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Best Selling Products for Monday, Oct 14, 2019

Katrina Reyes
October 14th, 2019 · 76 min read

Toys & Games

Cool Maker, KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker, Makes Up to 10 Bracelets, for Ages 8 and Up

Cool Maker, KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker, Makes Up to 10 Bracelets, for Ages 8 and Up

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Size:Optimized Packaging The Cool Maker KumiKreator is a breakthrough way to braid beautiful friendship bracelets before your eyes! Drawing inspiration from the art of Japanese Kumi bracelets (Kumihimo in Japanese means gathered threads), the KumiKreator makes it easy to create stylish and intricate Kumi friendship bracelets. The KumiKreator DIY kit includes 88 spools of string and everything you need to make up to 10 unique bracelets! Select one of the stylish bracelet patterns from the design booklet, or create your own pattern! Next, choose from 5 different colors of string, load the ready-to-use spools into the machine following your bracelet design and spin to create! As you turn the handle, the spools dance around the machine, magically weaving your bracelet together in minutes! When your bracelet is finished braiding, remove it from the machine and customize with a stylish clasp no knots are needed! Stack, wrap and share your bracelets with your BFFs and mix and match to accessorize every outfit! Spin to create colorful friendship bracelets with the Cool Maker KumiKreator!

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Im 10 years old and made 3 ankle bracelets and 1 wrist bracelet with the regular string by myself. When I first started spinning the handle it was hard to spin and felt like it was jamming so I read the instructions more carefully and it said to flip the white arm tab down so that it would pull the bracelet up as I made it then it worked way better. I figured out that I can use embroidery thread instead of the spooled string that comes with the kit as long as you tie a knot at the end of the embroidery thread and roll the string on the bobbin. You can also use tape instead of the clasp stickers. The only downside is you cant get more of the clasps or end caps unless you buy the refill pack. Ive made flat kumihimo bracelets before on the actual loom, but never got around to the circle loom.The KumiKreator is great, the bracelet on the left is my first bracelet made with the thread that was on the bobbin that came with the box; the one on the right I made with embroidery/friendship bracelet floss I had at home.The thread bobbins that come with the kreator really only have enough on it for one bracelet, but I was able to refill the bobbin with my thread and make another bracelet with lots left over for more bracelets.Ive read the reviews people where saying about it getting stuck and other things. That can happen my first try it got wound around something and the arm thing kept popping up.However once you figure it all out make some adjustments and get into a groove you will be fine I ordered this bracelet maker for my 8 year old grand daughter. She successfully made one bracelet, and after attempting the second bracelet, the machine jammed and we were unable to move any of the parts. This was only used under adult supervision-so there was no question of her being too rough with this product. I returned it to the manufacturer, and was sent a replacement. again, the machine jammed on the very first bracelet. Such a disappointment since this was a birthday gift. After giving this two tries, I am returning and not only am I returning it, but I would strongly discourage any one from purchasing this product. We used it only with adult supervision, after reading all the directions and turning the handle very slowly. DO NOT BUY!!! This item did not work right out of the box, unable to turn dial to make bracelet as it is jammed. Returning for a refund and will make friendship bracelets the old fashioned way - what a waste of money! Do not buy this … do not understand how others have gotten theirs to work! I was hesitant to purchase this after reading some reviews but ended up picking it up for my daughter for her birthday.After reminding her of the importance to follow the directions she was able to assemble and create multiple bracelets that she enjoys!There is a little waste since each spool is meant to be used for each bracelet but otherwise the toy works as expected. The clasps provided are ok but can pull apart if tugged upon. A dab of glue or other means of sealing each end improves the longevity of the bracelets. I use to make these by hand. Now with this gadget I can make them much easier. I did buy nicer clips because the plastic ones tend to come off then the bracelets unravel. The machine works nicely though. My daughter LOVES this! My only complaint is that the clasp pieces of the bracelet are made of plastic and have broke/come off which then ruins her bracelet that she spent time on making. Would be nicer if they were metal Instructions are not very clear for the english version. The machine is all plastic so when you try to crank it it takes a lot of force as it does not move easily - two 13 yr olds had trouble using it. not to mention the 9 & 11 yr olds. Me, becasue of the inadequate directions took a while to figure it all out. Total time to create just one bracelet was over an hour. I bought this for my grandkids to use while visiting but it is just not worth the agravation so will be returning both


L.O.L. Surprise! Fuzzy Pets with Washable Fuzz & Water Surprises

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Its time for the big reveal, because L.O.L. Surprise! Got a fabulous makeover! From new surprises to new looks to totally new ways to unbox, the makeover series is all about transformation. L.O.L. Surprise! fuzzy pets got a fuzzy makeover! Unbox the updated shampoo bottle package to find 7 surprises! (1) magic mirror; (2) secret message; (3) bottle; (4) scooper; (5) fashion accessory; (6) outfit; (7) L.O.L. Surprise! fuzzy pet covered in colorful fuzz. Shampoo bottle becomes a package to wash the fuzz off to reveal the pet underneath. Collect multiples of the same pet to leave one fuzzy and wash One off or you can create fun hairstyles with fuzz! The shampoo bottle package also doubles as a purse and a playset. Add water to your L.O.L. Surprise! fuzzy pet to discover a water surprise, including color change! Collect all the adorable new pets and surprises with L.O.L. Surprise! fuzzy pets.

