consumer reviews

Consumer Reviews no BRUSIMM come from my interaction with a commodity or product and if it was a good or bad experience. Most of the time bad or cautionary experiences make their way onto this site, as well as insights for the consumer. I try to call ’em as I see them!

Silhouette Eye Glasses, scratch up pretty easily

This is an open letter to Silhouette Eyewear and something consumers should be aware of.

I have a pair of Silhouette titanium rimless glasses. They’re probably the lightest pair of glasses on the market. For me that’s important because glasses tend to slide off my face but they stay put nicely. They have been incredibly awesome from the onset. They’re light to the point you may barely even notice when they’re on, they have no frames to obscure you vision with and initially are pretty incredible.

But that was a few years ago.

Now I’m having this fascinating experience with these Silhouette glasses.

At first I thought they were just getting hard to clean, but it turns out that I have a swarm of micro-scratches that look like a fuzzy cloud when I look through the glasses. To get a clear view of the world, I have to nod my head down and look over the glasses.

Normally, when something happens to a product I own, I tend to believe it was just my own fault for one reason or another.

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Kurgo Door Guard Product ReviewA little over a year ago I bought some Kurgo Pet Door Guards for my truck and they worked wonderfully. You slip the plastic tabs down between the window and the guide foam, and presto, your dogs were no longer able to scratch up your vehicle door interior.

Now if there’s one thing to be said about Kurgo, they stand behind their product.

After about a year’s use, one of my door guards had tabs that were starting to crack and break. When I contacted Kurgo about this, they sent me replacements promptly, just as their implied warranty suggests.

As much as I appreciate the expedient service, these newer door guards had thinner, shorter window tabs. In what I presume to be some form of cost-saving measure turned out to be bad.  Very bad.

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Google Maps vs Google Owned WAZE, Which One is For You?

September 26, 2015

Have you ever wondered whether you should use Google Maps or Waze? Between the two apps, both owned by Google, it is six of one, half dozen of the other. You can’t go wrong with either app. There are a few minor differences, and if you’re an Android user, you already have Maps on your […]

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Review: MR PICKLES in Morgan Hill, (And Get A Free Sub?)

May 26, 2015

This weekend I had hit up Morgan Hill‘s two latest food attractions that opened… MOD Pizza, and Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop. My first thought is that a sandwich shop is a sandwich shop is a sandwich shop. Right? Well, maybe and maybe not. For one thing, Mr. Pickles is located at 1049 Cochrane Road, Suite […]

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Review: MOD PIZZA in Morgan Hill

May 23, 2015

MOD Pizza just opened in Morgan Hill, CA, on Friday, 5-22-15, located on Cochrane just east of the 101, in the Chili’s/Target/PetCo shopping mall (1031 Cochrane Rd.). We had dropped by on opening night at dinner time, but the place was crazy crowded, in a good way. It was an amazingly festive atmosphere and despite […]

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ACER C720 CHROMEBOOK Review

November 20, 2014

The other day I needed a smaller laptop than my monster HP laptop that does not fit in my lap when I’m riding my near-daily commuter train. When I took a look around I saw a small footprint laptop that pretty did exactly what I would do on the train and when running my blog, […]

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Comcast Pushing New Release VoD Purchases

December 23, 2013

(Originally published 12-8-13.  Updated 12-2-13 with new consumer observation) I just noticed a new business practice being offered by Comcast to video consumers that leaves one very few options for certain new video releases.  But don’t worry, I found a work-around. – The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman came out on DVD/BD last Tuesday (12-3-13).  And […]

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‘RSS Graffiti’ Facebook RSS Publisher

November 7, 2013

As a struggling website administrator, we have enough problems dealing with Google constantly changing their algorithms, hosting companies changing ownership, and other evils one must battle as a site admin. And while we look at ways to distribute our product, expertise, or wisdom, we look at ways to distribute that copy out to the multitude […]

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Pro Tec Disappoints: The Tale of the Lost Knee Cap & Iffy Customer Support

December 29, 2012

Some time back, I had purchased a pair of Pro Tec Gel Force knee support sleeves. This was in July of 2012 and this is my updated consumer experience with those knee braces. As far as I am was concerned, they’ve been one of the best knee supports I’ve ever used/worn.  I was impressed with […]

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ShopSavvy App Uncovered Sneaky Sticker Price Tricks and Huge Price Differences!

December 4, 2012

The following is a great example of how my ShopSavvy smartphone app seriously educated me on how sometimes, the price differences can be big enough to pay attention to. The first thing I’m going to point out is that some stores, you might expect higher prices.  How much higher, consumers may not really care about.  […]

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Pro-Tec “PT” Gel Force Knee Support – A Recommended Product [Consumer]

August 9, 2012

This is a consumer product review based on the Pro-Tec Gel Force Knee Sleeve/Brace. For the last eighteen months or so, I’ve been having a situation with my knees.  First was “Movie Goers Knee” or “Jumpers Knee” that turned into knee surgery.  When I recovered from the surgery, I got back to running.  But both […]

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McDonald’s Spicy Chicken McBites Are A Different Tale of Two Bites [Consumer]

July 18, 2012

Back in February, I had given McDonald’s new Chicken McBites a try and I was extremely disappointed in what the Golden Arches had put out.   I won’t go into the gritty of it, but I had no reason or compulsion to return to the product.  But then McDonald’s came out with their new Spicy Chicken […]

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Starbucks Via Coffee Packs, In Stores and Kiosks

February 22, 2012

Starbucks Via Instant Coffee: I like the easy, quick way one can create their own coffee drink from these little packs by just pouring it into a cup and…

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McDonald’s Chicken McBites Product Review – Not Impressive [Consumer]

February 10, 2012

Normally when a fast food chain puts out a new product, they put their best foot forward at first. Usually. In this case, if this is McDonald’s best foot….

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Silk Has a Hit with Their “Fruit & Protein” Drink! [Consumer]

February 7, 2012

The other day I tried a new product called SILK Fruit & Protein drink and wow, I think I found my new breakfast drink!

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TITLE NINE Gives The Customer an Awesome Consumer Experience

January 16, 2012

After visiting a TITLE NINE store in Palo Alto, CA, I had such a good experience that I felt compelled to write up this consumer experience review…

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Did You Know You Can or Have To Set Your Garmin 305 To Record Splits? [Consumer]

January 3, 2012

Setting Splits on Your Garmin Forerunner 305… it doesn’t come out of the box recording splits automatically, but did you know it can be set to record splits?

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Netflix Won’t Let Customers Clear Their Viewing History. Why Is That?

January 2, 2012

Netflix users have been asking since at least 2007, for the ability to clear or hide their “recent viewed” queue. And yet there are still no options for this?

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