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Computer shopping, what do I need?

I have a Dell Computer desktop that runs with Windows XP now. It is 11 years old and has been a good one but is running slow so it is time for a replacement. I just need the tower, I have been looking at Dell's website but am willing to try another brand if they are comparable. I do not do any gaming on computer, just internet surfing and some Microsoft Office Word and Excel work. I have Internet through Dish Network Satellite. I have read if you are not into touch screens to get Windows 7 Home Edition. I don't think I want to go with refurbished computer and Amazon seems to be a popular choice for computer shoppers. I have no idea really what to look for, the Dell Inspiron 660 is priced at $529 with 1 TB Hard Drive, 8 GB RAM, 6 M cache/up to 3.3 GHZ Intel Core i5 - 3340 processor. There are other towers with 1 TB Hard Drive and 4 GB RAM - would this be a good choice? Any suggestions appreciated.
posted by just asking on Nov 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Where to buy kitchen utensils in Berkeley, California?

To be precise, I need to purchase a gift voucher (online) for a store selling kitchen utensils in Berkeley. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by wavelette on Nov 22, 2013 - 20 answers

LankyManClothing Filter

Where does one buy clothing for a 6'2, slim, broad-shouldered man that is dapper but not preppy, well-made but not exorbitantly priced? Britishy aesthetic, minimalist style, and monochromatic colors all desirable. Current favorite is Topman, but looking for something with better quality construction. [more inside]
posted by snappysnapper on Nov 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Kit me out in Union/Hippy/Socialist/Anarchist/Morals Friendly Clothing

I am looking for a new clothing supplier. The previous company I shopped with have been outed as a bunch of labour-abusing dirtbags and I can't have that. I need to know the names of some places I can buy clothes with confidence and conscience and was hoping maybe I could get some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Nov 14, 2013 - 21 answers

Sweater Obsession

I recently stumbled across this sweater and I'm enamored with it. Unfortunately, it's sold out or $600 everywhere I can find it. Oh great hivemind, can you find me a sweater that ties in the front like this and drapes all gorgeously? I especially love how wide the belt is and how gracefully the sweater flows from the waist.
posted by chatongriffes on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Will the Project Runway Belk dresses be sold anytime soon?

In the latest season of Project Runway, there was a challenge in which the prize was to have your design produced and sold by Belk. I'd love to purchase Dom's design, and I've been stalking the Belk website since, but there have been no updates, much less actual dresses for sale. Anyone know if/when this is ever going to happen, and if they'll be sold online? (Maybe they're only appearing in physical stores, but seems like they are really missing out on a marketing opportunity if that's the case!)
posted by rainbowbrite on Nov 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Where Can My Wife Bargain Hunt For Used Clothes Online, Other Than Ebay?

My wife's favorite hobby for after work is to go onto Ebay and bargain hunt for clothes. She has been doing this for years. She doesn't buy that much, she just enjoys searching. Last week, out of the blue she got an email from Ebay that her 12 year old account was being closed and there was nothing she can do. The reasoning was odd (something about a similar account blah blah) but that is besides the point. Anyway, I am looking alternatives websites she can go to and bargain hunt for clothes online. Etsy.com is the only similar thing I can think about.
posted by Spurious on Nov 10, 2013 - 23 answers

Women's fashions

As a working woman where do you shop for your clothes? [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Nov 9, 2013 - 24 answers

Palaces, barricades, threats, meet promises

I'll be in Seattle for a conference in late February. Seeking the hivemind's tips on climate, entertainment and dining. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Nov 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Good source for men's short-sleeved button-down shirts?

