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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 16.

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

AUKEY Dash Cam, Full HD 1080P, 170° Wide Angle Lens, Night Vision, Car Dashboard Camera for $69.99 (list price $89.99)

Ring Light for Camera [Rechargable Battery]Selfie LED Camera Light [36 LED] for iPhone iPad Sumsung Galaxy Photography Phones, White for $11.99 (list price $39.89)

Micro USB Cables (2-Pack 3.3ft) Rampow Nylon Braided Samsung usb cable/charging cords for Android Devices, Galaxy, Sony,Motorola and More - Space Grey for $8.49 (list price $22.99)

Jackery Mini Premium 3350mAh Portable Charger - External Battery Pack, Power Bank, & Portable iPhone Charger for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6 (Black) for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

Portable Chargers RAVPower 22000mAh Battery Pack 5.8A Output 3-Port Power Bank (2.4A Input, Triple iSmart 2.0 USB Ports, Li-polymer Battery) External Battery Bank For Smartphones Tablets more- Black for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

HOPDAY Bluetooth Headphones V4.1 Wireless Sports Earphones Sweatproof Running Gym Headsets Built-in Mic for iPhone 7 7 plus and Android Phones for $14.99 (list price $39.99)

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Small for $129.88 (list price $149.95)

Photive M90 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Built In Subwoofer. 20 Watts Of Power- IPX5 Water Resistant- Rugged. for $59.95 (list price $149.95)

Ring Light for Camera [Rechargable Battery]Selfie LED Camera Light [36 LED] for iPhone iPad Sumsung Galaxy Photography Phones, White for $11.99 (list price $39.89)

iPhone 7 Plus Case, Trianium [Clarium Series] Premium Shock Absorption TPU Bumper Cushion + Scratch Resistant Clear Protective Cases Hard Cover for Apple iPhone 7 Plus 2016 - Clear (TM000027) for $7.95 (list price $9.99)

SanDisk Cruzer Glide CZ60 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - SDCZ60-032G-B35 for $10.29 (list price $17.99)

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds Stereo Earphones with Mic, Secure Fit for Sports - Black for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

Samsung 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-32BB/AM) for $11.65 (list price $29.99)

DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass (Black) for $34.99 (list price $89.99)

Garmin Forerunner 225 GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate for $139.00 (list price $219.99)

VicTsing Gold Plated Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort to VGA Male to Female Adapter in White for Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro. for $7.69 (list price $11.99)

GE 54947 Grounded 6-Outlet Tap, for $5.24 (list price $6.99)

Mpow Selfie Stick, iSnap X Extendable Monopod with Built-in Bluetooth Remote Shutter for iPhone 6/ 6s, Android & iOS Smartphones for $13.59 (list price $17.99)

Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter (MB-MP32DA/AM) for $10.99 (list price $37.99)

Turbot Wireless Charger,3-Coils Qi Wireless Charging Stand for All QI-Enabled Devices-Black for $20.39 (list price $45.99)

Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones for $34.50 (list price $49.00)

Car Mount, (2 Pack) Mengo Magna-Snap Mini Magnetic Air Vent Car Mount for Smartphones (iPhone, Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, & More), Mp3 Players, and GPS Devices - Retail Packaging for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

[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 $8.99 (list price $18.99)

Trianium Armband For iPhone 7/6/6S PLUS, LG G5, Note 3/4/5 with case (fits with Otterbox Defender & Lifeproof case) ArmTrek Pro Exercise Running Pouch Key Holder Good For Hiking,Biking,Walking- Black for $9.79 (list price $20.97)

iXCC Element II Series Apple Certified 6ft Lightning 8pin to USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPhone SE/5/6/6s/7/Plus/iPad Mini/Air/Pro -MFi- 2pc White for $13.79 (list price $29.99)

Anker Quick Charge 3.0 42W Dual USB Car Charger, PowerDrive+ 2 for Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4 and PowerIQ for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $19.97 (list price $39.99)

Photive 60 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger. Intelligent USB Charger with Auto Detect Technology (White) Updated Version of Photive 50 Watt 6 Port for $21.95 (list price $24.95)

Vtin Cuber Waterproof Speakers Bluetooth 4.0 Speakers with 5W Audio Driver and IP67 Waterproof Design for iPhone and Other Smart Phones-Blue for $19.99 (list price $69.99)

LEGO Star Wars First Order Battle Pack 75132 for $8.99 (list price $12.99)

LEGO Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank 75151 for $79.57 (list price $109.99)

LEGO STAR WARS Krennic's Imperial Shuttle 75156 for $73.54 (list price $89.99)

KITCHEN

Bodum 8 Cup Chambord Classic Coffee Maker, 34 oz, Copper for $33.13 (list price $50.00)

Bodum 20cm x 20cm Bistro Napkin Holder, White for $15.19 (list price $20.00)

Thermos Novelty Lunch Kit, Hello Kitty Figure for $6.31 (list price $15.99)

Tervis Harry Potter Marauders Map Individual Wrap Tumbler with Brown Lid, 24 oz, Clear for $18.87 (list price $23.99)

Westinghouse WFL545 Select Series Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Quart Dutch Oven - Amazon Exclusive for $25.42 (list price $44.99)

Weiman Cook Top Scrubbing Pads, 18 count pads for $14.58 (list price $17.94)

Thermos Funtainer 16 Ounce Food Jar, Charcoal for $18.53 (list price $24.99)

