I need to review anything travel oriented, this is my "go to" site. Are there other sites just as good? Maybe...I just have the most confidence in TripAdvisor.
In my experience, the bad reviews have, arguably, as much, or more value than the positive reviews. Here, I get a fair balance of both. That's all that I'm searching for when making a travel decision.

MagicTricks

MagicTricks

8/27/15

With so many magic sites on the "net", it's always good to find another great source of a wide variety/range of magic tricks...from the very simple to the not so easy! Plus, the true value of any company lies with its products, pricing, shipping, and customer service. Magictricks.com excels at it all. Whether you're a newbie, or a hobbyist magician, you should check this out. You won't be disappointed!

Cars.com

Cars.com

8/11/15

Yep, if you're looking for an automobile, you must check out Cars.com.
Why? Because to be the most educated consumer prepared to pay a fair price for a good auto, you need great info...a lot of it!
That info is here. You can research any make of auto to your hearts content (with no pressure) as to what is available in your area. I promise...after a bit of research here, you'll know quite clearly what a fair price is for your new/used car will be.
Check it out...

PetSmart

PetSmart

8/11/15

Yep, my Golden loves this place...all those great smells and stuff. Plus, he doesn't have to wait in the car.
Between me and you, I'm not too sure that this conclusion will hold up to scrutiny...I get the same reaction at any store that he can go into. Hmmm, makes you wonder...
Nonetheless, every pet supply (dog) that you could ever need/want for your pooch. Check it out!

Kmart

Kmart

8/11/15

Generally, not my first choice. That being said, I've revisited our local store since they've reorganized as a company and am happy to say that you can see the improvements.
The store (in Santa Rosa, CA) is much cleaner/organized than before. The pricing and product selection compares very favorably to other "big box" discount stores in our area.
Candidly, I just have to get past my mental block because of their history...Kmart just doesn't "pop" into my thoughts when I need a store like this. Time will tell

Netflix

Netflix

8/11/15

Simply, my favorite streaming service. Selection is great and is updated continually. Downloads are "smoking" fast.
The best $24.00 deal out there for movies.
Yes, you can still get DVDs mailed to you...but why???
I also have Amazon Prime, but Netflix is my "go to" movie source.
So, you ask, why do I have still have Amazon Prime? The easy answer...my wife likes the guaranteed 2 day shipping included when she shops. Simple logic eh?

OfficeDepot

OfficeDepot

8/11/15

What else is there to say? Average is as average goes...Product selection is actually very good, but their pricing is always on the high side, even with discounts.
Do I purchase items here? Yes, but if I can find it somewhere else, I will generally travel to save money.

PandaExpress

PandaExpress

8/11/15

O.K. it's not a 3 Star Michelin (if that makes sense to you...good. If not, that's OK too).
Simply, for fast food, I love this place. Now, I like Taco Bell too...just to give you a reference for this review.
Food is always hot and plentiful...pricing is fair. Authentic Chinese(?)...who cares...it's fast food. Similar to how Taco Bell is authentic Mexican faire 8^). Ummm, yeaaaaa....you bet!
Nonetheless, acknowledging the restaurant type, give it a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Hilton

Hilton

5/20/15

You really can't go wrong with Hilton Hotels in any part of the world. When I first started traveling internationally during the 1980's (yes, before you could really Google anything), our default hotel was always a Hilton. Always reliable w/no surprises...Generally, you don't want surprises when you're half a world away from home. Trust me on this one!
Still use them to this day.

Costco

Costco

5/20/15

The title says it all..this review is nothing but praise for the warehouse giant. If you need it and Costco has it, just buy it. You won't get a better price anywhere else whether it be for medical prescriptions to food to consumer electronics. Yea, I know...I'm not sure that I need a gallon of mustard either. I get it, and to fix that problem, I just don't buy mustard (or anything else in such quantities that I won't use) at Costco. You know what I mean...
Worth mentioning, I've never had a problem (returns...) over the last decade to where I needed to contact Customer Service, but anyone I know who has worked with CS has always returned happy. That's a good thing!
One minor nuisance, my wife doesn't mind, but I hate the long checkout lines...and they are ALWAYS long in my opinion...uggghhhh 8^)

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IKEA

IKEA

5/20/15

Yes, you get what you pay for...Now, that doesn't really tell you much at all, does it?
O.K. then...here goes. IKEA has so much "stuff" and to be candid, I really like most of the things they sell. From a price point perspective, with regard to furniture, it's in the "low to mid range" part of the cost scale. However, more importantly, they always provide a great value for their products. They are certainly worth "checking out". Go see...then write your own review!

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