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Kick Off the Week With Amazon's Best Deals of the New Year

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, January 3.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Nixplay Seed 7 inch WiFi Digital Photo Frame - Black for $85.49 (list price $99.99)

Enkeeo 8X30 Compact Monocular for Bird Wildlife Viewing, Camping, Sports Events, Concerts, Hunting, Surveillance for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

TaoTronics TT-BH06 BL Bluetooth Wireless Earphones with Bluetooth 4.1, Balanced Audio, Build-in Mic, aptX, CVC 6.0 Noise-Cancelling - Black for $25.99 (list price $25.99)

AmazonBasics Extending Stick with Remote Housing for GoPro for $23.34 (list price $29.99)

Car Mount, TechMatte MagGrip Air Vent Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder for Smartphones including iPhone 7, 6, 6S, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge- Black (2 Pack) for $9.99 (list price $49.99)

Lexar JumpDrive S50 32GB USB Flash Drive LJDS50-32GABNL (Green) for $7.99 (list price $9.90)

[Upgraded] Maxboost Wall Charger 4.8A 24W Dual USB Universal Portable Charger with mSmart Technology, Foldable Plug for iPhone 7 6 6s Plus, SE 5/5S, iPad Pro, Galaxy S7, S6 Edge+,S5,Nexus, HTC & more for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Car Mount TechMatte MagGrip CD Slot Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder for Smartphones including iPhone 7, 6, 6S, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge - Black for $10.99 (list price $19.99)

Bluedio T3 (Turbine 3rd) Extra Bass Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Stereo Headphones(Black) for $39.99 (list price $79.99)

Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger (External Battery Power Bank) with High-Speed Charging PowerIQ Technology (Black) for $15.99 (list price $49.99)

Tiergrade High Speed Car Charger, 3 port QC 3.0 Car Charger Adapter for iPhone 7 6S Plus 6 5SE 5S, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Edge, 5 S5 Tab,LG G5,iPad,HTC,Nexus 5X 6P,iPads(Black) for $7.99 (list price $23.99)

SoundBot SB520 3D HD Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Speaker for 15 Hours Music Streaming & Hands-Free Calling with Passive Sub Woofer, Built-in Mic, 3.5mm Audio Port (Silver) for $32.99 (list price $129.99)

Duracell Procell AA 24 Pack (Pack of 2) for $17.83 

LEGO Large Creative Box 10697 for $79.00 (list price $187.99)

LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Mr. Freeze Ice Attack 70901 Building Kit (201 Piece) for $16.82 (list price $19.99)

Anker PowerLine+ Micro USB (6ft) The Premium Durable Cable [Double Braided Nylon] for Samsung, Nexus, LG, Motorola, Android Smartphones and More for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Bluetooth Speakers,TaoTronics 14W Stereo Wireless Portable Speaker Pulse X from Dual 7W Drivers, Strong Bass, High Definition Audio, Built-in Microphone for $25.49 (list price $55.99)

Anker PowerCore+ mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger (3rd Generation, Premium Aluminum Power Bank), One of the Most Compact External Batteries for $12.99 (list price $39.99)

ATGOIN Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1 Earbuds Stereo Earphones, Noise Cancelling Sweatproof Headset Secure Fit for Sports with Built-in Mic for $13.99 (list price $66.99)

Jemma Universal 20000mAh Power Bank - Black for $21.99 (list price $99.00)

Aukey CC-T8 Car Charger with Dual Quick Charge 3.0 Ports - Black for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Esky Solar Hand Crank Self Powered Emergency Radio with LED Flashlight and 1000mAh Power Bank for $15.99 (list price $59.99)

AUKEY USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable (5 Pack 3.3ft x 3, 6.6ft x 1, 1ft x 1) for MacBook Pro, Google Pixel, LG G5 and More for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

amPen Stylus Retractable Disk Stylus (Black) for iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Tab Tablet Series (Interchangeable Disk Tip) for $9.29 (list price $19.99)

ZEALOT B21 Touch Control Wireless Bluetooth Over-ear Headphones with 20 Hrs Playtime Built-in Mic Hands-free Calling Deep Bass Ultra Portable Perfect for iphone 7/7Plus for $49.99 (list price $99.99)

Anker Dashboard Cell Phone Mount, Windshield Car Mount, Phone Holder for iPhone 7/7 plus/6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus, Samsung S6/edge/S7/S7 edge, Note 5, LG G5, Nexus 5X/6/6P, HTC and Other Smartphones for $13.99 (list price $23.99)

8000mAh Power Bank Portable Charger, iXCC Aluminum High Speed Compact External Battery Pack Charger for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More - Black for $15.99 (list price $26.99)

