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Best Selling Products for Monday, Oct 21, 2019

Katrina Reyes
October 21st, 2019 · 78 min read

Toys & Games

Hasbro Gaming Rubik's 3X3 Cube, Puzzle Game, Classic Colors

Hasbro Gaming Rubiks 3X3 Cube, Puzzle Game, Classic Colors

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Product Packaging:Standard Packaging Product Description Take the 3X3 challenge! The Rubiks 3X3 Cube has many combinations, but only one solution. Challenge your mind with this brain game. Scramble the colored squares on this addictive and multi-dimensional cube. Then twist, turn, and rotate to match up the colors again on all sides! Once the puzzles complete, its sweet satisfaction! Hasbro Gaming and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro. Rubiks used under license Rubiks Brand Ltd. From the Manufacturer Hasbro is committed to being an ethical and responsible company and is a recognized toy industry leader in the areas of product safety, environmental sustainability, ethical sourcing and philanthropy.

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The cube I was sent was not what is shown in the picture description. The one sent is far cheaper than the Rubiks Cube that is sold with actual stickers on the faces. This one is a stickerless design and is not nearly as good as ones you can find in the store (also made by Hasbro). Definitely disappointed. Not worth it to send back at 4 bucks though. The pictures other reviewers have uploaded are what I was sent also. The Rubiks logo on the middle white square is different than the product picture and is a clear tell that it is a different product.Amazon flagged this review saying it was against community guidelines. No clue why. Its the truth though. This item is not the quality I was expecting. this was exactly as expected. I did not recieve a knockoff, this is the standard Hasbro Rubiks cube. (it was a bit smaller than I expected, but then again I did not read the dimensions). it is what you would expect from a Rubiks cube, however, after ordering this I realized there are better ones out there (of other brands) if you are actually interested in making a hobby out of solving it. these ones work, but are not super forgiving about turning it, everything has to line up perfectly and its not extremely fluid. Those were the words my 8 year old uttered to me recently. She wanted a Rubiks Cube, and having had one of my own as a kid (and while I loved it, I was always frustrated about not being able to bring it back to the correct state without help), I figured why not. It came at a great price when I added this to another order, so there we are.It is funny how history repeats itself. Now my daughter asks me for help after being frustrated of not being able to fix the cube, and I look at a cheat sheet at night on how to fix it (I wish I had internet back when I was a kid haha). The next day, when I show her the fixed cube, she is completely in awe. Added bonus of that cheat sheet is, Im slowly learning the moves out of my head and soon Ill be able to do it right in front of her, becoming her hero once more :D When I was a kid in the 80s I could solve this thing in less than 2 minutes. Im not a kid anymore and its not the 80s - and now I cant figure this thing out now matter how hard I try (yep, You-Tube here I come). However if youre lucky enough to remember the 80s and the Rubiks Cube phenomenon, you know there are a few things required in order to be a pro at solving this thing. It starts with good hardware. First the sides have to slide smoothly and it has to be well build. Cheap knock-offs had sides that were difficult to turn and sometimes pieces would pop off when youre spinning the sides at high speeds (anyone else try to loosen theirs up with WD-40?). This cube is well built, so if youre having trouble solving it, sadly its not the cube - its you. Lets cut to the chase: if you had this toy in the 1980s and you want to get the same thing you used to have, this is it, and it still works great. For those of you whove, never owned a Rubiks Cube, it is a fun puzzle game for those who like to tease their brains. The original idea works best, and I wouldnt go with another company that has improved it. The joy of the three by three version is that beginners can just have fun trying to solve one side, others can try solving two sides, and (probably with some online help), you can also try to solve the whole thing. I used to play with the original Rubix cube when they first came out back in the 80s. Those early models had stickers where the colors are. This newer model Rubix cube has a colored plastic insert which is much more durable and has a nice look. The original Rubix also was much stiffer when first used. I remember having to put graphite powder to speed up the turning process. This newer model has the same feel as a broken in silky smooth models from the 80s without having to break in and also adding graphite powder. If you twist is too hard in a angle the stress cannot take then this model may come apart but never did for me. I purchased the model with the simple packaging which arrived in a nice flatter low profile box. Included was also a nice base to hold your new Rubix cube. I liked it so much, that I already purchased 2 more as gifts. Price was also very reasonable and I purchased from Amazon as the seller and not a 3rd party seller. This may make a difference to prevent buying any fakes if any is out there like some people suspect. I feel safer buying from Amazon if the price is within good range from the other and so far been lucky. There are many Rubix cube solve websites if you Google it. Great to learn the short cut moves to figure out a swap piece or solving a layer. I rate this product 5 STARS for quality, style, price and lots of fun! Good until it broke one week after buying. My daughter dropped it on a carpeted floor and 1/3 of it fell apart and cant be reattached. So unless it will be just sitting on a pillow all the time, a different brand would be better. My Rubiks Cube arrived today. It was in relatively low frustration packaging—it was in cardboard and not plastic which was good. Was still taped shut tightly and needed a blade to open.The mechanical movement of the Rubiks Cube was good. However, the colored squares were all scratched up. They are a sort of plastic in-lay. The surface being similar to some plastic tupperware lids (not just colored stickers like I remember from the 80s). Even though I took it out of the plastic myself, it looked like it has already been used and slid around on the surfaces of tables and floors and was scratched up a bit.My friend bought a different brand from ToysRUs the other day, and it made me feel nostalgic, which is why I made this purchase. However, I think the quality of the off-brand one from ToysRUs was superior, and I believe it was also a couple bucks cheaper.


