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Air-O-Swiss AOS 7135 Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic
Air-O-Swiss AOS 7135 Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic
Offered by Air & Water Store and More
Price: CDN$ 199.99
8 used & new from CDN$ 199.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Porsche of humidifiers. With a similar cost of maintenance., Oct. 29 2014
I've owned several "budget" humidifiers. They invariably were too loud, developed scale rather quickly, and/or didn't humidify to a noticeable extent--even in a modestly-sized room.

Enter the Air-O-Swiss 7135. A person might be put off by the price tag compared to what one sees in pharmacies and such for much less than $100. Believe me when I say the AOS is indisputably worth the price. It has an adjustable humidity set-point and rate of mist production, is quiet (aside from infrequent and muted gurgling), and takes a while to develop scale. There is no question that it makes my room more humid. One has a choice of warm or cold mist as well.

The ONLY disadvantage is the fact that a person has to purchase maintenance products for use every 1-3 months, including the Hydro Cell (to filter the water to prevent scale build-up and bacterial growth), silver granules for the demineralization cartridge, and EZCal cleaner (to remove scale--although this is simply citric acid and can be purchased at certain grocery or home-brewing stores, as well as online).

The price of upkeep isn't negligible, but might be well worth it to those who recognize that this product is pretty much top-of-the-line and simply can't or won't put up with a lower-quality (and lower efficacy) product.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, 16 Ounce
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, 16 Ounce
Price: CDN$ 15.98
9 used & new from CDN$ 15.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Be wise: moisturize!, Oct. 29 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This cream was recommended by a dermatologist for dry skin and subsequent rash. It doesn't sting when it goes on like so many other creams. I noticed a vast improvement in my skin within a few days of using it. It is a generous amount for the price. The Cerave website recommends using the moisturizing LOTION year-round and using the CREAM (this product) on particularly dry areas, especially during the winter months. I use it a little more indiscriminately than that and am content to do so.

I just wish I knew what the name meant.

AT&T Corded Phone with 25 min Digital Answering Machine, Backlit Tilt Display, Audio Assist, Speakerphone (CL4940BK)
AT&T Corded Phone with 25 min Digital Answering Machine, Backlit Tilt Display, Audio Assist, Speakerphone (CL4940BK)
Price: CDN$ 49.92
3 used & new from CDN$ 49.92

4.0 out of 5 stars I like big buttons, and I cannot lie, Oct. 29 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I wanted a landline-based phone that would still operate if the power went out. This phone appeared to be one of the few that could do this. It still has to be plugged into an AC outlet, but evidently has a backup battery in case of blackouts.

The buttons and display are large. The display itself is lacking in contrast a little bit--text is still visible, but not as apparent as I would have liked. It has volume control and an "audio assist" feature that boosts volume even more if your interlocutor's speech is quiet. It has built-in voice mail that is remotely accessible.

I didn't need a phone with all sorts of bells and whistles--this one certainly has the basics and a couple of more to boot, so that's a plus.

I consider it to be good value for the money.

Scorch Resistant Silicone Coated Ironing Board Pad and Cover, Color May Vary
Scorch Resistant Silicone Coated Ironing Board Pad and Cover, Color May Vary

5.0 out of 5 stars It has completely changed my life. No, it hasn't. It's just a really good ironing board cover., Oct. 29 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This cover fit my ironing board perfectly (54" long with tapered nose). It has an elasticized border that provided a snug fit. It also has two velcro straps underneath for even more secure attachment to the board. It's plush and reasonably smooth. It is machine washable.

The only two possible improvements would be if a person had a choice of colour (mine is as it appears in the photo--a greyish taupe) and if it came with a personal clothes-presser.

L'Occitane Verdon Energy Face Moisturizer for Men, 1.7-Ounce
L'Occitane Verdon Energy Face Moisturizer for Men, 1.7-Ounce
Price: CDN$ 32.00
2 used & new from CDN$ 32.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent product that is rapidly becoming unaffordable, Aug. 30 2014
If you clicked on the link for this product, then congratulations! You have discerning taste indeed. This moisturizer is masculine without being cliché musky, and is refined without being fruity-smelling or feminine. Its aroma is fresh and clean. It goes on smoothly without being oily or leaving a residue. There's some debate as to how well it penetrates and moisturizes, but I haven't found that to be an issue.

I assume that you're looking for it on Amazon because you realize that Occitane is now selling the product in a 1.3 oz (40 mL) size for $40, whereas it used to be about $30 for 1.7 oz (50 mL). Ya, that frustrated me, too.

