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May 3

Where to buy reputable cellphone replacement parts?

I broke the screen on my cellphone (nexus 5/ LG D820) and need to purchase a replacement screen for it. Reviews on most sites that sell replacement cellphone parts complain about non-oem/shoddy/fake replacement parts. Are there any good sites to order high quality cellphone parts from?
posted by TheAdamist at 1:05 PM - 3 answers

May 2

In Search of Cruelty Free Alternatives to Specific Beauty Items

A few of the mainstay items in my beauty regimen aren't cruelty free and I'm having a hard time finding replacements that don't give me acne or allergies. Can you recommend alternatives to these products/brands so I can stay true to my desire to be a cruelty free consumer? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 9:04 PM - 14 answers

Present for someone into festivals, food, comics, drama and hospitality

My lovely brother is graduating from university in southern California, and I'd like to get him something special, reasonably-priced, and memorable...that matches his interests...that I can order online or take home from Hong Kong, where I live. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 1:27 AM - 5 answers

April 30

Furniture delivery problems

I ordered furniture that was delivered to the sidewalk. I live in a three-story walk-up, and explicitly asked the company to send people to carry the furniture upstairs. It's damaged because I had to carry it inside myself. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 12:36 PM - 10 answers

Where can I get 4mm surgical stainless steel wire (online or in LA)?

I have a metalworker friend who's offered to make me stainless steel jewelry for a 6ga septum piercing in exchange for pizza and beer, as long as I can find him the raw materials he needs in the correct size. Unfortunately, I can't for the life of me seem to find 6 gauge (4mm) stainless steel rods/wire anywhere. There are a bunch of people selling jewelry online in this size...where are THEY getting it from?
posted by sirion at 11:54 AM - 8 answers

Best place to purchase a nice desk name plate/sign

I'd like to purchase a friend a nice-looking (probably wood?) desk name plate/sign to celebrate a recent graduation. Probably something along these lines, but open to suggestions. I would want it customized with just her name. (I know this sounds a little random, but knowing her I believe she will get a kick out of it.) [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 9:23 AM - 5 answers

April 29

Dog-proof window treatments?

My 80-lb. German Shepherd destroyed an expensive custom blind today. Help me avoid throwing more money away. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 6:28 PM - 10 answers

April 26

Does anything like the old Etsy Alchemy system exist?

I used Etsy Alchemy several times when it still existed, and it worked well. I know you can still do 1:1 custom requests of individual Etsy sellers (and have used it - it's a little hit and miss), however the old 1:many request system is what I'm looking for. Any decent websites like that around?
posted by inflatablekiwi at 11:43 AM - 6 answers

April 24

How to buy a Nintendo Rosalina amiibo in Japan

I have a simple question that I'm unable to answer with English google-fu: How does one buy a Nintendo Rosalina amiibo figurine in Japan? They're outrageously priced in the US and I'd like to beg a friend currently living in Japan to pick one up for me. But how/where? Is it readily available as an online order with domestic shipping?
posted by serelliya at 9:23 PM - 4 answers

April 23

Summer Sandal Shopping

I'm looking for a certain kind of sandals for summer and am coming up barefoot. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:59 AM - 10 answers

Is Kindle Unlimited worth it?

Mostly what it says on the tin. I read a lot, and I read almost everything on my kindle - I'm missing the part of my brain that makes people attached to print books. I'm curious if anyone has tried Kindle Unlimited, and if you liked it or felt it was worthwhile. Let's bracket for now any concerns about Amazon as a company and its effect on publishing/writing. I'm familiar with those arguments, and they'll factor separately into whether or not I decide to sign up. Thanks!
posted by Ragged Richard at 7:10 AM - 18 answers

April 22

Gift for family in Israel

My brother is going to visit some family in Isreal -- a cousin and her two elementary-school aged children (boys). What might be a nice gift to bring from America? We don't know the family very well, and we would like the gift to be a surprise...
posted by LittleMy at 2:40 PM - 4 answers

Yet another "what car should I buy?" question.

Need a car that will comfortably fit two adults, one child, and a very large dog plus a suitcase or two. Reliable, good mileage. Don't want to spend more than $11K. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 2:01 PM - 14 answers

April 21

Where to buy a car?

I am moving from New Mexico to Boston this summer, and my 30-year-old Toyota pickup will not be coming with me. My plan was to fly to Boston and buy a car there- but evidently rust is a thing that happens. Is rust/salt damage enough of an issue that I should look at buying locally and driving it cross country? [more inside]
posted by aint broke at 4:48 PM - 10 answers

New Car, best deal, 2015?

I would like to buy a Toyota Sienna. I was going to lease because of the financing, but now figure a purchase is the way to go. We are willing to put down enough to warrant 0% financing, our goal is to keep the payment below $300. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 7:11 AM - 4 answers

ISO an indestructible diaper bag for a man

Two ruined bags in 7 months. Help! [more inside]
posted by tealcake at 4:11 AM - 20 answers

April 20

Car Troubles. I'm stumped.

Recent used car purchase is costing me money. What should I do about this? [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 8:00 PM - 11 answers

April 18

How do I figure out if a rug is handknotted or not?

I'm thinking about buying a used rug on craigslist. I realize that buying rugs are perilous, and will be purchasing something I think looks attractive on my floor rather than worrying about whether I'm getting an authentic or valuable rug. But I'd still like to know if a rug is actually hand knotted or not. Bonus question: is there a good way to tell if flatwoven rugs are handmade?
posted by arnicae at 3:16 PM - 1 answers

Help my girlfriend find a bike: tiny person edition

My girlfriend needs a new bike, but her specifications don't seem to exist in our particular reality. Help us find something that she can sit on comfortably and still keep up? [more inside]
posted by the artless dodger at 2:28 PM - 18 answers

April 17

Favorite Print and Poster Artists On Etsy

I want to buy some large art from Etsy to frame and hang in my living room. But I am overwhelmed by options! Please recommend your favorite Etsy shops for large prints and posters. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:34 PM - 13 answers

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