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Best Selling Products for Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019

Katrina Reyes
September 4th, 2019 · 81 min read

Toys & Games

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack Series 1-2 Doll, Multicolor

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Make magical Unicorn poop (slime) with Poopsie slime surprise! With a little Unicorn magic and sparkle, you can customize Unicorn poop and transform it multiple times! When you gotta Go, Store the poop for magical fun anytime! Make magical Unicorn poop (slime) with Poopsie slime surprise! With a little Unicorn magic and sparkle, you can customize Unicorn poop and transform it multiple times! Ten magical surprises included! When you gotta Go, Store the poop slime in the collectible Poopsie key chain. Can you find the ultra rare Unicorn sparkle? 18 to collect in drop 1, Collect them all!

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This is the worst product ever! It is from some unknown country and the directions are in that language. But the worst part is the smell. The powders used to make the slime smell toxic and like poop. The smell is in the skin of my hands. I refused to let my 5 yr old daughter touch it. Threw it all away. She used 10.00 that she saved to buy this product. It was not what the TV ad said and it was toxic. DO NOT BUY THIS!!! Im a big kid at heart and I just really wanted the poop keychain, the slime is a bonus.So inside you get your keychain and a cup, the wrapping contains your slime materials.The mystery scent for my moo poo was cherry and smells great. The other was I guess chicken? Smelled really gross and like burnt popcorn. Smell the scent before putting it in the slime. I think it just serves for scent and you can forgo it. I wish I just used my cherry one for both .Im thinking about getting more since they were cuteMy cons are the plastic trash . So much wrapping. So much waste. It reeks the slime and its not very stretchy Just looking at the Poopsie Slime surprise container with its color and whimsical looking characters, you know its going to be a fun product. Unboxing this roll of toilet paper is one of the best parts wondering which Poopsie key chain, slime, and cup youre going to get. The directions were easy to follow and the scent was strong enough to still be able to smell with only 5 drops added to the slime. I did not like the plastic wrapper on the secret scent and wish it had some sort of perforation as it is difficult to get off. However, waiting 10 minutes for your slime to solidify is the perfect amount of time, while you clean up any mess and get rid of all the packaging. My favorite part is that the key chain doubles as a holder so you can bring slime anywhere you go. Not all of the slime will fit in it, but the majority will and keep it from drying out. Once the unicorn magic is added and worked in, the slime isnt sticky at all, And quite stretchy. Parents will love that a child can play with it on the couch and not worry about it sticking everywhere. The Mad Slimatist has reviewed quite a few slime products and this is by far my favorite! surprise aspect: okay but unless youre a collector, it wasnt all that amazing to me. and that was with supposedly getting an ultra rare whatsit.slime aspect: relatively easy to do, if messy.the smells- the slime itself, with out the added surprise add-in scent was kind of chemical-y. a bit of an expected rubber/pvc smell to it. the added surprise scent smelled a bit like perfume my elderly great, great aunt used to wear. (& not in a nostalgic, good sort of way.)the messy part- took a while before it wasnt too mucus-y to be handled and then the smell was all over my hands. washing with a decent hand soap took care of it though.bang for the buck aspect:reuse- none really. it only comes with one packet of unicorn food (slime powder) and thats it. once thats made, thats that. and given how tough it became from playing with it after a short time, you arent even getting the added fun of the slime itself beyond that. (unless youre into flat rubber that Sort of bounces but not really.)waste- my biggest issue was with the waste products… a lot of little pieces of wrapping plastic. if you dont have recycling available where you are, its just… Why? and this is with one of the Small, Single versions of this product line. i would hate to think of the landfill adds from one of the larger more expensive items this company makes. this toy came damage. It was convenient finding these on Amazon. These are really cute, easy and fun to do. My daughter loves Poopsie Slime Surprise, she was so excited when I gave them to her! I would recommend this for any child who loves Poopsie Slime Surprise 😁!!! It seems like someone opened the case of these with a boxer cutter and cut the containers because 3 that I ordered had slits through the wrapping and one was leaking glitter. Still useable just a mess . My kids love these because its a fun craft and the keychains are cute to store the slime after


