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Get Friday's Best Amazon Deals While They Last

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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, February 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

Anker Multi-Angle Aluminum Stand for Tablets, e-readers and Smartphones, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy / Tab, Google Nexus, HTC, LG, Nokia Lumia, OnePlus and More (Silver) for $8.99 (list price $39.99)

Samsung 32GB BAR (METAL) USB 3.0 Flash Drive (MUF-32BA/AM) for $22.50 (list price $24.99)

WOWTOU Remote Mini Disco Ball Lights, 3-Mode Sound Activated Strobe Effect and 7-Pattern Rotating RGB LED Party Light Show for Dance Floor Night Club DJ Stage Lighting, USB Powered (Black) for $16.99 (list price $21.99)

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

Fancii Cool Mist Personal Mini Humidifier, USB or Battery Operated Portable Travel Humidifying Device for use with Water Bottles for $24.99 (list price $35.99)

TP-Link Smart Plug, No Hub Required, Wi-Fi, Control your Devices from Anywhere, Works with Amazon Alexa (HS100) for $29.99 (list price $39.99)

Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs (HB-UM43) for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Lens Cleaner - vius Premium Lens Cleaner Spray for Eyeglasses, Cameras, and Other Lenses - Gently Cleans Bacteria, Fingerprints, Dust, Oil (8oz) for $7.79 (list price $14.99)

ROXANT High Definition Mini Monocular Pocket Scope with molded grip, carrying case, neck strap and cleaning cloth. for $19.95 (list price $24.95)

Tesla Coil Lighters USB Rechargeable Windproof Arc Lighter for $18.99 

Anker Quick Charge 3.0 63W 5-Port USB Wall Charger, PowerPort Speed 5 for Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4 and PowerIQ for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, LG, Nexus, HTC & More for $29.99 (list price $89.99)

KevenAnna LED Flashlight Tactical Pen with Glass Breaker Survival Aircraft Aluminum Self Defense Pen with Writing for Men and Women for $15.99 (list price $44.97)

iPhone 7 Battery Case, Trianium Atomic Pro iPhone Portable Charger iPhone 7 2016 (4.7 inch) Charging Case [Black] 3200mAh Extended Battery Pack Power Cases Juice Bank Cover[Apple Certified Part] for $39.99 (list price $79.95)

Anker Powerline+ USB-C to USB 3.0 cable (3ft), High Durability, for USB Type-C Devices Including the new MacBook, ChromeBook Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nokia N1 Tablet, OnePlus 2 and More for $10.00 (list price $25.99)

Car Air Purifier, FRiEQ Car Air Freshener and Ionic Air Purifier | Remove Dust, Pollen, Smoke and Bad Odors - Available for Your Auto or RV for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Garmin Nuvi 57LM GPS Navigator System with Spoken Turn-By-Turn Directions, Lifetime Map Updates, Direct Access, and Speed Limit Displays for $99.04 (list price $149.99)

Sabrent Premium 60 Watt (12 Amp) 6-Port Aluminum Family-Sized Desktop USB Rapid Charger. Smart USB Charger with Auto Detect Technology [Silver] (AX-FLCH) for $26.99 (list price $49.99)

Linksys Wireless Mini USB Adapter AC 580 Dual Band (AE6000) for $27.95 (list price $59.99)

XOPRO Folding Multi-Tool Wallet Credit Card Pocket Knife Tool, (Pack of 1) - Black for $4.99 (list price $39.99)

LEGO STAR WARS TIE Striker 75154 for $54.00 (list price $69.99)

LEGO Star Wars Poe's X-Wing Fighter 75102 Building Kit for $62.00 (list price $79.99)

LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter 75125 for $7.93 (list price $9.99)

LEGO Star Wars Battle on Takodana 75139 for $35.53 (list price $59.99)

Braun Ear Thermometer for $34.49 (list price $49.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver / Car Kit, Portable Wireless Audio Adapter 3.5 mm Stereo Output (Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, Built-in Microphone) for Home Audio Music Streaming Sound System for $13.59 (list price $15.99)

SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 64GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drive- SDCZ33-064G-B35 for $18.51 (list price $27.99)

KITCHEN

Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet - Silicone Hot Handle Holder - 10.25 inch - by Utopia Kitchen for $17.99 (list price $39.99)

Hamilton Beach 25500 Egg Cooker with Built-In Timer for $21.74 (list price $24.99)

Culina Nylon Mesh Strainer - 7inch for $5.99 (list price $9.95)

TedGem 2 Pack Collapsible Colanders Set, Food-Grade Silicone kitchen Strainer Space-Saver Folding Strainer Colander, Dishwasher Safe for $11.99 (list price $39.99)

Measuring Cups - Metal Set with Engraved Standard and Metric Measurements - FREE Baking eBook for $6.99 (list price $29.99)

T-fal C112SC Signature Nonstick Expert Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Red for $64.12 (list price $102.78)

Brita 10 Cup Everyday BPA Free Water Pitcher with 1 Filter, White for $19.99 (list price $25.99)

Update International (KP-10) 10" German Steel Cimeter Knife for $11.95 (list price $17.46)

Libbey Polaris Drinking Glasses and Tumblers, Set of 16 for $24.99 (list price $30.68)

Ozera Reusable Popsicle Molds Ice Pop Molds Maker, Set of 6,Multi Colors for $6.99 (list price $19.99)

Manno Italiano 17-Inches High Pasta Drying Rack for $24.99 (list price $39.99)

Carving Fork Forged Full Tang Metal Rivets Stainless Steel Blade KFP-71 for $12.95 (list price $14.40)

Carlisle 071703 Lift Off Lid Tortilla Server Warmer, 12" x 2", Black for $18.50 (list price $20.14)

WonderVeg Vegetable Spiralizer - Tri Blade Spiral Slicer – Cleaning Brush, Mini Recipe Book and 6 Spare Parts Included - Zucchini Spaghetti Pasta Noodle Maker for $23.97 (list price $49.90)

Bamboo Cutting Boards - Premium Small, Medium & Large Wood, Bamboo Chopping Board Sets by Ergo Kitchen Accessories (Light - 3 piece) for $12.99 (list price $32.99)

Bellemain Fat Separator / Measuring Cup with Strainer & Fat Stopper 4 Cup / 1 Liter Capacity for $13.95 (list price $29.95)

9 Inch Healthy Green Ceramic Non Stick Fry/Frying Pans,Small egg/Omelet/Omelette Pan,Hommate Organic Ceramic Titanium Pan/Cookware/Skillet,Non Toxic,PTFE/PFOA Free,Oven Safe 400F,Dishwasher Safe for $23.99 (list price $96.99)

StarPack Premier 2 Pack Mixed Peeler Set - Julienne & Vegetable Peeler - Y-Shaped Kitchen Utensils - Bonus 101 Cooking Tips for $12.95 (list price $22.91)

SCI Cuisine Red Shrimp Deveiner for $4.62

Tiered Serving Set - Thicker, Adjustable Sturdy Metal Rack - 3-Tier White Porcelain 12" x 6" Platter Set (White Porcelain, 3-Tier) for $31.97 (list price $49.99)

Seville Classics Bamboo Cutting Board with 7 Removable Cutting Mats for $24.99 (list price $29.99)

Sun's Tea 9 oz Strong Double Wall Manhattan Style old-fashioned Vodka/Scotch/Whiskey Glasses, Set of 2 for $16.99 (list price $21.99)

Fitpacker Meal Prep Containers BPA-Free Food Storage and Portion Control (28oz - Set of 16) for $19.99 (list price $26.99)

Extra Thick Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats With Food Icons & "EZ-Grip" Waffle Back(Set Of 4) by Cooler Kitchen for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

LINKYO French Coffee Press - Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 34oz, 1L for $22.79 (list price $49.99)

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker, Black for $103.12 (list price $149.00)

Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 3-Piece Cookie Pan Set, Gray for $12.38 (list price $39.00)

