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41 Reviews by Marty

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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!

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!!!

Ashford

Ashford

12/26/13

Latest order was a Rado Integral Jubile' watch on Dec. 9, 2013. Rec'd from NY to California in 1 day...Ashford even paid for the shipping. Watch is beautiful and works great. This is my second watch from Ashford (previous Rado Ceramica in 2007...still AOK!) These watches are "grey market". Certainly authentic/new, but not factory warranted. Thus, the Ashford equivalent warranty. I even spoke to Rado CS in New Jersey and they gave Ashford the "thumbs up". Now, my watches have never broken (I have had the first one serviced normally), nor do I expect them to...however, I do trust Ashford completely if I were to ever have a problem within the warranty period.
Also, one other note of importance, within 3 days of receiving my latest watch, the price was reduced by $175.00 on the site for the holiday rush. Ashford immediately credited the $175.00 to my credit card. Simply, that is great customer service.
Will I ever order from Ashford again? Of course I will!!!

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!

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.

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.

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 ;-)

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...

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!

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" ;-)

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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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?

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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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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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!

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!

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