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Amazon

Amazon

6/30/15

I order books and other items from amazon.com often. I have always had great luck with all items ordered. I appreciate the way listings are set up as well as how easy it is to locate reviews for all vendors.
Every now and then I search for an odd item and have always been able to find it on amazon.com.

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Netflix

Netflix

4/9/16

I have been a member of netflix since their earliest days and am still old school in that I receive actual disks in the mail. Don't ask me why - it just works for me. I've never had a problem and find that turnaround time is fairly fast. I think I am near a distribution center. I can mail a watched disk back in the morning and receive notification that something new is on its way evening.
I have used Netflix to watch many, many cable shows I never had the chance to see when they first aired - series like The Sopranos and Nip/Tuck. Netflix's inventory includes many shows I enjoyed the first time and want to watch again in sequence like The Office and Parenthood. It's also good for viewing shows I never paid attention to when they were new but want to watch once hearing the hype later.
I appreciate the short and sweet online descriptions for shows and movies and find the site incredibly easy to navigate. I choose not to rank what I have seen because I know many suggestions for things I might like would follow.
I know it's probably crazy but I also use Netflix for research. (Yes, I know about google and others made for this purpose.) Often, we will see an actor and wonder what he or she was in before. A quick search on Netflix almost always gets us an answer.
I have been hearing about rate increases the last couple days. Although I love getting the little red envelope in the mail, I am not sure I will continue the disk plan if rates will affect it too much.

Zappos

Zappos

6/30/15

I am not sure it gets better than Zappos when it comes to online shopping. The selection is endless, the website is easy to use, customer service rocks, and shipping is usually free both ways. (orders and returns)
I wear a size 11 shoe and in my smaller town, size 11 can be difficult to find. Zappos always comes through. No matter what the cost of items I have ordered, my shipping has been upgraded to free.
Fellow shoe sisters, you guys will understand this. I love shoes and when I have a special occasion, I search for the perfect shoes to go with what I am wearing. We were invited to a VIP event when our local Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened. I'd purchased a fancy dress but am not a fancy shoe person. I searched locally and much to my surprise, I found something I thought would work, purchased them, and sort of forgot about them once they arrived.
The morning of the day before the event, I tried on my ensemble with those shoes. For whatever reason, they weren't as comfortable as they seemed to be when they arrived. I knew we'd be walking and on our feet for hours. Not only did I need style, I needed comfort.
In a moment of craziness and knowing I'd never find something locally, I accessed zappos, found a pair of shoes in a brand I knew would work out, called customer service with my dilemma, and believe it or not, my shoes arrived the NEXT day without expedited shipping charges, 3 hours before the event. How is that even possible?
Zappos allows returns up to 365 days after ordering. Yes, really.
Other companies could learn from zappos.
If they run out of something you want, you can request an e-mail if and when it returns to stock.
Don't hesitate. Use zappos.

Etsy

Etsy

12/23/15

When I shop, I love to find unique and one-of-a-kind items. That can be almost impossible in the world of local retail unless I want to spend a lot of money for things. I stumbled upon etsy when I wanted to get new handcrafted numbers for the front of my house. From there, I have ordered jewelry, clothing, home decor, and accessories. It's like one huge arts and crafts fair. You simply type in what you are searching for and chances are, someone offers whatever it is you need.
The site itself is easy to navigate. If you see something you like, you can "favorite" either the item or the shop itself. There are options to contact various shops. Each time I have done that, I have received a response within hours, sometimes minutes.
Many vendors offer custom orders as well as special discounts if you "like" their facebook pages or even if you just request a deal. Last week, I asked 2 vendors if a discount was available and received 15% off from one vendor and free shipping from another.
There is an etsy app available which is also easy to use. From the app, you can access just about anything. I have mine set up to send me notifications whenever something has been delivered or if I have a message from a seller.
I have never used an etsy gift card but know they are available.
Most of the packages I have received come wrapped as if they are gifts. . . colorful tissue, ribbon, and even little surprises. Just this week, I received a scarf and included was a hand-crocheted snowflake.
I realize that my personal experiences from using the site are just that, my experiences. I have been lucky to "meet" wonderful vendors. Shipping has always been fast and any time I've requested a custom order, the experience was flawless.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

8/17/15

I have been a user and contributor of/to Trip Advisor for several years. Most of the trips I take aren't lengthy, so I use Trip Advisor to find the top-rated things to do and see in an area in a short amount of time. I also use it prior to booking lodging as well as prior to deciding on restaurants.
Trip Advisor has a feature that will compare rates for different booking sites. You can also indicate which areas you are interested in and you will get e-mailed updates as new reviews become available. You can also save your searches and come back to them later.
I have never used Trip Advisor for making flight arrangements but that is mainly because we usually drive when we travel.
Trip Advisor allows contributors to submit photos. I like that feature.
There is a nifty free Trip Advisor app that is user-friendly.
The one flaw I have noted is that there can be multiple entries for the same business. For example, there is a restaurant in Mankato, MN, called "Tav on the Ave." There is also an entry for "Tavern on The Ave." It's not that this matters really, but I guess it could be confusing.
I recommend Trip Advisor.

