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Best Selling Products for Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019

Katrina Reyes
October 2nd, 2019 · 79 min read

Toys & Games

LeapFrog Mr. Pencil's Scribble and Write

LeapFrog Mr. Pencils Scribble and Write

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Color:Green Have fun writing letters, numbers and more with Mr. Pencils Scribble & Write! With the help of friendly Mr. Pencil, explore six activities that will introduce writing, drawing and spelling. Step by step, Mr. Pencil will show how to write numbers, shapes, uppercase letters and lowercase letters. Use the stylus on the touch screen to trace the numbers, letters and shapes and Mr. Pencil will provide instant feedback. Tap the screen to make your writing come alive with cute animations. Then get creative and use the stylus to draw anything you want! Mr. Pencil will also introduce early spelling by asking you to match letters to their sounds or to find missing letters to spell simple words. Writing is fun and interactive with Mr. Pencil!

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Mr. Pencils Scribble and Write is a favorite toy of my 3 year old daughter. I wasnt sure how she would take to this because she has a tablet but she really likes it and spends time playing with it. She enjoys carrying the scribble and wrote toy by the handle, its a perfect fit for her little hands. She likes tracing the shapes, letters and numbers. She can use the attached pencil or her finger to trace. I like that it is a educational toy and really think that it has helped with her letter recognition. It is easy for her to use, I showed her once and she can turn it on and knows how to change from shapes to letters to numbers and games. I really like how it says the letters name, shows the letter, shows how to write it, says the sound the letter makes and has a cute picture of something that starts with the letter. With the numbers it shows you the number, has you draw it and then has you count it. With the shapes it says the shapes name, has you touch it, has you draw it and then shows a picture with the shape. There are games if you hit the spelling button that on the first level you pick the letter that makes the sound. On level two it has them tap a letter to fill in the blank to spell the word then on level three it ask them to use the letter buttons to spell a word. These are a little advanced for my three year old but I help her with this and it shows me this toy will challenge her and continue to grow with her. There is a free draw button that allows you to draw pictures of anything you want (my daughter really enjoys this). The setting button allows you to turn off the background music (parents you will love this feature, I highly recommend it!), adjust the darkness of the screen and recalibrate. Overall I am pleased with this toy, my only complaint is that when writing the letters some times she gets frustrated because it keep making a sound and wont recognize the letter if she lifts the pencil or her finger before completing the letter leading her to have to redo the letter or taking multiple tries. Other than that we are very happy with this toy and I feel she will get better at this over time. It is built well and has taken quite a few tumbles while still going strong. Wonderful idea for a product. My toddler can work on letters, both uppercase and lowercase, numbers, shapes and spelling. The device shows how to write each item one line at a time.It is very hard to see the screen, its way too dark. The setting only allow you to make the background darker or lighter but its hardly noticeable. Whenever a letter, number or shape has a large curve (circle, zero, O, Q, etc) the toy becomes very sensitive and makes you start over if you dont do it exact and quickly enough. My toddler knows how to draw a circle but the system faults him and makes him start over because he tries to slowly and carefully follow the guide. So it might be a bit too sensitive. Otherwise I hope to see it help with his beginning writing. Awful Product! Terribly frustrating for both me and my reticent to write child. The screen doesnt pick up the sensitivity of the pencil half the time and made ME rewrite lines over and over again until they were correct, let alone my poor kid. Also the screen is so ridiculously dark its practically useless unless youre under a sunlamp. Furthermore, in the free draw mode shouts the word Pencil! at you every single time you touch the pencil to the screen; so unless you can free draw without picking up the pencil, its an extremely anxiety producing experience, and is nothing like real writing or drawing. Please do not subject your child to this awful piece of technology as an excuse for real writing. We had been so hopeful about it, but returned it within a day. I liked the old one that changed between tracing and memorizing. I feel like there are too many buttons now. Too many choices. I liked the original since it was just letter writing. Sometimes I feel like toys need to be simpler as to not distract the young child. I would rather they learn than be entertained by unnecessary additional features. My children went bananas over this toy! My 3yo had been writing for a few months, but as soon as my 2yo started playing with it, he quickly met his older brothers previous writing level! I love all the features, the friendly voice, and how much my kids learn from this toy. Also, I really appreciate the sound control on this. It is not too loud to take on car trips. So happy I bought this! This item functions as described but the design could be so much better. The screen to write on is very small in comparison to the large pencil. This makes it difficult for beginners because you cant see what you are writing or the tip of the pencil easily. Also we had bought this thinking it would be great for long car rides… BUT the screen doesnt have a back light and the images are not very dark. So… unless the lighting is perfect its also difficult to see. Honestly considering the cost and design of this item you are better off just buying a tablet and using a letter tracing app. I would not recommend. This is a Christmas gift from Santa to my four-year-old daughter. I mess with it while it was in the box and it works good great volume you can adjust the volume. The pen is easy to write was. I just wish I had a lighted display so you could see a little bit better. But it looks and works good. Image is too light to see even when the contrast is set on high. But my son loves it


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. 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. 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 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.