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Man she loves these things. I mean I have bought Mr. LOL DOLL at the least a new condo in the Riviera with how many of these things we have. Its a 1 x 1 doll with kind of slutty clothes and some of them either spit, pee, or cry. All things I want my daughter thinking is a normal thing for her to do. I dont know they arent really bad they are just crazy they want them as bad as they do. You will see. But this being said if you get the kid who is really into them you run into some mean stuff from this company. Like confetti dolls which blow enough confetti that you are just like what in the…? We have glitter ones that dont shoot the glitter it just gets on their hands and ends up EVERYWHERE in your house. Then if that wasnt enough they have pets that come with sand and you have to dig the sand out to get their shoes that are hidden within this decent size cup of sand. now you have sand all over your house. Then if you finally can breathe because you have hit the end of this expensive house destroying rainbow they came out with really big sets of them and the new ones you have to crack codes to open it. Unless your 8 year old is diff than mine and has expert level code cracking skills ala the enigma machine then guess what adult that is reading this. Yes! You must crack it while they wait like a junkie for one moment and when it comes it pops, they grab it, and run and here you are with a day and half worth of cleaning to get all the layers of stuff up.Whew! That all being said she loves them and they are pretty cool. Five star it everyday of the week.P.S. - some have sluttly little Tramp Stamp tattoos too that you get to explain. Enjoy! Understanding the gimmick of washing away the fuzz is one thing, but charging twice the price vs a regular LOL pet for a one trick pony is just a rip off. The makers would be better to just have the pets flocked and let it be if they are wanting to do something new with the line. Our daughter was most certainly disappointed in this one and shes been a big LOL fan for a few years now. I liked that my daughter was so into this toy and was playing for hours! The Little pet comes with fuzzy hair but place it in cold water and the hair falls off revealing a beautiful pet like the one you see here! Just make sure you watch your little one. It comes with some type of sand and you dig the pets shoes out of it. So creative! We got Neigh Majesty, a cute horse, and my daughter was so excited because she has her big sister from the Hair Goals series. The fuzz is another fun thing to do but it seemed overpriced for a dissolving fuzzy feature. Beware if ordering more than one! I ordered three, one for each of my daughters. Two were identical, which made for a couple disappointed girls. I realize these are blind toys, so you take that risk, but I wish amazon would try to pull from the same box to eliminate that chance. Lot of money to spend! LOL dolls are my girls favorite but Im just over them! My 5 and 7 year old daughters are HUGE L.O.L. fanatics and have been patiently waiting for the arrival of these new fuzzy pets. The toy is a tad pricey for what is inside(animal doll, accessories, bottle, kinetic sand and scooper), but the joy these toys/dolls brings my children makes it worth every penny! Cant wait to see what else MGA comes out with, as we will continue to buy and collect L.O.L Surprise merchandise! Girls just love washing the fuzz off to find out what they get. Price is great at $12 The reveal under the hair is an added bonus! Used a towel to dry, Tupperware container & strainer to catch hair. Too bad they cant regrow the hair-definitely cute!


Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table

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Product Packaging:Standard Packaging Product Description Baby will find a new place (and tons of activities) to discover around every corner of this learning table. Head to the zoo and spin the roller to hear songs about animals or press buttons to learn shapes in English & Spanish. Take a trip to the farm and open & close the barn door to be greeted by a different farm friend. At the market, press the keys to play the piano and learn about numbers, foods & colors. Now its off to Puppys home! Open & close the door to hear Puppy sing his ABCs, and flip the light switch to learn opposites. In the middle of the table, your little one can press the interactive button on the role play phone to make a call to Puppy or Sis, and light up a new place to visit! And there are hands-on activities all over town to keep baby busy, including sliders, spinners and more. You can even add legs for grow-with-me play that takes baby from sitting & playing to standing & cruising. Every baby learns & plays in different ways. Smart Stages technology lets you select the stage thats best for your child on any given day! Switch up the level to switch up the learning fun, and offer up a different variety of phrases, songs & sounds for your little one! Smart Stages Technology Level 1 Explore. First words and sounds spark babys curiosity. Level 2 Encourage. Prompt baby through questions and simple directions. Level 3 Pretend. Imaginative fun and early role play. Brand Story By Fisher Price

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Bought this when my baby boy was 9 months old bc he liked to pull up on furniture and walk while holding onto things.- Very sturdy (all my baby can push it now that he is 13 months) but would be hard to knock over- Lots of things to play with- If your baby likes peekaboo, get this. The barn door opens and it says peekaboo and changes pictures every time he opens it (horse, sheep, cow)- open the front door and it sings the abcs- turn the light on and it actually lights up- only was they could improve would be to make the phone electronic too.My baby boy is 13 months old (he walks now) and he still enjoys playing with this. Its good to have a mix of toys in your home but also a mix of the height of the toys (some they play with sitting, some standing, some to push or pull, etc) . Ideally buy this either before or right when baby is pulling up on things. Id give 3.5 stars.Son is learning to stand with this stable. He also pushes it forward sometimes and takes a few steps forward. The toy is serving its purpose. My son loves flipping the doors on the toy.The cons are:I wish the toys were all plastic do not have paper pictures. The buttons on the phone is just a picture diagram and quickly came off because my son was constantly chewing on it. I ripped the rest off. Now its just a grey rectangle. Stage 2 and Stage 3 songs are kind of boring compared to Stage 1. The small white spinning circle is hard for babies to spin. The moving monkey is also not easy to move. Too much resistance for a baby. There is nothing fancy about this table. It doesnt have all of the flash and pizzazz of the V-Tech toys, and yet it is perfect for my 9 month daughter. She loves to stand although she is not stable enough to stand unsupported so we purchased the table to give her something to hold onto and provide entertainment at the same time. It is the perfect height for her and keeps her occupied for awhile. This morning she actually used it to pull herself up to standing which was awesome (only the 2nd time shes pulled herself up) so she could play with it. One comment however is that it will definitely slide all over bare floors and does slide some on carpet. Because she is not steady on her feet, she leans heavily on the table so it does slide sometimes on the carpet. As a result, Im always near her when she plays with it to make sure she doesnt wipe out and face plant if it slides forward too much. It is good construction and will be able to take a beating from the kiddo and well worth the purchase. It was great while it worked. My twins loved it. Unfortunately, its just over a month old (I gave it to them on their first birthday, August 26th) and it now no longer works properly. The 1 and 2 buttons and the shapes with animals do not work at all. The barn door still changes animals but only once in a while sings a song. Sometimes it doesnt even sing the song to match the animal. I was sitting in the room with them and while they werent playing with it it suddenly started singing the sheep song. Fisher Price only covers their products for 30 days according to their website, which means I have to buy another one. Because my girls love the table Ill be buying another, but if the next one breaks, were done. I have vtech toys that they have had through their spit up and drool phases that are still in perfect working order. As far as Im aware nothing has been spilled on the table because they arent walking yet and I watch them when they use it- Its only been played with. Very disappointed in the quality of the product.Update November 13thI ended up purchasing another one this week at Target and in less than two days after purchase its already messing up! My twins have barely gotten to play with it! Fisher Price wouldnt do anything for the first one, but being open for less than two days, they had better for this one! Ill be returning it where I bought it from. I cant believe two separate ones started messing up so quickly. I bought this product to entice my infant to sit and reach in various positions (PT homework). We left the legs off for now and she can play with it laying on her tummy or sitting next to it. There is a remote in the middle that is fun to take out and put back. When she is able to stand, we will add the legs. My 3 year old also loves this toy and will sit with his sister and push the buttons. There are 3 settings depending on the age but all 3 are entertaining. For a very young child, there are a lot of fine motor activities like pushing keys, opening doors, rolling a cylinder, turning a dial, sliding an animal back and forth, and flipping a light switch on and off. We love this product! We first introduced it to our son when he was 8 months old. All he wanted to do was stand and play upright, and this was the perfect solution. After playing with it for a brief time, he mastered turning light switches on and off, turning pages of books, and using the puncher grasp. We love the different settings for different ages so it will continue to grow with him.The table is meant to be rather light so its not a pain to move around and store, but that means that occasionally when my son uses it to help pull himself up, the table topples over. Its worth it to us, as were never far from his side. My baby loved playing with this and was great to assist him with learning to stand and walk. My only complaint is the mobile phone that detaches has one large sticker that my teething baby loved to chew on and ended up chewing off all the sticker and subsequently eating all the sticker. We ended up just throwing the phone away. This toy would have gotten a 5 star rating if it wasnt for the sticker on the phone being so easy to chew off. Maybe they should just make the numbers a part of the mold on the phone and not apply any stickers.If youre trying to decide if you should buy this, I say YES! It was and still is a favorite toy of my son. He is now 14 months and can run but he still will play with this and he loves when I sing the song that plays when you push the telephone button.


