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2017 Free Crap Thread
« on: January 03, 2017, 02:20:20 pm »
2016 was pretty successful, but it's time for a new thread.

The work waddle incentive program rolled 10% of my points forward, which automatically bumped me up two status levels, and I'm already sitting on $43 in Amazon.

Stay tuned...

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 03:14:05 pm »
Maybe we should merge the dumpster dive thread with this one? lol

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2017, 03:28:34 pm »



Ugh, the work waddle programs.  My employer gives out hundreds each year to people who pledge to stop smoking.  You can only get it if you are listed on your insurance as a smoker (there are valid reasons to NOT do this) and none of the people who get it ever actually quit.  But the still get the money.  It's basically a reward program for smoking and lying that costs the rest of us even more money on top of the hits to the cost pool they're already giving us.


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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2017, 04:54:13 pm »
People with families get 3 extra "family illness" days off at my company. But I don't ---smurfette--- about it, I just enjoy not having crumb catchers to pay for. Enjoy your non-diseased lungs and quit worrying about others.
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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2017, 05:10:51 pm »
That smoker thing, ugh.  Thanks to a data entry error, I had insurance pop up that I was a smoker and spent months fighting it (it did something ridiculous like double my monthly premium).  What amazes me is that the questionnaires don't take frequency and length of smoking into consideration - it's a "have you ever" situation.  (and I answered no anyway)

Granted, I probably managed to go through one carton's worth of Marlboro Reds in college and haven't touched the things in 20 years, but I get to lie to doctors the rest of my life about it cause if that ---steaming pile of meadow muffin--- shows up on my medical record again, break out the wallet and prepare to take blood tests if you want to argue it.







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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2017, 10:29:10 pm »
Yeah the AHCA got rid of the pre-existing condition, which is great and helps a lot of people, but insurance companies are still greedy evil sobs.  They've invented the concept of charging "unhealthy people" more to compensate.  Funny how healthy people don't get a discount though.  This crap is going to continue until we get universal health care, which we probably should have had 20 years ago. 

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2017, 09:14:44 am »



Our provider doesn't change price based on that answer.  Smokers get charged the same as anyone else.  The incentive program is a "cost control and health improvement reward".  Practically, though, it's a discount relative to the nonsmokers.  It wouldn't bother me if they were being charged more in the first place.


Won't be long before anyone over a certain BMI is paying more, too.

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2017, 10:40:53 am »
Well, this derailed from free crap pretty quickly.


Yeah the AHCA got rid of the pre-existing condition, which is great and helps a lot of people, but insurance companies are still greedy evil sobs.  They've invented the concept of charging "unhealthy people" more to compensate.  Funny how healthy people don't get a discount though.  This crap is going to continue until we get universal health care, which we probably should have had 20 years ago.

It was the ACA (Affordable Care Act) that got rid of pre-existing conditions, not the AHCA (The American Health Care Association).   I'm going to bet that we will never have universal health care in this country.





Won't be long before anyone over a certain BMI is paying more, too.

Is that a bad thing?   People want universal health care, cheaper premiums, lower co-pays, etc...   But they can't be bothered to get their lazy asses off the couch and stay healthy.   They want to drink nothing but soda, eat fast food and when they end up with diabetes, they want their health care for free.   Or end up with lung cancer from smoking, or cirrhosis of the liver from drinking,  etc, etc, etc...   

I get that some people will be predisposed to certain conditions, but it's the people that stack the deck against themselves that drive me crazy.

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2017, 11:25:40 am »
I get that some people will be predisposed to certain conditions, but it's the people that stack the deck against themselves that drive me crazy.




Pretty much.

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2017, 02:52:32 pm »
Well, this derailed from free crap pretty quickly.


Yeah the AHCA got rid of the pre-existing condition, which is great and helps a lot of people, but insurance companies are still greedy evil sobs.  They've invented the concept of charging "unhealthy people" more to compensate.  Funny how healthy people don't get a discount though.  This crap is going to continue until we get universal health care, which we probably should have had 20 years ago.