Stuhrling Original Men's 395.33B11 Aquadiver Regatta Analog Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel Link Bracelet Watch for $69.00 (list price $595.00)

Seiko Men's SNN241 Stainless Steel Watch with Brown Leather Band for $85.98 (list price $205.00)

Casio Men's W800H-1AV Classic Sport Watch with Black Band for $12.67 (list price $19.95)

KITCHEN

Farberware Classic 17-Piece Tool and Gadget Set for $12.49 (list price $16.99)

Soma Sustainable Pitcher & Plant-Based Water Filter for $27.10 (list price $39.99)

Anova Precision Cooker, WIFI 2nd Gen, 900 Watts for $169.00 (list price $199.00)

Hamilton Beach 33461 Stay or Go 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker for $25.96 (list price $62.99)

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale, Silver for $12.96 (list price $19.95)

GDEALER Digital Meat Thermometer Talking Instant Read Thermometer Cooking Thermometer BBQ Thermometer with Blue Backlit LCD Display Voice Function for Kitchen Grilling Food Milk Candy and Bath Water for $13.99 (list price $26.99)

Metene Digital Kitchen Timer with Large LCD Display and Loud Alarm System for $6.49 (list price $35.00)

ChefLand Stackable Restaurant Beverage Cup Break-Resistant Plastic Tumbler, 16-Ounce, Clear, 12-Pack for $13.99 (list price $23.06)

Besiva Knife Sharpener, 2 Stage Coarse & Extra-Fine Sharpening System for Knives ,Red & Black for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

PLEMO Lemon Squeezer, Stainless Steel Manual Lime Orange Citrus Juicer for $7.99 (list price $25.99)

KitchenTour Heavy-duty Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set , 7-Piece for $25.49 (list price $59.99)

Koolife Herb Scissors Multifunctional Kitchen Shear with 5 Blades and Cleaning Comb for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Chef Rimer Microwave Popcorn Popper Sturdy Convenient Handles Healthy No Oil Silicone Red Collapsible Hot Air Movie Theater Aroma Great Popcorn Maker Machine.BPA PVC Free With Lid for $17.77 (list price $28.99)

Smart Planet CDM-1 Corn Dog Maker for $19.00 (list price $32.98)

Charcoal Companion CC1130 HEAT-RESISTANT BPA-Free Durable Stainless Steel Meat Claws for $11.22 (list price $17.99)

Lodge L9OG3 Cast Iron Round Griddle, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch for $12.74 (list price $24.00)

FoodSaver V3835 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System with SmartSeal Technology for $139.99 (list price $179.99)

ESYLIFE Wall Mounted Wine Towel Rack, 6 Bottles, Black for $20.99 (list price $24.99)

Marquis by Waterford Markham Hiball Collins Glasses, Set of 4 for $36.55 (list price $100.00)

Cake Decorating Supplies Kit by Bobbi Jean's - 9 Piece Set of Tools - Create Attractive Edible Art for $10.50 (list price $12.64)

Yoofor Pizza Wheel Cutter, No Wobble and Sturdy for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Ecolution Evolve Non-Stick Griddle - Dishwasher Safe - Limited Lifetime Warranty - Crimson Red - 11" x 11" for $17.26 (list price $41.39)

Cheese Lyre by True for $6.20 (list price $8.77)

Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor, 2- Speed Big Mouth, Black (67750) for $48.99 (list price $79.00)

Calphalon Contemporary 2-Piece Carving Knife Set for $32.28 (list price $45.00)

Offset Angled Cake Icing Spatula Knives - Set of 4 - By Bobbi Jeans | Wooden Handle & Stainless Steel Decorating and Baking Supplies - 4", 6", 8" & 10" for $12.97 (list price $27.92)

Victorinox Cutlery 10-Inch Butcher Knife, Black Fibrox Handle for $37.15 (list price $58.87)

Multicraft Imports 5-Piece Paintable Wooden Trays with Handles, 6-5/8 by 13-Inch to 10-1/8 by 16-1/8-Inch for $15.18 (list price $18.99)

Deluxe 12oz Milk Pitcher &Sugar Bowl Pot Set, Ksendalo Stainless Steel Cream&sugar Pot Set for Coffee, Latte, Tea & Frothing Milk for $20.99 (list price $40.00)

Set of 2 Moscow Mule Copper Mugs with Shot Glass - Two 16 Oz Copper Moscow Mule Mugs - Solid Copper Hammered Mug - Copper Cups for Moscow Mules for $30.99 (list price $69.99)

Electric Gooseneck Kettle for Pour Over Coffee and Tea - 1L Electric Drip Kettle Teapot for $31.99 (list price $99.99)

