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Best Selling Products for Friday, Aug 23, 2019

Katrina Reyes
August 23rd, 2019 · 78 min read

Toys & Games

Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons, Sweet Scented Crayons, Gift, 12 Count

Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons, Sweet Scented Crayons, Gift, 12 Count

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Twist up sweet scents and add flavor to your coloring fun! Crayola Silly Scents combines fragrant scents in a cool, colorful line of crayons, markers, and colored pencils! Each aromatic art tool comes ready to scribble and sniff. This 12 pack of Mini Twistables Crayons includes Cherry, Orange, Lemon, Apple, Beach, Blueberry, Grape, Tropical Punch, Cotton Candy, Licorice, Coconut, and Root Beer. Twistables never need sharpening, making them great kids crayons for classroom assignments, homework projects, or on-the-go coloring fun.

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My hurricane toddler has had these for a month and they are still working! Normally she destroyed everything in her path but someone these are still alive. She uses them daily. They dont mark on skin so Im not worried about my toddler making my Twin infants into zebras. Purchased these for a plane ride with a 5 year old. Worked quite well. I didnt want standard crayons as I was concerned about the mess (breaking, sharpening/tearing paper, melting) so this was the perfect choice for me closely followed by washable markers. This child is going to be in the first grade in the fall so hindsight suggests that I probably should have selected a LARGER DIAMETER crayon while fine motor skills are being perfected, but one of the perks of being a relative (and not a parent) are that you just get to have fun with the little one and I took full advantage of that…I had forgotten how relaxing it is to color and just how much fun it was to see the world in the way that someone that hasnt been jaded by all of the drama in politics sees the world. It was a pleasure that Id recommend for grandparents/aunts/uncles, etc. 4 stars given because one of the crayons seemed to twist back up while coloring. It was a simple twist to solve it but the 5 year old found that extremely annoying…moreso because it was only one crayon that seemed to have that issue (they probably all did, this particular crayon color was used more often during the creation of the masterpiece(s)). I must be getting older because many of the scents smelled the same. The smell wasnt bad at all, I just couldnt tell them apart. The child did have quite a bit of fun with these so IMO it was worth the price over the standard twistables that dont have the scent. Would buy again. The price was cheaper versus a happy meal and provided much more enjoyment. THANKS CRAYOLA My kid goes to year round school, and her school started earlier comparing to traditional schools. She noticed this particular scented twistable crayola from her classmates, and asked me if she could have one for the new school year. Like all busy parents, I couldnt really find time to go to the stores, and just looked it up on Amazon. Bought my set from the warehouse deal, but I couldnt tell the package was damaged at all! I remember my childhood vividly that I could always get something a bit fancier than normal from my parents. Now my kid is happy with this purchase, and Im a happy mom, too! I bought these as a Christmas gift, so I dont actually know how they work on paper. All I know is that the packaging looks nice. Its brightly printed and there is a list of colors and their corresponding scents on the back. The whole box together is about the size of a plastic CD case. The one thing I did notice is how strong the scent is. When I opened the envelope after getting it in the mail, this was all I could smell. It was almost overpowering until I left it out for a while, then it was much more pleasant. It kind of smells like the PEZ candy when theyre all packaged together, but individually, they do each have their own amazing smell. I got a screaming deal on this as an add-on. I work with special needs students and purchased this for our prize box. They earn coins each week, and on Fun Friday, they count their coins and can spend them on something from the prize box. They have so much fun and have no idea theyre doing math! Thank you, Amazon for offering such a great deal on these crayons! My kid likes these better than traditional crayons because of they twist out to use. They feel like a marker in hand but color like a crayon . They just arent as super fragrant as the silly scents makers. I bought these by mistake, thinking they were the markers, but they are still good for crayons. I got these for babysitting a friends sons - ages 2 and 5. They love them and colored most of the time they were over. Hint - The first time we used each color, I had to prime them by scribbling a little. Its like there is a clear wax coat on the tips, for protection maybe? The scents arent super-strong, but still noticeable. Fruit punch stole the show. These crayons are portable, fun, and easy to use. They are great for my daughter because they offer a variety of colors without being overwhelming to clean up and put away. She can use them like a pencil and twist when low. She loves to smell them and talk about what they smell like. If dropped they last however we did drop The Who container off the kitchen counter onto the tile and many crayons broke inside so I had to buy new ones because once the crayons are broken inside they no longer twist up inside. Affordable to replace if broken but if one rolls off the table they dont usually break just the whole package falling from counter to floor together broken several. Great product and happy to buy again and again!


Crayola Colored Pencils, 36 Premium Quality, Long-Lasting, Pre-Sharpened Pencils Non-Toxic Colored Pencil Set for Adult Coloring Books or Kids 4 & Up, Great for Shading, Gradation, Line Art & More

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Product Description Crayola 36ct Colored Pencils From the Manufacturer Crayola 36ct Colored Pencils. The art material of choice. Perfect for school projects.

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Crayola products dont need my endorsement. If you are looking to purchase from the same seller I did, the job they do on the wraps is outstanding without leaving anything to chance which is nice because these pencils tend to break from age, shipping and handling and then of course the way they are handled once they arrive. If it helps any I can recommend the Staedler pencil sharpener because a good sharpener is hard to find at a good price and these pencils need sharpening after a few uses. Hope that helps. I dont hate the pencils. But the box was completely ripped open. This was a gift for an angel tree child. Cant gift it ripped open. If you are using these for adult coloring, you likely wont be happy with only these 36 colors. Half of them I wont even use because they are either ugly or look the same as another color in the box. There are too many reds and greens, few yellows, and only one purple! At least give us a lavender or something. For the price, I would buy the 64-pack of short colored pencils. Instead I bought an additional pack of 50 that I saw at a store.I havent compared pencil-to-pencil with my sons 24-pack, but I dont see much difference in terms of having the choices I want to color a picture. Go for more than 36, or maybe a more artistic brand with a more balanced palette of colors. I love to color in my spare time but I dont see the need to spend a small fortune on fancy-schmancy pencils as Im nowhere near a professional artist. I color for fun & have found that Crayola pencils provide a smooth, even, vibrant color for a reasonable price. Most Crayola pencils seem to sharpen well (the wood doesnt splinter or crack unevenly) along with the fact Ive found they has the fewest useless pencils (broken lear or color - not sure whats its called) right out of the box. For a quality hobby pencil with a reasonable pricetag I recommend Crayola! Color on! This is the second box Ive received recently that rattled when I picked it up. Unlike the first box, this one contained a few air thingies for cushioning. Just not enough. Of the six items in the box, one of the two colored pencils boxes was torn open and the pencils scattered. The other colored pencils and the box of crayons were both open, but the contents had not fallen out. The other items were boxed separately or somewhat cushioned and are OK. Colors are fine, and this product served its purpose for a class. However, several of the pencils could not be used as the point continued to break - the lead was broken within the pencil. I never dropped them or anything like that, they were just in a bookbag.Also, cannot complain cause these are so cheap, but the box sucks and the bottom just opens all the time. So far I have used these to color on paper as well as on fabric for a church banner project. unbleached muslin was the backdrop. Even the white showed well on it.The colors are Terrific! Much Variety and Vibrant. Will be ordering more for my class!Crayola does not disappoint. Arrived in perfect condition.Need a bit of pressure to get a strong vibrant color, but I guess that would be great for kids because there is less mess. No excess falling off.Awesome color selection. No need to get any more than this 36 pack for your little ones.


Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive)

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Size:10 Pack With 10 different colors of modeling compound to play with, this is a case of creative possibilities! Its a rainbow assortment of compound colors that lets you create just about anything you can imagine. Press, smoosh, squish, roll, squeeze and shape with Play Doh modeling compound, the only limit is your imagination! Play Doh and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

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Its play doh. The quality of the product is exactly what you would expect. My issue was with quantity. When I purchase this set I compared it to the 36 count case which Ive ordered previously. At the time, I was only saving a couple cents per container on the larger case from a cost per container standpoint. So I decided to purchase the smaller case to save space.These containers are only 2oz, an ounce smaller than the 3oz containers in 36ct case. So on a cost per ounce, the larger set ends up being the much better value. Its my mistake for not reading the product description details more closely, but it wouldve been nice if this was included in the product description line vs further down in the details.I will be ordering play doh again, but definitely not this set. Could not believe it when I opened the box. These things are extremely small. Should have read others reviews before purchasing. Not much a kid can do with a container this small but mix it up with the other ones. This is just a marketing ploy by play dough. I can not believe that I wasted my money on this. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS you will regret it. I cant believe this has so many stars. For real? Terribly small containers. Honestly I dont know if they could get smaller. The size of these containers makes you think theyre samples more than a paid for product. Save your $8 and go to Wal-Mart and get a bigger tub for $.50/each. Better deal and at least you have something the kids can work with. I wish that I would have read the reviews but its play-doh so I didnt think I needed a review. These are party favor sizes. I am a teacher and I bought these for a class center and now I will have to make a second purchase because they are just WAY too tiny. I was tricked into thinking they were bigger because the price was comparable to the bigger size cans. Total ripoff for the size :( I, too, got tricked by my eyes when I ordered this set of Play-Doh. I, too, did not read the 2 ounce cans portion of the description. I just thought it was the regular sized cans of the good stuff I see at Wal-Mart for 88 cents and snatched it up especially since this set is listed as an Amazon best seller. Ill give the product three stars because the Play-Doh arrived nice and fresh and there was nothing wrong with it. So three stars because Its Okay but I will not give this buy four stars because I do NOT like it. Tricksters. I loved it when I was little, (still do!) my son loved it, now its my 3 year old grandsons favorite! The texture, the colors and even the smell brings back great memories.I purchased these specifically because they were the small cans. My grandson never had Play-doh before, I had no clue if he would even like it, so I figured wed start small. (What was I thinking?!) He LOVED it.For a toddler I prefer these smaller 2 oz. cans. Theyre the perfect size for little hands with just the perfect amount of Play-doh. I also like the portability of the smaller cans. I cant imagine handing a toddler 10 full size cans and just letting him have at it, with these you can do exactly that. I just purchased another 10 pk. because were finally running a little low after making dinosaurs and leaving them out to harden and then play with. :)Play-doh should be a part of every kids childhood! The only advantage of these is the quantity of different colors. I was disappointed in the container size. They are very small. I could have gotten full sized containers at Wal-Mart for 50 cents each and it would have been a better value. I might not have gotten 10 different colors, but that would not have mattered so much, as there was at least a good assortment. I didnt realize what a mess play doh was until I had kids of my own! Omg. I clean up hundreds of little beads of play doh for a half hour after every time we get it out and play with it. Some of you are probably saying to yourselves that Im doing it wrong and I would say youre probably right. I screw up more stuff than I get right as a parent and I am probably failing play doh. But the stuff is a ball. It was one of my favorite things to play with as a kid and every time my kids open a fresh can of it the smell brings me right back to my own childhood. And now I also picture my poor mother who l never realized at the time was probably cleaning hundreds of little play doh balls up after I got done with it and ran out to play! Its worth it, thou. Its still around, unchanged, for a reason. Its just good clean (except for the beads) fun!