Premium Organic Bamboo [ HEIM CONCEPT ] Extra Large Cutting Board and Serving Tray with Drip Groove [ 18" x 12" x ¾" inch Thick ] Eco-Friendly Thick Strong Bamboo Kitchenware for $17.95 (list price $29.99)

Messermeister Pro-Touch Serrated Swivel Peeler, Red for $7.23 (list price $10.00)

Bodum 11571-137 Pour Over Coffee Maker with Permanent Filter, 1.0 L/34 oz, Red for $16.94 (list price $29.00)

Kitchen Elements Ultra-Flex Red Silicone Kitchen Cooking Mitt, 1 Pair for $15.00 (list price $25.00)

LIFT Certified BPA-Free Reusable Microwavable Meal Prep Containers with Lids, 28-Ounce, 7 Pack (Includes Ebook) for $10.97 (list price $14.99)

Kitchen Gizmo 2 Sided TPU Anti-Bacterial Cutting Board, Thick Yet Flexible, Knife Friendly, Scratch Resistant, Juice Groove, Dishwasher Safe, Antimicrobial and FDA Approved (Orange/Grey) for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Stainless Steel Dough Scraper Chopper - Utopia Kitchen for $5.99 (list price $19.99)

Fit & Fresh Smart Portion 1/2 Cup Chilled Containers, Set of 4 Portion Control Containers with Removable Ice Packs, BPA-Free, Freezer/Microwave/Dishwasher Safe for $7.99 (list price $10.00)

SimpleTaste Electric Milk Frother Coffee Frother, One Touch Handheld Battery Powered Electric Foam Maker Electric Frother with Stand, Grey for $14.99 (list price $24.99)

Cooks Standard NC-00239 12-Inch Ply Clad Stainless Steel Fry Pan with Dome Lid, Multi for $43.18 (list price $54.00)

Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Lunch Bag, Riggs Raccoon for $12.00 (list price $15.00)

Best Ice Cube Trays - 2 Large Silicone Pack - 16 Giant 2 Inch Ice Cubes Molds for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-iQ Boost (NN102) for $97.99 (list price $139.99)

STREET CRAFT Set Of-4, Barrel Mugs / Hammered Copper Moscow Mule Mug Handmade of 100% Pure Copper, Nickel Lined, Brass Handle Hammered Moscow Mule Mug / Cup Capacity-16 Ounce. for $30.00 (list price $100.00)

Cook N Home Stainless Steel Cookware 1 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

ThermoPro TP06S Electronic Digital Smoker Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe for BBQ Oven Grill Food Meat for $16.99 (list price $29.99)

American Metalcraft SAN312 Plastic Cheese Shaker with Lid, 12-Ounce for $7.75 (list price $8.75)

Tovolo Cupcake Pen for $8.15 (list price $9.79)

ME.FAN 3 Set Silicone Multi-Use Flower Trivet Mat - Premium Quality Insulated Flexible Durable Non Slip Coasters Hot Pads Blue for $14.99 (list price $25.99)

Best ORGANIC Bamboo Cutting Board - FDA Approved for Your Safety - Premium EXTRA LARGE Wood Cutting Board & Antimicrobial Kitchen Chopping Board with Drip Groove - Use as a Stylish Serving Tray for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

ME.FAN 3 Set Silicone Multi-Use Flower Trivet Mat - Premium Quality Insulated Flexible Durable Non Slip Coasters Hot Pads Blue for $11.99 (list price $25.99)

George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker, Red for $21.99 (list price $24.99)

Silver Stainless Steel Pineapple De-Corer Peeler Stem Remover Blades for Diced Fruit Rings by Super Z Outlet for $8.99 (list price $14.99)

Tovolo Collapsible Microwave Cover for $7.99 (list price $9.99)

13" Grease Splatter Screen for Cooking with Heavy Duty Ultra Fine Mesh Plus Silicone Hot Handle Holder - Frying Pan Splatter Guard Fits Most Pans and Prevents Oil Splatters for $15.90 (list price $24.99)

BRIESLY Stainless Steel Corn Cutter Corn Cob Peeler Corn Stripper Kitchen Tool for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

28 Oz. Blender Bottle W/wire Shaker Ball- Pack of 2, Colors may vary for $15.68 (list price $16.99)

Etekcity 11lb 5kg Digital Multifunction Food Kitchen Scale with Removable Bowl 2.15L Liquid Volume Room Temperature and Timer, Backlight LCD Display for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set, 6 Piece for $18.95 (list price $24.95)

Lodge EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red for $57.06 (list price $115.00)

HOME

Hoover Vacuum Cleaner T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum UH70210 for $74.99 (list price $117.00)

Yankee Candle Company Red Apple Wreath Large Jar Candle for $18.00 (list price $27.99)

Libman Tornado Mop for $18.89 (list price $26.64)

Roommates Rmk1586Scs Star Wars Classic Peel And Stick Wall Decals for $10.73 (list price $13.99)

Soft Heat Ultra Micro-Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Triple Rib Throw, Nightshadow Blue for $52.43 (list price $109.99)

InterDesign Mildew-Free EVA 5.5 Gauge Shower Liner, 72 x 72, Frost for $6.90 (list price $15.00)

Lavish Home Throw Blanket, Fleece/Sherpa, Giraffe for $17.83 (list price $34.99)

Natural Comfort White Down Alternative Comforter with Embossed Microfiber Shell, Light Weight Filled, King for $35.53 (list price $94.99)

