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Having previously asked about how to reform my chest freezer so I didn't hate it to death and implemented some of your suggestions, I have decided I can't take it anymore and I have to buy an upright. Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, and all the local appliance stores are out of stock. Sears won't have what I want until September. It seems unlikely that anyone is going to ship me a freezer that I order online. Am I just shit out of luck?
What's your favourite mask and why? [more inside]
Is there any way to get a product from Made.com (a rug) in the United States? They do not ship there.
I've been missing Miami's Cuban bakeries. My plans to visit have been put on hold indefinitely, so I'm looking for options to have a few items (cuban crackers, cuban bread and pastries) shipped overnight to my house a few states to the north. Does a service that does this exist? [more inside]
Can you recommend a source for durable compression clothes (shirts, tights) for kids with sensory issues? [more inside]
I'd like to give an adult relative an Opinel pocket knife as a gift, but there are a lot of options! I'm looking for advice on size and blade material. [more inside]
Looking for websites offering wide selections of screws/nuts/bolts/washers, where I can choose various smaller quantities, like 25/50/100 of each item. I have checked out the main ones (mcmaster/fastenal/grainger), but those ones are expensive. I'm hoping to find out about others where I can choose these quantities and are much less expensive. Thanks.
I'd like to find some toys that aren't cars and trucks. Are there toddler toys that are bikes, skateboards, etc.? I'm looking for toys to play with, not to ride on or in. [more inside]
Seems that this eBay seller doesn't actually keep any stock. Instead when you purchase on eBay, they use their personal Prime account to buy a cheaper item through Amazon and send it free. Against eBay's TOS. I use eBay to avoid Amazon, so was annoyed to receiving this "gift" (no return details or invoice) this morning. Left neutral feedback. Now they're trying to bribe me to remove it. What to do? [more inside]
I want to buy a poster--a physical, hang-on-the-wall poster, with a specific phrase on it. I have no artistic ability, so what I'm really hoping for is some sort of service where there are designs with 'YOUR PHRASE HERE' options,. Somehow, I can't find anything like this. It must exist, right? Can you point me to it?
Difficulty: Canada. I've been taking this opportunity to improve my sewing skills by making masks (just for myself so far as they are very bad) with old pillow cases and random pieces of fabric I have around. Recently I found a place with elastic in stock and ordered a bunch! But now I need to buy more fabric and I'm having trouble. [more inside]
Guidance for quality CBD oil recommends finding organic products free of heavy metals and pesticides, with accurate labelling, that have been tested by a 3rd party lab. I’m having a hard time finding this. Any recs for specific products obtainable in Ontario, or for sites I can use to find them? [more inside]
Are Zenni sunglasses amber lenses the nice kind or the vaguely gross kind? [more inside]
I would like a speaker that can connect to WiFi and play music streamed from my computer. Searches for this mainly bring up smart speakers, but I don't want to be recorded, just play music. Does this exist? [more inside]
For example, NYMag's Strategist or Wirecutter. I enjoy a good recommendation and am looking for more. [more inside]
What dishes can I get that are not made of plastic, microwave safe, and less likely to break when dropped by children and me? [more inside]
I'm looking to buy a first car for my small family (1 child), in Germany. I need some help choosing and also trying to understand how this works in Germany. [more inside]
I'm giving up Amazon! (Years late, but better late than never). I'm looking for locally owned stores I've found Crush-LA for art supplies, Monopole for wine and Vromans for books. I'd like to support a small business that ships (doesn't need to be California-based) from whom I can buy the sorts of things you'd get at Walgreens/CVS: OTC meds, dry goods, toiletries. Also self-stable groceries. Doesn't have to be the same place. POC or woman-owned businesses active in their local communities a plus! Thanks! [more inside]
The online eyeglass stores I've searched thus far do not provide progressive lenses with prisms, which is what my prescription requires. The frames online, however, are infinitely less expensive that those at brick-an-mortar stores. Is it..."acceptable"...to bring a pair of frames purchased elsewhere to a local shop and have them grind and install the lenses? Will I be charged some sort of "premium" for not buying frames from said shop? (I've tried phoning a few local optical stores nearby to inquire about this, but all are still closed due to the pandemic.) [more inside]
I drop my phone. A lot. I'm buying a new iPhone SE this week and I really want to protect it well. (I'm considering AppleCare, too.) I couldn't find an AskMe on this that's newer than 2018, so ... please share your suggestions, especially if you're a serial phone dropper like me!