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Get the Best Amazon Deals for Tuesday, April 18

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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 18.

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

Cat Ear Headphones,MindKoo Kids Headphones Flashing Glowing Cosplay Fancy Foldable Over-Ear Gaming Headsets with LED Light for Girls,Children,Compatible for iPhone 6S,Android Phone (White) for $14.39 (list price $29.99)

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Household Appliances, White (Learning Code, 5Rx-2Tx) for $25.48 (list price $49.98)

AmazonBasics Two-Port USB Wall Charger (4.8 Amp) - White for $8.40 (list price $9.99)

[3 Pack] Anker PowerLine Lightning Cable (3ft) Apple MFi Certified - Lightning Cables for iPhone 7/7 Plus 6s/6s Plus/ 6/6 Plus/ 5s/5, iPad mini/4/3/2, iPad Pro Air 2 for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

CardNinja Ultra-slim Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet for Smartphones, Black for $6.95 (list price $12.99)

Mpow Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Sweatproof Jogger, Running, Sport Headphones Earbuds Earphone with AptX,Mic Hands-free Calling-Pink for $18.99 (list price $33.99)

Seneo PA046 Fast Wireless Charger 10W QI Wireless Charging Stand(Sleep-Friendly) - No AC Adapter for $18.95 (list price $39.99)

Awinner Stylus Pen for Galaxy Note 5 (Silver) for $7.99 (list price $19.99)

Spigen Kuel Stealth Car Mount Universal Phone Holder for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6S / 6S Plus / Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus / Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge / LG / HTC / Nexus And More for $15.99 (list price $24.99)

Jackery Pop Slim 5000mAh External Battery Charger - Portable Charger and Power Bank with Aluminum Shell Casing Designed for iPhone 7 6plus 6s 5s SE, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Galaxy, Smart Phones for $16.99 (list price $29.99)

OUCOMI Mini Selfie Stick Battery Free Extendable for $10.05 (list price $12.99)

Tiergrade Power Bank, 22000mAh 3 Port Ultra Compact High Speed USB Power Bank External Battery Portable Battery Charger for Samsung and Other USB Devices for $29.99 (list price $79.99)

Maxboost 4.8A/24W 2 Smart Port Car Charger with 3ft Lightning Cable Output [Apple MFI Certified][Black] For iPhone 6/6S Plus5S 5 5C 4S, iPad Pro/Mini, iPod; Galaxy S7 S6 Edge, Note 6 5 and More for $15.99 (list price $23.99)

Panasonic BK-3HCCA4BA Eneloop Pro AA High Capacity Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries (Pack of 4) for $16.99 (list price $24.99)

3-in-1 Lightning, USB-C, and Micro USB Charging Cable (White) by SwivelCord for $13.99 (list price $28.99)

BESTEK 3-Socket 12V/24V DC Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter with 5.2A 4-Port Car USB Splitter Charger for $29.99 (list price $69.99)

Soft Digits Accessories Kit for GoPro Hero 5 4 3+ 3 2 1 Session Accessory Bundle Set for Action Camera SJ4000 SJ5000 SJ6000 Xiaomi Yi-Flotation Handle+Head Strap+Chest Strap for $19.99 (list price $59.99)

Anker PowerCore 10400 Portable Charger with PowerIQ for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More (Black) for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Bluetooth Earbud GoNovate G9 Mini Wireless Headset In-Ear Earphone with Mic for iPhone Samsung and Other Smartphones for $13.59 (list price $17.99)

Spigen Kuel OneTap AP12T Car Mount Universal Phone Holder With One Touch Function & Low Profile Design for $18.99 (list price $29.99)

24: The Complete Series with Live Another Day for $59.99 (list price $129.99)

LEGO City Trains High-speed Passenger Train 60051 Building Toy for $125.00 (list price $149.99)

Funko POP TV: Sesame Street Oscar the Grouch Action Figure for $8.78 (list price $10.99)

The Unofficial Gamer's Adventure Series Box Set: Six Thrilling Stories for Minecrafters for $17.43 (list price $29.99)

Play-Doh Doctor Drill 'n Fill Retro Pack for $9.62 (list price $14.99)

KITCHEN

FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit for $56.49 (list price $89.99)

Sertodo Moscow Mule Mug set of 4, Hammered Copper, 18 fluid ounces for $58.88 (list price $140.00)