Nine Stars DZT-80-4 Infrared Touchless Stainless Steel Trash Can, 21.1-Gallon for $77.99 (list price $119.95)

Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief Knee Pillow - Best for Hip, Leg, Knee, Back and Spine Alignment - Memory Foam Wedge Leg Pillow with Washable Cover + Free Storage Bag for $29.94 (list price $49.80)

Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress, Queen for $229.00 (list price $289.00)

Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner for $129.99 (list price $219.99)

ALASKA BEAR - Natural Silk Pillowcase, Hypoallergenic, 19 momme, 600 thread count 100 percent Mulberry Silk, Queen Size with hidden zipper(Ivory white) for $19.99 (list price $40.00)

AcuRite 13027A Intelli-Time Digital Alarm Clock for $12.84 (list price $28.63)

CoolDream I Love You to the Moon and Back Cotton Throw Pillow Case Vintage Cushion Cover 18" x 18" for $4.16 (list price $19.99)

Norpro Bio-Degradable Compost Bags, 50 Count for $8.62 (list price $11.38)

BISSELL 2X Pet Stain & Odor Portable Machine Formula, 32 ounces, 74R7 for $10.79 (list price $13.75)

Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop (4 Mop Pads Included) for $159.99 (list price $219.99)

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat for $18.73

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

Sleep Safe ZipCover Evolon Pillow Cover, Bed Bug, Dust Mite, Allergen Zippered Encasement / Standard Allergy Pillow Protector - 21 inches x 27 inches for $8.49 (list price $17.00)

Top Rated Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin 1.3 Gallon-Includes Charcoal Filter for $19.95 (list price $44.95)

Gorilla Grip 5x7-Feet Non-Slip Area Rug Pad for Hard Floors for $12.99 (list price $26.79)

Gideon 5 Inch Flameless LED Candle - Real Wax & Real Flickering Candle Motion - with Remote (On/Off, Timer, Dimmer) - Vanilla Scented, Ivory for $12.95 (list price $37.99)

VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filtration - Includes Crevice Tool & Brush Accessories for $47.95 (list price $79.99)

Dreamfoam Bedding Arctic Dreams 10-Inch Cooling Gel Mattress, Queen for $249.99 (list price $799.99)

Environmental Technology 16-Ounce Fiber-Lok Non Skid Backing for $14.62 (list price $17.78)

Hand Crafted] HemingWeigh Himalayan Round Crystal Rock Salt Votive Candle Holder for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Kashmere Kollections Purifying Masque for $39.00 (list price $39.00)

IBEET Vented Styling Hair Brush, Detangling Thick Hair Massage Brush for Women for $12.59 (list price $41.96)

FANTCEN Travel Bottles Leak Proof 2 OZ Travel Containers for Toiletries Silicone BPA Free for Shampoo Toiletry Liquid Travel Accessary Set of 3 (White) for $10.99 (list price $16.99)

IBEET Stainless Steel Hard Skin Remover,Dead Skin,Callus Corn Cuticle Remove Shaver for $6.99 (list price $23.36)

Germ-x OmniPod 1000042390 Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Starter Kit, 750 mL, Teal for $12.32 (list price $17.60)

Vanity Planet Palette Cruelty Free Professional Makeup Brush Collection for $27.99 (list price $34.99)

Suncreen ProTecTan: Super Sealed and Never Spills! Non Greasy or Sticky Innovative Moisturizer Lotion Daily Sunblock with Broad Spectrum Formula UV (Wider Protection Against UVA & UVB Rays!) SPF 30 for $13.99 (list price $35.00)

Premium Exfoliating Gloves Set: The Ideal Eco Friendly Gift! Natural Bath, Shower, Spa Body Scrubber Exfoliator Pack: Bamboo Fiber and Natural Loofah, Jute and Sisal Wash Mitts for $13.77 (list price $35.00)

Elchim Light Ionic Ceramic Hairdryer, Imperial Jade for $159.20 (list price $199.00)

Makeup brushes, Sunmy Makeup Brush Set 10 Pieces Professional Toothbrush Face Foundation Eyebrow Eyeliner Lip Powder Oval Brushes Tool for $18.99 (list price $46.99)

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Ultra Conditioning with Kokum Butter, 2 Tubes in Blister Box for $5.49 (list price $6.99)

Pure Manuka Honey (4 oz) Smoothing Face Mask, UMF 12+, from New Zealand, Raw, Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Repair Damaged Skin Treatment, Anti Bacterial, Bio Active by Honeyskin Organics for $39.97 (list price $79.99)

[Valentine's Day SALE]Argus Le Studio Salon Personal 1 Inch Curling Iron Ceramic Hair Curler, Light Gold for $26.99 (list price $88.99)

Golden Standard Self Tanner: Get a Bronzed and Healthy Tan! Sunless Tanning Lotion Made With Organic and Natural Ingredients (XL Bonus Size 250ml 8.5oz) by Thermalabs for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

LONDON SOHO NEW YORK Disney Collection Alice In Wonderland Organizer Cosmetic Bag, Alice and Cheshire Cat for $10.39 (list price $12.99)

Dreamcatcher Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blend with Lavender, Ylang Ylang & Basil by Soulflower | 100% Pure, Organic Therapeutic Grade Oils | Calming and Relaxing for Better Sleep | Vegan | 1 fl.oz for $29.00 (list price $36.00)

Hempz Exotic Herbal Body Moisturizer, Green Tea and Asian Pear, 17 Fluid Ounce for $11.88 (list price $23.00)