L.O.L. Surprise! Pets Series 4 (2 Pack)

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Style:Standard Our Story: In a world where babies run everything, little Rockers rebel against nap time and Teachers Pets become class presidents with free pizza Fridays! In this world, all work is play and nothing is dull cuz its all a lil surprising and outrageous!

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I bought these based on the high reviews, not really understanding what they are. They arrived, I opened the box and thought, oh no…these are so boring. Gave them to my out of town visiting nieces (ages ranging from 5 to 9). All 5 girls LOVED them. Played with them nonstop. For days. Huge hit!! Great deal. Ive bought them twice already. Once on Amazon prime day for a great price also. So excited we got the fuzzy owl! My nieces love it. These new LOL Pets are so adorable! The new series has a secret message theme so that adds to the fun of opening these mystery figures. You get to decode secret messages with your special eye spy magnifier and it comes with same kinetic sand that the originals had but you also have the chance of receiving the special color changing sand! Great buy Ordered this for my daughter when the pets first came out and she got the pony and snow bunny. Ordered another pack and she opened one and it was the pony again with the exact same water surprise. Im assuming the other is another bunny, which is fab since she cried when she got a double pony right down to the water surprise. Also, the paper shows these pets were to color change and neither of the ponies color change. Sigh. I will not be ordering these again since we dont need a third set of ponies and bunnies. Will save the last one for Christmas to blend in with the LOL Surprise haul she has so hopefully she wont cry as much when she opens what Im positive is another bunny. I bought a set for an 8 year old friends birthday. When I told my 5 year old granddaughter about them, she wanted me to get some for her as well. So, of course, as a loving and indulging grandmother, I got her a set as well. She had a great time opening them. The biggest chore for the adults is getting the kids to clean up their mess when they are done. My daughter loves these, and the pet Lol balls are a great deal, 2 for 20 dollars, where other sellers might only offer one for 20 plus dollars. Great price for two considering they just came out, we got a bunny and in another gold ball we got the hedgehog AND a hamster so that was cool! Daughter recently became obsessed with L.O.L. After bugging me for weeks to get her one. I jumped on the chance to get these while they were on sale. I was always hesitant to buy them because of the price range, but I was actually really surprised by all the little surprises that they come with. Digging in the sand to find more surprises was really cute. Im pleased that she can put everything back in and pretend like shes opening it all over again, showing everyone what is inside.


Jenga Classic Game

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Size:Classic Product Description Its the classic block stacking, stack crashing game of Jenga. How will you stack up against the law of gravity? Stack the wooden blocks in a sturdy tower, then take turns pulling out blocks one by one until the whole stack crashes down. Is your hand steady enough to pull out the last block before the tower collapses?. Brand Story By See all Product description