Homitt 30 oz Insulated Tumbler Travel Mug, Double Wall Vacuum Stainless Steel Cup Bundle with Lid, Handle, 2 Curved Straws, Cleaning Brush, (24 Hours Ice Retention) for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Zojirushi SJ-SHE10 Stainless Steel Tuff Sports Bottle, 32-Ounce for $25.49 (list price $27.99)

Friis 16-Ounce Coffee Vault, Stainless Steel for $18.77 (list price $24.99)

Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set for $39.32 (list price $44.99)

Kerr 0518 wide mouth mason jar pint, 16oz(case of 12) for $8.99 (list price $18.58)

Creative Co-op DA4866 Stoneware Whale Shaped Butter Dish, Aqua Blue for $13.99 (list price $24.94)

Oster CKSTGRFM18W-ECO DuraCeramic Griddle with Warming Tray, Black/Crème for $29.92 (list price $41.99)

Nuovoware Egg Separator, Cute Silicone Egg Separator Yolk Fish Squeeze Fish Lips Swallow Release York Extractor Divider, Food-Grade Silicone Gel Egg Gadget, Cooking and Baking Tool, Orange for $4.98 (list price $9.99)

Chef'n PopTop Microwave Popcorn Popper (Cherry) for $18.04 (list price $19.99)

Norpro 3-Cup Stainless Steel Rotary Hand Crank Flour Sifter With 2 Wire Agitator for $5.82 (list price $9.78)

SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, Set of 4, Free Cleaning Brush Included for $6.88 (list price $19.95)

Vos Ceramic Chef Knife 8 Inch Sheath Cover Box and Cookbook - Green for $19.95 (list price $39.99)

HOME

OXYLED T-02 Stick-on Anywhere Portable 10 LED Wireless Motion Sensing Light Bar with Magnetic Strip (Battery Operated) - Silver for $10.99 (list price $17.99)

[Hand Crafted] HemingWeigh Rock Salt Sphere Lamp 12 Cm with Wood Base, Electric Wire and Bulb for $21.99 (list price $49.99)

Hoover CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight Commercial Canister Vacuum for $84.67 (list price $149.51)

Queen Size 2 Inch Thick, Ultra Premium Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper. Made in the USA for $79.99 (list price $299.99)

Hoover Commercial CH53005 TaskVac Hard-Bagged Lightweight Upright Vacuum, 13-Inch for $117.57 (list price $232.38)

Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector, 2 Cans, 10-Ounce for $17.43 (list price $20.44)

AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor for $8.95 (list price $11.23)

Zober Solid Wood Suit Hangers with Non Slip Bar and Precisely Cut Notches - 360 Degree Swivel Chrome Hook - Natural Finish Wooden Hangers - 20 Pack for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler for $27.42 (list price $30.63)

Vornado MVH Whole Room Vortex Heater, Black for $56.99 (list price $79.99)

Homasy 800ml Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, One Touch Button Control, Auto Shut off Function for Office Home Bedroom Yoga Spa for $26.99 (list price $31.99)

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier - Premium Humidifying Unit with Whisper-quiet Operation, Automatic Shut-off, and Night Light Function for $39.99 (list price $79.99)

GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer and Odor Reduction, 11-Inch Table Top Tower Air Purifier for $54.99 (list price $59.84)

Lasko 1827 Adjustable Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan, 18-Inch, Black for $38.15 (list price $45.29)

DampRid FG50T Hi-Capacity Moisture Absorber, 4-Pound Tub for $9.67 (list price $10.99)

Sharp SPC800 Quartz Analog Twin Bell Alarm Clock (Silver) for $7.88 (list price $16.87)

Zenna Home 2523NN, Cross Style Bathroom Spacesaver, Satin Nickel , 23.6 x 64.6-Inches for $19.97 (list price $29.99)

E-PRANCE Shower Window Squeegee, Deluxe Stainless Steel Squeegee for Bathroom Mirror Wiper,Window Glass Cleaning for $12.99 (list price $22.99)

