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I think B&M expenses have outpaced online sales expenses. Big box hurt mom and pop and now online is sinking B&M. More efficient and larger volume. At least for smaller purchases where shipping is not too expensive.

I think you are right, but someone is pushing for this tax????

I think it’s the bigger stores with lots of money to throw at, for bigger profits in the long run. You eliminate all the smaller fish and the whole pond is yours to swim in. It’s hard for the small fish to compete with huge bulk order discounts the big fish get.

Cui bono?

Forgot… was it WallyWorld or Amazon who just “voluntarily” upped the minimum they pay to 15bux or so, above minwage? They ain’t doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. They can take the hit (relatively minor expense, all things considered) given their size, but it’s a bigger chunk of change to The Other Guys, especially smaller- and mom&pop stores.

It’s the Metallica Syndrome. Back when they were nobodies, the ONLY way they got any kind of exposure at all was by people bootlegging tapes and passing them around. Now that they made it big, they want to eliminate “piracy”, claiming that it’s “hurting the artists”.

Cui bono?

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Just my two cents Wink
Now 3¢ with tax…

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I agree that the days of true salespeople are long gone. And blister packs makes everything inaccessible so online actually gives you more information about a product before buying. Interestingly, all these little artsy fartsy shops are popping up in down towns.

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pennzy wrote:
I agree that the days of true salespeople are long gone. And blister packs makes everything inaccessible so online actually gives you more information about a product before buying. Interestingly, all these little artsy fartsy shops are popping up in down towns.

Wellp, like at CVS… I just needed some Q-Tips™, y’know? Try the eye’n‘ear-care section, nothing. Make-up section (apply/remove makeup?), nothing. Walk through the aisles, over and over, still nothing. Wtf?? Now try looking for someone with a nametag to give me a shove in the right direction.

I was wandering about for a “good” (not really) 15min before I finally practically pounced on someone running past me to ask.

I could just as soon hit Amazon, goggle it, check the quantity/price/etc., and friggin’ buy it online faster, saving myself all that agg.

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I have to admit though, I felt bad for the local Sears’s sales force. After Christmas every year, the store turned into a morgue in the dead of winter. Salespeople outnumbered the customers. I could see the writing on the wall. They are gone now.

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They’re still alive’n‘kicking online, though. Got a buncha toolbags recently.

There’s still at least 1 store “nearby” (not really, but not out of state, yet).

Just got some sales-flyers included with one of the neighborhood free newspapers.

Even Rat Shack is still kicking, at least online. Getting their emails, too.

(Rat Shack, I saw the writing on the wall a decade ago, or more. When they abandoned the hobbyist market and became another “meeee too!” phone store, that was one of the final nails in their coffin. No price-matching, no rainchecks, no ship-to-customer or even ship-to-store like they used to do freely æons ago, they were just plain uncompetitive.)

Back to Amazon (haha), lookit the warranties with them vs BG, like people were really P&Ming about. Amazon? “Nope, don’t like it…”, sending it back, no questions asked. BG? “It’s DOA, gimme another one or a refund.” Nope. Send pix, then videos, then 3D models, then… still nothing.

That’s why you’d have to be nigh retarded to buy any big-ticket item (ie, >50bux) from overseas. Laptop? Smartphone? Chyeah, right. Great if it works as advertised, but if you get EU-freqs when you’re planning to use it in the states, or if it’s just DOA, forget it.

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recently had to replace washer/dryer and went with Costco as their rep was great.
well, it didn’t turn out that way for me. I guess it was because of our location that they went with some addlepated delivery/installer.
told me I had to remove the existing items so they could move the new ones in without encumbrances
I cancelled the order from Costco and ordered from our local Sears appliance store. No problems and above average service.
The next week the cretins from the original order showed up in our driveway with a Uhaul rental truck and wanted to deliver.
We had a similar experience with a rare downdraft oven/range replacing a horrendous Jenn-air moneypit.
Sears went above the norm re-configuring the setup to make it work.