Electronics

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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PlayStation Store Gift Card [Digital Code]

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

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I purchased two of these cards almost exactly 4 months ago, in preparation for some fall releases. Ive bought a lot of digital cash cards for PSN from Amazon, its an easy way to use credit or to tuck something away to save for later, when I KNOW I want a game.I used one code early September and was prepared to use one the day before Red Dead Redemption 2 came out. Unfortunately, it did not deposit the $60 into my account. Instead, I get this error from Sony. The code you entered is inactive. Please check terms and conditions. I try multiple browsers, multiple devices.I contact Amazon and Im told its not their problem, its on Sony. I contact Sony, send them the code itself and the purchase information. 2 days later, I hear back. Its not their problem, its the retailers. I contact Amazon again and get told that I can no longer get a refund, they cant do anything and how would $3 in credit make me feel?Dont buy digital codes from Amazon. I was unaware there was a ticking clock on it, I was given no indication that I would have to use in X amount of time and now Im out $60 and Amazon will do nothing.DONT BUY DIGITAL CODES FROM AMAZON. You never know when they just might not work and youre screwed out of your money. 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 Twister Parent

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

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


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. 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! 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. Its so handy to come here and purchase these for the e-shop. I often use either my amazon gift cards I get here and there to buy 3DS games, or there once was a time when I had an American Express which Nintendo doesnt accept which left me with having to go this route, except at the time It wasnt as easy as it is buying from this Store and I had to wait two days for someone to send me a scanned card that they must have just purchased, scratched off and sent to me once they got my money. But here, I purchase the e-shop card and so far the longest its taken to get my e-shop code is 5 minutes. And now with the Nintendo Switch, heres a great way of getting the e-shop cards if you dont want to put your credit card info onto your Nintendo system. i dont know why theres an option to review a gift card code here, but i guess the keypoints are1. the code worked.2. the code delivered near instantly via amazons digital download stuff, email notified me immediately after purchase that i should redeem it.3. with amazon prime chase card, i save 5% on my eshop purchases if for some reason i missed or there was no discount on a physical copy of a game for prime members. Its awesome to be able to buy Nintendo gift cards directly from amazon without having to go to a store to pick one up for use with the Nintendo e-shop. I like to keep my credit card information limited to as few outlets as possible, and this way I can purchase digital games off the e-shop without putting in my information. The whole process is extremely quick, with only a few seconds from the time I purchased the digital card to the email notification letting me know my claim code was available. After that, its a cinch to purchase games for my Switch either online or from the system itself. This is a great way to go about it if you are concerned about safety!


Books

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead

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Review Advance praise for Call Sign Chaos Combining simplicity and thoughtfulness, Jim Mattis has produced a classic account of a lifetime of service. Call Sign Chaos is a lesson in leadership and an evocation of humanity in the cause of peace.Henry Kissinger In this magnificent memoir, Jim Mattis details many important events in his career, but he also does much more: He explains how he is informed by his experiences in a way that teaches you how to learn from your own. Read, enjoy, and learn.George Shultz Read more About the Author Jim Mattis is a Pacific Northwest native who served more than four decades as a Marine infantry officer. Following two years as the Secretary of Defense, he returned to the Northwest and is now the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Bing West has written ten books about combat. He served as a Marine grunt in Vietnam and later as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He has been on hundreds of patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan, including many operations with General Mattis. He is a member of the Military History Working Group at the Hoover Institution. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Newport, Rhode Island. Read more