Potato Masher by Bobbi Jean's | Comfy Grip Handle for Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables and Fruit for $9.97 (list price $21.91)

Chef Vinny Professional Silicone Baking Mat (Set of 2) for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Silicone Brownie Pan | Professional Non-Stick Square 8-inch Silicone Cake Pan for Baking by Boxiki Kitchen | Best No-Stick Oven Dish Bakeware | FDA-Approved Silicone w/ Steel Frame + Handles. for $19.97 (list price $25.99)

Salton DH1454 Collapsible Dehydrator for $33.79 (list price $41.75)

KRUPS KJ502D51 Professional Brushed Stainless Steel Triple Basket Deep Fryer Including 4 Presets Odor Filter Viewing Window, 4.5-Liter, Silver for $74.99 (list price $99.95)

Wine Enthusiast black steel 25 Bottle Stackable Grid for $41.59 (list price $49.95)

Plemo French Press Double Wall Stainless Steel Coffee Maker, 34 oz for $25.49 (list price $39.99)

Chef Vinny Classic King Size 6 Ice Cube Tray for $4.99 (list price $7.99)

All-Clad 7108 MC2 Professional Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Oven Safe PFOA Free Fry Pan, 8 Inch, Silver for $69.99 (list price $84.99)

Meal Prep Haven Stackable 2 Compartment Food Containers with Lids, Set of 7 for $11.39 (list price $26.95)

EAAGD Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer - Remote BBQ Kitchen Cooking Thermometer for Oven Grill Smoker with Timer for $15.97 (list price $37.00)

Sunsella 4" Silicone Egg & Pancake Rings - 4 Pack for $10.95 (list price $16.95)

Kootek 42 Pieces Cake Decorating Supplies Kit Tips Stainless Steel Icing Tip Set Tools with 2 Silicone Pastry Bags 2 Reusable Plastic Couplers 2 Flower Nails for Cakes Cupcakes Cookies Pastry for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Ball Pint Regular Mouth Jars and Lids BPA Free, 16 oz, Set of 12 for $10.93 (list price $14.69)

Uno Casa Bowl Set with Spoons for Portion Control with Soup, Cereal, Ice Cream, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Colorful Ceramic Serving Bowls - Set of 4 Stackable and Includes A Holder for $19.99 (list price $34.99)

HOME

Rowenta DW5197 Partner of Fashion Focus Steam 1725-Watt Micro Steam Iron with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 400-Hole, Purple for $64.99 (list price $99.99)

Whitmor Adjustable Drawer Dividers, Includes 2 Dividers for $8.18 (list price $14.99)

Famili FM272BT Digital Bathroom Body Weight Scale 400lbs/180kg, Golden for $11.69 (list price $19.99)

Whitmor 6060-430 Chrome Luggage Rack for $22.50 (list price $28.67)

Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner , Dual-Wave Heavy Duty Cleaning, Large Tank, Digital Timer, for Eyeglasses, Watches, Rings, Necklaces, Coins, Razors, Dentures, Tools, Parts (UC71) for $39.96 (list price $49.99)

Envion Ionic Pro Turbo Ionic Air Purifier for $114.06 (list price $179.95)

URPOWER 2nd Version Cool Mist Humidifier,2.4L Whisper-quiet Operation Air Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode Waterless Auto Shut-off Air Purifier with 7 Color Changing Lights for Home Bedroom Office for $38.99 (list price $99.99)

ClosetMaid 8996 Cubeicals 6-Cube Organizer, White for $33.99 (list price $49.99)

Bionaire Ultrasonic Filter-Free Tower Humidifier, BUL7933CT for $66.99 (list price $99.99)

Non-slip Soft Rubber Bathtub Mat OTHWAY Bathroom Bathmat with Strong Suction Cups Blue for $10.40 (list price $18.99)

WonderSleep Classic Series Air Mattress with DreamCoil Supporting Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump, Air Bed Height 20" - Queen for $119.99 (list price $149.99)

Pinzon Velvet Plush Throw - Burgundy for $12.29 (list price $14.99)

InterDesign T-Bar Shower Curtain Hooks, Set of 12, Chrome for $8.05 (list price $14.99)

Electrohome EAAC475W USB Charging Alarm Clock Radio with Time Projection, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, 1.2-Inch LED Display for Smartphones & Tablets, White for $28.96 (list price $34.99)

The Perfect Bamboo Pillow -Stay Cool Pillow-Hotel Quality Fiber Crafted in USA Down Alternative Hypoallergenic Pillow-Best Pillow for Stomach, Back, and Side Sleepers-Satisfaction Guaranteed for $9.99 (list price $79.99)