ThermoPro TP16 Large LCD Digital Cooking Kitchen Food Meat Thermometer for BBQ Oven Smoker Built-in Clock Timer with Stainless Steel Probe for $15.29 (list price $29.99)

AmazonBasics 6-Piece Bakeware Set for $15.64 (list price $18.40)

Oster TSSTTVSK01 Extra Large Convection Toaster Oven, Brushed Chrome for $62.97 (list price $72.96)

Microwave Pasta Cooker - The Original Fasta Pasta - No Mess, Sticking or Waiting For Boil for $13.89 (list price $14.99)

Fullstar Cheese Box Grater Shredder with Catch Food Container Base and 3 Interchangeable Stainless Steel Blades for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel 5-quart Colander-Dishwasher Safe for $19.50 (list price $34.95)

Oster CKSTRC61K-TECO Titanium Infused 6 Cup Rice & Grain Cooker with Steam Tray, Medium/One Size, Silver/Black for $17.99 (list price $24.92)

Greenco GRC0211 2-Pack Automatic Electric Pepper Mill and Salt Grinder, Stainless Steel for $11.89 (list price $13.99)

GDEALER Instant Read Thermometer Super Fast Digital Electronic Food Thermometer for $11.99 (list price $39.99)

KitchenAid KSM105GBCER 5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Glass Bowl and Flex Edge Beater - Empire Red for $219.00 (list price $359.99)

Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel for $15.88 (list price $23.99)

Adjustable Bib Apron with Pockets - Extra Long Ties, Commercial Grade, Unisex - Black/White Pinstripe (33 x 27 Inches) - Homwe for $9.97 (list price $19.97)

Cucisina Lemon Squeezer / Lime Juicer / Citrus Press - Commercial Grade Aluminum (Red) for $10.00 (list price $29.99)

Measuring Cups 7 Piece with New 1/8 cup (Coffee Scoop) by KitchenMade-Stainless Steel-Nesting set. for $27.97 (list price $69.97)

OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper - Medium for $17.99 (list price $19.95)

Creative Co-op Coffee Tea Sugar Enamel Metal Containers with Lids Set, Multicolor for $18.29 (list price $22.50)

Norpro Silicone Pastry Mat with Measures for $8.84 (list price $13.99)

ISSIKI JAPAN Professional 8 Inch Chef's Knife, High Carbon Stainless Steel ,Sharp Cutlery, Ergonomic Handle for $19.49 (list price $99.90)

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

Secura Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker 18/10 Bonus Stainless Steel Screen (1000ML) for $21.99 (list price $69.99)

Vremi 4 Piece Spatula Set - Colorful Silicone Rubber Baking Spatulas Nonstick BPA Free Dishwasher Safe - Turner Spatula for Icing Brownie or Cake Frosting Decorating - Heat Resistant up to 450°F for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Lodge LMS3 Cast Iron Miniature Skillet, 3.5-inch for $4.99 (list price $6.25)

HOME

Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat, Glacier for $90.99 (list price $139.99)

Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat, Coda for $67.99 (list price $119.99)

Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat, Gotham for $124.99 (list price $199.99)

Graco Pack 'N Play with Newborn Napper Elite, Vance for $91.55 (list price $199.99)

Graco Pack 'n Play Playard Bassinet Changer with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat, Winslet for $97.99 (list price $199.99)

AmazonBasics Deluxe Microfiber Striped Sheet Set, Spa Blue, Twin for $14.44 (list price $16.99)

Honey-Can-Do SFT-01166 Black Folding Trunk Organizer, Black for $13.99 (list price $19.99)

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

iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $299.99 (list price $374.00)

Greenco Foldable Storage Cubes Non-woven Fabric -6 Pack-(Gray) for $15.29 (list price $29.99)

Vdomus Non-slip Microfiber Shag Bathroom Mat, 20 x 32-Inches, Dark Gray for $13.79 (list price $39.90)

Songmics 10 Tiers Shoe Rack 50 Pairs Non-woven Fabric Shoe Tower Storage Organizer Cabinet ULSR10G for $34.99 (list price $36.99)

InterDesign Mildew-Free Water-Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain, 72-Inch by 72-Inch, White for $6.29 (list price $8.99)

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)

Greenco 5 Tier Wall Mount Corner Shelves Espresso Finish for $20.39 (list price $29.99)

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)

Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock with AM/FM Radio, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, Nap/Sleep Timer, Indoor Temperature/Day/Date Display with Dimming, 3.5mm Audio Connection for $24.96 (list price $29.99)