Fresh Ideas Tailored Poplin Euro Pillow Sham, White - Single for $7.65 (list price $14.99)

11x14 Document Frame - Made for Documents Sized 8.5x11 Inch with Mat and 11x14 Inch without Mat, Black for $14.95 (list price $16.95)

Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 70-Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control, White for $250.77 (list price $289.99)

Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (24-Pack) for $14.98 (list price $29.99)

Flash Furniture BT-7818-BK-GG Contemporary Black Leather Recliner/Ottoman with Swiveling Mahogany Wood Base for $234.00 (list price $249.99)

Hagerty 10120 Silversmiths' Silver Polish, 12 Ounces for $12.19 (list price $15.99)

Large Capacity Premium Quality Plastic Makeup Palette Organizer for $24.97 (list price $29.99)

PurSteam Fabric Steamer, Fast-Heat Aluminum Heating Element With Travel Pouch, 180ml Capacity Perfect for Home and Travel for $24.99 (list price $69.99)

Plaza Astoria Wall/Door-Mount Jewelry Armoire, White for $112.20 (list price $150.00)

Sauder Shoal Creek 4-Drawer Chest, Jamocha Wood Finish for $149.95 (list price $189.99)

Gorilla Grip 5x7-Feet Non-Slip Area Rug Pad for Hard Floors for $15.39 (list price $26.79)

Cougar Ultimate 2 Handle Log Carrier - Extra Heavy Duty, Standing, Waterproof Lined Firewood Tote, Bag Best For Carrying Wood (Forest Green) for $25.95 (list price $49.99)

Sunbeam Steam Master Iron with Anti-Drip Non-Stick Stainless Steel Soleplate and 8' Retractable Cord, 1400 Watt for $24.99 after on-screen coupon (list price $37.18)

Zinus 9 Inch High Profile Smart Box Spring / Mattress Foundation / Strong Steel structure / Easy assembly required, Queen for $96.40 (list price $124.00)

Disney Pixar Cars Racing Interactive Game Rug for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Casual Home 324-54 Montego 5-Tier Bookcase, Walnut for $69.34 (list price $103.99)

Ottomanson New Ottohome Persian Heriz Oriental Design Runner Rug with Non-Skid Rubber Backing, Red, 22" L x 84" W for $23.20 (list price $32.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

TONYMOLY Pandas Dream So Cool Eye Stick, 1.4 Ounce for $7.20 (list price $8.99)

TONYMOLY Tony moly Egg Pore Nose Pack 7 Sheets for $3.33 (list price $7.00)

MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 Natural Beige SPF42 PA+++ (50ml) for $9.78 (list price $22.00)

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule Serum, 1.7 Ounce for $26.00 (list price $49.00)

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder 5g for $6.24 (list price $8.60)

Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur SPF 15/PA Plus, 1.23 Ounce for $12.30 (list price $20.03)

TONYMOLY KISS KISS Lip Scrub for $5.40

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream for $14.98

NPS SNP SNPP02- Otter Aqua Character Printed Mask ,10 Count for $16.00

The Body Shop Strawberry Premium Selection Medium Gift Set for $36.86 (list price $39.00)

Braun Series 3 3040S Wet and Dry Waterproof Foil Cordless Shaver for Men for $45.18 (list price $79.99)

COVERGIRL+Olay Simply Ageless Makeup Primer, 1 oz for $10.69 (list price $15.99)

Milani Baked Blush, Bellissimo Bronze, 0.12 Ounce for $7.29 (list price $7.70)

Braun Series 5 5090cc Electric Foil Shaver for Men with Clean & Charge Station, Electric Men's Shaver, Razors, Shavers, Cordless Shaving System for $129.99 (list price $199.99)

Conair 1875 Watt Soft Touch Tourmaline Ceramic 2-in-1 Styler / Hair Dryer; Black for $21.28 (list price $31.26)

NIVEA Men Active3 3-in-1 Body Wash 16.9 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 3) for $11.99 (list price $17.97)