Electronics

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player

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Although there are already 9,000 plus reviews and no one will ever read this, I think its worth noting how easy it is to setup the remote to power on not only the television but accessories as well. Remember those code books from days gone by where you had to enter a number of codes to get a remote to work with a receiver, or a sound bar? This thing does the work for you. It EASILY sets up to work both my TV and my SOUND BAR. The fact that my TV is one brand and my sound bar is another is no problem. I love not having to fish for 3 different remote controls whenever I want to watch Amazon Prime or Netflix. WARNING! I didnt realize that when you buy any Amazon device like this one (or a tablet, etc) it comes preloaded with your info. Thats great.But if you gift it to someone else it has all your info, and they can buy & install apps, make in app purchases and so on. You then have to rely on them to figure out how to switch it to their Amazon account…if they even have one.EASY FIX. I guess I just needed to mark the This is a gift or the This order contains a gift box available on the Cart page. High speed internet, wi-fi, etc., did not get to my neck of the woods until very recently so my experience with these devices was limited. The first was chrome cast which was good except I had to bring the laptop into the living room (I dont care to watch on a small screen) to be able to cast to the TV. I know, a not a real big problem, but still awkward. Also, it was a bit tricky for me to set up. I finally took the plunge and purchased the fire stick. I have read some reviews that are quite technical and way above my pay grade. I will keep this simple. The fire stick has been very, very, good for me. Set up was a snap. I dont have a smart TV, just a fairly new, cheap, HD. The picture is great and so is the sound. If there are technical glitches I havent noticed them. I still need practice negotiating the screens, but that will come with time. I am getting used to talking to a machine, but still say please when addressing Alexa. I have already spent a couple of snow days catching up on two seasons of The Blacklist and have almost gotten through Bosch . I still havent had time for the movies. There is so much available it boggles the mind. I guess all of this identifies me as an old person. Well, I certainly am and for me the fire stick is the best thing to come along since the VCR. I would highly recommend it for my fellow oldies who may be a bit leery about trying something out of their comfort zone. This isnt a review, but it is more of a statement… I just got my firestick a week ago and so far I am so unhappy with it. the setup and everything went fine its just that on many of the movies I choose I have audio but no video, another issue is many of the basic channels that I thought were basic like lifetime and CBS and certain other ones I have to pay for to see. I thought they were many more free channels. Another thing, is the buffering. Most everything that I have tried to watch just keeps buffering and I can watch the same movie on my phone or my tablet which is the same Wi-Fi connection that I use for my TV and I can watch the whole movie before I can see anything on my TV. Im about to send this back I dont understand what the big deal is with this item. and I tried to get local channels I can only get one local channel and then I cant even see it live. It just shows me what the latest headlines were on that news show. Please tell me something I dont know or that it will get better somehow. I dislike the fact that I had to pry the remote open with a pair of my scissors. I wish there was a simpler way to open it. Maybe I did not possess the strength to push it open. Also my firestick restarts itself randomly. Support helped me and I thought it fixed it but it did not. Its overheating!! Ive had these issues before but not straight out the box. Really upsetting. We owned the initial firestick and had used it regularly for years. A remote issue forced us to replace the unit, and Im so glad we did! The responsiveness and speed of the new version is amazing! No more lagging or double click. The new remote is also a huge upgrade with the voice control option. Its a must have! This is an upgrade from my original firestick. The installation was so easy, Amazon is really good with their step by step instructions. It works perfectly but the thing I like even more than the voice control is the size of the remote. That original remote was ridiculously small and easy to loose.


Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player

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I received the Fire TV Stick 4K on launch day. I own the previous model and this is a much better experience. First off the remote is a huge improvement. The power button on the remote can turn on my tv, my receiver, fire stick, and switch the inputs automatically so the fire stick is on screen and ready to go with just one click of the power button. Its really nice. This is how it should have been all along. It gets even better though… lets say my TV is already on, and my receiver is set to a different input such as my FIOS tv box? All you do is click the home button on the remote and the remote switches the receiver to the correct hdmi input on the receiver for the fire stick! One remote to rule them all, and yes it controls volume on the receiver too! This is excellent. Its highly configurable. The setup is quite nice. You can define which inputs get picked when hitting the power and home button. You can define which device the volume buttons control. Amazon has done a great job with the Fire Stick 4K.Its faster than previous fire sticks. No more menu lag. Things are smoother and faster overall. Ive used Roku, Chromecast Ultra and Fire Stick… I like them all for different reasons. I also dislike chromecast because 5.1 audio will not work on my receiver because chromecast refuses to support Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1. Fire stick has no problem handling DD5.1. This makes my plex and netflix experience much more enjoyable. The remote is better than not having a remote (chromecast). Rokus are very nice as well. All 3 of these options are great in their own way and frankly I had thought fire stick was the least desirable but recently Ive come to realize I prefer Fire stick so I pre-ordered the 4K fire stick and I could not be happier with it. Amazon needs to keep up the good work. The 4K stick is a solid product and an excellent upgrade from the previous model Let me tell you, I was super excited for the launch of the new FireTV Stick with its leading edge technology and processing power. Well, its got that but theres a couple bug, game breaking problems I have with this thing.1) The Amazon platform is basically retooled Android, which is a crap interface. Its cluttered, redundant, and Amazon being Amazon wants you to use all their services over everyone elses so not only does their menu get in the way but the top third of the home screen is promotions for whatever they want to push.2) Also because its Amazon they want you to use THEIR streaming services to rent movies so much so that there is no Vudu or Google Play app available to install. If Prime Video had a decent selection of rentals (it doesnt) or a halfway usable interface (it doesnt) I would have less of a problem.3) Our FireTV Stick has issues with flickering and sound dropout. Tech support immediately supplied a series of less than helpful troubleshooting tips. Did you try a different TV? Did you try a different HDMI port? Despite my Roku working just fine. I elected to return this since I was already fed up with the closed interface and terrible menus.Slightly less of an issue but still annoying is the inability to completely turn off HDR. Its either always on or adaptive meaning the content dictates HDR which is a problem especially with Netflix (which is calibrated too dark on some TVs)For now Im happier with my Roku Stick despite less robust HDR support.Edit: updated my review for the following:- Amazon reached out immediately after my review to get additional feedback and to offer more support. That actually means something these days. Ill continue to monitor for problems- I upgraded to a new TV and this makes the HDR issue better since it actually looks good on this TV. Problem still stands of not being able to disable HDR entirely if needed- The smart controls feature is nice. I can use Alexa to change TV inputs now.- Less flickering on new tv but still have sound dropoutsHowever my issue with not having a way to watch VUDU/UV movies is a huge issue. On top is that, MoviesAnywhere doesnt tell you which movies were transferred over in 4K. So while the titles may sync, in cases of certain films (eg Deadpool 2) you only get the HD version and not the UHD/HDR one you paid for. Until this is fixed Ill leave my review at 3 stars. Our main streaming service is DirecTV Now, and this stick doesnt run it right. The app seems to works and then just freezes. When I go to run a speed test, the connection is super low, and then ramps up over time back up to full speed. Its as though the app crashes the stick. Other things seem to work fine, but not the app we use the most. Will return and continue to use gen 2 and gen 3 devices. Too bad.UPDATE: So, I deleted DirecTV Now and did a fresh install. For the past three days, things actually worked well and considered revising my rating. Then I tried to watch a little Sunday football. CBS froze over and over again and caused the app to continually crash. Thought maybe it was the local CBS stream because other channels worked fine. Then I tried the Roku I have in my kids room, DirecTV Now worked fine. Figured Id give it another go for the second game, same result. Watched Rams/Seahawks in my kids room with no issue on the Roku device. Again, other apps seem to work fine (I think) on Fire, but this stick isnt right just yet. Id wait for problems to work itself out.


Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal

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Sound quality is the best Ive heard on a speaker of this size!!! Definitely worth paying a little extra for this one over the 2nd generation model. Im not going to discuss the functionality as theres tons of info already out there. One important note: If you set up the Alexa app on your phone, IT WILL IMPORT ALL OF YOUR PHONE CONTACTS. I didnt think I gave it permission to do so but Alexa did indeed import my contacts! You may have read stories how, WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, Alexa can record whats being said in your home and then send it to ANY or ALL of those contacts! Yikes! And, I wont want any of my kids to accidentally send messages to or call people on my contact list. So, if you want to keep your contacts from Alexa and prevent that from happening heres how I did it:Before installiing the Alexa app on your phone, export your contacts to a file and save it for later. Then, go back to the phone and delete those contacts (dont worry, youll import them back in later). Now, install the Alexa app on your phone and go through the set up process. At some point, youll have the option to allow Alexa to automatically import any additions to your contacts. Please disable that option. After youre done with the installation, youll notice there are no contacts in your Alexa app! Now, you can import your contacts back into your phonebook using the file that you initially created and youre good to go!If you already installed the app but want to delete your contacts from Alexa, its not too late. Simply export your phone contacts to a file and save for later. Then, delete the contacts from your phone. Now, open the Alexa app and click Contacts. On the Contacts page, click on Import Contacts and enable it by moving the button to the right side. This will cause Alexa to replace your existing contacts with the now empty phonebook. After a few minutes, your Alexa contacts will be gone. Go back and disable Import Contacts to prevent Alexa from importing them in the future. You can now import the contact file that you created back into your phone.Of course there may be some contacts you do want to use with Alexa. I simply added them manually by clicking Add Contact.I hope this info is helpful as I wasnt able to find an easy way to manage Alexa contacts. Ive been a happy owner of a 2nd generation Echo and three 2nd generation Echo Dots for a year now, and I was glad to add this to the arsenal. After using it for a few days I am generally pleased with it, but it does have limitations, especially when it comes to sound quality (no surprise there!). I will start by summarizing whats new about the 3rd Generation Dot, then Ill describe the device in more detail, and finally Ill add some thoughts about how to choose which Echo device may be best for you.The most obvious update to the Dot is the new look: its as if someone took a 2nd generation Dot, inflated it with an air pump, and wrapped the edge in fabric. And its not bad!Whats different/updated in the 3rd Generation Dot:1) It is slightly larger than the 2nd generation device, measuring 3.9 wide x 1.7 tall (2nd gen was 3.3 wide x 1.3 tall), and the top and bottom edges are more rounded. It is also substantially heavier at nearly twice the weight of the 2nd generation model.2) The 2nd generation Dot came in two color options (black and white), each of which had a shiny plastic exterior that I personally thought looked a little cheap. The 3rd generation Dot has a fabric exterior which gives it a classier appearance, and its available in three colors: heather grey, sandstone, and charcoal. The fabric and rounded edges give the 3rd generation Dot a much softer look than its predecessor.4) The 3rd generation Dot has a larger speaker (1.6, versus 1.1 on the 2nd gen), which is paired with a larger driver as well. Ill talk below about the effect this has on audio quality.5) The placement of the microphones is slightly different: while the 2nd generation had seven small far-field microphones on its top surface; the 3rd generation has four microphones.---------------------------Overall appearance---------------------------I purchased the sandstone version. The cloth is a polyester woven fabric made up of lighter and darker shades which gives it more visual interest than if it were just a solid, uniform gray. The neutral color blends in with nearly any decor, and the cloth gives the unit a softer look which is great for areas of your house where you dont want something that screams Im a device!Aside from its larger size and slight convex bulge, the top of the device is nearly identical to that of the 2nd generation Dot: it has four buttons (volume up, volume down, microphone off, and an action button) and a multi-colored light ring around the top edge that tells you about the Echos status. The side of the device has an input for the power cable and a 3.5-mm output jack.One notable improvement is the shape of the power cable, which sits flatter against the wall than the 2nd generation Dots cable (see my photo to see them side by side). This may sound like an insignificant change, but it makes a huge difference if you want to plug the cable into an outlet that is behind a piece of furniture.-------------Setup-------------Setting up the Dot couldnt be easier. You simply plug in the power cable, then use the Alexa app on your phone to connect the Dot to your WiFi network. The app leads you through everything, and the whole process takes less than a minute. Boom.----------------Audio----------------I did a side-by-side audio comparison of the 2nd and 3rd Generation Echo Dots, first with music (orchestral, a jazz combo, and some AC/DC) and then with a few newscasts. Everything does sound better on the 3rd generation Dot, but to be honest, the sound is still pretty anemic. Compared with the 2nd generation Dot, the sound is slightly fuller, not as annoyingly tinny, and has a small amount of bass presence (not much, but the 2nd generation had none). Newscasts and other spoken texts benefit from the fuller sound as well, but the difference is more pronounced with music. Just for fun, I also compared the 3rd generation Dot with my 2nd generation Echo, and THATS where I noticed a big difference. Yes, the new Dot sounds a bit better than its predecessor, but they both sound weak compared to the full-sized Echo. (To its credit, Amazon doesnt claim that the Dot has room-filling sound.)Ill be blunt: I really like the Dot, but I dont use it to listen to music. At all. With so many other speaker options out there, theres just no reason to use this as your primary music device.-------------------------Voice recognition-------------------------As I mentioned above, the number of microphones on the top surface has dropped from seven to four. Im not sure what the rationale for this was, but after testing the Dots ability to pick up my voice from different distances and angles, I didnt notice a substantial difference in the overall microphone sensitivity compared to the 2nd generation Dot. Like the other Echo devices, though, it seems to have more difficulty detecting voices that come from below it (which happens if I talk to it while Im on the floor playing with my daughter).-------------------Functionality-------------------The bottom line is that the overall functionality — what the 3rd generation Dot does — is nearly identical to that of the previous generations (and of other Echo devices, or at least the ones without screens). This is largely because the Alexa assistant software on which all Echos operate is run on Amazons cloud, not your individual device. This means that as Amazon adds new features and updates to Alexa they automatically become available on all Echo devices. So, you can use any of them to:- Stream music via WiFi from multiple sources- Control smart home devices with your voice- Make hands-free calls to other Echo devices or phone numbers in North America- Make purchases from your Amazon Prime account- Listen to news feeds, podcasts, etc.- Do anything else in Alexas ever-growing skill set, such as make shopping lists, set timers/alarms/reminders, play games, tell you your daily schedule, and any other skills Amazon dreams up for Alexa in the future.If you dont want to use the Dots built-in speaker, you can connect it to your own speakers via Bluetooth or by using the 3.5-mm output jack.One new feature for the 3rd generation Dot is a little puzzling to me: You can pair two Echo Dots in a stereo mode, giving you essentially left and right speakers. I tried this briefly and the results were pretty much what I expected: yes, its stereo, but its still weak sound! You can also pair an Echo Sub with the Dots, creating a little 2.1 sound system. Frankly, Im not sure why you would do this; if I were setting up for stereo sound, I would want speakers that are designed for decent audio performance, not two Echo Dots.Alexas skill set is enormous and always growing. In fact, part of the fun of owning an Echo device is seeing what new skills Amazon comes up with (even if many new skills are just silly or entertaining). Ill mention two of my favorite skills here: the Flash Briefing and the drop-in feature. The flash briefing is fully customizable daily digest of news and other information which you can hear any time by asking Whats my flash briefing? There is a huge list of content you can add to your briefing including news updates, weather forecasts, sports and traffic updates, and educational snippets along with many that are just humorous or entertaining. Using the Alexa phone app or your Echo account page you can select exactly what content you want in your briefing and in what order you want to hear it. For example, I configured mine with news feeds from NPR, BBC, and Reuters. I love having an on-demand synopsis of the latest news from my favorite sources.My other favorite feature, drop in, essentially opens a two-way communication channel between any two Echo devices, sort of like an intercom. Simply ask Alexa to drop in on [the living room, the kitchen…] and you are instantly connected. My wife and I use this feature to communicate from opposite ends of the house. You can turn drop-in capability on or off for each of your Echo devices individually, and you can also choose whether each device can drop in with ANY Echo device or only those in your own home.[Note that the drop-in feature is NOT the same thing as Alexas hands-free calling feature. Hands-free calling allows you to call most phone numbers and Echo devices in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada from your Echo by saying your contacts name or number. Just like with a phone call, the other person must choose to answer your call before you can communicate. By contrast, with the drop-in feature communication is instantly established. For this reason you will probably want to use drop-in only with your closest family and friends, and probably only for certain rooms in your home!]-----------------------------------A few (minor) complaints-----------------------------------Unfortunately this 3rd Generation Dot shares an annoying trait of its predecessors: widely varying volume levels within the daily Flash Briefing. As you listen to the briefing, some components (such as BBC News) come through quietly while others (like Reuters) are much louder. Not a deal-breaker, but slightly annoying.Also, occasionally when Alexa misunderstands a command, you have to start over, which can be really irritating. For example, if Alexa thinks you asked to turn on a light but you really asked something else, she will repeatedly say In which room? until you say Alexa, stop and then start over. Im guessing this type of thing will improve over time as voice recognition software becomes more advanced. This is really more of an Alexa issue than a Dot issue, but it drives me nuts at times.Finally, I wish the Alexa phone app was easier to use. It works, but its organization is not intuitive and it feels rather clunky to navigate. Again, this is more of an Alexa issue than a Dot issue, but still… Hopefully Amazon will continue to make improvements to it!--------------A few tips--------------1) The Dot seems to pick up voices best when placed at or below eye level (i.e., roughly the level from which your voice emits). Mine has trouble detecting voices coming from below it, so I dont recommend placing this on a high shelf.2) When you select news feeds for your Flash briefing I recommend picking one U.S. source and one international source (I use NPR and BBC - both are excellent). If you add too many feeds youll get a lot of overlap and hear the same story several times.3) If you have multiple Echo devices in your home, sometimes speaking to one will cause others to respond as well, especially if they are in close proximity (like in adjacent rooms). One way to prevent this is to change the wake word of one of the devices to Echo or Amazon. The only downside is that you then have to remember which wake word you assigned to each device!------------------------------------------------------------------------Echo Dot vs. Echo vs. Echo Plus: Which one to buy?------------------------------------------------------------------------(Please note that I am only comparing Echo devices that do NOT have screens.)When choosing between the Echo Dot and one of the larger Echo devices, perhaps the most important question to ask is How much do you plan to LISTEN to the device? This question is important because one of the biggest differences between the Echo Dot and the larger Echo devices is sound quality: the 1.6 speaker of the Dot simply cannot match the fullness and heft of the Echo or Echo Plus. (Remember, they all run on the same Alexa software, which means they all have nearly identical skill sets!)So, if you dont currently own an Echo device, start by thinking carefully about how you plan to use it. Many Alexa skills fall into one of two broad categories: those that rely heavily on the speaker and those that dont. For example, features that benefit from good sound quality include playing music/newscasts/podcasts, the drop-in feature, and hands-free calling. (This is why I chose an Echo Plus for my kitchen - I use it every morning to listen to the news.) If you plan to use your device largely for these type of features, you would probably appreciate the better sound of the Echo or Echo Plus.On the other hand, if plan to use the Echo mainly for non-listening purposes such as voice-controlling your smart home devices, then the sound quality isnt as important and a Dot is probably all you need. In fact, you could even save some money by purchasing a 2nd generation Dot instead — especially if its not going to be in a highly visible location or you dont mind its shiny plastic look. I have several single-purpose Dots in my house in rooms where I want to voice-control one thing, such as a lamp in the room, and 2nd generations Dots are just fine for this — and now that their price has gone down they are a great value!==========Bottom line==========The Echo Dot is an extraordinarily useful and versatile device — one that becomes more useful all the time as Alexas skill set expands. The 3rd Generation model has a great new look, but despite marginal improvements in the speaker, its still pretty unsatisfying as a playback device for music or newscasts. As long as you are willing to accept its acoustic limitations, the Dot can be a wonderful device to have in your home. And if you DO want better sound quality for the features you use most often, you can always connect the Dot to your own sound system via Bluetooth or the 3.5-mm audio jack. Hope this was helpful! I had no idea Id love Alexa so much - I wake up in the morning and she does the routine Ive set up, and shes so comforting and useful and fun overall. My husband and I played Skills trivia games for hours last night. If we had kids it would be even more super useful (kids workouts, stories, games) - we even had a goodnight story read to us by Alexa and it was awesome. Im really loving it. The Echo Dot itself is pretty great - the sound quality is pretty good, the bass when turned up is not that great, but if you really want to rock out you can connect it to other speakers or just use something else instead. Im really surprised by how much I like the Alexa app (and the Echo Dot), because Im a little resistant to technology, but its pretty easy to figure out and feels like a new little buddy in the home. Im excited to get some SmartHome stuff now so I can turn on/off lights, heat, etc. The only tiny issue I have is that for some reason Alexa doesnt pick up my husbands voice as much as it does mine - maybe because Ive used it more? Really cool, though, overall - I feel like Judy Jetson!