Hasbro Connect 4 Game

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Configuration:Connect 4 Product Description Challenge a friend to disc dropping fun with the classic game of Connect 4! Drop your red or yellow discs in the grid and be the first to get 4 in a row to win. If your opponent is getting too close to 4 in a row, block them with your own disc! Whoever wins can pull out the slider bar to release all the discs and start the fun all over again! Connect 4 and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. Brand Story By See all Product description

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Hasbro Connect 4 Game was one of our daughters absolute favorite games to play, growing up. In fact, she and her dad played a game of it almost every night as part of her bedtime routine. Our daughter now has kids of her own and it is time to continue the tradition of playing this game. We ordered it at Christmastime and have been looking forward to playing it with the grandchildren. It got set aside, but has now been noticed again by our grandson and he is very excited to play it. Got it out and put it together, ready for his next visit. Looks about the same as it did back then. There is some fun to be had here. Looking forward to many years of making new and fabulous memories of Connect 4 with the grandchildren. We absolutely love this game! The sad part is that the world has become accustomed to cheaply made products. Unfortunately, this is just a price we have to pay if we want affordable products. Hasbro has done a wonderful job ensuring that Connect 4 continues to be a part of our lives, but if youre looking for the sturdy game you had when you were a kid, this one falls a little short. The rack is flimsy and made of thin plastic, and the discs lack that heavy checker weight, BUT they totally work. Just mentioning it for the people who are nostalgic, this game just feels a little different. Our kids dont know the difference and it certainly doesnt matter when you measure the memories that were making with them, but it is nice to remember some of the differences from when we were kids. I really loved Connect 4 when I was a kid. Then I bought this for my 3 year old and 1 year old. Although they are not playing by the rules, putting the discs into the slot keeps them busy. Its also a good tool to teach colors and counting as well as learn about taking turns. A+ plus in my book. This is the same classic game that I played when I was a kid, and now I can play it with my children! The goal is the same—to get four colors in a row. At first my children struggles with predicting where a player might go next, but after playing with it for a while, theyve really started to get the knack for it. It has helped them to develop critical thinking skills. We got the game at Christmas, and its now eight months later and they still pull it out to play all the time. I think this one will be a keeper. Anyone can play it. Its ready to go out of the box. You can play for minutes or an hour. Losing a disc somewhere under the couch isnt the end of the world. Kids different ages can still play with each other. This is an essential go to the toy closet sort of item. I was afraid a new one like this might be cheaper feeling or flimsier than the older ones, but was pleased to see that while it wont survive really rough handling the toy is durable enough for normal little kid play. I bought this to relive my childhood memories back in elementary school, but also to teach my nephews how to play Connect 4. Its so fun and easy to learn. I am a cynical uncle by making my nephews eat the Beanboozle Jellybeans if they lose (which is 98% of the time). Other than that, very quick, easy, entertaining, and builds strategies for young children where their brains are still developing via the Connect 4 game (probably not the jellybeans part). OK, This one was the biggest hit of all. Of course, she beat the pants off of me but had a great time doing it. Grandparents beware - your little grandchildren love playing games and they are good at it. My 7-yr-old granddaughter can play me like a fiddle and beat my butt on Connect 4. Finally after beating me time after time, she admitted that one of her pre-school teachers had taught her game strategy on winning in this game and she took pity and tried to teach me some of her tricks. :) Gotta love the little children. The classic game, just like I remember from my childhood. (Or is it? I remember the pieces being red and black, not red and yellow, but maybe Im confused…)Introducing it to my daughter, shes loving it.For classic gameplay, this does the trick. However, this original design only allows classic gameplay, due to an all-or-nothing mechanism to remove pieces from the bottom. Apparently other versions of this game exist that allow you to remove pieces one at a time, which allows additional variations of gameplay. Check out the Wikipedia article on this game for descriptions of those variations, if interested.So, 5 stars for the classic game, minus one star for the lack of the more advanced one-at-a-time removal mechanism.