1-800 Contacts

1-800 Contacts

5/13/16

I hadn't really paid much attention to this company's ads as I usually purchased contacts from a local retailer or directly from the eye doc. I have a unique prescription and am rarely able to get my lenses from stock, so I am used to waiting. 4 years ago, I had an online coupon for 1-800 Contacts and decided to give them a try and have not ordered from anywhere else since.
The process is super easy. You text or upload a picture of your prescription and soon, you will hear from them that your order is on the way. Shipping is a little spendy if you need your lenses quickly, but that is to be expected.
This week, I discovered a rip in my last remaining right lens. It was about 9:00 at night. I had a new prescription, so I took a picture of it, texted it, and within 10 minutes, a rep from the company contacted me to let me know my particular lenses were on backorder. She was super nice and offered to upgrade my shipping to "next day" free of charge. She also apologized when explaining that it could be 5 - 7 days before they had my lenses in stock. I wasn't thrilled with the 5 - 7 day thing but it was my fault for not paying attention to what I had left for lenses at home. Two days later, I received an e-mail that my lenses were on the way to me. I checked my credit card statement and the next-day shipping was indeed waived.
1-800 Contacts often offers special deals on reorders.The offers come via e-mail. They also have an app.
I will continue to order from this company due to the customer service I have received, the ease of ordering, and the fact that they help me avoid Walmart.

OldNavy

OldNavy

6/30/15

I am a huge fan of the Old Navy online site for several reasons.
1) They offer tall sizes for women. If I see something I love in the store, I can check online to see if they offer it in talls.
2) You can sign up to receive online specials. These specials come often, so be prepared for at least 3 or 4 e-mails a week. The specials range from a certain percentage off an order to free shipping.
3) Speaking of shipping, it is generally fast. I usually choose the 7 - 9 day option and items have always arrived sooner than that, often within 3 or 4 days.
4) You can return online orders at the local store. I have had to do this on occasion and it has never been a hassle. Credit is given in the original form of payment however at my request, I have received cash back rather than a credit going to my debit card. If you do not want to go to the store for returns, you can use the return labels provided.
From my experience, you can feel safe ordering online from Old Navy.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond

8/23/16

I took the plunge and ordered a Margaritaville frozen concoction maker through BBB. Our local story does not carry the product. I had a 20% off coupon which combined with free shipping helped me decide to finally order this product.
I found the website easy to use and my product arrived quickly. I appreciated the ease of reading product reviews as well as the format of the reviews themselves.
I am a little worried about what happens if the machine doesn't work properly as the packing instructions indicate not to return the item to the store.
The machine was packaged well but came in a box that took up a good portion of my front porch. My neighbors have been teasing me about it. Of course, now that they know what was in there, they want to come over for margaritas. Party!
So...since I can't return the item to the store, I am hanging onto the gigantic box just in case. Tonight is the trail run!

Duluth Trading

Duluth Trading

10/26/17

I ordered from DT over the weekend and received my order today, 4 days later! I love that. I appreciate that shipping is free when over a certain amount. My item was packaged well and if I had to return it, doing so seems easy.
The quality of my purchase, a long down vest, is excellent, enough so that I have already ordered the same thing in another color.
I will be a repeat customer without a doubt.

EddieBauer

EddieBauer

2/13/18

We have an Eddie Bauer store in our mall but I shop online in order to get tall sizing options. The website is easy to navigate and makes it easy to apply codes for special pricing. I can also link my EB Rewards number easily.
Some of my EB clothing goes out of style before it wears out. The quality is awesome. I am not sure but I think they still offer a limitless guarantee.
I have ordered many times and have never had a problem with the ordering process or product quality. I like that I can return online purchases to my local store.