It was the ACA (Affordable Care Act) that got rid of pre-existing conditions, not the AHCA (The American Health Care Association).   I'm going to bet that we will never have universal health care in this country.





Won't be long before anyone over a certain BMI is paying more, too.

Is that a bad thing?   People want universal health care, cheaper premiums, lower co-pays, etc...   But they can't be bothered to get their lazy asses off the couch and stay healthy.   They want to drink nothing but soda, eat fast food and when they end up with diabetes, they want their health care for free.   Or end up with lung cancer from smoking, or cirrhosis of the liver from drinking,  etc, etc, etc...   

I get that some people will be predisposed to certain conditions, but it's the people that stack the deck against themselves that drive me crazy.

AHCA = affordable health care act.  Sorry I added an extra letter, but I'm well aware of most health care policies here in the States. 

Yes it's absolutely a bad thing that some people get charged more for the exact same service.  It borderlines on being unconstitutional.  The thing is the people that are typically the most unhealthy are poor people.  Poor people have a hard time regaining their health because of minor inconveniences like working themselves to the bone to keep from starving to death due to their crappy wage.  You know, because greedy idgits  don't want to increase the minimum wage.  If all men are endowed certain inalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness then it's just common sense that we should have universal healthcare.  If you are ill your right to life is being endangered. If you are constantly sick then it's extremely difficult to pursue happiness. 

People will absolutely abuse the system, no matter which system is in place, that's just life.  You don't punish all the good people in the world because of a few bad apples. 

You want to fix the world, look at Star Trek TNG.  On earth all the amenities are free.  You get food, shelter, ect.  If you want anything beyond that, you work.   

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2017, 03:35:41 pm »


AHCA = affordable health care act.  Sorry I added an extra letter, but I'm well aware of most health care policies here in the States. 




AHCA = affordable health care act = wrong.

It's not called, or referred to as, the affordable health care act.... it is the affordable care act.

https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/affordable-care-act/

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2017, 03:56:59 pm »
this is the free crap thread, not the costs me 10 times as much as 8 yrs ago thread.

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2017, 04:02:51 pm »
this is the free crap thread, not the costs me 10 times as much as 8 yrs ago thread.

haha, yea this tread got super hijacked.  We need PBJ to post more of his scams to get it back on topic.

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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2017, 04:58:59 pm »
Took the mental well being survey and didn't get the "Call 911" pop up this year, so I've got that going for me.  Which is nice.  2 more Amazon dollars in hand.




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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2017, 04:42:59 pm »
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Adios Coke Rewards.  It was fun.


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Re: 2017 Free Crap Thread
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2017, 04:56:53 pm »
 so do you want all these rewards I saved for you?
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« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2017, 05:05:00 pm »
Well, yes.

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« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2017, 07:20:31 pm »
Well crap.  I'll tell mom.  She has a metric ton collected. 

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« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2017, 11:16:56 am »
Walmart has the Pokemon Go Plus wristbands in stock.  Finally used that $10 gift card I hoarded from the Groupon deal on that hard drive.

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« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2017, 02:13:19 pm »
And.... my local Outback is gone.  Still sitting on $65 in gift cards.  :P


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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2017, 06:01:42 pm »
And.... my local Outback is gone.  Still sitting on $65 in gift cards.  [emoji14]
Send them to the ZapCon Eats committee, we'll put them to good use.
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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2017, 01:42:24 am »
Got an apology email from Wal-Mart because that filler item Kit Kat bar came a week late.... And a $5 gift card.

 :lol

Also got FitBit to replace my tracker.  Took a Better Business Bureau complaint but they hopped to.  I've killed two of their $150 trackers in 53 weeks.  Let's see how long replacement #2 lasts.


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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2017, 07:17:48 pm »
Not long.  My mom gets them for "free" via her companies incentive plan and fitbits seem to only be reliable for women who aren't hard on their stuff.  My father in law had to have his replaced twice and the one I am wearing is patched together with superglue. 


