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This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get

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As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were the ones that were the most popular with our readers this week, and they’re still available.

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

Firefield 5x50 Nightfall 2 Night Vision Monocular for $149.99 (list price $299.99)

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth 7x7 Inch (6 Pack) for Lens, Eyeglasses, Glasses, Screen, iPad, iPhone, Tablet, Cell Phone - Lint-FREE Cleaner Cloths to Clean Camera Lenses, Tablets, Touch LCD TV Screens for $6.99 (list price $9.99)

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)

Aibocn Power Bank 10,000mAh External Battery Charger Dual USB Portable Charger with Flashlight (Bright Singal Orange) for $10.99 (list price $59.99)

Zilu Car Phone Mount, Cell Phone Holder for Dashboard and Windshield, Car Accessories for iPhone Andorid and More-Retail Packaging for $11.99 (list price $49.99)

Rocketek USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader with a Build-in Card Cover and 2 Slots Mini Sd Card Reader for Sd Card/sdxc/sdhc/mmc/micro Sd Card/tf/micro Sdxc/micro Sdhc Memory Cards for $8.99 (list price $16.99)

Wemo Mini Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Amazon Alexa for $29.99 (list price $34.99)

OontZ Angle 3 PLUS by Cambridge SoundWorks - Bluetooth Speaker : Up to 30 HOUR Playtime; More Bass; Exceptional Sound; 10W+ POWER; Water Resistant, Perfect Portable Wireless Speaker [New] for $34.99 (list price $119.99)

HomeSpot Bluetooth Transmitter, Wireless Portable Splitter, Works with 3.5mm Aux devices, iPods, MP3, CD Player, Laptop, TV ears, aptX Low Latency supported for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Naturalico Shiatsu Massager - Kneading Massage Therapy for Foot, Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain - Relieves Sore Muscles - Total Body Relaxation for $56.95 (list price $129.95)

Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 Portable Charger, Ultra Slim 5000mAh External Battery with Fast-Charging PowerIQ, Pocket Friendly Power Bank, Perfectly designed for Smartphones for $18.99 (list price $49.99)

JTD Wireless RF Item Locator/Key Finder with LED flashlight and base support. With 4 Receivers Key Finder-Wireless key RF locator, Remote Control, Pet, Cell, Wireless RF Remote Item, Wallet Locator. (4 Receivers) for $17.49 (list price $21.99)

Cigarette Lighter Adapter, 120W 3-Socket Car Cigarette Lighter Splitter 3.4A Dual USB Car Charger Adapter DC 12V/24V Outlet Multi-functions Car Splitter for iPhone iPad Samsung GPS Dashcam for $9.99 (list price $16.99)

GRDE Bluetooth Earbuds, True Wireless Stereo Earphones Noise Isolation Mini Sweatproof Sports Headphones with Mic Dual In-ear Buds Headset (Black) for $47.99 (list price $99.99)

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)

Mpow Air Vent Magnetic Car Phone Mount, Cell Phone Holder for iPhone 7/6S/6 Plus/5S/5,Google Pixel/Pixel XL/Nexus 6/6P, LG,HTC, Huawei, Black [2 PACK] for $11.99 (list price $15.99)

Spigen S350 Apple Watch Stand with Night Stand Mode for Apple Watch Series 1 / Series 2 / 42mm / 38mm - Black for $7.99 (list price $14.99)

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)

CVLIFE 12x50 Compact Monocular Telescope Pocket Mono Spotting Scope With Compass and Pouch For Concert, Hunting, Camping, Bird Watching for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Fitbit Charge Wristband, Blue, Large for $76.66 (list price $109.95)

Lumina Full HD 1080P Zoom-Series Ultra Wide Angle Dashboard Camera DVR Camcorder Recorder Car Dash Cam with G-Sensor for $94.97 (list price $244.99)

SoundPEATS Wireless Headphones Sport Bluetooth Earbuds Sweatproof Running Earphones (Bluetooth 4.1, 6 Hours Talk time, CVC 6.0 Noise Cancelling, with Mic) - Black&Red for $15.99 (list price $45.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones Wireless In Ear Earbuds Sports Sweatproof Earphones with Built in Mic (Cordless 4.1, Secure Ear Hooks Design, 7 Hours Play Time) for $25.99 (list price $29.99)