Electronics

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

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


Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player

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


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? 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 heard about the Echo Auto in an Amazon Echo group on Facebook. People were talking about being the lucky ones to get an invite, some discussed the hands free part of it, which made me interested. My car comes with a hands free voice computer system, but it does not work well, so I never use it. I also bought this because its an Echo. I got the invite rather fast and started using it right away.A little background: Amazons Echo devices have changed our lives. Especially for my blind son (32 years old). I bought the Echo Auto for him, so he can continue to experience the control he finally has on what he wants to listen to, by talking to Alexa. He has some learning delays in addition to his blindness, but Alexa has been relatively easy for him to use and has empowered him to be able to do things he could never do before: like control the A/C, go to various radio stations around the world on his radio, and use his Fire TV and all the apps he has on it. We are grateful to Amazon for creating these devices.What I found needs work on the Echo Auto:1. Its a little convoluted to hook up to the cars radio for the average person (like my husband). I can do it, but the directions that came with it missed some steps in regards to a persons cell phone and what they need to do. I think more detailed instructions might help people.2. There is no place on my dash to put it (Ford Expedition), my vents are circular so I couldnt use the vent kit they sell, and theres no way to organize the cable. Im going to have to stick it down on the lower front side of my center console, which will make it slightly hard to see the lights on the Echo. Its not as streamlined as I thought it would be, probably because of the cables being loose. I will probably use electrical tape to keep them flush with everything, which will not be fun to look at. Lately Ive just been putting it in one of our cup holders so it can hear my son, seated behind me. Alexa requires him to yell at her for her to understand him, so thats a problem.What I really like:1. When I asked Alexa for directions (which normally are a pain to get on my phone), she connected us to my phones app and had it talking to us with the directions within seconds. I cant do it that fast via my phone! That is a huge bonus.2. We got to really try the Echo Auto out during a recent 12-hour (round trip) long drive when we evacuated from a hurricane. We put her though the paces, so to speak, and I think she not only was impressive with her speed at completing our commands, but also with all the cool things we used her for. Hearing her voice through the cars speakers was helpful too. She made this trip go by fast, versus two other hurricane evacuations without an Echo.For the price of $25, this is a good little device. But for full price, you might have more disgruntled people leaving bad reviews. Im a diehard Echo and Alexa fan, just so you know. If you can get a deal on this, I recommend it. I probably would still buy it at $50, because of what I know and how much we use it. It certainly paid for itself in our hurricane evacuation alone. They need to figure out a better way to control the cables and for placing it. Also, better instructions for hooking it up would be nice for most people.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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PlayStation Store Gift Card Variation Parent

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

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


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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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 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. 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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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

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Review [Maddow] may be a popular, progressive news-and-commentary anchor on MSNBC, but its not to be forgotten that she holds a doctorate in politics from Oxford and seems to devour whole libraries of data before breakfast each day… . Expect a tweetstorm as Maddows indictment of a corrupt industry finds readersand it deserves many.Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Known for her intense inquiries into complex subjects, Maddow brings her laser-like intuitiveness and keen and wily perception to Big Oil, that stalwart of global economics, and the shadowy nexus of commerce and politics. Maddow likes murky, the murkier the better, and her examination of the intricacies of off-shore drilling, transnational pipelines, and hydraulic fracking is as deep as the coveted wells themselves… . Like trailblazing journalists before her, Maddow exposes both the slapdash and sinister practices underlying geopolitics and energy policies and revels in peeling back the layers of malfeasance to stoke righteous outrage.Booklist (starred review) Read more About the Author Rachel Maddow is host of the Emmy Awardwinning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, as well as the author of Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Maddow received a bachelors degree in public policy from Stanford University and earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula. Read more

