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by marc515
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best smartphone
Replies: 35
Views: 2118

Re: Best smartphone

We switched to iPhones when the 4 came out way back when, and have stayed with iPhones. Liked the iPhones so much we graduated to iPads about 5 years ago. Three years ago after decades of using Windows computers, I picked up a MacBook, shortly after my wife got a MacBook. Watch out, Apple quality is...
by marc515
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 37
Views: 3065

Re: New mattress

Are any of you guys concerned with the "Gassing Off" of a Memory Foam mattress? My concern is breathing the chemicals omitted from a Memory Foam Mattress every night. I've been reading about the Zenhaven Latex mattress, which touts to be a more healthy alternative, but I'm not sure any mattress is 1...
by marc515
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating for a new car purchase
Replies: 52
Views: 3175

Re: Negotiating for a new car purchase

+1 Costco auto buying service. Why negotiate when you can have a mega corporation do it for you? We tried Costco this weekend, and basically it was $400 under invoice, and we didn't settle for that. Bottom line is if you are willing to pay their game for a short while, you can really save. I worked...
by marc515
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating for a new car purchase
Replies: 52
Views: 3175

Re: Negotiating for a new car purchase

theplayer11 wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:52 am
get the invoice price and then walk into the dealership and simply ask, "how much above invoice will you sell me this car for".
Why would you ask to buy it above invoice? You should be able to buy almost any car for a minimum
of a few hundred under invoice.

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by marc515
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??
Replies: 37
Views: 3165

Re: Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??

Thanks for the comments, went with the Outback
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by marc515
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??
Replies: 37
Views: 3165

Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??

Looking for a new car and have it narrowed down to the Outback, Forester, and CR-V. The Outback seems to have a better ride than the Forester and the CR-V, but interior is shorter. Concerns: Have read the Subaru engines burn oil; Honda's 1.5L Turbo engine is small, new, and only holds 3-1/2 Its of o...
by marc515
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: camping trailer...need to change vehicle?
Replies: 44
Views: 2644

Re: camping trailer...need to change vehicle?

Pick your trailer first. Then pick the tow vehicle. Exactly! You are asking an open ended question, and will get more advice than you'll know what to do with. Here are some basic suggestions: 1. Go out and look at campers, and try to narrow your selection down to a few models, and number them 1st, ...
by marc515
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waxing my car!
Replies: 48
Views: 4226

Re: Waxing my car!

Blueskies123 wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:56 am
This is what I use:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H ... UTF8&psc=1
Agree, Meguiars Ultimate liquid wax is the best I've ever used. I like the fact that you can wax black plastics with it also.
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by marc515
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two year lease vs Buy and hold 10 years. A wash?
Replies: 54
Views: 4188

Re: Two year lease vs Buy and hold 10 years. A wash?

I didn't see it mentioned but in a lot of states you pay taxes or "highway use taxes" on a vehicle at time of acquisition. Also taxes would inherently go down as a vehicle ages so the 10 year ownership vs lease will come out ahead again. ALSO Cars wear most things out because of age and hours not m...
by marc515
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Pillows
Replies: 15
Views: 1852

Re: Bed Pillows

I'm 66 and the Coop "Eden" pillow is the best pillow I've ever owned. Have had it for about 6 months now, and no neck pain! My wife also has one and loves it.

Yes, it's a little expensive, but well worth it.

Highly recommend!

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by marc515
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 333
Views: 20197

Re: Iphone X is $1000

Sorry iRipoff X is a mediocore device, not worth purchasing. I will go Galaxy Note 8 all the way if I am ready to drop serious money. - Higher resolution 520 ppi vs 458 ppi - Brighter display to fight against direct sunlight 1200 nits vs. 620 nits iRipoff - Samsung Pay (any pay terminal - not NFC b...
by marc515
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IOS 11: Anybody using it yet?
Replies: 48
Views: 4478

Re: IOS 11: Anybody using it yet?

