The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Kindles Sold Out at Amazon

I’ve been thinking of getting a Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon. I already have an iPad, but I can’t stand reading on it. I’m hoping the Fire’s more manageable size will make reading easier, though I still have doubts about how long I’d be able to stare at a backlit screen without straining my eyes.

Anyway, I’ve been watching the Fire on Amazon.com in case there’s a special deal or whatever. (I know the price isn’t likely to go down, but sometimes you get free or heavily discounted accessories.) But today when I was at Amazon, I noticed that both the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Touch are out of stock. Rumors have been flying around about an updated Fire model hitting the market in the coming months, and I’d say this is a clear indication that that will indeed happen. After all, why else would Amazon allow its stock of the “Number One selling product” on the site to dwindle down to zero?

I guess it’s a good thing that I didn’t place my Fire order immediately. Now I’ll get to have the latest version once it comes out!

E-Textbooks at Amazon.com

Have you seen the e-textbook options at Amazon.com? I wish deals like this were available when I was in school! You can save up to 60% off the price of physical textbooks and can even “rent” the digital editions if you don’t plan on keeping the book for future reference.

I remember spending upwards of $700 per semester for textbooks when I was a student. It was such a huge drain on my budget, and of course selling the books back only recouped a tiny fraction of the purchase price. Students have it much easier these days!

Tigers Bottle Opener Key Ring

Just a quick post here to say that I love my Tigers bottle opener key ring. I needed a new one to replace a key ring that broke, and this product was a good choice. The bottle opener is convenient for obvious reasons, and the nickel-plated brass makes the item strong and durable. The lobster claw attachment and relatively compact package round out the positives. Great little purchase!

Running Backpack

I’m currently looking for a good backpack to use while running, hiking, or biking long distances. I just want to be able to carry some food, maybe an extra shirt, and of course some water. The pack shouldn’t be overly large (I won’t be camping out) and should have straps across the chest and waist to keep things steady while moving.

After searching around Amazon and some other places with the above criteria in mind, I came up with the Osprey Raptor 10 Daypack. This pack has received great reviews for comfort and also comes with a 3L water bladder and hydration system.

The backpack looks good too, but the problem is that it costs nearly $75, which is pretty expensive. I’m going to have to add this to my Wish List for now and start saving up (or else get a cheaper model).

Tigers Workout Shorts

Okay, okay, I realize I’ve been reviewing way too much Tigers gear on this site recently. I really should consider buying sterling silver jewelry or some electronics to shake things up a bit. But as I mentioned earlier, I always get nostalgic for college when I see kids heading off to campus and when the new football season starts.

Anyway, I recently purchased their pair of Tigers workout shorts by Colosseum Athletics. The shorts are made from 100% polyester micro mesh, which is supposed to help wick sweat away and keep you cooler. They are charcoal gray with two black stripes down each side and an embroidered tiger head logo on the lower left. They also have a drawstring and two slash front pockets.

I’ve worn these to workout a couple of times and I have to say that I don’t really like them. They’re thicker and heavier than other workout shorts that I have and are therefore a bit uncomfortable to wear in the summer. They might be fine for playing basketball in a gym in winter, but for now I think I’ll just use them when lounging around the house when the air conditioner is on.

At $25.99, these shorts are more expensive than I’d ordinarily pay, but they seem durable enough and I love sporting my Tigers colors. I just wish I could use these for something other than sitting on my couch!

Missouri Crewneck Sweatshirt

This Missouri crewneck sweatshirt is another piece of team apparel that I bought to gear up for the new football season. I’m kind of getting tired of the hoodie look, so I decided to go old school with a crewneck pullover, which I think looks pretty good.

This sweatshirt is made by New Agenda and is composed of a 50-50 cotton-polyester blend. It is already soft and comfortable and should only become more so after a few trips through the washer and dryer.

The word “Missouri” is screenprinted in gold and arched across the chest, and the sleeves and hem are ribbed for a better fit. It should be noted that the ribbing is actually a good size and neither too wide nor too narrow — a problem that occurs more frequently than you’d think with sweatshirts.

This Missouri sweatshirt is available at FansEdge.com for $27.99, which isn’t a bad price. Unlike the New Agenda t-shirts that I purchased, I’m satisfied with the quality of this product and think it was a good buy.

Tanning Sprays

I have a pretty nice tan going right now and want to keep it throughout the fall. I hate September and October, when my tan starts fading and my pale skin comes to the surface again. This is one of the reasons I’m currently looking into tanning spray products.

I’ve never used a spray before, but have heard about people getting great results from them. If I can find something affordable and effective, then I say why not do it? It’s safer than tanning booths and the actual sun, so it could be a good option.

I’m going to continue my research, ask some friends, and then make a choice!

Tigers T-Shirts

As part of my preparation for the upcoming college football season, I treated myself to some new Missouri Tigers gear. I used Fans Edge this time instead of the usual Football Fanatics or Amazon, but am not really happy with the quality of the merchandise. The shopping experience was fine, but the t-shirts I got were crap.

The first one was this arch t-shirt. It’s an officially licensed product made by New Agenda, but the material is very thin and flimsy. The description says that it’s 100% cotton and is “lightweight rib knit”. Is that code for being practically see-through? (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. A little.) The screen printing seems kind of sketchy too, like it will peel off before going through five wash and dry cycles. We’ll see how long this lasts. Oh, and the sizing runs a bit small, but this is mentioned right in the product description, so I’m not complaining about that.

The second shirt I bought was this Mizzou Alumni model. It’s also made by New Agenda and carries the same 100% cotton, “lightweight rib knit” labels. Not surprisingly, I have the same problems with this shirt that I have with the other one. It’s thin as hell and feels incredibly cheap. The screen printing quality is also about the same, so I have my doubts about the longevity of this product as well.

If there’s a plus side, I guess it’s that the arch tee only cost $12.99 and the alumni tee cost $14.99. Yeah, I could have gotten a higher quality Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour t-shirt for $28, but at least I have two shirts at my disposal (for the time being) instead of just one.

In the future, though, I’m going to be very careful about buying any sports apparel made by New Agenda.