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Is this still the amazon deals thread? Davie

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the sales tax on sold by “joe blow” and fufilled by Amazon started about 3 weeks ago in New Jersey, I asked back then if people in other states were getting hit by it, was 50/50, seems more now. Agree on the return policy tho, they are the best.

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Found this 26650 zoomie that looks a lot like the Cometa, or whatever that was that people were buying up. No clue as to the emitter or driver in it but it’s cheap enough as far as a host goes. $9.89 after you apply the 45% discount offered.

https://www.amazon.com/Flashlight-Adjustable-Resistant-Emergency-Hurrica...

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sbslider wrote:
Is this still the amazon deals thread? Davie
Yep, we’re just covering all facets of ‘Amazon Deals’….. from ordering through delivery, tax included _(or not. Wink )

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Had to unsubscribe, too much non deal blabber

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Had to unsubscribe, too much non deal blabber

Just do what I do. Never ever check your email. Big Smile

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sbslider wrote:
Is this still the amazon deals thread? Davie

I guess were are just bored, since all the black friday and cyber monday deals are over.
Can’t find a good deal so were discuss the Amazon state tax deal. Silly
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Just bought a FOLOMOV 18650S with both discounts it was $15.59 —at least I shouldn’t have to change the emitter in this one

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/63025

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moderator007 wrote:
sbslider wrote:
Is this still the amazon deals thread? Davie
I guess were are just bored, since all the black friday and cyber monday deals are over. Can’t find a good deal so were discuss the Amazon state tax deal. Silly

Right on!

We are discussing an important part of every Amazon deal (additional $ spent) now so it’s all legal like and stuff.

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toddcshoe wrote:
Found this 26650 zoomie that looks a lot like the Cometa, or whatever that was that people were buying up. No clue as to the emitter or driver in it but it’s cheap enough as far as a host goes. $9.89 after you apply the 45% discount offered.

https://www.amazon.com/Flashlight-Adjustable-Resistant-Emergency-Hurrica...

Unfortunately I have some experience with this platform of a host and the only thing of substance this flashlight has in common with the Cometa is they are both zoomies. Smile
This one has pressed in tail switch, hollow pill, dog vomit build quality.
That said, the lens is half decent so maybeeeee you could build something out of it after heavy mods.

I have the “Sharp Eagle” 3 color dog vomit emitter model, yeah, she’s a real Jem.

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Muto wrote:
toddcshoe wrote:
Found this 26650 zoomie that looks a lot like the Cometa, or whatever that was that people were buying up. No clue as to the emitter or driver in it but it’s cheap enough as far as a host goes. $9.89 after you apply the 45% discount offered.

https://www.amazon.com/Flashlight-Adjustable-Resistant-Emergency-Hurrica...

Unfortunately I have some experience with this platform of a host and the only thing of substance this flashlight has in common with the Cometa is they are both zoomies. Smile
This one has pressed in tail switch, hollow pill, dog vomit build quality.
That said, the lens is half decent so maybeeeee you could build something out of it after heavy mods.

I have the “Sharp Eagle” 3 color dog vomit emitter model, yeah, she’s a real Jem.

Yeah, I wasn’t sure on the internals of it. Never had one or anything. Looks can be deceiving of course. Didn’t know if it was a good deal or not. The way my luck goes somebody would bring it up a few months from now that it’s the best zoomie since zoomie’s were cool again and here I let a $9 deal get by me. Smile

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Here is a post I made on a Folomov thread. You can get the 18650S and a free gift for a bit over $15 shipped.

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1418838#comment-1418838

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Had to unsubscribe, too much non deal blabber
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Nice little EDC phillips head + flat head keys for $2.79 shipped, after 5% coupon and this 60% Vipon code

$7.98 originally, not a bad deal in my opinion

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pinecone wrote:
Nice little EDC phillips head + flat head keys for $2.79 shipped, after 5% coupon and this 60% Vipon code

$7.98 originally, not a bad deal in my opinion

Hey pinecone, that’s really cool item..picked a set up just now. THANKS for the Tip/ Beer

The reviews are great on the metal strength.. Stainless Steel is strong stuff.

