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This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get

March 19, 2017
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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)

Linzer 5425 Plastic 5-Gallon Paint Can Opener for $2.97 (list price $3.99)

DEWALT DW1587 6 Bit 3/8-Inch to 1-Inch Spade Drill Bit Assortment for $7.29 (list price $15.24)

OxyLED MD50 Super Bright LED Flashlight Bundle with Rechargeable Batteries, AC Charger + Charging Base and White Tube, Black for $14.99 (list price $36.99)

Stanley MR77C Swivel Head Riveter for $16.31 (list price $25.66)

Stalwart 75-HT015 15 Piece Tool Kit - Household Car & Office for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Torin T10152 Scissor Jack - 1.5 Ton for $24.78 (list price $28.99)

Stander HandyBar - Automotive Standing Aid Car Assist Handle + Vehicle Emergency Escape Tools with Window Breaker and Seat Belt Cutter + Lifetime Guarantee for $19.90 (list price $39.99)

Etekcity 10 Pack Power Extension Cord Cable, Outlet Saver, 3 Prong, 16AWG-13A, UL Listed (Black, 1-Foot) for $16.99 (list price $29.99)

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This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get
April 30, 2017
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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

Bluetooth Headphones, Hussar Magicbuds Best Wireless Sports Earphones with Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Sound with Bass, Noise Cancelling, Secure Fit, Up to 9 Hours of Play for iPhone Android (Upgraded) for $29.99 (list price $169.99)

Portable Chargers RAVPower 16750mAh External Battery Pack 4.5A Dual USB Output External Phone Charger Battery Bank Power Bank (iSmart 2.0 Technology) for Nintendo Switch, iPhone 7, Galaxy S8 - Black for $27.99 (list price $99.99)

WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Holder with Fast Swift-Snap Technology for Smartphones and Mini Tablets, Black for $7.99 (list price $19.99)

Firstbuy Multi Device Bamboo Charging Station Original Electronics Charging Station & Organizer for iPad, iPhone,Tablets, Smartphones &Cords Organizer Stand&Other Gadgets,Strong Build of Eco Bamboo for $23.99 (list price $69.99)

Apple Watch Band, 42mm iWatch Band Strap Premium Vintage Genuine Leather Replacement Watchband with Secure Metal Clasp Buckle for Apple Watch Sport Edition (Black) for $20.99 (list price $28.99)

Syncwire iPhone Charger Lightning Cable 3.3ft -[Apple MFi Certified] Series - Sync & Charging Cord for iPhone 7 Plus 6S Plus 6 Plus SE 5S 5C 5, iPad 2 3 4 Mini Air Pro, iPod -White for $8.99 (list price $20.00)

VicTsing Shower Speaker, Wireless Waterproof Speaker with 5W Drive, Suction Cup, Buit-in Mic, Hands-Free Speakerphone - Army Green for $18.99 (list price $24.99)

LilGadgets CarBuddy Universal Headrest Tablet Mount (For 7"-11" devices such as iPad, Galaxy, Note, Fire, Nook, and Surface tablets) for $15.95 (list price $27.95)

Portable Chargers Intocircuit 11200mAh Power Banks 4.8A Dual USB Output Battery Pack External Battery Bank for Smartphones Tablets - iPhone 7 Plus / 7 / 6s / iPad, Bluetooh Speakers and more, Gray for $15.99 (list price $22.99)

iClever BoostCube 4.8A 24W Dual USB Travel Wall Charger with SmartID Technology, Foldable Plug, White for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

SoundBot SB510 HD Water Proof Bluetooth 3.0 Speaker, Mini Water Resistant Wireless Shower Speaker, Handsfree Portable Speakerphone with Built-in Mic for $14.95 (list price $20.16)

Anker PowerLine+ USB-C to USB 3.0 cable (6ft), 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 $15.99 (list price $25.99)

Anker PowerCore+ mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger (3rd Generation, Premium Aluminum Power Bank), One of the Most Compact External Batteries for $13.99 (list price $39.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, Hussar Magicbuds Best Wireless Sports Earphones with Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Sound for $26.99 (list price $169.99)

iMuto 20000mAh Portable Charger Compact External Battery Power Pack Power Bank with Smart LED Digital Display and Smart Charge (Black) for $23.99 (list price $29.99)

