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Amazon Reveals Its Online Shopping Best Sellers

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The Chinese population may be engulfed in a gold-buying spree to take advantage of low precious metal prices, but when it comes to sheer breadth of materialistic interests, they have nothing on the US consumer. And while previously we highlighted the products that filled online buyers' shopping carts during Walmart's record-breaking cyber Monday sales, they were, in a word, boring. So to get a sense of just how expansive the imagination of the US consumer is when armed with the trusty old credit card, and an internet connection, we go to Amazon which has just laid out it holiday best sellers. So without further ado, this is what Americans just couldn't live without this shopping season.

Amazon.com holiday best sellers:

  • Tablets: Kindle Fire HD; Kindle Fire HDX 7”; Kindle Fire HDX 8.9”
  • TVs: Samsung 32” Smart LED HTDV; Samsung 40” LED HDTV; Samsung 22” Slim LED HDTV
  • Laptops: Samsung Chromebook; ASUS Transformer Book; Acer Chromebook
  • Cameras: Canon EOS Rebel T3i; Canon PowerShot A2500; Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
  • Video Games: Call of Duty: Ghosts - Xbox 360; Just Dance 2014 - Nintendo Wii; Grand Theft Auto V - Xbox 360
  • Toys: Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit; Spot It; LEGO Green Building Plate
  • Baby: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes; Lamaze Cloth Book; Baby Einstein Bendy Ball
  • Books: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8” by Jeff Kinney; “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics” by Charles Krauthammer; “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans” by Rush Limbaugh
  • Kindle Books: “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham; “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak; “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
  • Music: "Artpop" by Lady Gaga; "Wrapped in Red" by Kelly Clarkson; “The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)” by Eminem
  • Amazon MP3: “The Marshall Mathers LP2” by Eminem; “Artpop” by Lady Gaga; “Pure Heroine” by Lorde
  • Movies & TV: “Despicable Me 2” (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy); “Star Trek Into Darkness” (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy); “Man of Steel” (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
  • Amazon Instant Video: “We’re the Millers”; “Man of Steel”; “Monsters University”
  • Prime Instant Video: “Alpha House” Season 1; “Downton Abbey” Season 3; “Falling Skies” Season 3
  • Home: Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set; Black & Decker Dustbuster 15.6-Volt Cordless Cyclonic Hand Vacuum; Swarovski 2013 Annual Edition Crystal Star Ornament
  • Kitchen: Tovolo Ice Molds; Artisan Metal Works Silicone Non-Stick Baking Mat Sets; Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddle
  • Jewelry: Sterling Silver and Amethyst Flower Earrings; Sterling Silver "I Love You To The Moon and Back" Two Piece Pendant Necklace; Alex and Ani Bangle Bar "Tree of Life" Russian-Silver Expandable Bracelet
  • Women’s Clothing: Columbia Women's Benton Springs Full-Zip Fleece Jacket; Carhartt Women's Sandstone Duck Quilt Flannel Lined Active Jacket; Columbia Women's Arcadia Rain Jacket
  • Men’s Clothing: Levi's Men's 501 Jean; Levi's Men's 505 Straight Fit Jean; Levi's Men's 550 Relaxed Fit Jean
  • Shoes: Clarks Originals Men's Desert Boot; Tamarac Men's Camper Moccasin; Bearpaw Women's Emma 10" Shearling Boot
  • Beauty: Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret; D & G Light Blue By Dolce & Gabbana For Women Eau De Toilette Spray; Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
  • Health & Personal Care: Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband; Philips Sonicare Essence 5600 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush; Braun Series Pulsonic Shaver System
  • Tools & Home Improvement: Mini CREE Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Zoom Light Lamp; O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream; WBM Himalayan Natural Crystal Salt Lamp with Bulb and Cord
  • Pets: KONG Cozie Marvin the Moose Dog Toy; Nylabone Durable Dental Dinosaur Chew Toy; Greenies Treat-Pak for Dogs, Original
  • Sports & Outdoors: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter; Magnesium Fire Starter; SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop
  • Grocery: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden by AeroGrow; Donut Shop K-Cup for Keurig Brewers; Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter Set
 


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Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:03 | Link to Comment VD
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i love you to the moon and back....fucking IDIOTS!

