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Get This Weekend's Top Amazon Deals While You Can

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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 7.

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

 Innovo Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer - Improved Accuracy with Updated In-House Clinical Data and Proprietary Software Upgrade - CE and FDA Approved for $32.99 (list price $114.99)

Anker 21W 2-Port USB Universal PowerPort Solar Charger for $59.99 (list price $99.99)

BESTEK 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector with 5.2A 4 USB Charging Station and Phone Charging Dock for $20.99 (list price $35.99)

Aukey CC-T8 Car Charger with Dual Quick Charge 3.0 Ports - Black for $16.99 (list price $21.99)

Orzly Compact Stand for Apple Watch - Nightstand Mode Compatible - BLACK Support Stand with integrated Cable Management Slot (38mm & 42mm compatible) for $7.99 (list price $24.99)

Anker Premium Lightning to USB Cable (3ft) for iPhone 7, 6s Plus, 6 Plus, 5s 5c 5, iPad Air, Air2, Pro, iPad mini,mini2, mini3, mini 4, iPad 4th gen iPod nano 7th gen. and iPod touch 5th gen [Apple MFi Certified] (White) for $5.99 (list price $19.99)

AELEC Flexbuds Bluetooth Earbuds,Stereo Wireless Sport Headphones,Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Earphones and Lightweight Sweatproof Headsets with Mic for Running,Workout for $36.99 (list price $159.99)

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)

Apple Watch Band, Penom Fully Magnetic Closure Clasp Mesh Loop Milanese Stainless Steel Bracelet Strap for Apple iWatch Sport & Edition 42mm - Black for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

Encased Sweat-Resistant Workout Armband for iPhone 7 Otterbox Commuter Series Case (case not included) for $16.04 (list price $29.99)

amFilm iPhone 7 Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 2016, 2015 (2-Pack) for $7.99 (list price $29.99)

Zeskit 12' Premium Audio Cable - 3.5mm, Braided Nylon Stereo Audio Cable (Male to Female) for $9.95 (list price $29.99)

iClever Bluetooth Headphones with Silicone Earhook Secure Fit for Running, Exercise, IPX5 Sweat Proof,CVC 6.0 Noise Canceling,7 Hours Playtime with Mic Volume Control for iPhone, Green(G18) for $21.99 (list price $49.99)

Citizen Men's BM8240-03E Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Leather Band for $84.95 (list price $175.00)

Aposon Men's Digital Electronic Waterproof LED Sport Watch Casual Quartz Military Multifunction 12H/24H Time Back Light with Simple Design 164FT 50M Water Resistant Calendar Month Date Day -Black for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

LEGO Super Heroes Heroes of Justice: Sky High Battle 76046 for $41.99 (list price $59.99)

RAVPower 16750mAh 4.5A Dual USB Output Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank (iSmart Technology) - Black for $32.99 (list price $69.99)

Toysmith Tech Gear Multi Voice Changer (6.5-Inch Various Colors) for $12.04 (list price $14.99)

Energizer 2032BP-4 3 Volt Lithium Coin Battery - Retail Packaging (Pack of 4) for $4.06 (list price $6.49)

Waterproof Case, 2 Pack Ace Teah Clear Universal Waterproof Case, Dry Bag, Pouch, Transparent Snowproof Dirtproof for iPhone 6 6S Plus SE 5S 5C, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, - Blue, Green for $10.99 (list price $21.99)

Sinywon Flexible Mini USB LED Light for Laptop Keyboard Power Bank Portable Night Light (3 Pack) for $6.99 (list price $15.59)

Travel Inspira Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Power Plug Wall AC Adapter Charger with Dual USB Charging Ports for USA EU UK AUS for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

LEGO Super Heroes 76054 Batman: Scarecrow Harvest of Fear Building Kit (563 Piece) for $44.73 (list price $59.99)

lgsixe Portable Rechargeable HD/Vox/Sto Stereo Digital Voice Recorder with WAV and Mp3 Modes, 8 GB for $36.00 (list price $50.00)

Toysmith Classic Pin Art (Black) for $11.99 (list price $16.99)