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We love Jenga! Weve played it for years - at home, on vacation, at friends houses - its a great game and everyone we know loves it, and this giant Jenga has kicked it up a notch. First off, let me say that this isnt Giant as much as it is Large. Giant makes me think of Jenga pieces so big that it takes two hands to pick them up, and there are companies that make yard-sized Jenga knock-offs with pieces that are three feet across. This is not that. Its Jenga x2: the pieces are exactly twice as big as the original Jenga pieces. 6 compared to 3 - so everything is doubled. So, its large, but still manageable. You can still play it on a coffee table or dining room table, you dont need to clear a place on the floor. You do have to be careful though because when the tower comes down those big pieces fly! Its no more or less fun than the original, but it is a lot easier for guys with big hands to play… we have friends who alway find the original Jenga frustrating because their fingers are too big to delicately remove the small pieces. They love this one though! Jenga is a great game and this is an excellent addition to the Jenga family.PS - Writing reviews has become an accidental hobby for me, and it always makes my day to know that people find my reviews helpful (and if not, why.) Also, if you have any questions, clarifications, or comments please feel free to leave a comment below. I usually respond pretty quickly and almost always within 24 hours. Our family grew up together in some sort of Jenga haze where at every get together this was dragged out and we played for hours.Fast forward 15 years and I got this for my 3 year old (yeah, yeah, he doesnt have the manual dexterity or patience…Stop interrupting me) to pass that haze onto the next generation.Guess what, he loves Jenga!! Just not in the ultra competitive, beer fueled way. He views them as blocks, so we spend an hour or so each episode building stuff and knocking it down.Eventually we will start actually playing Jenga, but for now, his journey towards the haze of my youth is wonderful.Peace, No BS Guy If somebody doesnt know what Jenga is about: it is a game where you build a tower out of wooden blocks (3 pieces per floor), and players are taking turns to remove blocks out of the tower. If the tower falls apart on your turn, you will lose the game. It is very simple and fun game.If youre looking for a game as described above, then you cant go wrong with this product. Amazon delivered it in timely fashion as usual, and the product is exactly what you would expecta bunch of wooden blocks that you can use to build a tower. Also, this comes with game instructions and some kind of stacking aid made out of carton. I tossed the stacking aid to trash, since I find it to be much faster to build the tower by hand without the aid.In my opinion, the game is at its best when played with two people, but theres no limit of how many people can participate in the game. I would recommend using a stable table to play the game on, but a dangling Ikea table (or equivalent) surely adds some challenge.In a good company this game is much more fun than any video game on the market, making it a bargain at less than $10. This game will also work anywhere with decent gravityas long as you are able to find a stable surface. In conclusion, I would recommend Jenga to anyone living on a planet that has a sufficient gravitational force to hold the tower together on the surface, which includes all the areas to which Amazon.com delivers. The classic Jenga set brings back great memories growing up and playing with it as a youngster. But I also remember back in the day of a sturdy clear plastic stacking sleeve. Just hope the current sleeve, which obviously didnt meet my expectations, will last…the reason for mid 3-star rating. I bought the classic to pair it with my recent purchase of the colored wooden blocks of animal cartoons by Sun Top (Top Bright?) since the childrens set didnt come with a stacking sleeve. Nevertheless, Im truly having fun with my grandkids and they love it as well and now I have a game to introduce to my senior friends. Why not offer a sturdier plastic stacking sleeve as an upgrade/accessory item? This set of blocks had a bit of a smell when they first arrived (like pressure-treated wood). At this point, I dont know if it will prove to be more durable than the other blocks game we purchased at the same time or less so.For the kids, this was the perfect size. Not so big that it could really hurt the little kids, so long as an adult was there to watch the fall and to keep exposed body parts (e.g., tootsies) away from the impact zone.The storage for this is the box it came in. Not a big deal, but Im sure it will fall apart some day. Well find something else to put the pieces in by then, Im sure.The other set we purchased:1. came with a bag (not super robust, but strong enough).2. is much larger and more suitable for adults to play3. didnt have the same smell the Jenga pieces did. They just smell like whatever wood they were cut fromConclusion: this set is pretty great, with only a few inconsistently-sized blocks (smaller).I like our larger knock-off set better, but theyre both 5-star products…so far This is a really good game. It actually improves the focus of kids, because if you will lose the focus you may lose the game. The best part about it is, you can plaiit alone or with more players so you are not bound by number of players. I buyed it for my 8 years old son because he liked it so much. We have to actually remove each block at a time on your turn and make sure the tower should not loose the balance. Overall I like this game because you can spend hours playing this without getting bored as well you can finish it early if you have limited time. Overall worth its price and good game.


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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.


