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October 22

Neat indie things to buy from the US?

I occasionally buy things from the US and use a forwarding service to avoid extortionate international shipping. The service I use consolidates packages, so there's basically no extra cost to add small items that I wouldn't buy otherwise. What else can I buy in the US that I can't get in Europe? [more inside]
posted by I claim sanctuary at 1:03 AM - 2 answers

October 20

Do you get what you pay for with day-of wedding coordinators?

We're having a wedding on a small budget. We probably need (at least) a day-of coordinator. One quote has come in at literally half the price of all of the others. Should we trust it? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 10:13 PM - 10 answers

Mattress woes

Help me figure out a mattress that won't aggravate my back! Ok, we had a Tempur-Pedic that I HATED. It always felt hard to me. Then Casper. When I would get into bed and lay down my back would hurt. Ditto upon waking. We finally sprang for a Purple #4. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 8:00 AM - 12 answers

October 19

Acquiring ebooks responsibly without adding to Bezos' coffers.

This week's New Yorker has a scathing profile of Jeff Bezos, boss of Amazon. After reading it, I'm determined to close up my account, once it's paid up. I need my money more than he does. But here's the thing..... [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 9:27 AM - 20 answers

October 18

Shopping for pull-out couches

1) Do you have a pull-out couch you absolutely love? Please recommend it to me! 2) Are there any stores in NYC you recommend shopping at for pull-out couches? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:26 AM - 9 answers

October 17

German Fritz Rohrs's woodcut prints

Where to sell Fritz Rohrs's woodcut prints? [more inside]
posted by Mesaverdian at 12:01 PM - 2 answers

October 16

Security tag still on after I bought backpack

I went to Sausalito today and bought a really nice backpack made from recycled bottles. I love it! Problem. It was late and I was rushing to the ferry and they didn’t take the security tag off! tag in question. I really don’t want to go back to Sausalito tomorrow as I’m back to work on Friday- what are my options to get this tag off without hurting myself/dying myself? [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 7:09 PM - 19 answers

What's a good birthday present for my soon-to-be six year-old niece?

She's learning to read, she likes Minnie Mouse and Wonder Woman, unicorns and bunnies, and loves music and dancing. She's great.
posted by boghead at 7:07 PM - 10 answers

October 14

Which food/grocery delivery service is best in Richmond, VA?

I was hoping to send a gift card for something like Seamless, GrubHub, Uber Eats, etc., to new parents in the Richmond, VA, area. Do any of those services exist in any real way there? If so, which one offers the most (or best) options? If not, is grocery delivery (e.g., Peapod) an easy/useful alternative?
posted by unknowncommand at 1:50 PM - 1 answers

October 13

Where to buy custom basic gold jewelry nowadays?

I want to buy some custom jewelry -- probably a bracelet or necklace, with some kind of engraving of a short message (haven't quite figured out what I want yet). I've had bad and so-so luck with previous jewelry purchased from well-reviewed Etsy sellers, but I also don't want to go to, like, Tiffany. What's in between those two? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:04 PM - 4 answers

Bedding Wonderland

Recommend the best sheets and comforter for our soon-to-be-delivered California king. I love soft and satiny/silky but not t shirt.
posted by bookworm4125 at 4:00 PM - 1 answers

October 9

Wanted: this coat

My husband really, really likes this coat that Harry S Truman wore in Twin Peaks. (For non-TP fans, the guy on the right.) Do you know where I can find it, or one that's similar?
posted by rabbitrabbit at 11:20 AM - 10 answers

October 8

Is purchasing a used electric Smart car in the US an okay idea?

We are considering purchasing a used electric Smart car for city driving over the next three or so years, as a supplement to an existing reliable vehicle with good cargo capacity. What should we watch out for? For example, should we be worried that parts and/or service are going to become much more expensive going forward? And, if we're looking to spend about a maximum of $8000, is it correct that we'd rather have a newer Smart car than an older, higher-mileage Leaf (for example)? [more inside]
posted by teremala at 10:30 AM - 19 answers

HALP! ISO cheaper cartridges for a Brother HD-3170CDW laser printer

Cartridge numbers = TN221BK, TN221M, TN221C, TN221Y Brother online on Amazon and Staples online have the cartridges for $70 - 75 each. OIder Asks say that compatible cheaper cartridges vary in quality. Please recommend current reliable sources. Thanks (wanders off muttering that cost of set of replacement cartridges should not approach cost of new printer . . . )
posted by jointhedance at 6:54 AM - 9 answers

October 7

I need a hardside suitcase with super-durable wheels.

I'm looking for a hardside suitcase that my cat won't make into secret bed in the back of the closet (the fate of my current suitcase), and that has wheels that could go through the apocalypse. I live near cobblestone streets, go on the subway, etc. Should be smallish.
posted by backwards compatible at 6:16 AM - 9 answers

October 1

Unbiased consumer reviews online?

The web is a sea of advertisements masquerading as content, so what are your go-to sites for fair consumer product reviews? I just found The Wire Cutter ("A New York Times Company") that seems to fit the description. What else?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 3:38 AM - 33 answers

September 27

Standard wedding photographer contract terms...

I am hopefully about to sign a contract for our wedding photographer but wanted to check on a few terms to make sure they are normal or pretty standard. [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 8:41 PM - 8 answers

My dog LOVES getting mail

I used to get a BarkBox subscription but their customer service has gone way down and I’m just done with them. Looking for a new dog toy/treat subscription box. Anybody have one they like? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 1:27 PM - 2 answers

One Engagement Ring To Rule Them All?! (Within Budget)

I am thinking about to propose to my girlfriend in about 6 months. I know nothing about jewellery or engagement rings. Unsure about the budget. Help? [more inside]
posted by Sentus at 9:01 AM - 36 answers

September 25

Really compact insulated bag for groceries and takeout?

I do most of my grocery runs without a car. I have a few insulated bags, but the insulation is really bulky. Is there an insulated bag that works well but is thin and compact? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:34 AM - 14 answers

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