AUKEY Bluetooth Receiver with 3Port USB Car Charger, Magnetic Base and Handsfree Calling for IPhone, Samsung and More for $22.99 (list price $32.99)

Quick Charge 2.0 AUKEY 3-Port USB Wall Charger for $14.99 (list price $18.99)

KITCHEN

Proctor Silex 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer, 34 oz for $14.29 (list price $24.99)

Ninja Express Chop (NJ110GR) for $19.88 (list price $41.99)

Epica 4-in-1 Immersion Hand Blender for $46.95 (list price $59.99)

Hamilton Beach 33182A Slow Cooker, 8-Quart for $21.76 (list price $31.32)

DRAGONN Premium Sturdy 12-inch and 9-inch Stainless-steel Locking Kitchen Tongs, Set of 2 ... for $12.95 (list price $19.99)

Norpro 3-Cup Stainless Steel Rotary Hand Crank Flour Sifter With 2 Wire Agitator for $5.96 (list price $9.78)

Wilton 415-2179 300 Count Rainbow Bright Standard Baking Cups for $5.48 (list price $7.99)

Contigo AUTOSPOUT Addison Reusable Water Bottle, 24oz, Smoke for $7.89 (list price $11.10)

Rachael Ray Cucina Pantryware Melamine Garbage Bowl, Agave Blue for $8.99 (list price $39.99)

Chef Craft 10210 1-Piece Stainless Steel Solid Turner, 12-1/2-Inch for $3.86 (list price $6.99)

Mrs. Anderson's Baking Ceramic Pie Weights for $5.99 (list price $34.44)

Lodge L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles, Pre-Seasoned, 5-Quart for $35.97 (list price $41.10)

Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer - Premium Aerating Pourer and Decanter Spout (Black) for $14.95 (list price $40.95)

Pyrex Basics Clear Oblong Glass Baking Dishes, 2 Piece Value Plus Pack Set for $14.99 (list price $27.99)

Silicone Large Pastry Mat With Measurements. 14.9" x 23.3" Non-Slip Sheet Sticks To Countertop For Rolling Dough for $16.99 (list price $19.99)

Mr. Coffee Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, 1.75-Quart for $9.55 (list price $19.99)

Cast Iron Shallow Concave Wok, Black - by Utopia Kitchen for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Glide Signs Clean Dirty Dishwasher Magnet Sign - Premium Kitchen Gadgets for Home and Office Organization. Indicator Works on All Dishwashers for $19.99 (list price $24.95)

Kitchenatics Commercial Grade 10"x15" Stainless Steel Cooling and Roasting Rack Heavy Duty Thick-Wire Grid Fits Jelly Roll Pan Oven-Safe Rust-Resistant for $15.88 (list price $19.88)

As Seen on TV Egg-Tastic Microwave Egg Cooker and Poacher for Fast and Fluffy Eggs, White/Orange for $1.99 (list price $4.99)

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 5/8-Quart Butter Warmer for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

VonShef 500ml / 17oz Electric Chocolate Fondue Melting Pot, Warmer, Chocolatier - Includes FREE Spatula, 10 Skewers & 10 Forks for $19.98 (list price $34.99)

California Home Goods 3 Compartment Bento Reusable Food Storage Containers with Lids, Set of 10, For Meal Prep, 21 Day Fix for $11.95 (list price $26.95)

Grayline 457101, 6 Piece Cabinet organizer Set, White for $16.23 (list price $23.99)

Silicone 3 Piece Non Stick Baking Mats with Measurements 2 Half Sheet Liners and 1 Quarter Sheet Mat, Professional Quality, Non Toxic and FDA Approved, Red, Yellow and Green for $17.95 (list price $49.99)

Large Amagabeli Stainless Steel XL 8x6 Inch 316L Chainmail Scrubber for Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Pan Dutch Ovens Waffle Iron Cleaner for Highest Grade Skillet Scraper Pans for $11.99 (list price $14.99)

JB Chef Culinary Micro Butane Torch | Refillable Cooking Kitchen Blow Torch With Safety Lock & Adjustable Flame for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy-Clean Lid, 16oz, Black for $15.99

KitchenAid Wide Basting Brush, Black for $3.16 (list price $7.79)