Echo Auto - Add Alexa to your car

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At the time I put in for an invite for this device, I was frustrated with Siri hands-free. It couldnt summon pandora or amazon music, and simple tasks like checking store hours and getting navigation were hit or miss. Fast forward to a couple weeks back when I finally got my echo auto, and boy does this product make Siri look great.The first issue youll notice is that Echo Auto isnt always ready to go when the car starts, often for the first few minutes shell report shes lost connection with the app and cant respond right now. Admittedly this is probably because the iPhone paged out the Alexa app, but it would be nice if the echo auto announced when she is ready rather than leaving me to make the same query over and over again until it works.Navigation is also atrocious. In my short time with Echo Auto, Ive discovered that asking Alexa to navigate to <business> often doesnt result in directions, but instead either gets me traffic info or a suggestion to enable video skills in my library. Specifically asking Alexa to get directions to <business> seems to work okay, but since Alexa uses third party nav apps, on iPhone I often need to click a notification to get started with nav (and since iOS blocks notifications while driving, this means unlocking the phone). To make matters worse, if Alexa misheard you and puts the wrong destination into nav, she cant cancel it directly and tells you to unlock the phone and cancel nav manually in the nav app. The entire point of an audio assistant in the car is to be hands free, so I consider echo auto nav fundamentally broken.Other issues: customer support can be pretty clueless, suggesting things like lowering radio volume and ambient noise if echo auto misheard you (even though echo auto is the thing playing stuff through the radio, and theres going to be road, wind, engine, and hvac noise in a car…). Also its irksome that the Auto is powered by usb but cant send audio over usb to the car.Now some of these complaints may seem minor, and Alexas always improving, but the trouble is so is her competition. With ios13, I can now say hey Siri, play pandora and it works! Hey Siri also works great for nav and other info, and she can more reliably hear me in the car. Im guessing Google Assistant can do all this too. So the fundamental question is why would anyone pay $50 for an Echo Auto when their smartphone can already do everything the Auto does but better? The worst amazon product ever made. I hate that Amazon fooled me into trying this! I wanted to love it! I wanted to love it so hard! Whats with the cords Amazon? Why do you need my cords. I have a bluetooth thing that I use.. why cant you be more like that special plug?First- I sat in my car for nearly 2 hours trying to get this to connect. I dont have bluetooth, so the obvious appeal is that I can now have a wonderful hands-free option, and Alexa to boot! However- 2 hours, and nothing. Blue lights, zero response. Unplugged, replugged, restarted, nothing. I waited for my husband to come home before going postal.When he came to my rescue, I showed him what I had accomplished.. litterally zero, and we started over. Step by step we followed every instruction. Nothing. But then! A random connection! We didnt do anything, but hey.. its working! For 2 whole min. It kept saying to reconnect you must go to the open the Alexa app (which btw— does NOTHING!) Id have to restart my phone for any sort of connection to reoccur. We basically called it a wash and said we would be returning it the next day.Next day- how random that as Im driving down the road it connects and works for a good 30 min.. and Im loving it and me and alexa are cruising along with Spotify as our wingman. I ask for directions, and Im on my way. This is awesome… until midfreeway and alexa disconnects on me again.. says to pullover to open the alexa app to restart. I cant.. Im doing 70 in the fastlane and now in the verge of being lost. I get off at the next exit. Once again its prompting me to go to the alexa app to restart. Why? Why amazon do you keep telling me to do this?Ill say it again. The Alexa app does nothing to reconnect the device. ( And trying to get it back online without wanting to smash it is a feat!)I restart my phone again, and were back in business. For seemingly a good solid 30min, until I arrive at my destination and turn off my car.I should not have to restart everything in my vehicle including my phone to get this epic POS to connect everytime I want to enter my car or use it!Now- that being said. If you have bluetooth already- you may less issues. I really dont know if that grass is greener. Youll have at least one less cord hanging from your dash though.My 2 cords and my little cord keeper— sigh— the cord keeper fell off on day 2. This made my dash look messy and it was kinda nightmarish. I worried how Id charge my phone, how Id switch to radio or do anything without upsetting the mighty auto connection. It was like walking on eggshells.I ultimately returned her. I was sad. It broke my heart. It felt like Amazon tricked me. Heck- who didnt want to try this? Me!! I did! I still would if Amazon could come up with something 85% better than this corded, disconnected, heap o crap.Do you hear me amazon? We love our echos. But this? This is shameful. Save your money until they can make it bug free This thing doesnt work worth a whit. IF you can get it connected to your vehicles system, enjoy while it lasts — that may be the last time that it will work. Turn off the engine and you have to go thru the setup process — over, and over, and over again. I dont have the wherewithal, patience, or inclination to screw around with this thing for an hour every time I start the car. Setup seems straight forward, but (for me) has to be repeated many times over before it takes hold and starts to work. this will be going back to Amazon Mo-Rikki-Tic… I was able to get my Auto as part of an invite. I was super excited to try it out. The first time I connected to my car via Bluetooth, it worked pretty well. But after that, not so much. Alexa kept telling me that she couldnt connect to my phone…over and over and over again. Finally one day I spent about an hour trying to figure this little bugger out. I got it to connect again. whew But now Alexa wont answer me. Im pretty sure she hates me and is going to ignore me for the rest of my life. I chose to mount the Auto with the vent clip, seemed fine to me. But during a road trip on the highway going 65, the Auto fell off and landed under my feet. Probably not the safest thing to happen. I chucked the vent clip into my glove box. Not the Auto sits in a little cubby right near the radio. She still ignores me there too. I wouldnt buy this again, not even for the discounted price.


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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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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!