Husband's birthday is coming up and I want to get him some new shirts, but I have always had trouble finding the exact kind he likes. Searching online hasn't gotten me very far either. So hivemind, do you know where I can find: button-down short-sleeved shirts, good quality fabric, preferably solids or plaids in interesting/vibrant colors (not just the same old going-to-work blue), not slim fit, not hawaiian or skater style. Budget: $50-$100 per shirt. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Oct 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Shopping Detectives, find this boot or one similar? (Shipping problem)

So, I found a short boot I'd love to get, but nowhere that's stocking it will ship to Greece. Can you either find someplace that will (highly doubtful; I've searched a lot), or help me find one very, very, very similar? [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Please help me optimize Black Friday shopping

So... Black Friday is coming up in a few weeks. Can you teach me how to figure out where the best deals will be, in advance? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Oct 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Tall women of Metafilter: where do you buy your athletic T-shirts?

I'm looking for T-shirts or tank tops to wear while exercising. I'm 5'10" but wear regular length pants; my above-average height is all in my torso. I haven't found any tall-sized workout clothes. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 17, 2013 - 24 answers

How do I buy a high quality necklaces (or should I buy them at all)?

Help me buy pretty necklaces. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Oct 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Tell me all the cool things to do and places to go in Rotterdam

I can show you all around Amsterdam, Haarlem, even Alkmaar and Utrecht...but I know nearly nothing about Rotterdam. I have friends visiting soon, so I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Sep 30, 2013 - 5 answers

What chocolate brand do you recommend, hopefully available online?

I want to buy delicious chocolate, online preferably. I would prefer pure chocolate (milk or dark with no nuts or any distractions) or truffles (creamy with no flavor other than chocolate). I have seen a couple of websites online, but would like your recommendations... [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 29, 2013 - 29 answers

What's the name of this particular type of cotton rug?

I'm trying to figure out what this particular type of cotton rug is called, so that I can Google it or search for it at other stores. It's a very particular style and I've seen it in a lot of places, but every time I've seen it it's just been called a "cotton rug" or given some marketing name. Does anybody know?
posted by mekily on Sep 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Bought it. Opened it. Don't like it. Keep it?

What happens to most items (price range US$20 - $80) returned to stores? I'm asking because I tend to return a fair amount of stuff, and I don't want to be unethical or wasteful about it. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Sep 16, 2013 - 26 answers

Last minute SF East Bay dress shopping

Where in the San Francisco East Bay area (ideally Oakland / Berkeley) could I be almost assured to find a dress in size 12 to 14 suitable for a rehearsal dinner? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Shop by Keyword

Is there a service that will let me plug in things I want ("empire waist dresses", "cardigans") that will send me deals for items I like without bothering me with other crap? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

NYC clothing for the Gentleman of Leisure

We will be coming to New York City over Columbus Day weekend and I find myself with some free time to do some shopping. I would like to know about a) men's online retailers with a brick-and-mortar NYC presence and b) your finest vintage shops. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Berlin - Gifts

Hubby's going to Berlin for work. He wants to know what to bring back for me, (I know, so sweet). What are good gifts to bring back to the US? Suggestions? I did tell him jewelry is always accepted...
posted by jrc on Sep 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Places to buy glassware (specifically port/sherry glasses) in London?

Places to buy glassware (specifically port/sherry glasses) in London? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Sep 5, 2013 - 5 answers

What can I buy my sister who doesn't want things? Well, most things

I'm completely at a loss for what to buy my sister for her upcoming birthday. She's in her early 20s, lives in upstate NY, works on a farm, and likes anything farm/outdoors/sustainability/anthropology related. She's interested in anything, really, but doesn't like materialistic "bought at the mall" type stuff. So nothing mass-made. I need some special little something that she would find useful and not silly or frivolous. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Sep 3, 2013 - 35 answers

Is there a reason I shouldn't apply for/get a few more credit cards?