Anker 60W 10-Port USB Wall Charger, PowerPort 10 for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $33.59 (list price $99.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, TOTU Wireless V4.1 Stereo Noise Isolating Sports Sweatproof Headset with Mic for iPhone 7 Samsung Galaxy S7 and Android Phones [Upgraded Version], Green for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Cat-Opoly for $20.86 (list price $22.72)

Projectables LED Plug-In Night Light, Six-Image, 13347, Six-Images Project Onto Wall or Ceiling, Solar System, Earth, Moon, Safari, Aquarium, Coral Reef for $9.97 (list price $11.49)

ALEX Toys Little Hands Picture Mosaic for $5.40 (list price $12.00)

LEGO STAR WARS TIE Striker 75154 for $48.99 (list price $69.99)

LEGO Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper 75114 for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

LEGO BATMAN MOVIE The Batmobile 70905 Building Kit (581 Piece) for $47.49 (list price $59.99)

Citizen Eco-Drive Men's BU2023-04E Calendrier Gold-Tone Watch with Leather Band for $225.00 (list price $375.00)

KITCHEN

OXO Good Grips Water Bottle Cleaning Set for $9.99 (list price $11.99)

ThermoPro TP03A Digital Food Cooking Thermometer Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Kitchen BBQ Grill Smoker for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Airtight Cold Brew Coffee Maker - 1 Quart Sealing Iced Coffee Maker - Glass Pitcher with Removable Filter for $18.69 (list price $69.99)

#1 Premium Heavy Duty Pan Organizer - Bottom Tier 1 Inch Taller for Larger Pans - No Assembly Required - Black for $19.95 (list price $29.95)

Popcorn Maker for Microwave - Green - Silicone Popcorn Popper - Collapsible Bowl with Lid - FDA approved BPA Free for $15.99 (list price $49.99)

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel for $34.30 (list price $59.99)

Splatter Screen Guard Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel - No Mess, For Steaming, Cover for Pouring for $21.49 (list price $49.99)

Tanors Ceramic Coffee Dripper for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

The Original GORILLA GRIP Non-Slip Reversible Cutting Board, BPA Free, FDA Approved Materials (Set of 3 Boards: Black) for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Wilton Excelle Elite 6-Cup Mini Fluted Pan for $15.42 (list price $18.65)

Box Grater, 4-Sided Stainless Steel Large 10-inch Grater for Parmesan Cheese, Ginger, Vegetables for $11.97 (list price $19.99)

iNeibo Kitchen Silicone Spoon Rest, Set of 4, (Colorful,Big Size) for $8.99 (list price $14.69)

Marquis by Waterford Markham Goblet, Set of 4 for $39.99 (list price $100.00)

Rachael Ray 2 Piece Cucina Nonstick Bakeware Crisper Pan Set, Latte Brown with Cranberry Red Handle Grips for $13.44 (list price $49.00)

Thermos Funtainer 12 Ounce Bottle, Blue for $12.50 (list price $14.99)

Aroma Simply Stainless 3-Cup(Uncooked) 6-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker, White for $33.99 (list price $39.99)

T-fal E93808 Professional Total Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan, 12.5 Inch, Black for $23.11 (list price $24.23)

Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 5-Quart 11-Inch Covered Deep Saute Pan for $51.28 (list price $57.28)

Inventions for Market One Click Stick Butter Cutter with Stainless Steel Blade for $9.99 (list price $14.99)

Good Cook Classic Safe Cut Can Opener for $10.44 (list price $14.99)

FittSMILE Butter Knife Magic Handmade Eco-Friendly Butter Knives from Natural Untreated Antibacterial Juniper Wood for $12.99 (list price $17.97)

Brita Water Filter Pitcher Replacement Filters, 4 Count for $18.97 (list price $39.99)

Circleware Villa Olive Oil and Vinegar Glass Dispenser Bottles, Set of 2, 16 oz., Clear for $13.99 (list price $14.99)

Cook N Home Stainless Steel Cookware 1 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

French Press Coffee & Tea Maker with Heat Proof and Stainless Steel Filter, 11 Oz / 350ml for $8.48 (list price $15.99)

Cuisinart 733-30H Chef's Classic Stainless 5-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Cover for $41.03 (list price $140.00)

Bellemain 4 oz. Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6 for $13.95 (list price $29.95)

LINKYO Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker 1.5L, 50oz for $34.99 (list price $79.99)

Tea Infuser, MaxMall 4-Pack Silicone Tea Infuser Handle Stainless Steel Strainer filter Infuser with Drip Tray for Loose Leaf Grain Tea Cups, Mugs, and Teapots for $8.99 (list price $29.99)