Trianium Armband For iPhone 7/6/6S Plus, LG G6 G5, Galaxy s8 s7 s6 Edge, Note 5 (fits Otterbox Defender / Lifeproof case) ArmTrek Pro Sport Exercise Running Pouch Key Holder for $12.99 (list price $20.97)

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)

Anker PowerCore 10400 Portable Charger with PowerIQ for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More (Black) for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

Oliasports Fidget Cube Relieves Stress & Anxiety, Black for $2.50 (list price $29.00)

LEGO Classic Creative Supplement 10693 for $13.99 (list price $19.99)

CardNinja Ultra-slim Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet for Smartphones, Black for $7.44 (list price $12.99)

KITCHEN

Sandwich Cutter Taidea Best Adorable Animals Pocket Bread Cutter, Hand Tools Sandwich Kit for $9.99 (list price $39.99)

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill for $34.99 (list price $44.99)

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W for $99.99 

Plater Fast Defrosting Tray - Defrost Meat or Frozen Food Quickly Without Electricity, Microwave, Hot Water or Any Other Tools for $18.90 (list price $32.90)

Lodge L9OG3 Cast Iron Round Griddle, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch for $14.29 (list price $24.00)

Lifewit Height Adjustable Pan Pot Organizer Rack, 5-Tier Kitchenware Cookware Holder for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid Food Storage Container, BPA-Free Plastic, 6-Piece Set for $6.18

BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle, Clear/Green, 28-Ounce Loop Top for $6.99 (list price $7.99)

Modern Innovations 16 Inch Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar for $16.95 (list price $29.99)

Yummy Sam Lid and Spoon Rest, Utensils Lid Holder in Silver for $8.99 (list price $10.19)

6 Reusable K-Cups - Refillable Stainless Mesh Coffee Filter Pod for Keurig 2.0 and 1.0 Machines by STYDDI for $9.99 (list price $16.99)

Meat Tenderizer By Checkered Chef. Best Hammer/Mallet Tool/Pounder For Tenderizing Steak,Beef And Poultry. Solid Metal Construction With Rubber Comfort Grip Handle. 100% Dishwasher Safe. for $10.87 (list price $19.95)

Fat Ninja Extra Large Roll Up Dish Drying Rack (19.8 x 14in) Over the Sink Stainless Steel Tier Drainer including Set of 2 Microfiber Kitchen Towels for $16.77 (list price $28.99)

Rubbermaid 17.3 Cup FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container, Large, Green for $11.24 (list price $16.99)

ISSIKI JAPAN Professional 8 Inch Chef's Knife, High Carbon Stainless Steel, Sharp Cutlery, Ergonomic Handlefor $29.99 (list price $125.00)

OXO Good Grips Nylon Potato Masher for Non-Stick Cookware for $6.99 (list price $9.59)

Norpro Honey/Syrup Dispenser for $15.99 (list price $34.35)

Corelle Livingware 12-1/4-Inch Serving Platter, Winter Frost White for $7.97 (list price $13.01)

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

Cuisinart CIL22-30HR CastLite Non-Stick Cast Iron Fry Pan with Helper, 12-Inch, Red for $49.95 (list price $62.29)

Culina Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers, Silver, Set of 3 for $7.99 (list price $12.99)

Top Rated Bellemain Cooling Rack - Baking Rack , Chef Quality 12 inch x 17 inch - Tight-Grid Design, Oven Safe, Fits Half Sheet Cookie Pan for $11.95 (list price $18.95)

Baker's Secret 1061483 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Rack, Set of 2 for $6.00 (list price $19.99)

Prepworks by Progressive Berry Keeper for $7.99 (list price $9.49)

Prepworks by Progressive Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Keeper - 1.9 Quart for $9.96 (list price $11.99)

Oster TSSTTRJBG1 Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster, Grey for $29.99 (list price $34.99)

Prepworks by Progressive Lettuce Keeper - 4.7 Quart for $11.99 (list price $12.99)

Norpro Stainless Steel Commercial Potato Ricer for $27.84 (list price $43.99)

