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January 13

Is anti-glare coating on glasses worth it?

Hi! I'm buying glasses for the first time in years, and I'm confused by all the options. [more inside]
posted by girasoli at 2:31 PM - 31 answers

January 11

Japanese Translation, Please

I have a small Japanese quartz wristwatch, and would like a translation of the script on the front and back. It would be helpful if anyone knows the approximate value. Thanks.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:56 AM - 12 answers

Which moderately expensive thing has most radically improved your life?

Assuming a cap of about $1000, what object/device/service/experience has made the most profound positive difference in your life? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco at 6:43 AM - 106 answers

January 8

What is the best service to track ebook pricing?

My beloved has been down for weeks now with no specific date to come back online, other than "January 2017." In the meantime, what other services exist that will let me find the lowest price for ebooks? [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 8:21 AM - 2 answers

January 7

Metric liquid measuring cups in NY

Is there anywhere in New York City I can find a liquid measuring cup which will show me metric measurements on the "front," assuming I am right handed? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 10:05 PM - 11 answers

January 6

Plus-size lingerie shopping, Amazon Prime edition

I have an unexpected getaway of the sort where I'd like to bring some lingerie. For speed and convenience's sake, I'm hoping to buy a few pieces on Amazon, Prime-eligible so they arrive in time. I'm having trouble deciphering the sizing since brands seem to do things differently (plus Amazon's search is so bad). I'm hoping someone can help me find something sexy for my size 24, bra size 40G body. More within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 PM - 7 answers

January 5

gift ideas needed!

My husband and I are traveling to see family in the Philippines. I want to bring some presents, but I'm conflicted about what to get and who to bring them for. Full outline of my headache inside. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 12:53 PM - 7 answers

Lightweight wireless headphones

I'm looking for a pair of bluetooth headphones that are: lightweight, foldable and made to fit over the head (not to wrap around the back of the head). [more inside]
posted by entropyiswinning at 9:53 AM - 5 answers

January 4

Where can I get measuring spoons in bulk in Canada?

I would like to buy 20 or so cheap 5ml measuring spoons that I can for example just leave in the baking powder container. Where can I get this in Toronto? Either a physical store or online are fine. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 3:22 PM - 5 answers

Bernd das Brot merchandise in Berlin

We are in Germany and my husband has developed a fondness for Bernd das Brot. We saw a plush of him on someone's desk - do you know anywhere in Berlin that might sell such a plush (or other related merchandise)? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 1:47 PM - 2 answers

January 3

Travel mug that's barista-friendly?

I need to replace my annoying old plastic travel mug. Can you recommend a travel mug that's friendly to baristas/coffeeshop servers/other hot liquid handling people? Also, I would love to hear any travel mug etiquette tips or best practices for handing them back and forth between customer and server. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 9:00 AM - 16 answers


Mood Fabrics has been unable to fill my order for these toggles a couple times in a row now. Suggestions for alternatives? Either online or in the city of Chicago? Jacket to be made of this cloth.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:10 AM - 5 answers

December 31, 2016

Wedding registry confusion

We are getting legally married soon, but will be having an actual wedding in a year. I have questions. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl at 12:02 PM - 6 answers

How firm are the prices at a La-Z-Boy Gallery?

The entire experience is not unlike buying a car, with all the options and choices and the manipulative sales practices. So it seems reasonable that the quoted price is not firm, and is a starting point. Am I reading the situation incorrectly? [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 6:09 AM - 10 answers

December 30, 2016

Performance fabric by the yard

Awesome fabric for making leggings and workout tights. But with requirements... [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 5:32 PM - 9 answers

Graduation gift for research advisees?

I'm looking for graduation gift ideas for my research advisees. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 9:16 AM - 11 answers

Shopping for a heavy duty protective case for an iPhone 7 Plus.

With so many cheap, and often misleading, consumer goods to choose from, I could use assistance with selecting a heavy duty, well-made case for an iPhone 7 Plus. Standard case or flip wallet variety. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 4:15 AM - 10 answers

December 27, 2016

Used mobile phone - will I also acquire the old owner's history?

I am thinking about buying a used mobile phone. Will the previous user's browsing/texting history come back to haunt me? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 4:50 PM - 6 answers

December 25, 2016

Best non-vacuum travel mug

I'm searching for dishwasher friendly (both the body and the lid) travel mugs. A few snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Candleman at 12:01 PM - 6 answers

Amplifying Music From My Phone 101 - 2017 Edition

We asked for "speakers to play music from our phones" for Christmas. Some generous soul gave us an Echo. The thing is, we don't think we'll use the voice activated services, and we have mild privacy concerns. Could you point us toward something practical for doing things like listening to music (mostly from Spotify), NPR, podcasts, and audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 11:49 AM - 7 answers

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