HOME

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Soy Candle, Lemon Verbena, 7.2 Ounce Jar for $7.64 (list price $9.79)

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Original, 4 Count for $3.47 (list price $4.99)

Essence of Bamboo Pillows - The Original Premium Hypoallergenic Down Alternative Fiber Pillow with Bamboo Derived Rayon / Poly Cover- Designed and Filled in USA (Queen 2-Pack) Best Sleep Ever for $33.00 (list price $149.99)

Kiwi Deluxe Shine Kit for $12.28 (list price $14.99)

Norcho Soft Microfiber Non-slip Antibacterial Rubber Luxury Bath Mat Rug 31"x19" White for $21.99 (list price $79.99)

OPOLAR 6 Inch Desktop USB Fan, USB Powered, Personal Table Fan, Mini Cooling Fan, Small Desk Fan - Bronze for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

Organizta Chic Box - Acrylic Makeup Organizer & Cosmetic Organizer with Deep Drawers & Acrylic for $64.99 (list price $79.99)

The Original Hayden Autosoap - Premium Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser - Fingerprint Resistant Brushed Stainless Steel - Hand Sanitiser compatible - (NEW Waterproof Base!) for $29.95 (list price $69.95)

Flameless Candles 4" 5" 6" Set of 3 Ivory Dripless Real Wax Pillars Include Realistic Dancing LED Flames and 10-key Remote Control with 24-hour Timer Function-Antizer for $23.99 (list price $99.99)

ThermoPro TP50 Hygrometer Thermometer Indoor Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter for $8.09 (list price $19.99)

OXO Good Grips Dustpan and Brush Set for $9.99 (list price $11.99)

SlipToGrip Furniture Gripper - Stops Slide - Multi Size (4 Pads) - Make 4" , 1", 2", etc.- Pre-Scored Multiple Sizes - 3/8" Felt Core - Anti Slip Rubber - No nails, No glue. Patent Pending for $10.99 (list price $19.99)

Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Luxury Seat Cushion, Orthopedic Design To Relieve Back, Sciatica and Tailbone Pain for $39.95 (list price $49.95)

Everlasting Glow LED Indoor/Outdoor Candle, Timer, Bisque, 4.5" x 9" for $10.08 (list price $17.99)

Epica Super-Grip Non-Slip Area Rug Pad 5 x 8 for any hard Surface Floor, Keeps Your Rugs Safe and in Place for $15.49 (list price $27.95)

DHP Emily Convertible Linen Futon, Gray for $159.00 (list price $242.00)

URPOWER Garment Steamer 130ml Portable Handheld Fabric Steamer Fast Heat-up Powerful Travel Garment Clothes Steamer with High Capacity for Home and Travel, Travel Pouch Included for $18.99 (list price $69.99)

Whitmor Luxurious Satin Padded Hangers, 8-Pack, Cream for $9.44 (list price $11.11)

Black + Decker BDH2000L 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum for $65.19 (list price $79.99)

Night Light Kids Lamp, Romantic Rotating Sky Moon & Cosmos Cover Projector Night Lighting for Children Adults Bedroom, Mood/Decorative Light, Baby Nursery Light, Living Room Gift (Pink) for $17.00 (list price $35.99)

Bounce Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets Free & Gentle 240CT for $8.99 (list price $11.87)

Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Air Steerable WindTunnel Bagless Lightweight Corded Upright UH72400 for $99.99 (list price $189.99)

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray 4-Ounce Bottle, Lavender Vanilla Scent for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

Yankee Candle Company Midsummer's Night Large Jar Candle for $20.66 (list price $27.99)

Premium Velvet Suit Hangers - 30 Pack - Heavy Duty - Non Slip - Velvet Suit Hangers Black - by Utopia Home for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

Shilucheng Fleece Soft Warm Fuzzy Plush Lightweight King (104-Inch-by-90-Inch) Couch Bed Blanket, Grey for $39.90 (list price $145.00)

Whitmor 20 Pair Floor Shoe Rack, White for $11.88 (list price $19.99)

Onepure Aromatherapy Essential Oils Gift Set, 6 Bottles/ 10ml each, 100% Pure& Therapeutic Grade (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Peppermint) for $12.00 (list price $79.99)

HomeZone 45-Liter Stainless Steel Rectangular Step Trash Can for $65.54 (list price $79.99)