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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Grocery: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden by AeroGrow

It is a start.  Good job, America!

However, for $130, you could have received so much more.

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-11-07/second-annual-hedgelessh...

1. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can grow young-tender-flavorful buckwheat as the foundation for a delicious salad.

One pound of buckwheat seeds, $5.00

PS:  Those survival straws "suck" relative to a small bottle of iodine.  If you are going to buy a water filter, get a good one...

9. This bomb-proof water filter is perfect for the survivalist or adventurer on your gift list.

Katadyn Pocket Water Filter, $349.00

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:24 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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How many pots can one buy for indoor gardening for $130?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment malikai
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Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:36 | Link to Comment superflex
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But it's aeroponics bitchez.  

Till the power goes out, or your pH gets out of range, or the nozzles clog from carbonates in your water.  Then it becomes an algae generation portal.

I'd rather spend $130 on Sunshine mix, earthworm castings, blood meal, bone meal and dolomitic lime.  

 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:43 | Link to Comment 666
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$130 can buy a months supply of Muscatel and Thunderbird.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:35 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Or 13 $10 rocks!

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:56 | Link to Comment Headbanger
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Oder ein Fünftel der Johnie Walker Blue Scotch Herr Oberst.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:26 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Which gives you the bigger headache, pounding your head on that keyboard or the Scotch?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 15:54 | Link to Comment MontgomeryScott
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$10 rocks, Klink?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOxLk2IZPcg

Should've given some to Schultz! He might have lost a little weight...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:21 | Link to Comment Seer
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Careful about recommending dolomitic lime.  It's OK if one's soil is deficient in magnesium.  If its magnesium levels are sufficient-to-high then you'll end up doing more harm than good: too much magnesium will bind nutrients, often making it look like there's a deficiency when there is not- you'll end up chasing your tail.  If magnesium levels are in range then go with calcitic lime.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:06 | Link to Comment Fukushima Sam
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Great mix for weed growing, but don't forget fruit bat guano to enhance the flavor profile!

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 15:49 | Link to Comment superflex
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Sour Cindy FTW

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:47 | Link to Comment Atlasshruggedme
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Someone is prepping for 2014.

Sports & Outdoors: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter; Magnesium Fire Starter;

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:28 | Link to Comment Winston Smith 2009
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I wonder how many of those Miracle-Gro AeroGardens were shipped to Washington state and Colorado.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment malikai
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+100

Deleting mine above you.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:42 | Link to Comment superflex
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If you want to grow one joint at a time.  

I guess you've never seen a full grown sativa.

You aint gonna grow shit in the Aerogarden worth smoking.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 15:22 | Link to Comment Matt
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Or perhaps it is being bought up in the Pacific Northwest not for marijuana, but rather due to hot rain from Japan.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:45 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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Fermentation is a better water purification system, IMO. Beer is liquid bread ;)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:26 | Link to Comment Fail2Deliver
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Bitcoins...Bitchez!

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:04 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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I stocked up on K-Y jelly since the Fed's 'probing' doesn't appear to be ending any time soon.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:09 | Link to Comment malikai
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May I recommend Vaseline?

It keeps longer and you can make a candle out of it in a pinch.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:33 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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LOL I passed on the candle thingy to Mrs. Cog.

Thanks......I think. :)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:43 | Link to Comment DaddyO
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Vaseline soaked cotton swabbing in a used pill bottle makes a great fire starter for your go bag...

DaddyO

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Antifaschistische
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THREE CHEERS FOR LADY GAGA!!!   

i THINK SHE'S THE ONLY THING ON THE LIST MADE IN AMERICA

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:55 | Link to Comment malikai
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Are you sure about that?

