I would like to have a portable device for keeping track of the time that is not a wristwatch (I seem to inevitably lose all wristwatches) but can be stored and accessed with ease. I was thinking maybe something I could store in my wallet. Any suggestions or ideas?
posted by selfnoise
on May 12, 2005 -
I want to buy a brand new sealed R1 DVD from an Ebay shop, but it's described as a 'NEW DVD IZ', which I don't understand - what on earth is 'IZ'?
posted by timpollard
on Apr 29, 2005 -
A friend of mine has a nice and fairly expensive engagement ring
that he would like sell. The jeweller from which he bought the ring
(Tiffany's) does not buy back rings, and it seems like "used" rings
get only pennies on the dollar on eBay. Given that he is intent on
selling it, can anyone recommend a method for recouping as much of
the original expense as possible?
posted by karen
on Apr 24, 2005 -
What's your trash can of choice (for the kitchen)? I'm convinced they all suck- please, tell me I'm wrong. [more inside]
posted by mkultra
on Apr 22, 2005 -
HomeTheaterFilter: My friend currently owns a Rotel surround receiver
and DVD player
and six B&W 600 series
speakers. He wants to upgrade speakers, and has budgeted $8,000-10,000 to do so. Should he, or is there another part of the system that needs upgrading more urgently?
And if speakers are the way to go - keeping in mind that high-end home theater can be highly subjective - what should he get?
posted by joshuaconner
on Apr 11, 2005 -
I despise compact umbrellas because they never keep me dry. I also despise those large golf umbrellas people tote around NY, hogging up 3x more sidewalk space than they deserve. I'm willing to invest a bit in a decent umbrella as an incentive not to use it. What's your favorite umbrella, in the range of "better than a standard Totes compact, not as outrageous as a handmade british one"?
posted by mkultra
on Apr 1, 2005 -
I'm moving into a new place and beginning the search for furniture. Anyone have any favorite sources of good deals on good furniture in LA? How close to a gigantic selection of good quality/looking stuff at garage-sale prices can one get in this city? [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Mar 25, 2005 -
I'm in New York City until Sunday. I've been exploring mostly without direction so far, but I thought I'd throw it out to you guys. What should I see or do before I leave? [more inside]
posted by rfordh
on Mar 22, 2005 -
A while ago (a few weeks, a couple months?) I found a online music store that had just been started as some sort of experiment by a larger company. It sold CDs at close to music club prices, but without the subscription. In fact, the parent company might have been BMG or Columbia House. Now I can't find my bookmark, and I can't find it on Google. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Alternatively, can you tell me the best places to buy music CDs online?
posted by tsackett
on Mar 8, 2005 -
My friend has a skateboard shop he runs out of his garage. He has an online shopping cart set up but the person who did it disappeared and left no documentation. He want to update the cart but has no idea how to find out which cart he uses or where to go to find a control panel. Is there an easy way to tell which service he uses?
posted by onekat
on Mar 7, 2005 -
Calling all Canadians!
My limited free and work time is being sucked up by really trivial purchasing problems. How does one efficiently shop online in Canada? More importantly, where
? [more inside]
posted by mireille
on Mar 1, 2005 -
I need to buy new boots. Requirements: comfortable (I'll be wearing them 70-100 hours a week), medium grippyness (Canada has all this frozen water half of the year), shinable, black, plain looking. I'd like to avoid spending much more than C$200. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on Feb 23, 2005 -
I'm looking to buy a velvet jacket something like this
. Is this something you would need to have custom made?
posted by mildred-pitt
on Feb 16, 2005 -
Coolhunting sites for the fashion-forward... for a new job, my girlfriend is looking for a site like gizmodo but for fashion accessories and cosmetics instead of gadgets. I'd love a few leads. Thoughts?