Electronics

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.


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.


Roku Express | Easy High Definition (HD) Streaming Media Player

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Want to start streaming? then start here. Our best priced player, Roku Express delivers a smooth HD streaming experience on your big screen TV. Our next generation player is now 5x more powerful. Its easy to get started, just plug it into your TV with the included high speed HDMI cable, connect to the Internet, and start streaming. Use the remote to search for your favorite shows and discover channels. Enjoy 500, 000 Plus movies and TV episodes, including blockbusters, award winning original Series, kids shows, live network TV, and more. TV Compatibility HD TVs Up to 1080p (1920 x 1080) with up scaling from 720p.

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There are hundreds of reviews for this product, so rather than touching on what has already been said, let me just throw in some Dos and Donts if you find yourself, like me, navigating the vast array of options in the streaming space.Dos1) Do your research! There are several different models for Roku, depending on what YOU really need, want or want to pay. I bought a Roku Express because I was upgrading from a 1st generation Roku device and this one is (or at least feels) a thousand times faster, more powerful and has the upgraded software interfaces for apps like Netflix where you can manage your profiles - the older versions did not support that ability, it only presented your default profile.2) Use the power adapter that comes with it. Sure, you can plug it to your smartTV usb port for power, but if you read about this, there are tons of issues that stem from lack of power supply to the device.3) Think where you will place your device. This is NOT a set top box, this is a tiny (half of your hand palm) device that has a double tape and sticks do your TV. It is not invasive, it has nice black finish so it wont ruin any aesthetics, but once you stick it on, you need to leave it there, otherwise you could end up with a tape that will no longer work, creating an extra hassle - think location first, then execute and paste it.4) Play around with it - it has lots of configuration options, like turning on your TV with 1 touch, casting your mobile screen, etc. If you go only by the default options you might miss some fun tricks!5) Match it with a good router/wifi setup. The worst you can do is have a nice TV, get the top of the line 4K enabled Roku and pair that to a sub-par WIFI connection or a provider that will not support your streaming needs. Remember! this is not plugged by cables, this device streams over the air radio waves, so the distance to your router, obstacles, speed of your network (not only download speeds, but actual WIFI band speeds) can all affect the outcome, so do your homework and think about your entertainment system as a whole, not just the TV / streaming portion.Donts1) Not everybody needs 4K streaming and NOT all providers support it! Many providers will charge premium for UHD Content and offer HD as standard option, if that is the case for you, spending extra $$ on a 4K TV and a 4K streaming device will be wasted. (again, see my last DO bullet item!)2) Let your expectations be unrealistic - Yes Roku provides tons of free content. Free means many of the channels are privately supported which means the content may not be UHD.3) The REAL Fun from roku comes when you enable the channels based on your paid content (netflix, hulu, amazon, premium networks like hbo, nfl, etc…) so if you want to really exploit your Rokus capabilities you will have to pay at some point for prime content.I hope this helps - I am an early adopter of Roku, have major streaming services like Netflix, Prime and supplemented with an a la carte cable service like sling, spectrum choice, DirectTV now or any of your preferred providers and this will unlock all the major broadcast networks, plus some other channels.One last thought: The interest thing is that Roku has a channel for many of these major network stations and watching their content through the Roku channel as opposed through the cable provider app, Ive found that there is more content outside, and better choices for on-demand.Hope you like my review! Fantastic product so far! After the first week, we bought a second one for a family member.First thing: Before you buy, understand what content is free and what is not. Second, in case its not obvious, the Roku operates over your wifi and internet connection. You have to have an internet connection that is fast enough to stream video. If you cant stream video on your mobile (via wifi) or PC, you wont be able to stream it on the Roku either.Subscription content: Anything that you have to pay for elsewhere (like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, network TV streaming, etc), youll still have to have those same subscriptions. But the Roku allows you to access all of those subscriptions (the ones youre paying for) from a single device on your TV, with a nice interface that nearly anyone can use, even if theyre technology-illiterate. Worst case, if you get lost somewhere, just press the Home button. (But keep in mind, each channel on Roku is an app written by the individual content provider, so some are a little more complicated than others. I suspect for marketing reasons, its not always obvious on some of the network TV channels which content is free versus paid until you try to play it. But youll always be prompted before paying for anything, and you can add a pin-number to prevent accidental purchases).Ad-supported content: There is a lot of ad-supported content, just like watching free over-the-air (OTA) TV stations. For network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, etc), check each networks website to see what shows you can watch for free directly on their website, and thats generally what youll be able to watch on Roku, too. After all, the channels on Roku are apps written by each network. For many networks, the free content includes the last 3 to 5 episodes of things that are currently airing, with content being made available a week after the original broadcast date. This is comes in handy if you miss an episode or two of over-the-air TV. Some of the networks also offer free throwback content, where you can watch an entire series of an older show. And there are a few channels like pluto.tv and tubi.tv that provide a wide assortment of ad-supported movies and TV shows. Again, check their corresponding websites to see what content they currently have, and thats what youll get on Roku. The ones mentioned above offer some relatively recent content, in addition to a lot of older and slightly-older content.Free, without ads: Mostly, youll find that the ad-free content is extremely old… lots of black-and-white TV and movies, some early color TV/movies, etc. For those who dont like much of whats on TV these days, theres a lot of classy and classic stuff here. And, of course, a lot of b- and c-grade stuff youve never heard of.This newest version of the Roku Express (5X more powerful) has a very smooth interface, with good response from the remote. Video startup is extremely fast if you have decent internet speed. I tested on a relatives 6mbps DSL internet, and buffering times were never uncomfortable. On my faster internet (100mbps), videos either start instantly, or take no more than about 1 or 2 seconds of buffering.The remote control is great — simple, strong signal, good range. Its infrared-based, so you have to be in the same room (why would you want to be out of the room??). I generally dont even have to point the remote at the Roku box, because the infrared is strong enough to reflect off of the ceiling or walls and still work. Just be sure your Roku boxs front side is unobscured and pointing toward the room. They provide a sticky-tape strip to stick the box somewhere convenient, like the side or top of your TV or media cabinet. The provided HDMI cable is only 2 feet long, though, so it does have to be relatively close to the TV. But you could use a different HDMI cable if you need the remote to be a little farther away. One feature I love about the remote is that pressing the Home button will turn on your TV and switch to the Rokus HDMI input, assuming your TV supports this (I have a Samsung TV which is supported, and a TCL TV which apparently wasnt).You can also use the Roku app on your mobile to control the Roku via wifi. In addition to providing an interface that looks pretty similar to the physical remote, you can also browse for other content while something is already playing. It fact, its quite a bit easier to navigate if youre searching for something specific, since the physical remote requires using an on-screen keyboard where you select each letter and click OK (normally, Im not searching for something specific on the physical remote, so its not a problem). The app also has a headphone feature, which Im guessing allows you to listen directly from your mobile instead of via the TV… great for watching at night when others are sleeping. Note, the Roku app is NOT designed to watch Roku content directly on your mobile. It simply lets you select the content to watch on the TV.Overall, its a great experience. My only subscription at the moment is Amazon prime, which doesnt have a lot of content that I really want to watch (sorry, Amazon! I have Prime mostly for the shipping), so I use the Roku mostly for ad-supported TV and movies, and theres more than enough to keep me busy for a long time.