I thought she was made in the late cretaceous, produced from a field in west africa, refined in Texarcana, moulded in LA, and sold to addict kids via outer space radio waves.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:08 | Link to Comment Jayda1850
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Silver seems the top seller in jewelry. I guess our middle class has been destroyed so much, they cannot afford gold even at these reduced prices. Very interesting.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:17 | Link to Comment Peachfuzz
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Quite a disconnect between paper bullion and jewelry in the states. @ 1200/ oz .583 (14k) = $699.6/oz. Amazon is asking $1620/oz and up in the items I looked at. (not your red arrow btw)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:08 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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I would have had a Jolly Boxing Day if I hadn't seen that this was on the list: “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics” by Charles Krauthammer

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:08 | Link to Comment Cursive
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I bought a sim card for 5 cents on Amazon.  Shipping was free.  How anyone makes money on this, I don't know.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Whoi cares it's a sale.  Amazon should offer more stock. Fully expect stock prices to be really absurd.

Stocks are the oinly game working for the Fed.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment JailBank
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Picked up a copy of Jim Grant's Mr. Market Miscalculates: The Bubble Years and Beyond for 80 cents.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment Son of Loki
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I bought the best gift possible for Daddy Loki; another Japanese Love Doll to keep him warm on those cold Oslo nights:

 

http://www.fantasydoll.com.au/gallery

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:44 | Link to Comment Seer
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Sadly, if one is still looking for answers then one is probably too late :-(

Better to spend precious money on reference books.  If I were to only recommend one it would be one of the last editions of Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living: http://www.backwoodshome.com/store/files/ss96.html [not endorsing the site, just figured I'd pass on link from other-than Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:45 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Hey thanks for the rec Seer, that looks like a very useful resource.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 16:04 | Link to Comment Citxmech
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Hell - I'll endorse Backwoods Home.  Anyplace that has has regular articles by both Jackie Clay and Massad Ayoob is A-OK in my book.  If you want to to learn about homesteading - it should be  on your regular reading list.  

If you want to go even further into hardcore self-reliance - check out "Backwoodsman."  That is some serious "mad-trapper" type stuff there:  http://www.backwoodsmanmag.com

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 16:58 | Link to Comment WillyGroper
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The Foxfire Series is great also. 
Starting at a premium now when you can find them. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 17:29 | Link to Comment zhandax
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Thumbs up on The Foxfire Series.  This is not some recent 'prepper' shit.  Been around for at least 30 years.  Think I got my first one in 1979.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 02:05 | Link to Comment Citxmech
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The problem with some of the vintage texts is that they assume that you can scavage all kinds of shit like oak barrels and sections of railroad track for free.  

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Itch
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Sim cards are usually free, so the 5 cents might have been Amazons profit, then they also get commission for the sale from the phone company.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:55 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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"I bought a sim card for 5 cents on Amazon.  Shipping was free.  How anyone makes money on this, I don't know."

They'll make a few dollars selling your information over and over.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:38 | Link to Comment zerozulu
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Most probably is subsidized by NSA.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment yogibear
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More layoffs and dropping off of long term unemployed hidden by the Department of Lies and Scams should boost stocks in 2014.

It's all about stocks. The only game.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:11 | Link to Comment I Write Code
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We are not so near the end of civilization

anymore

we passed it years ago and are now well past it and moving away.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:12 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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"Tools & Home Improvement: Mini CREE Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Zoom Light Lamp; O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream; WBM Himalayan Natural Crystal Salt Lamp with Bulb and Cord"

 

They have a vastly different idea of tools and home improvement than I do, that's for sure.  Tools:  Hammers, screwdrivers, drills, sawsalls, rachet sets, impact drivers, chop saws, radial arm saws, angle grinders, etc...  You know, fucking tools for getting shit done. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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We 501 Blue button fliers don't buy tools on line, jeans yes cause the Levi store is freaky.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:40 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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I get my jeans at the feed store.  No 501s there, but it's not so freaky.