Not free but pretty cheap.... Charleston's Sears, which has been in business for 30 years, is closing.  They are selling off the shelving units and such.  I got 6 massive 2'x4' glass shelves with hardware for 20 bucks.  Most of the stuff was really cheap, but their display furniture is so huge that it would be hard to fit in a normal sized room.  They are putting more on sale as they empty the shelves, so once they start selling the smaller displays in the tool section I'll pick some up.  Sadly no 2600 kiosks rotting away in a corner or anything. 

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« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2017, 07:38:21 pm »
So, Fit Bit uses a Filipino call center, and I work alongside a Filipino.  Apparently they'll give you whatever you want if you speak Tagalog.  She landed everyone upgraded models free of charge when all their Fitbit Charge units fell apart. 

Problem is I have the more expensive Charge HR with the heart rate monitor, and they don't like coughing up replacements.  Due to the design, it's basically impossible to repair the things.  Tape covers up the sensor and I tried three types of glue and none would bond.  I think the Houston heat and humidity kills them.

Sears has been a sad place for many years.  You probably got those shelves for 0.1% of what they cost.




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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2017, 09:23:13 pm »
I went through 2 fitbits. Both times the damn bands just came apart. Whodathunk using glue to hold the bands together was a bad idea? 
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« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2017, 09:59:44 pm »
Yeah mine's the HR and like I said, it keeps falling apart.  I just bought a 5 pack of super glue at the dollar store and I throw a dab on when the band starts to fall off again.  It's a really poor design.  If the rubber went on the underside of the sensor as well I think they would hold up better. 

Actually our Sears does good business and is extremely popular.  Things started to go a bit downhill last year when they eliminated the electronics dept.  This one is the largest in the region... three floors with a bijillion square feet per floor and an auto center across the street.  I talked to the floor manager.  He said that Sears holdings actually own the building and they are shutting it down because the property value has went up to the point of where they can make a ton just selling the building.  Forget about the people that have worked there 30 years... Sear's CEO needs a new yacht. 

It's going to be hard now.  That was our last major appliance store besides the dreaded Best Buy.  I guess we could start buying stuff at Lowes/Home Dept. but their prices are generally pretty high on that stuff. 

Anyway, I'm going to clean them out I think.  They had plexi cubbie holes... 20 for 20 dollars, some computer POS terminals that they haven't put on sale yet and all kinds of junk that I really don't need but can't pass up the huge discount. 

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« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2017, 10:33:06 pm »
The newer ones are more like a watchband that clips to the ends of the sensor.  Apparently some of them are actually, gasp, water resistant now.  Grousing aside, they're very accurate on step counts and I've waddled my way to hundreds in Amazon gift cards.

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« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2017, 06:29:42 pm »
Sears was bought by Kmart in 2004, and both Kmart and Sears were smart in the early days and bought most of the property they opened stores on.  They are actually one of the biggest realty holding companies in the world.  It is really the only thing that has kept them in business for the last decade.  We had 2 big Kmarts here, one closed about a decade ago and the land was sold off, and the other closed about 8 months ago, which is about 4 acres of some of the best retail property in the city.  I am guessing that soon that area will be home to a slew of strip-mall stores (looks like the property is already sold off).  The Sears is still kicking, but when you go in you wonder how they are still in business.. The shelves are barely stocked, the place is just plain dirty, and the staff acts like they are going to close the doors any minute.  Their stock is way down this year and they are in the process of cutting a billion dollars per year in operating costs.

My dad has had the same problems with his fitbit, he is on his third and had an issue getting his first two exchanged.  He finally just bought a new one at the end of last year and when the replacement finally came in for his last one a few months later, he gave it to my mom to replace her first one that broke.  I got one for my GF at Christmas and it is still holding up, but we will see.  My brother had to replace one already, but the rest of the family has had pretty good luck with them.  Same problems - usually with the band..