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This is for sure some of Rachel Maddows best work. And thats saying something given her prior achievements in relationship to deep-dive journalism. It should be required reading for anybody who wants to understand how we got on the near precipice of the staggering environmental catastrophe known as global warming and now increasingly referred to with that other euphemism - climate change. The book is riveting, charming, infuriating, and brilliant in its depiction of the co-option of many governments, particularly our own, in the breakneck sociopathic/utilitarian exploitation of natural resources, in the service of unlimited fossil fuels, long-term environmental consequences be damned. All skillfully rationalized (jobs, energy independence, progress, etc.)And yet I have to say, despite my enormous respect for this book, it comes up short framing the bigger picture of how something this catastrophic might really have happened. Standing back a goodly distance, one has to say that one common denominator is that we find sociopaths or at least individuals with significant sociopathic features in leadership positions within both powerful global corporations and within many governments. Rachels book is littered with them - they are the stars and cast of her story. They simply do not care about the consequences to others of their exploitation of the environment, do not care that they are sacrificing the long-term planetary health for short-term gain, and simply do not care in anything but the most token fashion about the worlds citizens, especially the less fortunate and less privileged ones who will certainly bear the extremely punitive impacts of climate change in the intermediate term. Not only do they not care but I believe many of them are genuinely psychologically incapable of caring. On the other hand, they care greatly about money, and the acquisition and corrupt exercise of power. And thats the problem. What the hell are we doing? Rachel talks about how real democracy is the only answer to this but its worth remembering that our increasingly manipulated democracy just gave the reins of an aggrandized presidency to Donald Trump, perhaps our second clearly sociopathic president since WWII. But they are everywhere.That is the question which the book begs but does not ask explicitly: why do we so often put sociopaths in charge not in one place but all over the place? Cant we see who they are? This is really the disturbing question that Rachel does not ask us clearly enough to ponder. Why do we find people like Trump, Putin, Duterte, Erdoğan and yes, paradigmatically Hitler, worthy of leadership and the public trust? How did Putin become the richest and most powerful man in the world running what is essentially a Mafia state with nuclear weapons, working to destabilize and undermine all the Western democracies? What is wrong with us, that as sheep that we repeatedly and willingly enable the most ruthless of wolves?Even a cursory review of our history forces a conclusion that this alarming trend of populist naïveté, and the serial give away of power to the sociopathic is nothing new. If anything, quite the opposite. We apparently have been suckers for a never-ending parade of sociopathic and narcissistic leaders who have charmed us, seduced us and demagogued us into giving them power for as long as we have had human history, often times by channeling populist fear and hatred for out groups and other all-too-convenient scapegoats. The worst forms of tribalism appear to be the best friends and core weaponry of the worst sociopathic leaders. While they dont care about the environment, or the masses they exploit, they do care deeply about money and power. And they are good at acquiring and keeping it - and getting more of it! But its never enough, as nothing seems to fill a hidden emptiness.And yet this answer itself is also unsatisfying - and gets each of us off the hook. We have to confess that our own utilitarian attitude towards Nature, that the biosphere on this planet is just a pile of resources to exploit without concern, and not something that we have to shepherd and care for, this exploitive and utilitarian attitude has been the invisible partner and enabler of our sociopathic corporate and government leadership around the exploitation of fossil fuels.Fossil fuels have powered the wonders of our technological civilization, but that has led us to a fundamental overconfidence. We have too much faith in technology technology cannot fix everything, and it cannot replace a fatally damaged ecology. One thing is clear we are running out of time in which to figure these things out, to save the good and even wondrous parts of our technological civilization. Rachels brilliant book hopefully will motivate us to take desperately needed action … and soon, and to better see through the fog of lies by those with the sickest of motives. As she says, real democracy must win out, or it, and much of the biosphere, dies in a sixth mass extinction that already has a scary level of momentum. The history of the oil and gas industry and how it has permeated politics, trade relations and more is chronicled in BLOWOUT, by Rachel Maddow. Maddow starts with Rockefeller and the beginning of the oil industry and continues through the beginning of the Trump administration. Maddow covers the environmental impacts of the industry, the greed and narcissistic dominance that breeds from oil and gas, and the political highs and lows that have crossed paths with desire to be master of oil and gas. Maddow does an excellent job of providing historical texture to each facet of the oil and gas industry. From the history of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma, to the creation and evolution of the magnates in the industry, to the foreign, specifically Russian, approach to oil and gas collection and all of the right and wrong ways they went about it. Maddows black humor and harsh criticism of industry and political leaders is clear; she uses those tools to point out the absurdity that all of the greed and naricissism that the industry creates. One of the best aspects of the book is the description of fracking; how it works, the benefits of it and if done improperly, the multitude of problems it creates. Well-written and compelling to read, BLOWOUT fosters a greater understanding of the entire industry and while there are moments that Maddow is clearly making her opinions known, the core of the book is refreshingly unbiased and factual. Thank you to Crown Publishing, Rachel Maddow, and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Another fascinating and eye opening read by my favorite anchor/reporter/ hero. An important addition to her previous book this one focuses on the oil and gas industries. Russia, Tillerson Exon Mobil are all exposed and its a mouth gaping account of corporate greed, lies and how we need to act now, before its too late. Never miss her program. She doesnt just report the news she shows how we got to the point of whatever just happened. Just ordered the book. Before I read one page I know it will explain the Russia/Ukraine situation so I will understand it. Hey Rachel ! My wife and I are coming to see you in Atlanta. Im starting the book today… but, you never disappoint!! Hope to give you a hug.