Stainless Steel Kitchen Funnel with Removable Strainer/Filter for Essential/Cooking Oils, Flask Funnel for Transferring of Liquid, Fluid, Dry Ingredients & Powder, 5- Inch,Silver - HOXHA for $9.98 (list price $23.68)

POPCO Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper with Handles for $9.99 (list price $34.99)

VonShef 7- Egg Electric Cooker Stainless Steel with Poacher & Steamer Attachment for $19.94 (list price $34.99)

ChefLand 3-Compartment Microwave Safe Food Container with Lid/Divided Plate/Bento Box/Lunch Tray with Cover, Black, 10-Pack for $6.78 (list price $19.95)

DRAGONN Zester Grater Sharp Stainless Steel Blade with Black Handle, Safety Cover and Rubber Footings for $9.95 (list price $19.95)

Accuweight Digital Multifunction Food Meat Scale with LCD Display Perfect for Baking Kitchen Cooking, 11lb Capacity by 0.1oz, Tempered Glass surface, Black for $9.49 (list price $49.99)

Best Ice Cube Trays - 2 Large Silicone Pack - 16 Giant 2 Inch Ice Cubes Molds for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

Banana Hook - Ripen Bananas Naturally with Under Cabinet Banana Hanger / Banana Holder. Self-stick and Adheres Under Cabinets. for $6.00 (list price $11.99)

HOME

The Original Hayden Autosoap - Premium Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser - Fingerprint Resistant Brushed Stainless Steel - Hand Sanitiser compatible - (NEW Waterproof Base!) for $29.00 (list price $69.95)

Organize It All 2-Tier Shelf with Towel Bars (1753W-1) for $14.25 (list price $30.02)

Pregnancy Pillow, Full Body Maternity Pillow w/ Contoured U-Shape by Lavish Home, Back Support for $33.49 (list price $99.99)

AmazonBasics Wood Suit Hangers - 30 Pack, Natural for $20.82 (list price $23.99)

InnoGear IG-100ml-OD Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser for $29.28 (list price $35.43)

VonShef 8 Piece Set 4 x Placemats, 4 x Coasters, Natural Slate for $17.95 (list price $49.99)

Adjustable Heavy Duty Bed Sheet Grippers Holders Cover Suspenders (Set of 4) for $8.99 (list price $11.99)

Mellanni Bed Sheet Set - Brushed Microfiber 1800 Bedding - Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant - Hypoallergenic - 4 Piece (Cal King, White) for $32.70 (list price $59.99)

VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filtration - Includes Crevice Tool & Brush Accessories for $44.95 (list price $79.99)

AmazonBasics Microfiber Sheet Set - Queen, Dark Grey for $16.98 (list price $19.99)

GORILLA GRIP Rectangle (35-Inch-by-16-Inch) Non-Slip Machine Washable Bath Mat, Blue for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

AcuRite 02081M Weather Station with Jumbo Display & Atomic Clock for $40.01 (list price $49.99)

Ziraki Memory Foam Lumbar Cushion - Premium Lumbar Lower Back Pain Lumbar Pillow, Protect and Soothe Your Back - Improve Your Posture - Soft & Firm Balanced Lumbar Support Pillow for $15.95 (list price $29.99)

Equinox International Queen/Standard Size 17 X 25-Inches Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Removable Bamboo Soft Pillow Case for $15.95 (list price $39.99)

Royal Classic Kitchen Towels, 15-Pack, 100% Natural Cotton, 14 x 25 inches (15 Pack) for $13.97 (list price $29.99)

HOPDAY Wash Bags, Delicates Mesh laundry Bags, Super Premium Quality Bra lingerie Protection Washing Drying Bag with Rust Proof Flow Zipper, Set of 6 (3 Medium & 3 Large)-Black & White for $9.89 (list price $19.99)

LiBa Mildew Resistant Anti-Bacterial PEVA 8G Shower Curtain Liner, 72x72 Clear - Non Toxic, Eco-Friendly, No Chemical Odor, Rust Proof Grommets for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Habor Digital Hygrometer Thermometer Indoor Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter for $10.99 (list price $17.99)

