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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, April 15.

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

Jackery Bolt 6,000 mAh Ultra-Compact External Battery Charger, Portable Power Bank and Travel Charger with Built-in Apple MFI Certified Lightning and Micro USB Cables (Black) for $23.99 (list price $69.99)

Energizer 2032BP-4 3 Volt Lithium Coin Battery - Retail Packaging (Pack of 4) for $4.22 (list price $6.49)

Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones (Black) for $24.74 (list price $26.40)

Zippo Pocket Lighter, Black Matte for $13.15 (list price $19.95)

Jackery Mini Premium 3350mAh Portable Charger - External Battery Pack, Power Bank, & Portable iPhone Charger for Apple iPhone SE, Apple iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 5, iPad Pro, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6, and S5 (Silver) for $12.74 (list price $29.99)

Oria Combination Lock, 4 Digit Combination Padlock for School, Employee, Gym & Sports Locker, Case, Toolbox, Fence, Hasp Cabinet & Storage - Silver and 2 Pack for $12.99 (list price $34.99)

Vtin 20 Watt Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, 25 Hours Playtime Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker, Wireless Speaker for iPhone, Pool, Beach, Golf, Home for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

Huntkey 2-Outlet Wall Mount Cradle with Dual 2.1 AMP USB Charging Ports, SMD407, White for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

Anker PowerCore 15600 Portable Charger with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ and VoltageBoost Technology (Black) for $26.99 (list price $49.99)

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker- BLKBOX POP360 Hands Free Bluetooth Speaker - for iPhones, iPads, Androids, Samsung and all Phones, Tablets, Computers (Wicked White) for $24.99 (list price $49.00)

Tonor USB Professional Condenser Sound Podcast Studio Microphone for PC Laptop Computer Apple Mac Upgraded Version - Plug and play, Black for $13.59 (list price $39.99)

iXCC 50W 10A 5 USB Multi Ports Cup Holder Fast Car Charger for iPhone 7 6 6s Plus, iPad Air Pro mini, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Edge Note or More for $15.99 (list price $39.99)

VicTsing FM Transmitter, Bluetooth FM Transmitter Radio Adapter Car Kit With 5V 2.1A USB Car Charger MP3 Player Support TF Card USB Flash Drive for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, Wired Earphones In Ear Corded Earbuds with 15 Hours Playtime and Built-in Microphone (Noise Reduction, Aluminum Alloy Construction, Gold-plated Jack) for $37.99 (list price $45.99)

Spigen Liquid Air Armor iPhone 7 Case with Durable Flex and Easy Grip Design for IPhone 7 2016 - Black for $9.99 (list price $17.99)

EGRD Upgrade Version Bluetooth V4.1 Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Earphones with CVC6.0 Noise Cancellation, Built-in High Sensitivity HD Micro.(White) for $22.88 (list price $69.99)

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 $11.97 (list price $29.99)

Bluetooth Speakers Zhicity Wireless Stereo Subwoofer Smart Touch Lamp Speaker Color Changing for $26.99 (list price $54.99)

Pure Enrichment PurePulse Pro TENS Unit Muscle Stimulator for $39.99 (list price $64.99)

Doberman Security SE-0106-4PK Ultra-Slim Window Alarm (4 Pack) for $24.89 (list price $29.99)

Apple Pencil Stand, TechMatte Apple Pencil Charging Dock/Stand (Aluminum) with Built-in Charging Cable (5FT) for $17.84 (list price $49.99)

Photive BTH3 Over-The-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery. Includes Hard Travel Case. for $39.95 (list price $99.95)

iPazzPort Wireless Mini Handheld Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse Combo for Android TV Box and Raspberry Pi 3 and HTPC and XBMC KP-810-19S - Black for $11.99 (list price $14.99)

TomTom VIA 1535TM 5-Inch Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps and Voice Recognition for $99.99 (list price $119.99)

ViewTV AT-163 ATSC Digital TV Converter Box and Media Player for $23.99 (list price $64.99)

Fidget Toy,AusKit 10 Colors (Package of 10)Sensory Fidgets Help with Autism, ADHD, ADD, OCD and Anxiety for Children and Adults for $7.99 (list price $16.99)

Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats for $16.99 (list price $24.99)

LEGO Architecture 21024 Louvre Building Kit for $48.49 (list price $59.99)

Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only for $13.99 (list price $23.99)

Wonder Workshop Dash Robot for $119.99 (list price $149.99)