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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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Size:One-Pack Camera 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!! 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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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. 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. 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 Variation Parent

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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. 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 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 $20 Playstation Store Gift Card. Please stop using strategies to force customers to purchase your more expensive cards. Id post an update if i get a reply from the relevant seller. El tiempo de llegada del código es inmediato I usually buy the 10$ 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 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.


Xbox Gift Card [Digital Code]

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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 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! 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**** Awesome!!


Nintendo eShop Gift Card Twister Parent

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Denomination:10 Nintendo eShop POSA Cards Updated Redemption Instructions and Terms of Use: Redemption Instructions Nintendo eShop Digital Cards are redeemable only through the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Digital Card balances can be shared across Nintendo Switch, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but may only be used on a single Nintendo eShop account. To learn more about the Nintendo eShop, visit nintendo.com/eshop. Detailed instructions for redeeming by device: Wii U If you havent already, set up an Internet connection to your system and make sure your device has the latest system update. From the HOME Menu, select the Nintendo eShop icon. Select Balance from the menu on the left side of the screen. Tap button that says Nintendo eShop Card. Tap the box that says, Enter the code. Use the touch screen to enter the activation code from the Digital Card and tap OK. Select Add. Nintendo 2DS/3DS/3DS XL If you havent already, set up an Internet connection to your system and make sure your device has the latest system update. From the HOME Menu, select the Nintendo eShop icon. Scroll left and select Add Funds. Select Redeem a Nintendo eShop Card. Tap the box that says, Enter the activation code. Use the touch screen to enter the activation code from the Digital Card and tap OK. Tap OK again. Nintendo Switch If you havent already, set up an internet connection on your Nintendo Switch system. Make sure your Nintendo Switch system has the latest system update. From the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu, select the Nintendo eShop icon. Select Enter Code. Enter your download code and click Send. Your total balance cannot exceed $200. TERMS AND CONDITIONS Nintendo Prepaid Card Redeem balance ONLY through the Nintendo eShop and other Nintendo shopping services, including Nintendo systems that offer access to the Nintendo eShop, to download content such as games and other features, or to purchase items (subject to availability). Valid for use in the United States only. Use of this card requires broadband Internet access, and acceptance of a User Agreement, and Privacy Policy. Please review the User Agreement at support.nintendo.com before purchasing. Compatible accessories and software may be required to use certain downloaded content, and are sold separately. When you enter the cards activation code on the Nintendo eShop or other Nintendo shopping service, the card balance will be associated with your Nintendo eShop account and will be non-transferable. There will be no remaining balance on the card. The card balance may only be used on a single Nintendo eShop account. There is a maximum unused account balance that may be stored on a single Nintendo eShop account, and the card may, as a result, be temporarily unredeemable. Card balances do not expire, and there are no fees associated with the card. This card is non-reloadable. Card balances cannot be redeemed for cash or for third-party stored value, and are non-refundable unless required by law. Card balances will not be replaced by Nintendo or your retailer if the card is lost or stolen. Do not buy this card if the silver area has been scratched off. Please visit support.nintendo.com for more information. System Requirements: Supported Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U