BarkBox

BarkBox

2/21/16

I have subscribed to BarkBox for approximately 2 years. I initially heard about them via one of those Facebook ads we all love to hate, the ones along the side of the screen that seem to know a lot about us due to our page "likes."
BarkBox is an autoship company that sends a box of goodies and toys to your pet once a month. When I signed up, I initially joined for a partial year and eventually went to the year plan. Upon sign-up, you are asked if you have a small dog or large dog. They use that information to decide the types of toys and treats you will receive.
What comes each month seems to be tied into a holiday or time of year. For example, the BarkBox my dog received last week related to the Chinese New Year and contained treats like "Chompsticks" and a squeaker toy of a stuffed dragon. There are usually at least 2 themed toys, 2 themed smaller packages of treats, and at least 1 generic treat like a chew bone. The treats are marketed as "healthy snacks" like fruit chews and dried salmon. (If you get dried salmon, watch out. It smells! My dog loved it, however.) In addition to treats and toys, dog-related items may be included. We received a small treat jar and a water bottle to use when out walking.
Included in the package is a card that lists what was enclosed and information about how to order more of each. I have found the prices to do that are a little high. While I love my pets dearly, I usually get all other treats from my local stores. I have notice that Marshall's and TJ Maxx often carry some of the same packaged treats as found in BarkBoxes.
Every now and then, BarkBox will send an e-mail asking for a ranking of the items included in a previous shipping.
Each month, an e-mail will notify you of when a box has been shipped. My dog's box usually comes around the 17th of each month. I am not sure if they do all shipping around that time or if shipment coincides to when you subscribe.
Subscriptions seem to be on autorenew. Right now, I pay for a year at a time. I can't remember if there is an option to pay for a month at a time or not. I am thinking not. Subscribers set up an account and from there, you can cancel if you desire. That option appears to be easy to figure out and not hidden like some autoship companies. The one thing I did not like is not getting a notification of when it was time for my yearly subscription rate being charged to my credit card. It's possible there was an e-mail but if there was, I didn't see it. I realize it is my responsibility to keep track of that. I do not know if it is possible to cancel mid-subscription if, heaven forbid, something would happen to my dog. I have to think it's possible as getting a new BarkBox could be painful shortly after losing a pet.
I pay approximately $18 a month for the box. It is worth it to see how excited my dog gets when the box arrives. Her nose is right in there when I open it. She has never received a treat she didn't like. One time, we received cleaning cloths to wipe off muddy feet. She didn't like them so much . . . . the treats and toys are way more popular around here.

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CableOne.net

CableOne.net

3/19/18

I have been a CableOne customer for many years. While I'd like my services to be a little cheaper, I am really happy with the service I have received when I have had issues.
This past weekend, my area had an ice storm which caused a significant amount of tree limbs to fall. I'd been out running errands and then celebrating my birthday the day after our storm. It wasn't until about 11:30 pm when I noticed my cable was out. I checked my backyard and noticed that a large limb had knocked down my cable wire.
I called the number on the company website at that time, fully expecting to have to leave a message. I actually got to speak with someone at that time of night.
I was then even more surprised to learn someone would be out on a Sunday to fix the issue.
On Sunday, I received an automated call giving me a window of time a technician would arrive. At that point, I could confirm the time or choose another time. I confirmed.
The technician was here within the window stated. He'd remembered being here before for the same problem. I guess I do need to get that tree taken down. But that's another story. He was polite and pleasant throughout the process.
I received great customer service for this issue.

PuraVidaBracelets

PuraVidaBracelets

8/23/16

I first discovered Puravida through one of those annoying facebook ads. It was ironic to find them, though, because about a week prior, I'd been thinking I wanted a bracelet similar to one I'd purchased on a trip to California. Puravida is the brand name of that bracelet.
The website is easy to use and the products themselves are fun and well-priced, much better priced than the one I purchased in San Francisco for the exact same item.
Shipping was fast. I've ordered 3 times now and each shipment took less than a week.
This company prides itself in providing jobs to those who make the bracelets, people in Costa Rica.
You can get a percentage off your order for providing friends' e-mail addresses. They get a percentage off their order and you will get $10 off a future order.
You can also get freebies for posting and tagging on instagram.

Love Your Melon

Love Your Melon

2/13/18

I like the concept of Love Your Melon. I believe they donate 50% of their proceeds to childhood cancer charities. Their products are high quality, trendy, and warm. I've only purchased beanies, not any of the clothing or other items.
They have hats in about every color imaginable, including some marketed for sports teams. I like that I can get a hat in Minnesota Vikings colors but without the Vikings logo or wording.
One of our local sporting good stores carries the beanies which run the same price as they cost through the website.
I recently ordered a hat on Saturday and received it Tuesday. But I am close. The company is located in Minnesota and I live in Iowa.
This company advertises special releases for various occasions. For example, 2 weeks ago, they released beanies in pink and red for Valentine's Day. They sold out quickly.
Order with confidence from this company.