Playhut Thomas the Train Play Vehicle for $25.45 (list price $39.99)

Nickelodeon Kids' PAW4016 Paw Patrol Digital Display Quartz Multi-Color Watch for $8.99 (list price $9.99)

Invicta Men's 15205 Pro Diver Chronograph Blue Dial Stainless Steel Watch for $59.99 (list price $95.99)

KITCHEN

Rubbermaid 17.3 Cup FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container, Large, Green for $10.22 (list price $16.99)

Rubbermaid Antimicrobial Drain Board Large, White for $13.88 (list price $17.06)

Squooshi Reusable Food Pouch | Animal 6 Pack | New Larger Size! for $12.49 (list price $29.99)

Estilo Stainless Steel Lazy Susan - 2 Tier Design, 360-degree Turntable for $11.04 (list price $12.99)

Chef's Choice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect Electric Knife Sharpener for $123.98 (list price $210.00)

DRAGONN Premium Sturdy 12-inch and 9-inch Stainless-steel Locking Kitchen Tongs, Set of 2 … for $12.95 (list price $19.99)

Kootek 11 Inch Rotating Cake Turntable with 12.7'' Angled Icing Spatula, Revolving Cake Stand White Cake Decorating Supplies for $12.99 (list price $16.99)

Secura Stainless Steel Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter (Stainless Steel) for $22.90 (list price $59.99)

Caribou Coffee Single-Serve K-Cup Pod, Caribou Blend Medium Roast Coffee, 72 Count (6 Boxes of 12 Pods) for $33.79 (list price $53.97)

Neoflam Poly Cutting Board with Microban Antimicrobial Protection, Green, 17x12 Inch for $11.46 (list price $14.99)

Aicok Oven Gloves Non-Slip Kitchen Oven Mitts Heat Resistant Cooking Gloves for Cooking, Baking, Barbecue Potholder, Red, 1 Pair for $7.14 (list price $19.59)

Estilo Bamboo Tea Storage Box, 10 Equally Divided Compartments for $14.45 (list price $30.46)

Greenco Bamboo Lazy Susan Turntable 14 Inch Diameter for $9.34 (list price $10.99)

Cooks Standard 02421 8-Inch Nonstick Stainless Steel Hard Anodize Egg Poacher with Glass Lid, 4 Cup for $33.03 (list price $49.99)

Estilo 1 gallon Glass Mason Jar Double Beverage Drink Dispenser On Metal Stand With Leak Free Spigot, Clear for $24.04 (list price $29.99)

DRAGONN Stainless Steel Whisks, Silicone handle, Milk & Egg Beater Blender, Kitchen Utensils for Blending, Set of 3 for $9.99 (list price $14.95)

Greenco Counter Top Bamboo Paper Towel Holder for $8.49 (list price $9.99)

Habor Digital Meat Thermometer 5 Second Instant Read Swiveling Head Cooking Thermometer for Grill for $8.99 (list price $18.99)

Chefman RJ24-V2-Red Modern Stylish Design Electric Countertop Egg Cooker with Removable Tray, Red for $16.00 (list price $29.99)

Farberware 6-Piece Stick-Resistant Cutlery Set for $10.35 (list price $16.95)

FoodWorks Silicone Ice Pop Maker Molds/Popsicle Molds, Set of 6 for $11.95 (list price $29.95)

Bellemain Stainless Steel 3 Cup Flour Sifter for $10.50 (list price $27.95)

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

Norpro Stainless Steel Funnels, Set of 3 for $8.37 (list price $9.50)

Bodum Bistro 2-Piece Double Wall Mug, 10-Ounce, Clear for $23.49 (list price $43.50)

Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer with Cool Touch, 2-Liter Oil Capacity (35021) for $27.89 (list price $49.99)

Nutri Ninja Auto iQ (BL482) for $86.10 (list price $99.99)

Culinary Butane Torch – Professional Quality for Home Chefs – Create a Flawless Crème Brulee by Culinary Prestige for $19.97 (list price $44.99)

Vidalia Chopper Pro Vegetable Chopper by Müeller - Strongest - NO MORE TEARS 30% Heavier Duty Multi Vegetable-Fruit-Cheese-Onion Chopper-Dicer-Kitchen Cutter for $19.99 (list price $39.97)

Kitchen Shears, Stainless Steel, Black, 9-inch for $2.09 (list price $3.69)

