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.

Costco San Jose – Item #707636 – Whalen 72″ Workbench

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Oh man I saw this on Costco.com:


And was totally drooling over it until I saw the $150 S&H which is half the cost of the work bench itself!  Ouch.  Costco.com usually includes S&H into the price but recently I have seen them make it an additional fee.  Profits must be slipping or something for them to start charging it separately.  Luckily for San Jose and Bay Area members, you can find this (so far) at the Costco on Senter Road and Almaden Expressway for the cash and carry price of $299.99 + tax!  If only I didn’t spend my Christmas allowance I would totally get this.  What a beauty she is and totally adds to the man cave look.  I believe it comes with heavy duty castors which wasn’t on the live display model but the Costco.com page.

Costco Review – Item #1043254 Vacmaster Wall Mountable Wet and Dry Vac w/ Remote

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I just purchased one of these and am pretty satisfied with the suction performance (after all I do own 5 Dyson vacuums :), and am very surprised at how relatively quiet it is when operating.  I think the coolest feature is the remote starter on the hose suction end which I have never seen as a feature before.  This allows you to start and stop the vacuum without having to go to the main unit especially if its pretty far away when using the included very long hose.  Another selling point for me is the wall mount capability and we all know how valuable garage floor space is.  At $69.99 until only today (11/30/16), it is a bargain.  This unit is actually under the DuraVac brand which is the Canadian subsidiary (?) of VacMaster

Here is a link



Overall I love this shop vac.  There are other shop vac Costco carries for around the $30-$40 range but IMHO are complete crap and are louder than a jetliner on take off.  In the past I have had to return these units and was completely unsatisfied with them (Kubota and Stanley).  However, the Vacmaster is a very good value for the money in term of all it’s features, plus you get Costco’s legendary return policy if something ever goes wrong.

Pros: Remote on/off (MUST HAVE!), lightweight, wall mountable (YES!), powerful suction (BONUS!), relatively less noise than other vacs in the 4-5hp category, lots of included accessories, very long hose extension, and excellent performance to value rating especially at the sale price of $69.99

Cons: None

Main uses: Attic clean up (lightweight and ease of transport), garage clean up and woodworking (saw dust), and possible use as a car vacuum.

My rating 5/5

As always call your nearest local Costco,  press option 1 and give them the item number to check on store inventory in and around your local warehouses.



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