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« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2017, 08:31:37 pm »
Well that's the thing.  Business was still booming in this particular Sears, they regularly remodeled, ect....  I think it's the largest in the State, maybe in the tri-state area.  Word on the street is that two middle-of-the-road restaurants are going to buy it.  That mall already has an Outback and Olive Garden... we don't really need anymore cruddy places to eat.

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« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2017, 11:48:18 pm »
And.... my local Outback is gone.  Still sitting on $65 in gift cards.  [emoji14]
Send them to the ZapCon Eats committee, we'll put them to good use.

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« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2017, 11:49:50 pm »
And.... my local Outback is gone.  Still sitting on $65 in gift cards.  [emoji14]
Send them to the ZapCon Eats committee, we'll put them to good use.

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« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2017, 12:20:27 am »
Eh, I'm more of a Wendy's guy myself.  It isn't that the food sucks, it's the waiting a frikkin' hour for them to bring it out.  I'm with Yots... send them to the ZapCon guys.

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« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2017, 10:41:22 am »
It isn't that the food sucks...

Even though it does...
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« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2017, 04:44:20 pm »
Their wings are fine, and $65 will get you ~80 of them. 

Send me a PM with your e-mail address, Yot, and I'll kick the gift cards your way.

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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2017, 06:04:05 pm »
Their wings are fine, and $65 will get you ~80 of them. 

Send me a PM with your e-mail address, Yot, and I'll kick the gift cards your way.

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« Reply #35 on: February 22, 2017, 11:44:18 am »
Still waiting on that e-mail address.....


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« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2017, 05:07:57 pm »
Sorry, had a second job interview today. Send good vibes my way, people, I'd really like to transition into this new position...

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« Reply #37 on: February 22, 2017, 05:19:37 pm »
You're not going to be selling steak knives, are you?

Gift cards have been sent.  I expect a photo of Nephasth putting my meat in his mouth.


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« Reply #38 on: February 22, 2017, 05:43:31 pm »
No, it's still in education, but it's out of the regular classroom.

Thanks for the points, James. I don't know why people think you're an ---uvula---. Your shirt is on me. I'll even send you the non-tirekicker version.
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« Reply #39 on: February 22, 2017, 10:07:33 pm »
Thanks for the points, James. I don't know why people think you're an ---uvula---.

Because of the words that come out of his mouth.   I have a similar ailment.  ;)

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« Reply #40 on: February 28, 2017, 03:41:40 pm »
Wal-Mart KitKat gift card stacked with My Coke Rewards gift cards and thus Pokemon Go Plus and KitKat #2 are on their merry way to my house.  My wife was getting way, way too far ahead of me with hers.




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« Reply #41 on: March 03, 2017, 09:56:49 am »
One of the only benefits of managing a gas station is the free candy racks. Not sure what im going to do with it. I was thinking about putting my consoles on it. Or some other game related display.

Could also use it as a closet organizer or something.

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« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2017, 10:02:08 am »
Start taking home 'free' candy a pocketful at a time and make your own household candy rack.  Sell items to house guests for $1 each.

Duh.


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« Reply #43 on: March 03, 2017, 10:08:37 am »
Thats a thought.

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« Reply #44 on: March 03, 2017, 10:55:38 am »
Wirecade.
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« Reply #45 on: March 03, 2017, 10:56:53 am »
Yeah, use zip ties to dangle a Pi off it.


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« Reply #46 on: March 03, 2017, 11:00:23 am »
Zip ties are too expensive. Peel some gum from beneath the checkout counter. I know its there. My family owned and ran gas stations since before I was born.

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« Reply #47 on: March 03, 2017, 11:21:31 am »
Cant wait to see the look of hate on my wifes face when i drag this inside later.

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« Reply #48 on: March 03, 2017, 11:30:45 am »
Isn't that the wife that spent $30k on Runescape and shacked up with her online side piece in Tennessee or something?

If so, that candy rack goes in your dining room.

