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by Marylander1
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washer mold
Replies: 15
Views: 1243

Re: Front load washer mold

Ugh, have front load washers improved their front gasket issues getting moldy? Seems gasket replacement is tedious and also doesn’t fix the issue long term for the same unit. Had an LG for 5 years that works fine, but the wife is ready to replace just in the hopes of improvement in gaskets and mold...
by Marylander1
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New laptop advice
Replies: 24
Views: 1267

Re: New laptop advice

I too have an XPS13 - purchased from Costco with 16 GB RAM (I’ve upgraded the SSD to 2TB). If there were one thing I’d change on it, it would be the mousepad. As a matter of fact, it’s so poor, I’ve taken to carrying a Logitech wireless mouse along with it when I travel. Other than that, I really l...
by Marylander1
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New laptop advice
Replies: 24
Views: 1267

Re: New laptop advice

A few months ago I got an X1 Carbon 6th generation. I read threads online that Lenovo used multiple suppliers for screens, keyboards, and CPU fans, resulting in wildly different customer experience for identical purchase-specification machines. (The posted claims included reputable sites like Tom's ...
by Marylander1
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with “change airport” itinerary(LGA to JFK)?
Replies: 33
Views: 1940

Re: Experience with “change airport” itinerary?

I've done this successfully, but I arranged 22 hours in the intermediate city to minimize risk I'd miss the outbound flight. I'd look up the on-time performance of the arriving flight. And with only a few hours to spare, I'd strongly recommend buying TSA Pre or some other accelerated security screen...
by Marylander1
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budget Rental Cars Left Me Stranded--Prevention ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2569

Re: Budget Rental Cars Left Me Stranded--Prevention ?

Next time, call Costco travel. I've had this happen to me twice with different rental companies. Costco makes the original rental company reimburse you the difference if you rent the same class car elsewhere. It doesn't make up for the hassle, but at least you can rent a car at the same price from ...
by Marylander1
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist: Is this acceptable?
Replies: 63
Views: 4891

Re: Dentist: Is this acceptable?

He wouldn't get paid for a 3rd exam per year unless I paid out of pocket. I'm a little puzzled by those who get examined every time they visit - they must have good insurance or dentists just waive the fee. I go 3 times/year and pay $130 out-of-pocket for the 3rd visit. I've had more than $900,000 ...
by Marylander1
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts to Bring when Traveling Overseas
Replies: 72
Views: 3044

Re: Gifts to Bring when Traveling Overseas

I'm curious, what makes Sees "low quality" in your book, apart from your preference/taste? I haven't seen See's for a long time, so I checked their website. I couldn't find ingredients or nutrition information at https://www.sees.com . The only ingredient I found is their FAQ says they use artifici...
by Marylander1
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get information - without being bombarded??
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: How to get information - without being bombarded??

Increasingly, it seems nearly impossible to get quotes on various things (such as insurance, home improvement/repairs or health related, etc.) without providing a valid email and phone number. Then, for months - no matter what you do, or do not do - my cell phone gets constant calls about this prod...
by Marylander1
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ergonomic mouse/ keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 696

Re: ergonomic mouse/ keyboard

I use one of those ergonomic keyboards, as it is much friendlier on my wrists. They cost a little more and are a little tougher to find, but are well worth it. Do any of these "ergonomic" devices have any studies or actual medical evidence to back them up? When my computer failed, for a few days I ...
by Marylander1
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it possible to custom build a laptop?
Replies: 26
Views: 2061

Re: Is it possible to custom build a laptop?

I really don't get the cult around Thinkpads and lenovo in general. Older modes had atrocious screens (TN) and really bad touchpads. You're doing it wrong. For about a decade, work has issued me a series of Dell laptops, so I've persistently endured lousy touchpads. The TrackPoint is simple and pre...
by Marylander1
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco or Sam's Club?
Replies: 134
Views: 8942

Re: Costco or Sam's Club?

You got me curious. Can you name a few products where Costco is superior? Costco wrapping paper is heavy weight, has grids printed on the back for easy cutting, and comes on large rolls. Costco toilet paper is 4.5-inches wide (as all toilet paper used to be before it started shrinking). Sams toilet...
by Marylander1
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock
Replies: 27
Views: 3760

Re: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock

Well, having stayed at many lodges at National Parks, I have never paid anywhere near $350. Now if I wanted to stay at the Majestic Lodge in Yosemite, it beats that: https://reservations.ahlsmsworld.com/Yosemite/Plan-Your-Trip/Accommodation-Search/Results This doesn't help the original poster, but ...
by Marylander1
Wed May 22, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?
Replies: 53
Views: 3477

Re: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?

