Week of December 18th, 2016 – What’s new at Costco on Automation Parkway, San Jose.

Saw these LED microdot lights and they could be useful for many lighting projects.  Hopefully it gets discounted soon.


Surprisingly I was looking for a Xmas snow globe for my daughter and saw that this was discounted (not sure what the original price was, though).  Anyways it is big and as a bonus it has a internal blower for blowing the snow and is LED lit.  Operates on three ‘AA’ batteries and stays active for 5 minutes until a little switch is pushed again.  My baby girl LOVES it.

I was tempted to get a set of these if I didn’t have 5 million laundry baskets already.  They had one on display and I am not sure if I was trying hard enough but it took some effort to make the baskets expand.  I couldn’t actually do it with just my hands, but I am assuming you need to step inside of it and use your body weight to hold down the bottom part and pull up on the handles.  Maybe if there is a future rebate and the price is under $10 I might pick up a set.

You know when I saw this I assumed it is electronically operated especially for the price of almost $300.  Surprisingly, it’s all mechanical, which I think is a steep price to pay especially when Costco.com does carry a full size table (not an add-on tabletop) and has a electric motor (3-stage dual motors with 225-lb capacity & 2-button controller) to lower and raise the table for around $579 (The Apex 71” X 33” Height Adjustable Table- Moonlight White Item #1034460)  Here’s a link if the product is still active

Apex 71” X 33” Height Adjustable Table- Moonlight White


Here’s a really great alternative to those space saving baskets set that I posted above.  Great value and really easy to fold up flat. I actually use them to separate folded laundry (i.e. clothes for my daughter, son, wife, bath and kitchen towels, etc.).  They used to come in only blue and green, and the red, yellow, and black were really hard to find a month or two ago,  Now it seems they are starting to stock more of these colors.  Really great to put one in each of your car if you want to load up your groceries and reduce the frequency of going back and forth out to your car.

Okay, I thought these were identical to the carts at Ikea.  I was right and wrong.  The Ikea version, the RÅSKOG, is exactly the same design with only one exception – it is 3-tier instead of 4-tier and is $2.00 more.  Of course Costco being Costco, you get more bang for less money.  Here is a pic of the Ikea RÅSKOG and a link to Ikea’s product page as well

Ikea RÅSKOG utility cart 3-tier


Frame looks identical down to the casters.  Only down side?  There is only one color choice versus several over at Ikea.

These look totally farmhouse style and I am trying to find a place (read that as an excuse) to get one.  I am totally into the vintage look right now as well.

Hold on to your seats, folks.  These are being discounted at a whopping $59.97 down from $79.99 ($20 savings)!!!  However, I only saw this special discounted price at the warehouse on Automation Parkway in North San Jose.  Everywhere else is still $79.99.  Pick one up while you can!!!!  These vacuums are great and Costco is literally giving them away at this price!!!

Edit: I am speculating the price could be even lower maybe $49.97 if there is still an excess of inventory in about a month.

This is probably one of the sweetest tool sets I have seen.  In fact, it’s the only tool set that I have seen that includes a 17mm size wrench (most stop at 16mm) AND as a bonus the whole set is blacked out chrome giving it that bad ass look (hoping it is a durable finish, though).  The 17mm wrench would have been nice to have when I tried to assemble the Whalen 72″ industrial bench.  Instead I had to use an adjustable wrench in a tiny location and took like a million turns before I could tighten the bolt.  Gonna pick this set up just for that 17mm wrench and the black chrome color!

Item #707636 Whalen 72″ Metal and Wood Workbench Out-Of-Stock ONLINE!

I thought the 72″ Whalen industrial workbench was very popular and is sold out at pretty much at all Costco Warehouses in the Bay Area, and from reading online, apparently everywhere else.  What I didn’t know is that they are in such high demand that people are willing to spend the $150 S&H to order one on Costco.com! Nonetheless, even at $450 (with the S&H), I still believe this item is worth way more (at least $600) for something comparable.  I was fortunate to purchase one at the warehouse and will write up review in the next couple of days, but the quality, fit and finish is second to none and is literally a steal at $300 and even $450.  I am so happy to have received one as a gift from the wife.


Please ignore the Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors game at the bottom right of the screen.  Watching Warriors basketball and shopping on Costco.com – what could be better than that, right?!

Item #1103248 Teamson Kids Tasty Treats Food Truck with 10-piece Wooden Food Accessories

Some people get their kids those kitchen play sets, but if your kid is a rebel chef that likes to cook on the go and eats at a taco truck once a week, this is THE perfect gift.

Lemonade stands are so old school.  Get the best and get the food truck play set over at Costco.com.  The only thing I am kinda disappointed is that there is no “Taco Truck” themed sign besides the four offered.

Item #1075343 Squatty Potty Toilet Stool 2-pack $29.99

**Update: Item available at Senter Road Costco Warehouse in San Jose**

Okay I just saw this on Costco.com and it says it might also be available in the warehouse (less the $6.99 S&H). I have to check it out, but it’s not like I am constantly constipated.  Hey, a clean colon is a healthy colon (at least in my opinion)! And I just noticed it is a 2 pack!  Hmm….wonder how well it works and will update accordingly!

Squatty Potty Toilet Stool 2-pack – Item #1075343

What’s new 24dad7 picks @ Costco Week of December 12th

If your child is into Minecraft, this is a great deal at the clearance price.  Mid $30s on Amazon.com

Looks like my vacuum is on sale again, however, I’ve only seen this promotion at one local Costco – Automation Parkway in San Jose.

Took this Sony speaker for a test drive and surprisingly, it sounded great and the bass was crisp and had little distortion.  I am not sure on the outdoor rating.

