Sunday, November 16, 2014

All Abroad the Aliexpress

Y'all, this article has been in the making for a little while now. It's been a bit of a struggle trying to figure out how to put this into words, because it's a bit of a two-parter.  I recently bought a new phone. I seriously wanted it, and I guess you could say that I just ended up spoiling myself. I'm an adult. ...Dammit.

Now, usually one would make this decision in person to get a feel of what they want and also because phone shopping can usually be done at cell service retailer, like T-Mobile or Verizon. Usually, and I wanted to buy an HTC in person, even if that meant I would have to get a contract plan. [Ech, I'd much rather not if I can prevent it. I grew up on that MetroPCS, you feel me.] But, to put it briefly, I remembered that I had a number of phones saved in my bookmarks. I still have flip phones saved—Japanese, mind you, but flip phones nonetheless.

My phone of choice ended up being from Aliexpress. I heard a lot about the web site, and I've visited its parent site, Alibaba, a lot over the past couple of years. I've explored and wondered about the sellers there. It is a giant marketplace, and since I'm a habitual eBay shopper, I already know how important it is to look into a seller, their reviews, and their wares. I've heard pretty good things about the site overall, but that was only recently. It's like the site is up and about, but what made me suspicious is that no one really talks about it. It's just there, and the sellers have a lot of traffic and varied reviews.

While suspicious, I still ended up investing a lot of money when I bought my phone.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Our Own Private JetPens

I've had the products sitting for a long time. I haven't really used them because I honestly wanted to write a review on it. I even still have one of them wrapped up as we speak! It's pretty insane. But here's my third purchase from JetPens. For those who don't know, I'm obsessed with paper goods, and I have probably more pens, notebooks, and journals than is absolutely necessary. And of course, I see no end in sight. JetPens is both great and dangerous because their products are reasonably priced and of excellent quality. Because of that, I've become a frequent customer.

I bought five new items from them on September 25th, and I got them on the 27th, if my folder name is anything to believe. They're pretty fast with their shipping, which is something I love about them. As you can see in the image above, the products came packaged together very nicely in bubble wrap. Which I saved.

And here are the contents outside of their bubble wrap.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Not the Brightest LightintheBox

I've been on this website for a pretty long time, at least two years. I talked about them on my past blog, Gun in the Blazer, and there I discussed my purchase about my skull headphones. They looked amazing and worked pretty well for a while. For a very short while.

The headphones themselves cost $11.99 ($17.02 after shipping). I can't remember how long the item took to ship, but it said between 10-20 business days. I still have the headphones because they make amazing props and the structure of the headphones held up amazingly through numerous moves. Their functions as headphones however, stopped within a month or so of me buying them.

I bought the headphones January 27, 2012, and after that, I had a $5. Two years and many emails later, I still had that $5 credit. They emailed me a few months ago, saying that my credit was going to expire in January of this year, so I finally decided to stop ignoring their emails and act.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Changes are Coming!

Oh wow, here's another update. I'm trying to be more... talkative here on this blog. Let me know if this gets a little troublesome. (Actually, don't tell me; I probably won't listen anyway.)

Changes so far(!):
  • slight navigation change
  • update to "contact" page
  • addition of "support" page
Contact clarifications: I've been offered to go to a couple of events this past year, under my name and representing Crow Based Network (along side the company that was taking me). However, due to sudden changes both personal and professional, I've had to decline. However, let's shoot for 2015! So, to reach that goal, let's get things started in advance.

Posts are currently being drafted, trust me. They'll just be published way after they've been written. On that note, I apologise for the slow, slow, slow activity in 2014. I hope that each post thus far has been worth it though.

The OHP is in need of, ahem, a few touch ups, so I'm trying to get on that as soon as I possibly can, ye! That's really all I have to bring to you right now. Everything else will be posted in the on-coming weeks, so stick around and thank you for everything.