I got a nice front load LG washer and dryer. The only thing I don't like is the ridiculously expensive pedestal which I didn't get so moving the laundry can be a pain on your back. Our LG washer & dryer from Costco came with pedestals we couldn't use, as we were stacking them. We sold the pedestals...
by Marylander1
Thu May 09, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recycling Different Plastics
Replies: 76
Views: 4642

Re: Recycling Different Plastics

With China's new requirement of no more than 0.5% contamination, most recyclers in the US can't even qualify to ship to China. India is still accepting this, but at a much lower price. As it was, China had been burning over 75% of the plastic that reached them. Our local recycling program told me t...
by Marylander1
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nonfinancial value of state university vs private college (USC)?
Replies: 64
Views: 3194

Re: Nonfinancial value of state university vs private college (USC)?

USC has a 77% 4 year graduation rate compared to 67% for Maryland. I expect this is heavily correlated with tuition. Back when state schools were affordable without loans, it cost me very little to stay a fifth year and get two B.S. degrees with four minors. I've been employed in the field of one o...
by Marylander1
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water
Replies: 73
Views: 4443

Re: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water

You might as well shop on Amazon for things with the MOST packaging, or light bulbs with the MAXIMUM watts, or appliances that run REALLY HOT …. I knew someone whose sole criterion for selecting a vacuum cleaner was how much noise it made—the louder the better. This thread reminded me of her. I als...
by Marylander1
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost analysis on buying vs. renting skis?
Replies: 28
Views: 2572

Re: cost analysis on buying vs. renting skis?

Make sure to optimize your rental location, as prices rise sharply with altitude, even among locations in the same retail chain. Lines are short in the city; I waited less than two minutes last year to pick up, zero to drop off, and am surprised at the emphasis on line waiting in this thread. Reserv...
by Marylander1
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not allowed to reserve multiple United flights departing at different times from same destination on same day?
Replies: 40
Views: 2708

Re: Not allowed to reserve multiple United flights departing at different times from same destination on same day?

How were passengers supposed to know about this rule if United FB (not even Chase Travel center) didn't know either? Back when "e-tickets" were new but most tickets were paper, and online check-in didn't exist, I arrived at a United counter with a reservation printout. The agent was baffled I wasn'...
by Marylander1
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [2018 tax return - How does it compare to previous years?]
Replies: 441
Views: 32632

Re: [2018 tax return - How does it compare to previous years?]

People would essentially be voting on which plan they want and it'll very quickly become clear whether the changes were beneficial overall or not. Of course most people "want" to pay no taxes, receive high services, and ignore the resulting debt. Regardless of whether massive borrowing with no plan...
by Marylander1
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Landline Phone Battery Backup
Replies: 17
Views: 1095

Re: Landline Phone Battery Backup

My grandparents have their landline service through the cable company. They've got a phone-only modem that came with a removable internal backup battery, but that battery now appears to be completely dead and the modem won't recognize it. I've checked if there's tape on the contacts used during shi...
by Marylander1
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: using uber versus buying a car
Replies: 54
Views: 3744

Re: using uber versus buying a car

For years, two of us had one car, supplemented with transit, Lyft, and rentals. However, daily car rental rates have shot up from $22–30 three years ago to $80–$110 in my area (through Costco or autoslash, Enterprise, Budget or Avis). When I ran the numbers, that tipped the economics so that when we...
by Marylander1
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car for 30 days or more
Replies: 11
Views: 1111

Re: Renting a car for 30 days or more

Does anyone have any experience or tips on renting a car for 4-5 weeks? When I needed a car that long, I found it cheaper to rent for 28 days at a time from a neighborhood location, return the car, and pick up another car at the same visit. My credit card rental car coverage also doesn't apply to 3...
by Marylander1
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit ID hacked, got $4900 T-Mobile bill
Replies: 36
Views: 4683

Re: Credit ID hacked, got $4900 T-Mobile bill

Cynically, it seems that in today's world, the aggrieved is also the one who must take charge of resolving issues not of their own doing. This seems to be the idea behind inventing the concept of "identity theft". Before, a business who had given money or goods to a criminal would have the burden o...
by Marylander1
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Ally Bank's nightmarish online reviews -- should I be worried?
Replies: 97
Views: 9886

Re: Ally Bank's nightmarish online reviews -- should I be worried?