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« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2017, 11:32:49 am »
Do you have any of those ice bins shaped like a Red Bull can or a Coke bottle? Those are good for parties. They are waist high and roll around on wheels. Women love them. They are really classy. ;D

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« Reply #50 on: March 03, 2017, 12:00:44 pm »
Isn't that the wife that spent $30k on Runescape and shacked up with her online side piece in Tennessee or something?

If so, that candy rack goes in your dining room.
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« Reply #51 on: March 03, 2017, 12:06:28 pm »
Do you have any of those ice bins shaped like a Red Bull can or a Coke bottle? Those are good for parties. They are waist high and roll around on wheels. Women love them. They are really classy. ;D

Had a red bull one for a while and sold it.

@pbj it was game war. And they never shacked up. Just exchanged pics and texted or whatever.

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« Reply #52 on: March 03, 2017, 02:42:32 pm »
One of the only benefits of managing a gas station is the free candy racks. Not sure what im going to do with it. I was thinking about putting my consoles on it. Or some other game related display.

Could also use it as a closet organizer or something.

Sears has some wire shelving like that.  They are putting their stuff up for sale as it empties up.  I'm going to have enough to open a store when all is said and done. 

I've got my consoles in wire cubes similar to that atm.  Since light can go through the display looks a lot brighter, so I say go for it.  You might want to paint it black first. 

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« Reply #53 on: March 06, 2017, 06:54:53 pm »
Won really, really good Alicia Keys tickets today.  Contemplating going versus flipping for Switch money.

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« Reply #54 on: March 06, 2017, 07:09:48 pm »
Flip.

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« Reply #55 on: March 06, 2017, 07:26:43 pm »
 :lol

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« Reply #56 on: March 07, 2017, 12:58:55 am »
Well I haven't checked the stock yet, but you might not be able to get a switch anyway.  Reggie tweeted something about the switch outselling any console Nintendo has ever released in the US for the first 2 days.  Of course that could be because they actually produced enough to have it in stock this time.

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« Reply #57 on: March 07, 2017, 10:28:41 am »
People sighting them at area Wal-Marts and posting on Facebook here.  Given as there are no games out for it I'm content to wait.

My wife wants to go to the concert anyway, so I'll post pics later this week.   :P


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« Reply #58 on: March 07, 2017, 10:29:20 pm »
Eh the dreaded wife/girlfriend veto.  I feel you.

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« Reply #59 on: March 08, 2017, 02:55:29 pm »
Eh, she was the one griping I didn't pre-order a Switch.  So.... win some, lose some.

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« Reply #60 on: March 08, 2017, 08:50:28 pm »
Eh, she was the one griping I didn't pre-order a Switch.  So.... win some, lose some.

 :dunno

Well they've sold well AND they still have stock.  Nintendo learning!  Who would have thunk it!  It looks like, around here at least the smaller stores are out, but the larger stores still have a decent amount of stock.  I saw some of the game boxes.... they are a special size which means they are going to be a pain in the butt to put on dvd shelves. 

Since you have a Wii U I really don't see the rush.  Unless you are really into bomber man or something.

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« Reply #61 on: March 08, 2017, 08:56:27 pm »
I wouldn't rush. Id wait until the holidays at the very least. Unlike ps4 and xbox one, the nintendo consoles arent usually centered around online gaming. (Aside from a couple games) so you dont feel like you missed out on all the fun when you finally get to play a game.

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« Reply #62 on: March 08, 2017, 09:10:05 pm »
Eh I dunno.  The latest Smash Bros. Mario Kart and Splatoon were very online centric.  Mind you Mario Kart 8 still has a large online presence now, so it still wouldn't matter. 

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« Reply #63 on: March 10, 2017, 01:58:01 pm »
So, this is a pretty weak hustle, but if you're around an unattended machine....

Get the Coke Freestyle app.  Make a custom drink and save it.  Go to one of those mix your own combination Coke fountains.  Scan the QR code on the machine, select your custom drink on the screen, tap the pour button, and walk away.  Every 5 times you do this (limited to once per day) you get a $5 Amazon gift card, limit of 2 cards in March.