HOME

Rubbermaid Small Flexible Storage Bag Tote 5-Gallon, 1802440 for $6.49 (list price $15.11)

Queens Size Hypoallergenic Quilted Stretch-to-Fit Mattress Pad By Hanna Kay, 10 Year Warranty-Clyne Collection for $25.95 (list price $35.95)

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray 4-Ounce Bottle, Original Scent for $12.79 (list price $14.99)

Pillar Candle (5.1 x 5.2, Ivory) for $15.99 (list price $27.99)

Seville Classics Foldable Storage Cube/Ottoman, Charcoal Grey for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

Down Alternative Comforter (White, Queen) - All Season Comforter - Hypoallergenic Plush Siliconized Fiberfill Duvet Insert - Box Stitched- by Utopia Bedding for $29.99 (list price $54.99)

LUCID 3-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Queen for $99.99 (list price $139.99)

Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Connected Body Fat Scale with Large Backlit LCD, by Greater Goods (Black) for $69.99 (list price $99.99)

Finether 1500W Freestanding Portable Electric Fireplace Stove Heater with Openable Door, Realistic Flame and Logs, Black for $83.99 (list price $237.89)

PURGGO Natural Odor Eliminator - 100% Activated Bamboo Charcoal [Pack of 2] - Air Freshener, Purifier, Smell Absorber: Shoe, Litter Box, Wet Dog, Bag, Drawer - Odor Removal, Neutralizer [Lava Gray] for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

Whitmor 6754-3655 Dryer Balls Set of 4 for $16.17 (list price $19.99)

Top Rated Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin 1.3 Gallon-Includes Charcoal Filter for $18.95 (list price $44.95)

The Homemakers Dish Kitchen Towels Vintage Striped 100% Cotton Tea Towel 20 x 28 inch Set of 4, Red for $21.99 (list price $35.00)

Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Vibe 3-in-1 Corded Bagless Stick and Handheld Vacuum Cleaner SD20020 for $24.49 (list price $34.99)

Lasko 1827 Adjustable Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan, 18-Inch, Black for $35.99 (list price $45.29)

Convenience Concepts Northfield Hall Console Table, Espresso for $48.99 (list price $84.00)

iTouchless Deodorizer Automatic Sensor Touchless Trash Can, 49 Liter / 13 Gallon, Stainless Steel for $59.98 (list price $99.00)

Shark Steam Pocket Mop (S3501) for $52.75 (list price $79.99)

Premium Mildew Resistant Shower Curtain - Anti-bacterial 10-Gauge Heavy-Duty Curtain - Waterproof and Water-Repellent - 72x72 Inch - Clear for $11.99 (list price $34.99)

Den Haven Standing Coat Rack Hat Hanger Holder Hooks for Jacket Umbrella Tree Stand with Base Metal for $16.95 (list price $39.95)

ROOMMATES RMK1677GM Silver Dollar Branch Peel and Stick Giant Wall Decal for $12.59 (list price $20.99)

Love Nest Leather Square Roll Paper Box for Holding Kleenex/Tissue Box Cover (smooth black) for $15.99 (list price $24.99)

Beme International Decopolitan 1-Inch Urn Telescoping Double Drapery Rod Set, 72 to 144-Inch, Brown for $29.13 (list price $84.99)

HC Collection Bed Sheets Set, HOTEL LUXURY 1800 Series Egyptian Quality Platinum Collection Bedding Set, Deep Pockets, Wrinkle & Fade Resistant, Hypoallergenic Sheet & Pillow Case Set (Queen, Multiple Colors Available) for $19.89 (list price $69.99)

Yankee Candle Company Sparkling Cinnamon Large Jar Candle for $24.66 (list price $27.99)

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

Luxury Bath Sheet Towel (White; 35 x 70 Inch) Cotton Extra Large Beach Bath Towels, Machine Washable, Hotel Quality, Super Soft and Highly Absorbent Towels By Utopia Towels for $16.99 (list price $31.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Comfort Plus Mint Flavor Floss, 40 M (Pack of 2) for $4.95

Majestic Pure Lavender Essential Oil, Therapeutic Grade, 4 fl. Oz for $13.95 (list price $18.50)