Consumer Reports also said in March 2018: "Members also gave high ratings to online-only banks. Among the nine in this category, USAA, Schwab Bank, and Ally Bank were rated the highest in overall customer satisfaction." https://www.consumerreports.org/banks/best-and-worst-banks-and-credit-unions/ Si...
by Marylander1
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 15575

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

My criteria was:... 5. Dealer must provide 4 types of coffee, 3 types of cookies and wifi all free whenever I visit Did you seek a car, or a social club? I expect most Bogleheads separate these transactions. Marylander1 Whoa.... I've spent too many hours sitting in car dealerships over the years wh...
by Marylander1
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 15575

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

EZ James wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:44 am
My criteria was:...
5. Dealer must provide 4 types of coffee, 3 types of cookies and wifi all free whenever I visit
Did you seek a car, or a social club? I expect most Bogleheads separate these transactions.

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with computer crash!
Replies: 90
Views: 4310

Re: Need help with computer crash!

Worse yet, I was using Mozilla Thunderbird for my email and there could be important responses about a job and I don’t believe with a new computer I can create the same email account and see those emails? Thunderbird is not a public site so I can’t login from another computer to see the emails. Thu...
by Marylander1
Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding a House Cleaning Service
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: Finding a House Cleaning Service

Any lessons you've learned along the way or things you wish you'd known sooner? We've always found our cleaners through referral by neighbors, and directly hire local people. Big chain services can add reliability, but seem to take a huge cut while weakening the personal relationship. We'd rather t...
by Marylander1
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stressless Recliners
Replies: 40
Views: 23682

Re: Stressless Recliners

We have 2 Stressless recliners, made in Norway. I bought them about 20 years ago on a whim having never heard of the brand before. We love 'em, they've worn well and are still very comfortable. My dad had one that I liked a lot. When I moved into my own place, my first furniture purchase was an Eko...
by Marylander1
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 15 full days in Costa Rica
Replies: 25
Views: 1940

Re: 15 full days in Costa Rica

I'd recommend something with 4WD. Plan accordingly. When looking at rental options, you'll see vehicles not available in the US. Most seem to be small SUVs narrower than their lane-filling counterparts here. They're much better on narrower roads common there. We rented a Ssangyong Korando from Vamo...
by Marylander1
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Clark Howard looks at new 1040 tax form for 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 3876

Re: Clark Howard looks at new 1040 tax form for 2018

The IRS already gets the W-2 and 1099 data. Why not just have the IRS send out a summary statement with a bill or a check and then let the individual decide if they wish to dispute it or have a more complex situation involving deductions or unreported income to declare... Intuit and Block pay our l...
by Marylander1
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sound bar as only music speaker?
Replies: 38
Views: 2645

Re: Sound bar as only music speaker?

I’m looking to simplify my home music/video setup. After many years of a receiver powering big old 5.1 speakers, we downsized to a Vizio 5.1 sound bar set this year (including two separate rear channel speakers and a subwoofer). We're delighted. It integrates seamlessly with our TV and we also like...
by Marylander1
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Press recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1506

Re: French Press recommendations

Insulation isn't critical for most use cases, but we went through three glass Bodum presses before switching to a Freiling stainless steel about 7 years ago. It's indestructible, and easy to put in the dishwasher. Reports of metal fragments seem bizarre to me. After seven years of regular use, we ha...
by Marylander1
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparation software for 2018 returns
Replies: 18
Views: 2000

Re: Tax preparation software for 2018 returns

But it is the act of installing the download to which I object, partially from the days of older versions of windows that were unstable. I prefer keeping my tax return on my own computer as much as reasonably possible, rather than storing all my raw tax forms and data on third party servers. This s...
by Marylander1
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 5783

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

IMO, you can’t compare German cars to Asian (or American) cars, to *me* they feel very cheap by comparison to the solid German build quality. They feel like cars designed by accountants vs car designers, that said, I don’t doubt the mechanical reliability, just the feel and design. I agree German d...
by Marylander1
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Root Canal - dentist or endodontist
Replies: 47
Views: 3790

Re: Root Canal - dentist or endodontist

The Endo does root canals all day - very fast, efficient, and capable. This is truly the key, especially since you really don't want to have to go back and do it again. The worst case is much worse than redoing the procedure. I'm on the long tail, but I had a general dentist do the one root canal I...
by Marylander1
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11/28 Today Only, buy a phone on Google FI and get travel gift card of same value
Replies: 101
Views: 6977

Re: 11/28 Today Only, buy a phone on Google FI and get travel gift card of same value