The Water Dancer (Oprahs Book Club): A Novel

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Amazon.com Review An Amazon Best Book of September 2019: Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of one of the most important nonfiction books of this decade, Between the World and Me, which means that his fiction debut arrives with a great amount of anticipation. Would the urgency of his nonfiction writing come through in a novel? Would he be as nimble in a made-up world? Would it be good? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes. Coatess novel is the story of Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery on a Virginia plantation that is owned by his white father and experiencing a slow decline. Although Hiram is gifted with a photographic memory, his motherwho was sold away when he was youngis the one thing he cannot remember. Indeed, many of the women in his life are taken away from him too earlya fact that will guide his actions later in the novel. The story blends the brutality of history with more imaginative elements: for example, white people are called the Quality, black people are called the Tasked; and Hiram possesses powers that fall into the spectrum of magical realism. As the novel moves north to Philadelphia, where Hiram grows into his own and begins working for the Underground, and eventually turns back to his southern birthplace, the fantastical elements only give greater power to the story. The Water Dancer is a stirring debut, and Coates is the novelist we were hoping he would be. —Chris Schluep Read more Review Coates balances the horrors of slavery against the fantastical. He extends the idea of the gifts of the disenfranchised to include a kind of superpower. But The Water Dancer is very much its own book, and its gestures toward otherworldliness remain grounded. In the end, it is a novel interested in the psychological effects of slavery, a grief that Coates is especially adept at parsing… . In Coatess world, an embrace can be a revelation, rare and astonishing.Esi Edugyan, The New York Times Book Review The most surprising thing about The Water Dancer may be its unambiguous narrative ambition. This isnt a typical first novel… . The Water Dancer is a jeroboam of a book, a crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling that tonally resembles the work of Stephen King as much as it does the work of Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead and the touchstone African-American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler… . It is flecked with forms of wonder-working that push at the boundaries of what we still seem to be calling magical realism.Dwight Garner, The New York Times While neither polemical nor wholly fantastical, the story draws on skills [Coates] developed in those other genres… . The storys bracing realism is periodically overcome by the mist of fantasy. The result is a budding superhero discovering the dimensions of his power within the confines of a historical novel that critiques the function of racial oppression… . Coates isnt dropping supernatural garnish onto The Water Dancer any more than Toni Morrison sends a ghost whooshing through Beloved for cheap thrills. Instead, Coatess fantastical elements are deeply integral to his novel, a way of representing something larger and more profound than the confines of realism could contain.The Washington Post The best writersthe best storytellers, in particularpossess the enchanting, irresistible power to take the reader somewhere else. Ta-Nehisi Coates imagines the furthest reach of that power as a means to transcend borders and bondage in The Water Dancer, a spellbinding look at the impact of slavery that uses meticulously researched history and hard-won magic to further illuminate this countrys original sin… . Exploring the loaded issues of race and slavery has become yet more fuel for todays culture wars, but an underlying message of liberation through the embrace of history forms the true subject of The Water Dancer… . Coates envisions the transcendent potential in acknowledging and retelling stories of trauma from the past as a means out of darkness. With recent family separations at the U.S. border, this message feels all the more timely.Los Angeles Times Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The prose is magjestic(not a typo, a combination of magnificent and majestic). And the reason why I lead with that is simply, the magjesty(not a typo)will keep you going when this bold and very ambitious novel drags a little under the weight of the challenge of crafting a story about the ills and evils of slavery, without the loudness.It always happened like thisthat is what I had been told. Bored whites were barbarian whites. While they played at aristocrats, we were their well-appointed and stoic attendants. But when they tired of dignity, the bottom fell out. New games were anointed and we were but pieces on the board. It was terrifying. There was no limit to what they might do at this end of the tether, nor what my father would allow them to do.The foundation of this novel is slavery, and the story is told in a whisper, not a shout, but it so fits the protagonist Hiram Walker. Hiram is the enslaved son of the master, Howell Walker on Lockless, a tobacco plantation in Virginia.In a nod to that whisper I mentioned, Coates avoids the use of master, masters, slaves, enslaved, etc. instead of employing those terms so familiar to us all concerning slavery, Coates boldly creates a new language referring to the master class as the Quality and the enslaved as the tasked.An interesting choice of terms that speaks to ambition and boldness, no?Although Hiram Walker is tasked in the house of his father and enjoys some privilege he still pines for freedom. So as to my freedom, the events stood thus: I knew that I would never advance beyond my blood-bound place at Lockless.In his quest for freedom, there are some costly miscalculations and Hiram suffers some setbacks that lead to greater comebacks as he becomes active in the famed Underground Railroad. Hiram is blessed with the power of conduction, not just in the regular sense of the word, but in a magical realism sense.He has experienced this power in him during a near death drowning at Lockless, but has never learned how to harness this power at his demand. That all changes when he meets none other than Moses herself, Harriet Tubman while working the underground.I find it very curious to write this conduction business as magical realism(for lack of a better term) because I think it diminishes all the courageous and daring actions taken by those on their way to freedom.It feels dismissive of what one had to endure to reach freedom, and in some ways denies the obvious brilliance and bravery of a Harriet Tubman who chose to return to the coffin(slavery in the Deep South) again and again and… I love Coates writing but I am not enamored with that choice.Having said that, I still enthusiastically recommend this novel, just superbly written with a cast of engaging characters, some intrigue, some thrills, and yes some horror, but not written horrifically( the whispering). Im certain this book will garner a multitude of discussion and commerce. Ta-Nehisi Coates can now confidently add novelist to his writing career! Thanks to Netgalley and OneWorld-Random House Publishing for an ARC. Book is out 9/24/2019. An epic story of a drive to get north and a chance to help others. The gift that Coates gives to the reader is his language. The illustrative metaphors that help a 21st century reader try to get some semblance of the life of a 19th century slave.Hiram Walker is the son of the master, yet is warned repeatedly that he will never be a part of that life. The life of the house and the inheritance and the love of blood relation, especially after his mother is sold and all memory of her disappears. But, Hi has a gift that will help him throughout his life. A Conduction, a memory that is more powerful than photographic, it is all consuming, all senses. A parlor trick in the House gains him the special attention from his father and he begins his tutoring. An education that puts makes him his white step-brothers man. With his father ailing, it is up to Hi to protect his wayward brother and the plantation. But Virginias tobacco crops are failing and Maynard is a lout. This is beyond what Hi can do. He needs to get out.I will end my plot discussion there because the twists and the turns start and really dont stop until the end of the novel. It is such a powerful piece of writing. I can say right now that 50 pages in I was thinking that this book would be a great addition to any high school or college English course. Obviously, the subject matter is immensely power, but it is Coatess writing that makes the story come alive. In one place in the beginning chapters, he creates an analogy of a machine that he uses to describe the production of the plantation in regards to slavery. I know that this may not be a new idea, but his details are so memorable and discerning.I was also struck by the way Coates describes His place in the hierarchy of the plantation, the family, the slave culture, the state of Virginia, and ultimately the whole United States. Hi describes it to the reader from such a personal point of view and so vividly.My only criticism is that the storytelling and writing was a bit uneven at times. There is a dream-like quality to the first several scenes of the book, but then suddenly the story becomes much more grounded and realistic. It doesnt depart from this straight style for many chapters and then it was again jarring. It led to confusion and wasnt signaled in any particular way.Ultimately, The Water Dance is an immensely powerful read that is touched by elements of magical realism.