BS-MALL(TM) Makeup Brushes Premium Makeup Brush Set Synthetic Kabuki Cosmetics Foundation Blending Blush Eyeliner Face Powder Brush Makeup Brush Kit (10pcs, Golden Black) for $9.99 (list price $39.99)

Kylie Jenner Limited Birthday Edition Kylie Matte liquid Lipstick Set Cosmetics for $18.33 (list price $40.00)

Mother Dirt Biome Friendly Face and Body Cleanser, Preservative Free, 3.4 fl oz for $12.70 (list price $14.95)

NPW Cat Crazy Nail Art Stickers, Multicolor for $5.42 (list price $5.92)

Matte Styling Cream - Medium-Firm Hold 3OZ - Challenger Blue - Best Hair Product for Short-Medium Length Hair - Professional Hair Head Wax Paste Style Water Soluble with Clean and Subtle Scent for $19.47 (list price $23.47)

FHI Brands Platform Tourmaline Ceramic Professional Hair Styling Iron, 1-Inch for $99.99 (list price $125.99)

Simoniz ST1075004 Think Pink Hand Soap, 1 gal Bottles per Case (Pack of 4) for $30.20 (list price $37.95)

Glass Roller Bottles with Metal Roller Balls Aguder Set of 8 Amber Roll on bottles 10ml(1/3oz) for Aromatherapy, Perfume, Essential Oil and other liquids for $10.16 (list price $11.97)

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)

Aromanice Goat Milk Shower Cream,Shea Butter,Daily Nourishing Moisturizing Body Wash,620ML(20.9 Oz) for $30.60 (list price $30.60)

TRYM PRO Premium Hair Trimming Set - Grooming Kit with Adjustable Cordless Hair, Mustache, Beard and Body Trimmer Plus 7 Trim Attachments for $32.97 (list price $49.99)

ESARORA Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat Set of 2 (Light Purple) for $10.99 (list price $19.99)

Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Serum with HYALURONIC ACID And Peptides - Get Rid Of Wrinkles with Skin Tightening Daily Moisturizer - Dermatologist Anti-Aging Skin Care for Eyes, Face, Forehead - 1 oz for $27.99 (list price $55.00)

Gillette Venus Spa Women's Razor with 1 Razor Handle and 2 Razor Blade Refills for $6.83 (list price $12.99)

Gillette Venus Swirl Women's Razor Handle with 2 Razor Blade Refills for $10.70 (list price $13.74)

Top Double Edge Safety Razor Wet Shave Kit by Shaveology for $29.97 (list price $99.00)

Lather & Wood Shaving Soap - Sandalwood - Simply the Best Luxury Shaving Cream - Tallow - Dense Lather with Fantastic Scent for the Worlds Best Wet Shaving Routine. 4.7 oz (Sandalwood) for $18.69 (list price $24.99)

TOP TENG® Deluxe Brushed Stainless Steel Sharpest Nail Clippers Set in Gift Box | Fingernail + Toenail Clippers Set | Perfect Nail Cutter for Men & Women - Makes a Great Gift for $8.99 (list price $35.99)

Slant Tweezers - TweezerGuru Professional Stainless Steel Slant Tip Tweezer - The Best Precision Eyebrow Tweezers For Your Daily Beauty Routine! for $9.97 (list price $15.00)

LuckyFine Blackhead Remover Cleaner Purifying Deep Cleansing Acne Black Mud Face Mask Peel-off(#1) for $5.99 (list price $11.98)

Art Naturals Vitamin C Serum 20% w/Hyaluronic Acid & Vit E - Anti Aging & Wrinkle Repairs Dark Circles, Fades Age Spots & Sun Damage - Enhanced Top Vitamin C Super Strength - Organic Ingredients, 1 Oz for $9.95 (list price $24.95)

Cremo Original Shave Cream, Astonishingly Superior Shaving Cream for Men, 6 Fluid Ounce for $4.99 (list price $9.99)

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, 16 Fl. Oz for $12.41 (list price $16.39)

Amara Organics Aloe Vera Gel from Organic Cold Pressed Aloe, 8 fl. oz. for $15.95 (list price $24.99)