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

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Review USA Today Best Book of Fall 2019 One of the New York Timess 18 New Books to Watch for this October An L.A. Times Book Club Pick One of Entertainment Weeklys Biggest Books of Fall 2019 A Time Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2019 A Boston Globe Great Book of the Fall One of Refinery29s Books That Capture the #MeToo Era A Salon 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 TimesMust read: Catch and Kill, by Ronan Farrow. How #sexualabuse stories got suppressed, and how deep-diving, fact-gathering reporting blew the lid off, despite threats, intimidation, and cronymongering at the top. Chilling!Margaret AtwoodReads like a thriller…The reveal in Catch and Kill is not that there are corrupt people; its that corrupt people are in control of our media, politics, and entertainment and that, in fact, many of them remain in control.Rebecca Traister, The CutDarkly funny and poignant…a winning account of how it feels to be at the centre of the biggest story in the world. It is also, of course, a breathtakingly dogged piece of reporting, in the face of extraordinary opposition.Emma Brockes, The Guardian (U.K.)Catch and Kill is exhaustively reported…and compulsively readable, with nearly every page revealing a provocative detail about a household name in media or entertainment.EJ Dickson, Rolling Stone The years best spy thriller is stranger - and more horrifying - than fiction…He weaves a breathless narrative as compelling as it is disturbing…bracingly exposes the rot thats persisted across elite American institutions for decades.David Canfield, Entertainment WeeklyAt the heart of every great noir is a conspiracy of evil that imbues the initial crime uncovered by the hero with a weightier resonance than was immediately obvious. So it goes with Catch and Kill.Elizabeth Bruenig, The Washington PostRead this book…Farrows greatest success was to listen, believe and act, even at his own peril.Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles TimesMoves at a brisk pace, feeding readers each revelation in real time, interspersed with personal notes that make the stories stick.-Claire Landsbaum, Vanity Fair 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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Regardless of your thoughts on Ronan, he certainly knows how to write an excellent investigative journalism book. Catch and Kill delves into the scenes behind major newsrooms and networks and how they have often successfully managed cover ups of executives, producers and stars, in essence putting profits above accountability. And of course, the book goes right at the Weinstein saga of cover ups. The book is intense, in fact it can be a bit too intense for some readers (this is in no way a kids book) but is still a compelling read.A must for investigative journalism fans, and a troubling insight into the industry Fascinating piece of investigative journalism that explores allegations of actions by the National Enquireer, or persons associated with it, of buying stories of Donald Trumps sex life, then killing the stories and shredding all notes associated with the stories; investigation of Harvey Weinstein and his purported sexual harassment conquests in Hollywood, as well as touching base on Woody Allen, the authors father.Although, of course, a good deal of the material pertains to Donald Trump, it would be unfair to compare this journalism with Bob Woodwards Fear or to Michael Lewiss Fifth Risk. In terms of salaciousness and personal gossip, it is a bit closer, in style, to those by Michael Wolffs Fire and Fury or Siege. The primary difference, though, is that it IS a journalistic approach. It is, without doubt, going to grab headlines on a daily basis for some time to come.Will it add to calls for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump? I doubt it. Even so, it does give an insight into the fake media and the corruption, also known as the Swamp, prevalent in Hollywood and Washington D.C. Ironically, however, the fake media exposed is not the media Trump often derides. Also, the swamp Trump complains about is not the swamp described by Catch and Kill. The swamp reported here is the habitat that, in my opinion, is the habitat of our illustrious President, the 45th President in our nations proud history. The Swamp Creature who has been empbraced by so many Evangelical leaders, as well as by members of the Catholic church, et al.Catch and Kill is far more than simply a quality piece of investigative journalism related to Donald Trump and the National Enquirer. I learned quite a bit about the authors life and upbringing, and why that matters to this boy wonder.For instance, his mother was Mia Farrow. If you know anything about Mia, you know that sexual harassment and abuse were of utmost importance to the author.Unlike this writers other book that I have read, Catch and Kill includes a nice touch of self deprecating humor and delves into his personal experiences.I am glad I bought the book, including the Whispersync Audible edition, but, due to the subject content, I couldnt say I enjoyed it. Eye-opening? You bet. Fun? In spots, but this is more important than that.BLUSH FACTOR: If you listened to, or read transcripts of the Billy Bush Tapes (When Donald Trump allegedly boasted of his sexual exploits), you will have a good understanding of the language used in this quick-r-ead by Ronan Farrow. In other words, you probably wont want to share this with your youngsters. Probably also not with your church group, although doing so might actually accomplish some good effects.WRITING & EDITING: Thoroughly professional. If youre expecting a traditional journalistic approach, you will be surprised to find that Catch & Kill reads more as though it is a novel, than the work of a news reporter. As for myself, I greatly appreciated the style of writing, also known as the writers voice. Despite this, Im not certain how some of the details could have been fleshed out so fully without some degree of filling in the blanks.To fully grasp my meaning in regards to that last statement about filling in the blanks, I would suggest reading Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction by Jack Hart. Mind you, I do not suspect that the Author, Ronan Farrow, has made up any facts. I am, though, concerned that there is a danger of inserting nonfactual information into nonfiction that could give way to another Shattered Glass scandal.BOTTOM LINE:I have tried to provide a review that accurately portrays the writing and revelations of Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow. In so doing, though, I felt it necessary to include my personal emotions after reading this powerful, insightful investigative look into soem of the controversial behaviors by conservative AND liberal leaders of our nation. Rather than become outraged at my sentiments, however, I hope readers will take actions to do as advocated by former Ohio Gov. John Kasich in his new book, Its Up To Us.Four stars out of five. I dont remember reading a more accurate blurb for a book for many months. This one is spot on which I greatly appreciated. In 2017 the author, Ronan Farrow, was covering a routine network investigation. This eventually led to the ;blockbuster story about one of Hollywoods most powerful producers.The reader will be along for the cover-ups, the corruption, and even espionage that enfolds within these pages. Just an incredible read that at times is surreal.I was also fascinated with the behind the scenes conversations at NBC. And, the story about how this book came to be is also amazing. The author states at the beginning of his book that it occurred between 2016 and early 2019. And, that there were over 200 interviews conducted.Early on, the females were reluctant to talk about their abuse at the hands of the predators. Soon more came forward to tell their stories. Finally, the courage and the time had come for them to speak out. I am glad that they did…One quote that Weinstein spoke on the phone to Andy Lack (head of the network) caught my attention …it was the 90s… Please…as if the year mattered! Obviousy to a predator it did.This is journalistic reporting at its finest, I feel. Just superlative gathering of facts, interviewing females that were willing to go on record, and finally get this story out where it belongs…in the eyes of the public.A truly fascinating and detailed story which is captivating and so very sad and sickening for the victims.My highest recommendation for this excellent, truly excellent work that the author accomplished. I wasnt certain Id read this book --- and though Im only halfway through it ---- Im very glad I bought it.It is not the distressing horror-story I feared it would be; from the first page its seriously intriguing, accessible and compulsively readable, which is very surprising for such a complex and far-reaching story. Farrow is a knockout writer and a first rate investigative journalist. Dont be intimidated or scared to read it. We as a society owe a debt of gratitude to the people who were courageous enough to speak out, risking threats, retaliation and further abuse, and to this fine writer. Ronan Farrows brilliant exposé, CATCH AND KILL, will leave you slack-jawed in awe, with his powerhouse, bravura reporting. His determination, commitment and sincerity are evident from beginning to end, and is almost enough to make one think there is actually hope for the future of Serious Journalism in America. While there are enough truly disgusting characters in this narrative, a special place of loathsomeness should be reserved for the duplicitous, woman-hating Lisa Bloom, who was secretly on Weinsteins legal team, while also representing several of Weinsteins victims as their civil rights attorney—in some cases, convincing them not to sue Weinstein—while also coaching Weinstein on the most effective ways for him to bring down these women. I hope that any credibility she had before is shattered. She makes herself so easy to hate. Ronan Farrow deserves all the plaudits hes getting for this book, which should serve as an historic starting point that signaled the end of the white male patriarchy thats been in place forever (in the media and beyond) .Times up is right!