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pinecone wrote:
Nice little EDC phillips head + flat head keys for $2.79 shipped, after 5% coupon and this 60% Vipon code

$7.98 originally, not a bad deal in my opinion

Hey pinecone, that’s really cool item..picked a set up just now. THANKS for the Tip/ Beer

The reviews are great on the metal strength.. Stainless Steel is strong stuff.

No problem, glad to help Big Smile

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FEENM Car Windshield Snow Cover, $2.20 shipped after $2.00 coupon and 70% Vipon code

Doesn’t look like the thickest and most protective cover, but wow, for $2.20 it looks like a good value in helping to reduce ice buildup during snow storms Thumbs Up

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Youngday Lighter / Rechargeable Electric Arc Lighter

$7.80 (regular $25.99) with Vipon Coupon

https://m.vipon.com/#/details/5629992

I don’t smoke, but I’ve wanted one of these; the price was right so I got it. It came in yesterday & it seems pretty well built.

For the Coupon price it seems like a steal….. Wink

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Youngday Lighter / Rechargeable Electric Arc Lighter

$7.80 (regular $25.99) with Vipon Coupon

https://m.vipon.com/#/details/5629992

I don’t smoke, but I’ve wanted one of these; the price was right so I got it. It came in yesterday & it seems pretty well built.

For the Coupon price it seems like a steal….. Wink

I have had a few brands of lighters like that. Never could get one that actually worked any good. I do still have the habit of smoking, down to less than a pack a day after being a 3 pack a day smoker for 20 years. Anyway, the ones I ended up with didn’t have enough space near the arc to light a cigarette evenly. I could only fit one half of the end of the cig so the arc would hit it. Also took forever to get the thing to light paper or anything. I kind of gave up on them. Let me know if that one works any better. I would try one again if I got a good report on one.

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Doesn’t look like the thickest and most protective cover, but wow, for $2.20 it looks like a good value in helping to reduce ice buildup during snow storms Thumbs Up

Or just use Rain-X™? LOL

Seriously, once we had an ice-storm overnight (at least freezing rain), by morning it looked like I had a huge orange-peel windshield. Gave the windshield a few gentle baps with my elbow to crack the ice (without cracking the windshield, hopefully), and all the pieces just slid off like a fried-egg in a cast-iron skillet.

Never tried AquaPel(?), but ostensibly lasts even longer.

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Lightbringer wrote:
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Doesn’t look like the thickest and most protective cover, but wow, for $2.20 it looks like a good value in helping to reduce ice buildup during snow storms Thumbs Up

Or just use Rain-X™? LOL

Seriously, once we had an ice-storm overnight (at least freezing rain), by morning it looked like I had a huge orange-peel windshield. Gave the windshield a few gentle baps with my elbow to crack the ice (without cracking the windshield, hopefully), and all the pieces just slid off like a fried-egg in a cast-iron skillet.

Never tried AquaPel(?), but ostensibly lasts even longer.

I’d never even considered water repellants/dispersants for auto usage, I’ve used them on shoes before though Smile

With heavy snow, it seems as if the vinyl protective covers help insulate the windshield a bit and protect them from cracking in below freezing temps.

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Headlamp on sale for $4.00 with Vipon code and 15% off amazon click coupon.
https://www.vipon.com/product/5492004-Akale-LED-BEST-Version-LED-Powerful-Lumens-Zoomable
https://www.amazon.com/Akale-Headlamp-Headlights-Headlamps-Emergency/dp/...
I have no idea the quality but looks decent.

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The Vipon $30 deal for the Wuben TO46R is back. Doesn’t have the additional Amazon coupon discount this time, but still a good price.

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