If you’re arms or hands are worn from opening to many wine bottles this holiday season, take a look at this electric wine set over at Automation Parkway.

This is probably the best deal I have seen for the Xbox One Elite controller.  Nowhere have I see it for less than $100 (Amazon $112.49).  Pick one up while you can if you’re an Xbox One owner.

I bought the 40z size that Costco carries and these insulated bottles are absolutely amazing at keeping drinks super cold for a crazy amount of time.  Costco is now offering the 24 oz which in my opinion is easier to carry with you than the 40z for short walks or to the gym.  I am thinking these will possibly go on sale ($4-$5 off) as spring approaches.

I am not sure on the original price on this lantern, but since the price ends in 0.97, it is for sure markdown.  I think this item is seasonal and will probably get discounted even more as we approach the end of the holiday season.  Make sure to check your local warehouse especially towards the walls where they place most of their season ending products.

So I’ve been reading up on Netgear’s Orbi and the reviews have been very good.  I have an extender right now but like with all current extenders, you only get half the bandwidth since the other half is used to connect to the router.  Definitely not the case with the Orbi system since it uses mesh style of networking to deliver the full bandwidth to each pod.  I want to get my hands on this, however, the price of entry is a little steep right now.  Here’s hoping it goes down in the next couple of months.  In the meantime you should check out the reviews on Amazon to see how impressive this wifi network is.

If you’re into selfies or just don’t want to bother strangers or risk giving your phone to someone who might run off with it instead of taking your picture, Costco is now offering a 3-pk (last year’s Black Friday was a 2 pack for the same price). Two of the sticks are bluetooth and one is wired.  See you on Facebook!

If you have Comcast Xfinity and still leasing your modem (why why?), you need to go to your nearest Costco and buy this.   16 download channels and 4 (or 8?) upload channels.  Like our car highway system the more channels the better it is for Internet traffic, which equates to faster speeds.  The modem also works with other Internet service providers.

I have these for my home and I hang them on my fence to illuminate my entire lot for both an aesthetic function as well as night time security.  They used to be about $20 and dropped to $15 and it seems they are clearing them out.  The only Costco as of today that has them at all (about 50 in stock) at this discounted price is the warehouse on Senter Road in South San Jose.  To be sure you should call them (option 1 and give them the item number).

Here is a Drone with really positive reviews on Amazon.  If you want to get into flying drones but don’t want to spend mucho bucks on say a DJI Phantom series, then start off with the Sky Thunder.  It has an 8MP HD camera.  It only has a flight range of 400 ft which is plenty far for beginners.

I love the Eneloop batteries but Costco always, and I mean always, sells them packaged with a charger. I don’t need 5 million chargers with my batteries especially since I have a high end charger already.  Thank goodness the corporate buyers at Costco recognize this and are offering the Eneloops by themselves. Saw these also at Senter Road Warehouse

This is probably one of the best deals I have seen for a door mount indoor mini hoop.  I would probably pay more and here’s why.  The rim itself oozes with quality (thick steel and spring loaded) and a heft to it that alone should be worth more than $20.   The whole system is miles ahead in quality than the previous SKLZ min basketball system that Costco carries.  I am actually using it for a project I am working on in my backyard so look for a post of it within the next couple of days.  Yes, it’s that good and I actually bought a second one at this discounted price.  Again at Senter Road so call for availability.  Get them while you can!!!

Costco New Items and Discounted – Bay Area – November 30th, 2016

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$144.41 on Amazon making this a great deal for the ultimate Xbox One controller.  Found at Automation Parkway warehouse. Man I want one!!

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142 mph airflow on the spec sheet.  Hmmm…might buy one to test out how useful that claim is.

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This is actually a pretty good power station and is a steal at $20.  The LED light is super bright and has adjustable angles.  It also has a USB for charging smart phones.  Speaker quality is not too shabby for an item like this (hardly any distortion but just lacking some bass) and Bluetooth connectivity is solid for garage area.  I bought mine for $30 with a $7 instant rebate (Original price was $36.99) so this is actually a steal at almost 50% off. When Costco shows a price ending in 0.97 cents it usually means it is being discontinued and heavily discounted.  I use this power station in the garage and the biggest selling point for me is the individual on/off toggle for each of the outlets. This helps to minimize “vampire” electricity usage even from devices that are supposedly off.

4 out of 5 stars and highly recommended

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I saw this at the Gilroy Costco and I was in a rush to pick up my son from a birthday party that I didn’t have time to pick it up that day. Unfortunately it sold out and Costco said is a discontinued item. Why!!!!!!? Something like this especially the moving straps sells for $40+ on Amazon!  Big regret and now my back will suffer.

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Okay I saw this rolling (!) carry on luggage and glanced at the price and knew this would be the perfect bag to transport my DSLR, a lens or two, and plethora of other camera accessories to photoshoots.  At $30 bucks you cannot go wrong with this travel bag by Ful.  Good number of compartments and the quality is first rate making this bag very solid to handle.  Don’t spend $69.99 for the Manfrotto backpack that Costco carries for your camera; instead buy this and use it as a better camera bag.  It has rollers so if your camera, laptop, portable Bluetooth speaker, etc. weighs a ton then you can lug it long distances.  Look for a review of it in the next couple of days but in the mean time pick one up for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

Costco New Item – Item #1092760 – Bragi The Dash True Wireless Headphones

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Saw these at the Costco on Automation Parkway in San Jose and was quite thrown back by the high price.  Looks like a hybrid of wireless in-ear headphone buds and Fitbit style biometrics all in one (track steps and heart rate).  Reviews on Amazon were mixed averaging 2.9 stars out of 5 with the majority of complaints about Bluetooth connection quality.