Whitmor 6779-3044 Double Rod Freestanding Closet with Steel and Resin Frame, 45.2 by 68-Inch, Silver for $40.16 (list price $47.99)

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 240 Wipes (3 Packs of 80 Wipes) for $8.97 (list price $13.99)

NMR 9087 Pink Floyd Dark Side Decorative Poster for $5.37 (list price $8.95)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Nerdwax Stop Slipping Glasses as Seen on Shark Tank for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium Dietary Supplement, 200 mg per 2 tablets, 240 Tablets for $15.37 (list price $29.99)

Bvlgari By Bvlgari For Men Eau-de-toilette Spray, 3.4 Ounce for $38.77 (list price $88.00)

Colgate Wisp Portable Mini-Brush Max Fresh, Peppermint, 24 Count for $3.41 (list price $7.99)

NIVEA Smooth Daily Moisture Body Lotion 16.9 Fluid Ounce for $4.99 (list price $7.99)

Gardinesca Beard Oil for $12.99 (list price $31.99)

Foot Soak with Tea Tree Oil and Epsom Salt - 20 oz - Tea Tree Essential Oils Foot Bath for $14.95 (list price $21.95)

"Touch Me" Dry Skin Body Brush - Natural Bristle for $6.99 (list price $14.99)

ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Top 8 Essential Oils, 100% Pure of The Highest Quality, Therapeutic Grade for $16.95 (list price $20.00)

Daily Power Scrub Facial Cleanser For Men - 8 OZ - Face Wash + Energizing Toner + Exfoliating Scrub All-In-One - Natural & Certified Organic Ingredients for $24.95 (list price $39.00)

Arabica Coffee Scrub 15 oz, Anjou Body Scrub with Honey, Sea Salt, VB, VE for $8.99 (list price $35.99)

Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Men’s Razor Blades 8 Refills - Packaging May Vary, Mens Razors / Blades for $29.97 (list price $35.71)

Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder Natural for $24.99 (list price $29.99)

Bed Head Deep Waver for $19.90 (list price $27.99)

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, Cherry Me, 0.15 Ounce for $2.79 (list price $4.49)

Gillette Series 3X Action Shave Gel, Sensitive, 7 Ounce (Pack of 6) for $12.48 (list price $23.94)

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrip Teeth Whitening Kit, Glamorous White, 14 Treatments - Packaging May Vary for $34.40 (list price $44.99)

Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100, BG2040 for $59.95 (list price $69.99)

Tweezerman LTD Stainless Steel Mini Slant Tweezer (Colors May Vary) for $9.19 (list price $14.00)

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Exfoliating Daily Scrub, 5 Oz for $4.78 (list price $7.69)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (2 sponges in each pack) for $8.24 (list price $10.99)

GNC Mega Men Energy & Metabolism Tablets, 90 Count for $9.99 (list price $22.99)

Dial Antibacterial Deodorant Bar Soap, White, 4 Ounce Bars, 10 Count (Pack of 3) for $14.64 (list price $18.93)

Nexcare Absolute Waterproof First Aid Tape, 1-Inch x 5-Yard Roll (Pack of 6) for $20.28 (list price $28.54)

BESTOPE Blackhead Remover Pimple Comedone Extractor Tool Best Acne Removal Kit for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Honey-Can-Do TBL-03539 Portable Laptop Lap Desk with Handle, Blue, 23 L x 16 W x 2.5 H for $16.24 (list price $26.99)

MagniViz Magnifying Glass with Light and Stand - Handheld or Hands Free LED Lighted Magnifier (3x) - Bonus Cloth for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

Kate Spade New York "Let's Do Lunch" Business Card Holder for $19.00 (list price $20.00)

SUDEE STILE Colored Pencils 120 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Art Drawing Colored Pencils Set with Case with Sharpener for $23.99 (list price $95.96)

ALEX Toys Little Hands Ready Set Paste for $6.49 (list price $12.00)

Officemate Designer Paper Clip Dispenser with Heavy Duty Magnet, Clear (93695) for $9.45 (list price $12.18)

ALEX Toys DIY Wear So Many Headbands, 10 headbands for $13.54 (list price $29.50)

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When the FBI Went After Mad Magazine
April 29, 2017
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In a memo dated November 30, 1957, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified as “A. Jones” raised an issue of critical importance: "Several complaints to the Bureau have been made concerning the 'Mad' comic book [sic], which at one time presented the horror of war to readers."

