Reviews & Opinions

I would love to help you with your shoddy sneaker scenario, but…

Apparently someone has misunderstood our generous return policy page- We can’t handle returns for the whole world. We received this email in August of 2011;


Dear Teresa,
I had purchased a pair of Dr. Scholl’s sneakers from the¬†Wall mart in Mechanicsburg PA about two weeks ago and I am already having problems with them falling apart and they are not supporting my feet. I am NOT very happy with this product. In my opinion this product is not very good. my old sneakers witch was a K Mart brand held up better than the Dr. Scholl’s.
Thank you for your time. Sincerely, (name withheld)

Maybe she just wanted to get the word out. On the other hand (or foot), I recall getting defective sneakers at K-mart, which I promptly returned. I think all of these cut-rate sneakers are probably made in the same factory, and different labels slapped on them. This is why I usually wear boots.

It doesn’t go to 11

Hype Mini-amp portable speaker

I got one of these speakers from, a “deal” site, for $9.99 – I don’t know how that is such a special deal since an Amazon vendor also has them for $9.99, but I see they sold out at Tanga, so who am I to say. It looks like a miniature Amplifier, the knobs all work, and it actually sounds pretty good – I use it to play podcasts and my Pandora channels, from my cellphone, when I am at my warehouse job.

The speaker I used before took 3 AAA batteries, this one takes 3 double A batteries- that makes all the difference in battery life, the old one needed batteries once a week, this one has lasted 3 weeks on the same set of batteries and still going strong.

It seems to be sturdy, and as long as I don’t wear out the cord it should last a long time. The speaker wires are always the weak point on speakers and headphones, am I right?