KEDSUM Makeup Brush Cleaning Mats,1 Apple Shaded Large Mat,1 Heart Shaped Small Mat and 1 Makeup Sponge Blender, Silicon Brush Cleaner for Face Brush and Eye Brush for $10.99 (list price $19.99)

16pcs Replacement Toothbrush Heads for Braun Oral B EB-25A (16) for $10.39 (list price $26.99)

[VALENTINE'S DAY SALE]Argus Le Advanced 6 in 1 Multifunction Facial Cleansing Brush and Massager for Facial Exfoliating, Microdermabrasion, Pore Minimizer, Helps with Acne, Dark Spot, and Blackhead for $14.99 (list price $39.99)

KEDSUM Professional Electric Nail Drill Kit for Acrylics, Gels, Natural Nails, Quality Manicure & Pedicure Kit of Hands & Feet At Home,100-240 V for $36.99 (list price $49.99)

Grapefruit Essential Oil by Anjou, 2 fl. Oz - 100% Pure, Natural (Therapeutic Grade, Aromatherapy, DIY, Weight Loss, Skin Oil Control, Hair Repairing - Vitamin C & Vitamin P) for $8.99 (list price $30.00)

Gisala Boar Bristle Paddle Oval Hair Brush with Wooden Handle for Wet and Dry Hair,Hair Comb for Adults and Children for $15.97 (list price $49.99)

AVANTEK Ear Nose Hair Trimmer, Facial Hair Shaver with LED Light, Battery-Operated, Gray for $9.59 (list price $20.00)

PLEMO Sleeping Mask, Lightweight Ultra-Soft Silky Contoured Eye Mask, Breathe-Easy Eye Shade for Bedtime & Travel in Light Blue for $7.99 (list price $19.99)

InstaNatural Eyelash & Eyebrow Boost Serum - Rapid & Fast Lash Care for Long, Thick & Fuller Eyelashes & to Enhance Brows - With Peptides, Organic Vitamins & Premium Xlash Liquid Formula - 10 ML for $19.97 (list price $24.97)

FANTCEN Cuticle Nipper 1/2 Jaw Cuticle Clippers Professional Golden Cuticle Remover Trimmer Cutter Scissor Double Spring Stainless Steel for Manicure DIY for $12.99 (list price $18.99)

Plemo Sleep Mask, Pure Silk Eye Cover with Reusable Ice Pack for Hot & Cold Therapy for $14.99 (list price $25.99)

Nexxus Hydra Light Restoring Conditioner, Weightless Moisture 13.5 oz for $13.12 (list price $15.69)

(2oz) Thermal protection hair spray for $7.99 (list price $14.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

LAMPAT Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, Black for $27.99 (list price $139.99)

Halter Steel Mesh Desktop 3-Tier Shelf Tray Organizer - Letter-Size - Black for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

Reliatronic All-in-One Electric Eraser with Manual Pencil Sharpener, 20 Eraser Refills and 1 Eraser Brush Included, Battery Operated, Blue for $12.77 (list price $15.99)

Sauder Harbor View Lateral File, Antiqued White for $149.28 (list price $209.99)

Crayola 58-7858 Ultra-Clean Washable Broad Line Markers, 40-Count for $13.40 (list price $18.49)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $6.91 (list price $11.49)

Vintage Framed Slate Kitchen Chalkboard ( 7" x 10") - Decorative Chalk Board for Rustic Wedding Signs, Kitchen Pantry & Wall Decor for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

Artlicious - 50 Premium Distinct Colored Pencils for Adult Coloring Books - Bonus Sharpener - Color Names on Pencils for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

Electric Pencil Sharpener - Battery Operated (No Cord) - Ideal For No. 2 and Colored Pencils (Drawing, Coloring) - Small and Durable - Kid Friendly - Artist , Students , and Professionals for $18.99 (list price $34.99)