posted by condour75
on Feb 7, 2005 -
Over the past several years, I have been burned by poor quality in home electronics from various manufacturers. I have purchased pieces by Sony (home stereo), Panasonic (theatre-in-a-box) and RCA (various pieces of junk), and all have given out in one way or another far too quickly for my liking. In a renewed attempt to build a proper home theatre system (DVD/CD, receiver, speakers, etc), and recognizing that I haven't the money for really high-end stuff but will avoid anything cheap, I seek outside opinions as to which manufacturers are making products that are of reasonable quality, and reasonably priced. Your experiences, please.
posted by danwalker
on Feb 4, 2005 -
I'm asking this on my wife's behalf. As a plus-size woman, she's having trouble finding a proper swimsuit - one geared towards swimming as opposed to sunbathing. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by O9scar
on Feb 3, 2005 -
We recently rented "The Door in the Floor" (highly not recommended). At one point, I turned to my wife and said that I thought the only redeeming thing about the movie was Jeff Bridges' hat. So does anyone who has had the misfortune of seeing that movie know anything about that hat or even where to find a similar hat?
posted by Heatwole
on Jan 23, 2005 -
I'm was a big fan of Cape Cod Sour Cream and Chives potato chips. I haven't been able to find them around here in at least a year, maybe two. Here is Southern CT BTW. Why would Cape Cod Potato Chips discontinue their best flavor?
posted by nomad
on Jan 22, 2005 -
My cell phone broke the other day, and I've been looking at getting a new one off Ebay, since it seems like you can get really cheap phones compared to buying them from Sprint directly. Is there anything I should know, or any potential hurdles that'd I have to jump over if I did this? Has anyone bought a phone off ebay and transferred it on to their preexisting business account? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus
on Jan 16, 2005 -
Up until the late 80's, while shopping at a large department store, you'd often hear a series of chimes in different patterns. These chimes weren't related to the time, nor were they the door alarms you hear in stores these days. What was the purpose of these chimes?
posted by eschatfische
on Jan 15, 2005 -
Clothesfilter: I'm looking for low-rise chinos/khakis for men. Banana/J Crew/etc fail me. Any ideas? I wear Levi's 527s in jeans, which fit perfectly. Bonus points: I've been thinking of trying Land's End's custom option, but I'm suspicious - does anyone have experience with that?
posted by symbebekos
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Where would a good place in London be to shop for a chair for my computer desk? [More inside] [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Jan 3, 2005 -
We are looking to buy a set of 5.1 speakers for this receiver
, but we're pretty clueless. Can we get something decent for around $200?
posted by muckster
on Dec 27, 2004 -
MissingGiftFilter: You have your coolest uncle in the family holiday gift draw. It looks like the gift you carefully chose for him will be late - what do you do? [+] [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool
on Dec 21, 2004 -
More xmas-shopping: Does anyone know of a store in NYC I can buy those swiss army knives with USB hard drives? I know they have them at thinkgeek and amazon etc, but I need it, like, yesterday. Other weird USB devices are also of interest.
posted by edlundart
on Dec 20, 2004 -
I'm looking for blue shoe polish. Kiwi apparently makes it, but after checking local shoe stores, discount department stores, and drug stores, I can't find it. Any suggestions for where else I can look (either general store genres or specific places if you're familiar with the Detroit area), or, if that fails, a place to find it online without exorbitant shipping costs?
posted by Nikolai
on Dec 20, 2004 -
I ordered something from an online merchant and when I received the package I found an empty box inside. An empty watch box, that is, as the item in question was a watch. When I called the company to complain, I could tell that the CSR was convinced I was a crook... (They promised a replacement, btw.)
Has something like this happened to anyone ? I was wondering how common this experience is.
posted by Finder
on Dec 19, 2004 -
Can anyone suggest a good online DVD retailer? Amazon is out of stock on what I need (The Office: The Complete Collection) for several weeks. I'd buy locally but I'm broke and looking to get it at a discount.
posted by efalk
on Dec 18, 2004 -
Paper question. I'm looking for 8.5x11 paper that is gloss on one side and matte on the other. I asked kinkos and they said they called it CC1 and got it from xerox but I can't seem to find it. And every product I find at computer or print supplies stores have gloss but the back has a watermark or logo printed on it.