Make sure you check on the Amazon link ("More buying choices" or "2 new from...") for other sellers. The one I bought was actually distributed by Amazon for about $30 (the old price), while the default seller was peddling it for $45 (plus $15 shipping--not cool).

If you can afford the extra cost, lucky you. If you can't, I wish you luck in finding another great moisturizer.

The Informant! / L'infiltré ! (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
The Informant! / L'infiltré ! (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Matt Damon
Price: CDN$ 9.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 4.25

5.0 out of 5 stars It's time this film's cover was blown, Aug. 24 2014
In an age where Judd Apatow-derivative comedies reign supreme, it's nice to be reminded that not all hilarious movies are gross-out/stoner/slapstick pictures. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy those as much as the next guy--but when I start getting confused about whether a new film is really just a re-release of one I've already seen, then it's time to change things up.

Enter "The Informant", a distinctly below-the-radar comedy. It was well-received by critics, but audiences didn't lap it up quite so easily. In this way, it reminds me of another little gem called "Bowfinger".

Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, an ostensibly well-intentioned whistleblower, eager to do a good deed in reporting on his company's illegal price-fixing. As the two FBI agents assigned to handle him soon find out, it isn't always clear how accurate, reliable, or altruistic Mr. Whitacre actually is. The bonus is that there is absolutely nothing sinister about him, but his motivations remain downright impossible to comprehend.

Even if you watch this film just once after purchasing it, you're only out a whole $10. Trust me, there are friends of yours who will enjoy the alternately chummy, quirky, and bafflingly idiotic "protagonist" of this film, which Matt Damon carries compelling from start to finish. You loved him as Jason Bourne. Get ready to love him as...well...pretty much the total opposite.

Household Essentials Double Hamper Laundry Sorter with Magnetic Lid Closure, Coffee Linen
Household Essentials Double Hamper Laundry Sorter with Magnetic Lid Closure, Coffee Linen
Price: CDN$ 47.86
4 used & new from CDN$ 47.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Laundry Hamper of Holding +2 (***this is a Dungeons & Dragons reference***), Aug. 24 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This hamper arrives in a collapsed form, which initially makes it look rather flimsy and unimpressive.

Once it's easily expanded and stabilized, though, it's rather sizable.

Some folks have commented on the smell, which is present, but I don't habitually spend a lot of time sitting next to my laundry hamper.

Upwards of $50 might be a bit dear for something that doesn't have the finest quality craftsmanship, but its capacity, light weight, and inoffensive colouring and styling make up for it. I purchased two of these and don't regret doing so.

Present Time - Karlsson Wall Clock Mega Disc Golden Record
Present Time - Karlsson Wall Clock Mega Disc Golden Record
Offered by dealkings
Price: CDN$ 57.52
4 used & new from CDN$ 57.52

5.0 out of 5 stars 24 karat quality and design, Aug. 24 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I purchased this clock for a friend a few months ago at a boutique store in Edmonton. The boutique store closed before I could purchase one for myself. Searching on the internet came up with a lot of over-priced options. Once again, Amazon came to the rescue as far as having a reasonable price (not to mention having it in stock at all).

A silver finish is available, too, but I happen to like the "gold". There are no numbers, which makes it look sleek and minimalist. The only downside: it's rather small, at 12 inches in diameter, which precludes it from being a real feature on the wall.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 500ml
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 500ml
Price: CDN$ 17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mild yet effective, Aug. 24 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
It's the only facial cleanser I use.

I've tried many others. This one is not only gentle, like the product name suggests, but it also works like a charm on my combination skin. The Amazon price is about what it goes for in store.

It's a winner in my book.

Fellowes Powershred 99CI Shredder, Black/Dark Silver
Fellowes Powershred 99CI Shredder, Black/Dark Silver
Price: CDN$ 372.81
12 used & new from CDN$ 359.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The next step up: wood chipper, March 27 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This really has to be a top-of-the-line shredder for home or small business office, and I wish I'd purchased it sooner. I had a midget "5-page" shredder before (which could only really handle a couple of sheets at a time, and even then jammed more than Smuckers), and I recently had ENOUGH.

This model tells you if you've over-stuffed it. Better yet, it tells you if you've UNDER-stuffed it: an indicator light meter reveals how many pages it could handle compared to how many you put in. If the light meter only goes up a couple of bars, that means it's hungry and you need to give it more on your next go-around. This thing even detects if there's any skin touching its gaping maw, in which case it won't operate until safe to do so. Best of all, there's a "do not put a baby in here" interdiction labelled on the side of the aperture.

If you think you can get away with something smaller and cheaper, you might be right...but why would you want to be?

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