Tom's of Maine Anticavity Fluoride Children's Toothpaste, Silly Strawberry, 4.2 Ounce, 3 Count for $7.68 (list price $11.97)


OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Case-it King Sized Zip Tab 4-Inch D-Ring Zipper Binder with 5-Tab File Folder, Black, D-186-BLK for $17.00 (list price $27.42)

AT-A-GLANCE Daily Desk Calendar 2017 Refill, January - December, 3-1/2 x 6" (E71750) for $4.35 (list price $6.79)

Officemate Super 2-Way Sorter, Recycled, Black (26252) for $9.72 (list price $18.79)

Paper Mate Point Guard Flair Porous Point Stick Pen, Assorted Colors, Medium, 16-Count for $12.76 (list price $14.92)

Rubbermaid Commercial Vented Slim Jim Trash Can, 23 Gallon, Black, FG354060BLA for $29.99 (list price $37.48)

Fellowes AutoMax 130C 130-Sheet Cross-Cut Auto Feed Shredder, for Hands-Free Shredding (4680001) for $229.99 (list price $274.99)

Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers, 4 Colored Markers (1779004) for $6.26 (list price $7.43)

Water Brush Pen, Self-moistening, Portable, (Assorted Tips, Set of 4) for $12.99 (list price $17.99)

Cedar Markers Liquid Chalk Markers - 12 Pack With Free 40 Chalkboard Labels - Amazing Neon Color Pens Including Gold And Silver Ink. Reversible Bullet And Chisel Tip And A Brand New Revolutionary Cap. for $17.99 (list price $35.99)

Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks) for $14.99 (list price $19.95)

BAZIC Assorted Dimensions 227g/0.5 lbs. Rubber Bands, Multi Color for $4.87 (list price $6.99)

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

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

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

BIC Velocity Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Refillable, Medium Point (1.0 mm), Black, 12-Count for $9.35 (list price $11.37)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Brush Tip, Assorted, 12 Pack for $10.09 (list price $11.87)

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

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

Stabilo 88 25-color Wallet Set for $14.25 (list price $23.75)

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

Acco Brands Binder Clips, Medium, 12 per Box, 2 Boxes (A7072050) for $5.52 (list price $9.64)

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

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Outlite A100 Portable Ultra Bright LED Handheld Flashlight with Adjustable Focus and 5 Light Modes for $13.99 (list price $49.99)

Leberna TM Disposable Poncho One Size Fit All with Attached Hood 20 Per Pack Assorted Color for $19.99 (list price $23.99)

Asamoom Reflective Stripe 60 MPH Windproof Umbrella, Double Canopy Auto Open Close Waterproof 300T Fabric Compact Travel Automatic Folding Umbrellas for $16.55 (list price $69.98)

Bolle Mojo Snow Goggles (Shiny Black, Vermillon) for $15.44 (list price $30.00)

Gorilla Carts Steel Utility Cart with Removable Sides with a Capacity of 800 lb, Red for $88.99 (list price $119.99)

TETON Sports ComfortLite Self Inflating Seat Cushion Self Inflatable; Free Storage Bag Included for $16.00 (list price $24.84)

Portable LED Lantern Collapsible, TaoTronics Camping Lantern Battery Operated Camp Light for Fishing, Hiking, Emergency and Outdoor Adventures for $7.99

Spalding NBA Street Basketball - Official Size 7 (29.5") for $11.99 (list price $17.99)

Kershaw 1990 Brawler Speedsafe Folding Knife for $21.97 (list price $39.95)

Camelbak 2016 Rogue Hydration Pack, Black, 70-Ounce for $41.26 (list price $70.00)

Pratico All-Purpose Outdoor Blanket, Stadium Blanket, & Picnic Blanket - Large 58 x 84 Inches Grey for $41.00 (list price $89.99)

Premium Mosquito Net for Double Bed by EVEN Naturals | Full Hanging Kit, Gift Bag & eBook | Circular Screen Netting Canopy Curtains | Insect Protection Repellent for $18.97 (list price $45.00)

Mr Bar B Q 05012X Apple Wood Chips for $6.49 (list price $9.14)