Cheese Board Set by Great Beyond Creations: Complete Kit of Slate and Bamboo Board, 4 Knives, 6 Ceramic Markers, Gold Pen, and Chalk in a Gift Box for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

Vremi Wine Preserver - Wine Pump with 4 Wine Vacuum Stoppers - Wine Saver Vacuum Pump and Rubber Wine Stopper Set with Date Markers to Remove Air and Vacuum Seal Open Wine Bottle for 7-10 Days for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster for $29.49 (list price $39.99)

HOME

Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, Huge Roll, 12 Count for $23.99 (list price $28.99)

O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop and Bucket Floor Cleaning System for $33.88 (list price $44.99)

Hoover Linx BH50010 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, for $96.99 (list price $199.99)

Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths, 336 Wipes for $8.66 (list price $14.99)

InnoGear USB Car Essential Oil Diffuser Air Refresher Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffusers with 7 Colorful LED lights for Office Travel Home Vehicle for $21.99 (list price $49.99)

Greenco Rectangle Bamboo Butler Serving Tray With Handles for $11.47 (list price $14.99)

Granite Gold GG0036 Granite Gold 24-oz. Sealer, Preserver & Protectant for $16.80 (list price $24.99)

Granite Gold Shower Cleaner for $6.79 (list price $7.90)

Granite Gold All-Surface Wipes for $6.89 (list price $9.45)

Pure Enrichment PureSteam Fabric Steamer - White for $21.99 (list price $34.99)

Ettore 48221 Cobweb Brush with Click-Lock Feature for $7.98 (list price $11.32)

Balichun Luxury Fleece Blanket Super Soft Warm Lightweight Bed or Couch Blanket (Queen,Dark Grey) for $32.90 (list price $125.00)

Jonathan Adler Pop Candle, Champagne for $34.99 (list price $42.00)

Premium Velvet Suit Hangers - 50 Pack - Heavy Duty - Non Slip - Velvet Suit Hangers Black - by Utopia Home for $20.99 (list price $39.99)

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser, 200ml Wood Grain Aromatherapy Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode, Waterless Auto Shut-Off, 7 Color LED Lights & 4 Timer Settings for $27.99 (list price $79.99)

Hoover Platinum Collection Professional Strength Pet Plus Carpet & Upholstery Detergent 50oz, AH30575 for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

Levoit Cora Himalayan Salt Lamp Natural Glow Pink Sea Crystal Rock (Portable Design), 2 pounds,Touch Brightness Dimmable Control, Levoit Basin Design, UL-Listed Cord, 3 X 2.5watt Bulbs and Gift Box for $24.99 (list price $39.99)

Large Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Silver Wall Clock - Universal Non - Ticking & Silent 12-Inch Wall Clock - by Utopia Home (Aluminium) for $12.74 (list price $39.99)

All Liquid Laundry Detergent, Free Clear, 46.5 Ounce (Pack of 2) for $18.14 (list price $20.10)

Flameless LED Tea Light Candles, Realistic, Battery Powered, Unscented LED Candles, Fake Candles, Tealights (24 Pack) - Vont for $9.00 (list price $9.77)

Arm & Hammer Bioenzyme Power Laundry Detergent Packs, 48 Count for $13.33 (list price $16.99)

Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Carbon Filter for $135.99 (list price $199.99)

Bounce Outdoor Fresh Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener, 240 Count for $8.96 (list price $12.56)

Large Beach Towel, Pool Towel, in Cabana Stripe - (Variety, 4 pack, 30x60 inches) - Cotton - by Utopia Towel for $29.74 (list price $59.99)

Quilted Fitted Mattress Pad (Twin) - Mattress Cover Stretches up to 16 Inches Deep - Mattress Topper by Utopia Bedding for $17.84 (list price $35.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Panasonic Hair and Beard Trimmer, Men's, with 39 Adjustable Trim Settings and Two Comb Attachments for Beard and Hair, Corded or Cordless Operation, ER-GB60-K for $58.69 (list price $70.20)

CeraVe Moisturizers, Moisturizing Cream, 16 Ounce for $15.49

Gillette Venus Embrace Women's Razor Blade Refills, 4 Count for $15.31 (list price $20.49)

SHILLS Purifying Blackhead removing Peel-off Mask, Charcoal Facial Deep Cleanser, Acne Face Mask (Single) for $15.99 (list price $22.99)

AXE Antiperspirant Stick for Men, Phoenix 2.7 oz, Twin Pack for $6.99 (list price $7.99)

