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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!

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?

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...

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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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.

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.

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!

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 ;-)

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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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!!!

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!

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...

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.

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!!!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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