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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Lucien Piccard Men's LP-14084-RG-01 Morano Watch Self Destructed Within 3 Weeks, Buyer Beware!

The review below still stands as it is a beautiful watch and in the just over two weeks it worked, it became my favorite.  I have attached a photo to show the problem.  The red sweep hand has somehow become loose and consequently jammed the hour hands stopping the watch. The watch has a five year warranty and you must pay the freight to the watch company plus include a $15.00 check to cover shipping back.  Frankly I am sorely disappointed that it failed and that it will cost me out of pocket expenses to have a watch repaired that did not make three full weeks of ownership.  Incidentally I did not play any sports, do any diving or do any thing untold to break the watch.  It was worn while dining or playing bridge which is hardly strenuous.  So I will be tossing it in the drawer and wearing other watches as I refuse to pay to have a new product covered under warranty.

This is a very attractive watch.   It has the same confusing band that I commented on when I reviewed the  Lucien Piccard Men's LP-40052M-02S .
The small manual that came with the watch did explain how the band works which was my biggest criticism of the above watch.  The only problem with this beautiful watch is the total lack of documentation.  The little manual  that came with the watch did not have this watch in it.   I know, that is hard to believe but I went through it multiple times looking for a graphic for this specific watch. I found one close to it and that was how I was able to set the date and the time.   The stop watch is pretty evident but some input as to how it should be set would be nice.

So beautiful watch, cumbersome band but documented this time and poor documentation on how to utilize the watch features.

I received the watch from Amazon with the understanding I would do an honest review.

From the vendor:
60 second and 24 hour subdials; date window at 6:00
Black textured dial with rose gold tone border, rose gold tone, red and white hands and rose gold tone and white hour markers and Arabic numerals; sapphitek crystal; rose gold tone ion-plated stainless steel case; black leather strap
Quartz Movement
Case Diameter: 45mm
Water Resistant To 165 Feet

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Komelon 16' x 3/4" Self Lock Tape Measure, Green

The only down side to this tape measure is it's packaging.  The  price at Walmart was $4.77 which is very reasonable.   The quality seems quite high.  I really like the stay  put feature and it retracts smoothly.  However the packaging is daunting.  It shows a schematic on how to cut it to get the tape out.  The plastic is so tough I broke a razor blade trying to cut it.  It took a serious pruning tool to get it open cutting where they suggested and I still had issues getting the darn plastic off.  A good product and lousy packaging.

From the vendor:   The Komelon 16' x 3/4" Self Lock Tape Measure features a revolutionary design and makes a welcome addition to any toolbox. The nylon-coated blade automatically stops itself when it's pulled out. The Komelon tape measure retracts with the push of a button. Use it for several applications such as carpentry, construction, home projects, hobbies and much more.

Komelon 16' x 3/4" Self Lock Tape Measure, Green:
·                                 Automatic blade lock
·                                 Green tape measure has push-button retrieval
·                                 Nylon-coated blade
·                                 Revolutionary design

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Monday, March 7, 2016

DII Home 60 by 60" Essentials Ultra Plush Travel Stadium Blanket, Small, Navy

First impression as I opened the blanket was it felt like a great big navy blue kitten or bunny.  It is really soft!  I doubt this blanket will ever see a stadium but it will most definitely see a lot of  TV shows.    It appears to be well made and did I mention it is really soft, really really soft.  This is an ideal cuddle up in front of the fireplace or TV blanket.  On the other hand, this is so soft you wouldn't hesitate to drape it over the fender of your priceless classic car to work on the engine.  It's that soft.

·                           100% polyester
·                           Imported
·                           DII's Stadium throw blankets are made from microfiber plush material that is so much softer than fleece
·                           Great for tailgating, and while going to football, soccer, or baseball games on blistery days
·                           Use as an everyday throw blanket in your living room or on your bed
·                           The comfortable blanket throw is thick and cozy and will keep you warm while watching your favorite sport teams

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hats Off to Total Wine

If you have a Total Wine store in your area, I strongly recommend checking it out.   My first visit was jaw dropping.  Of course, coming from Pennsylvania where you can't buy wine or liquor anywhere but the state run monopoly may have colored my reaction.  

The quality and selection at Total Wine is just amazing.   They have bottles of decent wine for as little as $3.50.  They have their own house wine which is quite palatable.  But get this,  THEY TAKE RETURNS!  Yeah, you read it correctly, they take returns. 

They will recommend product and then add that if you don't like it, return it!  Flabbergasted, I say I was flabbergasted!  My wise acre personality had to ask the guy,"how much has to be left in the bottle?"  I meant it jokingly but he said, we prefer at least half a bottle remain if you  don't like it.   If it takes a half a bottle to determine whether you like something, you need to trade in your palate. 

To top it off, their prices are consistently the lowest I can find on everything I have compared.  Again comparing to  the Pennsylvania monopoly I saw a $10 difference on a bottle of Jameson but even compared to the free trading Florida with wine sold darn near everywhere,  Total Wine normally has the best price.

These folks have a good  business model and if you have not checked them out when you have  the opportunity, you have nothing  to whine about when over charged for your spirits.  

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