Black+Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum, 20-volt for $69.99 (list price $79.99)

Hoover Carpet Cleaner SteamVac with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner Machine F5914900 for $83.87 (list price $133.20)

Aurora Multi Red Yellow Orange Swirl Lines Modern Geometric Abstract Brush Stroke Area Rug 5 x 7 ( 5'3" x 7'3" ) for $69.99 (list price $148.50)

IPOW 2 Pack 360 Degree Rotating Twirl Tie Rack Adjustable Tie Belt Hanger Holder Hook Ties for Closet Organizer Storage (4.4"black) for $6.99 (list price $9.99)

Swiffer 360 Dusters Extender Kit, Extends up to three feet for $12.25 (list price $21.60)

Royal Classic Kitchen Towels, 15-Pack, 100% Natural Cotton, 14 x 25 inches (15 Pack) for $14.97 (list price $29.99)

SpaceSaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags (Lifetime Replacement Guarantee) Variety Pack (3 x Small, Medium, Large & Jumbo) Free Hand-Pump For Travel! for $36.99 (list price $59.99)

ARCHEER Essential Oil Diffuser, 300ml Cool Mist Humidifier with Color Changing LED Lights Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser for Office Home Bedroom Living Room Study Yoga Spa, Baby Room for $27.95 (list price $59.99)

Sunbeam Steam Master Iron with Anti-Drip Non-Stick Stainless Steel Soleplate and 8' Retractable Cord, 1400 Watt for $29.99 (list price $43.26)

CapRack18 - Baseball Cap Holder (Black) for $11.03 (list price $15.00)

Naturally Med Olive Wood Rustic Coaster Set for $16.90 (list price $22.39)

Ettore 32006 Rolleen Reusable Lint Roller for $14.90 (list price $18.06)

Household Essentials 5009-1 Collapsible Portable Indoor Tripod Clothes Drying Rack for Hanging Laundry, Silver and Blue for $26.02 (list price $29.99)

Little Sleepy Head Toddler Pillow, White, 13 X 18 for $16.10 (list price $29.95)

Greenco Bamboo Foldable Breakfast Table, Laptop Desk, Bed Table, Serving Tray for $14.69 (list price $17.99)

Soft Heat Ultra Micro-Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Triple Rib Throw, Nightshadow Blue for $44.37 (list price $109.99)

Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, 4 Lighting Modes(Studying, Reading, Relaxing, Sleeping), 5 Level Dimming, 1 Hour Auto Timer, Touch Sensitive Control, Modern, - Piano Black for $30.99 (list price $109.00)

Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light for $31.50 (list price $44.95)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Primal Pit Paste Deodorant, 100% Natural, Aluminum, Paraben Free, No Added Fragrances, Lavender, 2 oz. for $9.80 (list price $10.95)

DAFNI The Original Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush for $99.99 (list price $149.99)

Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 Shaver 2100 (Packaging may vary) for $24.99 (list price $39.99)

Kadori Professional 1.25-Inch 110v-240v Maxstyler Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Hair Straightener for $33.52 (list price $69.26)

Germ-X 1000044365 Professional Pink Liquid Hand Soap, 1 gal (Pack of 4) for $20.25 (list price $28.93)

Kadori Professional Travel Blow Salon Hair Dryer Plug N Go, Ceramic, Ionic, with Folding Handle and Dual Voltage 110v/240v for $46.19 (list price $64.95)

Naruko Illuminating Bright Essential Gel Cream, 48 Gram for $38.39 (list price $47.99)

KOSE Softy Mo Facial Cleansing Oil Speedy, 0.5 Pound for $9.80 (list price $14.49)

My Beauty Diary My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask 2016 NEW VERSION 8 Piece for $14.99 (list price $16.00)

ULTIMATE COLLAGEN APPLICATOR, FACIAL MASK IT WORKS FOR SKIN REJUVENATION 4 masks for $19.87 (list price $28.90)

Majestic Pure Skin Whitening & Skin Brightening Serum for Even Complexion, 1 fl. oz. - Potent Licorice Root Extract Helps Reduce the Appearance of Age Spots and Dark Spots and Promotes Skin Lightening for $21.50 (list price $39.50)

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

Pure Body Naturals Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask for Facial Treatment, 250g / 8.8 fl.oz for $17.95 (list price $39.98)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White for $24.97 (list price $49.99)