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Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Person Detection, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant

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Style:One-Pack Product Description Wyze Cam v2 delivers fast, clear, live stream footage direct to your smartphone via the Wyze App (iOS and Android), day or night. You can receive an alert anytime your Wyze Cam v2 detects sound or motion and view up to 14 days of saved alert videos for free - no monthly fees or subscription required. Use the Wyze Cam v2s new Motion Tagging feature to easily identify motion in both live stream and playback video modes. Plus, you can add an 8GB, 16GB or 32GB microSD card (sold separately) to enable continuous recording, schedule custom time lapse videos, use 2-way audio to talk, and listen through your Wyze Cam v2. Use the Wyze App to manage and view multiple cameras, share your cameras with other users, view alert videos, and record and share photos and videos directly from the app. With its small size, magnetic base, and flexible 3-axis design, the Wyze Cam v2 can go anywhere you need it. The Wyze Cam v2 must be powered to use (it does not have a battery) and is designed for indoor use (it is not weatherproof). From the Manufacturer 1080p Clarity, Day or Night 2.8mm focal length. 110º wide angle lens. 1920×1080 (1080p) full HD video. 8x digital zoom. Night vision up to 30 feet. Wyze Cam v2 delivers clear, crisp live stream footage to your smartphone, day or night, so you can see every detail, even at 8x digital zoom. Works with Alexa Wyze Cam v2 works with Alexa. Control Wyze Cam v2 with your voice by saying, Alexa, show me the Living Room to view a live stream from your camera. Wyze Cam v2 can automatically record a 10-15 second alert video when it detects motion or sound. Videos are securely uploaded to the Amazon AWS Cloud via end-to-end encryption and are accessible for 14 days no subscription plan required. With its small size, magnetic base, included adhesive metal plate, and flexible 3-axis design, the Wyze Cam v2 can go anywhere you need it - no screws required. Wyze Cam v2s Motion Tagging technology detects and highlights motion, making it easier to identify moving objects. Sometimes Big Things Come in Small Packages Wyze Cam v2 comes packed with features weve covered every angle, so you can too. About the Startup Describe your product in 3 words. Tech for all! How did you come up with the idea for this product? Wyze Labs was created with the mission of making high quality, easy-to-use, affordable smart home technology accessible to everyone. We believe big things come in small packages thats why we created an affordable, easy-to-use smart home camera that can help you solve lifes mysteries, big and small. So you can be everywhere. And watch everything. What makes your product special? In creating the Wyze Cam we focused on 3 things: quality, affordability and design. We partnered with our user community to create a camera that is useful, easy-to-use and affordable. It has the features users want, in an elegant, simple design. What has been the best part of your startup experience? Working directly with our user community to create a product we all love. Were not just selling a camera were creating a new way for our user community to participate in the product development journey, from vision to testing to launch. And this is just the beginning. We cant wait for you to join us!

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I never used this product. I unboxed it and then downloaded the app & read the user agreement and absolutely cannot consent to the terms. Please read and understand the clause about subrogation claims BEFORE you use this product. It puts the user at admittedly unlikely, but very real legal and financial jeopardy in the event of the product failing in such a manner that harm is caused- for example the cord catching fire. USER is repsonsible for all legal fees or fines/claims against the product EVEN if the product was at fault! For me, being someone who just lost a home in a fire with a product that is being pursued under subrogation by my insurance company there is NO WAY I would consent to this!! ip address in CHINA. Being spied on. BEWARE I returned the camera, also read other reviews for the same issue. I love this WYZE camera! This is the 6th one I have purchased! For the price, you cant do better. I have this camera mounted outside, I purchased the little house available here on Amazon, and so far so good! I have a great view of my driveway! I already have two other WYZE cameras outside, one protecting my front door and one protecting the back door, and they work great during the day or night. I have had those outside since Frb and they have survived cold, snow, and rain. I dont use the alerts, so I cant comment on them. I record directly to SD cards. The picture is clear and the app is useful. I also have three Amazon Cloud Cameras too, which I also love, however I have to say, these WYZE cameras have more features, recording to an SD card for one, then the Cloud cameras have. Plus these WYZE cameras are a quarter of the price! I have one camera pointing outside through my living room window. I have to turn off the night vision due to reflection, however i get a great view! I wish I could think of more places I need to monitor, I would buy more WYZE cameras! I want to begin by saying that I have been very interested in owning security cameras in my home, but Ive never wanted to spend a bunch of money on it. I heard about this camera through a tech news article and I thought that I would give it a shot. After all, a $30 1080p security camera with some free cloud storage just seemed to good to be true.What I like:Picture quality is very good and setup was easy. Priced very well too!Each camera comes with a metal plate and some sticky tape which allows you to put this on any flat surface. This is nice since the camera has a magnet on the bottom of the stand.Updates come out regularly to fix bugs. Hope that continues for many years to come!The two way audio quality is actually pretty good! Talking to someone is kind of a pain though. Speaking of that…What I dont like:To have your voice protrude through a camera, you have to open the camera on the app and press and hold the mic icon. To hear the other person though, you have to unmute the camera. Seems sensible so far right? Well every time you tap that mic icon, the camera mutes itself again. Kinda pointless to advertise two way audio if the person on the app has to constantly unmute the camera in order to hear the person on the camera trying to talk to them. Not sure why it wont stick to the setting I choose.The recorded alerts are too short. For instance, I have a camera setup in my garage to start recording after it detects sound or motion. Whenever the garage door is opening, I get alerted and the camera starts recording. However, the recording lasts just long enough to see the garage door open and nothing else as recordings are between 9-12 seconds long. There appears to be a cooldown between each alert too. I say this because I dont get another alert in the time it takes me to park the car, close the garage door, get out of the car, and walk across the camera to get into my home. Having a microSD to continuously record everything would circumvent this, but having the ability to have recorded alerts be 30 seconds could avoid this whole issue.You can now setup times as to when the camera will send you alerts, but unfortunately these options are just limited to time of day and do not include day of the week. So if you were hoping to set it up to alert you Monday through Friday between the times of 7am and 4pm, you couldnt. This will always alert you every day of the week between your specified times.This is a small complaint, but the app saves an image of the thumbnail for each camera directly on my phone. Id prefer the thumbnails to stay on the app itself and not saved in its own folder in my pictures. This also goes for my avatar picture on the app.Summary:This is a fantastic security camera for the money. Most of my problems are software related and (hopefully) will be fixed soon. I look forward to updating my review after they get some more options added and address some of the issues that I mentioned above.Update: 1/3/18Both of my cameras frequently disconnect and require power cycles in order to get them to work. They may work for a few hours or a day if I am lucky. Also alarm notifications are not coming up until I open the app making the alerts almost worthless. Ill wait again for an update, but Im kinda losing hope here.Update: 2/20/2018They pushed out an update to help fix the frequent disconnects that I was experiencing, but now only one camera seems to work consistently at a time. (This is in regards to live streaming) What happens is I always seem to have one camera fail at random while the other one continues to work fine. As soon as I power cycle the camera that isnt working, the other one goes down in about a day and I cannot connect to it anymore. If I power cycle that one, then other one goes down. This has been going on since my last update and I now only power cycle them if Wyze pushes out an update as it gets old having to power cycle them every other day. I still get notifications on the one that happens to be down, so its just the live streaming that doesnt work.Speaking of notifications, if you are on an Android device and are not receiving notifications from the app, try disabling any battery optimization settings (i.e. Doze) that are interacting with the app. Disabling that should make the notifications come up again. My phone recently updated to have the Doze feature in Android 8.0 and disabling those settings seems to have made those work again. The camera video quality is definitely good, but there is no privacy… Since there is no way to use the camera locally without their app and just using a regular app like ip cam viewer that simply uses RTSP, I ended up putting an SD card on it and disabling its internet access by assigning an IP that is restricted by my router…Well, to my surprise, the camera is CHINESE intelligent and decided to change its macaddress to a new one (completely different from the one in the back label) in order to gain a new IP from my router and regain internet access.Definitely not a safe cam for indoors…(I should appear as a verified purchase… Although I bought the item directly from wyze I used amazon payments to pay for it). Not sure about how secure it is. They say they utilize a 3rd party called ThroughTek (offices in china and japan - none in US) to handle the transfer of videos. Wyze Cam claims the content is sent securely to aws. Examining the network traffic from camera shows that content is routed thru many providers including AWS, Linode (US) Vultr/Choopa (europe) and Aliyum/Alibaba (china). They seem to also utilize NTP server in Russia. To get more details.. search on web for WyzeCam sending data to servers other than AWS and you will find a Reddit article. How does Wyze ensure that ThroughTek is not eavesdropping?For me to trust Wyze Cam, I need to have clear control over end to end encryption of my data to ensure no 3rd party has any way of accessing my videos. Why cant the data be sent directly from my cam to AWS (s3 bucket)? Why can I not have access to AWS logs (s3 logs) to review which other IP address has accessed (or attempted to access) my content? Just claiming that this is a secure solution, doesnt work for me.Other than this security concern that I have, the end user experience is great for the camera in other respects. Of course the price is super good.


Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Value Pack - (60 Total Pictures)(Package may vary)

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Style:Value Film Pack Share 60 original photos with Fujifilms instax mini film 60 exposure value pack. Fujifilms best mini film value. High-gloss provides top-quality finish

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Very, very happy with Instax Mini film and the Mini 90 camera. A serious photographer for 25 years, no other genre or format has given me so much pleasure. Results are instant and fun. Better off buying at Costco or Target. Arrived as three cellophane bound packs of ostensibly Chinese origin (all writing on pack was Chinese and web address on pack was .cn) Fuji 2x10 packs, not the package pictured.First package I tried to use would not eject plastic cover and entire pack of film had to be forcibly removed from camera and thus over exposed remaining film. This wasted $12 worth of film and could have destroyed my camera. Rediculous.This film is sold at local retailers at a cost of about $1 more per unit or, as I now know, at an equivalent price for the product actually pictured at CostCo.Dont waste your money here. I love the new polaroid I got for Christmas from my parents! As far as this pack of films goes: The first set of 10 images turned out great, I loved them all. But then the second set of 10 I opened up they all printed completely black, I was seriously disappointed by this. I hope the rest of my prints turn out well.UPDATE:I bought the Fujifilm Mini Film Value Pack with 60 prints from Amazon. So far I have used 5/6 packages included in the box. And so far Ive been very disappointed. 34 of the 50 prints I have tried turned out completely black. Only 16 of my prints have worked so far. After the two that turned out black, I completely read the instructions so I know that I am doing everything right. I dont know if Im taking the pictures wrong but Ive very clearly read the instructions and even went as far as to use a measuring tape to make sure my distance is correct, but Ive taken 12 pictures and theyve all come out black. And in various settings and room temperatures. I had the issue with the first film I bought from walmart, but once I figured out how to take the pictures they worked. Im doing the exact same thing and STILL getting black pictures. I was only trying to shop through Amazon because it was a bit cheaper and this isnt even expired film.Edit: Turns out, after walking around my house about a thousand times I was FINALLY getting pictures, but I wasted many films already. It needs to be RIDICULOUSLY bright in the house for it to not develop black pictures, even though I know I was in stupidly bright rooms. Regardless, its still cheaper than Walmart and Ill get it faster. Ill be buying again. I love these little pictures. All of mine have worked and developed. If anything is wrong with the pictures, as in under/overexposed, its usually my fault because I forget to pick the correct setting! Remember that you cant squeeze the film pack, open the camera when theres a pack of film inside, shake the pictures, or expose them to direct sunlight. If all of that is avoided (and you pick the correct setting) pictures will come out well with a vintage look. Ive bought a couple of these 60ct family boxes and Im never going back. As somebody who kind of consistently uses their instant camera pretty frequently its nice to have multiple packs at home with out having to run to the store every 20 shots. Also if you do the math, this is one of the best deals in instax mini film that you will find around. Now I just have to wait for these to be back in stock to order even more. I liked that it was cheaper to buy 6 packs at $34.However, when I used one of 6 packs, three of 10 films were defective. They came out with black.I hope remaining 5 packs are not defective so I wont be disappointed Sum up of the review_ works great. I would recommend this.Full review- None of them were expired or anything and the picture came out great. This film is probably the cheapest film you can buy for the instax mini. When you input the film box into the camera you have to be sure you do it right or you will mess up your camera. This film came on time and was not tampered with at all. The pictures come out so great. I wouldnt buy any other brand of film if i were you becuase this is manufactured by the same company that the camera are made of. When you put in the film box into the instax mini camera remember to read the instructions before you do so because you ca end up exposing it to sunlight or putting the film box into the instax mini camera wrong causing the camera to mabye get damaged. When you have imputed the film box the first picture take is just a black film box sample thats why when you put in the film box it says s which stands for sample an a soon as you take a picture and get rid of the sample it will say 10 in the little circle which is how many films you have left. When you are imputing the film box be sure not to touch or press to hard again the parts of the film box. I would recommend buying these in bigger packages because you will get more and in the long run you will save more money. […]I f you have any questions feel free to ask!


Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Person Detection, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant

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Style:Wyze Cam Pan Product Description Say goodbye to losing sight when something moves outside the view of your camera. With its 110°/sec rotation speed, 360° horizontal range, and 93° vertical range, Wyze Cam Pan delivers 360° coverage in under 3 seconds so you can see exactly what you want to see, when you want to see it. From the Manufacturer 360° coverage Wyze Cam Pan gives you 360-degree coverage in under 3 seconds. Life moves fast. Your camera should too. Works with Alexa Wyze Cam Pan works with Alexa. Control Wyze Cam Pan with your voice by saying, Alexa, show me the Living Room to view a live stream from your camera. Clarity Day or Night With 6 infrared LEDs, Wyze Cam Pans enhanced night vision distinguishes 18 steps of gray and provides clear images up to 30 feet away. Pan Scan Patrol your room with Pan Scan. Set the cameras patrol route with up to 4 custom waypoints. 2-Way Audio Listen and talk to anyone you care about while not at home. Unique mic design minimizes motor sounds while providing high quality audio. A Class-K audio power amplifier enables high speaker volume. MicroSD Card Storage Wyze Cam Pan supports local storage of recordings to a microSD card (sold separately). Play back videos with your Wyze app to solve lifes mysteries. About the Startup Describe your product in 3 words. Tech for all! How did you come up with the idea for this product? Wyze Labs was created with the mission of making high quality, easy-to-use, affordable smart home technology accessible to everyone. We believe big things come in small packages thats why we created an affordable, easy-to-use smart home camera that can help you solve lifes mysteries, big and small. So you can be everywhere. And watch everything. What makes your product special? In creating the Wyze Cam we focused on 3 things: quality, affordability and design. We partnered with our user community to create a camera that is useful, easy-to-use and affordable. It has the features users want, in an elegant, simple design. What has been the best part of your startup experience? Working directly with our user community to create a product we all love. Were not just selling a camera were creating a new way for our user community to participate in the product development journey, from vision to testing to launch. And this is just the beginning. We cant wait for you to join us!

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Only good as a toy in close by propertiesIf your internet goes down then back up as it always sometime does in New York City or State the camera will sometimes not reconnect to your WiFi network as it has happened with 3/4 cameras .Since the camera is not responding to either WiFi or LTE your only option is to manually unplug it then plug it in againThis would solve the issue but what happens when you are a 1000 miles away ?Until Wyze ( like Nest does ) codes the software so that the camera reboots itself when attempting to re- connect these cameras are just a gimmick to watch your cat .I am not the only one having same issue as I got numerous emails from forumYou can try to fix by having WiFi AC plugs turning on Pandora off but not reliable This little camera is VERY impressive. I currently own a Nest IQ indoor camera and have owned a couple Foscam indoor cameras in the past. This Wyze camera produces excellent picture quality and has a very easy to use app. The fact that you get 14 days of clips storage for free just blows the Nest cam out of the water.This camera does so much that the 10x more expensive Nest Cam IQ at a fraction of the price.So how does this stack up against the much more expensive Nest Cam IQ indoor camera? You dont get continuous recording stored online, you only get clips stored online. However, you can pop a $10 32GB microSD card into this Wyze camera and get continuous local recording (meaning its being recorded on the card in the device). You can view your recordings in the app. At HD quality, you get a couple days storage on a 32GB card, more if you go SD quality.You dont get the ability to turn the camera on/off based on whether or not you are home. Personally, I really like this feature so it isnt recording us when were home. Just feels weird. Wyze support says they may add this via IFTTT in the future. You can control whether or not motion recording is on when you are home using IFTTT. However, Ive found it a little buggy.You dont get the Nest IQ facial recognition which is very high tech. Im not sure how important this is for an indoor camera. Its amazing for the Nest Hello doorbell.You dont get a monthly fee with the Wyze cam. You pay a fee for the Nest Cam IQ.I cant believe this thing is so cheap and works so well. It has so many features like the big guys. Even the two-way audio is decent. If I had one complaint, its that the motor that rotates the camera is a little loud. Im still giving this 5 stars. I guess its sensitivity to sound is a little high too.It seems like its too good to be true. If you are looking for an indoor security camera, you found it.TIP: I am using this SD card in the camera and its working fine. Inexpensive and does the job if you want local recording - . Silicon Power-32GB High Speed MicroSD Card with Adapter - New EditionNOTE: In the video, I have the camera attached to a mini-tripod. The camera has a standard screw mount for a tripod. You can get a little tripod for around $10. I like it because it raises the camera a bit and provides some extra stability, decreasing the chance it can be knocked over.----- 07/2019 HERE ARE SOME ANSWERS TO COMMENTS PEOPLE HAVE LEFT BELOW ----- Yes, it will continue to do its cloud recording when you have an SD card installed. There is an events tab on the main page of the app for the clips. You can also open a specific camera and tap view playback to see the continuous recording. When viewing on the SD card, there is a delay as it loads up the video. For example, you scroll the time line back 8 hours then there is a 3-4 second delay as it loads the chunk of video around that time. Once it loads, you can move back and forth in it instantly.- I am going to say my 32GB card is getting a little over 3 days recording in a room with only light activity. I cant speak to how that time grows as you increase the size of the card. Im not sure if 64GB would get you 6 days. Seems like it would though.- To the person that thinks the app is useless, Im sorry to hear you are having such troubles. I think the app works well on my Android phone (I dont know about iOS). However, I do believe that those kinds of things can happen. Its not a perfect app and they are adding features which can introduce bugs. Considering the cost of this camera, the app is phenomenal but some people are going to have problems. Hard to predict.- The other app question about it being efficient - yes, it works much better than those other cheap camera app. There is about a 2-3 second delay before it brings up live video. Im not experiencing freezing. However, that is heavily dependent on the network in your home and the network you are using on your phone when you access it (e.g. mobile, slow WiFi, etc.).- Im not sure about the comment about not auto-rebooting when you lose WiFi? Ill say that the cameras survive power failures perfectly. We just had a three hour one last night. Booted right back up. I have reset my network periodically which causes my WiFi to go down for about a minute and the cameras come right back online.Im still using this one and the regular Wyze cam. I still think these are SHOCKINGLY good values. I feel like I wasted so much money on my Nest cam. I should sell it and buy 5-6 Wyze cams. Im a bit of a camera addict. I have hardwired (fixed) cameras that are hooked up to a DVR, and I have 4 Nest cams as well. But we have a lot of pets, and I wanted to have some PTZ cams to be able to look around and check on them when we are away. I heard several tech podcasts (TWiT, Stacey on IoT) ranting and raving over this Wyze cam, so I took the plunge on one. WOW, how amazing to get all this, for $30 (plus shipping)! The image is super-clear, and I LOVE the ability to scan around a room via my phone. I even installed the Wyze app onto my Pixelbook, and when I enlarge the image on my big screen, it looks incredible. I have only had the camera hooked up for a day, and I am still learning the ropes, but I am SO pleased, I am going to order another two, if not three cameras right away!The motion detection feature is pretty slick. I set up the camera in our spare bedroom, where some of our cats hang out, and when Barbie came in, the camera detected her and began following her movements. She was intrigued at the noise (noticeable, but not loud, btw) of the camera whirring, turning. I have attached a screenshot I grabbed via the app, where she is examining the Wyze cam! Highly recommended. I am a fan of wyzecam but this wyzecam Pan is disappointing. Both motion tagging and motion tracking doesnt work even after firmware update. The cam for no reason sometimes just freezes up. I have to power off and on by removing the micro usb cable in order to get it working again. I tried to return it but the return time was over. I am so disappointed and I will never advise others to buy this model base in my experience. How I wish it works as advertised. The bug or whatever it is should be fixed and if it is this unit that is defective I feel I deserve a replacement unit from Wyze. The other units (3) of wyzecam v2 i have is much better in performance. They work great even in my echoshow.UPDATES!Wyze reached out to me and changed the unit. It was on the second attempt that I got a perfectly functioning wyze cam pan.Despite better functionalities than the wyze cam, I feel the wyze cam pan MUST be tested before shipping. To avoid the pains I went through.If you get a fully functional wyze cam pan then you will love it. I have given a 4 star now.


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PlayStation Store Gift Card [Digital Code]

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Denomination:10 Enjoy PlayStation content with convenient PlayStation Store Cash Cards, which let you purchase downloadable games, game add-ons, full length movies, TV shows, and even PlayStation Plus subscriptions. Buy one for yourself or as a gift card for someone else!

