The funny thing about product testing is the fact that not everything is a winner or even close to it while on the flip side, some items really turn around and surprise you. I have to admit that overall most of the things that I have tried have been good (if not great) and also well worth their money while other things have left me with that “I knew I should have turned off that infomercial and not fallen for that” feeling.

I bought a product advertised as a Star Wars Gifts 3D Lamp for my son as a birthday gift (He’s a December baby just like his mama) while I didn’t expect NASA training simulator quality from this item I did expect more than the glorified “flat lamp” that I received. When the title and description are misleading it leaves a bad taste in my mouth as a consumer. My money does not grow on trees and I don’t care for someone taking me for a ride to get it.

Here’s what I left on Amazon – This a 3.5-4 star item for me, simply because I feel the 3D portion of its claims is more than a bit misleading. I’ve had a lot of pseudo 3D items in my life and this isn’t among them. This item is pretty cool and something that I think most die hard Star Wars fans (young and old) would like but I have a real issue with it being called 3D… because it’s not, it’s not even “kinda 3Dish”. It’s a nice light with a unique look to it that functions well and has many colors but 3D it isn’t. If you give this to anyone over 11 or 12 years of age they are going to give you a well deserved “look” for trying to pass this off as 3D. Otherwise I’m okay with this item even if I feel that “Unique Star Wars Lamp” would be a better title for this product. – Do I feel completely duped? No. Would I buy it again? No

Next on my lists of disappoints is a much bigger flop in the form of the AFOUR 3 in 1 Foot File and Shaver – I have not felt or seen something this cheap outside of a bargain bin in a good long while. If you are a child of the 70’s or 80’s I’m sure you remember Cindy or Judy dolls (Barbie’s dollar store doppelganger – I had all of them so I’m not being snooty I mention this for a reason lol –>) This thing was definitely the Cindy or Judy of foot files. It had zero heft to it and the plastic mold it was made with wasn’t even trimmed cleanly. The handle actually felt and looked like one of those 10 cent kazoos you’d get at a birthday party in the grab bag that moms would put together for the other kids. For the quality, or lack thereof, save yourself 7 of the 10 dollars that they sell this for and just get these items at the Dollar Tree.

Now on to the pleasant surprises. First up is the USB Rechargeable Flameless Electronic Arc Lighter sold by RONXS. We all fell in love with this thing. We probably all looked and sounded like Beavis and Butthead (Fire… Fire, Fire!)  But it’s a really nice tool to have around especially if you are an avid candle burner like we are. Once the bigger candles get low in the jar or the wick gets small on any sized candle they can be almost impossible to get lit and if you are trying to light something outdoors, the wind is your enemy, and this item fixes all of those problems without increasing your carbon footprint because it’s rechargeable!

Another win was the ALWUP Stereo Gaming Headset – As a gamer I can’t tell you how nice it feels to have a good headset. Everything from sound quality to game immersion relies on the headphones strapped to your head. Being able to hear the people you are playing with as well as the game itself are all things to consider and this item truly delivered! My favorite feature would be the light on the tip of the microphone. As a person the often plays in the dark it’s nice to be able to tell at a glance whether or not my mic is up or down. They were really comfortable, in fact, after a while I kinda forgot I had them on. If I were to need a second pair I’d buy another set of these.

So there you have it, a little year end review (several days late… but I digress, life has been a busy thing) I hope all of you have had a pleasant start to 2019!


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