Two 7S+ phones, and iOS 11 is running great
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by marc515
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 333
Views: 20197

Re: Iphone X is $1000

CyclingDuo wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:13 am
matatupuncher wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:59 am
The anti-IPhone snobs on here are worse than beer snobs.
At least they haven't pooped on the new Apple watch yet... :shock:
Give them time!
by marc515
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flood Insurance when not in flood plain?
Replies: 39
Views: 3474

Re: Flood Insurance when not in flood plain?

It all depends where you live! For example, If you live in any area which is hurricane or hurricane remnent prone, having flood insurance would be considered a smart move. All you have to do is look back on past hurricanes; how many of those folks who experienced "Historical Flooding" didn't have fl...
by marc515
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: T-Mobile promotion for 55+
Replies: 84
Views: 8332

Re: T-Mobile promotion for 55+

I'm hoping this forces Verizon to come out with a 55+ competitive plan!
by marc515
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dyson Cordless Vacuums??
Replies: 11
Views: 1453

Dyson Cordless Vacuums??

I'm interested in the Dyson Cordless "V8 Animal", however is it quite pricey at $500. My main concern is run time and battery longevity. Runtime without powered attachments is 40 minutes, but only about 8 minutes on Max. Then there is the longevity issue; as the battery starts to degrade, runtime wi...
by marc515
Fri May 19, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opticians: is there any difference in quality of Costco glasses?
Replies: 51
Views: 18233

Re: Opticians: is there any difference in quality of Costco glasses?

I wear Varilux "S-Design" Progressive Lenses, which Varilux claims are the best progressives on the market, and I am not sure how Costco lenses would compare. If I was wearing lower model lenses, I would think Costco would be OK. That said, I love the ultra clear vision I am getting with t...
by marc515
Tue May 16, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1023
Views: 249714

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

For the folks that looked at both Rolex and Omega, how did you make your decision? Both are high quality watches. That said, I'd vote Rolex. Rolex service is second to none. Secondly, I do not like the Omega bands/bracelets, as they lack micro-adjustment clasps. Let's face it, our wrists usually sw...
by marc515
Mon May 15, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?
Replies: 50
Views: 7148

Re: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?

The best pillows we've ever had are the Eden Pillows, made by Coop Home Goods.

https://coophomegoods.com/collections/p ... den-pillow

If you do some searches, you will find they have the best reviews.

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by marc515
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aftermarket batteries for cordless tools?
Replies: 10
Views: 1434

Re: Aftermarket batteries for cordless tools?

Agree with Lifeisgood on Rigid, and the warranty!

That said, I would never risk a fire by using any non-OEM batteries period.

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by marc515
Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nice portable Bluetooth speakers
Replies: 17
Views: 1294

Re: Nice portable Bluetooth speakers

Check out the UE Boom; fantastic sound!
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by marc515
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which puppy to buy: golden retriever or labrador retriever?
Replies: 120
Views: 8546

Re: Which puppy to buy: golden retriever or labrador retriever?

Don't think you can go wrong with either a Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever; they are both great dogs.

While adopting a rescue would be nice, there's nothing wrong with going to a breeder to get the dog you want.
by marc515
Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transferring Files - Macbook
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Transferring Files - Macbook

I highly recommend you cruse on over to the MacRumors forums; there's a wealth of knowledge on that site:

http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/macbook-air.122/

Best Regards,.....marc
by marc515
Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is ready for iphone 7?
Replies: 149
Views: 14505

Re: Who is ready for iphone 7?

sunny_socal wrote:Note7 > iPhone7, not even tempted to try apple this time around


Geeze, I don't think an exploding phone is better :happy

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by marc515
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 146
Views: 18203

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

I think you need to test drive a few more vehicles Seriously, you are all over the place, and need to narrow your choice down to no more than three vehicles. Maybe you should develop a spreadsheet with cost and all your must haves and wants; might help you narrow your choices down somewhat. You also...
by marc515
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recourse for a failed dental crown at 3 years
Replies: 22
Views: 2443