 

(Or I get my jeans for Christmas.)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 15:37 | Link to Comment MontgomeryScott
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Yeah, I know what you mean...

Bought a relative some nascent Iodine (couldn't find it at Amazon-foxcomm.slave labor.com).

Bought myself some armor-piercing, um, accesories (try to find THOSE over on Amazon!).

As for TOOLS, the Snap-On truck had a set of serrated steak knives this year (I bought a set last year, so I couldn't bring myself to spend the money). The dealer wanted to show me his Henry Repeating Arms purchase, and I was talked on to the truck...the knives come with their own butcher-block holder...(oh, yeah, I made my payment as well)

As for the feed store, I am just getting ready to head there. They are overstocked on Bear Mountain, and I need to help them lower their inventories.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 16:05 | Link to Comment Citxmech
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Snap-On.  The other precious metal.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:53 | Link to Comment Seer
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Tools, someone say tools?

TRACTOR!

Ok, "hand" tools...

Axes:  Sharp things scare the shit out of me (they threaten my position as the sharpest tool in the shed!), and my doctor recommends that I stay away from them.  Anyway, should it come that one day I can no longer run my chainsaws I'll... have something for someone else to chop wood with!

Post pounder: For when you absolutely have to force shit into some hidden rocks... ugh! (most of my ground isn't rock-riddled; though not necessary for my application, I have learned what "rock fence" means [fencing is a LOT of work]; have been known to use the loader bucket to drive t-posts, works great to pull them out)  And when you're done with your work you can use the thing to test your foot reflexes (steel-toe boots are good things to have!)

Guns/rifles: They're TOOLS!

It amazes me, however, all the automotive shit that folks out in the rural hinterlands around me buy/have.  How many cars are people going to "restore?"  Yeah, I guess I'm a bit jealous that I don't have any welders... (if I had some I'd probably be spending way too much time creating odd-ball tractor implements)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:01 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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"Post pounder: For when you absolutely have to force shit into some hidden rocks... ugh!"

 

LOLOLOLOLOL!  Fortunately, I don't live in a rock riddled area, but I've put up a few fences in my day. 

 

I'll probably be putting in an 1 1/4" well with a pitcher (hand) pump on it in the coming months, and to drive 1 1/4" pipe 32' down requires something even worse than a normal post driver.  It's a super post driver that the guys at the pump and well store loan out.  It's basically 3" pipe filled with lead at the top and handles welded on.  It's like a super driver guaranteed to make you tired as all hell. 

 

As for the automotive stuff, the only thing on my own vehicle that I won't fuck with is the transmission.  I found a youtube of somebody breaking the same model that I have down, and holy fuck there was a bunch of shit in there that you had better know about ahead of time. I've found that it is cheaper for me to just get a new tool if I need it than it is for me to take the thing to a mechanic.   Last tool I purchased was a 36mm deep socket for removing the front axle shafts so that I could replace the U-joints. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:34 | Link to Comment Seer
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If you need to "drill" a small bore/dia well just use the water method:

http://www.drillyourownwell.com/index.htm

"As for the automotive stuff, the only thing on my own vehicle that I won't fuck with is the transmission.  I found a youtube of somebody breaking the same model that I have down, and holy fuck there was a bunch of shit in there that you had better know about ahead of time. I've found that it is cheaper for me to just get a new tool if I need it than it is for me to take the thing to a mechanic.   Last tool I purchased was a 36mm deep socket for removing the front axle shafts so that I could replace the U-joints."

I do most of my work (except on my wife's newer car).  I once did a rear-end.  Never a transmission, of any kind: and if you've got a manual then it's not likely to really need work (have an old Ford diesel with a manual trans- 249k miles and trans works perfectly).

