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Avoid the Dark Side With This Death Star Desk Lamp

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There are plenty of interesting lamps to illuminate your workspace—but why not opt for one that will inspire you to obliterate your work? This new Death Star lamp from ThinkGeek has arrived just in time for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The officially licensed gadget uses the ominous space station's shape for the base, with a blueprint-style pattern for the shade design.

With a push of the superlaser, users can turn on the top of the lamp; with a second push, they can make the base glow; a third push turns off the top light and leaves the base illuminated. All the lights are long-lasting LEDs, which cannot be replaced by the customer. That said, the LED lights are meant to last 60,000 hours—roughly seven years of continual operation. You can get your own for $50 here.

[h/t io9]

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Yes, You Can Get Retailers to Price Match Amazon
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With the recent demise of brick-and-mortar brands like Toys"R"Us, some experts have blamed the downsized or halted operations on Amazon. The online shopping giant—which recorded nearly $178 billion in sales in 2017—depends on low prices, cheap (or free) shipping, and massive inventory to trample physical stores.

But not all retailers are capitulating to the idea that Amazon will inevitably be a consumer’s cheapest shopping option. According to Money, a number of stores are allowing employees to price match the company in an attempt to retain business. Among them: Nordstrom, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy, and Staples. (A full list is viewable here.)

Naturally, terms and conditions apply. While they vary by store, items typically need to be in stock on Amazon’s site and sold directly, not by third parties. If a price requires a coupon or other additional step, it may not qualify for a deal. On the plus side, several retailers, like Home Depot and J.C. Penney, will not only match Amazon’s price but beat it by 5 to 10 percent as an added incentive to retain your business. Typically, you’ll either have to provide proof of the lower price or direct a sales associate on how to locate it online. In the case of appliances and other big-ticket items, the product also needs to have an identical model number, which can get tricky, as manufacturers often provide slightly different models to different retailers.

On the chance you find a lower price offline and want Amazon to match it, you might be out of luck. The company doesn’t offer price matching as a policy, though anecdotal reports say that their customer service team does have some leeway when it comes to lowering prices on a case-by-case basis.

[h/t Money]

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The Best-Reviewed Grill on Amazon Costs Less Than $150
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So you need a new grill. Whether your old trusty companion finally heaved its last smoky breath, or you're ready to graduate from a George Foreman contraption, you'll find thousands of options online. Perhaps too many options. Most grills aren’t cheap, either, with some premium models selling for thousands of dollars.

However, with a 4.3-star rating on Amazon and a $135 starting price tag, Coleman’s RoadTrip LXE propane grill appears to be the crowd favorite this summer. The compact unit collapses like an ironing board, making it perfect for camping and tailgating. It’s fairly lightweight at 44 pounds, and a handle and wheels on the bottom make it easy to transport.

Its dual burners let you grill items on either side at different temperatures (surf and turf, anyone?). The cast-iron grill grates can also be swapped out for a stove grate or—if you have a hankering for pancakes—a griddle. (Both of these cooktops are sold separately.)

The grill lights with the touch of a button, and two tables can be pulled out on either side to hold your tongs or spices (and probably your phone, too). The grill comes in a few different colors, with blue, green, and purple being the cheapest options. If you’re ready to get your grill on, the RoadTrip LXE can be ordered on Amazon.

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