Re: Recourse for a failed dental crown at 3 years

I had a very similar situation some years ago. My wife had a crown done and about 2 years after that, the dentist left the plan. The new dentist told her the crown needed to be replaced as it wasn't fitted correctly which would lead to decay. I wrote a letter to the insurance company, and they respo...
by marc515
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $750 repair or buy new [MacBook Pro]
Replies: 48
Views: 5986

Re: $750 repair or buy new [MacBook Pro]

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro (with one year left on Apple Care) that will cost me $750 to repair. They say I spilled some liquid on it thus voiding Apple Care. If I do the repair Apple Care is back in play for another year. Craigslist list my computer right around $1000 (generally with no Apple Care)....
by marc515
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $750 repair or buy new [MacBook Pro]
Replies: 48
Views: 5986

Re: $750 repair or buy new

BUY NEW PC/ Windows Laptop for $700 Lenovo or Sony, Be happy forever. There is nothing a mac can do what windows can't do... Well,.....after using a MacBook, a $700 Windows laptop just would not do for me; I'm spoiled now You come off as a typical Windows PC user, and I don’t mean that as a dig. Wh...
by marc515
Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spontaneous vehicle purchase online - store it or back out?
Replies: 17
Views: 2876

Re: Spontaneous vehicle purchase online - store it or back out?

The eBay Auctions I've seen have a reasonably high reserve price so they won't sell for less than the dealer wants. Used car dealers are not people who sign away good inventory for a "surprise" price. I also do not believe 10k savings is possible. Numbers do not make sense - a 30k car for...
by marc515
Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about Mac (vs Windows)
Replies: 66
Views: 8040

Re: Thinking about Mac (vs Windows)

When I was first considering a MacBook, I took an informal poll by asking folks I talked with, what kind of PC they had, and what they what they thought of MacBooks, and what I found out in general was: 1: Folks who had Win PC's, had the impression or fear that Mac's are harder to learn, and that pr...
by marc515
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac laptop vs. Windows 7 (or 10) laptop
Replies: 63
Views: 5673

Re: Mac laptop vs. Windows 7 (or 10) laptop

I've used Windows PC's for the past few decades, and switched to Mac early last year. After using a MacBook for about a year now, all I can say is I have no desire to ever use a Windows PC again. The MB has and is a joy to use, and I haven't experienced a single issue with it. The trackpad is simply...
by marc515
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I think MacBook Air has a "bug"
Replies: 32
Views: 3094

Re: I think MacBook Air has a "bug"

I have had my MBP for a year now, and love it; every once in a blue moon, I might experience a minor glitch, but no major issues yet. Run the disk utility which is located in Launchpad; mine is in the "Other" folder. You can also download the app "Bitdefender" There is a great fo...
by marc515
Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waste of money? [High-end home theater]
Replies: 151
Views: 12628

Re: Waste of money?

All I can say is i'm surprised the OP even asked the question :happy
by marc515
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me
Replies: 53
Views: 6408

Re: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me

I switched over from a Dell XPS-15 (9530) to a 15" Macbook Pro Retina this past March, and all I can say is the user experience on a Mac is so much better.

Apple has won me over with this purchase, and their customer support is by far the best I've ever had.

It just works!
by marc515
Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Conversion of paper to electronic for EE bonds
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Re: Conversion of paper to electronic for EE bonds

I converted ours years ago; one of the best things I ever did!

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by marc515
Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 16781

Re: New iPhone

I had a love-hate attitude about Apple for the longest time. Then my wife got the iPhone 4 and an iPad some years ago, and we both became hooked. Now we both have iPhones, two iPads and a Macbook Pro. As for the Macbook Pro. Every line of electronic devices has, or will have issues; it's simply the ...
by marc515
Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]
Replies: 72
Views: 36296

Re: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]

My 2 year old Honda Self Propelled is the best mower I've ever owned. Very clean cut, excellent mulching and bagging.
by marc515
Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: It's illegal not to reply to a US Census Request? (Identity Theft Concerns...)
Replies: 27
Views: 2142

Re: It's illegal not to reply to a US Census Request? (Identity Theft Concerns...)