PureSteam Duo Iron & Pressurized Garment Steamer - Heavy Duty 1600-Watt Power with 1 Liter Water Tank, Built-In Ironing Board, and Deluxe Garment Hanger with Clips for $139.99 (list price $199.99)

Balichun 300TC Storm Goose Down Alternative Twin XL Fitted Mattress Pad Cover for $49.90 (list price $175.00)

Dyson DC39 Ball Multifloor Canister Vacuum (Certified Refurbished) for $174.99 (list price $249.99)

Eqoba 12" Quartz Silent Metal Frame Wall Clock No Ticking w/ Temperature & Humidity Stats, White for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

Metene Soft Velvet Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow with Pack-Sack for $21.49 (list price $63.99)

Extra Long Bathtub Mat OTHWAY Bathroom Bathmat with Drain Holes White for $10.00 (list price $18.99)

Striped Jacquard Style 3-Piece Patchwork Bedspread/Quilt Sets ,100% Cotton,Queen for $99.99 (list price $139.59)

Queen Size SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Vinyl Free for $29.95 (list price $69.95)

TubShroom The Revolutionary Tub Drain Protector Hair Catcher/Strainer/Snare, White for $12.99 (list price $19.95)

Swiffer WetJet Floor Spray Mop Starter Kit for $22.99 (list price $51.98)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

OGX Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist, Nourishing Coconut Oil , 4oz for $5.74 (list price $9.99)

Gillette Fusion ProShield Men's Razor Blade Refills, 8 Count for $27.78 (list price $41.99)

Just For Men Mustache and Beard Brush-In Color Gel, Light Medium Brown (Pack of 3) for $23.97 (list price $36.99)

TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Fresh Breath Oral Rinse - Mild Mint Flavor, 16 Ounce (Pack of 2) for $15.38 (list price $25.19)

L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Color + Shine System, 6.5G Lightest Golden Brown, 3-Pack (Packaging May Vary) for $20.97 (list price $26.97)

Eucerin Sensitive Skin Experts Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Creme 1.70 oz for $7.34 (list price $9.40)

Gillette Mach3 Men's Razor Blade Refills, 15 Count for $31.49 (list price $39.99)

Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Light, 10 ct. for $104.66 (list price $124.95)

Fekkai Technician Color Care Conditioner, 16 Fluid Ounce for $24.89 (list price $29.99)

theBalm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner, Black for $15.30 (list price $17.00)

Women's Rogaine Once-A-Day Foam, Four Month Supply for $37.49 (list price $48.60)

OGX Hydrate Plus Repair Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Conditioner, 13 Ounce for $6.79 (list price $8.99)

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original, 3 Count (Packaging May Vary) for $17.97 (list price $23.99)

Nivea Nourishing Body Oil, 6.8 Fluid Ounce for $8.97 (list price $11.99)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White, FFP for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

Eucerin Sensitive Skin Experts Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Creme 1.70 oz for $7.34 (list price $9.40)

Keratin Rich Sulfate-Free Conditioner and Shampoo Set by Royal Locks For Curly Wavy Textured Grey or Fine Hair . Complete Curl Hydration with Argan Oil for $34.99 (list price $40.00)

Braun Series 7 790cc-4 Cordless Electric Foil Shaver for Men with Clean and Charge Station for $158.00 (list price $289.99)

Conair Oval Shaped Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror; 1x/7x Magnification, Polished Chrome for $29.99 (list price $34.99)

Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System with Facial Brush, White for $20.41 (list price $21.49)

Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer, 17 Fluid Ounce for $8.93 (list price $12.22)

BURBERRY The Beat for Women Eau de Parfum, 1.0 fl.oz for $28.50 (list price $57.00)

Purell 3903-36-CMR Advanced Hand Sanitizer, Travel Sized Jelly Wrap Bottles, Aloe (Pack of 36) for $24.00 (list price $62.64)

Creative Motion 13406-9 Ball Shape Ultrasonic Anion Diffuser for $26.03 (list price $39.99)

Raw Spirit Eau de Parfum, Wild Fire, 1 fl. oz. for $76.50 (list price $90.00)

SmartRelief FDA Cleared Portable TENS Stimulating Massager for TENS/EMS Pain Relief Therapy - 10 Mode - Wireless & Handheld for $27.99

MuscleTech Platinum 100% Glutamine, Ultra-Pure Micronized Glutamine, 60-Day Supply, 10.65 oz (302g) for $14.99 (list price $25.99)

[Holika Holika] Baby Pet Magic Mask Sheet 22ml (1 Sheet) - 4 Type (4 Set) for $7.99

Pure Body Naturals Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask for Facial Treatment, 250g / 8.8 fl.oz for $19.95 (list price $29.95)

US Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, USDA Certified Organic, Amber Glass Bottle and Glass Eye Dropper for Easy Application - 60 ml for $19.99 (list price $54.99)

BeneU® Makeup Facial Brush Cleaner Face Massager Sonic Silicone Vibrating Rechargeable Electric Waterproof Cleansing for Face Skin Care, Face Polish Scrub, Anti-Aging, Acid, Peels, Reduce Acne(Pink) for $18.59 (list price $25.99)

Bloss Q-tips Holder Cotton Ball/Swab Organizer Lotus Shape Swab Cosmetic Storage&Toothpick Holder , Green for $17.89 (list price $17.89)

Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer, 17 Fluid Ounce for $8.93 (list price $12.22)

Organic Body Scrub Exfoliator Vanilla Patchouli: Get a Soft Skin With a Wonderful Scent! Deep Cleanse, Moisturize, Great to Use Before Self Tanning, Treat & Prevent Acne, Wrinkles, Ingrown Hair & more for $11.95 (list price $75.00)

SKINFUN IPX7 Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush Body and Face Scrubber Skin Microdermabrasion Exfoliator and Massager Bi-directional Rotation with 5 Brush Heads for $22.69 (list price $48.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Kikkerland Concrete Desktop Planter, Large (PL02-L) for $25.97 (list price $30.00)

Smead File Pocket, Straight-Cut Tab, 3-1/2" Expansion, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 5 per Pack (73892) for $6.37 (list price $7.47)

AmazonBasics Mid-Back Office Chair for $55.99 (list price $64.99)

Shuttle Art 120 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Gel Pen Set for $22.96 (list price $49.99)

BOYON Portable Touch Control LED Desk Lamp LED Reading Light - Computer Keyboard Partner - Keyboard Illumination / Desk Lamp USB Port & Power Adapter for $13.50 (list price $29.00)

Five Star Spiral Notebook, 5 Subject, College Ruled, 200 Sheets, Black and Cobalt Blue, 2 PACK (73035) for $11.99 (list price $26.20)

Mead Composition Notebook, Wide Ruled, 100 Sheets, 12 Pack (72936) for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Uni-Ball Roller Stick Pens, Micro Point, Black Ink, 12-Count for $6.79 (list price $8.38)

DayMinder Monthly Planner / Appointment Book 2017, 7-7/8 x 11 7/8", Black (SK2-00) for $6.71 (list price $9.90)

Uni-Ball Roller Stick Pens, Micro Point, Black Ink, 12-Count for $6.79 (list price $8.38)

Paper Mate InkJoy 100RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Assorted, 20 Pack (1951396) for $6.34 (list price $10.64)

Sharpie Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $6.99 (list price $7.69)

Uni-Ball KuruToga 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil Starter Set for $5.44 (list price $7.36)

Lilly Pulitzer 2017, 17 Month Agenda - Island Time, Jumbo for $24.00 (list price $36.00)

Prismacolor Premier Water-Soluble Colored Pencils, 36-Count for $27.69 (list price $59.99)

Prismacolor Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils, 24-Count for $9.31 (list price $10.96)

Sharpie Metallic Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Gold, 12-Count for $11.59 (list price $14.27)

HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink for $169.03 (list price $299.99)

Shuter Accordion Expanding File Folder, 13-Pockets, A4 Size, Handle and Tabs, Buckle Closure (Green) for $11.00 (list price $13.99)

C-Line Ring Binder Photo Storage Pages for 5 x 7 Inch Photos, Side Load, 4 Photos/Page, 50 Pages per Box (52572) for $8.62 (list price $10.15)

Camera Backpack Waterproof Hiking Padded Camera Backpack Bag for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Samsung, Panasonic, Pentax SLR DSLR Cameras (Orange) for $26.99 (list price $52.99)

Sharpie Accent Retractable Highlighter, Chisel Tip, Fluorescent Yellow, 5-Count for $5.40 (list price $7.59)

Bankers Box Stor/File Medium-Duty Storage Boxes with Lift-Off Lid, Letter/Legal, 20 Pack (0076315) for $39.95 (list price $49.99)

Paper Mate Flair Porous-Point Felt Tip Pen, Medium Tip, Limited Edition Tropical Vacation Colors, 6-Count for $6.77 (list price $8.42)

Paper Mate InkJoy 100RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black, 20 Count for $6.34 (list price $10.64)

Find It Gapless Mega Media Binder, 4 Inch Spine, 224 CD Capacity, No Pages Included, Black (FT07015) for $17.39 (list price $21.61)

Wilson Jones Round Ring View Binder, 1.5 Inch, Basic, 362 Series, Customizable, White, 4 Pack (W70362-34WPP) for $10.19 (list price $20.94)