I walk through a food court on my daily Pokemon Go route, so it's pretty quick and easy.  The employees at Chik Fil A are starting to look at me funny but meh.






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« Reply #64 on: March 10, 2017, 02:03:53 pm »
Every bit helps.

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« Reply #65 on: March 10, 2017, 02:12:32 pm »
Every bit helps.

Yeah, the goal is to get a Switch for $0 out of pocket and lord it over Howard.

 :cheers:

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« Reply #66 on: March 10, 2017, 02:13:06 pm »
Ya gotta have goals in life.

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« Reply #67 on: March 10, 2017, 03:37:17 pm »
Every bit helps.

Yeah, the goal is to get a Switch for $0 out of pocket and lord it over Howard.

 :cheers:

Feel free.  I'm not interested in one until another big game is released.

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« Reply #68 on: March 13, 2017, 03:07:55 pm »
I walk through a food court on my daily Pokemon Go route...
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« Reply #69 on: March 13, 2017, 03:21:42 pm »
40 year old man on a video game message board criticizes a 40 year old man for playing video games.

 ::)

Anyway, your post reminded me I hadn't hit them up today, so thanks for that.

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« Reply #70 on: March 13, 2017, 07:45:42 pm »
I support anything that gets pbj off his arse and moving around. 

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« Reply #71 on: March 18, 2017, 02:58:02 pm »
Scored a couple more display cases from work. These have adjustable shelves and plexi fronts. Now i just need to clean them up/paint and find some collectables or sonething to stick in them for my gameroom.

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« Reply #72 on: March 18, 2017, 03:53:28 pm »
Your water pipe collection would look good in there.


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« Reply #73 on: March 18, 2017, 07:51:21 pm »
Your water pipe collection would look good in there.
I dont think an old Gatorade bottle with aluminum foil on it will display nicely.

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« Reply #74 on: March 19, 2017, 08:08:06 am »
I was thinking for the smaller one, i can get some picture frame stands and put all my hand helds in there. Gameboy/color/advance, psp game gear and ds. Maybe put som graphics on there and change them into mini World of Nintendo Cases.

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« Reply #75 on: March 20, 2017, 05:25:38 pm »
I got the last of my Sears loads the other day.  That's what I'm doing essentially.... I'll make a world of Nintendo cabinet from all the glass shelves and some shelving racks I also bought.  A couple of angle irons, a sheet of plywood for the bottom shelves.... no problem!

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« Reply #76 on: March 23, 2017, 10:53:22 am »
So, I missed UPS by 10 minutes last night, and apparently they have a system of "driver discretion" where the item is now taken to a "UPS Access Point" which in reality is a seedy gas station - rather than attempt re-delivery.  My FedEx buddy tells me they're doing the same with Walgreen's.

I have a Best Buy approximately 2 miles from my house, but decided to have it shipped because "shipping is free!" and "I don't want to bother with going to Best Buy!"

Now I gotta drive 10 miles to get my item.

 :lol

Anyway, picture a $15 sound bar here.   :P

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« Reply #77 on: March 23, 2017, 03:53:29 pm »
Here's the dump where I'm headed.  Smack in the middle of the prostitution tolerance zone....



Maybe I'll buy some crack while I'm there, UPS.


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« Reply #78 on: March 23, 2017, 03:58:31 pm »
It's a one-stop-shop. ;D
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« Reply #79 on: March 23, 2017, 08:10:23 pm »
I'm more curious as to what a "washateria" is.  It sounds like either a food court where they hose you down afterwards, or something with a happy ending... possibly both.

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« Reply #80 on: March 23, 2017, 10:18:34 pm »
Yep, sketchy as ---fudgesicle---.  The actual inside of the gas station was fine, but I hauled ass out of that parking lot.  Looks like I'm avoiding UPS for a few years again.

