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Smartwatches Galore!

undefinedMy wonderful wife has given me the gift of Tech for Father's Day.  I've been kicking around the idea of buying a smart watch for so long that she offered to put me out of my misery and buy me one -- all I have to do is choose it.

Holy cats, so many options!  There's the Moto 360 Gen1 AND Gen2, the Huawei Smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2, and a slew of other options.  I think I've narrowed it down to these three.

The Moto 360:  Handsome, great support.  Gen 1 can be had for about $100.  Gen 2 is a bit more pricey at around $250.

Huawei: Pretty much regarded as the prettier version of the Moto 360.  Same internals for the most part.  Also on the pricier end of the spectrum.

Samsung Gear S2:  Nice watch!  Limited apps due to the Tizen OS.

I'm leaning towards the Huawei - there's even a few on the Warehouse!  Anyone own these and want to push me one way or the other?

I Stream, You Stream, We All Stream for...

undefinedStreaming devices have come a long way.  We used to have a full-tower HTPC humming along next to our TV.  Now we have any number of sticks plugged into the back of the TV, silently waiting to feed us from an array of online and local content providers.

In the last few weeks, we've become a split-ecosystem household.  Chromecast dominates the daytime - Its Youtube streaming can't be beat.  Simply find the videos you want on your phone and cast it to the TV.  Egg-opening videos and Sesame Street songs all day - Joy!

The night has become the sole domain of the Amazon Fire TV Stick.  The amount of content you get as a Prime member is amazing!  We started our Firestick voyage by binge watching Stargate SG1.  It has 10 seasons and a couple spin-offs so we'll be busy with that show for some time, but once we do finish it off there's already a growing list of shows we want to watch.

On top of all the online content available, both devices support the excellent Plex software for the streaming of local content.

What about you guys - Do you stick with a particular device / ecosystem?  Anything we should put on our "must watch" list once we're done with Stargate?

Amazon Should Expand 'Make An Offer'

undefinedLate in 2014, a number of news sites covered an exciting new feature coming out of Amazon HQ - Make an offer.  In theory, this would provide a bit of flexibility to the buyer and the seller versus fixed price.

I haven't heard much of it since and with good reason:  It's limited to a couple niche categories: Collectibles, Fine Art, and Used/Refurbished Personal Computer items.

Personally, I've never come across an item while shopping that had the "Make an offer" option available and I do my fair share of Amazon shopping.  Okay, it's pretty much the only place I shop unless someone drags me out of the house or I need meat.

In general, any "make an offer" system can have flaws.  Ebay sellers know this - you get inundated with lowball offers and bizarre stories.  Setting an auto-reject lowest offer threshold clears that up most of the time.  Additionally, the option is well... optional.

As a buyer, it would be amazing if more items had a little bit of wiggle-room, at the sellers discretion.

It seems win-win.

Returning Multiple (small) Items to Amazon in One Box

undefinedI cancelled some Subscribe & Save items last month.  Unfortunately, due to some oddness with addresses, Amazon still shipped them.  When I requested a refund I received 4 separate labels. I wasn't sure if I could return all the items in one box or if I had to ship them in 4 separate boxes.

To the ChatMobile!

Jasmine: Do you have a packing slip for each of the items?

Jasmine: As long as you have the slips as well, you are able to place on label on the box that you would like to ship the items in. Just be sure to place all of the packing slips for each item into the box as well. That is the only way we will be able to assure that each item is received and processed correctly for your refund.

Woo!  As long as you include all the packing slips in the box Amazon will sort it out on their end.

Is Your Amazon Warehouse Item Missing Parts?

undefinedI ordered this Hape - Happy Hour Clock - Time Learning Puzzle from the Amazon Warehouse. It arrived with a small tear in the packaging and the "8" was missing... Oh no! 

Amazon offered a full refund if I shipped it back, but I didn't want to send the whole thing back just for one missing piece. I emailed Hape and they replied within a a couple hours:

Thank you for contacting Hape. We are more than happy to send you the missing 8 to complete your toy. My apologies that it came missing.

If you could please provide your full name mailing address and the best phone number to reach you at if need be.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Shawnda Nelson
Hape Toys International

Awesome!  The piece arrived two days later.  

So before you give up on the item, make sure to contact the manufacturer.  A lot of the time, they're happy to make things right!

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