Guts

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Review Praise for Guts: The story both normalizes therapy and shows a child developing useful coping mechanisms for anxiety in a way that will reassure, even inspire, readers. — Publishers Weekly, starred review A must. — School Library Journal, starred reviewA compassionate and accessible look at one girls struggles with anxiety. — The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens BooksPraise for Smile:#1 New York Times BestsellerWill Eisner Comic Industry Award WinnerBoston Globe-Horn Book Honor BookIrresistible, funny, and touching. — Kirkus ReviewsOne of the most widely loved kids graphic novels in recent history. — BooklistIt hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it. — The New York Times Book ReviewPraise for Sisters:#1 New York Times BestsellerWill Eisner Comic Industry Award Winner A wonderfully charming tale of family and sisters that anyone can bond with. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review Poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. — Publishers Weekly, starred review Utterly relatable for anyone with siblings. — School Library Journal, starred reviewPraise for Drama:#1 New York Times BestsellerAn ALA Stonewall Honor Book Telgemeier is prodigiously talented at telling cheerful stories with realistic portrayals of middle-school characters. — Booklist, starred review Pitch-perfect. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review Another dead-on look at the confusing world of middle school. — Publishers Weekly, starred review An entertaining and enlightening read. — School Library Journal, starred reviewPraise for Ghosts:#1 New York Times Bestseller Telgemeier has her finger on the pulse of middle-grade readers, and this might be her best yet. — Booklist, starred review Superior visual storytelling. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review Telgemeier nudges readers toward the edge of their comfort zone, but she never leaves them alone there. — Publishers Weekly, starred review Read more About the Author Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com. Read more

