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Lowe's

Lowe's

5/20/15

First of all, I like Home Depot. So, why am I here? Simply, I really like Lowe's too. In some ways, I must like them a bit better. I've many of the same praises for both e.g. great service, great products, helpful employees...
However, reviewing my most recent substantial purchases (new washer/dryer, vinyl fencing, pressure washer...), I got them at Lowe's. Hmmm, makes you wonder. That says something...
That being the case, the Lowe's stores seem brighter/more appealing than HD. As for me, I don't really care one way or the other. However, my wife definitely likes Lowe's better for those types of reasons...thus, the previously mentioned purchases. What can I say? If she's happy...well, I'm happy 8^)

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Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree

5/18/15

O.K...it's very simple. Manage your expectations, realize what you're paying, understand what you're getting, keep your perspective and enjoy the store. If you need it cheaply, and it's here...BAM, you're a happy camper. Otherwise, go somewhere else and "quit your $#*!in'!
Oh yes...rhetorical question...who are these people that "return" things to the DT? Give it away, trash it, whatever...but, it can't be worth your time to return it. Plus, you hold us up in the checkout lines ;-)

Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret

5/19/15

Yes, happy wife, happy life...Thus, since my wife loves this stuff and I love my wife in this stuff, well, what else can one say?
Higher priced, but great value. No problems to share here. I recommend them highly!!!

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HomeDepot

HomeDepot

5/19/15

How do you not like these guys? I'm a capable handyman for most things around my house. That being said, the guys...and gals at my local HD have always been great. I don't require lots of attention, but when I do, they are always very helpful.
Product selection is always good (better be for a "big box" type of store), pricing fair and competitive...
Check 'em out!

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Groupon

Groupon

5/18/15

Yes, the luster has worn off this "gem". Interesting concept and the deals were good...in the beginning. Now, well, my advice is to move on. Sure, sign up, give 'em your email and get flooded with more useless junk mail and then try to "opt out". Psst...they don't understand "opt out". Nonetheless, this should be a "pass" for you! There, you've been warned.

Walmart.com

Walmart.com

4/19/15

Walmart....it seems that some people love to hate them ;-)
Now, to be fair, I don't get "everything" at Walmart, but they always get the first look from our family. As for me, if I need anything and I can get it at Walmart, BAM! I'm at Walmart. What else is there to say.

Amazon

Amazon

4/19/15

Simply, how could anyone not like Amazon? This is absolutely one of the best online retailers that you can visit.
Huge product selection...great pricing....fast, free 2 day shipping (Amazon Prime...plus you get movies), great customer service (only had to use once in hundreds of orders...), etc.
There may be sites as good as Amazon, but there are certainly none better!

QVC Beauty Box

QVC Beauty Box

4/19/15

If you find what you're searching for on QVC, then it could be a good buy...but, candidly, it's never a great buy.
Consumer electronics e.g. TV's, computers (any type) are rarely a good deal at any time even though the QVC personalities, and sometimes, the manufacturers rep are telling you otherwise. Simply, their target market for most things, certainly electronics, are the "less sophisticated" about these sometimes pricey items.
I've purchased other small "stuff" from them and all went well. Never would I buy a higher ticket item here. Thus, the average 3 star rating.

PenguinMagic

PenguinMagic

4/19/15

For your magic tricks/supplies, you MUST check these guys out. Huge selection of illusions, from the inexpensive to the little more so i.e. pricey ;-) Online chat makes it easy if you have any questions. Heck, they even answer the phone if you call in directly (just don't press 4, or you'll have to talk to a penguin...don't believe me...then, try it) Anyway, this is my first stop, and usually my only stop, to re-supply or just to see what's new in the world of magic. And, although this seems obvious, shipment usually occurs the same business day. If not, certainly the next. You know what I mean...when I order something, I want it fast (now isn't soon enough...lol). Product pricing is very good, thus, high value for any item. They even have a price matching guarantee which I've never had to use. Again, great pricing equal great value!!
Also, if it's not in stock, you can't "add to cart" so you completely avoid waiting for who knows how long for a trick/illusion to be delivered while they still have your money due to a back order. Some sites are notorious for long delayed shipping for an out of stock item while still having your dollars Penguin will let you know by email when your item becomes available...then, you can order.
Tracking numbers are provided for all orders.
Check em' out

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Adidas.com

Adidas.com

12/26/13

Great site for all your sporting good apparel needs. I've ordered many pairs of shoes from Adidas.com and all have been shipped promptly and arrived in a timely fashion. The clothing is always "top of the line" too. I've never had to contact Customer Service for anything...so, that's a good thing.
One thing tho, I can't ever seem to find any "Air Jordans" here...the link must be missing!
Relax...I'm teasing. You'll never find a pair of Nikes on my feet. I've been a "3 stripe" guy forever. So, if Adidas is where your loyalty lies, this is the place!