Sharpie Professional Chisel Tip Permanent Markers, 12 Black Markers (34801) for $27.00 (list price $34.99)

Sharpie Black Brush Tip Permanent Markers set of 12 for $10.63 (list price $27.24)

IRIS Medium Desktop File Box, 6 Pack, Black for $16.64 (list price $31.92)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair) for $236.00 (list price $289.99)

AmazonBasics Elevated Cooling Pet Bed - Medium for $18.75 (list price $21.29)

SPRI Deluxe Vinyl Kettlebell (Purple, 15-Pound) for $24.91 (list price $31.98)

AmazonBasics Pop-Up Canopy Tent, 10 x 10 ft for $72.99 (list price $89.99)

URPOWER 26-Feet Nylon Retractable Dog Leash with Nylon Rope, Hand Grip, One Button Brake & Lock for Small, Medium Dogs for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

URPOWER Pet Nail Grinder Electric Premium Pet Nail File Gentle Paws Grooming Trimmer Clipper for Dogs, Cats, Hamsters, Rabbits and Birds for $13.99 (list price $26.99)

Dingo Jumbo Twist Sticks Treats, 9-Count for $8.99 (list price $10.99)

Plemo Folding Umbrellas With Anti-Slip Rubberized Grip, Automatic, Windproof and Compact Umbrellas, Blue Sky for $9.29 (list price $32.99)

Eton NSP101WXGR Scorpion ll Rugged Portable Multi-Purpose Digital Radio with Crank Power Back-Up and Weather Alerts for $37.99 (list price $45.68)

Deckey Solar Powered Wall Light Super Bright 20 LED Motion Sensor Detector Light Sconces Waterproof Outdoor Security Lamp Light for $14.99 (list price $59.99)

AmazonBasics Black Soft-Sided Pet Carrier - Medium for $21.24 (list price $24.99)

Reehut 1/4-Inch High Density - Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap for Fitness & Workout (Red) for $14.99 (list price $25.99)

Outdoor Products 3-Pack Ultimate Dry Sack for $11.56 (list price $16.00)

6 PCS Fairy String Lights Battery Operated 7.2ft(2.2M) 20 Leds YIHONG Firefly Micro String Lights Copper Wire For Wedding Centerpiece Thanksgiving Dinner Party Christmas Decoration,Crafting for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

AVANTEK LED Solar Powered Wall Night Light with Motion Sensor (SL-01) for $69.99 (list price $69.99)

Reehut Anti-Burst Core Exercise Ball w/ Pump & Manual for Yoga, Workout, Fitness (Black, 65cm) for $14.99 (list price $35.99)

AmazonBasics Single-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate - Large (42x28x30 Inches) for $42.79 (list price $53.61)

Reehut Resistance Bands - 12-Piece Set Includes 5 Exercise Tubes, Door Anchor, 2 Foam Handles, 2 Ankle Straps, Manual and Carrying Case for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Deckey Solar Powered RGB LED Landscape Spotlight Outdoor Security Night Light Solar Fish Tank Light, Adjustable Lighting Angle( Pack of 3 ) for $22.99 (list price $79.99)

ELECTRONICS

1byone Video Doorphone 2-Wires Video Intercom System 7-Inch Color Indoor Monitor and HD camera Outdoor Video doorbell With 49ft Cable, 2 Indoor Monitors + 1 Outdoor Video doorbell. for $130.99 (list price $259.99)

Havit 2800 DPI 4 LED Lights Optical Wired Gaming Mouse, Black / Red (HV-MS745) for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

TP-Link AC750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE200) for $29.13 (list price $69.99)

Denon HEOS HomeCinema Soundbar & Subwoofer for $599.00 (list price $799.00)

Excelvan CP-C003 Photography Studio Light Box Tent Cube Backdrop Kit + 17" 30" Photo Tents + 45W Continuous Light + 17" Light Tripod + 43" Camera Tripod for $99.99 (list price $99.99)

Floureon A3 4K 30FPS 16MP Ultra HD Action Camera H.264 WIFI 2.0 Inch 170° 30M/98FT Waterproof Sports DV Cam (Black) for $49.99 (list price $69.99)

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14 Secrets of Costco Employees
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Costco has become something of a unicorn in the brick-and-mortar industry. While employees at other chains express concerns over low wages and questionable management choices, the 200,000-plus ground troops at Costco’s massive shopping centers rave about generous pay ($13 to $22.50 hourly, depending on seniority), comprehensive benefits, and pension plans. After one year of employment, the turnover rate is only 6 percent, compared to an average of 16 percent across the retail industry. Not having to incur costs of training replacements is just one reason the company keeps prices low.

