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October 1

Is it safe to buy a propane patio heater off ebay

Hi! I want to buy a standing propane patio heater. These are, of course, in super-short supply right now. I do see some for sale on ebay. I wonder if this is a safe thing to do? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 6:18 AM - 2 answers

September 29

Crofton in the time of the pandemic

Can I buy Crofton cookware without going inside an Aldi or getting price-gouged on eBay? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia at 10:01 PM - 5 answers

GEMM and the holograms

A while ago, I used to go to GEMM to look for rare and hard-to-find vinyl, but it appears to now be defunct. Is there a go-to, reputable place online for vinyl that is like what GEMM used to be? [more inside]
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 1:15 PM - 1 answers

Present ideas for a trivia buff?

I'm looking to buy an 'experience gift' or some other present for a trivia player and her daughter. Any suggestions? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by evadery at 10:24 AM - 5 answers

September 28

What elliptical machine to buy?

I'm considering buying an elliptical machine. Do you have recommendations? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 9:30 AM - 8 answers

September 27

Individual-sized lift-top upholstered ottomans

I'm looking for an ottoman that has an upholstered top that moves out of the way to reveal a flat tray that comes up out of it - exactly like this one (out of stock) BUT less wide. I've tried emailing the company that manufactures the one I linked and they don't make anything smaller. If no one already makes this, is there somewhere I could get one custom made? I don't know where to look! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 12:55 PM - 3 answers

Looking for collared shirts/tops in knit materials, not woven--plus-size

The most flattering style top for me has a collar and preferably is button-down as well. But I want the softness, ease, and comfort of a jersey or knitted fabric, not woven. The collar is a must-have, especially during zoom meeting times. But I'm having a hard time searching for my criteria. It's the knit part that's hardest. All my searches bring up woven shirts or, if they're knit, they're more t-shirt, collarless styles which are too casual and less flattering on me. I wear a 16W or 18 in straight sizes.
posted by primate moon at 11:52 AM - 10 answers

September 23

One hand will wash the other

Serious question: which hand soap is best? [more inside]
posted by Champagne Supernova at 7:26 PM - 13 answers

September 22

What to do if Amazon sends the correct item but not enough?

I ordered a box of ten individually wrapped items. Amazon sent the correct item but only one of them. Would you return/exchange it as "wrong item was sent" or "missing or broken parts"? Neither fits exactly. [more inside]
posted by bluecore at 8:16 AM - 13 answers

Best slippers for a pandemic?

I wear slippers basically all the time now, and my slippers, while very comfy, are lined with synthetic fabric, so they make my feet sweat, and then my feet are colder than if I wasn't wearing slippers and also gross and smelly. What would be better slippers for me to buy? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 8:15 AM - 25 answers

California proposition 65 and rice cookers

My fancy new Cuckoo rice cooker has a prop 65 warning on the box for DEHP. My other buying option was a Zojirushi cooker, so my question is if anyone has bought a Zojirushi lately and noticed a prop 65 warning. If all current rice cookers carry the warning (and since the operating temps aren’t that high) I'll likely keep it. I'm not asking about the warning itself because I think it would just generate chatter. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:22 AM - 10 answers

September 21

I want to replace this spoon

I've been using this wooden spoon to stir coffee in my french press. After years of service, it split and broke. While I have glued it back together I would like to find a replacement. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 4:29 AM - 8 answers

September 18

Shopping app for not shopping!

I just cleared out the kitchen and discovered multiple multiples of things. We have enough tumeric in this house to start a small cult. See also tissues, zip ties, etc. We don't need to buy any more for a long time. But we obviously have some sort of worry that we might be without so I would like a shopping app into which I can enter what we already have plenty of. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 12:54 PM - 11 answers

September 17

International purchase by Western Union

I want to buy something, cost ~US$300 including shipping, from an artisan in Peru who has only a Facebook page online. The Facebook page makes the artisan seem very legit to me, but he only accepts payment by Western Union. Is there anything I should do to, well, reduce the risk of being ripped off or give myself some recourse if I am?
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 2:43 PM - 4 answers

Ideas for self-care package for expectant mother

My expectant friend would like a pair of AirPod Pros. I’m getting a set for her, and would like to build a care package around those, preferably things she can also use once the baby arrives. So far, I’ve thought of a soft blanket, compression socks, perhaps something scented? This is a group gift, so the budget is pretty high on it. What things could we add to this gift? The general idea here is comfort and calm.
posted by Everydayville at 2:42 PM - 21 answers

September 16

Purchasing music online

I want to buy some music (especially the cast recording to Mean Girls) to play on my phone. I also expect to move countries soon. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 7:31 PM - 3 answers

September 15

Webcam, but simple

I'm looking for a plug-and-play USB webcam that does NOT have a mic built-in that I can buy online and ship to Anchorage. My mic setup is great, I don't want to mess with it with yet another competing audio source, I just need video. Under $50 would be ideal.
posted by blnkfrnk at 4:11 PM - 8 answers

Scarce goods in September (Covid)

In the hopes of getting my hands on stuff before it disappears - what is scarce right now where you are? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:32 PM - 52 answers

September 14

Firm but polite way to responnd to a price quibblers on ebay.

Here's something that's happened to me a couple of times. I'm selling an item for £60 and I receive a £45 offer. That's too low, but it's been up for a while with no interest, so I counter-offer £55 instead. I refuse their subsequent offers of £50 and £52. Then I get a message saying they'd like to pay the earlier £55 offer. This irritates me. What's a good way to politely but firmly say that that offer is no longer available? And am I a Scrooge for doing so? [more inside]
posted by Lorc at 11:01 AM - 28 answers

September 13

Where can I find this lovely drinking glass?

I am in love with this glass (image from this cocktail recipe, if you're curious) and I want to buy one or more. Reverse image search only brings up the same website I saw it on. Anyone happen to know where I can buy it, or something very, very similar? Most of what I find searching shopping sites is too colorful, and the bold, stark design is what I love.
posted by rhiannonstone at 12:29 AM - 3 answers

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