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrip Teeth Whitening Kit, Glamorous White, 14 Treatments - Packaging May Vary for $29.54 (list price $44.99)

Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste, 4 Ounce Tubes (pack of 3) for $15.72 (list price $25.47)

Tom's of Maine Anticavity Fluoride Children's Toothpaste, Silly Strawberry, 4.2 Ounce, 3 Count for $7.62 (list price $11.97)

Professional Dental Guard -Pack Of 4- Stops Teeth Grinding, Bruxism, Tmj, & Eliminates Teeth Clenching . Includes Fitting Instructions & Anti-Bacterial Case. Satisfaction Is Guaranteed! for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

RADIUS Totz Toothbrush for 18 Months +, Extra Soft Bristles, Assorted Colors, Colors May Vary, 3 Count for $10.47 (list price $11.97)

TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Fresh Breath Oral Rinse - Icy Mint Flavor, 16 Ounce (Pack of 2) for $15.34 (list price $25.19)

All Natural Teeth Whitening Powder - Made in USA with Coconut Activated Charcoal - Safe Effective Tooth Whitener Solution. Better than Strips, Kit, Gel & Whitening Toothpaste. for $22.89 (list price $34.99)

Dentist Prepared Tools Kit | Dental Pick Dental Floss Gum Floss Threaders Toothpicks Dental Hygiene Kit Set Dental Instruments High Grade Stainless Steel Tartar Scraper Tartar Remover for $13.97 (list price $40.00)

Listerine Total Care Zero Anticavity Mouthwash, Fresh Mint, 1 L (Pack of 2) for $11.94 (list price $18.45)

TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Dry Mouth Lozenges, Sugar Free, Mandarin Mint Flavor, 100 Count for $7.99 (list price $12.06)

Versace EROS Gift Set for Men 1.7 oz EDT + 1.7 oz Shower Gel + 1.7 oz Aftershave Balm for $20.81 (list price $79.00)

Cool Water By Davidoff For Men. Mild Deodorant Spray 2.5 Ounce, 1 Count for $11.19 (list price $14.91)

Biotherm Aqua Power Set for Men, 4.22 Ounce for $42.65 (list price $46.20)

NIVEA Men Active3 3-in-1 Body Wash 16.9 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 3) for $12.00 (list price $17.97)

American Crew Daily Shampoo, 8.4 Ounce for $4.55 (list price $10.25)

Body Scrub with Himalayan Salt, Deep Cleansing Exfoliator for $13.95 (list price $21.95)

Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension, 2 Oz for $8.77 (list price $9.96)

Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief for Kids, Grape Flavor, 8 Count for $4.39 (list price $7.00)

Xlear, Xylitol Sinus Care Spray, 1.5 Fl Oz for $11.97 (list price $14.99)

Rhinocort Allergy Spray, 120 Spray for $17.94 (list price $23.40)

Ayr Saline Nasal Mist, 1.69-Ounce Spray Bottles (Pack of 6) for $17.22 (list price $21.97)

3M Nexcare Waterproof Assorted Bandages, 100 Count for $7.99 (list price $12.48)

24-Pack Gauze Stretch Bandage Rolls with Medical Tape Included, Medical Grade Sterile First Aid Wound Dressing, FDA Approved, 4” x 4 Yards, By California Basics for $14.95 (list price $21.99)

ACE Elastic Bandage with Hook Closure, 3 Inches (Pack of 2) for $7.46 (list price $10.98)

Clear Care Plus Cleaning and Disinfecting with Lens Cup, 24 Fluid Ounce for $16.99 (list price $21.99)

ACE Elastic Bandage with Hook Closure, 3 Inches (Pack of 2) for $7.46 (list price $10.98)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Elmer's Liquid School Glue, Washable, 1 Gallon, 1 Count for $13.95 (list price $18.69)

Super Glue 15187 Super Glue, 12-Pack for $5.77 (list price $7.95)

Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 6 Pack, 0.21-ounce sticks for $2.99 (list price $5.05)

Elmer's Repositionable School Glue Sticks, 0.53 oz Each, 2 Sticks per Pack (E627) for $1.57 (list price $3.07)

Glue Dots Permanent Dot N' Go Dispenser for $3.85 (list price $5.49)

Jancosta Business Padfolio Portfolio with Letter Size Writing Notepads (New Black) for $12.91 (list price $19.99)