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer, Light Purple, Vanilla Plum, 17 Fluid Ounce for $11.18 (list price $23.00)

NEW Rejuvenating Magnesium Body Lotion - Healthy Daily Moisturizer - NO Endocrine Disruptors. A Total Skin Spa With Silky Avocado Butter, Anti-Aging Royal Jelly, Organic Essential Oils & More! for $24.95 (list price $49.95)

L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Day Cream SPF 15 for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

DOUBLE SIZED (2 oz) PURE VITAMIN C SERUM FOR FACE 20% Pure Vegan Hyaluronic Acid Anti Wrinkle, Anti Aging & Repairs Dark Circles, Age Spots & Sun Damage Vitamin C Super Strength Organic Ingredients for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Best Age Spot Remover - Dark Spot Corrector - Excellent Brown Spot, Rosacea and Scar Cream - Strongest Non Prescription Treatment Available - 2 Oz Jar for $31.95 (list price $42.00)

Puracy Natural Body Wash, Sulfate-Free Shower Gel and Daily Cleanser, Citrus and Sea Salt, 16 Ounce Bottle, (Pack of 2) for $20.99 (list price $35.97)

AJ Pure Luxurious Natural Body Wash, Perfect for Sensitive Skin, Artisan Crafted with Organic Ingredients, Safe for the Whole Family, 16 Fluid Ounce for $15.00 (list price $23.00)

St. Ives Soft & Silky Body Wash, Coconut and Orchid 24 oz (Pack of 2) for $7.00 (list price $12.16)

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash, Pistachio Cream with Magnolia 22 oz for $5.49 (list price $6.99)

St. Ives Even & Bright Body Wash, Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange 13.5 oz for $2.99 (list price $3.99)


OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

BIC Pencil Xtra Sparkle (colorful barrels), Medium Point (0.7 mm), 24-Count for $5.08 (list price $6.08)

STPL Staples Binder Clips, Assorted Sizes, Black, 60-Pack for $4.76 (list price $14.99)

Alera Elusion Series Mesh Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair, Black for $108.98 (list price $138.98)

Strathmore Watercolor Postcards, 3 Pads for $13.12 (list price $17.97)

Foremost 390101 Modular File Cube Storage System, White for $33.35 (list price $52.99)

Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, 8 Inch, 3-Pack (1458-3AMZ) for $12.33 (list price $25.62)

Tulip 34723 One-Step Tie Dye Party Kit for $22.24 (list price $29.99)

Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW Electric Sewing Machine - 50 Built-In Stitches - Automatic Threading for $121.05 (list price $127.19)

Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 6 Pack, 0.21-ounce sticks for $2.99 (list price $5.13)

Beadery Bead Extravaganza Bead Box Kit, 19.75-Ounce, Pearl for $12.59 (list price $16.49)

Smart Color Art 80 Colors Gel Pen Set Gel Pens For Adult Coloring books Drawing Painting Writing for $14.98 (list price $59.00)

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

Texas Instruments Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator for $159.84 (list price $175.00)

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Manga Colors, 23-Count for $11.99 (list price $42.34)

EXPO Whiteboard / Dry Erase Board Liquid Cleaner, 22-ounce for $7.97 (list price $9.41)

EXPO Vis-A-Vis Wet-Erase Overhead Transparency Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $6.69 (list price $7.97)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $5.88 (list price $8.93)

ArtBin Bobbin Box-Clear Sewing Storage Container, 8155AB for $2.90 (list price $4.49)

Avery Durable View Binder, 3" Slant Rings, 600-Sheet Capacity, DuraHinge, White (17042) for $5.39 (list price $7.00)

XL Watercolor Pad, 9"X12" Fold Over for $7.49 (list price $9.49)

Ohuhu 24-color Watercolor Pencils / Water Soluble Colored Pencil Set for $7.99 (list price $24.00)

Singer Polyester Thread, Assorted Colors, 24 Spools for $1.99 (list price $3.89)

Epson Expression Home XP-430 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier for $49.99 (list price $99.99)

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

Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted for $7.49 (list price $9.04)

BCMRUN 14 pcs Multicolor Aluminum Crochet Hooks Knitting Needles Craft Yarn 2-10mm for $8.97 (list price $19.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

2-in-1 First Aid Kit (120 Piece) + Bonus 32-Piece Mini First Aid Kit: Compact, Lightweight for Emergencies at Home, Outdoors, Car, Camping, Workplace, Hiking & Survival. for $23.95 (list price $34.99)

First Nature 3088 32-ounce Oriole Feeder for $8.55 (list price $13.99)

Char-Griller 3001 Grillin' Pro 40,800-BTU Gas Grill for $199.99 (list price $279.99)

Suncast GO3216 Golf Organizer for $49.99 (list price $99.00)

Pet Leso 2pcs Pop-up Pet Bowl Travel Bowl Water Feeder Bowl Portable Bowl For Dogs Cats -Orange for $6.99 (list price $20.50)

SE CC4580 MilitaryLensatic/Prismatic Sighting Compass with Pouch for $8.99 (list price $14.95)

Hiker Hunger 100% Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles - Ultralight & Collapsible with Quick Flip-Lock, Cork Grips, & Tungsten Tips for $69.99 (list price $130.00)

Petmate Metal Litter Scoop for $10.24 (list price $14.99)

Yakima BlockHead Locking Bike Fork Mount for $34.66 (list price $50.00)