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1/2 way through Jim Mattiss book Call Sign Chaos, a thorough treatise on leadership, military history & management. Highly recommend it. Mattis is a man of integrity & character - no doubt about it. His list of what to read is worth the price alone. @bingwest @randomhouse Inspiration for me to be a better man and lead by example. HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER5.0 out of 5 starsLeadership explained in detailSeptember 3, 2019Format: HardcoverI am a USN Chief Petty Officer (Ret) and absolutely loved this book by the General… As explained in the blurb, it is divided into 3 sections..direct leadership, executive leadership and strategic leadership.Reading is an excellent way to broaden my horizons and this book did exactly that for me. The Marines, of course, are famiiar to me but this book gave me further insight into their training. I had no idea, for example, that all are trained as Infantry Officers first. And, when they go up the ladder in the Os that they are given a new book to study for that position.This one will explain leadership techniques to anyone that is interested. One of my favorite parts was that the intent of the leader must be understood. The three Cs …competence, caring and conviction were also mentioned. The caring part is so true when being a leader as those junior troops will not only hear that but feel it…in their hearts.I did have one laugh out loud moment in remembering my days as a USN recruiter. Tough times for both of us, it appears. He, of course, was in charge of the recruiters and I was on the receiving end. The mid 1980s was not a good time for either of us!Just an outstanding book which I enjoyed reading thoroughly. I kept envisioning going into the USMC and advancing up the ladder to eventually become the Secretary of Defense. A plus 40 years of service in the Corps. Wow..just wow… Truly hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement…as we say in the USN. Bravo Zulu, Sir… I salute you.Most highly recommended and for multiple reasons., integrity, honesty, service to country and an outstanding style of leadership…Will contact Amazon about the lack of the Verified Purchase as I did purchase it … Order below. Per Amazons guidance, had to delete original review and resubmit…Thanks for your patience.Order detailsOrdered on July 9, 2019 (1 item)Call Sign Chaos: Learning to LeadMattis, Jim, West, BingSold by: Random House Digital, Inc.Read lessreview image12 people found this helpfulEditDeleteComment This is a book about leadership. I listened to him on Morning Joe. I understand his position. However, i think he owes the American people a clear statement as a leader before the next election if a change in leadership is required to get us onto a better path with this great experiment. Democracy is fragile. He felt strongly enough to quit. I would think that clear support for a change in leadership before the next election would be appropriate. He obviously does not agree with Trump policies. So then which candidate could he support? His voice is heard because of the position that he held in the administration. I would say the same for Tillerson, Comey, Cohen who were the more respected members of this administration and were either fired on resigned with strong disagreements regarding policy.


The Testaments: The Sequel to the Handmaids Tale

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About the Author Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaids Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include Cats Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovators Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson. Read more

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The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled

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Review When reading The Oracle…the tangible Glory of God came upon me. This book must be from God! —Sid RothI have never been this excited about a book! —Jim Bakker Read more About the Author Jonathan Cahn caused a worldwide stir with the release of his explosive first book, The Harbinger, which became an instant New York Times best seller and brought him to national and international prominence. His next three books were also New York Times best sellers, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Book of Mysteries, and The Paradigm. He was named, along with Billy Graham and Keith Greene, one of the top forty spiritual leaders of the last forty years to have radically impacted the world. Called the prophetic voice of this generation, Cahn is a much-sought-after speaker and has been highlighted in the New York Times as well as in many national and international media. He has spoken on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations, and to millions of people around the world. Cahn is known for opening the deep mysteries of Scripture and bringing forth messages of prophetic import. He leads Hope of the World ministry, an international outreach of teaching, evangelism, and compassion projects for the worlds most needy. He also leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center made up of Jews and Gentiles, people of all backgrounds, just outside New York City, in Wayne, New Jersey. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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I am loving this book! I must admit I felt the first couple chapters started out a bit slow, but once he met the Oracle, things have been moving rapidly. Some of the facts he talks about from the Pentateuch are mind boggling! It arrived last night close to midnight. I was up until after 3:00 reading and then had to reluctantly stop because I was just too tired. Its a great book so far and Im ready to dive back in after I finish this review. I highly recommend this book to anyone who looks forward to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. As always Rabbi Cahn hit it out of the park with his new book. Awesome book! More proof there is a GOD and HE IS STILL IN CONTROL! 😄 Stating upfront that I was provided an Advance Reader Copy in .pdf format from the publisher in exchange for review ..Time for some honesty here, this was my first book of Rabbi Cahns. When I received the invite to participate in the book release prior to publication, I was a bit surprised because I was wondering what was God up to in my life. He and I have been repairing our relationship in 2019.Well, now I know that hidden, or not so hidden, within the pages or The Oracle, was a message I really needed to see as I continue to heal from a very dark time in my life.Thanking Our Heavenly Father for having bought The Oracle in to my life. What a clever way to give readers a wealth of information. Cahn has crafted a novel, so to speak, yet in such a way that it conveys facts about Israels history, both ancient and recent. The Oracle interprets visions the unnamed narrator has. Each vision reveals new information about Scriptures and prophecies regarding the re-establishing of Israel as nation.The precision with which prophecies were fulfilled is amazing. We readers must rely on Cahns knowledge of Hebrew to reveal specific people, their names and their representation. We must also rely on his understanding of Hebrew dates and their significance. Cahn has included lots of footnotes so his work can be checked out. The amount of research he must have done to discover the specifics seems overwhelming.A few corresponding dates, names and events could be described at coincidences. Cahn presents so many of these relationships the evidence demands we recognize Gods hand in the re-establishment of Israel as a nation. The U.S. even had a part in the plan by recently recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel on the exact day, Cahn says, it was to happen.Cahns book includes a few relationships some readers might consider a bit forced. One example is joining together President Trump and Cyrus because Trump spoke an apocryphal saying attributed to Cyrus. Cahn does note that some Christian leaders told Trump he was representative of Cyrus well before he made his statement. (205) Another relationship Cahn relates was Cyrus declaration after 70 years of captivity and that Trump was 70 years old when he made his declaration. (206) That seems a forced relationship to me.Nonetheless, the number of relationships Cahn shares that I consider truly amazing are overwhelming. And Cahn does not leave us only in the past. He takes us into the future of the world according to prophecy. As the Oracle says, it is a double-edged sword. (257) Unlike his investigation of the past, Cahn provides no dates for future events.I recommend this book to those interested in prophecies concerning Israel and their fulfillment. I think youll be amazed. You will certainly have much to think about.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. Stating upfront that I was provided an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for review ..Once again Rabbi Cahn ties in world events to Bible history and scripture and brings home the fact that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. In this fallen world, only God is consistent. He fulfills his promises and covenants and it is proven again and again, if we look close enough. I pray that eyes are opened and ears are unstopped as this story reaches the masses and that many will finally see the relevance of the past to the present.Thank you for drawing us in and making us want to search scripture and current events to see how they are lining up to prove Gods word is for all times and all men in all situations. To God be the glory forever and ever. I loved reading The Oracle! Jonathan Cahn shows how God moves together the events of history and current events to reveal divine mysteries to His people.Understanding these mysteries is all part of the journey of understanding His love for us. It helped me know God more and know what Hes doing in our world right now.Rabbi Cahn takes the reader on a journey to find the Oracle. This Oracle begins to reveal and explain each of the Jubilean mysteries that have been given in a vision of the seeker. The Oracle uncovers the mysteries. The mysteries of The Stranger, The Lost City, The Man With the Measuring Line, The Land of Seven Wells, and so many more.As the journey of ancient discovery opens, the Seeker goes on a journey to learn what his visions are about. We, the reader, have the privilege of tagging along on that journey as we are allowed to sit at the feet of the Oracle and learn the ancient secrets.On this journey, you will learn about the ancient scrolls that contain the appointed language that has determined world history from the start of modern times. The Oracle ultimately reveals the secret lie behind end-time prophecy and the mystery of the end of the age.This is a story that will grab you from page one and leave you wanting to know more and dig deeper. Prepare to be blown away.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.


Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry

Amazon Essentials Womens Cotton Stretch Bikini Panty

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An Amazon brand - This six-pack of classic bikini underwear offers medium coverage and tag-free comfort with a hint of stretch for a secure fit. Amazon Essentials is focused on creating affordable, high-quality, and long-lasting everyday clothing you can rely on. Our line of womens intimate apparel includes sleepwear, underwear multi-packs, and more, including plus-size options. Our consistent sizing takes the guesswork out of shopping, and each piece is put to the test to maintain the highest standards in quality and comfort.