What's the harm in responding? If you are worried about identity theft, you need to give up all your credit cards, close all your bank accounts, and not go to any medical facilities; i.e., live life in a bubble. Hackers are everywhere, so I wouldn't be any more worried responding to a census request...
by marc515
Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgrading my computer to work more days from home
Replies: 22
Views: 2235

Re: Upgrading my computer to work more days from home

I use a top of the line macbook pro with SSHD, using a power usb port to connect the macbook to a high quality 26 inch Samsung monitor, logitech wireless mouse and K800 keyboard for home use. Using apple gear = minimal hassles, no virus and malware drama, great ergonomics - I would never go back to...
by marc515
Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you upgrading to ios 9? When?
Replies: 42
Views: 5069

Re: Are you upgrading to ios 9? When?

I don't waste my money on Apple products, so no. +1. I waste mine, albeit much less, comparatively, on Android-based products. Looking forward to scooping up the next Nexus 5 when it becomes available...and not having to jump through a dozen hoops while solving quadratic equations in order to gain ...
by marc515
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New tires - where to buy, how to get a good deal?
Replies: 50
Views: 32035

Re: Costco

Marmot wrote:Costco also gives you a year end rebate for what you spend.


Other credit cards will do that.
by marc515
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New tires - where to buy, how to get a good deal?
Replies: 50
Views: 32035

Re: New tires - where to buy, how to get a good deal?

When you look at the total picture, COSTCO is very difficult to beat. Not only are their prices competitive, but you also get: Free periodic tire rotation WITH "Balancing" Free tire repair. If you buy from any other source, you will have to pay for the rotation and balancing, and that adds...
by marc515
Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 15296

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

See, for example: m Envy 17t Laptop i7-5500U Dual Core Processor + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB Discrete Graphics 16GB DDR3 Memory 17.3" LCD 1920x1080 512GB SSD Drive 6-cell 62WHr Lithium-ion Battery DVDRW Intel 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth (upgrade to) Windows 8.1 $1719.99 - 30% w/ coupon code ...
by marc515
Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 15296

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

The sore point with me and Mac is that they don't have a touchscreen laptop (like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro I bought). I am a Macbook user. My DH uses Windows. He has a fairly new Dell laptop. If I use his laptop, his trackpad is so crappy that, yes, I find his touchscreen necessary to get around. When...
by marc515
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 15296

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

For people who think MacBook Pros and other computers are similarly priced, you obviously don't understand how non-Apple laptop pricing works. For an Apple, there is an MSRP, and if you're lucky you'll get $50 off at BestBuy. For PCs, there is a, say, 30% off or $400 off "sale" AT ALL TIM...
by marc515
Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 15296

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

I switched to a Macbook Pro a few months ago, and really love it. My wife uses our old Dell, and when I have to go on to help her with something, I love my MBP even more. IMHO, Mac's are worth it, and I can't see myself going back to a PC. Additionally, MacBooks are comparatively priced to upper end...
by marc515
Tue May 19, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 9828

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

Very Fast :))

I just couldn't resist; be safe out there

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by marc515
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: Windows based vs. Apple
Replies: 87
Views: 10290

Re: Laptop: Windows based vs. Apple

We got our 15" Macbook Pro a few days ago, and all I can say is, it's fantastic. Being as I am retired, I have no need to go back to a Windows based PC, nor do I want to now. Our Windows PC was a Dell XPS 15, and while It is a really nice PC, the MBP and OSX just works so nice. We also have iPh...
by marc515
Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 89
Views: 7462

Re: Mac reliability?

The other elephant in the room is that most Apple products cost about 2x compared to their Windows equivalent with like-for-like components. So if you're shopping purely on reliability and most here would agree that most Windows & Apple hardware is pretty much equal in that space, then the Appl...
by marc515
Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Thermostat??
Replies: 39
Views: 6115

Wifi Thermostat??

I've been looking at Wifi Thermostats, and so far the ecobee3 looks to be about the best. The main concerns I have is reliability, and longevity; I'm wondering if these newer smart thermostats will last as long as the less-smart thermostats. What are you guys using, and how do you like it? Thank you