Premium Mildew Resistant Shower Curtain Anti-bacterial Heavy-Duty10-Gauge Waterproof Liner - 72x72 Inch - Clear for $12.99 (list price $34.99)

Hoover UH70400 WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Corded Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner for $81.74 (list price $199.99)

Hanging Laundry Bag 100% Nylon Hanging Clothes Hamper with Adjustable Shoulder Straps, Drawstring Lockable for College Student Use, 25 X 31" (Army Green) for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

HC Collection Bed Sheet & Pillowcase Set HOTEL LUXURY 1800 Series Egyptian Quality Bedding Collection! Deep Pocket, Wrinkle & Fade Resistant,Luxurious,Comfortable,Extremely Durable (King, Multiple colors available) for $24.99 (list price $69.99)

Cascade Platinum ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent, Fresh Scent, 62 count for $16.97 (list price $18.99)

Holmes Twin Window Fan with Comfort Control Thermostat for $54.32 (list price $59.99)

Home-it 50 Pack Clothes Hangers Ivory Velvet Hangers Clothes Hanger Ultra Thin No Slip for $24.87 (list price $69.99)

Knee Pillow Pain Relief For Sciatic Nerve , Leg , Back , Pregnancy - Memory Foam Wedge With Breathable Cover for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths Energize, 10 Count for $2.99 (list price $3.99)

The ORIGINAL Silicone Makeup Sponge - Applicator & Blender for all Foundation, Highlighter Makeup, Primer, and Creams (Drop) for $5.95 (list price $20.00)

Gillette Mach3 Turbo Men's Razor with 1 Mach3 Turbo Men's Razor Refill for $2.99 after on-screen coupon (list price $8.99)

Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow 110, 0.44 Fluid Ounce for $4.49 (list price $6.40)

Secret Clinical Strength Women's smooth Solid Ooh-La-La Lavender Scent Antiperspirant & Deodorant 2.6 Oz for $8.27 (list price $11.97)

Nerdwax Stop Slipping Glasses as Seen on Shark Tank for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

Etude House My Lash Serum, 1.28 Ounce for $4.72 (list price $6.23)

Q-tips Cotton Swabs, 2000 count for $11.92 (list price $14.89)

Schick Hydro 5 Razor Blade Refills for Men with Flip Trimmer - 8 Count for $16.40 (list price $26.49)

Aria Starr Beauty Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask, 8.8 Ounce for $17.95 (list price $48.95)

NIVEA Men Platinum Protect 3-in-1 Body Wash 16.9 Fluid Ounce for $3.61 (list price $4.99)

PURA D'OR Anti-Hair Loss Premium Organic Argan Oil Shampoo (Gold Label), 16 Fluid Ounce for $30.94 after on-screen coupon (list price $39.00)

Speed Stick Irish Spring Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Original, 2.7 Ounce (Pack of 6) for $15.99 (list price $26.33)

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

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, 16 Fl. Oz for $12.25 (list price $16.39)

Organic African Black Soap - Best for Acne Treatment, Eczema, Dry Skin, Psoriasis, Scar Removal, Dandruff, Pimples Mark Removal, Anti-fungal Face & Body Wash for $14.95 (list price $19.95)

OLLY Restful Sleep Gummy Supplements, Blackberry Zen, 50 Count for $13.99 (list price $14.99)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture With Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen, 2.5 Fl. Oz for $8.69 (list price $11.25)

Gold N' Hot GH3013 Gold Tone Crimping Iron, 2 Inch for $25.48 (list price $38.00)

NOW Foods Tea Tree Oil, 1-Ounce for $7.48 (list price $8.99)

Mizon Cosmetics Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack, 2.7 Fluid Ounce for $10.59 (list price $15.99)

Crest Pro-Health HD Daily Two-Step Toothpaste System for a Healthier Mouth and Whiter Teeth - 4.0 Oz and 2.3 Oz Tubes for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

Gisala Boar Bristle Paddle Oval Hair Brush with Wooden Handle for Wet and Dry Hair,Hair Comb for Adults and Children for $7.99 (list price $49.99)

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, Fair to Medium Skin Tones, 7.5 Ounce for $8.69 (list price $8.99)

BEAKEY Makeup Brushes Set Premium Makeup Brush Kit Synthetic Kabuki with Blender Sponge and Brush Egg (10+2pcs,Black/Silver) for $9.99 (list price $30.00)

Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel, Ultra Sensitive, Twin Pack (7 Ounce Each) for $2.63 (list price $5.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Sakura 30067 8-Piece Pigma Micron, Graphic & Brush Pen Set, Black for $9.77 (list price $23.19)

Officemate OIC Achieva Side Load Letter Tray, Recycled, Black, 6 Pack (26212) for $14.17 (list price $22.42)

Smart Color Art 100 Colors Gel Pen Set for $18.99 (list price $59.00)

Smead Self-Adhesive Fastener, 2" Capacity, Brown, 100 per Box (68220) for $9.39 (list price $15.99)

Detail Paint Brush Set - 12 Miniature Brushes for Art Painting - Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil for $14.97 (list price $39.97)

Stabilo Pens Item 8830-1 Point 88-Fine Point-30 Color Wallet of Coloring Pens/Fineline Markers-Includes 30 Unique Colors for $16.99 (list price $28.50)

Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Bold (1.4mm), Assorted Colors, 12 Count for $7.75 (list price $17.09)

Boss Office Products B991-CP Heavy Duty Double Plush LeatherPlus Chair with 350lbs Weight Capacity in Black for $199.99 (list price $500.00)

ArtColors Chalk Markers - 12 Pack - BIG SALE. 11 Amazing Action for $12.99 (list price $23.98)

X-ACTO SchoolPro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy Duty, Blue/Grey for $21.99 (list price $29.00)

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 132-Count for $57.74 (list price $68.00)

Kuuqa Black Hard Pencil Case EVA Hard Shell Pen Case Holder for Executive Fountain Pen and Stylus Touch Pen for $7.69 (list price $14.29)

Avery Two-Pocket Folders Dark Blue, Pack of 25 (47975) for $4.16 (list price $7.25)

Dust-Off Disposable Compressed Gas Duster, 10 oz Cans, 2 Pack for $12.44 (list price $13.59)

Leather Writing Journal Notebook, MALEDEN Classic Spiral Bound Notebook Refillable Diary Sketchbook Gifts with Unlined Travel Journals to Write in for Girls and Boys (Sky Blue) for $8.99 (list price $16.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

WESTERN 28067 Maple BBQ Smoking Chips for $2.87 (list price $9.49)

AAA 121-Piece Road Trip First Aid Kit for $23.65 (list price $29.99)

LED Emergency Roadside Flashing Flares Safety Strobe Light - Road Warning Beacon (Solid/Strobe/Flashlight), Magnetic Base, Detachable Stand, Storage Case (2 Cases = 4 PCS, Battery Not Included) for $41.99 (list price $49.99)

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (4-Pack) + BONUS Signature Gold Foil Space Blanket: Designed for NASA - Perfect for Outdoors, Hiking, Survival, Marathons or First Aid (Various Color Options) for $14.95 (list price $24.99)

Intcrown Combination Locks 4 Digit TSA Approved for Luggage Suitcase Gym Lockers (2 Pack) for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Hoffman Richter Stinger Tactical Pen for $19.95 (list price $49.95)

Cold Steel Trail Boss Hickory Handle Axe for $25.00 (list price $47.99)

Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener LPUCK for $6.26 (list price $10.95)

Meyerco MBSAIL Sailor's Knife for $7.99 (list price $9.14)

SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray - Advanced Police Strength - Compact Size with Clip, Contains 35 Bursts (5x Other Brands) & 10-Foot (3M) Range for $6.99 (list price $11.99)

Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, Beige for $36.59 (list price $79.99)

Earthwise 11-Inch 8.5-Amp Corded Electric Tiller and Cultivator TC70001 for $89.78 (list price $184.99)

Bloomin Earth Day Wildflower Seed Bomb Bags (6 seed bombs per bag, 3 bags per pack) for $22.00 (list price $24.00)

TravelChair Slacker Chair Folding Tripod Camp Stool, Black for $17.99 (list price $19.95)

GoPets Dematting Comb with 2 Sided Professional Grooming Rake for Cats & Dogs for $21.00 (list price $44.99)

Etekcity 2 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 6 AA Batteries (Black, Collapsible) for $13.45 (list price $39.99)

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain for $34.99 (list price $41.92)

Cuisinart CSBP-100 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press for $7.99 (list price $14.99)

Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint, Stainless Steel, 16 oz for $9.79 (list price $15.00)