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I am a member of a VERY elite and exclusive organization. Yes ladies and gentlemen. I am a Discover Card Member.While visiting the Nintendo Eshop, I decided I wanted to get a new game: Super Mario Odyssey.Clickety, click and off I go to their shopping cart.Suddenly my heart sinks. My pulse rises. I cant believe my eyes. Nintendo does not accept Discover Card!Rather than just closing my browser then and there. Grabbing my Switch and tossing it in the trash. I realized this must be some sort of mistake? Clearly. I felt discriminated against, personally attacked even.Breathe for a moment. Settle down. There must be some way around this. My very first thought was Amazon.Well, a moment later and Im looking at these gift cards. My only worry was how long it would take to receive the codes. How would I receive the codes. Etc.I proceeded. Bought a $50 and a $10 in order to buy the game in question. Went through Amazon checkout with my Discover Card in hand. Within one minute I had everything I needed to place my order with Nintendo. The codes for the eCash were provided instantly and I didnt have to wait at all.Amazon saved the day, and I didnt have to resort to using a different card.Fast transaction, instant codes, happy customer. everything i read stated the delivery of the code would be instant. that was not the case for my order. it took some digging into a help article but in there i found that in some cases human verification of your order has to take place to assure fraud is not occurring. the process could take 4 hours. my verification only took about 5 mins. but i was pretty confused for those 5 minutes.woulda been nice to know about the verification thing ahead of time.but regardless of that, easy to buy and easy to redeem. i wanted to use my amex which nintendo doesnt accept. thanks for being open, amazon Easy to use Nintendo e-shop card. Scratch the back reveal the number and redeem on the e-shop. Then spend at your leisure. Easy as that. I just found out today that the Ultra Pokémon versions had just been released recently and wanted to play it right away without having to order the game and wait for it to arrive at my doorstep. I didnt want to enter all my new credit card info onto the game console so I decided to go the Amazon route. Buying the ecash gift card allowed me to input the code to add funds in the Nintendo eshop so I was able to purchase the game right from the Nintendo 3ds xl and download it right away. I highly recommend this for people who dont want to wait for their Nintendo gift card to arrive in the mail. Received the code immediately, literally two minutes after purchasing I had the 5 dollars redeemed on my 3ds!! I was a little scared after having some difficulties purchasing eshop cards online in the past. (Not from Amazon though, this is the first time Ive found them available and instantly on here). I had 5 dollars on an amazon gift card that I was hoping I could turn into 5 dollars on my 3DS, and it worked! So, if youre scared about ordering, dont be! Oh, and if youre wondering where to find your redemption code, its in your e-mail. And if you dont already know, go to your Eshop application, then go to your menu, go down to Add funds then click on Eshop card then enter your code! Its so handy to come here and purchase these for the e-shop. I often use either my amazon gift cards I get here and there to buy 3DS games, or there once was a time when I had an American Express which Nintendo doesnt accept which left me with having to go this route, except at the time It wasnt as easy as it is buying from this Store and I had to wait two days for someone to send me a scanned card that they must have just purchased, scratched off and sent to me once they got my money. But here, I purchase the e-shop card and so far the longest its taken to get my e-shop code is 5 minutes. And now with the Nintendo Switch, heres a great way of getting the e-shop cards if you dont want to put your credit card info onto your Nintendo system. i dont know why theres an option to review a gift card code here, but i guess the keypoints are1. the code worked.2. the code delivered near instantly via amazons digital download stuff, email notified me immediately after purchase that i should redeem it.3. with amazon prime chase card, i save 5% on my eshop purchases if for some reason i missed or there was no discount on a physical copy of a game for prime members. Its awesome to be able to buy Nintendo gift cards directly from amazon without having to go to a store to pick one up for use with the Nintendo e-shop. I like to keep my credit card information limited to as few outlets as possible, and this way I can purchase digital games off the e-shop without putting in my information. The whole process is extremely quick, with only a few seconds from the time I purchased the digital card to the email notification letting me know my claim code was available. After that, its a cinch to purchase games for my Switch either online or from the system itself. This is a great way to go about it if you are concerned about safety!


Books

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

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Review [Me] pushes the envelope… . The movie Rocketman gave a reasonably accurate overview of the Elton John storybut it barely scratched the surface of whats in this memoir. The lurid parts will get all the headlines. But [it is really about] the mans hard-won self-knowledge… . [Me] surely has something for everyone… . A gift. The New York TimesThought you got all of Elton Johns story in the rollicking biopic, Rocketman? Well, consider that merely a tasty appetizer ahead of this ultra-rich and heavy dinner.NBC News Read more About the Author Sir Elton John, CBE, is a multi-award winning solo artist who has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997. In August 2018 Elton was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number 1s and 27 Top 10s. Elton launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $300 million and funded programmes across four continents in the twenty-four years it has existed. He is married to David Furnish, and they have two sons. Me is his first and only official autobiography. Read more

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Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