Many phones still show in stock for me, including all 3 colors of Pixel 3 with 64GB. It appears the sale continues until midnight PST. Thanks for this thread. I was busy at work and saw but didn't really notice the announcements elsewhere. I trust this forum for unvarnished info, looked into it, an...
by Marylander1
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11/28 Today Only, buy a phone on Google FI and get travel gift card of same value
Replies: 101
Views: 6977

Re: 11/28 Today Only, buy a phone on Google FI and get travel gift card of same value

Deal appears to be dead (out of stock). Many phones still show in stock for me, including all 3 colors of Pixel 3 with 64GB. It appears the sale continues until midnight PST. Thanks for this thread. I was busy at work and saw but didn't really notice the announcements elsewhere. I trust this forum ...
by Marylander1
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Black Swan Event for Health Insurance between Jobs: COBRA vs Obamacare Exchange?
Replies: 35
Views: 1805

Re: Black Swan Event for Health Insurance between Jobs: COBRA vs Obamacare Exchange?

However, I am concerned about Black Swan events, like I get into an accident in Jan before I start work, go into a coma for 3 mths, by then it's too late to signup for COBRA retroactively, and since I wouldn't have started my job, I will be without insurance. Complicating the matter is that I live ...
by Marylander1
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Accuracy of Zillow/Trulia/Redfin Estimates
Replies: 53
Views: 6343

Re: Accuracy of Zillow/Trulia/Redfin Estimates

In my area, Zillow data is junk. It has one combined price for my house and three neighbors. The property tax people and post office have no trouble telling us apart.

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cvt transmissions
Replies: 67
Views: 9623

Re: cvt transmissions

We love our 2018 Forester CVT (although we can't speak to its reliability yet). The one comic aspect of its design is the fake shift points they have to program in to placate people who are somehow alarmed by smooth acceleration.

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS - Informed delivery - complain on missing items?
Replies: 65
Views: 5108

Re: USPS - Informed delivery - complain on missing items?

The mail carrier also seems to be a different person every few months. I have the opposite experience. I get "forwarded" mail addressed to family members at our old house we sold eighteen years ago, because the same carrier serves my house and the old family place. My carrier has been the same for ...
by Marylander1
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?
Replies: 68
Views: 5200

Re: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?

Here is the offer I got and used. I don’t know if it’s still valid: https://www.magazinedeals.com/magazines/subscription/the-economist-magazine-printdigital-magazine.jsp?affid=mageconpd&cpnCode=ECONDPDEAL#sthash.MPG9cttg.dpbs Yes digital and print. I love the audio feature. They actually have a tea...
by Marylander1
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Geico Good for Auto/Renter/Umbrella Insurance?
Replies: 15
Views: 1574

Re: Is Geico Good for Auto/Renter/Umbrella Insurance?

It was CLEAR that the [GEICO] adjustor was paid by how well they low balled the customers. I went to the trouble of opening a state complaint to the insurance regulator. I've known an insurance adjustor for several years; he used to work at GEICO and eagerly transferred to Travelers. He said Travel...
by Marylander1
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?
Replies: 68
Views: 5200

Re: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?

DWesterb2iz2 wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:08 pm
Economist (with digital and audio, just renewed on sale for $99!)
Where did you find this deal?! (Does it include print?)

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee grinder
Replies: 56
Views: 4378

Re: Coffee grinder

Everyday for the past year I have been using the Capresso 560 Infinity conical burr grinder. This was Wirecutter's 'budget' recommendation. So far I am completely satisfied with this grinder. We bought the Capresso 560.01 Infinity 10.5 years ago, and use it most every day. We had to replace the pla...
by Marylander1
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Dealer told us car was Certified, but it isnt
Replies: 80
Views: 5531

Re: Car Dealer told us car was Certified, but it isnt

I don't care about paperwork, a verbal contract is as good as written. You likely signed to the contrary. My 2018 car contract includes "This contract, along with all other documents signed by you in connection with the purchase of the vehicle, comprise the entire agreement between you and us affec...
by Marylander1
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 rental car reservations?
Replies: 23
Views: 1474

Re: 2 rental car reservations?

I don't do it. It'll lead rental companies to require up-front payments, and rental cars are one of the few areas where you don't have to pay a fortune when your travel plans change (or are changed by weather, etc.)

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physical Banking - Any benefits anymore?
Replies: 142
Views: 10005

Re: Physical Banking - Any benefits anymore?

Physical bank is a last resort. A few times I decided to go to a physical branch and then once I remembered what it was like to wait in line to do banking, I got over my nostalgia and now I only go there maybe twice a year. Our experiences at TD Bank are quite pleasant. In the past few months, I've...