Tanmit 100 Coloring Gel Pens Set for Adults Coloring Books- Gel Colored Pen for Drawing, Writing & Unique Colors Including Glitter, Neon, Standard, Symhony, Milky & Metallic for $17.95 (list price $35.00)

Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Fine Nib, Black Ink (91111) for $13.52 (list price $18.75)

Fiskars 8 Inch The Original Orange-Handled Scissors for $8.97 (list price $11.99)

Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted for $7.49 (list price $10.87)

Singer Polyester Thread, Assorted Colors, 24 Spools for $1.40 (list price $3.89)

Eagle Business Card Holder, Push-Button,Storage up to 350 Cards for $9.99 (list price $13.99)

Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled for $129.99 (list price $145.99)

Miragoodsbasics Basic 40 Assorted Colors Acrylic Yarn Skeins with 3 E-Books for $19.97 (list price $30.00)

Lineon 108 Colors Gel Pens,Gel Pen Set for Adult Coloring Books Art Markers for $13.56 (list price $59.99)

Chalkola Chalk Markers & Metallic Colors - Pack of 16 chalk pens - For Chalkboard, Whiteboard, Window, Labels, Bistro - 6mm Bullet Tip with 8 gram ink for $18.90 (list price $23.77)

Scotch Magic Tape, 3/4 x 1296 Inches, Boxed, 3 Rolls (810-3PK) for $7.33 (list price $12.99)

Bonsaii EverShred C149-C 18-Sheet Cross-cut Shredder with 6 Gallon Wastebasket Capacity and 4 Casters for $156.66 (list price $238.00)

Water Brush Pen for Watercolor Painting & Lettering - Assorted Durable Nylon Tips (Pack of 3 Brushes - Fine/Medium/Broad) for $9.99 (list price $22.50)

Prang Artist Charcoal Pencils, Paper Wrapped, Soft, Box of 12, Black (60200) for $8.00 (list price $14.70)

Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads 9 in. x 12 in. - pad of 100 for $8.72 (list price $12.89)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count for $9.99 (list price $17.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

AYL TF89 Bright 900 Lumens CREE XM-L2 LED Tactical Torch Flashlight, 5 Modes, Zoom Lens with Adjustable Focus - Water Resistant, Lighting Lamp for $14.99 (list price $49.99)

GDEALER Solar String Lights 72feet 200 LED 8 Modes Solar Powered Waterproof Starry Fairy Outdoor String Lights holiday Decoration Lights for Patio Gardens Homes Landscape Wedding Party for $10.99 (list price $39.99)

Finger , Hand , and Forearm Strengthener For Fitness , Rock Climbing , and Stress Relief for $7.99 (list price $19.99)

Hausbell 7W Ultra Bright Mini LED Flashlight Tactical Flashlight (2 Pack) for $8.99 (list price $10.99)

Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag with 2 Pillows and a Carrying Bag for Camping, Backpacking, Hiking for $49.99 (list price $99.99)

Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder Tube of 8 Cubes for $5.92 (list price $7.56)

OurPets Smarter Toys Interactive IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy (Colors may vary) for $9.99 (list price $14.99)

JW Pet Company Ruffians Fish Dog Toy, Large (Colors Vary) for $6.99 (list price $8.99)

Fiskars X7 Hatchet 14 Inch for $24.97 (list price $29.99)

Race Icon Bike Helmet Mirror - Our Clear View Flat Lightweight Bicycle Mirror Is a Must Have for Any Road Cyclist + for $11.95 (list price $14.93)

Venture Pal Ultralight Lightweight Packable Foldable Travel Camping Hiking Outdoor Sports Backpack Daypack (Black) for $20.99 (list price $68.99)

Oster Fresh Sips Less Stress Pet Fountain BPA Free with Double Filtration, 60 fl oz for $31.72 (list price $39.99)

Spalding NBA Zi/O Indoor/Outdoor Basketball - Official Size 7 (29.5") for $37.94 (list price $44.99)

Dog Bowls for Medium And Large Dogs by Fossa Stainless Steel 2 x 3 Cups Pet Food And Water No Spill Double Dish Set With Food Grade Silicone Mat for $24.99 (list price $37.99)