I too will buy tools, but my problem tends to be an issue with storage space: I might have 100 sq ft of "shop" space (tractor does have it's own "bay" though- only vehicle under-cover).  Which is a bigger reason why I don't have welders.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 15:46 | Link to Comment MontgomeryScott
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The biggest issue with transmissions, I have found, is that every make and model and sub-model requires the purchase of a whole NEW set of 'special service tools'. the basic mechanics haven't changed since the 1930's, but the addition of electronics really confuses the issue. MOST problems are solved with solenoid/wiring repairs, but SOME are plagued with weak mechanical designs as well...

In the earlier years, they tried to hook up a 6.9 International IDI in a Ford with a ZF-5. THAT was a REAL pile of Obamacare...

If you have had good luck with your Ford, you can keep it! (Merry Christmas!)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 23:19 | Link to Comment cynicalskeptic
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Gotta love 'classic' manual transmissions.  Damn near impossible to blow up and easy as hell to fix.  Have rebuilt enough Saginaw 3 and 4 speeds (and the occasional Muncie) that I could likely do so blindfolded.

Family ethos is 'Buy the necessary tools if you need to, but do the work yourself' - applies to cars, houses and pretty much anything else.  Have my own engine hoist, 2 ton press, a couple of table saws and pretty much any power and hand tools you're likely to need.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:07 | Link to Comment Miffed Microbio...
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100+ for the salt lamp. I thought I was the only crazy who appreciated them. Mr has brought in too many EM producing devices into our house and this is my means to fight back. My neighbor raises 200 emus a year and we trade for emu oil. Fantastic moisturizer and great carrier oil. Our dogs love the meat ( a bit gamey for us). It will be our source for essential fats if need be. One can certainly prep and prepare but it's sure nice to have others near by that think alike.

Miffed;-)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment superflex
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Nothing says idiot like Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden by AeroGrow and not for the thought of growing your own, but the fact that the garden is an overpriced POS which will yield enough to make a couple of salads every 4 months.


Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:19 | Link to Comment de3de8
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Come on super flex,can probably feed a family of five or six with it'

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:56 | Link to Comment Seer
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I know nothing of it, but I can say that in general just about everything is like that.  Small-scale is brutal on per-item/output costs.

I've got the book "The $64 Tomato."  Haven't read it yet (had it a long time though- it was a gift).  I suspect that it addresses this kind of madness.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:09 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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This is the industrial model, I've seen it done indoors with aquarium sized tanks.  My setup was the cost of the pump and some tilapia at .50 apiece.  Tank was free and most of the plumbing and parts were scraps.  The plants were all from seeds taken from local produce I consumed and tossed into this bed for fun.  I'm in the process of taking it all down for moving so this was the last tank left.  'Maters are 6ft tall and want to go through the roof.

http://sdrv.ms/19rmoub

Last shot shows the tilapia which are over a 1-1 1/2lb. now.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:12 | Link to Comment Smegley Wanxalot
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Talk about a list of shit no human being needs ...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:14 | Link to Comment SpaceEcho
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The top two sellers in Sporting Goods are survival items. That's... encouraging I guess. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:17 | Link to Comment whatthecurtains
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Chromebooks?    Might as well buy a fucking paperweight.     Why pay for a portable item when it can't live well of  the reservation?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:26 | Link to Comment Long-John-Silver
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Who can get off the reservation with current energy prices?

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Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:24 | Link to Comment Long-John-Silver
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At first I was shocked to see a film camera was a top seller. My curiosity aroused I Googled it. That's when I fully understood why. It spits out a developed print that you can instantly pass around. It also brought back memories of a Sci-Fi movie staring David Bowie called "The Man Who Fell To Earth". One of the advanced products the Martian sold to fund his return to Mars was a camera that produces ready to view pictures directly from the camera.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Seer
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Everyting is cyclical.  What was once old will be again new.  Tip: learn how to chisel in stone...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 23:23 | Link to Comment cynicalskeptic
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Blacksmithing -  THE career for a post-apocalyptic 21st century.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:33 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Cameras:  Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 - it's a Polaroid like actual FILM camera; who says the film selfie is dead?