Envystylzboutique

Envystylzboutique

1/22/19

It is my understanding that Envy Stylz is a small brick and mortar business in Texas that offers online ordering. I have ordered quite a few things from them and have had great luck each time.
They offer t-shirts, fun holiday clothing, jewelry, and footwear. The t-shirts and jewelry I have ordered have been high quality and well-priced.
Recently, they started offering a subscription box that is kind of like a monthly grab bag. For $30, you get one t-shirt and then 2 to 3 additional items. When you sign up, you provide your size and they do the rest. The first box I received contained a New Year's t-shirt, pop socket for my phone, lip balm keeper, and a pendant. I loved everything I received and look forward to this month's box. I signed up for a month-by-month subscription but think you can sign up for autoship.
This company never charges shipping and offers the sezzle payment plan. (They will break your total down into 4 equal payments.) I have found communication to be great with updates from order to delivery.

6pm

6pm

9/27/16

My fellow size 11 girls know that it can be difficult to find our size in stores. I live in a town with a variety of options but most of those places admit they only get a few size 11's and often, those shoes are out the door quickly.
6pm has given me another option to find what I want at a reasonable price. Most recently, I purchased a pair of UGG boots and Nike walking shoes on clearance. And a real plus was that neither pair was made in some wonky colors that no one would ever purchase.
I've always had good luck - shipping has been fast, and when I had to make a return, it was credited promptly.
The company offers special deals from time to time. Sign up for e-mails if you want to hear them.

Priceline

Priceline

5/1/16

I know there is much more to priceline, but I have only used it for booking hotels. I have been successful doing the "name your price" option but usually choose to go the Express Deal route.
I like the feeling of being sent an itinerary after booking. I am "old school" in some ways and like the security of seeing my confirmed reservation via e-mail. All bookings have been successful with no issues upon arrival at the hotel.
Priceline banks your billing information for ease of use. I would recommend deleting credit/debit card information after charges go through, usually within moments. It does not take that long to re-enter info when you need to do so for your next use.

Restaurant.com

Restaurant.com

5/21/19

I have used Restaurant.com for quite a few years. I have had pretty good results but I feel as if you really need to live in a larger city or near a larger city to make it worth the effort. (More restaurants/more opportunities) I have noticed that there are some restaurants listed in my area that have been closed for several years or more. That is why I have given restaurant.com 4 stars. The other reason has nothing to do with them but I have encountered restaurants that have no idea how to redeem certificates even though it is plainly written out on how to use them. (It's as simple as selecting "redeem.") Because of this, I wasted two out of three certificates for one restaurant on a single visit because the bartender did not know how to redeem them. I was told there is no way to get the incorrectly redeemed certificates back. Luckily, I had used a special offer for them and hadn't paid much.

NFL Shop

NFL Shop

2/25/17

If I'd read these reviews before placing an order with nflshop.com, I may have looked elsewhere. However, for some reason I had pretty good luck.
The ordering process was easy and the coupon code I had actually worked. I placed my order for a jersey and received it about 14 days later. The jersey appears authentic, has stitched numbers and name plate, and just has a quality look and feel.
I am giving 4 stars because of shipping time. 14 days is a little excessive, I think. It wasn't a problem. I was not in a hurry and hadn't paid for expedited shipping. It's just that anything more than 10 days seems like a lot compared to many other companies.
I'd order from this company again.

JCPenney

JCPenney

2/21/16

I order from JCP every now and then because of they offer tall sizes and women's size 11 shoes not usually carried in stores.
Service is generally fast, online and texted coupons readily available and often, reduced rates on shipping. If you have your order shipped to your local JCP, shipping is free. I often chose that option if I'd otherwise have a shipping charge as my store is close to my home and work.
I have given 4 stars vs. 5 because of service received at my local store if I do have things shipped there or if I need to return something. While this has nothing to do with the website, it does affect the overall experience. My local store's customer service area has been downsized tremendously. It is not uncommon to have to wait for a long time to get someone to come to the customer service area if help is needed. I've often had to ask a floor clerk to call for assistance. Once someone does arrive, service is generally quick. I appreciate that things can still be returned more than 30 days after purchase.
The website itself seems out-of-date to me for some reason. I guess I just don't really like the way things are shown. Some items only have a picture of one view. At times, I have tried to add something to my cart only to find it was no longer available even though still pictured. I do appreciate the customer reviews available on many items.
If you can't find what you need at the local store, chances are, it will be on the website.

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