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Review A USA Today Best Book of Fall 2019One of the New York Timess 18 New Books to Watch for this OctoberAn L.A. Times Book Club PickOne of Entertainment Weeklys Biggest Books of Fall 2019One of Times Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019One of Boston Globes Great Books of the FallOne of Bustles 10 New #MeToo Movement Books to Read in Fall 2019One of Book Riots 50 Best Books to Read This Fall One of InsideHooks 9 New Books You Should be Reading this October One of Refinery29s Books That Capture the #MeToo Era One of Salons October Must Reads One of Bustles 30 New Books to Get Excited About in October 2019 A Fast Company Book to Check Out in OctoberAbsorbing … the behavior documented in Catch and Kill is obviously and profoundly distressing … but there are some hopeful threads, too.Jennifer Szalai, New York TimesBefitting a Farrow story, Catch and Kill is chocka-block with scoops and revelations.Paul Farhi, The Washington Post Part memoir, part spy thriller, the book is an engrossing account of the dark arts employed by the powerful to suppress their stockpiled bad behavior as well as the cover-up culture that pervades executive suites-many of them at Farrows former employer, NBC News.Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood ReporterCatch and Kill is literally jaw-dropping-a shocking, meticulous record of the vast machinery with which moral bankruptcy protects itself, and of the arsenal of weapons available to colossally powerful men whose careers depend on silencing those seeking accountability and truth…This book reveals damningly widespread corruption, complacency, and cowardice, and against it, the blazing courage of the women who spoke out-its a blueprint of a hideous world, and a foundational building block of a new one. Jia Tolentino, author of Trick MirrorWeve been reading about sex scandals beginning with Harvey Weinstein, but only Ronan Farrow, who reported them, tells us how womens voices were discredited and suppressed for so long. Catch and Kill reads like a great detective novel, and could lead to a safer and more just future.Gloria SteinemCatch and Kill is proof that Ronan Farrow is the best kind of reporter: thorough, honest, and compassionate…it digs deep and Farrow is never afraid to tell the truth no matter where the sparks may fly.James Patterson Read more About the Author Ronan Farrow is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where his investigative reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the National Magazine Award, and the George Polk Award, among other honors. He previously worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, with his print commentary and reporting appearing in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Before his career in journalism, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. Farrow has been named one of Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People and one of GQs Men of the Year. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the New York Bar. He recently completed a Ph.D. in political science at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives in New York. Read more

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition

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Review Praise for Jim Kays illustrations:I love seeing Jim Kays interpretation of Harry Potters world, and I feel honored and grateful that he continues to lend his talent to it. — J.K. RowlingIts all that an old-fashioned book aficionado could wish for … Is this, one wonders, the sort of book found at Diagon Alleys Flourish and Blotts or in the Hogwarts library? Kays illustrations, freshly re-envisioning the story, range from spot images to dramatic double page spreads, all pulsating with color and vitality. This gorgeous volume is sure to please all, from Harry Potter neophytes to longtime fans. — New York Times Book Review Read more About the Author J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief UK and Lumos), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos), as well as a screenplay inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which marked the start of a five-film series to be written by the author. She has also collaborated on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which opened in Londons West End in the summer of 2016 and on Broadway in the spring of 2018. In 2012 J.K. Rowlings digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy news, features, and articles, as well as original content from J.K. Rowling. She is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adult readers, and the Strike crime series, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. She has received many awards and honors, including an OBE and Companion of Honour, Frances Légion dhonneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.Jim Kay won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for his illustrations in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Jim studied illustration at the University of Westminster and since graduating has worked in the archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Jim has produced concept work for television and contributed to a group exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He now lives and works in Northamptonshire, England, with his partner and a rescued greyhound. Read more

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I am sooo disappointed. I absolutely love the illustrations when the pages actually have illustrations. There are numerous chapters with only 1-2 small illustrations, throughout the entire chapter. There is at least three chapters (The Egg and the Eye, The Parting of the ways, Mayhem at the Ministry) where there isnt a single illustration other than the boarder on the chapter title page. The pages arent even embellished (see photo).Some examples per chapter- The Yule ball: 1 illustrationThe Third Task: 2 illustrations, 1 embellished pageRita Skeeters Scoop : 1 illustrationThe unexpected Task: 1 full 1 small illustrationThe Four Champions: 1 medium illustrationThe Goblet of Fire: 1 full 2 small portrait illustrationsThe Unforgivable Curses: 1 small illustration 2 embellished pagesThe Triwizard Tournament: 1 small illustrationThe Pensieve: 1 small illustration 1 embellished page.Veritaserum: 1 illustrationThe Madness of Mr. CrouchPadfoot returns: 1 very small illustration 1 duplicate illustration (from earlier in the book)Those are for an entire chapter!At one point there are 20 blank pages in a row!Also a lot of the end of chapters are just entirely wasted space. So it isnt because they didnt have the room. There first 1/5 of this book is a bit more consistent with the first couple of books but the illustrations become very few and way too far between. I preorder these every year and the pictures are amazing and beautiful. However there was so much going on in this book and only a third or less was illustrated that is very frustrating. Most of the tournament wasnt drawn and there was so much that i was hoping to see. It worries me that the next book wont have even this much done I was looking forward to this iteration which took an additional year to illustrate likely due to Jim Kay needing more time with the extra length and the illustrations present so not disappoint! The book as most of us know is absolutely incredible and there are some absolutely beautifully detailed illustrations. I will admit that one of my big concerns as the books increase greatly in length was how many illustrations will be present and whether they will choose to illustrate some of the darker events that occur later in the books. I figured with the extra year though to do this book they would have more time to get more vivid illustrations completed of some of those darker moments. Unfortunately I have to say while the illustrations included in the book are well done it would have been nice to see a lot more present. I always appreciate the small pictures around, within or in the background of the start of most chapter pages which are normally present but this book opts mainly for small colorful borders to start various chapters pages which is very underwhelming. One other feature that I found was really missed is the changes throughout the chapters in background color or illustrations. It really did add something nice to chapters and went with the feel of each chapter. A few good examples of what I mean would be moments like chapter twenty in book 3 (the dementors kiss) with the dark woods at night background perfectly conveying the mood of the chapter or chapter fifteen (Aragog) in book 2 where the background of every page has spider webs or small spiders representing Aragogs children or book 3 chapter sixteen (Professor Trelawneys prediction) where multiple backgrounds reflect whats happening in the story from Hogwarts to the trees from the Forrest all beautifully present behind the words of the story. Those little details were massively important in the previous illustrated editions and are not present here as a common background has been chosen for all illustrated pages for some reason. It even largely lacks background color changes that were present in all of the other illustrated editions. I do hope they get back to more Illustrations in the last three books and more background theming throughout the chapters. The Order of the Phoenix is the longest book in the series so I am guessing the next book unfortunately will not be out until 2021 although I believe Jim Kay said he had started Book 5 illustrations in May so we will see. I am sure it will be excellent and hopefully we get even more theming and illustrations because they will be more noticeably missed with the longer books.Note: in the images below you see the examples from previous books I mentioned earlier in my review with the final image being the background throughout the Goblet of Fire on non illustrated pages which has a sandstone sort of look to it It is a beautiful book and quite large, but the lack of illustrations is disappointing. There is plenty of room, so not sure why. The 1st three had tons of illustrations and it is not like they rushed this out, it has been a bit. I would love to have someone answer this question: why did the illustrations get the short end of the stick, it is suppose to be an illustrated book, not a wordy book with a few illustrations scattered throughout. I am thrilled with this book. It is true, as others have said, that there is less theme-ing than previous books—fewer smaller illustrations throughout the chapters. This doesnt bother me for two reasons. One, the illustrations that are here are SO lovely, and we get lots of full-page illustrations, including one of the Yule Ball (with Hermione in the proper blue robes! Magnificent!) and Ginny, which so many fans wished had appeared in the second book. Two, in my opinion it is less likely that very young fans will be reading the fourth book than the first, second, or third. The brilliance of the early Harry Potter illustrated editions is that they might draw more young fans to the books, but by the time they get to the fourth book (or their parents allow them to read it—lots of parents dont let their kids continue past the third until they are older), they understand that the books are longer and the ratio of text to illustrations is going to be different.These illustrations are intended to complement the text, not turn Harry Potter into a picture book, and they do this amazingly well. The level of detail they provide is fantastic.It hurts my heart to think that Jim Kay might hear less than wonderful feedback about his work here. I am glad he took the extra year to give us this fourth illustrated edition. Honestly, to fully illustrate the longest Harry Potter books, an artist would probably need five to six years or they would need a team of artists, not one.


Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry

Hanes Mens Pullover EcoSmart Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt

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Why fuss with a zipper just pull this medium weight 7.8-O fleece hoodie over your head and get going.

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This sweater is super soft! Wasnt too expensive. Actually fit me. Im 52 and I got the small size and it fit just right. Shipping took a little though, so dont expect to get the item quickly. I was indecisive on what size to get and I went through all of the questions and reviews to see if anyone who was similar to me provided any helpful info. No one did. So I hope this helps someone. Im a 55 200lb woman, carry my weight in chest and hips. Ordered XXL because I like my hoodies roomy. It was a just a little roomier than I would have liked, but it shrunk a little bit when I laundered it, so now its perfect. The sleeves are a little long, but not cumbersome. The bottom band hugs my hips not too loose, not too tight. Its very soft, lightweight, and warm. I would have given five stars, but I noticed it has a hole in the seam at the cuff and now I have to return it, which is adds a little chore to my to-do list. i got Small, im 52 and weight 105lb, it fits perfect, a little bit snug but thats what i wanted… i think is good for the price .. love it .. Im 510 140lbs and this Medium fits perfectly! Bought this to airsoft in without ruining my more expensive clothes. Just received the hoodie in the mail. Sleeve length is great, I also love the cuffs on the sleeves, very snug on my wrists which I like. The width of the hoodie in the body is also really nice (large size). What Im not so fond of is the length of the body of the hoodie. Its a little to short, and Im assuming it will shrink up a bit as well, so Im afraid it wont fit very well once I wash it. But as of right now, it does fit pretty well and has good warmth! It was a perfect fit!I very much recommend this hoodie. It is nice and soft,it had a smell at first but it will go away. Im a female ,57 ft,and 127pounds and I got the medium size. Used it for an E.T. sort of costume, fits good and quality is OK for the price Im a girl, 5 foot 2 and I weigh 110 pounds. I got a small, its pretty big on me, I feel like it makes my shoulders look big lol because of the way it is but I suppose on a guy the shoulder room would be a plus. Its really comfortable, great soft warm fabric, nice pocket in the middle, pretty bright vivid royal blue, I wear it to work at my warehouse job, its warm, comfy and it holds my cell phone well. I love it! I wont order another one because I was hoping it would be smaller but Im not surprised since this is for men. I like it though. The hood is insanely big but thats not a bad thing. It you got a white hoodie you might look like a clansmen lmfao


Hanes Mens Ecosmart Fleece Sweatshirt

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Now this medium weight 7.8-o fleece sweatshirt is even better, because it is made with up to 5 percent polyester created from recycled plastic.

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I bought this sweater in order to cosplay as Number 3 from KND, so I was strictly looking for oversized. Im 50, weigh 120 lbs and I bought a medium hoping itd be big enough but not ginormous. The sizing is exactly what you would expect from reading all the reviews. The sweater itself is very soft and pleasantly not stuffy at all. However, if you live somewhere cold, this may be too thin to actually keep you warm. 54 115lb, wanted an over sized sweatshirt to be long and comfy, and to cover my butt so i can wear leggings without old people getting triggered. Any smaller and I dont think it would have been long enough. Not too thick, just right for me. I bought this as a gift for my father. At first, he and I were both alarmed at how thin it was. I offered to return it, thinking it was just cheap fabric. He decided to keep it anyway and within a few days had called to brag on how warm it was; Remember that sweatshirt you got me? It is really light and thin, but boy is it warm! Warmer than any of my others! This was only one month ago, so I cant testify to how it will hold up in the wash, but for now we are very pleased! I bought the red sweatshirt especially for Christmas Season. XL size fit me good, thats my normal size. Fits slightly larger than expected, but gets longer, not just wider.(For reference, I am female, 58, 170lbs, and this sweatshirt fits around my 36J chest with room to spare, coming to rest at about crotch level)~ The inside is fleece-y and very soft, though it does pill slightly in the dryer..~ Washes well, but shrank slightly vertically~ The arm cuffs fit snugly while not constricting my man-sized wrists. The sleeves are maybe 2 too long, which is nice because they can be pulled down to keep my hands warm.~ The neckline is a little bit tight, but not unbearable. It just takes a few minutes to get used to.~ I would call this a medium-weight sweatshirt. Its light enough to wear inside without sweating, and I would also wear it outside down to say 45F.Overall I am very pleased with this sweatshirt. It is cozy, washes decently, and is priced very reasonably. Perfect fit. Using this sweatshirt to make cute Bridesmaids tops for a winter wedding. Even though its mens it is the perfect fit and not too short like other womens sweatshirts. Fits nice for the most part. Except the neck part. Too small and too tight that I find it a bit hard to breathe lol The Hanes sweatshirt was precisely what I wanted except for the color which is better than what I thought I was getting. This order went perfectly, so much so that another two are being shipped to me right now. It is way too early to say anything about durability; but otherwise, there is no way this order could have gone any better than it did. If you are interested in a pretty traditional long-sleeve sweatshirt, you would do well to give this one serious consideration. I would give this shirt and the whole buying experience more than five stars if it was an option.