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Amazon, dont change this product. Dont add more polyester. Dont mess around trying to save money by making the product cheaper. Just charge more if you have to. I once wore a brand of Hanes as my comfort underwear, they were like butter. But Hanes changed the recipe and the replacement was like margarine. 4 years. I looked for 4 years. I wasted so much money looking for underwear. Now, here it is. A great pair of underwear that is not $15 a pair.Thank you Amazon. I have yet to wear the underwear. Im not sensitive to wearing non cotton panties. I just prefer cotton for the air wicking/ breathable benefits for my lady parts haha. since I work long hr shifts and workout. I chose amazon basics bc I wanted black panties, cotton, bikini, and affordable. I ordered XL. I wear size XL in Victoria secret sizing but I can also fit a L. Typically I wear size L for leggings.I wanted the underwear to fit comfortable and I knew Id wash and dry them. Which I did as soon as they arrived and no snagging happened. They looked and felt the same as when they arrived.Im a size 14/16 in jeansIm about 48 around my booty and 44 around my belly pooch aka the lower belly pouch that is hard to freaking loose hahaha. Around my actual waist which around my naval is 41Hope these measurements help! Thank you, Amazon. It only took about 8 years, but Im now back to feeling bliss again in my cotton undies. I guess I can officially throw away the 10-year old V. Secret undies Ive been hoarding since they changed their style to one that only 6-year old girls can wear. My husband thanks you for that. These undies are incredibly comfy and WILL NOT RIDE UP. I am 44 and wear a size 6/8 with a real booty, and the medium fits great. The elastic doesnt feel like its even there, but believe me it works. Yes, they show a panty line. If anyone tells you they dont, then they are either lying or are wearing very baggy pants. I dont wear them under tight pants - thats what thongs are for. I do, however, put them on immediately after coming home from work and when Im wearing looser clothing. Theyre also a dream to sleep in. They get softer as you wash them. Ive bought every package of these that Amazon offers and was tickled pink to see they finally added a pack of only black. My only negative is the look (which luckily just doesnt matter so much to me since Im not an underwear model.) To me, they are a cross between bikinis and lower briefs. The band on the side is much wider than typical bikinis, but Im guessing that might be why the fit across the butt is perfect. My pictures are of one pair of washed undies so you see what they look like in real life. So, Amazon…please dont go changing things. Dont put spandex in and cut the back so they look like bad thongs that real women cant wear. Please keep them just the way they are and make a million more colors. I will continue to buy them and hoard them like the 80s. Bye Bye, Vics Secret. Im too old for you. Several months ago, I purchased some new cotton bikini underwear and prefer them over other, more revealing styles. Im a mom and Ive discovered I prefer comfort over style so cotton bikinis suit me really well! I saw these underwear and Ill admit, I was a bit skeptical because I wondered if they would be good quality or not. I have some items from the Amazon Basics line and like them so I figured Id give these a try.The Amazon Essentials Cotton Bikini underwear come in a six-pack and you can currently choose from two styles: basic assorted and fashion assorted. The basic assorted package comes with the following colors: two white, one light pink, one light purple, one black, and one black and white stripe. The fashion assorted package contains: one salmon color, one navy, one navy and white stripe, one light purple, one white with black polka dots, and one white with black flowers. These underwear are made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane. You can machine wash in warm water and tumble dry low. These are made in Sri Lanka.I initially ordered the basic assorted package and liked them enough that I immediately ordered the fashion assorted package as well. The underwear are very soft and comfortable! I really like the variety of colors and I would buy more if they decided to provide more colors. Ive washed these underwear several times now according to the instructions and I didnt notice any shrinking. The stitching looks like good quality and I love that they dont ride up, which means these will work nicely when I exercise! I usually wear yoga pants and notice slight panty lines but they are hardly noticeable if you arent looking for them. The bikini style sits comfortably at my hip and the band at the waist measures 2 3/8 inches. For size reference, I am 56, 165 pounds with a bit of a belly after having my twins and I purchased the large size which fit perfectly. I generally wear a 10 or 12 in pants and am glad I purchased the large.I am happy I found these because they are incredibly comfortable. When I wear them, I actually hardly notice Im wearing them because they are so light and comfortable! If Amazon decided to make more of these in different colors, I will definitely buy those as well. If you are looking for a good-quality, inexpensive and comfortable option to very expensive underwear, these are it! If these dont last as long as Id like, I will update this review. Until then, I recommend these underwear because they are some of the most comfortable underwear Ive owned and they dont cost an arm and a leg! These are garbage. Its too bad because they are comfortable, fit good, and a good price. I washed the whole pack prior to wearing and they started falling apart in that first wash. Each wash they unravel more and more. Very disappointing.