Laptop Backpack, SANYA K - Business, Students & School Shoulder Backpack, Luggage & Travel Bag, Hiking Bag - Orthopedic Support, Durable Nylon Fabric - Fits Up to 17 Inch Laptop, Macbook Computer for $22.90 (list price $33.99)

Alston 100% Carbon Fiber Bike Water Bottle Holder Cage MTB/Road Bicycle Bottle Holder cage for $17.75 (list price $38.89)

Coleman Camping Coffeemaker for $32.99 (list price $49.99)

OMorc Ski Goggles Snowboard Goggles Anti-Fog & 100% UV Protection Snowmobile Ski Glasses - Big Spherical Frameless and Quick Change Detachable Lens for $32.99 (list price $99.99)

Bike Pump, Kitbest Portable Floor Bicycle Pump Fits Presta & Schrader Valve, Mountain, Road, Hybrid & BMX Foot Air Cycle Pump, High Performance Bike Tire Pump & Ball Pump. 5 Year Warranty for $11.99 (list price $15.99)

Coleman 16 Can Cooler, Red for $15.53 (list price $18.99)

Estwing ETA Black Eagle Tomahawk Axe with Black Matte Finish & Leather Grip for $46.41 (list price $53.55)

GU Energy Labs Refillable Flask for Sports Nutrition Energy Gel, 5.5 Ounce for $10.64 (list price $12.99)

Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle (Red Fade) (24 oz) - 100% BPA-Free Water Bottle - Perfect Cycling or Sports Water Bottle - Dishwasher & Freezer Safe for $10.94 (list price $12.99)

Igloo Polar Cooler (120-Quart, White) for $64.79 (list price $94.99)

Quik Shade 10'x10' Instant Canopy Wall Panel Set with Zipper Entry for $46.99 (list price $69.99)

Camp Solutions Lightweight Self-Inflating Camping Sleeping Pad with Attached Pillow for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Slime 10004 Tube Sealant, 16 oz. for $8.27 (list price $9.99)

AcuRite 00850A2 5-Inch Capacity Easy-Read Magnifying Rain Gauge for $6.49 (list price $7.89)

PetSafe Magetic Key with Adjustable Cat Collar for PetSafe Magnetic Key Cat Door for $9.79 (list price $13.99)

Fluffy Paws Pet Bed Crate Pad Premium Bedding w/ Inner Cushion for Dog / Cat [Luxury Plush Series], Charcoal Gray Burlap Bed - Small 22"x17"x6" for $26.99 (list price $29.76)

Deshedding Blade for Dogs and Cats by GoPets. Adjustable Professional Quality Grooming Tool Reduce Shedding 95%. 14 in Comb Rake Effective Fast Brush for $17.00 (list price $39.99)

Go Cat Kitty Kopter Feather Cat Toy for $5.58 (list price $7.45)

Behrens 1GS 11 Gallon Round Galvanized Steel Tub for $15.95 (list price $35.54)

Pawkin Phthalate Free Cat Litter Mat - Patented Design with Litter Lock Mesh - Extra Large - Durable - Repels Liquids and Odors - Easy to Clean - Soft - Fits Under Litter Box - Litter Free Floors for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter, 40 pound bag for $13.10 (list price $19.99)

Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler in Sherpa, Black, 20"x20"x12" for $26.99 (list price $44.95)

Behrens 2-OV 10-1/2-Gallon Oval Steel Tub for $25.73 (list price $34.37)

TropiShade 9 ft Bronze Aluminum Market Umbrella with Beige Polyester Cover for $54.33 (list price $89.99)

ELECTRONICS

Bestten 6 Outlet Socket Wall Mount Surge Protector with Dual USB Total 3.1A (2.4 Amp/USB) Port Wall Charger for $16.99 (list price $31.99)

NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender (EX3700-100NAS) for $29.99 (list price $44.99)

Unitek USB 3.0 RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Converter + 3-Port Charging Hub USB 3.1 Gen 1(Thunderbolt 3 & USB C)+ Type C Adapter, BC1.2 Charging with LED Switches [AC power adapter is not included] for $21.99 (list price $33.99)

iPhone 7 6S 6 Screen Protector Glass, 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)

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless Sports Earphones w/ Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Stereo Sweatproof Earbuds, for Gym Running Workout, 8 Hour Battery, Noise Cancelling Headsets for $37.97 (list price $169.99)

RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard SuperKit with Stand, Stool, Headphones & Power Supply for $119.99 (list price $149.99)

[USB 3.0 to RJ45 Adapter] UNITEK USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Converter LAN Wired Connector, Support 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro PC for $13.99 (list price $20.99)

Nikon D3300 1532 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens 24.2 MP Digital SLR - Black for $446.95 (list price $499.95)

WD 4TB Black My Passport  Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYFT0040BBK-WESN for $119.00 (list price $159.99)

Logitech Circle Wireless 1080p Video Battery Powered Security Camera with Person Detection, Motion Zones and Custom Alerts (Black) for $174.95 (list price $199.99)

ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920x1080 144Hz 1ms HDMI Gaming Monitor for $264.49 (list price $279.00)

AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Home Wi-Fi System for $331.00 (list price $349.99)

HAVIT USB-C Hub, HDMI Output (Support 4K), 3.1 Type-C Hub with Power Delivery for Charging, 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports, SD/SDHC, Support New MacBook Pro 2016, Silver for $79.99 (list price $119.99)