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I purchased two of these cards almost exactly 4 months ago, in preparation for some fall releases. Ive bought a lot of digital cash cards for PSN from Amazon, its an easy way to use credit or to tuck something away to save for later, when I KNOW I want a game.I used one code early September and was prepared to use one the day before Red Dead Redemption 2 came out. Unfortunately, it did not deposit the $60 into my account. Instead, I get this error from Sony. The code you entered is inactive. Please check terms and conditions. I try multiple browsers, multiple devices.I contact Amazon and Im told its not their problem, its on Sony. I contact Sony, send them the code itself and the purchase information. 2 days later, I hear back. Its not their problem, its the retailers. I contact Amazon again and get told that I can no longer get a refund, they cant do anything and how would $3 in credit make me feel?Dont buy digital codes from Amazon. I was unaware there was a ticking clock on it, I was given no indication that I would have to use in X amount of time and now Im out $60 and Amazon will do nothing.DONT BUY DIGITAL CODES FROM AMAZON. You never know when they just might not work and youre screwed out of your money. This should be a professional service, if youre out of stock on digital codes, youre required to get them back as soon as possible. Their are way… too many people who depend or could afford a $10 or a $20 Playstation Store Gift Card. Please stop using strategies to force customers to purchase your more expensive cards. Id post an update if i get a reply from the relevant seller. Amazon wants to know what I think about this item, a digital code for $10 of credit on the Playstation Store. Theres almost nothing that I could tell you about this that you dont already know if youre actually looking for Playstation Store credit. You buy this item, and a minute or two later you can find the code in your digital codes section on Amazon along with instructions to redeem it and a link to go right to the redeem page with the code pasted in for you in case youre too impatient to read.The codes have always worked for me and theyve been delivered in seconds, which is more than I can say for Sonys own built-in payment methods which like to lock you out arbitrarily. Well, except when someone steals your account then suddenly Sonys got no problem draining the daily maximum of $150 from your bank account or credit line. Which is why you should get these cards instead of putting in money directly through a payment method on Sonys site, because nobody can steal money if you dont have a method of getting it from you. The best a thief can do if all you have is store credit is use your store credit to buy a small amount and theyll probably just go on because its not even worth the time. Where on the other hand if they get $150 they can buy in game items and trade to another account and sell them for money.Advantages:Codes can be given to someone else as a giftDelivered nearly instantly and easy to log in and apply the codeCredit in your account instead of a payment method means theft is more difficultAll the old codes are in your Amazon account so you can look back on how much money you wasted (wait, maybe thats a disadvantage)When you buy digital, a Gamestop executive weepsDisadvantages:Not a physical card so if you want to make a physical gift out of it, do it yourselfCredit in your account is never the amount you need exactly so theres leftovers you may not use for a whileMost games now charge tax so you wont actually be able to get a $10 game with a $10 card, you need a smidge moreOnce in a while they run out of codes and they take their sweet time getting more in, which stinks if you want a game right nowAmazon will send you emails asking what you think about digital gift cards and suggesting more digital gift cards for your collection, since youre obviously a connoisseur of letters and numbersWhen you buy digital, a Gamestop executive weeps I usually buy the 10$ code for everything… running out of codes and not stock it back is a great way to show how less they care about the customers who depend on this value codes. Ive been waiting for about a month to buy a code and nothing El tiempo de llegada del código es inmediato I cannot believe you dont have any supply. Very disappointed with this policy fast easy poor n broke due to fortnite i cant stop nor get rid of 2 months spent $3,000 on in game skins so on i still have no friends to plat with online ps4 i may sadly cut my loss on wasted cash just blew $125 thus far in a day 11/9/18 for the football complete teams ugh!!! online gaming hate it fortnite is a disease that got me i must sadly stop it buy my normal games leave this to the fortnite pc famous paid!!! gamers for twitch n tournaments SAD i spent/spending so much on the free game but every 24 hours new skins are posted emote dances ugh wish i could figure to sell my fortnite account get some money back it destroyed my life literally 3 friends broke up 1 divorced over the game!!! all my ps cards were are for the game lol then paypal was connected to it on ps4 n i cant buy what i want new games out due to money pit fortnite just cos cool skins to buy! unique ones nov. 13th deep freeze rare skin set comes out now too ugh!!! I had to bougt this because the other amounts werent available. I know is better for your and PlayStation Network benefits. But it is not fair.


Yakuza Remastered Collection - Day 1 Edition - PlayStation 4

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Edition:Day One This release marks the first time Yakuza 5 will be available in a physical format in the West, so the collection also includes a genuine Yakuza 5 PS3 case; after 5 years since the games original release, series collectors can finally fill the gap in their library!

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Xbox Gift Card Twister Parent

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Denomination:10 Get an Xbox gift card for games and entertainment on Xbox and Windows. Buy the latest games, map packs, movies, TV, music, apps and more. And on Xbox One, buy and download full blockbuster games the day theyre available everywhere. Great as a gift, allowance, or credit card alternative. Works with Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Xbox One and Xbox 360 (Xbox Live required). Not redeemable on earlier versions. Music: Only for purchase of tracks, albums and music pass on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets, or music pass on Xbox One (Xbox Live required). You cant use Xbox or Microsoft Gift Cards to purchase content from the Xbox 360 Marketplace or Xbox 360 content on the Xbox One. When you purchase an Xbox or Microsoft Gift Card, make sure that the currency you use matches the currency associated with the recipients billing account. Otherwise, the recipient will be unable to redeem the gift card. If you redeem an Xbox or Microsoft Gift Card in a country that doesnt match the country associated with your billing account, you wont be able to use those funds. The funds in your Microsoft account cant be transferred after you redeem an Xbox or Microsoft Gift Card. You cant use funds in your Microsoft account to purchase physical goods from Microsoft online stores.

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Tried to buy a digital code because I was being lazy and didnt wanna drive to the store and back for a gift card to add money to my Xbox account. Big mistake. Took longer to verify the purchase than it wouldve to just go buy a card. Then trying to redeem the code it started a whole new set of problems. Following the link to redeem took me to microsoft and update profile pages and adding information (which is already on the account) and now my Xbox account cant add codes from the website or the Xbox. Now I gotta deal with customer service and more annoying crap. Lesson learned. Dont buy digital cards from amazon its a pain in the ass. Just buy the prepaid cards at the store Worked perfectly…Within a few minutes after checkout, I received the code-(which is typically located on the back of the card when purchasing this at the store), added it to my account & it was able to be used right away with no problems. Personally, this saved me a lot of time & hassle as I live in a rural area & purchasing the digital code on Amazon allowed me to skip the drive, wait in line etc. Now that I see how effortless this was compared to buying the card at the store, I intend to purchase the digital codes from now on. Perfect transaction start to finish!! Highly recommend! Happy customer! Bought this as way as a alternative to going to the store.Bought it for my little brother sent him the code, he put it on his account and it showed on there as the picture above then he purchased a 4.99 item off fortnite as it shows also in the first picture. Thinking he had about 10 dollars left he went to buy something else but was found with a balance of 1 dollar and some change. Im not sure if Microsoft didnt allow the full amount into his account or they just charged for something else that he didnt know about. But Im the end this scammed me out of 10 dollars. I bought a card and it worked fine. About 2 weeks later I ordered another but the code didnt work. I talked to Microsoft support a little but quickly realized that the order simply hadnt been processed yet so the new code didnt yet arrive. If your code doesnt work, try waiting a minute then refreshing the page (if youve purchased one before). So much easier than running out for gift card. I dont want my credit card on the live account bc the kids can order whatever they want if I do This worked great.. I had never bought 1 online before and was giving it to someone in another state. GLAD TO SEE THIS IS AN OPTION FOR ME TO SEND THINGS TO THE GRAND CHILDREN THAT THEY WILL LIKE.**I have bought this 3 times in the last week for my grand children, so easy to buy and just send them the code. No waiting for the mailman to bring it**** I love the ease and quickness of purchasing the digital Xbox gift cards instead of having to go to the store and waiting in line to buy a plastic card that does the exact same thing as its digital counterpart. Save yourself some time and gas, just buy your gift cards here on Amazon and get access to the funds instantly. The future is here people, take advantage of it! Bought this for my cousin who lives across the country. Process was very easy, I completed the order on Amazon then less then 2 minutes later I was emailed the gift card code which I just forwarded to my cousins email address. He was able to redeem the code on his Xbox One to buy a new game.


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Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #7)

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Review Everyone Digs Dog Man! Riotously funny and original. — School Library Journal, starred review An utter, unfettered delight. — Booklist, starred review Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish. — Publishers Weekly, starred review Action-oriented cartoons… Laffs aplenty. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review Read more About the Author As a child, Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hall every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books. In the second grade, Dav Pilkey created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldnt spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener. Dav has gone on to create award-winning and bestselling books for children. His Captain Underpants series has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide and has been translated into more than 28 languages. In 2017, DreamWorks Animation brought the character to the silver screen in the feature film adaptation Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and Netflix is now streaming The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants TV show. Davs latest creation, Dog Man, continues to be a #1 New York Times bestselling series with more than 23 million copies in print worldwide and translations available in more than 27 languages. Dav is also the creator of the Dragon series, the Dumb Bunnies series, Dog Breath, and The Paperboy, which is a Caldecott Honor Book. Dav lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife. Read more

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Omg!!!!!!Another one!!!This is gonna be good!!!!Hooray!!!I am goin crazy!!?!?!?There is probably gonna be another one afta this oneI am so happy!I read the other books too by the way He has outdone himeself this time.I bet this is going to be the best one ever!Dav pilkey has inspired me to my make my very own comics!My brother to!Sometimes we make dog man comics.Sometimes we make different ones like cow lady or snake man.In this book the super buddies help dog man get over his bad habits.Sometimes I sell my comics.Sometimes I dont.So far the new dog man is good.And so far it is the best of them all!It is called dog man for whom the ball rolls.I think its great.My brother says its great I agree.It is the sixth dog man book.dav pilkey has worn himself out.Me and brother Jon LOVE dog man.Do you LOVE dog man. There is another 1! I am so gonna pre order this bad boi!If they make another one afta ill actually rip off my hair I am soooo exited for the seventh Dog man book to come out you should try reading the whole Dog man series it is so fun. you should try reading it so if you want to read about action and something never boring red Dog man! OH MY… I BET THIS BOOK WILL BE LEAVING MEH SPEECHLES. Like they sayDOG MAN IS GO!!! YEESH BABY, YEESH BOI!!! OMG I am so excited for this book. I cant … I am litterly speechless !!! :) The suspense is getting into me!!! not another!!!!!! this has to be the best book in dog man history!!!!!! hi. hi. hi. hi. hi. hi. hi. 98okjn wow pow die potato pirate soup. read the others dogmans and get caught up and preorder. lol. this one might be the best ever.