North Coast Organics All Natural Deodorant: Death by Lavender 2.5oz - Aluminum, Paraben, Sulfate, Cruelty, and GMO FREE for $8.95 (list price $9.99)

NIVEA Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm 3.3 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 3) for $14.61 (list price $16.77)

Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer With Sunscreen SPF30 Sensitive Skin, 2.5 fl. Oz., (Pack of 2) for $22.38 (list price $25.98)

Colgate Peroxyl Mouth Sore Rinse, Mild Mint, 16.9 Fluid Ounce for $8.99 (list price $10.49)

Gillette Venus Women's Razor Blade Refills, Swirl, 4 Count for $20.99 (list price $21.99)

Speed Stick Power Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Fresh Scent, 3 Ounce (Pack of 6) for $12.48 (list price $13.74)

Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek 2in1 Shampoo and Conditioner, 25.4 FL OZ (Pack of 3) for $28.03 

Simply Straight Ceramic Hair Straightening Brush, Black/Pink for $28.69 (list price $39.99)

Revlon One Step Dryer & Styler for $41.99 (list price $49.99)

TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum for Face, Organic Anti-Aging Topical Facial Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, 1 fl oz for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Black Peel Off Mask LuckyFine Blackhead Removal Facial Deep Cleansing Purifying Whitening Mud Mask/Face Cleaning Mask Black 60g for $14.99 (list price $29.98)

AFY AIVOYE Suction Black Mask Deep Cleansing Face Mask Tearing Resist Oily Skin Strawberry Nose Black Mud Face mask (pack of 1 boxes) for $8.49 (list price $14.99)

EmaxDesign 20 Pieces Makeup Brush Set Professional Face Eye Shadow Eyeliner Foundation Blush Lip Makeup Brushes Powder Liquid Cream Cosmetics Blending Brush Tool for $7.99 (list price $29.99)

Natrol Biotin Maximum Strength tablets, 10,000mcg , 100 count, (pack of 2) for $12.51 (list price $24.15)

Doctor's Best High Absorption Coq10 w/ BioPerine (100 mg), 120 Soft gels for $13.55 (list price $14.60)

O'Keeffe's Working Hands & Healthy Feet Combination Pack of Jars for $9.99 (list price $11.47)

PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes - Clean Refreshing Scent - 20 Count Travel Pack (Box of 6) for $12.09 (list price $21.19)

Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser, WP-660 for $59.99 (list price $79.99)

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 14 Ounce Jar for $14.26 (list price $16.89)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Brother PTD400AD Label Maker With AC Adapter for $43.99 (list price $59.99)

Brother QL-700 High-speed, Professional Label Printer for $59.99 (list price $76.98)

Square Credit Card Reader for iPhone, iPad and Android for $6.95 (list price $9.99)

Square Dock for Reader, A-SKU-0120 for $28.30 (list price $29.99)

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

Scotch TL901C-T Thermal Laminator, 2 Roller System, Fast Warm-up, Quick Laminating Speed (White) for $19.97 (list price $29.99)

Iwako Japanese Puzzle Take Apart Erasers Zoo Animals Set of 7 for $5.99 (list price $7.99)

International Arrivals is now newly OOLY, Creatibles DIY Erasers, Set of 12 (161-001) for $11.14 (list price $11.95)

BIC Wite-Out Brand EZ Correct Correction Tape, 10-Count for $15.00 (list price $16.53)

Tombow Mono Original Correction Tape, 10-Pack for $15.01 (list price $18.60)

ArtBin Essentials Storage Box with Handle- 12 by 12-Inch Art Craft Storage Container, Clear, 6913AB for $7.19 (list price $10.99)

Cross Star Wars, Darth Vader Click Gel Ink Pen & Jot Zone Journal (AT0625SD-17/1) for $45.42 (list price $75.00)

Ling's moment 10 Feet Vintage Style Pennant Banner, Paper Triangle Flags Bunting for Wedding, Baby Shower, Event & Party Supplies, 15pcs Flags(Pink+White+Gold Glitter) for $7.99 (list price $14.99)

12" Gold Confetti Balloons, 6ct for $2.00 (list price $7.99)

Artists Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set, 36 Colors for $8.29 (list price $12.50)

Cedar Markers Liquid Chalk Markers - 12 Pack With Free 40 Chalkboard Labels - Amazing Neon Color Pens Including Gold And Silver Ink. Reversible Bullet And Chisel Tip And A Brand New Revolutionary Cap. for $15.99 (list price $35.99)