NETGEAR AC1600 (16x4) WiFi Cable Modem Router (C6250) DOCSIS 3.0 Certified for Xfinity Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, & more for $119.99 (list price $149.99)

Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker with 24-Hour Playtime, 66-Foot Bluetooth Range & Built-in Mic, Dual-Driver Portable Wireless Speaker with Low Harmonic Distortion and Superior Sound - Red for $31.99 (list price $79.99)

Foscam R2 1080P HD Wireless Security Camera (CCTV 1920TVL / IP Camera 2MP) - WiFi Home Security Camera System with iOS/Android App, Pan, Tilt, Zoom, 2-Way Audio, Motion Alerts, and More (White) for $84.99 (list price $129.99)

Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse, 800 / 1200 /1600DPI, 5 Buttons - Black for $15.99 (list price $29.99)

VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor for $34.99 (list price $39.95)

TOOLS

Prosvet A100 CREE XML T6 LED 1200 Lumens Portable Zoomable Tactical Flashlight - Rechargeable 18650 Batteries and Dual Charger Included - Water Resistant Flashlight Torch for $18.99 (list price $39.00)

SEDDOX Premium Felt Furniture Pads TWO COLORS SET (BROWN + BEIGE) - 152 Pieces Including BONUS Rubber Bumper Pads - BEST Chair Hardwood Floor Protectors for Youг Wood and Laminate Flooring for $12.99 (list price $26.99)

UncleHu Cut Resistant Gloves, Medium for $8.99 (list price $14.99)

Suaoki S9 330ft Portable Laser Distance Measure, Laser Measure with Pythagorean Mode and Area , Volume Calculation and Angles Measurement, Range Finder / Digital Tape Measure for $58.99 (list price $99.99)

DEWALT DW1361 Titanium Pilot Point Drill Bit Set, 21-Piece for $20.49 (list price $24.99)

Black & Decker 15557 Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece for $5.05 (list price $7.59)

Bench Dog 10-035 Bench Cookie Work Grippers, 4-Pack for $9.99 (list price $15.63)

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather, Blue - 14" for $8.88 (list price $26.43)

First Alert AF400-2 Tundra Fire Extinguisher Aerosol Spray Twin Pack for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Wall Control 30-P-3232GV Galvanized Steel Pegboard Pack for $33.99 (list price $44.99)

Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace Portable Safe, Gunmetal Grey for $18.65 (list price $27.59)

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool for $81.61 (list price $97.99)

LE 5 Pack Mini LED Keychain Flashlight, Battery Powered Flashlight, Key Chain Flashlights, Small Flashlight, Torch Light, Black for $7.64 (list price $19.99)

Magna Cart Flatform 300 lb Capacity Four Wheel Folding Hand Truck for $56.79 (list price $60.99)

TEKTON 25253 30-pc. Hex Key Wrench Set, Inch/Metric for $13.19 (list price $14.99)

Channellock 440 12-Inch Tongue and Groove Plier for $13.99 (list price $20.19)

DEWALT DW252 6 Amp Drywall Screwdriver for $79.00 (list price $166.30)

Little Giant 22-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder, 300-Pound Duty Rating, 15422-001 for $229.99 (list price $374.40)












WEN 2305 Rotary Tool Kit with Flex Shaft for $20.53 

Bosch JS572EK 7.2 Amp Top-Handle Jig Saw Kit for $234.99 (list price $249.00)

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Emoi Bluetooth Speaker, LED Multicolor Silicone Lamp, iPhone Wireless Portable Speaker w/ Enhanced Bass, Speakerphone, Romantic Music Night Light for Bedroom Baby Room, BPA-Free, APP Control.(H0017W) for $39.99 (list price $46.99)

Appmax IPhone 6 6S Flowing Liquid Case Swimming Magic Maze Transparent Hard 3d Liquid Case Cover Shell for Iphone 6 & Iphone 6S [4.7 Inch] (Blue Maze) for $5.88 (list price $9.99)

Desktop Cable Organizer and Cable Holder for Cable Management of USB Cables, Power Cords & Charging Cables - Bundled with 2 Bonus Cable Clip (Blue) for $12.87 (list price $19.98)

Distil Union Wally Junior - Slim, Secret Leather Wallet and Card Holder for Smartphones, the Only Leather Stick-On Wallet with Pull-Tab for $20.99 (list price $24.99)

Crosley CR7007A-MA Patriarch Turntable with Radio, CD Player and Aux-In (Mahogany) for $103.00 (list price $169.95)

Withings Activité Sapphire - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch - Swiss-Made for $329.98 (list price $450.00)

Satechi Bluetooth Button Series (Media Button) for iPhone 7 Plus/7/6 Plus/6/5S/5C, iPad Pro/Air 2/Air/Mini/3/2/1, Samsung Galaxy S8/S7/S6,Note 4/Edge/Pro/Tab Pro, Google Nexus 9 and more for $29.99 (list price $39.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones, Sweatproof Wireless In Ear Earbuds, Sports Magnetic Earphones with Built in Mic (IPX5 Splash Proof Rating, aptX Stereo, Up to 7 Hours of Talk Time, Ceramic Antenna) for $25.99 (list price $69.99)

Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Better Bass, 24-Hour Playtime, 66ft Bluetooth Range, IPX5 Water Resistance & Built-in Mic — Dual-Driver Wireless Speaker for iPhone, Samsung etc for $33.59 (list price $89.99)

New Matter MOD-t Desktop 3D Printer | Built-In WiFi, Easy to Use, Safe and Quiet for $269.10 (list price $399.00)

