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Re: Gasp! A 3rd party seller on the MS? I thought that's a capitol offense...
Oh, had no idea.
We are not so far from the point that almost everything in the world will be owned by either Amazon or Google.

March 06, 2017, 10:25:21 AM
Re: Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer with Cool Touch, 2-Liter Oil Capacity (35021) $25.19 This looks like a great deal. This model has many nice features such as cool-touch exterior, a lid, and a magnetic power cord (like iMacs!)

I was just about to buy one, but luckily my wife reminded me in time that I don't really need one and it was therefore still a waste of money no matter how good a deal it is.

That's one drawback of this site!

April 20, 2017, 12:22:01 PM
Re: BBQ Grill recommendation I had many of the cheap $99 grills (char-broil and others) for years. They never were any good, but I just didn't know any better. They did not retain any heat, never got really hot, and rusted through in just a few years.

Then my wife won a Weber Genesis in a chinese auction. I couldn't understand why the retail price was $700. Who would pay that much for a grill, and why? But I shlepped it home anyway. Boy was it heavy. Know why? Because it is all heavy cast iron and steel. It can get very hot and it keeps the heat inside. Once I used it and experienced (and tasted) the difference, I understood. Not only does it grill better, but I am expecting it to last for many many more years.

I can vouch that there is just no comparison between a heavy-weight brand-name (it is possible that Weber is not the only one,) and a light-weight cheap grill.

Now I am so spoiled, I am actually shopping around for a rotisserie attachment for my Weber!

May 02, 2017, 12:36:14 PM
Verizon FIOS upgrade deals? OR cancel and sign-up? It has been a while since Verizon FIOS deals were discussed here (I searched past threads.)

I currently have Verizon FIOS 1 Mbps (yes that is not a typo) at approximately $37/month plus $3 tax for a total of $40/month. (Technically, the bill shows $77/month for the service, minus a $40 customer loyalty credit.) I have this for many many years - hence the low speed. Lately the service has been deteriorating and as more and more devices in the house use internet, it is time to upgrade. Plus, I am also hoping to switch my copper-line phone service over to VOIP. (Suggestions on that are also welcome.)

I looked at Verizon's FIOS website. Although they make it difficult to get accurate price quotes with actually entering your info, it seems to me that they are offering much lower prices to NEW customers than to existing customers who want to upgrade. A chat with a rep yielded me weird prices that were artificially inflated but then lowered somewhat by that $40 'customer loyalty' discount. But still higher than the advertised prices.

For example, online showed a 25Mbps plan (25 times faster than my current service, should be sufficient,) for $35/month. That would come out slightly LESS than my current bill. But because it is less, their system will not let me have it. It only allows the next level, which is 50Mbps for more money. After adding $10 for the new router, but then -$5 credit towards a new router, and taxes, the total came out to $65/month. Note though that the estimate they sent me actually showed the monthly cost as $95/month, to which they then applied the $40 customer loyalty credit. Who needs a loyalty credit, when they advertise the 50Mbps plan online to new customers for only $55/month?!

Ideally, I don't want my bill to go up.

1 - how can I get the best deal on an upgrade? Do I threaten to cancel?

2 - If I can't get a good deal on an upgrade, can I cancel instead and then later sign up for new service? How long do I have to wait between? Do I need to use a different person in my house to re-apply?

3 - Can I later 'downgrade' my service, to sign up for 50Mbps and then ask for 25Mbps to lower my bill?

4 - If I use their router, can I later buy my own and send theirs back to eliminate the monthly rental charge?

5 - Can I add on the 'inside wiring coverage' option for only part of the time? I don't want them to blame my wiring if I can't get it to work. I want them to come down and fix it if they do blame my wiring. But once it is working, I would like to drop the wiring coverage.

Thanks. Suggestions welcome.

October 10, 2018, 04:11:53 PM