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition

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I purchased this from MagicBook1234…perhaps that should have been my first clue. However, I purchased from them because they had the best price and the reviews for the seller seemed to be good…then I started working on my paper and found GLARING issues with the spiral copy of the manual I received.There is no way this is the approved manual. Perhaps a first run or someone horribly plagiarized the book. Glaring issues are throughout. Ex: on page 67 of the spiral book: First sentence says mtending instead of intending. Same pg 1st sentence under section 3.08 states only what needs to be said. This section starts with a lower case and it is not a complete sentence! Page 68 says 10-year-olc* instead of 10-year-old. There are level 2 headings not bolded when most are. I could go on. Be cautious when purchasing. I am giving the low star amount because I believe I was sent a knock-off of the real thing. Although it was new and packaged, as soon as I pulled off the wrapping I noticed it had a horrid smell. Ive never smelled anything like it, so its hard to describe. But its terrible! Then I began reading it. The pages were faded in some spots, and there are very bad spelling errors throughout what I have read so far. I had to go to my college bookstore and buy a copy from them, and I compared the real one with whatever the heck was sent to me. I am attaching pics to show how bad it is. There are a lot more errors, I am just posting a couple. I am returning it immediately. It sounds like most people are getting the real deal, but do be aware that there are bad copies going around as well.I just wanted to add that I am not talking about the errors that accompanied the first printing, this was supposedly a 7th printing with the errors fixed. This was a book that had clearly been badly re-typed by someone, as can be seen in the pics I included. This is a counterfeit product IMO. Im working on my masters degree in Library and Information Science and APA is the preferred style for my program. I was required to purchase this manual for one of my intro classes and needed to cite it for assignments, otherwise I think I could have probably done without it. The reason is that there are many free online sources for APA style guidelines, my favorite being the Purdue OWL website. While this book is well formatted and clearly written, it is simply much easier and faster to search a website for answers to most formatting questions.The main benefit I see for owning this book is that it offers many excerpts of sample papers and reference pages. Many APA formatting samples are available online, but having this book to refer to takes away any doubt about the correct formatting. Other than that I dont see a lot of benefits to owning this book, other than that it goes into more detail about style rules than online sources. My biggest wish has been that the APA would publish a searchable version of their guide online; I would happily pay good money for the convenience! Its pretty comprehensive…has a lot of stuff about publication…and publishing…as well as the usual APA punctuation and grammar rules for the style.If your an undergrad student…this manual may be more than youre looking for when it comes to writing college papers.A lot of what this book has, and more, can be found on Purdue dot edu for free. And, its comprehensive as well.If youre looking for a quick reference…I recommend APA: The Easy Way by Houghton and Houghton. I have grown to appreciate its simplistic approach to the APA basics .Hope this helped… If you are a college student that is going to be writing APA style papers or youre a person that will be writing APA style papers this is the book that you need to have. This is what I consider to be the bible of APA style writing. Everything that you could ever need to know is covered in this manual which is written and published by the American Psychological Association, which is the association who sets out the guidelines for writing APA style papers. Owning this book will ensure that you do not have questions on paper set up, paper critique, and the all-important resources layout. So, if you are like me and you are one of the people that want to make sure that every APA paper that you write is 100% correct then you need to own this book and use it to its fullest. You will not be let down by any means. Also, I wanted to mention that you cannot beat the price for this book in hardcover! side note, this is the most up-to-date American Psychological Association guideline book for writing APA style papers. As of 2018. What can I say? The APA is the APA, and if youre dealing with term papers, its a must-have. I got the spiral version, which I strongly recommend, because it will lie flat while you search for the guidelines you need.My reason for rating it four stars rather than five is due to the way the APA organizes the guide, not due to the print or binding quality of the actual manual. Ive used MLA as well as APA, and I find the index listings of the APA needlessly difficult and intuitively lacking. While its true there are things we didnt need a few years ago (the various only citation guides, etc.) theres no real reason for the manual to be organized so you have to search for several terms before you find the right one (and sometimes you still dont find it). The earliest printing of this edition had errors in it (go figure!).As a university instructor, I think the manual could benefit from additional paragraph-length examples so students can see how a full paragraph would look with the various iterations of author and page citation criteria.In case anyone needs to know this - you can also find most (or all) of the manual on the APA website. Purdue OWL is, of course, a go-to site where we refer students, but Ive learned it may not be as updated as we need.Have a strong pot of coffee or a glass of wine handy if youre using this style for the first time. It is what it is, and we have to live with it.


Where the Crawdads Sing

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Amazon.com Review An Amazon Best Book of August 2018: Although this is Delia Owens first novel, she long ago distinguished herself as a gifted writer. In the mid-80s, Owens co-wrote with her husband Cry of the Kalahari, which was a best-selling, nonfictional account of traveling and researching Africas Kalahari Desert. One of the joys of that book was the Owens description of the natural world, and Where the Crawdads Sing is immersed in the natural world as well. The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in naturebut the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly toldone that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story. Youll want to relax and take your time as well, and when youre done you will want to talk about it with another reader. Chris Schluep , Amazon Book Review Read more Review A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature…Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wondersand dangersof her private world.The New York Times Book ReviewSteeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolinas Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers on…Kyas heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An astonishing debut.PeopleThis lush mystery is perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver.BustleA lush debut novel, Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose. Its clear shes from this placethe land of the southern coasts, but also the emotional terrainyou can feel it in the pages. A magnificent achievement, ambitious, credible and very timely.Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author of Dont Lets Go to the Dogs TonightHeart-wrenching…A fresh exploration of isolation and nature from a female perspective along with a compelling love story.Entertainment WeeklyThis wonderful novel has a bit of everythingmystery, romance, and fascinating characters, all told in a story that takes place in North Carolina.Nicholas Sparks, New York Times bestselling author of Every BreathDelia Owens gorgeous novel is both a coming-of-age tale and an engrossing whodunit.Real SimpleEvocative…Kya makes for an unforgettable heroine.Publishers WeeklyThe New Southern novel…A lyrical debut.Southern LivingA nature-infused romance with a killer twist.Refinery29Anyone who liked The Great Alone will want to read Where the Crawdads Sing…This astonishing debut is a beautiful and haunting novel that packs a powerful punch. Its the first novel in a long time that made me cry.Kristin Hannah, author of The Great Alone and The Nightingale Both a coming-of-age story and a mysterious account of a murder investigation told from the perspective of a young girl…Through Kyas story, Owens explores how isolation affects human behavior, and the deep effect that rejection can have on our lives.Vanity FairLyrical…Its appeal ris[es] from Kyas deep connection to the place where makes her home, and to all of its creatures.BooklistThis beautiful, evocative novel is likely to stay with you for many days afterward…absorbing.AARP Compelling, original…A mystery, a courtroom drama, a romance and a coming-of-age story, Where the Crawdads Sing is a moving, beautiful tale. Readers will remember Kya for a long, long time.ShelfAwarenessWith prose luminous as a low-country moon, Owens weaves a compelling tale of a forgotten girl in the unforgiving coastal marshes of North Carolina. It is a murder mystery/love story/courtroom drama that readers will love, but the novel delves so much deeper into the bone and sinew of our very nature, asking often unanswerable questions, old and intractable as the marsh itself. A stunning debut!Christopher Scotton, author of The Secret Wisdom of the EarthA compelling mystery with prose so luminous it can cut through the murkiest of pluff mud.Augusta ChronicleCarries the rhythm of an old time ballad. It is clear Owens knows this land intimately, from the black mud sucking at footsteps to the taste of saltwater and the cry of seagulls.David Joy, author of The Line That Held Us Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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I was very disappointed in this book after reading all the hype about it. While the reading is good, the story is so nonsensical- a 6 year old left alone in a shack raises herself, living in the same shack, using the same boat, and no one lifts a hand to help her? In more than 20 years, the boat never breaks down, the house doesnt need repairs and shes able to wear the same clothes for many years…shes got long hair that she says is ratty and tangled but description s of it has it down her back, luxurious…shes gorgeous but bathing is optional until in her 20s…she has sex with a philanderer but never gets a vd and not once apparently does she get sick. No flu, cold, nothing…she never got shots and apparently has the immune system of a super hero because she stepped on a nail and never got tetanus…I kept reading so Id finish and the ending is unexpected but its generally a boring book where day after day, shes alone in the marsh… About half this book was good. Beautifully written at times, and with an interesting, plausible story. But wait…the gaps …Maybe less time talking about Kya fumbling around with sex with Chase and more time on her development as a renowned author and painter would have been nice. Theres more, but you may be reading the book. I must comment though on the most ridiculous court room antics since Curlys trial in a Three Stooges short. Oh, I think I just did. (And just after reading a book on Harper Lee - if you know what I mean). This was one of the most disappointing books I have read in quite a long time. Sorry Ms. Witherspoon. Can I get my money back if I return the book? This is one of the most moving, caring, emotional novels I have ever read. I read this book only because I had met Delia and have read her wildlife books she wrote with husband Mark Owens. After starting the book this was all I could think about for days. Kyas life become part of mine and the characters ceased to live on the page… they were alive with me and I was in the marsh, feeling every feather - the air, creatures and the plants. Jumpin became a trusted friend and so many moments touched my very soul. I should not have been surprised as Delia has a great style in her wildlife books that I love to read. But a novel like this is not my normal read. Maybe I need to now reconsider what I choose as this book stopped me cold and made me rethink a lot that happened in my life. Delia touched the human soul with her behavioral descriptions. She is not only a respected wildlife scientist, she is a human behaviorist and understands more about the human condition that just about anyone else I know. This is a tremendous treasure of a book and Im sure its staying in my read again list for a long time. Highly recommend the book. I am extremely stingy with my compliments for good books, but this tale is well-deserving of the praise. Of the last dozen or so books Ive read, only two others earned five complete stars by me: She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels by Kathleen Hill, and Circe by Madeline Miller.I have to confess that I have also had magical moments with marsh creatures such as herons, eagles, and mud turtles. Like the main character, Kya, I am a compulsive collector of treasures from those Great Rock Tumblers: the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean which makes this book so attractive to me. However, Delia Owens writing is more than just about the natural world. She spins a good and very well-written tale about murder, courtroom drama, nature, poetry, and even love.Another reviewer described Owens writing as lyrical. It is. Take your time and savor every sentence. I read a lot. Sometimes folks refer a title to me … sometimes I dont ALWAYS adjust to the referring individuals taste. My niece recommended this title and said, Its not so much the story line … even though thats VERY good … but, the WRITING style. After the first pages, I was HOOKED. Love Ms. Owens style. Descriptive, picturesque speech. This book had so many fantastic reviews. I was looking forward to reading it but quickly became disillusioned. Im from NC and have never heard anyone talk with the type of accents Ms. Owens chose for her characters. It seems like a small thing but it was extremely distracting, and eventually became ridiculous, especially because the characters somehow switched back and forth between speaking like Mark Twains Jim to perfect English. It made me wonder if the author has ever been to our fair state. The story was good enough, albeit predictable, and its obvious the author did her research on marsh life. I learned quite a few wildlife facts that were interesting. The conversations just kept me wrinkling up my nose with distaste and I ended the book on a sour note. Wow! I just finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing. And I will say it again, Wow! This books is so filled with emotion. Kya, the main character, is trying to survive by herself from a young age. She has been abandoned by those who should teach her, guide her, protect her. She has to fend for herself. Two men come into her life and teach her about the good and bad in life. I only keep few books that I know I will read again. This is staying in my library. I was sure I would like this book..and actually finished it. I grew more irritated with each page by the last half. I grew up in coastal North Carolina and was born in the 40s, so would be the same age as the main characters. It was clear that the author did not do her research about the area and about what would be plausible at the time of the story. When she mentioned real towns, she should have known Asheville would not be the destination city from the coast, especially in the 60s. Mas old cardboard suitcase that had been in the closet in the marsh for 19 years would be covered in mildew, Fireflies would have been called lightening bugs. No boy in a small town in NC would have been named either Tate or Chase in 40s, more recent popular names. I could go on and on. The inconsistencies in the dialect was grating, and many parts of the story were just not believable to me. I am amazed that so many people loved the book and the poetry.