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i love smie,sisters and drama they are the best i just relly want to read it.I am souch a big fan I am diying to read guts. please et it puplosh now!!!!!i am so dying to read it. it sounds rlly good!! like, what happens to raina !? and plis, i wanna read … it… NOW!!-march 25,2019—unknown- Its A great book, any book by Raina Telgemeier is a great book in my (Im a teacher, and Raina is one of the students favorites) opinion. However, very disappointed in the way I received it. It is a paperback, and was shipped in an envelope. Look on the spine and you can see where the book was bent before I even opened it or started reading it. I know its a paperback book, but it should come looking at least like a book not like damaged property already. Very disappointed. All of her other books are well written, long, great plot and overall amazing. I was expecting this to be so good, knock yout socks off AMAZING!!! But heres my honest review, it wasnt , I wouldnt recommend buying it becuase it is short, the plot is confusing and Im kinda confused. spoiler She gets anxiety and panic attacks based off germs, bullies, and a stomach flu and long story short, the bully becomes her freind and her bff moves away, she goes to a thearpist and some girl gets her period. This is all based in the 4th and 5th grade spoiler over. Good book if you like short reads, might be better for a younger age group. Overall, I dont think its worth $7.99. Her other books are OUT OF THIS WOLRD!!!!!!!! I loved this book! i know i know you dont have to tell me i am a fast reader but really i flyed thru this i am a super smart fast reader not to brag but look at me oh wait you cant lol i am awesome probaly the most popular at my school but this book was awesome i obvsiosly wouldnt know about being stresses what to be stressed about when u live the perfect life but i was most intrigued about one of boys on page 72 also if u can guess my age i wil reveal my self to guess just post a review saying: The seceret age is __ if u win you will get a suprise gift from amazon anything u want under 1000! GOOD LUCK!!!! Daughter loves these books! My girl is 9 and began reading these last year, third grade. I love these books because they opened her to the world of reading in her own. She struggled with reading for a bit although she always loved books. With these she will sit and read..and finish in a day or two! But she re-read them and is also into reading other books by Raina. So very thankful for this author, hoping this love for reading stays with her. I started out reading her books Sisters and Smile They were my favorite books at the time! Rainas Sister book took place when Raina was in High School. I was a bit worrried this would take place is late High School, but it did not. Luckily, she rewinded in time to an appropriate age, which I very highly enjoyed. She writes lots of my favorite books! She then wrote the graphic version of th baby sitters club. Now I not onky have the ones she wrote, but also almost all of the originals. Definatley can not wait for her next book to come out! This book shows many realistic things all people can go through in their lives and I could relate to some of them. Please read, I PROMISE you will not regret it. My daughter (age 10) saw the book on her bed and devoured it in no time. Relatable characters and relevant story lines. Im looking forward to reading it when shes done with it so we can talk about it. Thank you Raina for this wonderful mother-daughter binding opportunity - absolutely priceless!


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


BELONGSCI Womens Dress Sweet & Cute V-Neck Bell Sleeve Shift Dress Mini Dress

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Super cute dress. Im 59 155 lbs and bought a size large, it fit perfect and not too short. Absolutely adorable. Perfect little black dress I love the quality of the fabric and it has a nice shape. Im 56 210 and got an XL. It was nice but could be looser. Overall I am happy and will be purchasing more clothing from this seller in the future! (Im on the right) Very good material for the price! Overall pretty happy with this purchase. It was maybe a smidge too big. Im 55 and about 140 and got a medium. I absolutely LOVE this dress. I buy from amazon all the time and this may be my favorite. Not cheap material like you typically get with an amazon buy. Im 57 185 and its the perfect length. I ordered it in 2 other colors. Im a D and typically a 12-14 size Large was perfect. Like another review mentioned, there is an odd seam right on the front. I only saw that one review saying this so I thought maybe it was just the one she got, but nope. Maybe in another color it wouldnt be as bad, but in white the seam is very prominent. I ordered down a size because of the reviews and the fit was good, but I cant get over the seam. Will be returning. I love this dress. I feel that it is a generous Medium in size. If you are the girl that cant decide on the medium or the large, then this maybe your dress. I usually have problems with fit in the chest 37DD (36 too tight 38 too big) I am sure ladies with similar size understand this. I was equally concerned because it has a zipper in the back and that usually is the kiss of death. This dress didnt let me down. I also think if you arent as well endowed that it wont look big up top. The V-neck isnt too deep but enough to wear most any necklace. The sleeves are great with the bell and complete the look and the length is perfect. Not too long (I am 5.5) hits above the knee, but I can move freely without fear of exposing too much like some dresses. Im 49 and find that some I feel age inappropriate, however I am too young for other styles. I did order both the medium and the large for all of these reasons and the medium fit like a glove, so will return the large. Gotta love Prime and Kohls returns! I lots of read helpful reviews before purchasing, and I got a bit worried about the fit when I opened the package and felt the material. Put the dress on and zipped it up and it fits beautifully. I tried it on without a bra on and it was not see through. For reference, Im a 38C; 51; 165lbs and have a cone body shape. This dress is adorable. It is fairly short. Im 5 feet tall and it comes above my knee. I ordered up a size (got a medium) because I wanted something a little loose and flowy… should have gotten a large. Im 5 feet tall 125 pounds and pretty curvy. It fits perfectly now but no extra room as I had wanted. Ill have to decide whether to keep it or Exchange for large. I have to say its very cute, although sheer.UPDATE: I ordered a large to see if it would give me the boxier look I wanted. It does not, it just looks too big so I am returning it. Heres the kicker though, it is lined! The last one I ordered is not lined, and if youll notice above I even said it was sheer! I thought about ordering a third time In medium in hopes of getting a lined one, but who knows what Ill get next time. Ive decided to just get a slip in black. Still an adorable dress for the price .