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 NewsMagnificent… . While Me is as colorful as youd expect from an artist famous for his outlandish stage costumes and outsize temper tantrums, it is also so much more… . Fans who think seeing Rocketman was enough and can eventually read his memoir, we can tell you: do not wait a long, long time. Me is a riveting, laugh-til-you-cry, heartfelt page-turner. Entertainment Weekly[Elton] proves himself an engrossing, fluid and alarmingly forthcoming writer… Like [his] songs, Me overflows with whimsical characters, twisted humor, winking self-aggrandizement and stark pathos… . An absorbing and unfettered joy. TIMEBy turn hilarious, touching, and surprising… . In between the countless anecdotes with stars from across the decades, Johns enthusiasm for music continues to shine through… . Its wonderful to read [and] compelling evidence that Elton John was born to be [a star].The IndependentOutrageously enjoyable… . [Elton] is utterly, astonishingly, hilariously self-lacerating… . His clear-eyed honesty and his ear for the comic line make him a deeply appealing memoirist. The GuardianA uniquely revealing pop star autobiography… . Me is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the difficult road that [Elton has] walked.Rolling Stone 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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This is Elton Johns only first hand autobiography, and it is astounding. Elton pulls no punches throughout, delving into accounts of depression and suicide attempts, drug addiction, break-ups and even his cancer diagnosis, but the book does not look to the audience for sympathy. Its just Elton, straight up. His voice is warm and genial, but he makes clear that he is an imperfect person on so many levels, but that he has persevered regardless.An absolute must for any fan of Elton, or anyone who loves rock biographies. So far this book is great. It is real, interesting, funny and down to earth. It is not gossipy but it is honest. As a lifelong Elton fan I am excited to read it. It also is well written and so far I dont see any grammatical errors. Lol. It is a true autobiography with the assistance of a professional writer. I recommend this to any Elton fan or anyone who wants to get to know his life, from a nervous and insecure Reg Dwight to fame, addiction, broken hearts, disillusionment, and finding love and family life. I thought I knew all the stories. Im pretty sure I knew all the songs. But this book has been a revelation. Its a little bit funny without being snide, and insightful without being maudlin. The work of a classy man who can look back on his life and laugh. The only element that I feel was lacking was a real analysis of the songs. He often brushes over an album with a breezy paragraph or two, whereas thats my main connection with Elton—his albums. Nevertheless, it is a very enjoyable read, or listen, if you are doing the Audible version. And then if I need insightful musical analysis I can turn to His Song, by Liz Rosenthal, available at https://www.amazon.com/His-Song-Musical-Journey-Elton/dp/0823088928 If youre an Elton John fan this is a must read!!!! I loved every minute of it! What makes this book so interesting is that Elton John is completely real and raw. Youll find yourself laughing, and then near tears as you read about his life from a young boy through today. He delves into his use of cocaine, the AIDS epidemic, and Princess Diana. You also learn why he believes he never contracted AIDS, and having nearly died (not from drugs either). He also talks about John Lennon, Gianni Versace, George Michael, and of course Freddie Mercury. So many stories about his famous friends who made them human. I especially loved the stories about Rod Stewart peppered throughout the book. Go buy & read this book now! Having been a fan of Sir Elton since my tweens (shhh…dont tell him), I preordered this book months ago, when I first heard of its release. I was not disappointed. Sir Elton lays bare the good and the bad, without excusing his wild and often inappropriate behavior. But the best thing is you feel like you really get to know this fine fellow. For all his lavish lifestyle and extraordinary talent, he really is just a person like all of us in that he seeks love and to be loved. After many trials and tribulations, he finds it with the man of his dreams and has two adorable little boys to which he is a kind and gentle parent. His early life and his own childhood were tragic by comparison, but he seems to have put it all behind him in order to be a good husband and father. His songs will undoubtedly live forever, but theres something extra special about a man who sees his children as his real legacy. Bravo, Sir Elton! Eltons more intense fans will have to wade through both (1) a heavy dose of self-examination with the common theme being it was my fault, not theirs, and (2) many stories that we have heard in press interviews over the years. In-between, however, are a fair amount of golden nuggets where Elton fills in gaps with details that we had not heard about until now and those moments are more than worth the price of admission. Does a well searched visit to YouTube give us more insight into Australia & the MSO in 86 or more insight into what it felt like in Seattle for the Thom Bell sessions? Yes, unfortunately YouTube outperforms this book in those respects. As a matter of fact theres barely a moment spent on Bell in the book. However we cannot expect a book that is written for EJ-geeks alone, and I begrudgingly admit Elton found the sweet spot in not boring the casual fan with needless detail while still managing to give the devotees a significant dose of original content. One of the best books Ive ever read! This book is written from the heart, to give us all the legacy of Elton John in his own words and truth. A definite must-read if youve ever enjoyed the many songs he has created and performed for decades around the world. What a journey! Cant put this book down!!! There are photos included, and I recommend the audio version as well!