SUDEE STILE Colored Pencils 150 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Art Drawing Colored Pencils Set with Case Sharpener for $127.96 (list price $127.96)

Lineon 50 Colors Gel Pens,Gel Pen Set for Adult Coloring Books Art Markers for $10.99 (list price $49.99)

Duck Brand Bubble Wrap Original Cushioning, 12-Inches x 150-Feet, Single Roll (284054) for $18.35 (list price $20.99)

Smead Hanging File Folders, 1/5-Cut Tab, Letter Size, 25 Per Box, Assorted Primary Colors (64059) for $8.79 (list price $11.69)

Stabilo Pens Item 8830-1 Point 88-Fine Point-30 Color Wallet of Coloring Pens/Fineline Markers-Includes 30 Unique Colors for $16.61 (list price $28.50)

The Pencil Grip Neon, Universal Ergonomic Training Gripper for Righties and Lefties, 6 Count Assorted Colors (TPG-11306) for $7.06 (list price $10.68)

Art Wall 2506-126 100-Piece Tissue Paper, 20 x 26-Inch, Assorted Colors for $6.25 (list price $9.99)

Alumilite Amazing Casting Resin, 16-Ounce for $13.57 (list price $15.00)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Mava Sports Elbow Sleeve Recovery Compression – Support for Workouts, Weightlifting, Arthritis, Tendonitis, Tennis and Golfer's Elbow – Bamboo Charcoal Fiber Athletic Elbow Compression Sleeves for $14.95 (list price $28.99)

RIVBOS RBK002 Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses for Baby and Children Age 3-10 (Mirrored Lens Available)(3376-pink) for $9.98 (list price $19.98)

Mava Sports Knee Wraps (Pair) for Cross Training WODs,Gym Workout,Weightlifting,Fitness & Powerlifting - Knee Straps for Squats - For Men & Women- 72"-Compression & Elastic Support for $24.95 (list price $35.99)

GoPets Dematting Comb with 2 Sided Professional Grooming Rake for Cats & Dogs for $21.00 (list price $39.99)

Skywalker Trampolines Rectangle Trampoline and Enclosure with Green Spring Pad, 8 X 14-Feet for $404.10 (list price $549.00)

Kootek Tactical Flashlight Knife K1 Multifunctional Self Defense Survival Knife with LED Rechargeable Adjustable Torch Emergency Light for Vehicle Camping Outdoor for $15.99 (list price $24.98)

CAP Barbell Cast Iron Competition Weight Kettlebell, 13-Pound, Black/Gray for $20.99 (list price $24.21)

Premium Cat Scratcher by GoPets, Wedge Shaped Corrugated Cardboard is Reversible Lasts 2x Longer Includes 1 Pack Catnip, Natural Incline More Ergonomic Than Scratching Post, Cutouts to Hide Toys for $17.00 (list price $45.99)

J.L. Childress Gate Check Bag For Standard and Double Strollers, Red for $12.95 (list price $17.99)

SHINE HAI 50ft Expanding Hose with 8 Functions Sprayer, Expandable Garden Hose with Strongest TPS, Solid Brass Connector Fitting, Extra Strength Fabric Garden Hose Nozzle for $34.99 (list price $99.99)

GDEALER 4 Pack Fairy Lights Fairy String Lights Battery Operated Waterproof 8 Modes 50 LED 16.4ft String Lights Copper Wire Firefly Lights Remote Control for DIY Wedding Party Dinner (Warm White) for $19.99 (list price $36.99)

I Go 89-Piece First Aid Kit, Red for $10.19 (list price $19.99)

G4Free Outdoor Tactical Backpack,Military Sport Pack Shoulder Backpack for Camping, Hiking, Trekking,Rover Sling Pack Chest Pack(Black) for $19.99 (list price $14.99)

ELECTRONICS

ANNKE 8-Channel HD-TVI 1080P Lite Video Security System DVR and (4) 1.0MP Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof Cameras with IR Night Vision LEDs- NO HDD for $129.99 (list price $299.99)

AUKEY Dash Cam, Full HD 1080P, 170° Wide Angle Lens, Night Vision, Car Dashboard Camera for $69.99 (list price $104.99)

Mackie CR Series CR3 - 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (Pair) for $79.99 (list price $99.00)

ViewTV Flat HD Digital Indoor TV Antenna - 25 Miles Range - Black for $5.79 (list price $27.99)