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

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


adidas Metro IV OTC Soccer Socks

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Youll hit the field ready to play in the Metro OTC Sock. Perfect for all levels of play, the lightweight, moisture wicking yarns and targeted arch and ankle compression will ensure a comfortable fit throughout your entire game.

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Wish they had a better description as far as sizes go. These are great socks if you can get the manufacturer to actually show the size that these socks fit. Ive enclosed a photo. Need to return- a small is youth size 13-4 youth These Adidas soccer socks are decent, but they do have some flaws. The first is that the footbed doesnt have enough cushioning. This causes two problems. First is that, over time, the footbed naturally wears out and gets thinner. The extra thickness in the sole of most soccer socks mitigates this effect to some degree. Adidas says these socks have a cushioned foot-bed, but they dont feel like they do and they dont really look like they do. Moreover, the sole wears very thin very quickly. The second problem is that the socks fabric — a combination of Nylon and Spandex — has a slightly slippery texture that, when combined with the already-thin footbed, causes my feet to slip and slide inside my cleats. Another flaw is that the socks are too tight around the calf. I ordered the Size Large and they fit my Size 13 feet just fine, but they are a bit tight around my calves. Having said that, I am 61 and 185 lbs with athletic calves, so take it with a grain of salt. To be fair, these socks do have some positive features: durability, appearance, moisture wicking, ability to keep shin guards in place. All in all, this is a decent product for the price point, but there are better options out there. My son is a size 6, 12 year old. The S was perfect!!!!UPDATE! Ive lowered this rating to 1 Star. After using these socks, and comparing them to a pair of the same socks we bought in store last year, these socks are an inferior product. They are much thinner, and caused blisters on the back of my sons achilles. We wont be able to use these at all!!! I purchased a size Small for my 4 year old son and they fit him well. They are not the most comfortable socks - they arent soft but stay on his legs well when hes running around. They hold the shin guards in place and dont roll down his leg. For reference, my son is 4 years old, a size 12 sneaker and the Small fit well. I have no positive things to say about this sock. Ive used dozens of soccer socks from many brands over the years. Theyre mostly fine, including other Adidas socks. This one, however, is really terrible. It is extremely thin and it hardly has any elasticity at all. It behaves mostly like an old, worn out wool sock. It wont even stay up by itself. Im wondering if I got a pair that was made waaaaay at the beginning of a production run, maybe several years ago. Who knows, but it these ones really are garbage. I wanted to give my daughter some time before I got her actual opinion on these socks. She has played an entire Fall Season with a traveling Soccer Team and these are definitely her favorites. She normally doesnt have a preference on certain things, but with these socks, she told me that she could honestly tell a difference in between them and her usual preferred brand. These she said were hands down the best. They dont slide in her cleats and dont bunch up to make uncomforatable places in them either. Both of my sons really like these socks. Weve tried so many different brands and most of them are either too thick or holes wear into them way too easily. The socks are the perfect thickness and even provide some arch support. However, we own many, many pairs of them (they play soccer six days a week), and we have found that the fit is inconsistent. My older son wears a medium and has five pairs. Three of those pairs fit the way we want them to, one pair is oddly long, and one pair is really tight causing him to really struggle to get them on. My younger son has four small pairs. Three pairs fit him reasonably well (although he notices that some a just a little tighter than others), but one pair is big enough that it doesnt help keep his shin guards in place. My boys will often just trade out their too small/too big pairs with each other when they discover them. We purchased these socks for a U-09 girls soccer team instead of getting boring participation trophies. The girls were super excited and the quality of the sock was surprisingly high, especially for such outlandish colors. They love the socks and will now have matching socks next season when we get together. Depending on any new girls we have join the team, we may need to order more this fall. The colors are exactly as they appear in the picture. We love it.


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