Flexrake LRB701 Compound Bypass Lopper for $13.26 (list price $32.99)

LE 16.4ft LED Flexible Light Strip, 300 Units SMD 2835 LEDs, 12V DC Non-waterproof, Light Strips, LED ribbon, DIY Christmas Holiday Home Kitchen Car Bar Indoor Party Decoration (Daylight White) for $7.99 (list price $15.99)

ELECTRONICS

Emtec Peanuts 2.0 USB Flash Drive (ECMMD8GPN103) for $6.99 (list price $9.99)

Emtec Peanuts Snoopy Flying Ace 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (ECMMD8GPN104) for $6.99 (list price $9.99)

AUKEY Remote Switch with 5 Wireless Outlets & 2 Remote Controls (Batteries Included) for $29.99 (list price $34.99)

Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB3000100) for $89.99 (list price $119.99)

SD TF Card Reader with Lightning Micro USB Connector, External Storage Memory Expansion for iPhone/iPad/Android phones/Mac/PC - Blue-3 in 1 for $17.99 (list price $52.99)

Victsing Latest Programmable Wireless Mouse, 2.4G Portable Mobile Mouse Optical Mice with USB Receiver, 6 Adjustable DPI Levels, 5 Programmable Buttons for Notebook, PC, Laptop, Computer, Macbook for $12.99 (list price $13.99)

Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

Sabrent SuperSpeed 2-Slot USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Certain Android Systems - Supports SD , SDHC , SDXC , MMC / MicroSD , T-Flash [Black] (CR-UMSS) for $6.49 (list price $16.99)

StarCat External CD Drive USB DVD Drive CD Burner USB Superdrive for Mac Apple iMac for $23.79 (list price $35.99)

[3 Pack] 1ft / 8 Pin Zakix(TM) USB Charge & Sync Cable for for iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone, iPod and iPad (White) for $9.99 (list price $34.99)

TOOLS

Always Prepared 65-Piece Roadside Assistance Auto Emergency Kit with Jumper Cables for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

Gorilla Original Gorilla Glue Minis, 12 g, Brown for $4.87 (list price $6.79)

Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll for $8.47

6pcs ESD Precision Anti-static Tweezers, Marrywindix Tweezers Stainless Steel Tweezers With a Bag for Electronics Jewelry-making Repairing for $8.50 (list price $9.99)

TireTek Premium Tire Pressure Gauge With Integrated Hold Valve - 60PSI for $14.97 (list price $29.95)

2 PCS IPOW Car Safety Antiskid Hammer Seatbelt Cutter Emergency Class/Window Punch Breaker Auto Rescue Disaster Escape Life-Saving Hammer Tool,Big for $12.89 (list price $15.89)

Anker Bolder LC40 LED Flashlight, Pocket-Sized LED Torch, Super Bright 400 Lumens CREE LED, IP65 Water Resistant, 3 Modes High/ Low/ Strobe for Indoors and Outdoors (Camping, Hiking, and Cycling Use) for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

Craftsman 9-47136 Slotted Phillips Screwdriver Set, 8 Piece for $19.28 (list price $28.94)

Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape, Double-Sided, 1" x 60", Clear for $5.83 (list price $7.57)

Kidde 466204 Pro 10 MP Fire Extinguisher, UL Rated 4-A, 60-B:C, Red for $53.17 (list price $84.45)

TR Industrial Anti-Fog Approved Wide-Vision Lab Safety Goggle, ANSI Z87.1 Approved for $8.99 (list price $18.99)

Loctite Heavy Duty Threadlocker, 0.2 oz, Blue 242, Single for $5.42 (list price $7.90)

Gorilla Super Glue, 6 g for $2.89 (list price $4.49)

TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb, Wi-Fi, Dimmable White, 50W Equivalent, Works with Amazon Alexa, 1-Pack (LB100) for $19.99 (list price $34.99)

Vastar 3 Pack 19.6 Inch Drain Snake Hair Drain Clog Remover Cleaning Tool for $5.99 

First Alert BRK SC-9120B Hardwire Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Backup for $31.87 (list price $92.99)

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

DEWALT DW2166 45-Piece Screwdriving Set with Tough Case for $14.97 (list price $19.02)

Meguiar's G17216 Ultimate Compound - 15.2 oz. for $8.39 (list price $10.24)

CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder for $9.99 (list price $12.99)

SE MZ101B Helping Hand with Magnifying Glass for $6.94 (list price $13.99)

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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.

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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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