SATINA High Waisted Leggings - 25 Colors - Super Soft Full Length Opaque Slim

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Let me start by saying THIS REVIEW IS COMING FROM A PERSON WHO OWNS ROUGHLY 30-40 PAIRS OF LEGGINGS (diff style and colors) MOST I OWN ARE HIGH END BRAND $50 or more! Close to half come from Victoria Secret, THESE LEGGINGS ARE BETTER QUALITY! I dont want to bore you with a long strong winded lengthy post so Im going to get right down to the bullet points on REASON WHY YOU SHOULD BUY: (my top most important reason) these leggings are the SOFTEST leggings I have ever worn…by a landslide! (Material polyester and spandex) but feel a lot like Modal.. similar to brands LuLaRoe and Butter but in my opinion SOFTER MASSIVE STRETCH FACTOR! Yes they are one size, I am 5ft even and 173lb and SLIM ONE SIZE fits me just fine with lots of room left to stretch! LENGTH IS longer on me, but I am only standing at 5ft Im not bothered by extra leg room or alittle ankle scrunch and I def dont mind hiking these bad boys super high waist! WAIST LINE has the wide band for added support not too tight yet just tight enough to be comforting yet HOLD YOU IN. I also do not notice them doing the dreded slide down effect where you have to keep pulling them up. THATS ALWAYS A PLUS! COLOR IS GORGEOUS! I purchased the old rose and also the mauve (leaving you two separate reviews) the OLD ROSE COLOR is whats attached to this review, its slightly more of a softer color then the picture, which I actually prefer. Its mauve(ish) but with alittle more pink tint to it. Subtle hue PERFECT PINK NUDE TINT THIN BUT NOT SEE-THROUGH I prefer thinner rather then fleece style, if your looking for thicker warmer material I wouldnt recommend these. These can be VERY VERSATILE spring, fall, winterNO NEGATIVES AS I CAN TELL AT THIS POINT, I RECOMMEND LETTING THIS AIR DRY THOUGH JUST ON MY EXPERIENCE WITH SIMILAR TYPE LEGGINGS, (helps with avoiding the fuzzies between your thighs lol PERSONAL INFO TO HELP WITH SIZING REFERENCE BELOWHEIGHT 5ftWEIGHT 173lbsREVIEWING the old rose slim OS leggings Let me start by saying that I never take the time to write reviews and I purchase half of everything we buy on Amazon. However, as a former LLR obsessed mom of 2 toddlers, I felt called to make time to review these leggings. If you are reading this and wondering how these compare to LLR leggings, I am here to tell you I am confident LLR is ripping loyal customers off by charging $25-30+. These leggings are just as soft. They fit the same, if not better. They do NOT PILL if you wash cold and hang dry. I truly feel like Im wearing butter leggings or like Im naked or whatever other claims LLR makes. The price is obviously better and more fair in my opinion. My last plus is the fit. I am 160#, 55, thicker thighs and have had 2 kids in the last 2 years. Mom bod for sure but all in all average. And with these leggings, I am a one size - no ridiculous sizing like TC (what if youre C and not T? What if youre T and not C?)and OS which really felt like slim fit. At 55 these end right above the top of my foot so Id think if you were 2 taller than me, theyd be legitimately perfect. The band is wide and sits at just the right spot. Ive officially rambled on isnt this review but I really cant say enough. Stop stop stop buying LLR and buy these. I was scared to purchase these at first especially in white! But Im so glad I did they are super soft and not see through which is the best. I loved them some much I ordered in grey and Mauve. I use they for everything. A cute outfit, around the house and even working out. Cant wait ro het every color! These are definitely my new favorite leggings, I own them in 4 colors and plan to buy more. The colors of the actual leggings are just as bold and vibrant as the photos which I love. Buying clothes online can be tricky because the colors or fit of the product rarely matches.Like I said, these are my new favorite leggings. They fit and frame my body like a glove, and are also sooo soft and smooth. The high waistband is so helpful on days that I want to wear a crop top and not show too much. It also holds everything in so I dont have to feel self conscious about my tummy. The high waistband isnt uncomfortable at all, and its so flattering.I cant get over how soooffffttttt these leggings are. Usually leggings that are soft are a little too warm. These are great quality and feel silky smooth on my skin, keep me warm, but are also breathable. Ive worn these alone with just a top, and have also worn them as a base layer under my jeans for a trip that I recently went on.The quality of these leggings exceeds the price. I was worried about them being One Size, but they fit me perfectly. All in all Id say these are a steal for what you pay, and are definitely something I will be getting a lot of use out of. Tricked by all these glowing reviews! I bought 3 pairs (heres hoping the other two are more sturdy) Very disappointed, the crotch seam has about 5 little holes forming around it and its starting to separate after one wear. Im not overweight, Im a size 4/6 depending on the brand. I wore these on a walk in the park the day I received them, that was the most strenuous thing that occurred when I wore them. To be honest I really like the way they feel and fit but I sort of need my leggings to remain in one piece in order to give a good review >_< I am one of those girls that has several pairs of LLR leggings, but find it hard to get a solid black or dark color. Also, they run a little expensive. I thought I would try these- and for less half of the price take a chance on how they might compare. I really like the leggings, they are comfortable and very similar to the ones I have and like. I am about 58 and normally wear a size 12 ( i buy the TC in the LLR leggings) so I got the larger size of these, and they are a bit smaller than LLR- especially in length. The waistband is the yoga style folded band (very comfortable) but the rise is not as high as the LLR - so they feel like they would better fit a shorter person. That being said, for 11 bucks they are a good deal, buttery soft, and I will definitely be ordering more.


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