ProFlower

ProFlower

12/26/13

Simply, not a good experience from any perspective. Remember your mom telling you that you could find something good about anything if you looked hard enough? Yea, you remember!!!
Well, good ole mom was incorrect. She was absolutely dead wrong and had no knowledge of proflower.com or proflowers.com (notice the "s" in the domain name).
This place is terrible. I don't need to repeat the negative specifics...just read the other reviews. I don't know how they are still here.
So, in closing, I agree with the other negative reviews. You've been warned. Enough said....

Hobbylinc.com

Hobbylinc.com

12/26/13

Do you want a place to get all of the hobby stuff anyone could ever want? And, get it all for a fair price? Well, here it is! Of course, it can't have all the different hobbies covered, but if you're looking for most, I assure you that you can find it here! Whether it be model rockets, trains, arts and crafts, painting, books, brewing, paints yada, yada, yada, this is a "must visit" site.
As I stated earlier, their prices are cheaper than anywhere that I've found overall. Delivery is prompt and reasonable.
If you're not careful, you'll not only find what you need for your present hobbies, but you'll probably find stuff for a few new hobbies too!

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

12/26/13

Simply, quit reading these reviews and get to the site. For what Khan Academy provides, there is none better. Now...GO!!!

Revolution Kites

Revolution Kites

12/26/13

First of all, you must be interested in "high end" (cost) kite flying. To the normal person, spending $250.00US on a kite is absurd. I agree (but I still buy em).
There, now that that's out of the way, we can move on to the kites. These are, without a doubt, the best quad line (4 line) kites available. Extremely well made, a total blast to fly...you don't just hold a string, you actually fly the kite with the 4 control lines. Total precision while screaming across the sky. Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and search "Revolution Kites...then watch in amazement. One video will "say" more to you than me typing all night here on "Site Jabber" ;-)

Shari's Berries

Shari's Berries

12/26/13

I've had nothing but great chocolate dipped strawberries from Shari's Berries. Big, sweet, beautifully decorated (for a strawberry...) treats that the ladies (and guys) in my office just love.
Plus, the chocolate dipped cherries were a big hit also.
I order both multiple times a year and haven't had any problems.
I can, however, see how shipping a perishable such as this across the country from California during the summer months might be an issue even when packed in dry ice. Use your common sense.

Knockaround

Knockaround

12/26/13

First...the background story. Generally, I've been a loyal Maui Jim (Kaanapali's) customer for years. They are great sunglasses....no argument from me, but they are pricey. Yea, pricey...they are expensive ($200.00US and up). And, I have multiple pairs...
So, why am I writing this? Simply, to share how great the sunglasses from Knockaround are.
Candidly, they are a great value in eye wear. A good friend lent me a pair while boating one day and I was hugely surprised. The glasses were lightweight and comfortable. More importantly, as you are aware, the lenses make the sunglasses. If you're squinting and your eyes are tired afterwards, throw the sunglasses overboard. Junk the damn things.
The knockarounds were fantastic. Quality impact resistant, polarized, crystal clear lenses that offer UV400 protection for around $35.00US. (They also offer less expensive glasses too.) Impressive...
Yes, I still have my Maui Jims, but I also now have 5 pairs of Knockarounds. When I visited the site, I couldn't decide on just one style. So, at this price, I bought all five. Check it out!

N2yo.com

N2yo.com

12/26/13

If you're into checking out all the satellites flying high above the earth, then this is your site. Satellites of all types can be tracked from many different categories e.g. military, weather, TV, radio,...or, simply, by most popular...or brightest...or just launched. This site gives you the best viewing times with the naked eye...no telescope required! That's great if you're trying to show the youngsters "what's up there". The site will even notify you by email/text when your favorite satellites fly overhead and can be viewed.
Right now the Int'l Space Station (ISS - ZARYA) can be seen frequently and is the most popular.

MagicGeek

MagicGeek

12/26/13

Simply, the best online magic shop on the net.WOW...that's a big statement, but I challenge you to find better. Thousands of products at great prices. Lots of product reviews, blogs, demonstrations, etc.
If you're into magic, at any level, you must check out magicgeek.com.
Now, where do we start...Oh yea...."pick a card, any card ;-)
SADLY, MAGIC GEEK NO LONGER EXISTS. Reasons...too many to get into here. However, check out Penguin Magic or Vanishing Magic...Google em...both great suppliers!

ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek

12/26/13

Definitely has a "truck-load" of fun and unique 'stuff". Actually, really cool products. That being said, most things are not inexpensive (double negative...oops...lol) and can be found elsewhere on the net for much less. It saddens me to say this because I've been a customer there for years.
I've never had any problems with delivery/returns/customer service so that certainly deserves a positive mention. Check it out.

Steve Spangler Science

Steve Spangler Science

12/26/13

If you ever need anything relating to science fun for the kids, then this is the place. All types of science stuff that make learning great for all ages. Products range from the inexpensive to a weeeee bit more for the "class kits". That being said, nothing seems "overpriced"...very fair.
If you're looking to "wow" the kids, check this site out. Its a blast!!!

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