Backpack promotion

11/7/17

Estarer, a seller on Amazon, is wanting to promote their line of business laptop backpacks.  These are perfect for the commuter!  Durable and stylish, and large enough for a 17.3″ laptop!

Please check out the bag here, and then use the promo code GFFKFS86 for 20% off this bag at checkout!

http://www.estarer.com/811UKoylXyL._SL1500_

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Blue Ribbons Review is back

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Gaming Computer Reviews

Who doesn’t love a good gaming computer?   We tested three, an Alienware 17″ laptop, the Lenovo Legion 15″ laptop and the Lenovo Ideacentre all in one.   For your money, Lenovo does nearly as good a job as the Alienware, although Alienware still seems to be the “Flagship” brand everyone gravitates to.

Which one will you buy?   If we could only buy one gaming computer, I think it would be one of the Lenovo systems.  The Ideacentre all-in-one is more powerful, but not very mobile obviously.  If you needed to travel with your computer then the laptop for sure.

Jewelry Reviews

Jewelry is one of my favorite things to receive and review.   It doesn’t necessarily have to be just necklaces or rings (although I like those).  It could also be functional, like this aroma therapy bracelet for instance:

Or even high-tech like this bluetooth connected watch:

But traditional jewelry is always good too:

Even men’s watches, it’s all good!

 

 

Tents review

I like doing tent reviews.   Gives me a chance to time myself putting them up, but also gives insight as to how easily they go up to others.

When looking for a tent, you need to consider:

  • How many people will use this and how much stuff also needs to be stored in it?
  • Will it fit my air mattress or cot?
  • Is this tent good for colder weather (thicker/more insulating)?
  • How much ventilation does this tent have?
  • How waterproof is this tent?  Does it come with a rainfly?
  • How easy is this tent to assemble and collapse?
  • How much room does this take up when it’s collapsed?
  • Is this easy to carry around when hiking?
  • How sturdy is the floor, will it rip easily?
  • Do they include a carrying bag that is big enough to easily fold the tent back into?

Amazon is big

Amazon

In the news, Amazon is making headlines for trying to purchase Wholefoods.   But they have their hands in tons of other arenas, seemingly branching out into not only groceries, but home service support, cloud services, video streaming and much more.    I don’t hear many private citizens complaining though, the complaining seems to be only in the media.   No one I know, or even casually know on social media, is concerned about Amazon’s growing dominance.

Conversely, I recall that 10+ years ago lots of everyday people (and the media) were up in arms about Walmart getting to big, saying they were undercutting other local businesses. In several cases, towns were trying to stop future Walmart stores being built in their jurisdictions.  People have argued that most of their product offerings were made in sweatshops in China using forced labor, and therefore they were not only selling second rate products that would not last long, but also propagating sweatshops in China.   There is some evidence to support that claim, and although it’s hard to find anything beyond a couple instances, it still could point to a systemic problem.

Amazon is bigger than Walmart ever was and sells many products from China, but no citizen outrage.    I think this is for many reasons.    First, because Amazon does not have many physical stores and you can’t tangibly see their footprint, they only exist in your computer.  Second, because Walmart got type-cast as “easy to hate” almost a quasi-political movement.   Third, because we have come to rely on Amazon so thoroughly, we enjoy each new service they bring and we want to see more of it and are unconcerned if no one else can come close to competing because the prices are pretty low.  And fourth, as to the sweatshop argument that people make about Walmart, it could be said that Amazon is only allowing sellers to sell their goods and cannot be held liable for how those products are manufactured.  They get the pass because they are in many cases only the middle-man.

If Amazon does cut out all serious competition, will their prices necessarily rise and will people begin to turn on them?  Time will tell on this one.   They have marketed themselves very well and it would take a lot to turn public perception against them.