Cable Clips Holder, Hizek Magnetic Cord Organizer Multipurpose Management System for Power Wires,Charging Cables,USB Cords,Cell Phone Chargers,Audio Cables,Headphones Wires(Black) for $6.99 (list price $21.98)

iPhone Charger Alanda Extra Long 2Pack 6FT Nylon Braided iPhone Cord Lightning Cable to USB Charging Charger for iPhone 7 7 Plus 6S 6S Plus SE 5S 5 iPad iPod Nano 7 (Black&Red) for $10.99 (list price $20.99)

Avery Durable View Binder, 4" One Touch Rings, 780-Sheet Capacity, DuraHinge, White for $6.99 (list price $11.99)

Avery Heavy Duty View Binders with One Touch EZD(TM) Ring, Holds 8-1/2 Inch x 11 Inch Paper, 3 Inch Ring, Red (79325) for $9.52 (list price $12.48)

Tombow Mono Hybrid Correction Tape, 10-Pack for $10.84 (list price $16.51)

Sakura 57488 6-Piece Gelly Roll Classic-08 Gel Pen Set, Medium, White for $6.86 (list price $9.80)

Gel Pen Set for Coloring – 100 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Superior Quality, Free Flowing. XXL Pack Size - 60% Extra Ink. Includes Sparkly Glitter Pens, Metallic, Neon, Pastel & Classic Shades for $23.99 (list price $34.99)

60 Premium Coloring Gel Pen Set – Hard Case – Perfect gift for Kids & Adult Scrapbooking – Vibrant No Duplicates – Non Toxic – Color Pens Neon, Fluorescent, Glitter, Metallic, Pastel for $12.97 (list price $39.98)

Crayola Power Lines, Washable Scented Markers, 10-Count, Vibrant Colors, Thick Lines, great for Home & School Projects for $6.39 (list price $9.99)

White Liquid Chalk Markers (10-pack) by VersaChalk - For Chalkboard Signs, Blackboards, Glass, Windows for $17.99 (list price $24.99)

ADVcer Stored Water Brush Pen Set with 6 Assorted Paintbrush Tips for Artist Watercolor Gouache Painting, Body Face Paint Coloring and Ink Calligraphy (Clear) for $9.98 (list price $17.98)

Dual Tip Brush Markers Non-Toxic Water Based Art and Graphic Drawing Manga Sketch Pen 12 18 24 Colors /SET Solitary Walker Signme(12color) for $11.99 (list price $23.99)

Sakura 50203 8-Piece Pigma Manga Comic Pro Drawing Kit for $16.29 (list price $25.19)

SUDEE STILE Colored Pencils 150 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Art Drawing Colored Pencils Set with Case for $31.99 (list price $127.96)

Swingline Electric Stapler, Optima Grip Dual Power, 20 Sheet Capacity, Silver (S7048207) for $29.57 (list price $32.30)

EK Tools Circle Punch, 1.25-Inch, New Package for $9.50 (list price $13.99)

Darice,1201-15 Value Pack Hole Punches in 3 Shapes for $6.58 (list price $7.99)

Rapesco Adjustable Diary Punch, Suits Most Six-hole Diaries/Organizers (PF66P0B1) for $12.99 (list price $23.68)

Calculator Case,BOOCOSA Hard Travel Bag for TI-84 Plus,CE Calculator; Power Bank,Smart Phone,Earphones Portable EVA Pouch; Pencil, Ruler, USB Cable and Eraser Included. for $9.98 (list price $29.99)

Datexx DB-403 3-Memory Checkbook Calculator for $15.24 (list price $22.00)

Primary Calculator Set of 10 for $28.07 (list price $44.99)

Casio FX-CG10 PRIZM Color Graphing Calculator (Black) for $98.84 (list price $104.61)

Calculated Industries 4019 Materials Estimating Calculator for $24.95 (list price $39.95)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Aroma Trees 2 Mini Hand Held Hummingbird Feeders with Instructions and Kit for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

Graco Pack 'n Play Sport, Parkside for $93.99 (list price $199.99)

Graco LiteRider Click Connect Travel System, Sully for $93.99 (list price $169.99)

2015 Graco Fastaction Fold Sport Click Connect Travel System, Gotham for $168.99 (list price $279.99)

Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller, Pierce for $97.99 (list price $189.99)

GreenWorks 25142 10 Amp 16-Inch Corded Lawn Mower for $120.68 (list price $169.99)