Lately I've been thinking I should apply for a few more credit cards in order to take advantage of points, cash back, and other bonuses. Assuming I am not currently in debt, I already own a home and don't foresee needing any loans in the near future, and assuming I pay my bill every month, is there a downside to doing this? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Aug 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Best vacuum for cats? Difficulty level: on a budget

I recently got a really wonderful cat! While my old cheap-o vacuum did just fine before getting the cat, it is now seriously out if its league. I clearly need to replace the vacuum with something more powerful, but the prices of vacuum cleaners scare me (I am a student and so money is tight). Any suggestions on vacuums that will get the job done with pet hair but not totally break the bank?
posted by rainbowbrite on Aug 19, 2013 - 26 answers

canine design

I'm going to get a pembroke corgi dog within the next year. Unfortunately, so many of the necessary supplies of dog ownership are just plain ugly. My apartment and my clothes reflect to me my love of all things beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. I love clean, sleek modern design AND ornate, vintage, antique things. Please show me the most beautiful dog related merchandise available! Crates, food/water bowls, leashes, anything and everything related to (beautifully) owning a dog.
posted by skjønn on Aug 14, 2013 - 30 answers

Material for making game boards out of?

I'm trying to hand-paint gameboards (five 21cm x 29cm boards, for a boardgame) for someone, except I can't figure out what material can hold up to the dual stresses of being painted/printed on (not by computer, but by the older methods of linocuts or woodblocks or etching) and the day-to-day wear and tear from being used as a gameboard, while still being reasonably priced. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Scrap Metal NYC

Is there anywhere in NYC I can go to browse through scrap metal and parts? I'm looking for broken machine parts or empty metal cases or just scrap steel, but not car parts. I've tried Film Biz Recycling and BuildItGreenNYC, but would like larger more useless items than what they carry.
posted by edbles on Jul 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Good / Cheap sunglasses online

Do such things exist? I was thinking $35-50 (cheaper would be better). Any recommendations for online stores?
posted by pibeandres on Jul 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Is there a large shopping/strolling/dining area in Minneapolis-St. Paul?

Visiting the Twin Cities in a few weeks with my girlfriend. She'd like to check out some walkable shopping districts with a vibrant, dense mix of stores and places to eat. But does this exist on a somewhat-large scale? [more inside]
posted by theory on Jul 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Vintage shopping and foodie heavens in Dresden, Germany

This is a tripartite question, actually. Where to go in Dresden for: 1) Vintage clothing (not "antique stores," but if the only vintage is to be found in antique stores that'll do); 2) French hair products (see below); 3) genuinely good but inexpensive local cafes and restos? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle on Jul 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Ethical Shopping in NYC

I'm in NYC and would like to shop at establishments that give their retail and service workers a living wage and benefits. I'd also like to avoid the most egregious workers' rights offenders. Can you help me compile a list? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Jul 22, 2013 - 7 answers

What pillow should I buy?

I need to purchase three pillows. I have the internet, Costco, Sam's Club, WalMart, Target, Kohls, and the other usual suspects from whom I can purchase the thing. What's the best pillow to gt? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Why is there a rack of really old greeting cards at the conveniencstore?

The newsstand / convenience store in my office building has a half-empty rack of really old greeting cards. Is there a business reason why these cards are taking up prime retail space in the store? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jul 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Looking for bandana print handkerchiefs.

I have a single bandana-paisley print handkerchief. I would like to find more, but I am having trouble. What I want is something all cotton that ranges from ~12" square to ~16" square. Regular bandanas are great, but the standard 22" square size is too large for what I am looking for. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jul 17, 2013 - 7 answers

We maybe should have gone with the cupholder add-ons

Coasters! We just got a new beautifully crafted wood table. It's super fancy with removable leaves and an inset layer (for puzzle doin'!) and extra doohickeys for boardgaming and it's going to be for games, eating, laptopping, and more. Problem: I am a slob. Problem 2: I have never been in the habit of using coasters. Problem 3: We don't own any coasters right now I can make myself use right away. So, how did you get yourself into the coaster-using habit? Would you do some window-shopping for really lovely/amazing/innovative coasters and share links with me? And, what should I do when I inevitably forget to use a coaster to minimize any damage? In the past I've either not cared enough about the furniture for it to matter, or it's not been wood. [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Jul 16, 2013 - 32 answers