Attached to the document were pages taken from a recent issue of Mad that featured a tongue-in-cheek game about draft dodging. Players who earned such status were advised to write to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and request a membership card certifying themselves as a “full-fledged draft dodger.” At least three readers, the agent reported, did exactly that.

Mad, of course, was the wildly popular satirical magazine that was reaching upwards of a million readers every other month. Published by William Gaines, who had already gotten into some trouble with Congress when he was called to testify about his gruesome horror comics in 1954, Mad lampooned everyone and everything. But in name-checking the notoriously humorless Hoover, Gaines had invited the wrong kind of attention.

The memo got several facts incorrect: Mad had switched from a comic book to a magazine format in 1955, and it was Gaines’ E.C. Comics that had “presented the horror of war” in other titles. Despite getting these crucial pieces of information wrong, Jones didn’t hesitate to editorialize: "It is also of interest to note that…it is rather unfunny.”

The agent recommended the Bureau’s New York offices “make contact” with Mad’s headquarters to “advise them of our displeasure” and to make sure “that there be no repetition of such misuse of the Director’s name.”

Less than a week later, the Feds entered the hallowed hallways patrolled by Alfred E. Neuman. Their New York office would later report to Hoover directly that they had met with John Putnam, the magazine’s art director. (Conveniently, Gaines was not in that day.) Putnam told the agents he regretted the magazine using Hoover’s name and that nothing malicious was intended:

Putnam said that the use of the membership card and the name and address of the Director at the end of the game was referred to in their business as a 'gag' or 'kicker' in the same way that a comedian like Bob Hope or Milton Berle might use it.

Putnam swore that Mad would never again take Hoover’s name in vain; Gaines sent off a letter of sincere apology to the Director.

The Smoking Gun

Just two years later, in January 1960, Agent A. Jones was forced to file a second notice about the shenanigans at Mad. A recent issue had made not one, but two derogatory mentions of Hoover, including one in which he is blatantly and disrespectfully portrayed as being associated with a vacuum cleaner, “The Honorable J. Edgar Electrolux”:  

Obviously, Gaines was insincere in this promise…and has again placed the Director in a position of ridicule…it is felt we should contact Gaines…and firmly and severely admonish them concerning our displeasure…

It was by now clear Mad was not only polluting young minds, but that Gaines had absolutely no regard for the honorable Hoover’s position.

In June 1961, the FBI’s worst fears had been realized. Detailing an investigation into a Seattle-area extortion attempt led to the following:

Investigation … resulted in gaining admissions from the victim’s 12-year-old son and an 11-year-old companion that they had gotten the idea of preparing an extortion letter after reading the June issue of 'Mad' magazine.   

Working in concert with the Buffalo field office, the FBI determined another letter had been sent by a young boy demanding money in the style of a recent issue’s extortion advice. And there was a third under review that was sent to the agent of some professional wrestlers.

Mad was quickly becoming the scourge of the federal government. The FBI suggested the magazine be brought to the attention of the Attorney General for “instructing [readers] to deliberately violate the Federal Law.” They tried reaching out to Gaines, who was on vacation. (Time and again, Gaines simply not being in the office when called upon seemed to confound the FBI.)

Agent A. Jones, having exhausted all attempts to reason with these irresponsible anarchists, filed one last memo:

Despite assurances, they have continued to publish slurring remarks about the Bureau. In view of this situation, it was deemed useless to protest all such irresponsible remarks to a magazine of this poor judgment and capriciousness … we will have to wait and see if our action will result in increased discretion by this publication.

Poor A. Jones was unable to put an end to Mad’s reign of terror. But the magazine redeemed itself somewhat. In the 1970s, when the Bureau was trying to suppress the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, an agent suggested they copy and distribute a sticker from the magazine that read, “Support Mental Illness—Join the Klan!”

Hoover said no.

Additional Sources:
The Smoking Gun.

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