The Chromebook buyers are going to be frustrated, but they "might make it to Reno".

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:30 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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what happened to the door buster specials this year?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment bankonzhongguo
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That is a list of shit I don't need.

This X-mas Santa brought me:

A big pack of brand new socks. A month of feetgasms!

Some consumables for my hand-loading station.

A case of craft porters and stouts.

Wood.

BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER.

Peace on Earth.  Good luck to everybody.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:41 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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Heh, I got a couple of pairs of jeans and a 1 1/3hp blender.  The blender was a selfish gift though, as I tend to cook a lot and people are always happy to eat what I cook.  I think it was a hint.  Though I would have been happy with a hand cranked blender or no blender at all. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:04 | Link to Comment Seer
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"1 1/3hp blender" holy shit, that's some power there!  Years ago I bought a Bosch mixer for my wife, it's something like 800 watts- can handle something like 15lbs of dough (it laughs at Kitchen-Aide mixers).  Was trying to figure out how to hook it up to my grain mill, but gave up after running across a nice gear motor that my dad had had (very expensive items, I'd spent a LOT of time searching for a good deal on one and come to find out my dad had one lying around unused): need to wire a new cord with shutoff switch and get the necessary pulleys.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:24 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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800 watts is some serious power.  It's more than 1hp.

 

Most people have no idea how much work it is to run even a small grain mill by hand if you are trying to grind a lot at once. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:36 | Link to Comment Seer
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Electricity is still cheap, cheaper than medical bills, so I figure for the time being I'll electrify the grinder.  My wife isn't very strong and, I've got higher-priority things to do than to spend a bunch of time at the hand-crank...

I spent a bunch of time looking for a proper old exercise bike to rig up, no luck (hard to locate a suitable one).  If not for all the time demands from the farm...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:39 | Link to Comment Fíréan
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"in a word, boring."

 

If walmart's sales were boring what gave the author notion that Amazon'z wouldn't be ?

 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:05 | Link to Comment Seer
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Exactly!

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:53 | Link to Comment Chupacabra-322
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Fuck these Data Mining Fascists. Personally I've taken the route of peace full non-compliance non-participation into their system/s of Criminal NSA data mining control, bondage & enslavement.

It's very simplistic approach actually. It just boils down to mind set.

Take your money out of the criminals banks.

Fuck Google, yahoo & everyone else plus the horse they rid on for criminally conhorting with Criminal Federal Governments of the world for Illegally Sping, Torture, Rendition, Illegal Wars of Argressions etc... You get the picture.

DO NOT EAT THEIR POISON GMO FOOD. Even McDonalds is telling their own Slaves on their own employee website not to eat fast food. Imagine that.

Cell phones are put in the microwave at home when not in use plus the added value of leaving it at home when leaving the house. Disconnecting is key as getting familiar what Alt forms of communications. Ham radio or whatever. IMHO, the growing economies of the future will be strong local economies perhaps a black maket period, who knows?

What I do know is this. The Consumer has always had the power to buy into a service or product or not. A whole army of sheeple got all bent out of shape over a cartoon character Brain from Family Guy getting killed off for Christs sake. Seth McFarlane was forced by a mass of Consumers to rise the character back from the grave.

So Fuck these & this Criminal system. Outside of mass global arrests, which isn't going to happen cause their all "in on it" & after all Globalists don't arrest themselves. Peaceful Non-Compliance, Non- Participation will hurt these Criminal Meglomanics more than anything.

Stay informed, watch your six & live free.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:47 | Link to Comment lewietheparrot
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chupacabra-------

Keep 'doing nothing'----it not only looks good on you

but, it also works----------nothing in, so they can take nothing out

Smart move-congratulations!!!!!

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:50 | Link to Comment Seer
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And, to keep from alienating people I'd add that eventually one comes to accept the life-change because one starts to feel that one WANTS it, more so than because it's "against" something.