The ultimate carrying-wheeled-backpacky thing

I want a shopping trolley with wheels, because I live close enough to a supermarket to walk there, but I buy more than I can carry in my backpack or bags. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 15, 2013 - 1 answer

But I really really want THIS one

I've been looking for the Fujifilm x100s camera for over a month and it's just not out there. I'm traveling at the beginning of September and really want to get this camera before then. Is there any possibility of that or am I being silly? Does anyone know any good places to look? Does anyone know when the shortage will be over? I'm in the Chicagoland, USA area if that helps. Thanks.
posted by ishrinkmajeans on Jul 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Seriously designers, do sleeves really cost that much?

I like maxi dresses! However, I spend most of my days in an office where I'd prefer to be able to wear ones with short sleeves, or at least fairly wide straps. Unfortunately, the only store I can find that sell any with this description right now is Anthropologie, which is currently a bit out of my price range. Can you lovely people direct me to another, hopefully more affordable source? [more inside]
posted by Dante Riordan on Jul 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Amazon to the antipodes

Well-meant $400 Amazon voucher expires soon. Shipping is prohibitive to Australia. What small but expensive item/s can I buy to make this worthwhile? (I don't need or want a kindle or more books, already own a Leatherman, electrical appliances are out because of voltage issues).
posted by superfish on Jul 5, 2013 - 23 answers

The G Train ate my umbrella!

SO upset. Today like an idiot, I forgot my umbrella on the subway platform. It's gone forever. It was a beautiful little umbrella and very well built, so I'd like to buy a new one. It was from Fishs Eddy but unfortunately they no longer make it. Here is a picture of it Can anyone use their google-fu to find it online somewhere so I can buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jul 2, 2013 - 5 answers

where to find a cheapish sports bra in Manhattan right NOW?

Where can I get a cheapish sports bra in Manhattan? I'm currently near 60th street and 6th ave. Bonus points for a pair of throw away shorts/tshirt. I'm staying in Newark for the night (flight leaves ewr in the morning), so I don't want to go too far. [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on Jul 2, 2013 - 9 answers

This one smells just right!

How do I find my signature scent? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

Food and cooking on a budget in Manhattan?

How does one do food shopping and eat healthily on a very constrained budget in Manhattan? I'm looking for resources: specific stores that have 'dented' food items, websites for good local deals, etc. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 28, 2013 - 21 answers

A big bike for a big human!

I'm 6'8, 375lbs and want to get a bike. What should I be looking for if I want to spend $300-$500? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 25, 2013 - 23 answers

Suggestions on a Workplace Splurge

What are the best purchases to improve your office space? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Jun 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Most Scenic High-Rise... Trousers

I am a lady with a small waist and a generous booty. I look best in "high-rise" or "high-waisted" pants because, well, my waist is pretty high, which means that the popular "low-rise" and "mid-rise" trousers leave acres of billowing flesh exposed between my actual waist and the waist of the pants. What brands or specific jeans or pants (or skirts) can I wear? I've had decent luck with Simply Vera for Kohl's skinny jeans with stretch. Any other suggestion from like-waisted ladies? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Jun 24, 2013 - 19 answers

How to buy a couch?

I need to buy a couch, and for it to be comfy, decent-looking, relatively inexpensive, and bedbug free. I have an idea of the dimensions that my place can accomodate, but almost nothing else. Right now, I don't even know, what I don't know. How do?! [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 19, 2013 - 20 answers

Cross-border buying/packing/shipping service?

I live in the Bay Area and often find myself wanting things, especially delicious location-specific foods, from stores in other cities that don't offer e-commerce and/or won't ship to me. (Example, example, example.) I want to pay someone --companies, individuals, I don't care-- to buy the things, pack them up, and ship them to me. This seems like it'd be a fairly common need/want, so someone must have set up a business offering it, right..?
posted by Susan PG on Jun 15, 2013 - 5 answers

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