As you no doubt remember, Amazon Prime Day typically falls at some point during the summer. So what’s all this about it taking place on October 13th this year?
We can include Amazon Prime Day in the running list of annual events that have been disrupted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Everything Store isn’t going to just let an opportunity to rake in the big bucks pass it by. This year, Prime Day was not canceled but merely rescheduled. Like in recent years, it will be a 48-hour event. And, as noted above, it will begin on October 13.
The first question that came to my mind when I heard the news is: “Isn’t this a little close to Black Friday?” Turns out, experts expect Black Friday (and its little brother “holiday,” Cyber Monday) to be a dud this year. I’m not sure if it is because shipping times are longer this year, or because everybody is stuck at home with nothing better to do than browse on Amazon, but whatever the reason, people are apparently doing their annual Christmas shopping starting now.
There is perhaps no better proof of this than another online sale going on next week. To compete with Amazon, Best Buy is literally holding a “Black Friday” sale, also on October 13 and 14. (You know, because words have no meaning anymore).
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll keep an eye on both events and be sure to let you know if we see anything worth pulling the trigger on. In particular, Amazon is expected to push its new smart home products. Right now, there’s nothing we can do but wait and see.
Rove Life Will Revolutionize Your TV Viewing
Fourth of July 2021 was a weekend I will never forget. Not only did I get to see friends I hadn’t seen since before the pandemic, but I also was introduced to an entirely new philosophy of life. It’s called “roving.”
Rove life is not the same as #vanlife. Roving does not involve dropping everything and hitting the great outdoors. The only commitment you need to join the rovers is a TV stand on wheels, colloquially called a “rover.” Here is the one owned by my buddy, the apostle of rove life who called me to its teachings:
Mobile TV Cart with Wheels for 23-55 Inch LCD LED 4K Flat Curved Screen TVs – Height Adjustable Shelf Trolley Floor Stand Holds up to 55lbs – Movable Monitor Holder with Tray Max VESA 400x400mm — $79.99
What is roving? Roving is the revolutionary notion that your television viewing habits do not have to be constrained by the spatial demands of the universe. In pre-rover households, you have to decide on one spot to place your TV, and that is simply where that device is kept until you get sick of it and decide to rearrange the furniture. These days, most people affix their televisions to their walls, so there really is no moving it on a whim. As a result, the TV becomes a semi-permanent fixture.
Roving liberates you from all that. By having a roving TV stand, you can situate your TV wherever you want it, for whenever you want it. The best use case in my experience is being able to rove your entertainment outside for nice evenings, or (as was the case with Independence Day) when you have people over for a grill out. Another good roving scenario is when there is contention in the house over what to watch. Assuming you still have a primary television set up in the family room, you can rove in your second set so that both people can enjoy their shows while still spending time with one another.
For those who might still be skeptical, let me remind you that roving has been around since the very beginning of television. Watch any episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show if you don’t believe me. You will see the Petries rove their TV from their living room to the bedroom before they go to bed each night. And Rob Petrie worked in the television industry! When the small screen first hit the market, it was quite expensive for regular folks. A rover allowed you to watch your shows in more than one room without having to buy more than one TV.
One final note about rovers. If you search for rolling TV stands on Amazon, you will find a plethora of options, including the one featured at the beginning of this article. However, it is not always clear that you can live the rove life by setting a TV down on the cart when you are ready to roam. Many make it seem like you have to mount your TV to the rover as if on a wall. That is certainly an option, but if that seems like a lot of hassle to you, you can use the rover in a more traditional manner—there is a simple stand you can put your TV on when you want to. Then, if you need your TV in a room that is not easy to roam to (such as on a different floor), just pick up the TV and move it. No screwing or unscrewing required.
What You Need To Take Up Metal Detecting
Apparently, metal detecting is popular again. I know this because it is the subject of a recent profile in America’s “paper of record” and also because I saw people doing it with my own eyes when I was at the beach a few weeks back.
The New York Times article makes the case that the rise of the “new detectorists” can be attributed to a desire for activities that can be done while social distancing. There is merit to this argument, especially when looking at the sales of metal detectors in 2020 compared to previous years. But I think it goes beyond that. I see metal detecting as an inherently atavistic act. People don’t spend their time hovering over the ground with a fancy magnet simply to kill time; they do it to find clues of a lost world that has long been forgotten.
If this sounds appealing to you, then by all means take up metal detecting yourself. Although some of the equipment can get expensive, it does not need to be. Here is a list of some of the best products available, as well as some cheaper alternatives.
To start, the article lists the most popular metal detector as the French-made XP Deus:
As you can see, including the headphones and the controller, that will set you back $1,300. If you are a beginner, you do not need to spend nearly that much. Amazon is rife with metal detecting equipment in all price ranges. Instead of the XP Deus, you might start with this $100 model from Bounty Hunter:
The Bounty Hunter model, despite not having the added accessories, has earned 8,600 (mostly 5-star) reviews.
The article also mentions a specific model for kids, the Nokta Mini Hoard:
Although $120 would be a deal on an adult metal detector, there are other specialty kids versions for much less. For example, this set by RICOMAX is available for half the price:
RM RICOMAX Metal Detector for Kids – 7.4 Inch Waterproof Kid Metal Detectors Gold Detector Lightweight Search Coil (24″-35″) Adjustable Metal Detector for Junior & Youth with High Accuracy – Yellow — $59.99
Notice that set comes complete with a miniature shovel and hand claw, as well as a carrying case.
Speaking of these tools, in addition to the device itself, a true detectorist needs a hori-hori (a speciality serrated knife/shovel) as well as a “finds pouch.” Luckily, both of these items can be found on Amazon at relatively low prices:
Large Metal Detector Shoulder Bag/Pouch, Treasure Hunting Finds Pouch/Bag. for Garrett, Minelab, Bounty Hunter etc. Features Bottom with Leak Holes, Adjustable Belt Clips & 2 Pinpointer Holders. — $14.99
This brings us to our last piece of essential metal detecting equipment, a “pinpointer.” For the uninitiated, a pinpointer is a handheld precision detector used after you’ve already located the general area of your buried treasure. The top-of-the-line pinpointer is made by a brand called Garrett:
But as with the other products, you can get a perfectly suitable one for a significantly lower price, such as the one below:
However much you want to spend on metal detecting equipment, remember that it is an investment. After all, you never know what you might find.
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021?
More people in the U.S. have Amazon Prime than go to church on Sundays, making Amazon Prime Day akin to Christmas or Easter for our consumerist nation.
Like Easter, Amazon Prime Day is a moveable feast. And just like in the early days of Christianity, the Amazon faithful have to wait for a promulgation from its church leadership each year to know when their high holy day will be celebrated.
This year, Amazon Prime Day will fall on June 21 and 22, continuing the company’s recent trend of doubling the original meaning of the word “day.” After holding Prime Day in October last year, this marks a return to tradition of having this bonanza of deals during the summertime, far away from the winter shopping holidays.
We Know Products will be sure to cover Prime Day in more detail in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can check in daily at Amazon.com for “early Prime Day deals“:
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