I'm printing up headshots with my acting resume on the back for an upcoming audition and i'm pricing my options.
What is the name of that paper or where can I find it online or otherwise?
posted by freudianslipper
on Dec 16, 2004 -
Want to share your good and bad online holiday ordering experiences? (no peeking until Dec. 25) [more inside]
posted by iconomy
on Dec 13, 2004 -
MetrosexualFilter: Seeking gift recommendations on medium to high end facial products for men, particularly a good exfoliating scrub and maybe shaving stuff. I go here
for great reviews of stuff geared to women, but have no idea about men's lines.
posted by CunningLinguist
on Dec 7, 2004 -
Australia shopping filter: I'm looking for wine glasses that look like these
for a friend who lives in Australia. They are an Xmas gift, so I would like to find an Australian vendor who would ship it to Brisbane. My google-fu and yahoo-fu are failing me. Anybody have any ideas?
posted by ashbury
on Dec 7, 2004 -
does anyone in the nyc area know where i might acquire retail quality acetate packaging or material to produce packaging? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by c
on Dec 5, 2004 -
My daughter (18) is a great fan of Bridget Jones. On her Christmas list this year is 'a diary'. Putting 2 and 2 together, I have been searching for a Bridget Jones Diary er, Diary (if you see what I mean).
You know the kind of thing. Imagine a "Winnie the Pooh" Diary with pictures and information (as well as being a diary too). But with stuff from the Bridget Jones Film.
Can't find one anywhere. Have the marketing people missed this wonderful opportunity for Christmas and 2005?
posted by JtJ
on Dec 5, 2004 -
There's a wonderful liqueur that I'd like to buy as a gift, but it's only available from a distillery in Germany. I contacted the distillery, and with my somewhat limited German, was able to ask about shipment to the US. They can ship it, but don't accept payment via credit card, but rather "mit Rechnung." This I believe to be "by check," but I'm not sure. Has anyone had experience with this kind of transaction? Some German sites I saw which also require that kind of payment have forms that ask for a password. Is this an EU thing only?
posted by icetaco
on Dec 3, 2004 -
I didn't think this would be my first post, but I'm in a jam. I need half a dozen bright green bath robes and I need them by Tuesday. Not hunter, forest, sage or dark ... but a bright or kelly green, like the "Y" in Ebay. Preferably under $75 with shipping. I foolishly though (G
)oogle would save me, easy. But these are harder to find than I thought.
posted by chemoboy
on Dec 2, 2004 -
Great Stores? Sometimes a brick and mortar store is worth a visit, even though I do most of my shopping online. I'm looking for great CHAIN stores -- stores with more than one location -- that offer wonderful merchandise with a fabulous retail interface. A friend was recommending Muji
, a sort of Japanese Ikea, with stores in Japan, Europe and NYC. In California, we have this over-the-top Asian import food bonanza called Ranch 99
, which I have to visit every now and then. Can you recommend other global or national stores that are worth a visit?
posted by kk
on Nov 30, 2004 -
Holidays are coming. Gifts need to be bought, for friends, colleagues and family. Care to share good ideas in a long wishlist thread here? inspired by this metatalk [more inside]
posted by dabitch
on Nov 24, 2004 -
Okay, I turn to thee again. I'm bad at giving gifts to females. If it's a birthday or something similar I always screw it up. I try to get anyone something small, that they'll actually use and keep. Think along the lines of a Tiffany's keychain. They're silver, minimilistic, classic and a good price. Experience has shown that my girl friends tend to think I'm buying my way into their pants, which makes things awkward. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Nov 11, 2004 -
What's the best car you've owned in terms of reliability, longevity and generally fun to drive? I'm in the market for a used car and I'm leaning towards a luxury sedan. I'm curious to learn what cars everyone loved.
posted by renyoj
on Nov 4, 2004 -