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October 22

Two labels, one box

Can I *really* put two different UPS return shipping labels on the same box, as [clothing company]'s customer service has assured me I can? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 8:53 AM - 10 answers

October 21

Where should I print my zine?

Back in the day we used a Xerox machine. Now I want go a bit more pro without breaking the bank. I have an 96-page InDesign file I want to turn into a perfect-bound mini-book. It's mostly images -- a mini photo book -- so we're talking full color. I want to be able to review a proof, and I'm thinking an initial run of 20-50 books, depending on the cost. I'm in NYC if that makes a difference. Your recs?
posted by timnyc at 10:36 AM - 2 answers

October 18

I've forgotten how to shop

I want to start supporting small local businesses, preferably in person, but I've gotten too used to buying things off of Amazon just at the moment I need them. How do I break out of this nasty habit? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 3:14 PM - 15 answers

October 15

How can I get several replacements for 4" plastic lids?

I make a bunch of food then store individual servings in lidded glass containers. Some of the plastic lids aren't designed for long life, and I can't find a good replacement. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:47 PM - 5 answers

bunk bed with high top weight limit?

I need a twin over full size bunk bed where the top bed can handle 200+ lbs, for sale in the USA. I swear I tried to google it already. Like, a lot. Help? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:45 AM - 5 answers

October 13

Christmas gift circle ideas?

Last year, everyone had to buy each family member a mug. We ended up with about 24 great mugs in the house, restocking our depleted ranks. We've got five adults and one kid for this year's Christmas and we'd like to do another circle of buy the same gift type for everyone else. Socks have already been veto'd, and I'm not sure what would make a good ubiquitous item - we haven't broken enough mugs yet for another mug go-around. I prefer to shop early so ideas?
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 7:10 PM - 32 answers

Mom’s 70th birthday gift

I’m looking for a gift for my mom’s 70th birthday. I was thinking of something monogrammed or personalized, maybe jewelry. I’m concerned with it looking cheap if it’s from Etsy. [more inside]
posted by dianeF at 3:31 AM - 9 answers

October 11

How can I replace this knife?

We have this set of knives, they were a gift many years ago (I wanna say... 2008 ish?). But one of them snapped in an unfortunate garlic smushing instance. I am assuming there's no way to fix it, but is there any way to get a matching replacement? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:45 AM - 20 answers

October 10

Help me make one kick ass zoom baby shower happen!

My lovely cousin had a baby girl just a few weeks ago. An amazing thing at any time, but she has struggled with years of infertility and was devastated by a full-term stillbirth a few years ago. So, we want to celebrate this family extra hard-in Covid, via zoom. Help! [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 3:44 PM - 6 answers

Fun Hall🎃ween gift ideas for kids?

I want to give my nieces (7-yo and 5-yo) small gifts for Halloween during the coming two weeks. I'm thinking a couple of cute and fun small things that altogether cost $10-20. If you have any ideas about making fun Halloween cards, I would love to hear about them! We all live in Sweden. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:11 PM - 7 answers

October 9

Jigsaw puzzles of crowd scenes

I like puzzles, and I especially like crowd scenes with a lot of people or creatures doing things. Like Where's Waldo, but not necessarily that artist. Can you recommend some good ones that I can buy online?
posted by blnkfrnk at 10:36 AM - 17 answers

October 8

Match for this Halloween costume

Asking for a child: is there a Halloween costume available to buy that is similar to this snow warrior costume?
posted by medusa at 4:31 PM - 12 answers

Is there any hope for refund for unauthorized AmazonPrime video rentals?

I am terribly embarrassed and angry about this, but unknown someone(s) got a hold of my Amazon Prime Video payment info and rented a whooooole bunch of movies on my dime. Like, 60 of them. I was not aware of the issue until today, when I started digging into my bank statements and a discussion with my partner about movies I thought she'd rented but, as it turned out, had not. [more inside]
posted by mcbeth at 1:54 PM - 13 answers

King-sized bed frame with two (or zero) center bars

We sleep three to a bed — and the middle person gets the short end of the support stick, since bed slats are built to be between, not under, the sleepers. Even most box springs are built around a center support, so going the old-school route won't help. Have you ever seen a bed frame built to be evenly supportive (and flexible) across the bed's entire width? Or are we going to be stuck with a mattress sitting on the floor/plywood on the bedframe forever?
posted by you're a kitty! at 9:03 AM - 13 answers

October 7

Cheapish MS Teams-Compatible Tablet Recs

Our child is doing online classes via Microsoft Teams. We do not have a laptop or webcam so we use an iPhone, which is not great. We were thinking about getting a webcam but now we're thinking it may be a better value to get a tablet in the upcoming Amazon Prime sale. However, Fire tablets apparently don't do Teams. What other <$100 CDN Teams-friendly brands or models should we keep an eye out for, either available from Amazon Canada or another Canadian retailer? [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:47 AM - 4 answers

October 6

Recs for comforting gifts for parent going through cancer treatment

My mom is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. For Christmas this year, I would like to get her some comfy and/or comforting things (blankets, lounge clothes, slippers, snacks/treats, skincare products, etc.) and am looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahrealcute at 5:29 PM - 14 answers

October 5

Non-Amazon online sources for Asian groceries

I want to buy shelf-stable stuff like shaoxing wine, doubanjiang, kombu, Thai curry paste, and other things I used to buy in quantity at Asian grocery stores like H Mart. I'd rather not buy them on Amazon if possible. [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace at 6:04 AM - 10 answers

October 3

Alternative to Germ Guardian Air Filter/Purifier

I have been using two of these air purifiers in my apartment all year. Lately very expensive filters ($20 each) have been lasting about a week before they get filthy and make my allergies worse. I need a replacement and would love your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Kitchen Witch at 7:29 PM - 8 answers

How did my Amazon package end up in Texas?

Amazon says that I'll get a refund, but I'm curious about how this happened. I ordered an item from Amazon and according to the tracking information, it was shipped by FedEx and was delivered today... to New Braunfels, Texas. I don't live in Texas and never have. The shipping information on the Amazon order was correct. So what is likely to have happened? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 6:21 PM - 11 answers

Another virtual school crowdsource

What is flattish and light and cheap and fun and mailable that is not a sticker? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 1:57 PM - 24 answers

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