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Stacker2 Xtra Peach Mango Extra Strength Energy Shot (Dollar Tree)

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A good metaphor for my life: started out promising, then gets bitter. It seems that every trip I take to Dollar Tree to get energy shots, I’m met with the exact same options every single time. I still get them, because they’re cheaper than most other energy shots, but considering very few are actually good, it feels more like I’m picking between the lesser of two evils, rather than getting something that I’m actually interested in getting. But lo and behold when on my last trip, I found some brand new flavors of Stacker2’s extra strength energy shots, released under the clever “Xtra” name; peach mango was chief among them as the one I was immediately interested in the most. Taking off the lid, I’m met with an absolute blast of a completely artificial, exaggerated concoction of peach and mango scents....it’s clearly fake, smelling like the peach in those peach rings candies, but I have to admit it’s also more than a little enticing: I like the taste of most fake peach products (like th

Garden Collection 7-in-1 Plastic Spray Nozzle (Dollar Tree)

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More or less, about what you'd expect. Man oh man, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m still amazed at some of the things you can get from Dollar Tree these days. I know, I know, it seems that I say that for every DT product review (or maybe it just feels like it to me), but it’s true: dollar stores have come a long way from where they were even ten years ago. I still remember going into a store called “All4One” (located inside a shopping mall, of all places) about thirty years ago; even my seven-year-old brain could tell just about everything in there was junk. And now we have spray nozzles for just a buck? Okay, maybe that’s not high on the typical person’s list of “coolest Dollar Tree finds”, and it wouldn’t have even made my list if it were just your typical “let’s water the garden” variety. But this one is notable because it comes with seven different settings. Just staring at it in the store, you can tell one major area where things were cut to bring it down to a

Unbranded Smiling Fire Hydrant and Octopus Balancing Ball Sprinklers (Dollar Tree)

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Look at these adorable little fellas! Sometimes it’s kind of surprising to see just how far a dollar can (potentially) stretch these days - the latest example that kind of blew my mind were the fact they carry sprinklers. And who doesn’t want to kick back with some exciting sprinkler action during these hot summer months? Especially when you have a four-year-old boy...that virtually made it a prerequisite that I pick at least one of these guys up. Just to make sure I got a winner (or, at least, to heighten the odds), I decided to grab one of each of the two styles they had available at our local store. The first thing you’ll notice - and this is probably to be expected from a dollar store sprinkler - is that they are made of a very cheap, thin plastic. I probably wouldn’t consider these for a large neighborhood gathering, as all it would take is one dumb kid to fall on it, or kick it, or drop it, to render it inoperable; it should be fine for small family affairs. (To be fair, I was a

Gridlock Extreme Red Energy Drink (Aldi)

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"Extreme red" tells me nothing about what this is supposed to taste like... One thing I can’t stand, and I’ve mentioned this at least one previous time through the years, is when energy drink companies name their product after a color, with no allusion to the actual taste contained therein. I guess “Red Bull” might be partially to blame for that, but I’m not really referring to the name at the “brand” level - I’m more referring to the name of the product itself. Another example of this apparent trend is Gridlock, who here deliver up a beverage known only as “Extreme Red”.  Now, I don’t even know what “red” tastes like to begin with, let alone what an extreme version of the color would entail. Strawberry? Cherry? Those are varying shades of red. Oh wait, but it’s “extreme”, too: Human blood? Chili peppers? “Extreme” strawberry?  Well, after having a few sips, I can say - with definitive certainty - that I still have no idea what the hell this is supposed to taste like. It’s ve

SELLERS' SPOT: An In-Depth Look at eCrater: The Minimalist, Archaic, Under-the-Radar Marketplace That No One's Ever Heard Of

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  In many online lists of favorite marketplaces, eCrater always seems to end up in the middle of the pack, if they even make the list at all. It’s a very under-the-radar kind of place that many seem to either hate or like, with no middle ground. Its claim to fame are its fees, which range anywhere from 0% to 12.9%, though a mere 2.9% is all that’s required to get your items into Google Shopping. Well, we got a long one ahead, so buckle yourselves in and let’s get started, shall we? SITE SETUP & NAVIGATION This is the main page?! Oh Jesus... The design of the site, honestly, is pretty lackluster in appearance and super-straightforward. I’ve been selling there off and on since around 2008 and I don’t recall any site overhauls, either major or minor, during that time. This can be a turnoff for some, as the antiquated seller dashboard no doubt will be, which offer very little in the way of modern amenities (an example: eCrater just starting offering support for very basic promo codes i