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Sep 12

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Recently on television I saw a sensationalist segment on Fox News regarding the prices at Whole Foods v/s Safeway. Everything was great, there was even a caveat that prices vary by region, however something didn’t seem right. Safeway is absolutely not more expensive in my limited experience here in the Pacific Northwest.

 

To be honest, my headline is also a bit sensationalistic, Fox News was showing the results of a study and it wasn’t original research by them.

 

The pricing shown would have been genuine, however it looks like they forgot one crucial detail. Safeway has this awesome app and has this thing called club card. If you have used Safeway’s app, you would know they routinely have decent discounts on everything from milk to fruits and vegetables to even giftcards and sometimes bonus points. Infact at this very moment my Safeway app has a spend $30 and get $5 off coupon in it. Wholefoods almost never has sales on basic staples and never have I seen a proper off sale on Whole foods. So its important to view any news article with the right perspective.

 

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Sep 11

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They have 2 hours to fix it, otherwise apple fanboys are going to be very unhappy ! iPhone6s and iPhone 6s plus to be released today.


Sep 09

So I do try to live healthy, but every once in a while I cheat by having chicken mcnuggets at Mcdonalds. They are the kryptonite to this superman. Chipotle, I love you, but your taste nothing like the engineered taste of chicken McNuggets. Anyway a few weeks ago McDonalds released their mobile app which on registering gives you a free premium sandwich. So at a minimum you get a free sandwich. Over time I have seen rewards such as free french fries, free sundae on another purchase and they even have a punch card system for McCafe coffee so every 6th coffee for you is free. Overall I think this is one of the most rewarding customer loyalty apps out there and the McDonalds app team has done a great job.

 

Even as I write this post my coupons page is full of so many good coupons :

 

McDonalds App

As you can see there is a coupon for a free McDonalds burger, free happy meal with a salad and a free sundae with any purchase.

 

Give it a try and let us know how you found it.


Sep 09

Dear Quest Nutrition,

 

A few months ago, I got introduced to Quest bars. After Googling and Binging the hell out of how healthy Quest Bars are and are Quest bars really healthy, do they have high quality protein and do they taste good, I was convinced and bought my first case of Quest bars. I have not looked back since. I love the chocolate cookie dough, chocolate mint and double chocolate bars. The 20-21g of protein is great and I loved the taste of most bars. However today thanks to Facebook and ironically Quest’s own facebook account I was informed of a formula change and that the company was defending the switch to corn fiber. I have a stash of around 100 bars however I will not purchase more if the switch to corn fiber continues.

 

I personally don’t care about the research you have linked to, ever since I came to the US, I am bombarded with cheap corn junk, HFCS and cornstarch being the primary crap in most food. I cannot fathom why you would try to fix something which is not broken. Please don’t switch to the crap corn and let us keep our Quest bars.

 

Thanks

Wisetechie

An Avid Quest Bar consumer


Sep 08

So the folks at Braun were kind enough to send us a unit for review. We have earlier reviewed Schick and Gillette on this site, so Braun electric shaver was the next progression. Disclosure here : I am not a big electric shaver person. I have a cheapo Panasonic electric shaver, cost me around $50 in an amazon deal , which quite frankly is a piece of junk. The lazy bones I am, I let my beard grow and grow and then curse the pinch of electric shavers when they have to tackle my super long beards and also I hate the cleaning up after the shavers. Its been gathering dust for quite some time.

When the Braun Shaver arrived at home, I was a bit blown away. It’s a very fancy device. It comes with a charging base and the shaver itself is very heavy and has a premium feel. There is also a cleaning brush and the base comes with an alcohol based solution to clean the razor.  I don’t know the exact retail price of this unit, but can guess its in the $200s. From the package you wouldn’t be disappointed.

Now I can bore you with the details which mean nothing to you, or we can actually get into the performance of the device instead.

So here was my challenge, a 3 day old beard.

 

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I had to first use the trimmer to shorten the beard a bit and then use the razor to get a complete smooth shave. Some areas I did need to go over a few times for a closer shave, that’s a folly of most electric shavers. However overall the shave was so much closer and more comfortable than what I am used to. I tried it both with foam and without foam, personally it works a lot better with foam and on a wet face. Over the dry face it just kept going over my face without cutting any hair and was quite annoying. I would use it in the shower more than outside it.

After :

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Verdict : If you are in the market for a premium electric shaver, this is one of the foremost options that should come to your mind. The shave was smooth and the razor was very easy to clean using the base cleaner. Its as easy as putting the razor inside the base and pressing a button.

Pros :

Comfortable shave and close shave. The blades and the technology seem pretty advanced.

Comes with self cleaning base.

Premium feel and showoff worthy gadget.

Cons :

Bulky to carry around.

Not as effective on a dry face.

Must purchase cleaning solution after the cartridge is done.


Aug 30

Ok so I got tempted to try out the new Amazon Prime now app, they were giving a 20 off 50 discount in Seattle and I was running out of some groceries so a 40% discount sounded good.

I downloaded the app and quickly realised that prime membership is needed to ake advantage of the app. No problems, switching to my prime account I chose $50 worth of groceries. Never mind that most groceries on Amazon are overpriced and you are better off paying for gas and going to Safeway and Fred Meyer to get them. It was I think around 9-10pm at night and as I checked out I noticed something strange. Amazon wanted me to tip $5 to the delivery person. By that logic I should be tipping the postman, the UPS man and the Fedex guy. What it means is that Amazon’s delivery persons make money off tips in WA state atleast. Amazon, I am not going to pay for your undercutting your employees.

I changed the tip to zero dollars (sorry, I know, but quite frankly I will not tip someone to deliver from an online store, the tipping in this country is anyway out of hand). For a 2 hour delivery Amazon wanted 7.88 dollars I think and delivery next morning was free. Amazon gave me a 2 hour delivery window and since it had perishables someone had to be there to take the delivery. The stuff was packaged in brown bags and the one with eggs was marked as fragile. Overall most groceries on amazon are more expensive than offline and the ridiculous shipping and tipping charges make this service a no-go for me, I live within a mile or 2 from QFC, Target, Safeway and Fred Meyer, I don’t need to pay extra for fast delivery and even more for tipping. I only envisage using this in an emergency.

Below you can see the unboxing of my Amazon Prime Now order, just don’t judge me Smile with tongue out . Apologies for the vertical video.

Disclaimer: The author owns stock of amazon and works in a company which is a direct competitor of Amazon in the enterprise cloud space in IT (not in Retail).