RIVBOS 805 Polarized Sports Sunglasses Sun Glasses with 5 Set Interchangeable Lenses for Men Women Cycling Baseball(Grey&Red) for $18.98 (list price $49.98)

Warmoon 10W Waterproof LED Flood Light with US 3-Plug and Remote, RGB for $13.99 (list price $49.99)

CAP Barbell Cast Iron Competition Weight Kettlebell, 26-Pound, Black/Blue for $42.99 (list price $53.30)

Coleman 10 x 10 Instant Screenhouse for $71.50 (list price $119.99)

CamelBak Podium Big Chill Insulated Water Bottle, 25 oz, Cobalt for $13.94 (list price $15.00)

9 Can Cooler, Gray for $12.95 (list price $29.99)

Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef Pro-Pak for $6.45 (list price $7.50)

Gorilla Carts Heavy-Duty Steel Utility Cart with Removable Sides with a Capacity of 1000 lb, Gray for $134.99 (list price $159.99)

Bloem Living JW41-60 Aqua Rite Watering Can, 144-Ounce, Peppercorn for $10.91 (list price $15.99)

InnoGear Swim Gloves Aquatic Fitness Water Resistance Training Aqua Fit Webbed Gloves (Large) for $8.80 (list price $29.99)

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, Orange, 4.1-Inch for $13.74 (list price $19.99)

URPOWER 16.4 Feet Nylon Retractable Dog Leash with Nylon Ribbon Cord, Hand Grip, One Button Brake & Lock for Small, Medium Dogs for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Weber 6417 All-Purpose Summit Drip Pan, 10-Pack for $10.99 (list price $15.99)

Camelbak Products Chute Water Bottle, Sage, 1-Liter for $11.58 (list price $14.00)

Savvy Infusion Water Bottle - 24 Oz - Create Your Own Naturally Flavored Fruit Infused Water, Juice, Iced Tea, Lemonade & Sparkling Beverages - Choice of Dazzling Infuser Colors for $11.85 (list price $28.95)

Lifefactory 16-Ounce BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle with Flip Cap & Silicone Sleeve, Midnight Blue for $17.50 (list price $22.99)

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

GrillPro 42044 18-Inch Basting Brush for $5.84 (list price $11.99)

Yard Butler HTC-1 Compact Hose Reel Truck for $68.47 (list price $119.40)

PUREFLY Orange Silicone Heat Resistant Gloves, Great for Grilling, BBQs, Baking, Smoke Ovens,Unique Maple Leaf Design in Finest Orange Silicone. Extra Long to Cover Wrists for $11.99 (list price $45.99)

CAP Barbell Pair of 20-Pounds Adjustable Ankle Weights for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

ELECTRONICS

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope for $142.00 (list price $169.95)

ViewSonic VX2757-MHD 27" 2ms 1080p FreeSync Monitor HDMI, DisplayPort for $156.99 (list price $239.99)

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

D-Link Wireless AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (DIR-880L) for $99.99 (list price $179.99)

G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 Gaming Mouse for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router With 6 High Performance Beamforming Antennas (DIR-890L/R) for $199.99 (list price $249.95)

AUKEY Universal USB C Hub with 4 USB 3.0 Ports, 1 HDMI Port and 1 Type C Input Charging Port for $34.99 (list price $49.99)

InnoGear Caregiver Pager with Two Call Button for the Elderly Nurse Call Alert Patient Disabled for $20.99 (list price $59.99)

AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod for $59.49 (list price $69.99)

TOOLS

SHINE HAI 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED Light Bulbs, 3000K Warm White B11 LED Light Bulbs, E12 Candelabra Base, UL-Listed, Pack of 6 for $11.99 (list price $99.00)

Crescent CTK170CMP2 Mechanics Tool Set, 170-Piece for $84.99 (list price $206.13)

Kwikset 910 Z-Wave Contemporary SmartCode Electronic Touchpad Deadbolt, Works with Amazon Alexa via SmartThings or Wink, featuring SmartKey in Satin Chrome for $144.38 (list price $168.26)

Stanley 014725 25-Removable Compartment Professional Organizer for $11.42 (list price $12.97)

Stanley 68-010 Multibit Ratcheting Screwdriver with 10 Assorted Bits for $8.99 (list price $26.84)

Deflecto Dryer Duct Cleaning Kit, Extends Up To 12' for $20.60 (list price $22.97)

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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.

A shopper at Costco looks at the computer display
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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 …

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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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