Philips FLEX BT2000A/37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Blue/Green) for $23.64 (list price $39.99)

KITCHEN

Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 11-3/4-Inch, Cerise (Cherry Red) for $199.95 (list price $260.00)

Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel Whistling 1-4/5-Quart Teakettle, Marseille Blue for $99.95 (list price $130.00)

Biobu [by Ekobo] Bambino Kid Set in Gift Box, Lime/Lagoon/Smoke/White for $22.99 (list price $25.00)

The Keyboard Waffle Iron for $54.75 (list price $69.99)

Sagaform 5016554 Spice/Herb Storage Bottles with Oak Stoppers for $24.95 (list price $27.00)

MatchaDNA Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl - White for $16.89 (list price $29.99)

Luxtea Glass Teapot 25oz with Stainless Steel Infuser and Lid for Blooming and Loose Leaf Tea (25oz) for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Fred PIZZA PEDDLER Monkey Unicycle Pizza Wheel for $12.67 (list price $15.66)

Brilliant - Mason Jar Drink Dispenser with Stainless Steel Spigot and Cork Cover, 1 Gallon (4L) for $35.00 (list price $39.95)

Umbra Buddy Paper Towel Holder, Black for $19.99 (list price $25.00)

Curva Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses and Tumblers - Unique 8 oz Thermo Insulated Drinking Glasses, Set of 4 for $28.95 (list price $38.95)

Dinosaur Cookie Cutter Set - 3 Piece - T-Rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus – Ann Clark – US Tin Plated Steel for $7.99 (list price $9.49)

InterDesign Axis Over the Cabinet Kitchen Storage Organizer Basket for Aluminum Foil, Sandwich Bags, Cleaning Supplies - 2-Tier, Chrome for $13.29 (list price $17.99)

HOME

Umbra Trigg Hanging Planter Vase & Geometric Wall Decor Container - Great For Succulent Plants, Air Plant, Mini Cactus, Faux Plants and More, Concrete Resin/Copper (Set of 2) for $22.56 (list price $25.00)

Safavieh American Homes Collection Carrie Side Storage Side Table, Red for $101.69 (list price $122.20)

Vornado VFAN Vintage Air Circulator Fan, Vintage White for $99.81 (list price $119.99)

Bronze Dimmable Accent Table Lamp with 1 Vintage Edison Style Bulb, Plugin, Brooklyn Bulb Co. Hoyt Collection, Inset Switch, ETL Listed for $69.99 (list price $129.00)

Byredo - Burning Rose Candle for $68.24 (list price $95.00)

Honey-Can-Do SHO-02222 4-Tier Bamboo Entryway Organizer for $55.87 (list price $90.99)

Levpet 13-Gallon Touch-Free Trash Can, Stainless-Steel for $48.35 (list price $85.99)

Saganizer Hamper with Wheels Rolling Cart Heavy Duty Triple Laundry Organizer/Sorter, Chrome/White for $37.99 (list price $49.99)

EWEI'S HomeWares 3 Floating U Shelves, Espresso Finish for $15.99 (list price $20.50)

Jill Rosenwald by Surya POUF-48 Hand Made 100% Wool Tan 18" x 18" x 18" Pouf for $225.00 (list price $303.00)

Tosca Laundry Basket Size: 15.2" H x 16.3" W x 12.2" D for $50.64 (list price $53.33)

Deco 79 68135 Metal Bookend Pair for $28.42 (list price $57.00)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

WCloud Desk Organizer Wood Office Supply Book Desktop Small Table Shelf Bamboo for $28.99 (list price $49.90)

mDesign Office and Desk Storage, File Folder and Notebook Organizer - Clear for $11.99 (list price $14.99)

Northbooks Notebook / Journal (5 Pack), 96 College Ruled Pages, Acid Free Sheets, 5x8 | Made In The USA for $26.37 (list price $39.99)

Exposed Bulb Accent Lamp, Mahogany Wood, Dimmable, E26, 60W, 120V, Plug-In, Includes Edison Filament Bulb, ETL Listed for $49.00 (list price $114.00)

Fred DESK DONUT Push Pin Holder for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

Tomons Wood Swing Arm Desk Lamp, Designer Table Lamp, Reading Lights, Study Lamp, Work Lamp, Office Lamp, Bedside Nightstand Lamp - Black for $29.99 (list price $39.99)

X-ACTO SchoolPro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy Duty, Blue/Grey for $21.94 (list price $29.98)

Over the Door Magazine Storage Pockets, Wall Door Closet Hanging Storage bag organizer, (5 Pockets-Nature) for $7.99 (list price $8.99)

Officemate Binder Clips, Gold, Assorted Sizes, 30 Clips in Tub (31022) for $3.70 (list price $5.88)

Officemate Heavy Duty Magnets, Assorted Sizes and Colors, 30 per Tub (92501) for $9.78 (list price $15.79)

Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine, 12" Cut Length, 10 Sheets Capacity, ClassicCut Lite (9312) for $29.76 (list price $31.25)

Fountain Pen with Ink Refill Converter and Gift Box - Timeless Classics Collection - Executive Writing Signature Calligraphy Pens Set For Standard Cartridges (Chocolate Espresso Brown) for $39.97 (list price $59.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

daisi Facial Cleansing Portable Travel Brush Set | Face Exfoliator for Softer Skin | Rechargeable Waterproof Facial Brush Removes Make-Up, Oil & Dead Skin | 3 Soft Non-Sonic Brushes | For Men & Women for $17.95 (list price $35.00)