Room on the Broom

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Review The story is in rhyme, bouncing merrily along, full of fun. The illustrations are witty and wonderful. The result is a surefire read-aloud hit. -School Library Journal Read more About the Author Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Read more

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As much as we love all Julia Donaldson books, Room on the Broom and Stick Man are our favorites! The story is so much fun. A friendly witch starts her travels with one friend, but ends up making several more friends who help her find lost items along the way. She finds room on her broom for all the animals asking for rides, and they repay her kindness in the end.This new board book version is more fun than the edition we borrowed from the library. The library version Im familiar with seems to have been Americanized and some of the changes are a bit of a stretch. But this one seems to be closer to the original. Below are changes between editions (library version first, then new board book edition).-And long ginger hair in a braid down her back.-And long ginger hair which she wore in a plait (plait means braid)-The witch laughed out loud and held on to her hat, But away blew the bow from her braid - just like that!-The witch laughed aloud and held onto her hat, But away blew the bow from her long ginger plait!-I am a dragon, as mean as can be, And you, witch, look like a good supper to me!-I am a dragon, as mean as can be, And Im planning to have WITCH AND CHIPS for my tea!-The dragon drew nearer and started to drool. He said, I wont let you go- do you think Im a fool?-The dragon drew nearer and, licking his lips, Said, Maybe this once Ill have witch without chips.-A nest for the bird and a pool for the frog-A nest for the bird and a shower for the frog We had borrowed this book from our local library, and my autistic son loved it so much that he wanted me to read it every night. I decided we needed to find him a copy of his own. I saw some reviews that said that some of the lines had been changed. We got the board book and all the lines are correct. If you want a good copy of this book, order the board book, NOT the paperback or hardback! I seriously love this story. I actually saw it on Netflix first and thought it was so adorable and cute. So when I found out that it was actually a childrens book of course I jumped on my trusty Amazon and ordered one right away.I ordered the board book because I have an 18 month old that just LOVES the sound of paper ripping so the paperback probably not a good idea for a couple more years. Book came undamaged and a perfect size for me to read to my toddler.He loves to point out the kitty and the puppy, and we are working on frog and bird. Such an adorable friendship story! Good for your own children or to give as a gift for a child under the age of 8.This is also the same author as The Gruffalo which is another wonderful story! Both book AND claymation stories recommended. If fact, anything from Julia Donaldson!I paid full price for this item and review it to give other buyers out there more information not listed and whether I would recommended it. -Arrived in the time amazon said it would arrive and in great condition.-My 2 1/2yr old son LOVES it! I admit that I love it too and enjoy reading it to him. He loves the whoosh part. It has improved his vocabulary due to how excited he gets to read it and then when I read it to him. Its a really cute book. Netflix has the 26 min video of this book on there and its cute. It is word for word with the book, Im happy I came across the 30 movie, thats what made me buy the book and my son loves it.-I even got Room on the Broom apps which are cute. If my son were older he would be able to enjoy it but its still nice to know that they made the apps educational and fun. After checking out this book from the library, my son was requesting it daily. We couldnt wait to add it to our personal library permanently, but when it arrived, the text was different from the version we had grown to love.Instead of the adorable text:A witch with french fries tastes delicious to me! and Just this once Ill have witch WITHOUT fries!we found the unappetizing text:And you, witch, look like a good supper to me and He said, I wont let you go, do you think Im a fool?Say what?!Others have experienced the same thing, so please go and look at a physical copy in a book store instead of ordering through Amazon if you want to be guaranteed the original (and far superior!) version.This copy is going back to Amazon, and Ive already talked to Barnes and Noble about getting the correct version. Its worth the extra 3 bucks. The original version gets a perfect 5 star rating, but we are completely disappointed in what Amazon shipped to us. We were introduced to this story by the Netflix short. When we saw the board games on sale here on Amazon, we decided to purchase quite a few books as holiday gifts for little ones. The book is just as delightful as the Netflix version. The rhyming is catching, flowing and natural.The story is of a witch and a cat that take a flight on a broom. Mishaps occur on the way forcing them to stop. Each time, they are greeted by a helpful animal that asks to join the ride. The witch always gives a gleeful YES and they go on. They encounter a dragon whose favorite meal is french fries and witch but the witchs friends come to her rescue.Its a delightful story that is definitely worth a read with little ones