Revolutionary 932°F Extreme Heat Resistant EN407 Certified Gloves - Thick but Light-Weight & Flexible, 2 Gloves for $27.97 (list price $49.97)

Bicycle Hamburger Bell for $12.95 

Coleman 42 Can Removable Liner Cooler for $39.61 (list price $49.99)

Aerobie Skylighter Disc - Single Unit (Colors May Vary) for $11.95 (list price $14.99)

High Sierra Swerve Backpack, True Navy/Mercury for $34.99 (list price $49.99)

Bamboo Working Gloves for Women & Men. Ultimate Barehand Sensitivity Work Glove for Gardening, Fishing, Clamming, Restoration Work & More. Breathable by Nature! - Small for $12.97 (list price $14.85)

Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush - Cleans BBQ Easily with the Power of Steam without Harmful Chemical Solutions - For Use on All Stainless Steel, Iron & Porcelain Barbecue Grates for $17.99 (list price $24.99)

ELECTRONICS

Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II - Apple devices, Charcoal for $99.00 (list price $179.95)

YI Dome Camera Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wireless IP Security Surveillance System 720p HD Night Vision (US Edition) for $49.00 (list price $69.99)

Cable Matters 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector with 2.4A Dual USB Charging (Updated Version with Dimmed LED Light) for $13.99 (list price $25.99)

iLive HT050B 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System (Black) for $49.30 (list price $59.99)

Ausdom Webcam HD 2016 New 1080P Web Cam with Built-in Noise-canceling Microphone for $26.99 (list price $35.99)

Floureon BM-800 Condenser Studio Recording Microphone and Shock Mount Holder Blue for $28.32 (list price $109.99)

WD 4TB Black My Passport  Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYFT0040BBK-WESN for $118.53 (list price $159.99)

1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers, Supports Vinyl to MP3 Recording, USB MP3 Playback, and RCA Output, Natural Wood for $59.99 (list price $79.99)

ZEALOT S6 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers Power Bank with Built-in 5200mAh Battery,IP65 Waterproof&Dustproof,Dual Drivers&Subwoofer,Aux Audio/TF Card Supported for $35.99 (list price $99.99)

Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C1DZ (15.6-Inch Full HD IPS, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD) for $249.00 (list price $299.99)

HP Pavilion 22cwa 21.5-inch IPS LED Backlit Monitor for $99.99 (list price $119.99)

NETGEAR AC1750 Smart WiFi Router Dual Core 800MHz Processor - Router Only (R6400-100NAS) for $109.99 (list price $129.99)

Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter, Nano Size Lets You Plug it and Forget it, Ideal for Raspberry Pi / Pi2, Supports Windows, Mac OS, Linux (Black/Gold) for $7.99 (list price $14.99)

PNY Attache USB 2.0 Flash Drive, 64GB/ BLACK (P-FD64GATT03-GE) for $11.99 (list price $14.99)

Anker Ergonomic Optical USB Wired Vertical Mouse 1000/1600 DPI, 5 Buttons CE100 for $13.99 (list price $39.99)

TOOLS

 

GLAREE E03 Keychain Flashlight, CREE LED 150 Lumens Mini Torch AAA Battery EDC Pocket Penlight Portable Emergency Light for $9.95 (list price $25.95)

Kidde KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs, 13-Foot for $34.55 (list price $65.99)

BOYON Portable Clamp on Touch LED Desk Lamp LED Reading Lamp - Computer Keyboard Partner - Brightness Adjusted Minimalist Style Usb-powered for $13.50 (list price $29.00)

DEWALT DWST17806 TSTAK VI Deep Box for $22.99 (list price $44.90)

Sminiker Portable Survival Aircraft Aluminum Defender Tactical Pen with Glassbreaker, Writing, Self Defense (Black) for $13.99 (list price $32.99)

Hausbell 7W Ultra Bright Mini LED Flashlight Tactical Flashlight (2 Pack) for $6.99 (list price $10.99)

Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 inch Compact Drill Driver Kit for $99.00 (list price $169.00)

DEWALT DW1354 14-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set for $15.98 (list price $17.99)

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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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