Majestic Pure Therapeutic Melaleuca Alternifolia Tea Tree Oil With Dropper, 4 fl. Oz for $13.95 (list price $29.50)

Dukes Daily Age-Defying Facial Moisturizer Cream 4oz - Anti-Aging Lotion - Day/Night Face Wash Fuel for Men – All Organic for $19.99 (list price $45.00)

Facial Moisturizer, Organic and Natural Face Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive, Oily or Severely Dry Skin - Anti-Aging and Anti-Wrinkle, for Women and Men. By Christina Moss Naturals. for $25.99 (list price $39.99)

Kyoku For Men Exfoliating Facial Scrub | Kyoku For Men Face Scrub, A Gentle Acne Treatment For Men (3.4oz) for $12.14 (list price $18.00)

Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste - Made in USA – REMOVES BAD BREATH and TOOTH STAINS - Best Natural Toothpaste for Herbal Decay Treatment - Mint flavor. for $10.00 (list price $19.99)

Keiby Citom Premium Nail Clipper Set of 10pcs with Leather Case - Professional Stainless Steel Grooming Kit Manicure & Pedicure Set for Travel for $14.98 (list price $29.99)

Antifungal Spirulina Body Scrub by Buena Skin | 100% Natural, Antibacterial with Green Algae, Dead Sea Salts and Vitamin E 12 oz. for $13.96 (list price $19.95)

Gentleman Jon Deluxe Wet Shave Kit | Includes 8 Items: Safety Razor, Badger Hair Brush, Shave Stand, Canvas & Leather Dopp Kit, Alum Block, Shave Soap, Stainless Steel Bowl and Astra Razor Blades for $75.00 (list price $95.00)

VAV 1875W Lightweight Negative Ions Hair Blow Dryer with Diffuser Concentrator Nozzle 2 Speed and 3 Heat Settings Cool shot button DC Motor Black for $35.99 (list price $98.99)

InterDesign Clarity Cosmetic Organizer for Vanity Cabinet to Hold Makeup, Beauty Products - 3 Drawer Slim, Clear for $21.99 (list price $23.99)

Bath Body Brush Boar Bristles Exfoliating Body Massager with Long Wooden Handle for Dry Brushing and Shower for $7.69 (list price $11.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

SE CC4580 MilitaryLensatic/Prismatic Sighting Compass with Pouch for $7.90 (list price $14.95)

S-ZONE Canvas DSLR SLR Camera Shoulder Bag Backpack Rucksack Bag With Waterproof Rain Cover For Sony Canon Nikon Olympus for $39.99 (list price $58.99)

Hydration Backpack Tactical Rucksack Run-pack with 3 Liter/100 oz Reservoirs Water Bladder Bag for Hiking, Running, Camping, Climbing, Cycling, Walking, Hunting (Black) for $28.99 (list price $69.99)

Dependable Wiregate Hammock Carabiner Clips Made From Aircraft Grade 7075 Aluminum Alloy - 2 or 4 Pack Set- Great For Camping, Hammocks, Hiking & Backpacking- Lightweight - 4 Pack Green & Silver) for $16.90 (list price $21.90)

OZERO Garden Gloves, Deerskin Snug-fit Leather Work Glove with Touch Screen Fingertips - Sweat-absorbent & Light-Weight for Caring Pets/Yard/Automotive Work/Sports - Fit for Women & Men (Yellow,M) for $10.99 (list price $18.00)

Legit Camping - Double Hammock - Lightweight Parachute Portable Hammocks for Hiking , Travel , Backpacking , Beach , Yard . Gear Includes Nylon Straps & Steel Carabiners (Grey/Sea Green) for $27.95 (list price $49.97)

Coreal 35L Large Lightweight Collapsible Packable Travel Hiking Backpack Trekking Bag Red for $19.89 (list price $25.99)

MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker for $57.95 (list price $64.99)

AUTOSPOUT Straw Striker Chill, 10oz, Cherry Blossom for $10.39 (list price $15.99)

TOOLS

VeloChampion MLT10 Multi Tool for $14.95 (list price $19.95)

DeWalt DWHT51054 20 Oz. Rip Claw Hammer for $27.92 (list price $30.76)

Magnelex 22-in-1 Multitool with Attachable Bits and Sheath, Stainless Steel, Black for $19.90 (list price $59.90)

DEW Emergency Survival Kit Travel Outdoor Multifunctional Bracelet, Survival Gear Kit Paracord Bracelet with Fire Starter Scraper, Cutting Tool, Whistle, Compass (Green) for $4.99 (list price $14.99)

Southwire Tools & Equipment POUCH4 Leather Tool Pouch for $15.28 (list price $17.98)

Southwire Tools & Equipment 58993940 S5N1 5-in-1 Long Nose Multi-Tool Pliers, Black/Yellow for $20.56 (list price $32.81)

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool for $74.25 (list price $99.00)

Dremel 2200-01 Versa Flame Multi-Function Butane Torch for $39.00 (list price $42.99)

Plus Pen Style Compact Twiggy Scissors with Cover, White (34609) for $4.36 (list price $5.99)

Southwire Tools & Equipment SD12N1 12-In-1 Multi-Bit Screwdriver for $13.97 (list price $18.97)

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design.

Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor.

Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies.

In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.)

Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens.

"The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release.

The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking.

“When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.”

Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure.

[h/t Fast Company]

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