It’s no secret that Costco employees are a relatively happy bunch. But we wanted a little more information, so we’ve asked several current Costco workers about everything from pet peeves to nail polish bans to revoking memberships. (All requested we use only their first names to preserve anonymity.) Here’s what they had to tell us about life in the pallets.

1. WORKING THERE IS BETTER THAN GOING TO THE GYM.

Turns out that navigating a warehouse full of goods stacked to the ceiling is kind of like getting an all-day gym pass. “I walk about five to eight miles a day on average, and that's all within the confines of the store,” says Rachael, a Costco employee in Colorado. “When you see pallets stacked with 50-pound bags of flour or sugar or dog food or cat litter, a lot of that stuff had to be stacked by hand by employees before the store opens. Ditto for those giant stacks of shoes and bottles of salsa or five-gallon jugs of cooking oil. It's a lot of hard work.”

2. THEY CAN DO THEIR SHOPPING AFTER HOURS.

Costco shopping carts are arranged together
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While employees typically don’t get shopping discounts, they have something that’s arguably better: the opportunity to shop in a near-empty store. “You can shop after hours, and a lot of employees do that,” says Kathleen, a Costco employee in Washington state. “You just bring your cart to the front register.” The store will keep the member service counter open so workers can check out after other registers have closed.

3. THE GENEROUS RETURN POLICY CAN GET MESSY.

Costco infamously places very few restrictions on returns. Most anything purchased there can be brought back for a refund as part of the company’s overall emphasis on exceptional customer service. Naturally, some members are willing to abuse the privilege. “Members return couches that are over five years old, and interestingly enough, they still have the receipt,” Rachael says. “My guess is that they buy that couch with the intention of returning it someday, so they tape the receipt to the bottom of the couch so they don't lose it. Then, when they've worn it out and want something new, they bring it back and get a full refund.”

Rachael has also seen a member return a freezer that was allegedly no longer working. The store refunded both the cost of the appliance and the spoiled meat inside. “The meat smelled like death,” she says.

4. THEY CAN ALSO TELL WHEN YOU’RE A SERIAL RETURNER.

A shopper at Costco looks at the computer display
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Costco purchase records typically date back 10 years or so, but employees working the return counter don’t always need to reference your account to know that you're making a habit of getting refunds. “When someone comes in to return something without a receipt and they go, ‘Oh, you can look it up on my account,’ that’s a tell,” says Thomas, an employee in California. “It tells me you return so much stuff that you know what we can find on the computer.”

5. THERE’S A CONVENIENCE STORE-WITHIN-A-STORE.

While employees are generally allowed to eat their lunch or dinner meals in the food court, not all of them are crazy about pizza and hot dogs as part of their daily diet. Many opt for the employee break room, which—in some warehouse locations—looks more like a highway rest stop. Rows of vending machines offer fresh meals, snacks, and sodas, along with a complete kitchen for preparing food brought from home. “[It’s a] relatively new addition that is being implemented at more warehouses,” says Steve, an employee in California. “It's basically like a gas station's convenience store, with both frozen and fresh meals and snacks. The only difference is the prices are more reasonable.”

6. THERE’S A GOOD REASON THERE ISN’T AN EXPRESS CHECKOUT LANE.

A Costco shopper goes through the checkout lane
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Walk into a Costco and you’ll probably notice an employee with a click counter taking inventory of incoming members. According to Rachael, that head count gets relayed to the supervisor in charge of opening registers. “They know that for a certain amount of people entering the store, within a certain amount of time, there should be a certain amount of registers open to accommodate those shoppers who are ready to check out,” she says. If there aren’t enough cashiers on hand, the supervisor can pull from other departments: Most employees are “cross-trained” to help out when areas are understaffed.

7. THERE’S A METHOD TO THE RECEIPT CHECK.

Customers sometimes feel offended when they’re met at the exit by an employee scanning their receipt, but it’s all in an effort to mitigate loss prevention and keep prices low. “We’re looking for items on the bottom of the cart, big items like TVs, or alcohol,” Thomas says. Typically, the value of these items might make it worth the risk for a customer who's trying to shoplift—and they're worth the double-check.

8. THEY TAKE SAFE FOOD HANDLING TO A NEW LEVEL ...

A Costco employee works in food preparation
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At Costco, employees are expected to exercise extreme caution when preparing and serving hot dogs, pizza, chicken and other food to members. “If an employee forgets to remove their apron before exiting the department, they must remove that apron, toss it into the hamper, and put on a fresh apron because now it's contaminated,” Rachael says. “Or, let's say a member asks for a slice of cheese pizza. We place that piece onto a plate, with tongs, of course, then place the plate onto the counter. If the member says, ‘Oh darn, I've changed my mind, I'd rather have pepperoni pizza,’ then we have to toss the pizza that they didn't want into the trash. Once it hits the counter, it can't come back.” Some store protocols even prohibit employees from wearing nail polish in food prep areas—it could chip and get into the food.