VERKB Wireless Microphone Karaoke Pro, 3-in-1 2200mAh Bluetooth Aluminium Alloy Karaoke Machine KTV for Apple iPhone Android Smartphone or Pc(Light Golden) for $37.99 (list price $118.99)

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse, Large Mouse, Computer Wireless Mouse, Stone (910-004956) for $69.99 (list price $99.99)

VicTsing VGA To HDMI Output 1080P HD Audio TV AV HDTV Video Cable Converter Adapter for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD Series UPS 1500VA 900W AVR Mini-Tower -New Design and More Features for $129.95 (list price $140.65)

Belkin BSV300ttCW 3-Outlet Wall Mount Cradle Surge Protector with Dual USB Charging Ports (2.4 Amp Total) for $21.48 (list price $29.99)

WD 4TB Black USB 3.0 My Passport Portable External Hard Drive (WDBYFT0040BBK-WESN) for $112.79 (list price $159.99)

BOSS Audio BV9364B Double Din, Touchscreen, Bluetooth, DVD/CD/MP3/USB/SD AM/FM Car Stereo, 6.2 Inch Digital LCD Monitor, Wireless Remote for $80.77 (list price $119.99)

Fusion5 7" Quad Core 774 IPS Google Android Lollipop 5.1 Tablet PC, 1280800 1GB RAM, 8GB with IPS Display, Dual Camera and Google Play Kids Tablet PC for $44.97 (list price $89.69)

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive 32GB for iPhone and iPad, Black/Silver, (SDIX30C-032G-GN6NN) for $35.98 (list price $59.99)

Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 15.6 Full HD, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, VX5-591G-75RM for $999.99 (list price $1,049.99)

Tripp Lite 7 Outlet (6 Right Angle + 1 Transformer Outlet) Surge Protector Power Strip 4ft Cord & $25K INSURANCE (TLP74RB) for $9.76 (list price $11.63)

TOOLS

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

TEKTON 13501 1/4-Inch and 3/8-Inch Drive Socket Set, Inch/Metric, 6-Point, 3/16-Inch - 3/4-Inch, 5 mm - 19 mm, 45-Piece for $40.49 (list price $44.99)

Cymas UV Flashlight, 12 LED Ultra Violet Blacklight Urine and Scorpion Detector Torch to Find Stains on Carpet for $6.99 (list price $15.99)

OMorc Soldering Iron with ON/OFF Switch 60W 110V Electric Soldering Iron Kit, Adjustable Temperature, 5pcs Different Tips, Stand, Solder Wire for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

InnoGear 5000 Lumens Max Bright Headlight Headlamp Flashlight Torch LED with Rechargeable Batteries and Wall Charger for Hiking Camping Riding Fishing Hunting for $24.99 (list price $59.99)

Makita XT324 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-Pc. Combo Kit for $209.58 (list price $245.58)

Cartman 1" x 12' Lashing Straps up to 600lbs, 6pk in Carry Bag for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Chamberlain WD962KEV Garage Door Opener, ¾ HPS, Battery Backup When Power Goes Out, Ultra-Quiet Belt Drive Operation, MyQ Smartphone Control Enabled (Internet Gateway Sold Separately), Includes 2-3 Button Remotes, Keyless Entry Keypad, Multi-Function Wall Control Panel for $201.99 (list price $251.99)

Suaoki Led Camping Lantern Lights Rechargeable Battery (Powered By Solar Panel and USB Charging) Collapsible Mini Flashlight for $16.99 (list price $25.99)

Albrillo LED Under Cabinet Lighting Dimmable Warm White, 12W 900 Lumens, 3 Pack for $29.99 (list price $59.99)

Gorilla Epoxy, .85 oz., Clear for $3.87 (list price $5.47)

Gator Grip Universal Socket Set - ETC-200 for $15.99 (list price $21.99)

Stanley 85-753 22 Piece Long Arm SAE & Metric Hex Key Set for $8.99 (list price $14.99)

Gorilla Wood Glue, 18 oz. for $3.97 (list price $5.97)

TR Industrial TR88302 Multi-Purpose Cable Ties (100 Piece), 8", Black for $5.99 (list price $9.99)

Cartman Microfiber Cleaning Cloth 5 Colors, 14" X 14" 50Pk for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

TEKTON 3352 Pry Bar Set, 4-Piece for $19.62 (list price $24.99)

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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 ...

A Costco employee works in food preparation
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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 …

Shoppers appear in front of a Costco store
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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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