Little Planet Factory
Little Planet Factory

Keep the Whole Solar System to Yourself in This Tiny Bottle

Little Planet Factory
Little Planet Factory

Ever dream of carrying the entire solar system around in your pocket? Now you can with a little help from the 3D printing company Little Planet Factory. The online store creates and sells itty-bitty planets that you can hold in your hand. Their most adorable product might be a small bottle that contains all the planets of the solar system—which are at a scale of 1:5,000,000,000. That means Jupiter is the size of your fingernail, while Mercury is about the size of a speck of dust.

You can get your own corked bottle here, but we caution you not to open it. If you lose track of that microscopic Mercury, you'll probably never see it again. Alternatively, if that possibility scares you, you can get this bottle, which uses "relative, logarithmic-like scaling," so the planets are all about the same size.

Other fun objects sold by Little Planet Factory include terrains, moons, small celestial bodies, and custom prints. If you're looking to commission your own planet, you can scale an existing model or do a little research and create your own.

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Yes, You Can Get Retailers to Price Match Amazon
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With the recent demise of brick-and-mortar brands like Toys"R"Us, some experts have blamed the downsized or halted operations on Amazon. The online shopping giant—which recorded nearly $178 billion in sales in 2017—depends on low prices, cheap (or free) shipping, and massive inventory to trample physical stores.

But not all retailers are capitulating to the idea that Amazon will inevitably be a consumer’s cheapest shopping option. According to Money, a number of stores are allowing employees to price match the company in an attempt to retain business. Among them: Nordstrom, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy, and Staples. (A full list is viewable here.)

Naturally, terms and conditions apply. While they vary by store, items typically need to be in stock on Amazon’s site and sold directly, not by third parties. If a price requires a coupon or other additional step, it may not qualify for a deal. On the plus side, several retailers, like Home Depot and J.C. Penney, will not only match Amazon’s price but beat it by 5 to 10 percent as an added incentive to retain your business. Typically, you’ll either have to provide proof of the lower price or direct a sales associate on how to locate it online. In the case of appliances and other big-ticket items, the product also needs to have an identical model number, which can get tricky, as manufacturers often provide slightly different models to different retailers.

On the chance you find a lower price offline and want Amazon to match it, you might be out of luck. The company doesn’t offer price matching as a policy, though anecdotal reports say that their customer service team does have some leeway when it comes to lowering prices on a case-by-case basis.

[h/t Money]

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The Best-Reviewed Grill on Amazon Costs Less Than $150
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So you need a new grill. Whether your old trusty companion finally heaved its last smoky breath, or you're ready to graduate from a George Foreman contraption, you'll find thousands of options online. Perhaps too many options. Most grills aren’t cheap, either, with some premium models selling for thousands of dollars.

However, with a 4.3-star rating on Amazon and a $135 starting price tag, Coleman’s RoadTrip LXE propane grill appears to be the crowd favorite this summer. The compact unit collapses like an ironing board, making it perfect for camping and tailgating. It’s fairly lightweight at 44 pounds, and a handle and wheels on the bottom make it easy to transport.

Its dual burners let you grill items on either side at different temperatures (surf and turf, anyone?). The cast-iron grill grates can also be swapped out for a stove grate or—if you have a hankering for pancakes—a griddle. (Both of these cooktops are sold separately.)

The grill lights with the touch of a button, and two tables can be pulled out on either side to hold your tongs or spices (and probably your phone, too). The grill comes in a few different colors, with blue, green, and purple being the cheapest options. If you’re ready to get your grill on, the RoadTrip LXE can be ordered on Amazon.

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