9. ... BUT WORKING AT THE FOOD COURT CAN PREPARE THEM FOR ANYTHING.

Costco employees who find themselves behind the counter at the chain’s food court say it's one of the few less-than-pleasant experiences of working there. For some members, the dynamic of waiting on food and peering over a service counter can make them forget their manners. “Usually members are rude when they are waiting on their pizza during a busy time,” Steve says. “If an employee can excel in the food court, any other position in the warehouse is pretty easy by comparison.”

10. THEY GET FREE TURKEYS.

Costco’s generous wages and benefits keep employment applications stacked high. What people don’t realize, Kathleen says, is that the company’s attention to employee satisfaction can result in getting gifted a giant bird. “We get free turkeys for Thanksgiving,” she says. “I didn’t even know that before I started working there. It’s a nice perk.”

11. THEY CAN REVOKE YOUR MEMBERSHIP.

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But it’s got to be a pretty extreme situation. According to Thomas, memberships can be terminated if a member is caught stealing or having a physical altercation inside the store. For less severe infractions, employees can make notes under a “comments” section of your membership. They’ll do that for frequent returns, if you’re verbally aggressive, or if you like to rummage through pre-packaged produce looking for the best apples. (Don’t do that.)

12. MANAGERS GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY.

During peak business times on weekends and around holidays, the influx of customer traffic can get so formidable that managers jump in with employees to make sure everything gets taken care of. “Most people would be surprised if they realized that the person who just put all of their groceries into their cart at the registers or who helped load that huge mattress into their car was actually the store's general manager,” Rachael says.

13. EVERY DAILY STORE OPENING IS CONTROLLED CHAOS …

Shoppers appear in front of a Costco store
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Like most any retail store, Costco prides itself on presenting a clean, efficient, and organized layout that holds little trace of the labor that went into overnight stocking or display preparation. But if a customer ever happened to see the store in the last hour before opening each day, they’d witness a flurry of activity. “It's controlled chaos with loud music along with the blaring of the forklift sirens,” Steve says. “Employees are rushing to finish and clean up, drivers are rushing to put merchandising in the steel [shelving], and the floor scrubber slowly but surely makes its way around the warehouse. It truly is a remarkable choreography that happens seven days a week.”

14. … AND EVERY CLOSING IS A SLOW MARCH.

To avoid stragglers, Costco employees form a line and walk down aisles to encourage customers to move toward the front of the store so they can check out before closing. Once the doors are locked, overnight stocking begins in anticipation of another day at the world’s coziest warehouse. “Our store has over 250 employees altogether,” Rachael says. “If all of us do our little bit, then it's a well-oiled machine that runs without a hitch.”

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Up Your Sunbathing Game This Summer With a Round Beach Towel

Here's the simple truth: Round beach towels are amazing.

If you haven't heard of round beach towels (a.k.a. roundies), they are large, circular beach towels usually featuring cute designs, including round foods like watermelons and doughnuts. According to The Cut, this Instagram-worthy trend originated in 2013 when Australian brand The Beach People invented roundies and saw them immediately sell out. The craze spread to the U.S. a few years later, when roundies went viral on the internet.

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So, why are roundies superior to your average rectangular towel? From a practical point of view, the large size and circular shape mean you have lots of room to move around and flip over. With a rectangular towel, you're always struggling to stay on a narrow strip of terrycloth to avoid the sand surrounding you on every side, threatening to stick to your wet skin. If you want to turn over, you pretty much have to do it in place. Who decided that a tiny rectangle was the best size and shape for a towel anyway? Why have we put up with this nonsense for so long? Round towels are logically the better choice.

You may be asking yourself: Why not just have a large square towel? Why does it have to be a circle? And the answer is: Stop being a Debbie Downer. They're round because it's fun and whimsical and it means you can have a pizza-shaped towel. (In all seriousness, though, big square beach towels do exist, and they're great. They just haven't blown up on Instagram the way roundies have.)

Having a round towel makes it easy to spot your group at the beach: Your roundie will stand out among all those regular ones. It's also big enough to share. What's more, it can easily double as a picnic blanket, a tablecloth, or even a shawl for walking on the beach (just fold it in half first).

In conclusion, save yourself from the clutches of your tiny, rectangular towel and buy a roundie. Here are a few of our favorites:

WATERMELON; $68

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DOUGHNUT; $20.99

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MANDALA; $19.99

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PIZZA; $21.99

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