Fruit of the Loom Womens Everlight Underwear Multipack

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Fruit of the Looms new EverLight panties are so light, youll forget youre wearing them! This ultra fine, micro-mesh fabric feels like air and leaves no panty lines so youre confident wearing them under any type of clothing. Not only is EverLight fabric lightweight and comfortable, but it also provides a breathable 4-way stretch to provide the perfect fit. Comfort-covered leg bands provide extra softness, and as always, our panties are tag free and made with a 100% cotton liner. The bikini silhouette features a moderate rise that sits slightly above the hips and provides a moderate seat coverage. A sheer, shimmer-striped illusion waistband offers a unique, elegant look. This perfect mix of comfort and fashion is sure to become an every day staple!

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These reviews are lies. These underpants ARE NOT seamless. They have the front and back crotch seams and side seams. The leg openings are elasticized and seem to be a little tighter than other Fruit of the Loom panties of the same size. So if you are looking for a smooth, second skin and no panty lines, this underwear is NOT what you are looking for. The one truth is these panties are extremely lightweight. Other than that, they are just like every other bulk pack of underwear. I did read reviews for Fruit of the Loom Womens Everlight Underwear Multipack before purchasing but I didnt gather that Everlight means mesh. They felt soft to the touch but I wasnt looking for see-through mesh underwear at the time and wanted to write a review so other potential buyers know that these are mesh and see-through. Also, the colors listed and the colors received were not the same as pictured. The 4-star is because the colors are not the same. Love them. Thin, very dry but durable, youll forget you have them on, I have but realized just in time as not to wet them. They fit true to size and are VERY comfortable, this is the 2nd set Ive gotten in 2 weeks. I see more in my future. I love how lightweight they are - i dont think I have ever has underwear this lightweight! They fit true to size, I get the size 9 and I wear size 16 in jeans. They are the low rise brief and they do not ride up and the waistband is very comfortable and doesnt roll. Pretty colors too. They are perfect under slacks or jeans, and virtually no lines. Tighter fitting workout pants, they show slightly but barely. They wash up well, I washed & dried them without a linen bag and they were perfectly fine. Very happy with my purchase and I picked up another package of 6. Buy them now! The fabric is very thin. I wash them in a lingerie bag and hang to dry. Will be great for traveling as they dry in under an hour. Hope they hold up. I ordered a size too big by accident, but kept them because Ive honestly never worn anything so comfortable in my life. Reasonably priced, arrived quickly, and manage to both look somewhat cute while feeling like nothing.In case this is helpful to anyone, Im normally a ~6 (in the weirdly specialized underwear sizes?), and 2/4 in regular American sizes, a UK 8, hips about 36 inches? I ordered 7s, and they are quite loose. Am re-ordering 6s and will update. great underwear- a bit big but that is good. light weight,stretchy,did not crawl up my butt. Re: Fruit of the Loom Womens Everlight Underwear Multipack. Everlight means see through, extremely thin and cheap nylon, barely there and not in a good way. The sizing is larger than FOLoom usually (I am 155 pounds and ordered 9 but these are gigantic). I wanted to be sure re shrinkage. I should return, but washed them as a matter of course, not thinking they wouldnt be like others Ive been happy with. The colors are great, for what thats worth (purple, blue, etc.). 11/17/18


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