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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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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. 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 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. 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. 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! 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


Urban CoCo Womens Basic Versatile Stretchy Flared Casual Mini Skater Skirt

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I LOVE this skirt! I wish I would have gotten a small instead of a medium, but other than that the quality is great, the skirt is thick, and i think you should go with the size you usually wear in things. Im 53 and I weigh 135lbs and a small would have worked, but its a medium in the picture. The sizing was good, I followed the size chart and it fits well. The band rests at my waist, its not to tight and not too big. The material is thick and seems like it will last a while. I got the long one because I have a big butt and feel self conscious wearing short skirts, and this one is perfect. I can wear it high on my waist and it still falls to just above my knees. Im 52 with a 28 inch waist and the medium fit well. I have a large butt, so it is rather short in the back, but I always wear bike shorts/spandex under my skirts so the shortness isnt too much of an issue for me. The fit on the waist is perfect. The skirt is a great quality with a slight texture on the fabric. I loved the deep green colour. I would recommend this skirt! Its very affordable and good quality. I got this for my Tina Belcher from Bobs Burgers Halloween costume. Came so quickly, fit perfectly, and was such a great price! Would recommend! Fits perfectly. I love it! I am 115lbs, 55 and have a 24in. waist. The small was great! Ordered an XL. Im a US 14. Fit tight. I normally fit in large. The waist band is uncomfortable. The white is very see through. Im 52. It is a very short skirt For 6 dollars prime I just had to get this skirt. Ive been looking at short black skirts and this fit what I wanted . Im 58 and 170 lbs so I was not sure how this would fit, if it runs small or not. I got a L because that is the biggest there is for size. First thing I noticed, the material is strange.. heavy and thick, not light and silky. Its not bad, feels like a thick slinky winter type fabric. A good thing, its substantial and not see through at all. The waistband is about an inch thick and goes about an inch above my belly button. I foresee a problem of the elastic in the band twisting and turning, but well see. It is very short, which is what I wanted. I am a 13/14 in pants, and its just a bit snug, but its stretchy so its good. I wouldnt recommend it for anyone bigger. It falls a bit odd. Shorter on my backside (of course), and longer in front. ( See pics) The sides were up a little higher also.(Shown in pic) I like it a lot, perfect shape and length. Glad I bought it, cant wait to wear it. Wish there were more colors and sizes. The quality seems pretty good for the price as long as the band doesnt start turning. :) If you like very short skirts I recommend this. I was super hesitant on buying this skirt because the reviews were all over the place. Overall, Im very pleased with my purchase. I took the suggestion of other reviewers and went a size up. (52 and 138lbs)The fabric is mid-weight and reminiscent of Gaps scuba fabric, but not nearly as heavy, bulky or stiff. The skirt moves very well, and would be flattering on all figures. I bought the dark hunter green for a costume and its exactly as pictured!This IS a mini skirt, and form fitting in the band, but forgiving in the thighs. The quality is great, and not reflective of an $8 price tag, so I was VERY impressed. No strings hanging, seams opening or crooked lines. The band hasnt twisted at all for me either.I thought this would just be a costume piece but Ill definitely continue to wear it, because it is a BEAUTIFUL skirt! Its short, but would look great with tights and boots. You cant beat $8!


Simplicity Womens Adult Classic Elastic 3 or 4 Layered Tulle Tutu Skirt

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It was perfect! Its just what I needed, and it was a great price =) Im 56 and 139pds Absolutely perfect for my Halloween costume! It stretches well (Im a size 14) Great quality 😊 A little longer than I wanted but the length is in the description Love this skirt. Lays flatter than a typical tutu and not as short - which is what I wanted - but still super fun. Waist is very comfortable - not too tight or binding. Really perfect for what I needed to wear to a Pride celebration! A little longer than I was hoping, but still cute. The GOLD speckles are so shiny and matched my outfit perfectly. You could reverse it and make it more purple with only a hint of gold speckling, if desired. Im attaching a few photos. First one is me wearing it, second of the sparkles, third is reversed. I am a size 16 in adults. I needed to get for my Robin outfit. Fit great and made my outfit complete. I adore this tutu! I bought the light blue one for myself and brought the same one in light green for my sister for a 5k we were running together. Even though I am usually a size 2 and she is usually a size 8, they fit each of us perfectly. I love how versatile the color is, and with the high quality (after the race I stuffed it in a bag but it never wrinkled) I can re-use it for several races. An important note for runners- this tutu is relatively long and lays down flatter on your legs. My arms didnt rub against it while running, but it may brush against your thighs. This wasnt a problem for me as I was wearing leggings, but if you plan on wearing shorts under it, keep this in mind. Im in love! Im a fat girl with a big pot belly, this fit me wonderfully. I ordered a XL, and it goes around my gut and still looks cute! VERY happy with my purchase! A very nice length and poofy tutu. My worry when in the buying process for a tutu was that it would be very flat looking, but this tutu did not disappoint. I used it as part of my Wonder Woman costume for Comic Con, and it was def a hit!


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