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KORSIS Womens Summer Casual T Shirt Dresses Short Sleeve Swing Dress Pockets

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Ordered Large. Im 57 170 pounds for reference. Material is nice and soft and not too thin. Pockets are super cute, however if you have wide hips and a narrow waist it could look ill fitting because the thick pocket material can emphisize the hip area. Nice dress, will definitely wear often! This is a pretty decent little Spring and Summer Dress. Great fabric for packing for a trip! Nice and flowy material, especially in the skirting. The top portion is more fitted. I am 52, 121 lbs and ordered the medium and it fits really well. Not too long either which most dresses can be on a petite frame. Love the pockets! So nice having those. For the price this is a great little dress to add to your wardrobe! I may be back for more! way too small … I have found this with several items that were made in China. I am a size 16 usually and ordered the XXL. Also, for my apple shape, the pockets are way to high and in the absolute worst place. They need to be lower. Fabric is nice and pattern is really cute. I took a chance. It is silky and really, really pretty. It doesnt look like the picture on amazon. , the brighter colors are in the front and assymetrical but I like mine maybe better than the one pictured…I guess each of these will be completely different. Same material and colors, just different placement of the designs. There are two pockets as shown, and it will be nice alone, with tights, or capris. I think it could be dressed up or down. It is going on vacation soon so that will be the test. One thing though… I wear a medium but ordered a large so it would swing more and be comfy in warmer climates and so I would have more room, but under the arms is almost too tight…even in the larger size. This dress runs small—I have a 42 bust, and ordered the XXL, which just fits. Anything smaller wouldve been too tight across the bust. It doesnt quite fit as shown, because its longer and the pockets are oddly positioned right at the waist. I am 56 tall, and the dress hits me at the knees. And the pockets are higher than shown, right at the waist. Other than that, the color is pretty (purple gray) and the material is lightweight and soft. I havent worn it yet, but I think it will be good for a coming trip to Mexico. Satisfied customer! Im going on a cruise in April and even though Im ready, my body is not. Ive gained some weight which Im really self conscious about. I wanted to find something that I could dress up with wedges and some accessories, as well as being able to throw it on with some flops or sandals for a casual look. This dress is perfect for that! More than anything I love the soft T-shirt material. Its not clingy, too heavy or too thin. Not to mention the price is right. Ill probably order it in another color to possibly dress up with a kimono. So adorable and comfortable! Needed a little black dress for our Cancun vacation and this was perfect. Fits true to size. I am 56 and 150 lbs. and the Medium was fine. Not too clingy with a little swing on the bottom. I didnt care for the pockets but my hubby said they were cute. I think it would have been more form fitting without them. Most important…good material and NOT see through. Definitely recommend! I bought this to wear in the winter with leggings and alone in the summer. It has pockets which I didnt necessarily want, but they are fine. It is swingy, soooo comfy and doesnt wrinkle, so perfect for traveling. You can dress it up or down. It is more of a slinky material rather than a T-shirt material, so doesnt get caught up on bulges or stick to leggings. Like I said, exactly what I wanted!


Unbranded Womens Sleeveless Loose Plain Dresses Casual Short Dress with Pockets

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Are you getting ready for a date night? Maybe brunch with the girls?It doesnt really matter what you are getting for, this dress is perfect for it!The jersey knit fabric is very soft and stretchy while the elastic waist keeps it flattering!The various colors are pretty fab as well!Size Chart-SleeveleessX-Small:Bust 30.51,Waist 25.20,Length 31.69Small:Bust 32.09,Waist 26.77,Length 32.09Medium:Bust 34.06,Waist 28.74,Length 32.87Large:Bust 36.42,Waist 31.10,Length 33.66X-Large:Bust 38.78,Waist 33.46,Length 34.45XX-Large:Bust 41.14,Waist 35.83,Length 35.24XXX-Large:Bust 44.29,Waist 38.98,Length 36.02Size Chart-Long SleeveX-Small:Bust 31.69,Waist 25.20,Sleeve 22.83,Length 31.69Small:Bust 33.27,Waist 26.77,Sleeve 23.23,Length 32.09Medium:Bust 35.24,Waist 28.74,Sleeve 23.62,Length 32.87Large:Bust 37.20,Waist 31.10,Sleeve 24.02,Length 33.66X-Large:Bust 39.57,Waist 33.46,Sleeve 24.41,Length 34.45XX-Large:Bust 41.93,Waist 35.83,Sleeve 24.80,Length 35.24XXX-Large:Bust 45.08,Waist 38.98,Sleeve 25.20,Length 36.02Unlined95% Rayon,5% SpandexRuns true to size, but does have a flared cut and relaxed fit.Length: Above the knee.Bust: Great for any cup size.Waist: High waisted ,elastic band at waistHip: Not Fitted - room for hips.Occasion: vacation/graduation/beach/date night/club/gowns/evening/holiday/party/photoshoot/wedding guest/baby shower/maternity/postpartum/everydayUndergarments: May be worn with any standard bra.Fabric: Material has generous amount of stretch. *Colors may look differently on individual monitor due to the color setting and lighting etc.

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This dress is so cute and so comfy! The A line look is slimming, the pockets are fabulous and the length is perfect (even after I washed and dried it)! Can be easily dressed up or down! I usually buy medium but based on ither reviews I didnt want this to be too loose. got small and Im happy. I like the color alot. nice and cool and comfortable. great length for me as well.Im 5 ft 1 and 136 lbs, hourglass shape. Im 52 145lbs and ordered a small. Fits great! Love the soft material and the flattering cut of this dress. Love this dress! So comfy and light. Im 58 about 180 and I ordered a medium. I think Ill order a small in a different color and see how that fits. Super stretchy! This is my favorite dress I wore on vacation. it was cute and comfortable. Im a 36G and it fit me just fine in the bust. Loose and flowy around my tummy to hide my mom pooch. This dress is so cute! I ordered a large and it fits me perfectly! I am 56, 160 lbs and 36 DD. I ordered the purplish grey color and I love everything about this dress. Ill be ordering other colors soon. I bough a small and Im 54 150 lbs with 34/DD. The dress fit great except the top. The top was a little stretched and the fabric is pretty thin, so you could see through it if I didnt wear a bra. The issue I had was that the dress top didnt cover the bra (see photos). Over solid product for a good price. I wont be wearing it as a all the time dress, but I will rock a bathing suit underneath and wear it to the beach. Very Chic and stylish loose fitted dress. True to size if youre going for a loose fit as described. But its so stretchy I couldve ordered a size down (I ordered size large). Happy!


TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses Square Nerd Eyeglasses Frame Anti Blue Ray Computer Game Glasses

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LOVE these!! I plan on buying these again in a different color because I love them so much. I keep them at work and wear them to prevent headaches while staring at the computer all day. I have not gotten a single headache since starting to wear these. They also look great and I have gotten a bunch of compliments. I will say that if you have a smaller face, the large frames might not compliment your face shape. Also, as other reviews have mentioned, they are pretty reflective. However, I am not taking selfies in the office when I wear these so its a non-issue. Im apparently the last one to know about this kind of glasses. Im an entrepreneur, Im always looking at a screen of some sort. The glasses make a huge difference with how my eyes feel. LONG POST, BUT… #migraineupdate 🤕SO! I literally have TRIED EVERYTHING under the sun for migraine relief! Essential Oils, all sorts of vitamins, supplements, the daith ear piercing,🔫 pain meds, chiropractic appointments, EXPENSIVE neurologist appointments & prescription meds💊, migraine tracking / trigger focus🍤🐟, and EVERY crazy home remedy out there🍌🔥! My last options were to try a few more newer prescriptions,💊 injections & shots to relieve the pain, or Botox.💉 NONE of which were options I wanted to try AND all of my remedies either did very little-nothing, or eventually did not work as well over time😭. I have suffered from getting migraines up to 2x a week for the past 6 years! I learned ALL my triggers, (Stress being #1) but still could NOT avoid a migraine. Even in the summer with little to NO stress, I would still have too many miserable, bed ridden days!One option I had not tried (despite 1st checking with an eye dr!) was👓BLUE LIGHT FILTER GLASSES👓!As a teacher , Im on my computer, iPad , or smart board ALL DAY! Not to mention the bad lighting in school. Even on my time off, I find myself on my phone, or watching TV to wind down! These glasses have been a MIRACLE for me & I am SO SO Soooooo THANKFUL that I have FINALLY FOUND RELIEF FOR OVER ONE MONTH WITH ZERO MIGRAINES! #bluelightfilterglasses 🤓 #migrainerelief🤕 #thanksAmazon😍 They seem great! I have a small face so I have trouble finding good glasses and these were much too big for me. They are slightly bigger than the product pictures let on (see my pics). But the packaging was nice and the glasses seemed to be well made. Promising company! Maybe theyll come out with a smaller size one day. I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and theyve made a world of difference for me. And you cant beat the price! Highly recommend!! I love these glasses, they are super cute. I work at a computer everyday for at least 8 hours plus take online classes and over the past few months have been getting really bad headaches and so I wanted to try these out and see if they helped. I can honestly say that they have! I have fewer headaches and my eyes arent super tried anymore. Also, I picked this particular brand because they were designed to block blue light and they send you a test kit with the glasses, as aposed to just being cute, and the price is perfect. The only reason why I didnt give it 5 stars is because they are a little tight, but hopefully that will get better with time. Pretty much my entire life I have had excellent vision. I was often called Eagle-eye because I could see things other people just couldnt. My eyesight has been getting fuzzier over the last 6 years - in fact, it started the exact time I had an increase of time in front of the computer. The last time my eyesight went funky, it was because of my junky, flickery work monitor (one of those old CRTs). I actually had to get glasses because I became nearsighted. Once the monitor was replaced, my eyesight went back to normal.This time around, I became farsighted. I had to get reading glasses because I couldnt read medicine bottle or even paperwork I had to complete! I figured it was still a monitor issue, considered when I first started noticing the trouble and how long it has been going on. But, I thought it was not quite the same problem since it was not causing the same vision stress. When I read about the harm of blue light, I figured that might be my problem. I looked through the glasses on Amazon, and picked these for the reviews and the color (I love pale pink!).These glasses look just as I was expecting them to look. They are a pretty, pale pink - almost silvery pink. The frames are translucent, so they dont stand out on your face, which I like.They are sturdy and well made - I also love that they dont have nose pads!They come with a lens cleaning cloth, which is very nice. They also come with a blue light tester. Its hard to tell if the tester works since if it does youre not supposed to see anything. But it was nice that they thought to put that in the package anyway.I can tell that things do look a little more yellow with them on - its not a weird, unnatural yellow, just makes everything a bit softer. Like youre in incandescent lighting rather than fluorescent lighting .They do have a bit of glare off them, which seems to be a common problem with blue blocking glasses. But when looking through them, its barely noticeable - mostly noticeable for the people looking at you. I have heard that there are blue blocking glasses that dont have glare, but they are way more expensive. I think for the price of these glasses, its perfectly fine.Do they work? How do you tell? Its not like you can even really see the light they are supposed to block! But, I do believe that they are working for a couple of reasons. There have been several times that my eyes were hurting from looking at my laptop screen. I put the glasses on, and in just a minute or two, my eyes were no longer hurting! That right there is good enough for me to continue using them. But it gets better - after using the glasses for just a few weeks, I can now read things without glasses that I havent been able to read in years! Definitely what I was hoping for!These glasses have no strength, they are NOT reading glasses. But they have been allowing my eyes to rest and heal. I will be getting another pair of blue blocking glasses so I can have one at home and work.If you look at screens a lot, its a good idea to think about getting glasses like these, even if you arent experiencing problems yet. Apparently, from what I have read, the damage that blue light causes to your eyes can be permanent and happens gradually over time. I wish I had known about these glasses years ago! Very cute glasses that have helped me tremendously with the headaches I was getting at work. The yellow tint is very subtle. I even accidentally sat on them the other day and they held up great!


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