I got a soundbar with HDMI ARC under the impression it would eliminate the need for a second remote.  Thus far no luck on that front.

Anyway, Best Buy flash sale combined with ebay coupon got it down to $115 shipped.  Not too bad.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-2-1-channel-soundbar-system-with-wireless-subwoofer-black/4899104.p?skuId=4899104

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« Reply #81 on: March 24, 2017, 12:04:56 am »
Heh.  I used to be leery about bad neighborhoods, but then I remembered what I look like.  For whatever reason a portion of the population is terrified of me.  Maybe it's my sunny disposition.

What brand sound bar?

So I'm getting what I can from coke rewards.  A bunch of random sized gift cards thus far.... not really enough to get anything, but enough to give a discount anyway.  I'm also looking at the shutter fly stuff. Does anyone have any experience on their policy with copyrighted images?   I think it'd be cool to get some game flyer canvas art or make a tapestry out of their photo blankets, ect.  I mean we still have a ton of points and with the wait period between gift cards my guess is we'll have a ton left over.   

Oh and heads up.... my Walmart's at least, are starting to heavily discount the Wii U stuff to make room for the Switch.  I got a pro controller for 12 bucks, sensor bars are practically free and most of the amiibo are discounted, with some characters as low as three bucks.  I should have picked some of the better ones up (3 dollar Ryu for instance), but I'm terrified that once I start I'll go full pokemon and start collecting the damn things. 

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« Reply #82 on: March 24, 2017, 08:40:14 am »
Shutterfly has a policy of not printing known copyrighted material.  With that said, while I've never printed anything that large, I've had pretty good success with prints of box art and game maps.  I imagine if you tried to print something widely known you might have an issue.

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« Reply #83 on: March 24, 2017, 09:34:01 am »
Sound bar is LG.  I woke up early this morning to dick around with it.  With a different HDMI cable, the TV speakers would shut off, but no sound from the bar.  Using the TV remote appeared to be doing something to the sound bar, the volume bar was a different color and moving up and down on the TV screen, and the bar turned off and on with the TV. 

So I also plugged in the optical cable.... theoretically completely unnecessary.... and it works.

So, for whatever reason, the Philips TV and LG sound bar aren't passing audio information back and forth across HDMI, but everything else is fine.

Stuff like this is why I detest anything related to home theaters.  Did a lot of researching and price monitoring and it's still some "shouldn't fix it but it does" situation.

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« Reply #84 on: March 24, 2017, 10:38:53 am »
On some TV's you have to disable the internal speakers to get it to pass audio through HDMI.  A lot of older equipment, and some new equipment, will not process 5.1 and stereo at the same time either.  So if the signal is 5.1 and the TV is processing it as stereo, it won't pass the 5.1 to the soundbar (and vice versa) through HDMI.

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« Reply #85 on: March 24, 2017, 10:44:52 am »
Yeah, with "EasyLink" which is what Philips calls HDMI-ARC, it disables the TV speakers automatically once the soundbar boots up. 

Anyway, with both cables connected everything behaves as it should.


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« Reply #86 on: March 24, 2017, 01:14:47 pm »
Shutterfly has a policy of not printing known copyrighted material.  With that said, while I've never printed anything that large, I've had pretty good success with prints of box art and game maps.  I imagine if you tried to print something widely known you might have an issue.

I was thinking maybe the nes Castlevania box art.  For the blankets maybe something Zelda related?  I could probably make a design myself on that one and dodge the copyright issue.

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« Reply #87 on: Yesterday at 04:44:14 pm »
Got my second $5 gift card from Coke.  They updated the app and pulsing the machines didn't seem to work anymore, I had to push the "pour" button until the screen said Enjoy!  Seemed about 5 seconds.


Probably a more discreet way of doing it would have been to photograph the QR code, sit within bluetooth range of the machine, and scan the photo during peak times.  I don't think anyone would notice anything that way.  Oh well, I had no qualms about walking into cafeterias, scanning, and walking out so your mileage may vary.

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