No matter, feel the passion! (keep on keeping on Chu)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:32 | Link to Comment Chupacabra-322
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What a co incidence. Posted on Drudge today:

Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse

A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/be-prepared-wall-street-advisor-recommends...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:45 | Link to Comment superflex
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I got myself 840 rounds of M193 and 900 rounds of M855 at $0.40/round shipped.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:49 | Link to Comment steelrules
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As a prepper one of my gifts from the girls was the Family Life Straw, 18,000 liters of potable water when the SHTF. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:05 | Link to Comment Seer
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Berkey water filter...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 23:25 | Link to Comment scrappy
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2 lbs. 4.00

20,000 Gallons of treatment, got both of what you have as well.

http://readynutrition.com/resources/better-than-bleach-use-calcium-hypoc...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:53 | Link to Comment All is chosen
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Re the Kindle Fire. I will never understand why folk pay for an Amazon shopping aid. - Oh I get it. It is called a tablet. DOH. Clever marketing.

Less clever was attaching the 'Kindle' handle to them.

I still get the "Are you upgrading to the Fire?" Q.

Yep, the non-thinking 'think' it's a better book reader. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:56 | Link to Comment dobermangang
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These are the things that are selling well: Guns, ammo, lotto scratch-off tickets, Duck Dynasty t-shirts and Grand Theft Auto V. 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:04 | Link to Comment 22winmag
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Is any of what's listed *not made* with Chinese or Mexican slave labor?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:09 | Link to Comment Seer
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Most made by robots.  That's why there are ghost cities in China: there really aren't higher-paying jobs; that's the ruse to have folks in the US clamoring to "bring back our jobs," yeah, bring back the robots... (cognative dissonace: you want your high-tech stuff cheap- it can ONLY be made by robots; sorry, no job for you [but you can have the shiny tech-gadget by signing up to our monthly plan...)

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:25 | Link to Comment superflex
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Just think if Amazon sold guns and ammo.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:39 | Link to Comment Save_America1st
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wow...pretty pathetic list of garbage, huh? 

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment NoWayJose
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At least the LifeStraw Water Filters and Magnesium Fire Starters made it - but somehow I think it is more because they were just atop a slow selling category...  Looking at the rest of the stuff, there aren't many other things that will either be useful or remembered by next Christmas...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:02 | Link to Comment steelrules
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Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse

http://washingtonexaminer.com/be-prepared-wall-street-advisor-recommends-guns-ammo-for-protection-in-collapse/article/2541205

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:28 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Waaaaaay ahead of his advice.  Typical New York type, behind the gun curve by years.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:10 | Link to Comment atomicwasted
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Rush Revere? Damn, that man has an ego that won't quit.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 14:10 | Link to Comment Wannabee
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Full disclosure:
Wife bought one of those topsy-turvey upside down tomato plants and made me hang it in the backyard. What an epic fail POS.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 15:36 | Link to Comment adr
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So Amazon sold a whole bunch of shit at 1% margin and offered free shipping making revenue negative. In any other world they would have gone out of business years ago. Today they get rewarded with a record high stock price.

Confirmation that brick amd mortar stores had a horrible season sends Amazon higher because brain dead stock traders assume the weakness in traditional retail means Amazon business will be better. It doesn't matter if Amazon controls 100% of the marketplace if revenue is negative.

Reminds me of a conversation with one of the product managers at my company. Sales of one product were up 200% YOY so he wanted to put more effort behind it. Meanwhile the product line that brings in 80% of our revenue was down 40%. The one product up 200% brought in $30k out of $25 million in sales. I said we might want to consider backing up the product that brings in 80% of our sales instead of one that brings in less than 1%. I got a blank stare and a reply of, "But sales are up 200%, that kind of growth is amazing."

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 19:22 | Link to Comment mt paul
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paid off all the credit cards for xmas

start 2014 with 130. $ of debt 

 ho ho ho ...

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