Flossy Chews Cottonblend Color 3-Knot Rope Tug, Large, 25-Inch for $3.74 (list price $7.99)

Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Litter, Multi-Cat, 28 Lbs for $12.29 (list price $25.99)

Camelbak Products Chute Water Bottle, Charcoal, 1-Liter for $10.99 (list price $14.00)

GSI Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set (24-Piece) for $41.99 (list price $49.95)

GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station for $59.93 (list price $70.22)

Set of 6 Marshmallow and Hot Dog Roasting Sticks 34 Inch Sturdy Extra Long Telescoping Smores Skewers by Carpathen for $17.80 (list price $38.48)

ASAER Snow Tube - Air Tube 39 Inch Inflatable Snow/Sled with Rapid Valves - Aqua Leisure Winter Inflatable Round Snow Tube with vinyl tube repair kit - With thickening bottom of 45mm!!(Purple) for $18.99 (list price $30.99)

Holan 12 LED Motion Sensor Solar Lights / Waterproof Solar Wall Light with Two Intelligent Modes and Auto On/Off , 2 Pack for $19.59 (list price $29.99)

ThorFire C8s LED Flashlight 900 Lumens Most Powerful C8 Light Torch with Hidden Strobe for Camping Hiking Hunting, 18650 Battery Not Included for $16.99 (list price $35.99)

ELECTRONICS

Sceptre X405BV-FHDR 40”-Inch LED Class Full HD-TV for $199.98 (list price $279.99)

Bose SoundTouch 10 x 2 Wireless Starter Pack, Black for $329.00 (list price $398.00)

VIDBOX Video Conversion for PC for $69.99 (list price $79.99)

Acer Aspire AIO Desktop, 23.8" Full HD, Core i5-6400T, NVIDIA 940M 2GB Discrete Graphics Card, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Win 10, AZ3-715-UR61 for $648.99 (list price $749.99)

SanDisk Extreme CZ80 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - SDCZ80-064G-GAM46 for $29.95 (list price $49.99)

CyberPower CPU3RTAKT 2.5' Apple Certified Retractable Cable Kit, Black for $9.28 (list price $14.95)

Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard for iPad Air 2 / Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 / 3 / 2 / 1, iPad 4 / 3 / 2, Galaxy Tabs and Other Mobile Devices (White) for $14.99 (list price $25.99)

Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Wireless Hi-Fi Earbud Headphones- Black for $56.02 (list price $79.99)

Linksys AC1750 Dual-Band Smart Wireless Router with MU-MIMO (Max Stream EA7300) for $109.99 (list price $129.99)

Logitech G602 Gaming Wireless Mouse with 250 Hour Battery Life for $48.00 (list price $79.99)

iHome Color Changing Dual Alarm FM Clock Radio with USB Charging (iM29SC) for $33.48 (list price $39.99)

Sony BDPS3700 Streaming Blu-Ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (2016 Model) for $73.00 (list price $119.99)

VIZIO SmartCast Crave 360 Multi-Room Wireless Speaker, Silver (SP50-D5) for $164.99 (list price $249.99)

Monoprice 30 ft Luxe Series CL3 Active High Speed Premium HDMI Cable for $17.99 (list price $31.80)

TOOLS

Philips 461129 60 Watt Equivalent Soft White A19 LED Light Bulb, 16-Pack for $32.59 (list price $35.99)

Stanley Tr110 Heavy Duty Steel Stapler for $12.45 (list price $22.90)

Ratchet Tie Down Straps - 4 Pk - 15 Ft- 500 Lbs Load Cap- 1500 Lb Break Strength- Cambuckle Alternative- Cargo Straps for Moving Appliances, Lawn Equipment, Motorcycle - Includes 2 Bungee Cord for $16.95 (list price $34.95)

DEWALT DWA2T40IR IMPACT READY FlexTorq Screw Driving Set, 40-Piece for $17.99 (list price $19.99)

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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 ...

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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 …

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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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